Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Photo of Anthony1
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The stout is black and murky, mysterious in its darkness. Nothing escapes through the glass. Atop the body of the ale is a mocha-colored head that laces extensively.

S: The nose is rich, full of bitter coffee and sweeter chocolate notes. The aroma is quite strong, showing off more coffee than roasted malts.

T: Coffee flavors abound upfront, rich and robust they set the tone for the ale. Of all the coffee stouts that I've had, this does to coffee aspect nicely. Most are quite strong on the coffee grounds angle. This one is softer, not as bitter as a few that I've had. The roasted grains nicely compliment the coffee, adding a dark toasted flavor to the body. The combined body is sweet with an excellent flavor. To top it all off, the alcohol, which is pretty high, is nicely hidden.

M: The swirling flavors keep the mouth happy from first sip to last, especially when the ale warms up a bit. This is an excellent pairing of stout and coffee.

D: I had several snifters, allowing each to warm, and loved every one of 'em. This is the kind of beer that, if it comes up on tap anywhere near you, is worth the trip.

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Photo of mdale13
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this review by saying I am NOT a coffee drinker. I have tried a few other coffee beers and have not liked them. That is until now.

A- Poured from a 12oz pry-off bottle. Let it sit 10-15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge. Pours a dark black/brown. Totally opaque. No light coming through this bad-boy. I had it in a standard pint glass, and it initially created a 3 finger head, which slowly but surely deteriorated to a steady 1 finger head. Very beautiful beer.

S- Coffee. Freshly ground, sweet, bitter coffee. Hints of chocolate, but mostly coffee.

T- BAM! This beer may very well turn me into a coffee drinker. The taste explodes with a rush of coffee, followed closely by a dash of chocolate, and perhaps a hint of oatmeal, but its very subdued. Sweet, malty, so satisfying. As it warms up, the flavors reach a new level of kick-ass-ness.

M- Smooth. No other word for it. Coats the mouth with a wonderful sticky, somewhat bitter layer, leaving the lush taste of the coffee and chocolate lingering on your tongue.

D- Highly drinkable. The moderately high ABV is totally undetectable, and it finishes so smooth, you instantly want another.

Other- I was tentative to try this one, as a relatively new BA, and only entering the world of stouts in the past month, and as someone who has never had a great love of coffee or coffee beers, I was skeptical. I almost bought a single 12oz bottle, but I decided to trust the hype around this beer and grabbed a full 4-pack, and I am glad I did. I will be returning to Table & Vine shortly to buy a couple more 4-packs of this amazing beer.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Dear. God. Is this stuff straight from Satan's colon? Blacker than a Minnesota Midnight. Even when held up to light, I can't see jack. Nice thick pour that dissipates into a nice foam.

S -- I get coffee, chocolate notes, and sex.

T -- A one - two punch of coffee and chocolate with a nice complement of what seems of spices and malt.

M -- Thick (but not too) and resinous. Just like a good stout should be.

D -- A great winter warmer when Irish Coffee isn't your thing, a great beer for a fall campout or just when you're out of milk for cereal...

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Photo of jamescain
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring this beer you can see how thick it is. Imperial stouts pour slowly and have the appearance of being very thick. As soon as you take the first sip you can feel what you see. It has a very dark color, even when held up to the light it is very dark. It creates a thing ring of head around the top that is brown in color.

The first thing you smell is the roasted malts. My problem was probably the glass I drank it from. It was not a proper glass for smelling the aroma of the beer.

The beer is very creamy and thick but very smooth. the flavor consist dark chocolate and espresso and tons of roasted malts. It is bitter for a stout, which I like but not everyone will like. There is the distinct aftertaste of alcohol; but what do you expect from a beer that is over 8%; however, it is still well hidden while tasting the beer.

This beer is not as filling as a more familiar stout, such as Guinness, and is not as creamy. There is still a nice pinch of carbonation, which adds a refreshing quality to the beer.

Overall the beer is a very good representation of an Imperial stout and for the price it is definitely recommended.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a glass black with some dark brown hues, very solid, oily look to it, with a small, dark brown head.

Smells of burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, a ton of malts.

Taste is bitter coffee and chocolate, malts, a small hops pinch on the end. Maybe a little too bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but still a fairly solid, heavy beer, a little oily. Light carbonation.

Overall, pretty decent representation of the style. Not quite sure it's worth all the accolades that have been heaped on it, but still a good beer. I'd certainly drink it again, but I don't think it'd be something had often.

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Photo of racer2k
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Black color that looks like the consistency of well used motor oil. Beer pours with a minimal head that creates a large ring of lacing around my glass.

S - Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee are all present with a tint of hop aroma

T - Creamy rich and a meal in a glass. This is very smooth and rich but just right, not too thick. The 8.3% ABV alcohol is hidden very well. This stout had near perfect balance.

M - Creamy with light to carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well but the beer provides a nice warm feel to it with the higher ABV.

D - Very drinkable offering that you could easily put 2-3 down without being too filled up. This is an excellent beer! One that would compliment a breakfast meal quite nicely!

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Photo of whynot44
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque brown/black, almost like used engine oil, with hints of ruby around the edges and a nice foamy coffee colored head that sticks around fairly well and leaves some nice coffee colored lacing.

The aroma is rich coffee, hints of dark chocolate, figs, dates, caramel.

The taste is coffee, coffee, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, figs, plums, and more coffee in the finish.

Full bodied, incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouth, very drinkable for something this strong, the alcohol is well hidden. Should be a fantastic after dinner brew or just anytime, especially on a cool fall or winter day. I hated to get to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. it's a beautiful, cool fall night in Chicago.

A: very dark brown, almost black. thick, rich caramel colored head, a good 2+ fingers worth. foam stays strong for quite awhile, settling into a nice thick ring with great lacing.

S: initial aromas are all coffee, and a hit of used coffee grounds. as the foam settles, caramel aromas come forward, a bit of oatmeal. subtle hints of brown sugar and dark fruits... very, very subtle.

T: tastes of bitter coffee, chocolate and caramel. these flavors are fighting for supremacy as each sip brings a different one to the forefront.

M: rich, thick and full-bodied, as you might expect. the bitter coffee really lingers throughout and the chocolate flavors come out as the beer warms, creating a smooth and creamy effect on the lips and tongue.

D: I could drink a few of these in a session, no doubt. in fact, this beer is the second tonight. this is an exceptional beer. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but this really works for me. great on a cool fall night, or pretty much any time.

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Photo of Newkie
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. Thick, dark head with about 72 different shades of brown. Awesome. Lacing all over. Just beautiful stuff here.

S: Coffee. Lots of dark, roasted, bitter coffee. Chocolate is showing up a bit, too.

T: Wow. So rich and creamy. The 60 IBU's initially scared me, but wow, does it ever play into this beer perfectly. This is a breakfast stout through and through. Dark and bitter. Creamy. Chocolate, cocoa, espresso. Excellent.

M: The creaminess is so nice. Hard to match IMO. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is hidden very well, but still gives off a nice warming aspect to the beer. Hard to put this beer down.

D: Give me 2 off these on a cold night by the fireplace, please.

An excellent breakfast stout. I'll have to make a trip to pick up more this stuff. The 4-pack I got won't last long.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

The pour is a dark black with the faintest brown undertones. A finger of brown head quickly recedes and leaves a little lacing.

The nose is of oatmeal, chocolate and a whole lot of coffee. The taste is more of the same, with the coffee dominating throughout. Maybe the label should say "Chocolate Double Coffee Oatmeal Stout"?

Although mouthfeel is fairly thick, it feels on the thin side for an imperial stout. Despite this (or perhaps because of), it drinks really well. Though the alcohol has a bit of a bite, it is mostly masked.

I only wish I were closer to their distribution area so I could buy this whenever I wanted.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Founders Breakfast Stout, am I the only person who finds the label for this a tad frightening? The children of the corn kid kind of scares me, not enough to not buy the beer, but enough for me to not keep a bottle. I find this beer to have very little head. The beer I'm reviewing is the 4th from my 4pack and I've poured it into a couple different glasses to try and find the most head, twice now in a pint glass. The pint glass has the most satisfactory result, but the head quickly disappears and just barely laces the glass. I like that it does at least have some lacing though, not a lot of beer does that. Well, kinda. This beer is dark as night. This is a stout, you don't come for pretty colors. The smell has very definite coffee characteristics. It's very heavy, but I appreciate the smell of coffee and it works well in this beer. The taste is very complex and it's heavy in the mouth. (That's what she said) There's a lot of play between the coffee, a hint of chocolate, the malts all of which balance together perfectly so that sometimes a drink might finish different from another. Or more so you focus on different textures and elements each time. I quite love drinking this beer. I unwittingly nursed one for about two hours one time. It really is just a joy to take a small sip and sit and focus on each ingredient in the beer.

I find it fitting that when I began this review, 'Bout to Bubble by Tech N9ne began to play.

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very small head. Looks like a glass of coke.

incredible roasted coffee smell with hints of dates, chocolate, and a little caramel. The coffee tinge is dominant but not excessive.

The taste has some pretty intense coffee bitterness, with more of a dark chocolate vibe happening. It's very nicely balanced by sweet dark malts, vanilla, and a hint of fruit. Not as complex as the amazing smell

Solid mouthfeel that is silky and smooth.

I give it just above an average drinkability. The style in-itself is not the most sessionable. This beer is too good to be sessioned anyway.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 120z. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with about three fingers of brownish foamy head with some really nice lacing.

The smell is of oatmeal, some really dark chocalte presence and a bit of roasted coffee flavor that is real evident in the nose.

The taste is inviting, it a reminiscent of a Starbucks coffee. Just the mixture of a bounty of fantastic flavors contributing to the taste bud overload. The creamy endings that are giving this beer legs is just there in the background hiding in this beers greatness.

The feel is lighter than expected. There is no real punch but a warming embrace that takes as much as it gives. The coffee flavors will give you that early morning feel with the oatmeal just taking you in the same direction. There really isn't unpleasant in the aftertaste which is there but is enjoyable from the start.

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Photo of naterock
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a willi, Dark black with a medium brown head. completely black.

Words cannot describe the smell, but I'll try. Rich chocolate witha strong coffee kick. Powerful malt backbone. fantastic, I can't wait to take a sip

Mmmm, wow. chocolate with a hint of vanilla in the forefront. super complexity but not overdone. oats, espresso, vanilla, chocolate, you get the picture.

Mouth is viscous and thick. Drinks fairly slow but itis truly an exeptional beer, another from founders that doesn't dissapoint.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at RFD, served in a pint glass. Beer is black, like a stout should be. Brown head, small tight bubbles, head falls away but diffuse head remains, lots of lacing on the glass. Smells sweet, chocolate, some coffee. Dry tasting, iminimal smoke, coffee is forward, chocolate second, slight aftertaste. Good beer overall, high drinkability, mouthfeel is full, good body. Aftertaste build on you as you drink though.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black with a big tan head that reduces to a small layer and leaves great lacing.

S: Smells of dark black *maybe* burnt coffee, cocoa, and dark roasted malt. Wow they really mean coffee when they say it on the label.

T: Tastes like a dark roasted cup of coffee with a bit of vanilla and some bitter roasted malt flavors on the finish.

M: Very thin for a Double/Imperial Stout. I was disappointed when it came to the mouthfeel. Guess I was expecting something thicker like KBS or most RIS.

D: I was not impressed with this one and won't be seeking it out again. Given the ABV and the bitter finish it's not highly drinkable for me but it's not bad either.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep opaque black-brown brew with a cappucino colored head, which isn't very big. maybe the high alcohol.

S: smells of fresh espresso, roasted hazelnut, chocolate, also smells of oatmeal. hint of chocolate covered orange peel.

T: milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee up front. finishes with dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, roast nuts, and a hint of citrus fruit.

M: a full body with velvety and creamy entry that gently coats the tongue and cheek. finishes dry with a slight citric fruit astringency.

Overall, This is a really good stout. I was after this one for a while and it stood up to my high expectations. A delicious, full- bodied stout for the coffee lover.

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Photo of MrStark
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is opaque black with a thin coffee brown head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is distinctly coffee with small hints of chocolate.

Taste is wonderful! Heavy coffee right up front followed by slightly bitter and dry dark chocolate and hop finish!

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I'd expect from this style of beer, with more carbonation than expected. Gives a slight burn to the tongue but good nonetheless!

Drinkability is quite good! I didn't seam to get hit by the higher abv so I feel you could have a few of these in one sitting! Highly recommended brew!

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Photo of youngblood
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost pitch black with a dirty head that hangs around for a while. Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. The whole thing is smooth with a bit of sweetness in the back. Tastes like VERY dark chocolate. The chocolate is much stronger on the tongue than in the nostrils. Good balance of bitter/sweetness. Has a great mouthfeel, nice and weighty. Flows smoothly down the throat. Nice drinkability all around.

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Photo of brow1901
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with darkish brown color head. Great head retention, excellent lacing.

S- Strong coffee and chocolate smells. Blends perfectly with stronger than normal smells of oatmeal. This is the kind of beer that when you smell it, it can bring back some old memories.

T- Surprisingly bittter, lots of chocolate. The coffee flavor is much more subdued than the smell. The finish is really bitter and washes the mouth dry.

M- Medium to thick bodied, the fact that head retention is so perfect means that every sip gets a share of the smooth and foamy head. Combine that with a perfect amount of carbonation which allow the beer to flow in the mouth and flavors to explode. Nice dry finish. This beer feels like heaven in your mouth.

D- Great beer! I could drink it anytime of the day every day of the year. I am going to pick up a few more 4 packs. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Flashy
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what is with this. I have had it 3 times and the first bottle I feel nothing special for. The second, I start to think "you know, this is not bad at all". The third I feel like getting down on my knees and kow- towing.
It's not that the four pack has warmed and opened up a some. I start them all off warm.

A- Black head. Nice lacing. Obviously a quality product on the way.

S- For the 800th time. Coffee up front and bitter chocolate up next. So much coffee obvious, you really have to sniff out that chocolate.

T- Exceptional. First taste (or bottle) is always that coffee. Then that chocolate hits you and your off. Don't see how some reviewers feel this is a one timer for the night. It comes in a four pack for a reason. You only live once.

M- I love mouth feel and this has it. Velvety Coffee chocolate bar.

D- A friend of mine once said after one bottle "this is how a stout is supposed to taste". I had a great, fresh Guinness once (in Belfast. The only great pint of it I've had) and I could see how this can be great and this is 10X better.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo and Brenden for bottles for this wonderful beer!

The beer pours a beautiful black with a nice toffee head. The lacing is nice, but I would have loved to see the head last longer. Still a beautiful beer.

The smell is dominated by burnt coffee. Other sweet tones come through, but they are a bit muted.

The taste is of burnt coffee, chocolare, sweet malt, milk, and other delicious goodies.

I was a bit disappointed by the mouthfeel. I thought it would be a bit thicker, but it is still an enjoyable brew.

Thankfully I have another bottle of this beer since it isn't available here. Great beer and very drinkable. A new favorite.

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Photo of moosiz
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An agressive pour into a goblet style glass provides a almost 1/2" chocolate malt brown head.
Nice lacing on the glass, not cloppy, and not stringy, but somewhere in between.

Very powerful coffee smell with a dark chocolate semi-sweet note that lingers in the background.

just a few minutes in the glass warming have brought about flavors that weren't there at the start. Cocoa beans is what I really am left with for taste after a pleasant malty/coffee start the flavor recedes to a cocoa sweet bitterness.

Velvet in a glass best describes the mouthfeel. Its slick and its soft.

At first I thought this brew was a one and done for the night just because of the body. Now after trying this interpretation of the style I think this cold, wet Michigan night would greatly benefit from one more bottle.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very very black head, opaque black at that. Tan brown head, maybe a finger. Decent head retention with lacing that isn't too bad either. Can't wait to drink this beer.

S- Roasted coffee jumps out with other roasted malts. Dark chocolate closely follows the coffee finished by a subtle smell of alcohol.

T- Roasted coffee once again jumps up on the forefront of the palate. Dark chocolate notes become the most prevalent taste and really lingers for quite some time. Not sure if it is from the chocolate or a presence from the hops, but there is a nice bitterness that comes in the taste as well (I am leaning towards more of a bitter chocolate, but there certainly is a hop presence). Taste of warm oatmeal comes across as well which is not surprising in a breakfast stout, but the oat taste is not as large as it would be in an oatmeal stout. Very small taste of alcohol in the taste, not very large considering this is 8.3%. Almost a warming liquor sensation at the end of this beer. Exceptional taste.

M- Thick mouthfeel that is great for a stout. A mouthfeel that I would described as chewy.

D- I don't want to put this beer down and actually just finished it even while writing this review. You won't put down many of these beers, but you will finish one pretty easy.

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Photo of cptierney
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a North Cast Nonic pint glass. A little scared to review this one, seeing as I'm not much of a coffee drinker.

Pitch black motor oil into my glass. Not much head on the pour- about one finger of light brown foam that quickly yielded to a stick-to-it ring that never left.

My nose is overwhelmed by coffee- I feel as if I'm about to drink some of my dad's favorite bottom of the pot farmer brothers joe. I hope there's more to this beer than this one flavor.

Great, thick and viscous mouthfeel. Almost reminiscent of drinking chocolate if not for the minimal carbonation.

What a truly enjoyable flavor. While there is an abundance of coffee notes in the brew, there's wonderful hints of bitter chocolate, hops, and heaps of toasted- no burnt- malts. This beer is also interesting in the sense that it starts big and finishes smooth, a quality I really appreciate in the world of big bodied stouts.

I sure couldn't drink too many of these, and as a matter of fact this one took me fifteen minutes to down as I wanted it to warm a little before finishing. With that in mind, there is absolutely no clue that this beer carries with it a 8.3% ABV punch. What a joy to drink!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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