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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#90
Reviews:
3,847
Ratings:
16,697
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
1,888
Gots:
6,355
Trade:
235
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 16,697 |  Reviews: 3,847
Photo of Boxdiesel
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noles9585
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VinumSabbathi
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brendanjames
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CurtisD
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thedusanmandic
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jasons483
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ForceForGood
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am comparing two bottles, one bottled 9/26/17 and the other at 8/22/16 - having held on to this one for over a year now.

8/22/16: Pours black, very carbonated - more than expected; tan colored foam. Aroma is sweet, some chocolate and even a syrupy bourbon linger in the nose; not detecting any coffee... flavor may have faded during aging. Flavor and mouthfeel follow the aroma and over-carbonation. Not picking up any coffee flavor again, other than the stouts dark nature granting similarity. Not a bad stout. ~7.5/10

9/26/17: Pours just as dark, much less carbonation with less head. Aroma is COFFEE. I am amazed that these beers are the same. Coffee dominates and chocolate is quick to mix in giving me the impression of mocha. First sips are congratulated by an awesome rich dark chocolate and coffee blend. A masterpiece! 10/10!

In the end, I am tempted to dump the rest of the older product as it seems to have much less character; not well aged I suppose? The 2017 release seems to have captured the coffee and chocolate more than I remember - having consumed these for a few years now. I continued to compare these side-by-side and the results are confirmed.

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Photo of jroc
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a slow forming & soon gone dark tan head. It’s aroma is chocolate candy bar. The flavor is as advertised & much more intense than the aroma: oats, dark roast coffee & dark chocolate. A perfect balance of sweet, salty & bitter. Perfect viscosity & adequate carbonation for a very smooth feel. Finishes with a dry coffe bitterness that is very pleasing. No need to brew the French roast & pour a bowl of cereal, Founbers Breakfast Stout is the perfect way to start your day.

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Photo of Nkloos
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my all time favorite stout. The balance of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate is incredible. It tastes like oatmeal with chocolate syrup. The drinkabaility of this stout is unmatched.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 09/29/16
Dark opaque brown body allows no light through and is capped with a persistent light brown 1/8in head.

Aromas include bitter roasted coffee bean and cocoa powder.
Flavors match with less emphasis on the coffee after a year.
Mouthfeel is creamy, if slightly thin and barely chalky with a nice dry finish.

Overall waiting a year was a good experiment. Still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of BeerInspector
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great tasting beer with coffee and bitter chocolate tastes without a strong after taste.

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Photo of Cn0te11
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adipilla8708
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbehlar
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elglueckert
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matthewp
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 8/25/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 8.3% ABV 60 IBU. The beer pours dense dark brown, nearly black with red tinted mocha head. No light penetrates this beer at any angle. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin island. Aroma is as advertised. Chocolate, coffee, and roast malt abound. Taste is slightly tangy sweetish malt and chocolate giving way to a bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, adequately carbonated, creamy and dry. To pull of a perfect tasty dry finish in a beer like this is somewhat magical. Overall, great. This beer is really good but anyone adverse to coffee or bitterness might want to wade in gently. This presents itself more bitter than any 60 IBU in my recollection. Note: This beer became more enjoyable and balanced as it warmed. If you don't love the first few sips, let it warms a bit and retry.

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Photo of Eammon1920
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,697 ratings
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