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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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4.51/5
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16,774 Ratings
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
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:
#89
Reviews:
3,860
Ratings:
16,774
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
1,888
Gots:
6,408
Trade:
236
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 16,774 |  Reviews: 3,860
Photo of michaelbrian
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SAXdude
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ale_Lover
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCOlson
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TedF1271
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jleford
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good Porter

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Photo of Bmerold
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DrewTheBrew
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gradey
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyBolognaMN
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cinderblocks
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GlennFreeman
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shade1951
2.84/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I feel kind of bad about not being wild about this beer. Founders' stuff is almost always a notch or two above average. This one is just not too appealing to me. Yes, it smells of coffee. Yes, it is malty. Yes, there is chocolate. But the overall taste is of very bitter, extremely dark chocolate that kind of bites at the back of the throat. Obviously, from the reviews, that kind of flavor appeals to many.

It looks lovely, though. Oil black - viscous. The smell is... kind of acrid. It sure is not lacking in flavor. But it's not a flavor that I find pleasant. My ratings are on the generous side, probably because the beer is from Founders.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhrozek
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Squire123
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is so dark I'll call it black. Small tan cap.

Aroma of roasted malt and coffee but not heavily so. There is something almost sweet in the background which I presume is chocolate.

Taste is roast malt/coffee on entry and this holds until the end. Bitterness from whatever source is a bit more pronounced at the finish and in the aftertaste.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

This one is better put together than most Stouts I've tasted. The flavors are simple but so well knit together it gives off a sense of complexity even though it relies on simple flavors. IBU is listed as 60 but I really don't taste that level of hopping present. Brewer mentions imported chocolate which to me means dark, bitter chocolate in the European style and while I don't actually taste that in this brew there is decidedly something extra in the overall flavor. I understand why this is so popular.

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Photo of Mike_sears
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dirtysleeves
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sandstd1
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hcproff36
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,774 ratings
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