Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
16,527
Reviews:
3,811
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,863
Gots:
6,236
For Trade:
237
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Ratings: 16,527 |  Reviews: 3,811
Photo of mmoriarty
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Smokin' Joe's on Pittsburgh's Southside. I have to say, after one taste, this was the best tasting Stout I have ever had.

A: Pours a thick black color, with a moderate one finger foam head that sticks around for most of the taste. There is sufficient lacing as well.

S: Lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a small amount of alcohol. Extremely sweet smelling.

T: The malt sweetness is tremendous. The coffee flavor blends nicely with the chocolate and vanilla so that sweetness is not as overpowering. Great balance! This was extremely delicious.

M: Leaves a semi sweet thick creamy feel on the palate.

D: This beer is extremely easy to drink. Despite an 8% ABV, I could enjoy several quite easily in a sitting.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8.16.2012

Appearance - dark mahogany body with mocha colored head

Smell - coffee is prominent, I'm also picking up milk chocolate and oats

Taste - coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, oats

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, flavors are balanced, but do not linger for very long on the palate, goes down smooth

Overall - a good beer, but for all of the hype and the price point, I'm not sure about a re-visit

Price Point - $13.50/4pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of moodyxc9
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of juliusseizure
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/19/11
Mild carbonation after a year age in the cellar. Poured very dark very rich, thick. Really nice looking.
Smells like coffee with creamer with some nice cocoa.
Taste is just outstanding slight bitterness but a fresh coffee taste. I think that the bitterness is coming from the bittersweet cocoa tones i got in the smell. No alcohol burn at all.
Mouthfeel is just right, perfect richness. Creamy you can feel that this beer is loaded with flavor.
All in all, so worth the wait. Really seemed to bring alot of qualities out. I would age this one again for just a year.

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Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Danmullens1
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of AJ01923
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow BA Stonecrusher for this one. Pour was ultrablack, and I was rewarded by a luscious coffee-crema style head. Coffee was present in the aroma, and my notes indicate some hazelnuts as well. Mouthfeel was thick but pleasant. Tastewise, I enjoyed the chocolate and coffee notes (does anything go better together?). I did notice some acridity in the finish, much like one can with coffee. Good Stuff.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of slim2043
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: a 12oz bottle mid 40s temp poured into a stout glass.
C: she pours dark as night. Deep dark black. No matter how thin it gets its still black.
H: a thin head the color of lite brown sugar sticks to the glass a bit
A: first thing that hits the olfactory is coffee. Roasty and robust. Then it's a bitter dark chocolate scent. There's an earthy scent too and some maltiness and a bit of sweetness and licorice but very withdrawn.
B: it's so smooth. Like a cup of iced coffee but less watered down. Just slick smooth and beautiful w the nice carbonation to keep it flowing smoothly on the tongue.
F: wow! Chocolate! Coffees! Oatmeal! Breakfast! Breakfast indeed. Hand me some flapjacks and I'll pair it w this beer. It's sweet. It's bitter. It's malty. There's a hop profile. It's earthy. It's toasty. It's roasty. The flavors linger and the alcohol never even crosses your mind. I can drink this all day everyday.
O: a stout that stands alone. Drink it anytime any day. If u see it on the shelf, buy it. It's that good.

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Photo of ToadiesForCody
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BigRizz62
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jondeelee
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout opens to a heavily ashy aroma, full of black malt, ash, tobacco, fresh-ground oily coffee, cocoa, and roasted pecans. These are countered by a runnel of heavy cream and toffee, mixed with blackstrap molasses. Dark fruit esters, including prune, date, and black cherry, add nuance to the sugars. An earthy base of blackened toast crust, yeasty wheat dough, and heavy brown breads keeps everything grounded. Only a slight touch of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops. As a whole, this is a fantastic aroma, offering almost everything that could be desired in a stout, lacking perhaps only a barrel-aged bourbon overtone. Not that it really needs the latter, however; there’s already more aroma in the bottle than seems possible, and it practically oozes from the open mouth.

On the tongue, the beer starts out with a double shot of fresh ground oily espresso and baker’s cocoa, quickly followed by tobacco ash, black malt, blackened toast crust, and deeply roasted pecans. The dark fruit esters from the nose are still present, but less noticeable against the black onslaught, but there are touches of molasses, toffee, heavy cream, and vanilla bean to add a bit of texture and sweetness. Thick black breads and rising wheat dough add further texture, joined by a few lighter grains as well, including Grape Nuts cereal and fresh wheat, the latter providing a nice fresh counterpoint to the blackness. Only faint touches of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops; they’re mostly here to add bitterness, not flavor. The flavors are strong enough that they continue largely unabated in subsequent mouthfuls, though the ash and black coffee ground notes are slightly larger, and the sugars slightly smaller. The ashy notes grow as the beer is held on the tongue, and largely dominate the aftertaste, though some of the lighter grain notes and small bits of sugar do stay around to help counter things, and at least the ash lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is an oily medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout, and offers almost everything one could expect and hope for. Only a bit of barrel aging, or perhaps a larger cream and toffee presence, could improve the flavor, and a slightly more viscous mouthfeel would be nice. These are, however, picky notes, and should be largely disregarded; the beer is excellent as-is. Well worth trying.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NumberNone
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HopBomb515
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black, thick looking pour, small tan head that leaves a fine tan cap and a little lacing on the drink down.

S - Espresso, coffee dominates the nose and reveals layers of chocolate, smoke, char and cereal grains.

T - coffee/espresso forward revealing bitter chocolate that rides an oat grain wave to a bitter finish with some char and roasted malt notes. Rich and complex.

M - Smooth! Creamy mouthfeel that's full bodied and brings just a slight carbonation kick.

O - This beer is amazing. Smooth, complex and rich. If coffee is your thing this is a must have.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle, 12oz twist-off bottle. There is no dating on it or anything, but I'm thinking it was probably bottled in the fall of 2006 or so, which would make it about 1 year old (the recommended cellar time per the brewery too).

As I pour the liquid into a mug it appears to be a very thick murky dark brown. It starts forming a huge brown head and leaves great lacing. The aroma I get is not as potent as I thought it would be. I was expecting coffee in the aroma but instead got chocolate and roasted barley- not too bad. The taste starts out with a lot of bitter coffee. That only lasts the first couple sips and then what I mainly taste is roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The coffee is always there, and strong, but the roast and chocolate can be detected more as you drink it.

The mouthfeel on this is slick, at about a heavy-light body or so. The carbonation hides within the viscous liquid so as to not tickle the tongue too much. I had this beer for breakfast (why not?), and I don't normally drink beer anywhere near that early, but this went down so easy.. Stands up to every bit of the hype that I've read regarding this beer. Just a great stout overall.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very deep and thick black. no hint of light through the edges, but you know it's a bit red. a thin tan film of head and a ring remain after a gentle pour.

S - Oh man. lots of oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate, all in very good balance with one another. some spice and bitterness in the coffee. It's really tremendous.

T - Just like the nose. smooth coffee and oats with a nice rich chocolate backbone. a touch of bitterness on the tail end.

M - It's a touch thin. but its smooth and creamy.

D - This is seriously drinkable. It's very tasty and not overpowering. Hard to put down.

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Photo of dcguitar
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of RyanAU
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jscheuf
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,527 ratings.
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