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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

14,212 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 14,212
Reviews: 3,554
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,533
Gots: 4,250 | FT: 221
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

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

60 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 14,212 | Reviews: 3,554
Photo of OwlsWatch
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredibly rich and complex stout. Lived up to the hype and then some.

Photo of reds2harleys
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Underrated in my opinion. Its right there with KBS in every way. In my personal top 5.

Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great stout. Drinking one today after 6 months of age, coffee still dominant, but smoothed out a bit. Gets better as it warms. Have another bottle I'll crack open in October after 1 year. Just in time for the fall 2015 offering..

Outstanding beer...

Photo of Jarnol21
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing stout indeed. Very smooth, but still not KBS. But it's good to find this beer pretty much year round

Photo of Wachturm
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coffee dominates followed by chocolate and roasted malt. Some smoky/burnt character as well. The oats contribute to a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel with modest carbonation followed by some bitterness from the coffee. Great beer at a reasonable price, I keep a few bottles in my fridge to last me until it's released again in the fall.

Photo of Eidel18
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great stout that's not hard to find

Photo of warsonsmu
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of the most exciting stouts I have had the pleasure of enjoying over and over again. Wonderful blend of cocoa and coffee with the delicious body of an oatmeal stout. Founders does not disappoint with the Breakfast Stout.

Photo of kinggimp
3.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A nice stout with a hint of coffee

Photo of hail_seitan
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into brandy snifter

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany. The head is thin and leaving little bits of lacing down the sides of the glass. Bits of taupe bubbles swirl on top of the beer like an oil slick.

S - Roasted perfection, though not overpowering. The notes of cocoa and espresso meld perfectly with root beer and caramel.

T - As opposed to the restrained nose, the flavor is robust as hell. However, it is also remarkably nuanced. The cold-press coffee smoothly blends with dark chocolate. The malt is reasonably sweet but not cloying - almost like a really, really good chocolate doughnut. There is also earthy spice similar to cinnamon, caramel richness, and a slight rum kick on the end. The lingering taste is smooth and full of sumptuous coffee and cocoa.

M - As with KBS, the mouthfeel is liquid perfection. The oatmeal lends an impeccable silky mouthfeel that envelopes the palate in a glutinous bear hug. Carbonation is light and spot-on.

O - Founders proves they are one of the world's masters of dark malty beers. One of the best coffee beers going. So supremely balanced it stymies the senses into blissful chocolate and coffee submission. However, I must say I like Founders' Porter and KBS (duh) better. It's probably a deadheat between this and their Imperial Stout, too. But that is not meant as a slight - this is an awesome beer. A winter without at least one of these is a winter of our discontent, indeed.

Photo of PolarBear3
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured a deep black colour with one fingered head that slowly dissipates.

S - Huge roasted coffee, burnt dark chocolate aromas, caramel and a little sweet toffee

T - Wow!.. Similar to the nose coffee, dark chocolate, caramel that gives it a terrific well balanced finish

M - Low carbonation, very smooth and medium bodied

O - Without a doubt one of the best stout I have had. Enjoying every minute of it and a must to try

Photo of bladehines
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged Breakfast Stout 2011

Aged in cellar fridge 55 degrees.

Look-black as night as usual, no carbonation.

Smell-heavy coffee, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate.

Taste-lighter then fresh, very mellow and well balanced. Nice coffee tones, slightly burnt but nice taste, sweetener then fresh. So much better aged!

Feel-lighter then fresh, no alcohol taste, def thinner tasting but so good!!!!

Overall-love aging this beer! Love it fresh but aging this long or longer makes it so good!!!!

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bright black with a thin filmn of a head that disappears to nothing.
S: Black coffee to espresso, roast.
T: coffee with hints of chocolate with a hop bitter that suggests espresso on the finish
F: Creamy smooth with a medium full to chey body and medium high carbonation.
O: A very well balanced brew.

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer and at under 10% for an imperial stout, extremely drinkable. BA has it listed as year-round, but according to Founders website it is only available from Oct-Dec. For a non-barrel-aged, moderate ABV, reasonably priced Imperial Stout, I can't think of a better one. Very balanced and rich. Bell's Expedition comes close. Of course, I'm Midwest biased.

Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best! Enjoying on national beer day!

Photo of SirHopsHoppington
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pallet notes of rich coffee with dark chocolate slowly making an appearance. Delicious oatmeal coming into play well after the swallow. All in all a very good beer. Recommend!

Photo of dthrift3
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout, hands down. Wonderful flavors all around with notes of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal. Great beverage at any time of the day.

Photo of brianwsnyder
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. [Judge Smails voice] "Top-notch. Top-notch"

Photo of gsmit
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, but to filling.

Very much like a bitter dark chocolate. Very smooth.

Aroma is lacking.

Can really taste the alcohol.

Photo of magicmoose66
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer that made me fall in love with beer.

Photo of JRscott24
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

what more do you want from a beer. Not pretentious, beautiful taste

Photo of Smelly
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Off on a tangent here, but hopefully it will help someone else. I drank this cold(fridge temp) in the past and thought...meh...it's ok. Then had 1 at cellar temp. Totally different experience. Opened my eyes to how good this stout really is...WOW. Now I'm drinking all my stouts, barleywines, etc at cellar temp. Wrong all these years and didn't even know it.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really solid beer. The coffee and dark chocolate are both there in the taste. Strong but not overly bitter. Got a good deal on a 4 pack for $9.

Photo of thedumbphase
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could smell this for days. A slight grittiness on the palate is the only (slight) negative here.

Photo of timshaw013
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite stouts for sure. Perfectly named. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid breakfast stout- great coffee notes and awesome body.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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