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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,531 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,531
Hads: 15,049
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,726
Gots: 5,025 | FT: 237
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
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Photo of doktorhops
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.

A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.

S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.

T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever encountered. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!

M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.

D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.

Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.

Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.

Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.

Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.

An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I've tried from them and up there with the best I've tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I'll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid devil's food cake. This may be the first beer I've ever seen that has no highlights. The liquid crowds the edges of the glass so snugly, and with such menace, that light dare not attempt to get a foothold. Most impressive. The dark golden, milk chocolate crown is a beast. It squats with an equally forbidding countenance in the top quarter of the glass, daring any lovers of fizzy yellow beer to approach, much less take a sip.

The nose is huge and is redolent of crushed coffee beans and melted dark chocolate. And then some more coffee beans. And then some more. This has to be the most coffee-dominant nose in the known universe. At least in my known universe. I am not a coffee aficionado by any means, but I have to give the aroma the respect it deserves. If I loved coffee, this might be my Holy Grail of beer noses.

Incredible palate-busting flavor. Thankfully, bittersweet chocolate is equally as prominent as espresso. So much so that the beer tastes like dark chocolate fudge made with black coffee as the liquid ingredient. I knew that Founders wouldn't disappoint in the hop department. The citric hops play an integral role in turning Breakfast Stout from what could have been an (admittedly incredible) two-trick pony into a three-trick thoroughbred. They deepen the flavor profile even further and firmly place this beer into the pantheon of Great Beer.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy, with bitter winning in the end. The finish is more than long, it's downright obstinate. Seemingly interminable echoes of chocolate-coffee/coffee-chocolate reverberate long after the beer has met its glorious fate in my warming belly. The body/mouthfeel is big, yet doesn't make it all the way to viscous or chewy. Still though, it's incredibly smooth and creamy and is sheer joy in the mouth. 8.3% ABV? Surely they jest. There is no hint of ethanol to be had.

FBS deserves its reputation and then some. My preferences run to the less java-intensive, but then it wouldn't be a breakfast stout, would it? This brewery continues to delight and amaze with quality beer after quality beer. Breakfast Stout is an outstanding achievement by any measure. Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the bottle.

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

Normally I don't like declaring one thing my "favorite," be it a movie, a song, a book or whatever. My tastes just vary so much from year to year and even day to day. That said, Founders Breakfast Stout is my favorite beer. Hands down. It is the beer that got me into stouts. It is the beer that got me away from that devil drink called wine. It rekindled my love affair with craft brews, coffee and even the diseased whore's mitten that is the state of Michigan, a perpetual thorn in the side of common decency and God's favorite state in the Union, my home, the Buckeye state of Ohio.

Breakfast Stout saved my life.

Well no, not really, but it is very good. Every fall my girlfriend and I call up the local liquor store every few days until they say it's in.. Then we go and buy it pretty much every time we get beer until it runs out (so like once a week). Lately we've been buying multiple four-packs at a time because it seems to get more popular and run out quicker every year. I would implore Founders to make this a year round thing, though that might take away from the "specialness" of it. Really, I'd just hope they make more next year.

So what is the actual experience like?


You'll just have to go out and try it for yourself. The only things I can really say are that it's thick like crude oil with a strong-but-not-too-strong coffee flavor. It will coat your mouth and warm you heart. Honestly, it's just that good. It will open your eyes. It will change your mind, your life, your very soul. It was. It is. It will always be. It is the alpha and the omega. It was there at my first love of stouts, and it will be there at the end of my liver.

Breakfast Stout is one of those rare drinks that pleases everyone. My girlfriend and I have very different beer tastes, but we can both agree that this is the best beer human beings have yet to offer. I feel like high school me, modern me, my mom, my grandfather, my grandmother, my dad, Barack Obama and Rush Limbaugh could all love this beer.

There is no other. Thou shalt put no other beers before me (if it's in season and the bar serves it, of course).

My local bar gets a single keg of KBS a single time per year. Much to my chagrin and eternal shame, I have yet to try it because it sells out in literally two hours, which is pretty much how long it takes to drain a keg by just holding down the tap. I shit you not, this year my girlfriend and I are taking off work and camping out at the bar to ensure we are a part of that two hours. I know it sounds crazy, but you just haven't tried the dream, the vision, the spiritual experience that is Breakfast Stout. Like the crack cocaine, one taste and you'll be hooked. Just try it. Everybody's doing it.

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

One of the best beers that I've ever had. Period. Excellent! It's so good that I'm going to buy the rest of the inventory at the liquor store near me, so as I'll have some for the year, due to it being seasonal. Yes, it's that good! (I'm drinking one right now!)

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Photo of tjk135
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best readily available double stout out there. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor, chewy - it has it all.

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

Pitch black (opaque), viscous, and thick as hell, liquid with a towering dark coffee colored foaming head. Excellent retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Incredible nose of roasted coffee and rich chocolate with a pleasing acrid edge.

Massive, full-bodied, velvety smooth, viscous, thick and chewy feel on the palate - thanks to the oatmeal, in part. Roasted malt astringent twang, with some hoppy character mingled in – some herbal spice and leaf. Bitter chocolate. Plenty of coffee flavors with an acidic bite, silky milk chocolate character soothes. Oak-y. Molasses notes. Stodgy cooked oatmeal in the flavor. Hints of sherry in the warming alcohol, with a low spice. Finish lingers with a play on sweet malts and dry, bitter savories. Sweet alcohol burn becomes part of the linger as the beer warms.

Breakfast Stout? Hell yeah! That’s when I tried my sample! What a way to kick-off my morning. Quite possibly one of the most interesting American Double Stouts on planet Earth. Absolutely delicious.

(Enjoyed over the course of :30 mins to allow all of the nuances to pull through as the beer warmed to room temp - I highly recommend this.)

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Photo of Bmonster
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Phenomenal beer. This is about as good as a stout gets, which says a helluva lot. Excellent mix of dark malts, coffee, chocolate flavors, with no one quality overwhelming the overall taste.

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

An outstanding stout, top rating in all areas and this will be on my preferred list!

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Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew that opened my eyes to the wonder and splendor of craft beer. has never disappointed since.

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Photo of Beer_Doge
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


So coffee.

Such mouthfeel.

Much complex.


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Photo of Lomac4
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such an amazing beer, it just has everything going for it. I love the aroma, the feel, the taste. Very rich and creamy, a beautiful thick black color and hearty beer. Everyone and their mother should drink a glass of Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well...it's 11am on Saturday morning..what better time to try the Breakfast Stout I just got from Archer Liquors. Pours from the stubby brown bottle a deep, slightly thick syrupy black with a dark tan head that slows rises from the black hole upwards. Looks like a glass of black coffee after someone has gone out of their way to make it extra strong. First sniff is like opening a can of fresh ground coffee and inhaling deeply...damn do I love that...combined with chunks of rich dark chocolate. Roasted oats and burnt molasses round it out. Yum...screw my morning cup of coffee...give me this instead!

First sip is an explosion of rich coffee flavor along with a massive dose of chocolatey goodness. Roasted and burnt oatmeal gives a slightly nutty flavor as well. Hints of molasses and toffee come in and out. Everything works so well together here and each sip leaves me salivating for more. WOW.

Big, syrupy rich full mouthfeel that coats the mouth and is perfect for a big, tasty stout in my mind. Just enough carbonation. This is an incredibly tasty stout and ranks up there as my favorite so far. How I wish I had a case in my cellar. Highly recommended and well deserving of the hype. I look forward to more Founders brews in the future and hope they keep putting out stuff like this.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition (fresh), 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and brown sugar, with a touch of maple syrup. Some subtle chocolate notes too, as well as some cream.

Taste: Delicious! Roasted malt up front, imparting notes of roasted coffee beans, a touch of smoke, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, followed by some pronounced brown sugar-like sweetness, and some subtle hops. As previously stated, delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, I’m surprised at how little a presence of alcohol there is on the palate.

Overall: This is another fantastic stout, and another great beer from Founders! Great flavors of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, beautifully balanced with some brown sugar-like sweetness and hops. Delicious!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: June 27, 2015... Glassware: Classic Guinness pint... Occasion: a rainy--and cool--late June evening... Appearance: the standard dark black body that dares one to find daylight; brown, slushy head that settles quickly to a boggish texture; lacing forms in strong smears that hold steady.... Aroma: a welcoming brash punch of alcoholic spirits--bourbon, rum--with fresh hops pushing up earthy peat with strength...some cherry, cola, and dampened wood...the chocolate and coffee come late but round the experience nicely.... Palate: full-bodied and mega creamy; tickles the teeth with some happiness, only to crash the throat with a brick-like weight that doesn’t disturb the taste buds; for a stout, a lively amount of carbonation; reasonable, warm, slightly alcoholic finish....Taste: the chocolate mellows the coffee bean enough to make the two a happy marriage, with slightly citric fruits peaking at the start, in and amongst the malty, earthy aspects...rewarding and warming--again, a fitting beer to be had at the start (or the end of) a day--versatile in its power...Overall: a formidable, forceful beer that challenges the taste buds and rewards the palate; Founders continues to produce upper tier beers; this one from the break pack box leftovers--quite a find at $13.99 a twelve pack at Hope Liquors!

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark. Some head that dissipates to some lacing up the sides. Quite earthy roasted nose to it which is nice to actually smell a stout. Great taste. Oats and malt are very present. Coffe like coco sediment delivers the tastebuds a nice aftertaste. Carbonation not as present as expected, but this is an old bottle so maybe thats why. Complements food well with a clean wash but the alcohol is somewhat obvious. Which isnt always bad I guess. Well done. Woukd buy again. Well balanced.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful looking beer with a black body and a foamy dark brown head. It smells of coffee, chocolate and a roasted scent. The beer smell the same as it tastes and is as rich as it looks. It has a full body taste, the first sip was what you expect from a stout. I'm not much of a coffee drinker but still loved this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Masterful combination of coffee and chocolate in this stout, with the oatmeal making its appearance at well. Very smooth and not disapointing. Thanks vvclark for the bonus delivery after our regular trade! Baby picture on bottle is a flash of brilliant subtle humour. This could be a favorite regular beer of mine.
Had again 3.5 years later and bittrenss well subdued by choclate. Thick.

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

From a fresh bottle, notched April. Beautiful label art. And.... enjoyed for breakfast!

The Breakfast Stout pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy tan of brownish-tan foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves beautiful walls of thin lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is bright and exciting with notes of coffee/espresso, nuts, roasted barley, dark chocolate, and (amazingly) oatmeal. It's enough to make me want a cup of mocha java!

In the mouth, it's full bodied and superbly creamy with just a delicate tingle upfront due to its moderate carbonation.

The flavor is even richer and fuller than the nose leads you to believe, with mouthcoating flavors of delicate fruit (strawberries, maraschino cherry); sweetened mocha java; darker-roasted espresso; dark chocolate; fudge brownies; cereal notes (from the oatmeal?); and some grassy and leafy hops - all backed by a solid, underlying bitterness that ushers in its long-lingering, roasty and bitter finish (that's not too unlike a cup of dark black coffee!).

Its complexity lies within its richness, meaning that what you percieve changes from sip to sip as opposed to a beer that presents its characteristics in some kind of order repeatedly throughout the glass.

The alcohol is never noticeable; and it's hard to restrain the acidity in a beer that offers this much dark and roasty malt, but it's perfectly balanced and quite drinkable!

Not unlike the World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head, this pushes the envelope and deserves credit just for that... but it also delivers as well!!! Brilliant!!!

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Photo of bditty187
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stunning because of the absolute blackness of the liquid. I held my glass up to a light and it was a true abyss. It was a black hole. It was Palpatine’s heart. In other words, no light could penetrate it. I’ve seen some dark beers before but this might be the most amazing. The head was brown in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a thin cap that didn’t expose the liquid until a third of the liquid was sipped away. The subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized. Overall, this beer looks great; the liquid is worth the price of admission alone. This is beer porn.

The nose is a dead-on match for an iced-mocha espresso. The first thing that popped into my mind as I took my first sniff was how much it reminds me of Thunderhead’s award winning Black Sheep Espresso Stout. I wish I could do a side-by-side sniff test. There would be no losers! I smell amble roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, a hint of sweetness and a roasted/acidic finish. This beer is stunning. My mouth is watering. Complex. Deep. Oh, so inviting.

My mind smelled iced-espresso so the first sip really staggered me… it was warm! The alcohol was upfront but not raw or unpleasant. The second sip was a wonderful mixture of espresso, coffee grinds, semi-sweet dark chocolate with a dash of chocolate sauce, the finish was similar to Achouffe coffee liquor. Yum. There is great flavor depth here; I don’t see how this beer could taste any better. It is well balanced yet aggressive with just enough alcohol restraint and the hops are so secondary they are pointless to mention aside from the key fact they are keeping this beer from being too sweet. Bitterness from hops, probably a little… bitterness from the roast, probably a little more. This is well-crafted. Tremendous! Flawless. This is the best beer I’ve tasted… of this sort.

Full body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel was perfect and this sets this beer apart from any coffee stout I’ve had, be it from Bell’s or Thunderhead. This is a sledgehammer. Fantastic. Bring on the NY cheesecake.

To ask if this beer is drinkable is insulting, have you not read my review? This is a damn great beer; I’d drink this daily if I could. I’d drink this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or nightcap. This was an unexpected treat, thank you CRJMellor.

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Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.30% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Founders Breakfast Stout, is rich with coffee, chocolates,grains, malts, and hops. There is alot going on in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with coffee flavors and chocolates. The taste of this brew is as good as it smells. You also pick up on rosted malts and grains in this brew. Now if you are not a coffee drinker you will not like this brew. However if you are a coffee lover this is the brew for you. The mouthfeel of Founders Breakfast Stout is Bold, rich, and flavorable. I have not had a brew with so much going on in it. Founders Breakfast Stout has a nice balance to it, ther is nothing really overpowering about this brew. I can see why they call it a Breakfast Stout. You also really can't pick up on the 8.30% in this brew. This is on smooth brew. Overall I'm giving Founders Breakfast Stout a soild 5 out of 5. Founders Brewing Company, did a real Nice job with this one. This is a brew I have been wanting to try for sometime now. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: One-finger head; dark and thick like motor oil with 3,000 miles on it.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Chocolate and coffee with a little oatmeal. Much more robust than your typical stout.

M: Strong. Not for the weak of heart or faint of big-beer flavor.

O: The bottle says 'double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout' and they weren't kidding. Not necessarily strong in alcohol content, but very strong in terms of flavor. I could only handle one in a single sitting and I'm used to multiple stouts and porters at a time.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

A huge robust stout that is well rounded. Has massive notes of coffee upfront and dark mocha like chocolate on the finish. Very silky smooth and pleasant to drink. It's no shock that this is one of my all time favorite beers. Coffee, Chocolate and Beer are great things~

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,531 ratings.