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 | website

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

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Reviews: 3,655 | Ratings: 15,762
Photo of kemoarps
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black bordering on slightly less black than black, but still black. Like dark drip coffee. No head to speak of. But somehow there's still residuals left on the glass. Go figure.

Nose is faint but rich coffee and dark chocolate come through. Good flavours, just wouldn't mind them asserting themselves a little better.

Flavour takes those notes and runs. Rich creamy dark chocolate and silky black coffee drive this whole thing, weaving in and out of one another wonderfully. Body is just the light side of heavy and oily/silky smoothe.

This is what it says it is, that is if it says that it is good shit. Because this is good shit. From @WesMantooth's awesome NBS BIF #3 box. Thanks Corey!

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a tan thick head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts - very pleasant aroma. Taste doesn't disappoint - the chocolate and coffee come through, and the alcohol doesn't overpower the drink. This is one of the best readily available stouts!

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Photo of Bleer
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first love. This was my gateway stout 8). So many great flavors, booze, chocolate, and coffee. Smells incredible... For a beer than you can easily find for half the year, it's really a must have.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice pitch black beer with a mocha head on it, nice lacing
S - nice coffee, chocolate, dark malts, some vanilla creaminess in there
T - coffee, chocolate, dark malts, roasted marshmallows, vanilla, oatmeal, exactly what it claims to be
M- thick, alcohol covered completely, aftertaste more chocolate and coffee
O - overall great beer. Slightly overrated if u ask me though.

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Photo of maltheaded
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from a Spartan\Nash store in a 4 pack of bottles. Poured into a pint glass, a nice and thick stout that doesn't try to jump out of your glass. I think the hops and roasted malts do a great job hiding the
8.3 abv. Not overly sweet and surprisingly easy to drink for the high alcohol content. Founders brewery is one of the great things about living in Michigan.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden. Key, not cask. Pours pretty much black with a super-solid tan head. I could have placed a pound coin on this head and it would have held for a couple minutes. Lacing sticking all over. Nose is very mild compared to expectations. A bit fruity...like the fruity coffee notes from varietals like Kenya AA and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe...and some ice coffee. Bit not a lot. Taste is better, with the initial feeling of sweetness (probably more from the heavy mouthfeel) fading to dry, almost ashy, with lots of coffee on the finish. Coffee/ashy notes last a while. Mouthfeel is heavy. Carbonation is a bit high for the style IMO. Overall, a very good beer, but I don't rate it quite as high as some. It is extremely close to a homebrew I make, which may make it less exciting/different to me.

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Photo of gshak
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/15, so it is about 5 months old at this point. The intensity of the coffee in this beer is very impressive. This is like a double shot of espresso, dropped into a chocolate milkshake. Very impressive!

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Photo of Terpinator
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Breakfast of champions! Looks as thick as a milkshake. Very aromatic with complex coffee, chocolate, and oat smell and taste. A bit of a bitter aftertaste for a stout and just a trace of the alcohol. The taste is overshadowed by the overwhelming body that overflows the palate. Delicious!

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Photo of MichaelT86
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, this beer and you are going to have a good relationship if you both go into it with a good understanding of what each is bringing. This is not a beer to pound back on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn, it is not hoppy, it is not light nor bright. Those things are at times great, and if that's what you're looking for you're going to likely hate this beer. HOWEVER, if you want a thick cloudy, unctuous stout that packs a ton of flavor, then you're in for a good time. It's thick, velvety on the tongue and incredibly flavorful. It's at that "border-line meal replacement" level for a beer.

If you're doing breakfast for dinner it makes a nice replacement for a cup of coffee. That should give you a good idea of the intensity of the drink.

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

Easy to find and reasonably priced unlike 3 Floyds here. Grocery stores have it even. Pours a dark coffee color with excellent lacing. Most times will just drink it from the bottle and drink it fast as I cannot get enough. Tastes like excellent coffee, and dark chocolate (slight toffee and caramel notes with a little oatmeal). Predominately coffee and chocolate. I honestly could drink this when I wake up! Have to say this is one of the best beers I have ever had.

Frankly this is the cat's meow, the shizzle for my nizzle, or a like a great lay. Usually I will drink one to two of these beers at a time always wanting to drink more of it. Once and only once did I drink four in rapid succession going into the City of Chicago on Metra (yes they let you drink on the train which is strange since I am from Indiana and even though I left that state 15 years ago I still feel like I might get arrested for drinking on Metra it just still feels strange). After four of these beers I felt absolutely fantastic. My buzz or drunken haze was perfect. My burps were chocolate and coffee notes and a wonderful full feeling as if I had a great meal when I did't eat much that day. It also isn't overly filling for a Stout. This is probably one of the best beers made by anyone, and that I have had or will have (I just cannot say anything about his beer is wrong. It's liquid courage or a complete diet.

My father who never really drank in 72 years of life, who I have only seen drunk 2 times (with one large Sapporo in Las Vegas (the first time) and a strong Irish Coffee the second time (I am 42 and I have only seem drink a handful of times) drank this beer in 5 minutes and immediately wanted more. He was begging me to find out where to buy this and immediately ran out and bought some. Mind you this is a person who rarely if ever drinks. This beer is what ever Stout strives to be or should be it is that good.

A PERFECT SCORE indeed and the only perfect five I have given!

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Photo of Absolut
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at twisted oak.

Jet black pot with a tan head. Ideal looking stout

Smells of coffee butter chocolate and malt

Taste is coffee forward followed by malty chocolate.

Excellent example of the style

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Photo of bin31z
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and oily looking with very little head. Nose has coffee, bitter chocolate, creaminess, coffee grounds. Body is viscous and thick. Palate has similarity to the nose, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some burnt coffee grounds. A great beer if a little on the expensive side.

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

Basically, no head with a fairly gentle pour. Color is dark, dark brown. Smells and tastes like 3/4 French roast coffee mixed with 1/4 dark chocolate, with a slightly bitter finish. I'm normally not too much of a heavy stout fan because I find them a bit sweet and bog down my drinking after awhile, But I really like this one because of the soft bitterness.

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

The look and smell after pouring promise a lot, and the taste and body more than deliver. There's an incredible balance between sweet and bitter that somehow doesn't blunt the experience of either, as I've experienced with to many other stouts. Will definitely look forward to my next glass.

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

Probably the best stout on the shelf that is fairly very available. Pours a classic inky black with a decent kakhi brown head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted oats, and caramel with a similar aroma. Mouthfeel is full with a sticky finish. Overall I really enjoy this stout more than many of the sought after brewery only stouts.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice dark brown head with significant surface tension.

Smell is medium coffee, bitter chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Bitter oats. Some earthy hops. Ghiradelli 72% cacao chocolate squares.

Taste follows smell: coffee, bitter chocolate first, faint touch of sweet milk chocolate, some earthy hops, oats, caramel, fudge.

Mouthful is decent. A touch over-carbed for my personal preference for style.

Overall: awesome beer. One of the first crafts I ever had. Always, always nice to have.

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

Looks pitch black in the glass, with a fluffy tan head that eventually dies down in a thin tan ring, but leaves splotchy lacing.

The aroma offers bittersweet medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, earth, caramel, oats, and brown sugar.

The palate smacks of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, baking cocoa, caramel, burnt toast, oats, and dark roasted coffee, lingering long into the finish of wood smoke, dark chocolate, and heavily roasted coffee.

The mouthfeel is medium-full, filling, and smoothly carbonated.

This one of the best chocolate-coffee-stouts you will on the shelves, period. One of the best Founders beers, and one of the best coffee beers, period.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall glass: color is black, head is tan, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell full flavored, nice sweet chocolate malt, big roast and punch of coffee bitterness. Greatness.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a sweeter malt profile balanced by the coffee and hop bitterness. Great blend of chocolate, roast, coffee and just a little earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, with solid lingering finish.

Overall, a style defining beer for coffee stouts, great full flavors and huge coffee presence without destroying the rest of the beer.

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Brew_42 got it right: motor oil black. Small head, light cocoa brown, quickly dispersed.

Smell: equal notes of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, smells malty, carmel, thick cream.

Taste: A hair lighter than dark bitter chocolate. Bitterness offset by thick carmel malts, with chocolate and coffee mingling pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: thick, lasting, carbonation dissipates (but not fully) nicely after swishing. Sweet aftertaste of bitter chocolate, cocoa beans, bitter dark coffee beans in a newly-opened coffee bag.

Very smooth. 60 IBUs? Tastes like <30. Dangerously drinkable, but you want to savor every sip. Warms the whole body, pleasant bitter malt aftertaste.

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Photo of Slack
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown to black in color and opaque with a ¼ inch of brown tinted head.

Strong roasted coffee and malt on the nose with some chocolate mixed in

Roasted malts dominate the palate with a nice mix of chocolate, and coffee bitters

Medium and silky with low carbonation. Finish is smooth.

Extremely drinkable, balanced, and smooth.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inch of copper colored head on top of the motor oil black color. Nice lacing troughout. Nose of chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Taste of dark chocolate and espresso with a hint of the hops. Clean finish with warming mouthfeel. Oatmeal comes in at the end. Top 3 stouts I've ever had. Can drink this all day

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge Stout fan, but wow does this knock your off your feet with a great tasting chocolate coffee flavor. A very drinkable Stout. Is a perfect beer to start off your day on a day off. Superb and a world class beer breakfast treat!

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Photo of JakeWarrenPgh
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Probably the best stout I've had. Just the right amount of coffee, smooth finish, and not excessively high in alcohol. It's seasonal, so it's one of the few reasons to anticipate winter.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Motor oil black with 1/3 inch tan head

Taste and smell overlap for the most part. Roast coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Towards the end there are hints of molasses and oatmeal I didn't pick up on the nose.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like an oatmeal stout should be.

The high ranking is legit. This is a really good stout.

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Photo of lamergod
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black opaque body with a tiny head.

Smells of absolute amazement. Nice roast coffee, dark cocoa. Very intense.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee forward with a bellow of cocoa taste. Very balanced, yet strong at the same time. Low on carbonation. Smooth

Overall, a beer thats very strong and intense. Yet manages to keep it balanced. Well done. One of the best I've had

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,655 ratings.