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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
99
world-class

3,608 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,608
Hads: 15,494
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,757
Gots: 5,440 | FT: 245
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 3,608 | Hads: 15,494
Photo of PaleAleSean
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Black as the night sky with a light caramel head

S- strong coffee, notes of soy, mocha, and alcohol

T- coffee , espresso, strong alcohol taste

F- tingly on the tongue, thick and creamy

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Photo of ediaz
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with little head that disappears quickly to thin beige lacing.

S: big coffee, little booze. Smells like folgers. Not as strong as I'd hoped for.

T: big warm coffee, oatmeal, toffee. Lots of dark chocolate and maybe marshmallow.. S'mores without the gharam cracker. Delicious.

M: smooth and heavy, perfect.

O: great beer. Everything I expected and more. As the name suggests, a great morning beer and I think I'm going to hold one for hunahpu day next year. Big thanks to huskermike12 for the hook up!

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Photo of ChiHophead13
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish snifter.

A - midnight black with the consistency of Castrol motor oil. Thick, creamy head the color of milk chocolate. Ton of lacing on the glass.

S - burnt coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate pouring out of this one. Hard to find any hop presence due to the overwhelming nature of the coffee.

T - bitter chocolate and fresh ground espresso roast. Some malty and toffee with a wonderfully long chocolate finish. Not all all boozy at 8+%.

M - full bodied, mild carbonation, extremely well balanced and drinkable.

O - this is what a coffee stout should be. Although the coffee and chocolate are intense, they're not overwhelming. There's nothing "one note" about the flavor profile as everything works well together. FBS continues to be my yardstick for this beer style.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz bottle
Look: dark black with a one finger mocha brown head
Smell: an explosion of dark roasted coffe dark chocolate and more coffe
Taste: Coffe hits the taste buds right of the bat mocha chocolate a lite vanilla with a biter coffe after taste.
Feel: very creamy and smooth
Overall: amazing a coffe lovers beer very easy drinking for such a complex beer.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the go to stout here in the midwest. Wish it was available all year but might be hard to stomach regularly through the summer as this is pretty close to a full-meal beer.

A: Jet black with a nice dark head that dissipates quickly leaving just enough lacing around the edges.

S: Very heavy barley smell with cocoa, coffee, caramel notes.

T: This year, 2012, is smoother than previous years. Almost to the point where the 8.3% ABV is muted making it a dangerous delicacy. The taste profile is wonderfully balanced between a cocoa and a coffee stout (although coffee comes through a little bit more). Mild hop aftertaste that matches well with a very subtle and slight alcohol bite.

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Photo of denver10
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

THE beer I have long wanted to try but never had the chance, living outside Founders market. Finally took the splurge with aide of a gift card to make an online purchase and picked some of this up. Stoked to finally try it....hope I am not let down!

Pours black with a slight mocha head that recedes to the edges. Aroma is awesome; rich, sweet, and roasty. The chocolate and sugars from the oats give it a nice sweetness,some great dark roast coffee beans and roasted barley offer some great roastiness. A touch of unoffensive alcohol is there too. I will add that as it warms up the coffee really comes alive. Flavor is everything I hoped it would be. Huge dark roasted coffee, chocolate that starts off on the bitter end of the spectrum but quickly transitions into sweeter chocolate alongside the sugars from the oats, on top of a nice roasted malt foundation and with a nice slightly bitter char finish. Beautiful. A medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. Overall, loved it and I was not let down one bit. Everything I hoped it would be and totally worth all the hype/love it gets.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a godawful beer.


no, im just kidding. this is fantassstic. My buddy brought over a couple of bottles of Victory Storm King (my first taste of that one) so i decided to reveal my single bottle of breakfast stout that i found a couple of weeks ago at some hick liquor store out of town. Already happy with the SK, we opened this one up. it poured black as all hell. no light penetrating this one. nice brown head...looked fantastic. great coffee nose...sweet fresh ground beans. taste is a nice smooth hops and coffee mix. what's interesting about his beer is the mouthfeel...its like a frothy cappuchino/chocolate milkshake experience. very satisfying. mmmm. if anything, the frothyness makes it a bit thin...but only a bit. absolutely enjoyable in every way...the Kentucky breakfast edges it out for me though.

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Photo of aefbjo
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a gigantic head into a Ball jar. Opaque brown. Huge, stiff, resilient head.

So much coffee in the aroma. Just really good coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Not getting any hops or barley off the aroma.

Taste is largely gigantic coffee and dark chocolate off the bat. Slight hints of oatmeal on the back end. As it warms up it might change a bit, but this is a huge coffee/chocolate bomb. With a bit of time the piney hops come out. There are actually a fair amount of damn hops in this beer. They give the chocolate a perfect bitter unsweeteneed chocolate balance.

Medium to heavy body. Very nicely balanced here.

Overall one of my favorite beers from the Midwest. Don't front. There is nothing like this beer and you know it. Come here to drink it.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. stubby bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thick, dark with a finger width of head that dissipated quickly

S: I got a lot of chocolate, coffee and some malts as expected

T: I love the strong coffee hit at the beginning, but this then smooths into chocolate bitterness and finally a bitter sweet finish

MF: creamy and smooth thanks to the oats and superior blending

O: No shocker to anyone, this beer is top shelf

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Photo of h4ger
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I recently discovered Founder's and they tend to satisfy rather than disappoint so far. I heard this was a good brew and decided to try it when I saw it. The double chocolate statement scared me a little that it may be too sweet or have too much chocolate flavor. The fear was unfounded.
This beer pours very dark with a good 2 finger toffee colored head. I left it for a few minutes and from 18 inches away the coffee smell wafted over and surprised me with its reach. First sip is nice, strong coffee and dark chocolate taste, if you don't like either you won't like this. Very nice taste not overly bitter. It went down a lot quicker than I expected. I would buy this again without question.

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Photo of MikeG304
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass.
Was waiting for this one and saved it for Thanksgiving dessert.

Poured Dark brown to total black. No light coming through at all. Very slight dark tan head that did not hang around long.
As soon as I finished the pour the aroma of chocolate hit me. My wife even noticed standing next to me. Awesome nose. I just sat and sniffed for a couple of minutes.
I expected more chocolate than coffee taste but the coffee was dominant, with a little sweetness at the start, with the cocoa flavor along with espresso as it finished.
Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with very little carbonation.
Overall one of my favorite stouts so far. Definitely lived up to its billing.
Can't wait to try the KBS.

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Photo of keyn
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, rich black color...looks great. Smells of coffee and chocolate and wow, the taste does not let you down! This is one rich, creamy, tasty stout and deserves its reputation. Alcohol is hidden and it is not harsh at all, making for excellent drinkability. I will buy this beer again soon.

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

review from notes. poured on 10/16/11 into a tulip.

Heavy chocolate and coffee on the nose. hints of sweet milk.

Smooth silky mouth feel with moderate carbonation.

Coffee grinds in front then chocolate and oat nuttiness that lingers into cola in the back.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. I am a huge coffee and chocolate fan so I knew I would love it the first time I tried it. Fort Point Market in Boston has it for 10.99 a 4 pack, which is the cheapest I have seen, so I love the great value for a world class stout. Excellent sipper that is very enjoyable as it warms.

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

Last year's batch poured into snifter. Pours a beautiful black stout color with slight tan head, which soon disappears. Aroma is strong mix of chocolate and coffee. Sweet taste, but not as sweet as Angry Chair Brewing Fudge Bucket. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not overpowering, but enough to rub against the tongue. Minimal aftertaste. Really nice.

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

Pours oil black with a dark dense head. Smells like dark chocolate and espresso, that's what you paid for right? Taste is exactly as it smells only better. The thickness makes it taste like a meal, the flavor makes it enjoyable. You get intense dark chocolate and amazing smooth coffee. Most coffee stouts have a bitter flavor from the beans but this is the gold standard. You get a great smoothness from the oatmeal to balance it out perfectly. This is THE best coffee stout out there and im glad its so accessible. It says a lot when a brewery when there shelf beer is in the top 50 beers IN THE WORLD. Buy this beer because it amazing.

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Photo of CHickman
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black in color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan that faded slowly and left great lacing and rings of foam on the glass and a ring of tan foam around the top of the brew; this beer looked like left over motor oil, like a spoon would stand up in it.

Wow, it smells hardy...the nose is so strong it smells like cake mix in the bowl. Smells of chocolate, molasses and coffee up front with caramel, grains (oats based on the label), cocoa, vanilla, a rum sweetness like it was barrel aged, and some light alcohol. This smells so tasty that it's almost like frappuccino and hot chocolate mixed in a wine barrel, which is just an excellent aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with chocolate, molasses, coffee (coffee grinds, coffee beans, espresso, etc.), syrup, caramel, toasted grains/oats, cocoa, vanilla, charcoal, rum, sweet malt, bitter citrus hops, grass or hay, and a barrel aged bourbon like flavor that has hints of light alcohol. Dry, bitter aftertaste with a combo of coffee, vanilla, burnt wood and faint hops, which is really nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with basically no carbonation, and watery flow that made this exceptional to drink; the body is heavy and chewy, yet this flows down easy. Good to drink or to sip and savor like a desert beer.

I will shy away from saying "high" drinkability, as this would be a two beer limit for me because while it is a very tasty brew and the alcohol does not show at all, it is still quite a heavy and complex beer that just would be wasteful to pound and not savor. I will say it is quite drinkable; high drinkability for any stout lovers out there.

Overall the flavor is excellent and I will try this for breakfast one day to honor the title. I highly recommend this beer, which lived up to the hype and review accolades. This is a very impressive beer in every way, which got better as it warmed up. Founders continues to impress me the more I try their beers.

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

Honestly I always wondered what all the hype over this beer was, mainly because I never had it and thought what's the big deal? Well I had it on tap in Vegas and ya believe the hype. Love it!

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Photo of Rope
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance-
Darkness, with brown ridges in the light. The hop oils dance nicely when pouring, but the head was non-existent after a few seconds.

Smell-
Coffee notes mixed with a peppery nose. Then comes the smooth sweetness of the chocolate, which strikes a perfect balance to the opening bitter.

Taste-
The coffee bean first hits, and then between the total transition to a chocolate sweetness a slight dried berry influence is present.

Mouthfeel-
Smooth, as an oatmeal stout tends to be. The carbonation is present, but subdued by the thick coating of the mouth. You can roll the flavor in your mouth, after you swallow, like cigar smoke.

Overall-
Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal make for a daunting amount of extra ingredients in one beer, but they come together for a simply enjoyable taste. The bourbon barrel variant is more rare, but I find the coffee notes in this the winning flavor.

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Photo of hargettf
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best part of theis wonderful beer is the strong, strong coffee smell. I have some bottles from last year and that part is gone, so drink fresh. Pours black as night. Thick mouth feel, with a bitter coffee taste. This is my favorite of all the coffee beers and I am trying to taste them all, so i have had a few.

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

If you can't beat the best...drink the best! FBS is a classic! Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla mixed together in both aroma and taste puts FBS in the upper echelon of stouts!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9/6/11 (3 days old)

A - Pours a dark, viscousy black with great, puffy mocha head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a lot of great sticky lacing. Great looking beer here.

S - Good amount of roasted coffee, not that burnt coffee smell that a lot of stouts protrude. This is Grade A premium coffee. Good notes of dark chocolate, some subtle dark fruits, but overall just a great, roasty smelling beer.

T - Oh wow, this beer just has such a robust fullness to it. Tons of that roasted coffee, just like drinking a coffee from a coffee shop. The dark chocolate comes in and provides a little bit of balanced sweetness, it finished with the perfect amount of bitter hops. I'm just blown away by this beer.

M - It's silky smooth, it leaves a little bit on the lips as you drink, even a bit sticky. The bitterness from the coffee and hops ever so slightly dries the mouth, the alcohol is completely masked.

Overall - Superb. Outstanding. I've been blown away by this beer. I have literally nothing negative to say about this beer. Perhaps the mouthfeel was a bit less, but it was miniscule. This is truly a world class beer and perhaps the finest beer I've had the pleasure of having.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/06- Purchased via mail order with Archer Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Has been aged for at least 6 months. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Blacker that soot pour. Closest to motor oil I have ever seen from a beer. Thick and viscous. Smaller 1/2 inch head and leaves light lacing.

Smell- Huge and I mean huge amounts of roasted coffee bean smell with a deep dark malt background. A touch of bitterswwet chocolate underneath all that. Reminds me of the smell of a ski lodge coffee shop.

Taste- I'm not one for coffee as a normal thing, but I do love it in beer and in ice cream. This beer is loaded to the brim with coffee flavor. Once you get past the coffee fix, the heavy fire roasted malt comes in and even deeper a dash of dark chocolate. After your taste buds are assulted by by all that the nice bitter hop blast comes in to finish you off.

Mouthfeel- Only, if only this beer was a bit more smooth. Carbonation level was a bit steep for a beer this thick and viscous. My only complaint about this beer.

Drinkability- This is one incredible tasting beer. My version of heaven would be a 50 tap beer bar with this on cask....if that even exists.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

y wife actually deemed this a "destination beer" because it is not available in St. Louis. Thankfully, you can take a short trip across the river into Illinois and pick some up. As the name implies, you could drink it for breakfast. It is almost like a glass of coffee with some chocolate if your coffee was 8.3% ABV. It has more body than a lot of stouts. While you won't sit and drink a lot of these at one sitting, you will want to start off with this truly amazing beer.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.