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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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3,438 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,438
Hads: 14,563
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,674
Gots: 4,542 | FT: 231
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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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Reviews: 3,438 | Hads: 14,563
Photo of jmasher85
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank this one at cellar temperature (taking advantage of the first beer brought up from cellar in my new house I just moved into!...hell yeah!!) Sadly, I am drinking this one in the shadow of KBS and CBS, which were both awesomer versions of the same thing, albeit a hell of a lot harder to come by, so this one gets extra points for availability.
Pours black as mud and tastes like it means business, as it should. Picture a hot coffee and toast breakfast with some fancy chocolate-covered raisins or something for dessert on a winter day, and this is what that would taste like in beer form...really boozy beer. Lacking the overwhelming sweetness of CBS and that addicting gritty texture and oaky taste of KBS, but featuring the boozy strength and basic flavor profiles of both, this is a fantastic mid-range stout.
Easily delicious enough to be worth spending a few bucks more on a 4-pack, compared to a sixer of something less amazing. Seriously, if it weren't for my insatiable quest to drink every beer I can, this would be one of my go-to regular buys. Total desert island beer, except that it would probably kill me by the end of the 3rd day on that island.
Only complaint is that I think a heavier carbonation and thick head would go quite nicely with this one - it's virtually fizzless. (1,304 characters)

Photo of RacerX5k
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour in my new complementary Founders 16 oz I guess it's called a cylinder? I don't know but I wanted one. Yes this is stout. Aroma bitter coffee and chocolate, 2014 keg but very fresh and pungent. Taste follows, coffee, chocolate, very bitter. Thin but appropriate for the abv level. Smooth finish.

My only complaint is the last 8 oz of 32 gets very palate weary, and frankly, a bit annoying. Still a great beer, but I generally prefer just one 12 oz bottle. And I definitely prefer fresh Wake n Bake which I'll drink all winter and into early spring. But sometimes you just gotta have a Breakfast Stout. Now that thinking about it, I want another. Oh well, it will be available soon. (696 characters)

Photo of darktronica
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not much that needs to be added beyond what 3,400+ other reviews has covered, except to say that I generally prefer FBS a bit after its Best By date. I love a good coffee stout, and this is one of the best non-aged regular releases out there, but it has a lot more to offer than just the coffee. I find that waiting another month or two helps to bring some of the other flavors more to the fore. By comparison, some other coffee stouts that are very heavy on the coffee, such as Big Bad Baptist, really shine when fresh but don't gain as much over time. (553 characters)

Photo of RJB66
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very tasty brew. I read that this was a great stout to try if you were not a stout guy. I'm glad I finally tried one. Just very easy drinking flavorful brew that keeps getting better as it warms. I recommend trying one.!!! (224 characters)

Photo of Beermanic
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark chocolate brown. If you hold it up to the light.

S: Wonderful malty, coffee, chocolate, roast aroma.

T: Nice round wave of flavors. You get the creaminess that the oatmeal provides, the chocolate and roast flavors, the great malty body (great body). Its just layers of flavor after flavor, like a wonderful desert.

F: full bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Great finishing beer. Wouldn't want to drink it all day, but would drink it most of the night. (470 characters)

Photo of Ksmoove27
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black body, light tan head. Decent lacing

Smell - Light than I expected. Coffee.

Taste - I'm really struck by the aftertaste. The oatmeal and bitter chocolate really grow after a few seconds. As Borat would say, "very nice"

Feel - Medium. Not too heavy.

Overall - A very unique stout. Great flavor and aftertaste. Not too heavy. My only knock is the smell doesn't prepare you for the excited your mouth will soon have. (433 characters)

Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My honey hole sells this year round and this particular beer is easily my favorite non-NA stout that is easily obtained. Pours dark and smells rich. The head on this is also very dark and creamy with very large "bubbles" (220 characters)

Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a burst of coffee from the pour. Tastes like a smooth chocolatey coffee stout. For an easily accessible beer when it is in season, FBS should be on any buyer's list. (188 characters)

Photo of donnyowens
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

if had thicker body could be near perfect breakfast stout. heavy coffee on the nose and taste with coffee bitterness more than hops at the end but body just slightly thin. (172 characters)

Photo of Beermanmiles
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best stout. It is not my favorite but it is the best. If you think that barrel aged stouts are too much (like me) but oatmeal stout aren't enough (not me) this is the beer for you. A perfect balance of flavor regardless of high alcohol content. No syrupy flavor, it maintains the same bite as any 5% alcohol stout. That burnt grain taste is so tasty that you just can't stop drinking it. There is not that straight alcohol flavor that you would expect of any beer over 8%. It's perfectly balanced and absolutely brilliant. (534 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.3% abv

Appearance- Pours a near black with a two finger oak brown head fast to dissipate. Opaque. Very Viscous.

Smell- Roasted dark chocolate. Roasted coffee beans.

Taste- Freshly roasted coffee first hits the palate, retaining coffee like bitterness early on in the flavor profile. Next comes a layer of dark chocolate with a roasted/smoked quality as well. Finishes sweet with a molasses/syrup flavor carrying along some residual bitterness from the coffee and chocolate undertones.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body, low carbonation but fresh to the palate. Thick.

Overall- A fine stout. A bit lacking in the chocolate flavor considering it says "double chocolate" on the label. This is more of a coffee forward stout. Good after dinner sipping beer....not so sure about breakfast. (822 characters)

Photo of KingCobra686
4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gets overlooked easily when compared to CBS and KBS, but it compared very well against those two when drinking them side by side. The stout flavor in this beer is stronger and more flavorful than many other barrel aged stouts on the market. (241 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit thinner than some of the other stouts I enjoy, but aside from that really well made. Rich chocolate flavors more prominent than the oatmeal to me. (159 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of LehighAce06. My first Founders beer. According to the label, it was bottled on October 27, 2014.

Poured into a Jones Radiator nonic pint glass, the pour was a viscous dark brown, and gave up nothing when held up to direct light. Big, creamy mocha-colored head that took it’s time dropping. There was a beer-neglige style band of thin foam around the top of the glass, with spotty and streaky lace scattered about pell-mell.

There was dark roast coffee, mollasses and chocolate in the nose, in that order.

Coffee, chocolate and molasses combine for a deep, velvety smooth embrace of the taste buds. While there is bitterness (60 IBUs worth, per the neck label), it’s more of a coffee bitterness, with hoppy bitterness seemingly way out on the periphery.

Full bodied, with a creamy, coating, velvety mouthfeel.

This is a decadent beer. If available in my neck of the woods, this would be a regular part of the cold weather lineup, and a nice dessert beer just about any time. A long-time want that did not fail to deliver. (1,053 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/22/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial coffee stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering as usual. (1,647 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Black. No light escapes. Head is tan, which rises to one finger when poured but fades quickly. When held to the light, the very edges appear just like black coffee.

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate - milk chocolate. The flavor is exactly what the aroma advertises.

Flavor: Coffee flavor initially which transitions to milk chocolate and then back into coffee. There is a slight bit of alcoholic warmth. Roast flavors come through late and leaves a dry sensation. I imagine this is what coffee with a scoop of chocolate ice cream would taste like.

Mouthfeel: Medium. I expected slightly more body.

Overall: This was an enjoyable beer. This was better than many chocolate stouts I've tried. This beer reminds me of Odells Lugene, but this is better. (788 characters)

Photo of imstimpy
2.78/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is nearly black with a head that looks like a cola (thin ring around the edge of the glass). There is a bit of a roasted malt, maybe oatmeal, smell but it is subtle. The taste starts oatmeal, goes to a roasted dark chocolate bar, peaks briefly with a bit of alcohol, with a long roasted chocolate finish. The feel is thick, but doesn't coat; it is smooth, but not nitro smooth. I've tried this a few times now and it just doesn't float my boat. The FBS is just a little too middle of the road for me. It is definitely more subtle than the Young's Chocolate Stout, but if you are to make a chocolate stout, I say make a chocolate stout! (644 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a one finger high, beigebrown head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.
Small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to the head.

Nose: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, cacao powder, oak, raisin, ash, molasses, dark syrup and caramel malt.
Taste: Dark fruit, plum, dark chocolate, ash, brown sugar, tobacco, wood, roasted malt, espresso, dark brewed coffee - a lot of great coffee!
Body: Full body with light carbonation. Great bitterness. Dry ending. Complex body with a smooth, silky feeling.

ABV: 8.3% and it's so great hidden! This is like a cup of cold, colgrew coffee. So tasty!

This is a masterpiece! I would have this any morning for breakfast :) (685 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible stout, i never thought this would compete with KBS but it does that and some.looks great, smells of chocolate and coffee and the taste is incredible.sweet, bitter and stouty,great addition of oats make this like an alcoholic chocolate biscuit.with the exception of one or two barrel aged stouts, this is the best stout out there. (340 characters)

Photo of Atatum
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heavy coffee and chocolate nose. The flavors are so full that it is like having a month full of chocolate covered espresso beans packed in your mouth. Very thick and velvety! This is an incredibly sumptuous brew. There is a bit of booze in the back end but it absolutely goes along with the flavors in the beer. Top five favorite beer. (335 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice obsidian colored body. I get coffee, chocolate and roast on the nose. The taste is great with the coffee and chocolate blending well. There is a slight roasty breadiness and the stout finishes with a little bit of warmth. Medium body with some light carbonation. Really outstanding shelf stout. (306 characters)

Photo of milkbaby9
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time. Everything about it is just perfect, beautiful to look at, a great nose, fabulous flavors, and a smooth mouthfeel. Just wish I could buy it year round. (189 characters)

Photo of CycleDad
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

None better. I have enjoyed this at the brewery in Grand Rapids as well as poured from the bottle.

I love sharing this beer with friends and watching the expressions on their faces as they enjoy a great breakfast stout. (221 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (1,317 characters)

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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