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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,538 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,538
Hads: 15,092
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 1,726
Gots: 5,065 | 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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Reviews: 3,538 | Hads: 15,092
Photo of dkanakis
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This year's batch has some additional metallic taste/smell which I can only attribute to their bottling, though I don't know for sure. The increase production has resulted in decreased quality, but I'd still rather have this beer than most others for 2-3 weeks in the fall!

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

Had one of these for breakfast (edgy...I know). Damn fine. It's basically french press coffee (coffee snobs know) and cream with an ABV. Dark black (kvlt!). Smells and tastes like coffee and chocolate. So it pretty much combines three of the greatest thing in the galaxy-beer, chocolate and coffee and does it right. Nothing clever. Just damn fine.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black, 1 1/2 tan head. Has a slight coffee smell, caramel and coffee flavor. Taste is thick and smooth, you can taste the chocolate and coffee, excellent cold morning wake up beer. Overall one of the best stouts I have had!

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Photo of MNAle
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color, opaque. No visible carbonation (but there's no visible anything - opaque!). 1/2 inch tan creamy head with sticky lacing. Toasted coffee and chocolate dominates the aroma. Thick mouth feel, little carbonation apparent to the tongue. Mild, matly, coffee, smoky, cocoa flavor. Slight bittering in the middle that fades in the sweet, coffee & chocolate finish. This is an enjoyable beer, but basically a duet between the coffee and the chocolate with the thick body holding them up. A bit too one-dimensional (OK, two-dimensional). I'm surprised it is rated so highly by so many,

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Photo of danh53
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at bourbon county release. This was the pregame warm up. Pour is dark brown with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Not getting much on the aroma, some roasted malt, some coffee, chocolate, and booze. Taste is more substantial. I get cocoa with coffee, but the coffee isn't as intense as I expected. It has a very distinctive cherry flavor as well. Don't know where that is coming from. It's not bad, but I would prefer to focus on the chocolate and coffee. Mouth feel is solid. It doesn't quite coat the mouth, but there is nice and creamy. Overall this is a very nice beer and one I would get again.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**FROM OLD NOTES, 12/14/12:
Aroma: Chocolate, Fudge. Look: Dark Black Pour. Medium Tan Head, Short lived. Taste: Chocolate, Fig, Fudge, Raisin. Feel : Light Carbonation, Thick beerBottle to glass, City Winery, NYC, Jonathan Coulton Concert. I love my Wife. **

Had this many times since and it has not disappointed. I have 10 "2014" Bottles stowed away for future consumption.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black with a small caramel colored head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is bursting with flavor. I get a huge amount of coffee, oatmeal, and cocoa powder! The coffee is super roasted with an espresso-like concentration.

Taste is surprisingly light for the aroma and appearance. This is not like drinking motor oil, which the majority of stouts are leaning towards these days. It is rather crisp, with moderate amount of carbonation and an underlying bitterness. The taste is all about the coffee! It's toasty, citrusy, roasted, and almost creamy. Unsweetened chocolate notes as well as some of the oatmeal can be found to round out the sip.

Again, I am a little surprised on the rather light feel and citrus notes playing through on this one. It's a very solid stout and drinks very easily. Always worth a taste each year. I see this pairing well with a coffee-based dessert, maybe an affogato. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of gman1602
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a jet black with a nice tan head, a little lacing left on the glass.
S: Has a very rich coffee aroma with dark chocolate balancing things out.
T: Roasted coffee with dark chocolate predominates the taste, a little alcohol at the end to let you know this means business.
F: Thick and velvety with enough prickling carbonation to give it a little bite in the back. Which I like.
O: Just an outstanding Imperial Coffee Stout, one to claim a benchmark for the style. Everything is balanced in harmony but stands out enough to be well noticed. Definitely tastes like some age on it to smooth and meld things together would make it as close to perfect as you can find on this earth.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thick tan head that lasts and heavily laces. Dep ruby black. Aroma is cafe mocha. Flavor is intense gourmet coffee and chocolate flavors and clean malts and no discernable hop character. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. World class coffee stout.

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Photo of Dan_K
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep, deep brown with light mocha head, 1 finger of small bubbles
S: Smell is mostly dominated by chocolate shavings, slight coffee and oatmeal. Mild green pepper aroma.
T: Tastes strongly of chocolately coffee, moderate sweetness, slight creamy taste. Tastes like coffee bitterness is doing some work in lieu of hops. Bitter coffee flavor lingers.
F: Feels medium bodied and slightly creamy, smooth, with slightly astringent mouthfeel.
O: This is a very flavorful beer with loads of coffee and chocolate flavors going on. Being "only" 8.3% you can enjoy these flavors for breakfast without being buzzed all day. It doesn't quite have the "freshly roasted" flavor that some stouts have, and others might be hoping for more sweetness. It does the trick though.

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Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Very dark brown with a thin chocolate brown head, decent lacing. Subtle smell of coffee and chocolate. Distinct taste of coffee and chocolate with sweetness like maple syrup. A great tasting stout.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft in a 16oz snifter.

L: Pours a dark black with 1-2 finger of tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Nose is coffee with roasted nuts and dark chocolate.

T: Excellent taste with coffee and subtle flavor of chocolate and maple syrup.

F: Not thick and chewy like some stouts, but does have some creaminess to it.

O: Excellent stout, one of the better ones I've ever had. Made a point to return for a second one the following night. Delicious with very good balance, nothing overwhelms, but just the right amount of coffee, chocolate and syrupy flavoring!

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Photo of Lumens66
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of, if not THE best chocolate coffee stout I've ever had. It's a coffee lover's dream. The notes of cocoa nib, dark chocolate and coffee are pronounced on the nose and the pour produces a thick gorgeous head. The ABV is high and creates a heavy mouth feel and slight sweetness. Have this beauty after dinner for dessert on a cold evening. It will warm you right up.

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

Bottled on 9/2/2014. Very dark mahogany pour with a completely black, opaque body and a thick cloud of light brown head. I had a fresh bottle recently and the coffee has held up after a year in the cellar. Cold brew gourmet coffee, rich milk chocolate, robust roast, toasted almond, cereal grain, with a hint of dark fruits starting to come through. The mouth feel is perfect, thick without the chewiness, with a creaminess that coats the mouth and leaves a wonderful bitter roast coffee flavor in the aftertaste. The flavor has a dessert-like dark chocolate-covered espresso bean quality to it. Bittersweet cocoa, coffee bean, dark malts, grained oats, vanilla, with a smokey char on the back end. THE beer that opened my eyes to the magic brewers are capable of. Whether fresh or aged, this beer is 'everything a stout ought to be good for'.

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Photo of MHurley
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour coffee black into sniffer with great sticky and thick carmel head. Smell of coffee fill the nose along with chocolate and oats. Taste of coffee and oats and then the bitter cocoa hits. Thick beer but so smooth with every sip. Great stout for any time of the day. And so lucky to have a little place in my town to pick these up at.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this famous stuff and poured into my pint glass at home.

A: A thick, rich black with about a finger of reddish brown head. Less retention than I would have expected.

S: Dark coffee, dark bitter cocoa, malt. This is a heavy, rich smell. I could smell the cocoa with it on my desk a few feet away.

T: Coffee, bitter cocoa, oats. A thick heavy brew, a real meal in a glass.

M: Heavy, but fresh and crisp.

This isn't really my style personally but I can appreciate as a good brew.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get that this is supposed to be one of the higher rated stouts out there. Don't get me wrong, it is quite good. It has all of the great stout flavors you want - chocolate, nuts, coffee. It's very well balanced and not too sweet. But I wouldn't say this is the best or most unique stout I have ever had.

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

Pours a viscous black. Tan, slender head. Aroma of lightly roasted coffee and baker's chocolate. Nice roasty, full flavored coffee, some chocolate that is not too overbearing, and a nice oatmeal finish. The feel is pretty good, but it's a little thin. There is nothing unpleasant about this beer, and you could say that everything is pleasant. This is one of my favorite stouts in the world. No nonsense. Terrific.

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Photo of Tac200
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Like drinking molasses with coffee over tones and sweet roasted caramel malts, thick like a milk shake and thin head although I may have left it in the freezer to long, best stouts I've ever had great nose too"!!!!

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Photo of Cmun01
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, nice taste of the chocolate and the coffee. Great smell in the glass. One of the best Oatmeal Stouts I have ever tasted. First time I ever had a Founders beer. Split with my son and he also loved it.

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

Super dark, no light coming through. Mocha head
Coffee grinds, dark chocolate, figs
Bitter coffee, chalky dark chocolate, lingering sweetness
Lighter on the mouthfeel than I'd like
Great coffee stout but I prefer Victory at Sea

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a tapered glass. From a 4-pack

L - Dark brown almost black color with no light passing through. Thick, fluffy brown foam dome on top with large bubbles inside.

S - Coffee all around on the nose with hints of chocolate coming through

T - Heaven......absolute heaven. Coffee, chocolate, dark malts with the oatmeal softening the finish. Just like chocolate cereal

F - Heavy, carbonated mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of texture. Quite the slow sipper though

O - This is one of the best beers I have ever had. It is a dark tasting beer that is big and bold. My work just got this stout in and it has been our best-selling stout since it came in. Awesome beer, but of course you don't have to take my word for it ;]...Cheers!

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Photo of MACrist
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/08/15
LOOKS: Looks like a great cup of black coffee with dark tan 2 finger head.
AROMA: Big coffee and dark chocolate notes. Nice deep roasted quality. There is a really cool underlying sweetness in the aroma. Since I know that it is brewed with oatmeal, maybe that's why I'm noticing it, but it's almost like a caramel sweet cream that you'd put in your coffee.
TASTE: I've let this warm up as I drink it over the course of an hour. The taste is big sweetness and then you get a nice lingering but not overpowering bitterness. Lots of coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.
MOUTHFEEL: At 8.3 ABV it's on the thinner side than some bigger stouts, but it is still quite creamy. Finishes a little dry. Overall, a superb beer. Will be back for more.

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Photo of jaredsmith83
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my personal favorite stout. Its not overwhelming in any area, has one of the best coffee/roast scents that I've come across and finishes rather nicely. Plus, its one of those stouts that has a wonderful evolution during the course of the beer. It pours out nice and dark with a thicker, light brown head to it. The coffee and slight hints of chocolate hit your nose, but nothing smells artificial. The taste is of a medium/dark roast coffee and a slight hint of chocolate. There is only a slight hint of bitterness to it, which is what makes it my favorite. I would highly recommend this for someone who is looking to get into Stouts for the first time.

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

This is delicious!
Look - body pours out black with a thick creamy caramel head.
Smell - rich coffe, slight hint of oats and chocolate
Taste - delicious coffe
Feel - supper smooth, no carbonation, no bitterness
Overall - this is by far the best stout I've ever had hands down! The flavor, feel, aroma. World class

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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