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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,606 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,606
Hads: 15,485
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,755
Gots: 5,432 | FT: 244
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: 3,606 | Hads: 15,485
Photo of Dinglehacker
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into bubbled stout glass. Thin, light colored head that gives way to the faintest lacing. Color is black, even when held to light.

Smell is unremarkable. Malt and lactose (strange, because it isn't a milk stout), slight roast.

Tastes of roasted malt, dark cream, a trace of oats. Faint alcohol finish. Bitter dark chocolate/coffee aftertaste.

Very smooth feel.

This one's slightly more watery than I remember, but it's still a balanced, well-crafted stout. Great for a winter evening. Essential for stout lovers.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had it in a Trappist Goblet this evening. I like it very much.

(L) Very dark almost black with a thin tan head.

(A) Pleasant aroma coffee and chocolate

(T) Taste is dark chocolate, some coffee and some oat, and a hint of alcohol. Not too bitter.

(F) Nice moderate carbonation, a tad creamy, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of mynamewastakendamnit
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours very dark, almost a motor oil black but in the light you can see a slight red tinge to it while it pours. But once it's in the glass, it's just an impenetrable black. Only about a quarter of a finger of brown head, even after a pour down the middle. It dissipates pretty quickly too, but an outer ring remains that offers pretty decent lacing.

S: Coffee and malts mostly. A small bit of alcohol in there as the head dissipates.

T: Heavy on the coffee and the dark chocolate up front. Towards the back end, buscuity malts and a really nice hint of oats. Alcohol is also definitely present, it's not overpowering or anything but it's there. Flavors are very pronounced and very delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel, really smooth. Very light carbonation. As you swirl it around and the head comes back a little it gets noticeably creamier for me. Really well balanced on this end.

O: Solid beer. Very good taste, not too overwhelming but pretty strong and forward. Balanced and smooth mouthfeel. Aside from the head which goes away too soon, it's really nice looking in a glass. A bit alcoholic at times (on some sips more than others) but for such a high ABV beer it's not so bad. Definitely a high quality and easy drinking beer, I'd recommend this for anybody who enjoys stouts.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black, with a brown foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol. Taste is rich, complex, balanced, very friendly, not acid. Chocolate notes, coffee notes, dark fruits, very nice. Great beer.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark brown with a tan head as is typical for the style

S: Rich coffee and chocolate aromas, as well as roasted malts and alcohol

T: Dark chocolate takes the front, while a strong alcohol taste tends to override the coffee and malt flavors

F: honestly felt rather thin for an imperial stout, almost as thin as a lager

O: I've had two separate four-packs and have come to the conclusion that its the shipping distance of Founders to Central CA that does this beer in. I can see the potential, but for now I'll stick with Old Rasputin as my stout of choice.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours super thick and dark, almost like maple syrup, and settles in the glass black with a tan head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but left a thin ring of foam that never fully went away and TONS of thick, heavy lacing. Smell and taste both have huge flavors of dark coffee, some bitter chocolate, and faint alcohol. Feel is especially impressive; it's super smooth, creamy, and thick. Very easy to drink despite the big, bold flavors. Definitely one of the best stouts I've tried yet.

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

From Bottle. Pours Black with a brown head. Aroma Malt and light toffee with light coffee. Taste Caramel and toffee with light chocolate and coffee. Coffee and caramel linger with light chocolate and light fruitiness.

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

It's finally here in Southern California!

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours jet black with chocolate brown suds. Smells of cold brew coffee, dark chocolate, a slight alcohol scent, along with a pleasant mocha scent. Taste reflects the smell. Coffee and dark chocolate galore! Initial coffee flavor and bitterness leads into dark chocolate flavors that finish with a lingering chocolate bitterness. Feel is thick, creamy, which works great with the heavy flavors. Overall, this is an excellent beer with great coffee and chocolate aspects.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard or read nothing but good reviews about this stout so when seeking it out and eventually finding it here in California's central valley I tried not to let preconceived ideas cloud my judgment of this brew. That being said it pours a very dark, dark brown, practically black with a thin light brown head and some lacing. The aroma hits you of dark coffee with every other imaginable malt character. Chocolate, oatmeal, and biscuits are also prevalent in the taste but so does the alcahol aftertaste that does not last. This is a great after dinner sipping beer in my opinion or one that can be enjoyed with a heavy BBQ especially with beef or pork. You could even enjoy this with a ice cream dessert. I'm glad I finally found this and the baby on the label rivals the Gerber baby as the best in all the history of product marketing.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid black with a modest head. The aroma that hits first is the smell of fresh ground coffee, like walking into a coffee shop early in the morning. There are also notes of oak, smoke, cinnamon, and burnt toast. The flavor starts with coffee grounds as well, with smokey, roasty notes rounding out the flavor with a subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but not overly thick. This was not my first time trying this beer, and I must say I liked it much more this time, but it is still not beer I would go out of my way for. In terms of strenght of coffee flavor, this one is up there, and the dryness of the flavor is excellent, but it is not a very moreish beer for me.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased Jan 16. Poured into glass from bottle.

L- very dark brown, some might even say black. Maybe not quite as black as a quad but close. Very very thin dark brown head. If side pour than head is barely noticeable.
S- chocolate and coffee. Strong smell.
T- distinct chocolate, coffee and malt in that order. Chocolate more than anything and lots of it along with lots of coffee. Aftertaste is all chocolate.
F- syrupy and mildly heavy. Not as heavy as I was expecting, but its still a double chocolate oatmeal stout so don't expect to need more than 2. It will fill you up.
O- excellent beer one of my all-time favorite. Right up there with the KBS.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Bottle purchased in early January, 2016, poured into Guinness stout glass.

L: Very dark brown, almost black. Two finger head with decent retention, leaves slight lacing and a cap.

S: Coffee, cocoa, malt but can't really pull oats out of it.

T: Taste tends to follow nose: Coffee is dominant, followed by unsweetened chocolate. Malt backbone. A tiny bit of alcohol at end, but not offputting.

F: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Neither sticky nor overly dry. Very well balanced.

O: As always, this is very, very solid. I think it is overrated *a bit* but you can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cant say much more than whats already stated here. This beer deserves an honest 99 and 100. Shout out to the bros for knowing whats up. Love this beer, have gotten for friends.

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Photo of mobrado
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, but I really don't get the love at all. It's new to Southern California, maybe my expectations were too high. I much prefer Victory at Sea or Speedway Stout to this. Just too thin and slightly acidic. Some surprisingly boozy notes for only 8% ABV, too.

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Photo of charlzm
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on January 19th, 2016. Poured from a bottle dated 09/04/15 into a tulip at 55 degrees F.

Moderate pour produces a three finger tan head. Settles down soon into a thick skin with plenty of lacing. Beer itself is deep opaque brown, bordering on black.

Aroma is coffee grounds and wet pennies. Something went wrong, it seems.

Flavor is slightly lactic with a dash of sourness up front. Coffee comes on strong along with bitter chocolate. Slightly acidic finish with a hint of oatmeal (more in the mouthfeel than on the palate). A little alcohol heat and flavor as well.

Speaking of mouthfeel, this beer is medium-bodied with an acrid bite, offset by oatmeal smoothness. That sharp edge fades soon, but is unpleasant on the first few sips.

This is from the first batch distributed to Southern California, so my expectations were high. Sadly, they were not met.

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

On draft at business dinner, so I didn't have time to let it warm up properly. Its a shame, cause I only really started to enjoy this when it got to the right temp. Regardless, it was a nice thick, black, full bodied stout with a nice balanced flavor. Chocolate and coffee were delicious, and there's almost no sign of the alcohol. I'll need to update this review when I can enjoy at home, which I'll definitely be doing.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember being blown away by this beer the first time that I had it. I was just finding out the complexities and delights of craft beer and this one was readily available, but definitely unlike any other beer I'd had before. It opened me up to the world of high-ABV, rich, and robust stouts, which have become some of my favorite beers to try. Silky smooth, creamy, and loaded with chocolate and roastiness.

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

Just finished drinking Founders Breakfast Stout, poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a brew date on the lable that was hard to read, but appeared to have been bottled in June of 2015. I have had this stout before and am a big fan. I decided it was time for a review.

It is very dark, almost black, with a nice dark tan head.

To my nose, it had a heavy coffee aroma, which is not a bad thing at all.

Taste: Wonderful. Taste of chocolate, coffee, just the right amount of sweetness, that has just a touch of bitterness that suits this brew well.

It is nice and smooth with an ample body. It is one of my top oatmeal stouts. I wouldn't mind having one of these hearty buggers at breakfast, sipping slowly on a cold winter morning.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 9-4-15. Pokal.

Appearance: Pours a solid opaque black with 2 fingers lasting tan head. No visible carbonation. Retains a ring of than with very nice lacing.

Smell: Heavy, bitter roast. Coffee and oat-forward. Darkness pervades. Coffee is really prominent on the nose.

Taste: Roasty, sweet arrival, transitions to a somewhat sweet and surprisingly resinous hop-driven bitterness almost immediately, then a robust malt-driven bitterness of roasted barley, oats, coffee and baking chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Only slightly slick.

Overall: Wow. This is a really excellent coffee and oat-forward roasty stout. It definitely lives up to the hype. Alcohol is totally hidden. 4-pack worthy. This is to stouts what Sumatra is to coffees - dark and dirty - but in a good way. Had they not said this was Sumatra in this, it probably would have been my first or second guess. Layers of dark roastiness with a really surprising layer of hop presence. This is a real contrast to Blackout Stout which comes across as very clean as Imperial Stouts go.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into snifter

A - deep black with about a finger of dark tan head. S - wonderful chocolate and oatmeal notes. T - awesome, chocolate shines in this one, slight bitter coffee aftertaste, really nice. M - extremely smooth and adequately carbonated.

Fantastic brew. I spend about 95% of my money on APA or IPA's, but I can't turn this one down when I see it at my local.

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Photo of IrishLace
2.87/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer was recommended to me on this website and I had really high hopes for it, but instead I come away a bit disappointed. While it smells delicious of coffee and chocolate, it has a really bitter taste that I don't particularly like. It has a moment in the middle of sweetened chocolate on my palate but overall it has a very bitter taste to me. Maybe I just happened to get a bad batch, but I don't think I'll be buying this beer again.

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

Pours a brilliant black with a shiny, 2-inch, pillowy, mocha-colored head that settles in at 1-inch. It is so dark and dense that no light permeates the beer. The nose suggests chocolate nibs, coffee, vanilla, oats and roasted almonds. The body is medium-full and enveloping. Quite silky. Lingers well. Malty, chocolate, sweetness moderated by modest hop bitterness. Nice Belgian lace. Some heat from the ABV, but not distracting. Quenching. Delicious. A stout to contemplate while sipping . . .

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

Poured from a 4-pack, 12oz bottle into a standard 16 oz glass, opened and poured too quick, about 10 degrees to cold. Black with a nice cream colored head. Amazing coffee and chocolate nose, head and lacing are there, but didn't last long...temp related fail. Taste and mouthfeel are excellent. One of the best breakfast (oatmeal) stouts I've tried. Recommended. If you're wondering, yes this is one you can drink and eat cookies with for breakfast, with the GF...lol

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Photo of Martinnewman48
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: dark with with tan head
S: coffee oats and Carmel
T: great strong coffee flavor with hints of chocolate unfolding.
F: very drinkable and an awesomne stout

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a 2 finger mocha head (hard pour). Foamy lining layers the glass. The nose is muted malt and hops. The taste is full flavored coffee with notes of dark chocolate. Very pronounce flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good stout, heavy on coffee flavor - Sumatra roast comes to mind. Very tasty nightcap.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,606 ratings.