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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,534 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,534
Hads: 15,070
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 1,727
Gots: 5,046 | FT: 236
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: 3,534 | Hads: 15,070
Photo of tmryan21
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, opaque, decent sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The coffee dominates the smell.

Taste: Chocolate comes through at first and then the bitter coffee comes through at the end. Some roastiness from the coffee and sweetness from the chocolate.

Feel: Thick bodied, very little alcohol bite.

Overall: One of my favorite stouts I look forward to every year. This is a must-try beer for any person that loves beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had two poured into a stout glass. One a relatively gentle pour, the other incredibly violent bringing more head than beer in the glass.

Color is dark dark ruby red, near black but obviously red against the light. Grey head forms, on violent pour it retains well.

Nose is almost all chocolate. Dark roast malt is huge and coffee is there too.

Flavor is dominated by coffee with chocolate less present than expected. With a gentle pour it is definitely on the bitter side - sweetness isn't pronounced unless a heavy pour takes away a good bit of the carbonation. A bit more sweetness comes as it warms but it's definitely not a "sweet" stout. Very nice overall.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and thick like a stout. Smell is chocolate coffee, maybe some kind of tart fruit? Taste is smooth coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Very faintly sweet and bitter, with mostly the coffee shining through. Feels like thick rich liquid. I'm more of a hop head when it comes to beer, but I can fully appreciate the value in this delicious and readily-available stout.

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

pours a dark brown oil slick with a medium head. nose; roasted coffee bean & dark fudge. not complex, but rich. taste; strong roasted malt backbone, baker's chocolate, bitter hops, oat & light vanilla. aftertaste is roasted malt, espresso and hops. strong carbonation and medium+ mouthfeel. as it warms, a dark fruit/plum character emerges. a superb stout with authentic ingredient flavors - nothing here feels artificial. this beer only gets better with founders' "kentucky breakfast stout" variant, where the oak & bourbon notes show pop up and turn this brew into a showstopper.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A night-black appearance, with a two-finger thick head.

Has a heavy coffee smell, with notes of chocolate.

As with the smell, the roasted coffee and chocolate dominate. I don't recall ever having such a coffee/chocolate-intensive beer, except perhaps Surly's Coffee Bender. There is also a stint of sweetness, which is much appreciated. I suppose I was expecting a more complex flavor, but for what it is, the Breakfast Stout is excellent. Paid $12 for a four-pack.

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

pours dark almost black nice fluffy tan head nice coffee smell the taste was coffee and dark malt
almost pour cream in it this seems great for breakfast

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown/black. Smells of coffee. Poured cold into a pint glass. Tastes like black coffee, bitter chocolate, very rich tasting. Although I'm not a regular coffee drinker, I do appreciate the rich flavor of this stout, as I like stouts in general. I'm going to let a couple of bottles age and try it again next year. I might drink one at room temperature to see if I taste anything else.

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

As good as everyone says. Pours a bottom-of-the-ocean black with a thin nutmeg-colored head with minimal carbonation. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted oats and wood. Taste follows suit with a pronounced coffee bitterness mellowed by the chocolate sweetness...which is just fantastic. The alcohol is there both as a source of warmth and a light kick in the waning moments of the sip. Outstanding beer that, like most excellent stouts, changes in complexity as it warms.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and medium brown head when poured... smells of heavy coffee and some dark chocolate and dark malts... Taste is extremely well balanced with chocolate, coffee and a slight amount of hops and malts. Has a thick mouthfeel but a little too carbonated for a feel that thick. One of the better (regularly available) stouts around.

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

Here is a perfect "5" across the board! Sampling right now on 10/2/15. Comes in a 4-pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours a pitch black in color with a thin beige cap. Sheets of spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of sweet dark roasted malts with a light hint of coffee. Taste is...fantastic! Lots of great taste here with a perfect balance of the roasted malts, coffee (not over powering at all), bittersweet chocolate with a light hint of vanilla even. Slight malty finish but works. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. One tasty brew from a style I never tried before.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders now in CA! first FBS for me. L: nice 2 inch mocha head. Fades fast. S: lovely coffee smells. Bit of chocolate. T: bit of bitterness from coffee (and maybe hops?). Dark chocolate, semisweet malts. Cant taste oats too much here. Was expecting a lot richer flavor profile based on reviews here. F: actually a bit thin IMO. For coffee stouts anyway. O: liked it. Not sure if this will be regular purchase for me though. It doesn't top our other coffee stout shelf options such as Speedway and Peche Mortel. Still good though.

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

Hot damn is this a Great beer. Black as night with a caramel colored head about an inch tall. Espresso chocolate smell and intense rich tastes like it smells. Very well balance of flavors, malt and bite. I went through two cases last year and hope that i can find it again this year. Buy it you will not regret it!

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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle from 9.15.15
Consumed: 9.29.15

A: 4.75 Looks exactly like a stout should. Pitch black with a uniform, tan head that that leaves some lace on the glass.

S: 4.5 Aromas on this beer is very nice. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brownies, liquorish, chicory, and earthy, grainy, malt. The coffee smells mostly of French roast, but there is a slight berry element that works its way in.

T: 4 Taste is pretty similar to the nose. However, roast dominates a bit more on the palate. The roast is balanced out nicely by mild sweetness, but comes back with fairly strong, lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.25 Carbonation is spot on. I almost feel like the body could be a bit more substantial, but the beer’s relatively light feel makes this beer super drinkable.

O: 4.25 FBS is a really nice coffee stout. The chocolate elements help balance things out very well – much better, in my opinion, than the vanilla in victory at sea. Maybe not the best coffee stout, but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful looking beer with a black body and a foamy dark brown head. It smells of coffee, chocolate and a roasted scent. The beer smell the same as it tastes and is as rich as it looks. It has a full body taste, the first sip was what you expect from a stout. I'm not much of a coffee drinker but still loved this beer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Completely black, opaque, quickly dissipating tan head
Smell - COFFEE! Roasted malts, chocolate
Taste - Follows the nose with tons upon tons of coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts
Feel - Honestly, was hoping for a thicker/creamier mouthfeel

Overall - This is a coffee fanatics dream beer. I however, wasn't overly impressed. Overrated is my personal opinion.

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Photo of JemhidiahSSJ4
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I know this isn't really a review but I've had a few in this style, and many others. Usually a hop heavy guy, This definitely deserves a top 50! Awesome with this banana pancake maple syrup vape!

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Photo of frozyn
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L -- Pours jet black with a creamy tan head that eventually falls down into a ring around the edge. Little lacing to speak of. I wish I had poured it a little faster to get a longer-retaining head.

S -- Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Straightforward, but very powerful.

T -- Coffee and chocolate are the major players, as to be expected. They push and pull at each other, alternating who leads, sometimes dancing together in mocha unison. The chocolate is sometimes quite bitter, other times smooth and embraces the tongue.

F -- Luscious and decadent. Full bodied, light carbonation. The alcohol provides a warmth that is welcomed and pleasant. Chewy, velvety, I mean damn, just pick a word. The feel is absurd and exactly what I'd want from a stout.

O -- I understand why this one is rated so highly. It's a very well developed stout that hits many of the spots I want from one. Also very impressive that Founders puts out a beer this good for national distribution. In a world where everyone is trying to one-up each other (in general, not just in beer), it's always easy to appreciate when someone does something "simple", but does it incredibly well.

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.42/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I read a few reviews to try and understand why it got a rating of outstanding. Eh! It's average. I first drank it cold and allowed it to warm. I waited for the coffee and chocolate to blossom. It reminded me more of a bakers chocolate with some coffee added but not good coffee! And I LOVE coffee. Southern Tier Mokah and Choklat are much better chocolate coffee stouts. So I kept drinking this and a week later with a bag of fresh popcorn I take most of it back! The salt on my pallet brought out the flavors! I change my mind! It's good! Lol

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Photo of lewk556
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours smoothly. Dark black center with dark red-brown hues on the edges. Smell is prominently coffee. Initial taste is semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, then exposing a smooth oatmeal taste, ending with bitter coffee and black chocolate flavors.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Meh. So many better coffee stouts out there. Not a bad beer, but way over rated IMO. Could definitely use some hops for balance. The beer is exponentially better if you drink something hoppy before it.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very delicious stout, arguably the best I've yet to have. Wish it was just a little less hoppy up front, but even that can't discourage the beautiful roasty chocolate and oatmeal undertones.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 3/13/12

L: Looks like a stout: jet black, tan head. Somewhat viscous.

S: Very nice aroma. Strong coffee upfront and a general roastiness throughout. Some hop aroma and dark malt notes, but certainly not sweet.

T: Roastiness—with some discernable coffee—and strong bitterness upfront. Substantial burnt taste with *dark* chocolate notes. Substantial lingering bitterness.

F: This beer’s got a full, chewy, luscious mouthfeel. Just above a low level of carbonation. Slight warmth, but not much. Delightful.

O: A very solid beer. It’s got a very nice aroma and a heavenly mouthfeel, all at a relatively moderate abv. Also, there is little perceptible alcohol, though I've cellared the bottle for a bit. That said and while I absolutely love Founders, I do feel like FBS is a bit overrated and would have liked a little less bitterness and some more maltiness. One of my favorite beer labels though!

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

Been waiting a long time to finally try this. Found a bottle in a WF while visiting NYC. A wonderfully executed coffee forward stout. I love coffee imperial stouts but often they're too heavy on the coffee. This one nailed it with a perfect balance of flavors. Lived up to the hype. Wish I could get this regularly in California.

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

This has the PERFECT look, no light shining through and a very dark caramel head. Has a great smell of chocolate and roasted coffee. And tastes just like it smells.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this one at a tap takeover served in a pint glass. The appearance was solid black (as expected with a stout) with a mocha-colored head; the smell/taste was of rich coffee mixed with chocolate... almost like chocolate-covered espresso beans; the feel was creamy and smooth with a thick body. Overall, Founders definitely killed it with this one! Just an amazing beer, cheers!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,534 ratings.