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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: 5,047 | 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 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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Photo of Hophazzard
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good stout. Now that's it's available in my area I'm sure it will become a regular part of the rotation. It's a nice switch up from Old Rasputin. To me though it's still a notch below Speedway Stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Breakfast Stout - bottled 09/08/15

Pours black with a tan brown head. Smells of an abundance of roasted coffee and slight dark chocolate. The taste is bittersweet and perfectly balanced coffee with roasty dark chocolate. Very creamy with light carbonation. Not too thin. The chocolate flavors come out more as it warms. Overall an amazing "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout"!

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Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.30% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Founders Breakfast Stout, is rich with coffee, chocolates,grains, malts, and hops. There is alot going on in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with coffee flavors and chocolates. The taste of this brew is as good as it smells. You also pick up on rosted malts and grains in this brew. Now if you are not a coffee drinker you will not like this brew. However if you are a coffee lover this is the brew for you. The mouthfeel of Founders Breakfast Stout is Bold, rich, and flavorable. I have not had a brew with so much going on in it. Founders Breakfast Stout has a nice balance to it, ther is nothing really overpowering about this brew. I can see why they call it a Breakfast Stout. You also really can't pick up on the 8.30% in this brew. This is on smooth brew. Overall I'm giving Founders Breakfast Stout a soild 5 out of 5. Founders Brewing Company, did a real Nice job with this one. This is a brew I have been wanting to try for sometime now. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This imperial stout is brewed with chocolate, oats and coffee; it is black as sin and completely impervious to light, showing dark chocolate highlights only at the very edges. The thin, slightly-pebbly brown head quickly decays to a collar and a haze, but it leaves excellent sheets and ladders of the most finely-grained lacing imaginable. On the nose, it is very assertive: a whiff of oatmeal up front, then a strong, luxuriously complex dark chocolate with hints of toffee and more than a hint of alcohol. The palate is slightly sweet dark malt goodness; again, the chocolate is the star, every bit as nuanced as it is on the nose, with toffee playing a supporting role. The finish is boozy toffee, followed by a slightly bitter chocolatey roasted flavor that lingers for a few minutes. The big mouthfeel matches the full body, and the texture is stickily creamy and very slightly peppery from the relatively soft carbonation. This is how chocolate stout is done. (12 oz bottle, pkg. date missing)

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Photo of PMike113
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank this beer out of a nonic pint with a full English breakfast a few days ago, took some notes while I savored both.
Look: Black as night. Like a glass of tar, or motor oil, with a finger head of fluffy off-white foam. Looks like something strong.
Smell: Black coffee first and foremost, strong like freshly made drip coffee. Hints of chocolate hiding behind that. So much complexity. Smells like it belongs with breakfast.
Taste: Bitter, dark coffee again at the front, with chocolate and roasty flavors behind it, even a little maple. Tastes like it would be better off beside a stack of pancakes rather than savory breakfast, but still good.
Feel: Motor oil thickness, but not as much as a Russian Imperial. It's like drinking what happens when you mix cocoa powder into black coffee with some brown sugar added.
Overall: Wonderful. Haven't had KBS or CBS, but if they're anything like the beer they're based on, they'll be just as amazing as this one, if not more.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark brown
S- coffee/espresso, dark chocolate
T- coffee notes, hint of chocolate, a little bitter
F- on the think side

Very good beer. As always, Founders exceeds expectations.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got a chance to try this one and the wait was worth it. Not sure what else can be said about this one that hasn't been said before. If you don't like this beer then stouts are probably not your thing. Coffee and chocolate dominate and it's not going to have you feel like you downed a few shots of whiskey as the bourbon stouts do. All together it is just a flat out delicious beer

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 9/22/15. Sampled on October 24, 2015.

It pours dark brown to about black with a modest tan head.

Wicked coffee aroma on the nose. Kind of a burnt malt character too and a moderate orange zing..

Medium to better than medium body.

Wow. This one cleanses the senses with its coffee or more specifically Espresso explosion. Moderate bitterness to finish. I rarely drink beer before 12 noon but this one is one that I could drink before then.

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

Near black with a finger of mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly, but leaves vertical columns of lacing. Strong aroma of coffee and milk chocolate. This year's (2015) has a more coffee-forward taste than I remember, with big roasted flavors and just a little cream and chocolate in the background, as well as a bitter finish that manages to avoid being acerbic. The flavors meld and the whole thing becomes much more smooth as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Amazing beer. A classic.

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

Ive been drinking these for a few years now and decided to finally review it.

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a thick, jet back color with a tan colored, 1 finger head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee... if only it taste as good as it smells...

... AND IT DOES. The COFFEE!!! and chocolate roasted malts (and oats to boot!) float around in your mouth while a bit of bitterness from the hops bites the back of your tongue.

This beer is thick in feel and flavor!

Worth a four pack... or a case or two!

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Photo of HiWire
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black. 1 finger head of tan that receeds quickly. Smells malty and strong coffee bean with some chocolate. I'm not a coffee drinker but this tastes like what I imagine a delicious coffee tastes like at Starbucks. Strong on the coffee taste but sweeter elements balance it. mouthfeel is thin but intense leaving bitterness. Smooth carbonation. I get it.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served just above fridge temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - black as night and covered with a thick finger of tan head. Retention is good but not great. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - so much coffee! Hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, some light smokey aromas, but in the end it comes back to coffee. Like freshly used coffee grains right after making a pot of it. Nose is so aromatic I can almost taste coffee before my first sip. Spectacular.

Taste - again the coffee shows up in ridiculous force, but it is accompanied by a little bit of chocolate and oat like flavor. The bitterness is strong but not overwhelming, just right in its delivery.

Mouthfeel - so smooth and incredibly creamy, silky like velvet rolling down your throat. Body is thick, but not overwhelmingly so and finish is succulent. Great feel.

Overall - Ok so I admit I was curious about all the hype for Founders Breakfast Stout. It's not accessible in Ontario and usually beers with this much hype do deliver, but for some reason, I just wasn't sure. So glad I picked up a 4 pack and may need to come back and pick up another back for a "breakfast for dinner" themed party coming up soon. Just an awesome beer and the coffee explosion is real with this one.

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