Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

14,410 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 14,410
Reviews: 3,601
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,624
Gots: 4,419 | FT: 228
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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Ratings: 14,410 | Reviews: 3,601
Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of milkbaby9
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of CycleDad
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my style, but damn this is good. Drinks very easy for its abv.

Photo of Linda_Arizpe
3.51/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was expecting more out of this beer.

Photo of dacrza1
4.52/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of Myotus
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 27Oct14) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of brown foam that dissipates into a line of khaki foam (strange color change in head) within 20 seconds. Black in color with ruby tint. Bubbles are subtle. Lacing is moderate. Has strong aromas of alcohol and coffee that combine with mild bitter and earthy chocolate aromas along with subtle oat ones. Initial taste is of mild coffee and subtle alcohol flavors (I'm glad the alcohol isn't as strong as it smells). Mild bittersweet chocolate flavors enter within about 3 seconds of initial taste along with subtle oat flavors however, both the flavors of the initial taste gradually grow stronger and persist well into the aftertaste. Light bodied, not very creamy for a stout, very little carbonation, but has a crisp finish with subtle dryness. This would receive a much higher taste and smell rating if the alcohol was hidden better, not unlike Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes, which had its alcohol hidden really well until the end.

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely well balanced beer. I'm really impressed that it's "only" 8,3 ABV.

Photo of tkolterman
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am so happy right now. Founders, another great job brewing a fabulous beer

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith glass.
Bottled on date: 10/20/2014

A: Pours a deep rich black with a thick creamy two finger mocha colored head. Absolutely phenomenal retention lingers seemingly forever as a thin layer or bubbly delight. Lacing is intense and stays as the foam makes itself one with the sides of the glass.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, oats, sweet bread, earthy hops, and hints of tobacco.

T: Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, oatmeal, tobacco. Earthy almost dirty hops provide a nice bitterness on the back end, and there is just enough of an alcohol burn to gently warm your insides.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, great smooth creamy brew.

O: This currently resides as more favorite beer next to it's counterpart KBS. This is just the most magnificently done stout you could ever hope for. Every time I enjoy one I fall in love with it even more. There are some great beers out there but few stand as near perfect brews and this is the best example I have found. I buy as much as I can every year and hoard it like a bastard so I can have one whenever my mind needs to be blown away by it's greatness.

Photo of DVoors
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

All i can say is amazing. Just amazing

Photo of Brondeau
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is delicious. It tastes really good. All the flavors of chocolate and coffee and beer are present but none are overwhelming. Thickness and carbonation are perfect. Alcohol is not present. Almost a perfect beer.

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured nearly black, which is always a good sign for stouts. The head lingered for a while before dissipating. Taste was immediately chocolate and coffee, bitter coffee and espresso notes blended perfectly with the sweet chocolate and oats. The oatmeal taste and feel was slightly delayed but the aftertaste was one of mild alcohol acidity and delicious balanced oats. The feel was not unlike most stouts I've experienced, nice and smooth, not overly carbonated. Very refreshing even on a warm summer day. Overall I highly recommend this beer whether you like stouts or not. It's easily in the top five best stouts I've had in my life. I would and will drink it again. A near perfect brew.

Photo of Adamanton
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate and dark coffee with moderate stout bitterness. Good stuff.

Photo of elgato31
3.54/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Breakfast in a bottle. Very tasty. But very dark

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

Look - Little to no head after aggressive pour from a September 2014 poured June 2015. Black, oily body. What head was there is tan. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Sweeter than I remember. Belgian almost. Coffee. Chocolate. Milk shake.

Taste - Tobacco. Dirty. Dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Faint Belgian stout taste. Smooth. I feel the alcohol, but don't taste it.

Feel - Medium. Not heavy at all. Not too creamy but isn't watery.

Overall - I really don't come by too many stouts that taste like this. Heavy dirty tobacco/dark chocolate. Decided to have a Founders night with Devil Dancer.

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

This is a malty and boozey beer. Breakfast Stout is roasty and very smooth with coffee, dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla notes to back it up.

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with nice tan head.
S: Coffee and chocolate, but not overwhelming
T: Big coffee and chocolate. Perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Smooth, easy drinking and very delicious. Truly top notch.
F: Coats my mouth fairly well and very smooth.
O: It's delicious, easy to find, and reasonable priced. A staple every single year I look forward to.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, opaque, 1 inch brown head, good lacing down the glass as I drink

S: Coffee, chocolate, I also get an alcohol smell and maybe some hops

T: Same as smell, coffee, chocolate, a little boziness, a bit more bitter than I expected

M: Full mouthfeel, I also get a little heat in the back of the throat from the 8.3% abv

O: A really good stout. Not my favorite but definitely a world class beer.

Photo of Vinnygny
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Stout I have ever had. A must try.

Photo of UTPharm2012
3/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very solid beer, easy to drink, and I like stouts but the taste is not my style. I see why everyone likes it but not for me.

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

A 355ml bottle with a best by date of 7th August 2015 and poured into a snifter glass.

A: It poured a deep dark brown to black colour with a very thin caramel head that disappears quickly. There is also some light spotty lacing.
S: Strong roast coffee aromas with bittersweet chocolate along with a little root beer, toffee and caramel.
T: Amazing taste. First thought was that it tasted like biting into freshly roasted coffee beans… so good! It was then followed by bittersweet chocolate and hints of bitter hops.
M: Medium bodied, silky smooth with light carbonation.
O: This was really good and over the last few years my favourite non BA coffee based stout. Each year I buy at least a case of this just for myself to enjoy over the winter and over the course of the year until the next yearly batch is brewed.

Photo of captainkrad
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Always good... Will never grow tired of this beer...

Photo of mlockman
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this long after bottling, so perhaps that's why I wasn't so in love.

Photo of MA_hops
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you can't beat the best...drink the best! FBS is a classic! Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla mixed together in both aroma and taste puts FBS in the upper echelon of stouts!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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