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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,306
Reviews: 3,193
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 2,376 | FT: 155
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.

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Photo of Beerisgood3

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Thick black pour, though not as thick as Founders Imperial Stout. Two finger head forms a bit late after the pour. Looks like the creamy head from root beer out of a soda fountain. Stays around a few minutes, giving way to a small ring which leaves a sticky lacing all around the glass. Impressive lacing left down the glass as you drink.

S: Sweet malts. Touches of coffee and bitter chocolate. Smell doesn't seem to last very long.

T: A sweet front which gives way to a bit of alcohol as you swallow. Black coffee comes in at the very end and lingers until your next sip. As it warms, the coffee comes in sooner and more aggressively. Even to the point of hiding the alcohol bite i experienced in the first few sips. Much more noticeable coffee tones and much less alcohol bite than the Founder's imperial stout. I'm enjoying it even more as it comes to temperature.

M: A pretty hefty beer. Coats your mouth pretty well and leaves it sticky for the next sip...in an enjoyable way.

D: Much more friendly than the Founder's Imperial Stout. I'm not a stout fan in general...i could probably have another one of these but it wouldn't be my first choice in a beer to drink multiple of. A little heavy for me to comfortably have two.

Overall, one of the better stouts i've had. It's miles ahead of the Founders imperial stout in every way. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 04:51:19 | More by Beerisgood3
Photo of backfat


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

Motor oil, cinnamon colored head. the darkness. wow, i get a feeling of lust holding this glass. smells of chocolate covered berries with heavy coffee. i want to go make breakfast just to go along with it. Dark roast, toasty malt. don't get too much oatmeal, but when do you ever? and who cares, this is, as my retarded hippy friends would say, "straight gnar" sorry. Damn i love breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 01:09:09 | More by backfat
Photo of elfcounsul


4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black as a coal mine at midnight, small dark head that doesn't hang around for the festivities.

Aroma: Coffee and Chocolate

Mouth Feel: deliciously thick. Low carbonation, and that's fine with me.

Drinkability: Don't guzzle, better to drink slowly and enjoy the changes it goes through as it warms. The high alcohol content demands some restraint, but the flavor makes restraint difficult.

I'm more of a Pale Ale and Porter kind of guy, but this beer has won my heart.

Other than the label being upside down on my bottle, I can find no fault. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 23:07:57 | More by elfcounsul
Photo of stapleton87


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black and completely opaque. Short, chocolate colored head from a medium pour. Dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. Slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Wow, incredible chocolate and black coffee taste upfront followed by thick, chewy oatmeal. Sharp bitterness, moderate alcohol burn, and a surprisingly clean finish. Perfectly balanced, complex yet approachable, slight sweetness without giving up a dry finish. Exceptional taste.

M: Thick and chewy with fine, subdued carbonation.

D: Surprisingly drinkable, but then again after a few the alcohol and sheer weight of this beer will catch up with you.

This is a big, thick, heavy stout with exceptional taste and character. What we have here is a defining example of what an American Imperial Stout should be. Lots of taste and complexity here but no one part of the beer is overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:53:11 | More by stapleton87
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2.68/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- An aggressive pour yields a pitch black beer with a brown, one finger head.

S- Sweet chocolate and strong coffee with a bit of alcohol.

T-Strong, acidic, bitter, roasty coffee with a tiny hint of chocolate and a dry, alcoholic finish.

M-I really thought the oats would contribute a thicker mouthful. To my palate, this is on the very thin side of medium bodied with low carbonation, while having some smoothness.

D-I just really don't understand the hype on this one. I've had coffee stouts before and enjoyed them, but the alcohol presence (even though the ABV is only just over 8%) and strong coffee acidity don't lend themselves to a highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:52:35 | More by samie85
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle to chalice.
A: motor oil black with no head maybe due to the oils in the coffee.
S: wow coffee, chocolate malts, a hint of something sweet could be vanilla.
T: big coffee right away, fades to bitter sweet chocolate. finishes smokey, roasty and toasty. such a good flavor profile.
M: full body what I look for in a quality stout. slilky smooth mouth feel with light carbonation, really allowing all the complex flavors coat the pallet and remain, which drives for another sip
D: higher abv makes it not as drinkable as some lower abv stouts, but is so tasty that the bottle goes before i can ever take notes on it. if you are a coffee nut you will love this one.
six month tasting
T: this one is is melding much more than fresh, the coffee is fading and has become more balanced than when I had it back in november. but I think I might like that big coffee flavor also this is a hard call I could put these down right now. I have one bottle left that I will taste when the 2010 version is released.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:12:05 | More by fastsrt
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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A- Nice yet quickly dissipating head, dark brew. Very nice looking stout.

S- Coffee, smoke, chocolate. It smells a LOT like a cup of coffee.

T- First wash is sweet, almost chocolatey, but while it is on your tongue it tastes just like black coffee. Aftertaste of roasty, smoky espresso.

M- Substantial, thick. A fairly big brew, very filling. I can see how someone could drink one for breakfast.

D- Very good beer. I wouldn't drink more than 2 a session, simply so I could enjoy some later.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 12:41:35 | More by fff
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FBS is smooth, creamy, and chocolaty.

It poured the color of dark chocolate with a huge milk chocolate-colored head. It left a wall of sticky, creamy, tan lace from the rim to the bottom of the glass. It smelled and tasted like dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. The feel is creamy and smooth. It's an absolute pleasure to drink.

FBS is the standard by which I compare all other stouts. It's an exceptional experience, whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 21:42:33 | More by MetalHopHead6
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3.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Super Dark with Average Viscosity. Head is light tan that fades quickly.

S - Smells of Chocolate, Coffee and Tobacco Smoke(overpowering).

T - Chocolate, Coffee, and slightly bitter. I feel like I should be smoking with this one because of the Tobacco smells and tastes which makes me think this beer was handled/stored incorrectly.

M - Mouthfeel is good along the lines of the average stout; I would have like it to be a little thicker.

D - Drinkability was good and I will probably be editing my review once I get another.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:14:46 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a large snifter.

Very black with garnet notes. Minimal chocolate head with some lacing. I was hoping for a bit more head, but this isn't unheard of in the style.

Dark coffee. Mostly the dark roasted beans (Sumatra) come through, but there's some espresso as well. I don't detect much chocolate, but that isn't disappointing. Some other things coming through, but it's in the world of these two flavors. A hint of toffee, some chemical smell that is related to the alcohol.

Several layers of coffee - espresso and several dark roasts. Chocolate is tame and slightly sweet. There's the same chemical flavor - something like the "paintbos" in pinotage wines. Hints of spice - allspice and cinnamon.

I actually wanted this to be more dense. It goes down easily, and isn't as heavy as most beers of this style. It's very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:08:18 | More by BillyBoysPie
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of darkly tanned head that laces all over the glassware. Nose is a wonderful blend of burnt grain smelling of chocolate and coffee with a bite of alcohol in the tail end. Taste is equally enjoyable with the burnt grain and hop bitterness right upfront that blends through the thick body with tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee. It finishes both bitter and very warming but has a strange way of also seeming to be sweet like a smoky dark molasses. Lingering taste of chocolate and sweet grain. Feel of this beer is very smooth and enjoyable with a mild amount of carb. Very drinkable for over 8%

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:40:31 | More by stakem
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is one I had in the cellar for a year or maybe it was two...ahh shit I can't remember. Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a blackish liquid. When held to the light you can see light hues of brown on the sides of the glass. This came with just a half finger brown head that died almost as quickly as it got there. Leaves mocha whisps on the top of this beer. No real lacing to speak of but it coats the glass in a light brown liquid.

S- The coffee notes really make themselves more apparent with a little age on it. These come through quite brightly on the front end of the aroma. Roasted malts come through next with a bitter darker chocolate in the back end of this. It's not really all too complex but the nose has many layers to it coming one right after the other. Nothing really blends into another but each have their seperate stop and go motions.

T- Roasted malts make a light run for the front of this beer with darker chocolate undertones. After a little age on this one the coffee is the most in your face with flavor. It kind of takes over from the ending front all the way to the end. Even with all this coffee going on it is for the most part balanced with the darker chocolate coming through the rest of the beer in hints and mellows the coffee sting out a bit.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the light side. Nice creamy mouthfeel with this beer. I enjoyed the fresh roasted coffee taste it left on the palate. This combined with a nice duo of roasted malt and coffee brings the aftertaste something to look forward to. This beer coated everything it touched in it's roasted coffee image.

D- This beer was almost too easy to drink. I personally wanted to jump back into my cellar and bust out the rest of them. Luckly, I didn't and I think it will pay off in the end. This beer seems to be more drinkable to me with a little age on it. I personally think you should sit on it for at least a year before drinking some. This is me though....good work like always Founder's!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 05:46:08 | More by alleykatking
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Really whats not like to like about this big beer? Goes great with a breakfast of steak and eggs. Tastes like beer and coffee with a dash of heaven. I had these at my girlfriend's place and they were so good that I drank one too many and made a fool of myself.

This beer is fantastic. Not a session beer and nor should it be. This should be appreciated and enjoyed on special occasions. This is how stouts should be.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 04:28:50 | More by h00dak
Photo of tw0st3p


3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Preface by saying I am not a coffee drinker. Poured into a 12oz pint glass @ 45 deg.

A: Pours nearly black with a dark foamy head. Head lingers and laces well.

S: Coffee and chocolate and some more coffee.

T: Starts out with a bit of chocolate malt and roasted caramel to me, but ends hard with the coffee.

M: Pretty viscous this one.

D: Definitely not a session beer. Didn't seem overly killer on the ABV but I couldnt do more than a couple at a time.

If you like coffe and beer, this ones for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:43:37 | More by tw0st3p
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At last!

The label art is kinda stupid. An illustration of a baby eating something from a bowl. Oatmeal perhaps?

Poured black as hell with a nice creamy tan/brown head that hung around for awhile. Nice lacing is deposited throughout the session.

Aroma is super rich and mostly dominated by coffee. Roasted barley, chocolate flavor and a hint of oatmeal also make appearances.

Flavor is more of the same with the coffee dominating and other flavors following. Slight coffee bitterness is masterfully balanced by the super richness of the chocolate and oatmeal flavor. Alcohol isn't close to being detected!

Feel is super syrupy and smooth but not super heavy to the tounge. Coke like carbonation.

This is one incredibly rich and drinkable stout. Stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:04:15 | More by kbnooshay
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3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip. Light head, just a tinge of a ring around the glass, reminiscent of a good espresso pour. Color a dead ringer for what comes from my subaru after 7500 mile oil change, though not as thick. Smell is deep malt, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is unquestionably dark chocolate competing with dark roasted coffee. Great mouthfeel with slight tingle from the alcohol, reminding you that this is still a beer. A fairly bitter finish, again very reminiscent of espresso, but also very warming. Good stuff and a bargain for the price, but you have to like coffee and dark chocolate...a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:42:38 | More by DAllspaw
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2.65/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Founders site calls this brew "the coffee lovers consummate beer".
I will definitely give them that.

Poured into a pint glass. Served at 45-50º.

A - The darkest brown possible without being black. Head is 1.5 fingers with a beautiful dark tan color that leaves some nice lacing as the brew is consumed.

S - Coffee, coffee, and burnt malt & burnt coffee. Some hops. Slight chocolate as well. Not too bad overall, but the burnt malt/coffee just dominates and smells...well...burnt. The smell lets you know what's coming.

T - Very coffee. A bitter and burnt finish that won't go away. Not very complex overall.

M - Full-bodied. Very good for the style.

D - I was disappointed, overall, for such a highly rated brew, but this is not a beer that I would choose again. If you are looking for "the coffee lovers consummate beer" and don't mind a bitter, burnt finish, this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:15:31 | More by ericwgbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured straight down the center of the glass. Jet black with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma of wonderful black coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor that seems to hit the palette first is the coffee but when you swirl it around in your mouth it's amazing how all of the different flavors stand out. The kona coffee, dark chocolates, roasted malt and a bit of hop presence. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 12:22:28 | More by CaptinRedBeard
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4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ouncer, bottled 8/5/09.

Pours opaque, with a modest mocha head. Lacing is decent, retention is average. Huge and earthy nose of coffee. I can smell the Sumatra.

Flavor is bitter, tangy and coffee-like. I like how this beer isn't sweet or timid. Roasty. Some chocolate comes through, but this brew really focuses on coffee and does it well. Oats could be more present and contribute more to the mouthfeel, which is a bit lacking for a stout on the bigger end of the spectrum.

This is a great coffee stout, and I respect it, but I don't see it as a top-25 beer, which is how it's rated (#22) on "Best of BA" as of this review. I'm not even sure it's top-50. Maybe I'm a curmudgeon. Who knows. Mikeller Beer Geek Breakfast is still the stuff for me when it comes to coffee stouts. This Founders brew is a great value though, especially when compared to Mikeller.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 08:07:39 | More by dasenebler
Photo of avocadoz


4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark, rich brown. Excellent smell of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very very little head, and not as smooth as I anticipated, but WOW what an great taste. The chocolate and coffee hits you up front and lingers on. Would pair well with a savory soup and crusty bread. Drinkability is amazing considering the ABV... could drink this all night!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:32:21 | More by avocadoz
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4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High coffee flavor. Slightly bitter after taste. You must like coffee to enjoy thos need. I do lile coffee bit o would not drink this beer exclusively all evening. It is good as a switch out. I do say that you should try it but I would not get a case of this specific beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 00:02:06 | More by biglite351
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4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a slight, dark brown head.

S: Coffee with some chocolate, very nice.

T: Definitely some bitter chocolate and coffee, slightly oaky, but balanced with enough malt that it's very drinkable. Oh yeah, there's the alcohol burn I was waiting for. As it warms the flavors really stand out.

M: Thick but enough carbonation to make it very drinkable. Wow, it's perfect.

D: I really like coffee stouts, and this is one of the best. I could see drinking myself stupid with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 22:49:49 | More by Lukafer
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The label shows a little kid in a bib eating a bowl of oatmeal. It also states it contains 60 IBU's and 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV). Founders only offers this beer November through January and it is fairly difficult to find. This particular batch was bottled 11-6-2009 as evidenced by the born on date. After an aggressive pour, 3 fingers of espresso foam colored head formed which gradually receded to a thin top layer that never dissipated. The beer itself was jet black and completely opaque even to direct light. The lacing on this beer was wonderful. It built up at every level the beer was left after every gulp the whole way down the glass like growth rings on a tree. Fantastic aroma gave off the smell of stale coffee, grainy hops, and sweet roasted malts. Flavors ranged from bitter sweet chocolate, to strong brewed iced coffee, to the aggressive bitters of the 60 IBU's derived from the hops. Rather high for IBU's in a stout but it worked very well without a distinct floral hop essence. Extremely creamy and smooth texture is probably due to the oatmeal they used in the brewing process and gives the perfect not-to-thin not-to-thick mouth feel. For the ABV this is a scary easy to drink beer with a slightly sessionable feel to it. The only significant sign of the size of this beer is the slightly sticky feeling it leaves on your lips after a swig. This is the third founder's beer I have tried in just over a week and have to say this is a top notch brewery! The Breakfast Stout clearly stands out as an upper tier offering and I highly recommend it. Worth the search.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:41:24 | More by hopsbreath
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick and tight looking one finger chocolate brown head with good retention. Black in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. A ring remains and leaves some good looking lacing down the sides. A fine looking Imperial Stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate, though the pure black coffee is more prominent. Notes of fudge and brownies as well. Bold enough and quite enticing.

TASTE: Roasted malts and a great balance between the pure bitter dark chocolate and black coffee; more balanced than the nose. Very roasted and burnt the whole way through, leading to a bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Bold and long lasting aftertaste is plenty roasted with lots of coffee and burnt cocoa flavors. One of the best out there.

PALATE: Full body with lower amounts of light carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little alcohol bite at the finish. The oatmeal has definitely given this a soft and creamy feel. Finish is slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This stuff is what people write home to their mothers about. Fantastic stuff and well worth the hype. By far the best coffee flavored stout I've had so far, and the flavors mesh excellently with the chocolate and oatmeal. Very enjoyable, though the bold flavors do start to get a little overwhelming after a glass or two. Non-the-less, this one is a real treat of the brewing industry and I hope it continues to find its way overseas.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:22:40 | More by Jeffo
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4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours thick and black with a sparse coffee colored head that leavs some spotty laceing.

S: Coffee and more coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley.

T: Loads of coffee and bitter cocoa, roasted malt slips in after the initial burst of coffee, Hop and chocolate bitterness really lingers on the tongue.

M: Nice full bodied stout, very smooth and creamy, understated carbination is spot on. Bitter coffee and chocolate and malt sweetness are nicely balanced.

D: A very good stout, you probably need to like coffee to really enjoy this beer. I found the bitter chocolate to be just a tad overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:30:02 | More by DrinkingAleToday
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,306 ratings.