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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,326
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,061
Gots: 2,388 | FT: 155
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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.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
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Photo of Genghis22


4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this is yet another awesome trade with Stephen, thanks man!

A - Pours a thick oil looking black. Nice cocoa colored head. Zero light penetration. Looks awesome!

S - Chocolate, oak, smoke, coffee, touches of leather and tobacco. This smells divine.

T - Dark bitter chocolate. Earthy qualities, probably from the oatmeal, and the dark roasted malt. Slight smoke characteristics. Little hints of leather and tobacco in the taste as well. Very dry bitter finish.

M - Not as thick as I would have thought, or liked. I usually like my stouts to be very thick and chewy, especially an imperial one. Feels full bodied, but not thick, very unusual. Moderate carbonation, that tickles the tongue. Finish is very dry and crisp.

D - Very very good stuff. Strong, robust and flavorful like a premium cup of coffee. Why didn't I have this for breakfast? Hmmm. All in all a great beer, that I'm looking forward to trying again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:32:47 | More by Genghis22
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter

a-jet black...khaki colored one finger head that fell very quickly..little lacing..small tight collar..no bubbles present through the oil

s-coffee..bitter chocolate..no hops..roasty sweeness

t-very coffee forward as expected....bitter chocolate..roastyness..some bitterness to pull it together...finishes dry and tanic

m-thinner this year than last which surprised me give the look of it..a bit watery...carb is there in a good way which makes this beer stand up...very dry on the finish

d-not as drinkable as last years but not hard to put away either..certainly palatable

overall a little let down versus last year when we got flooded with it in NC...and ive had a few more coffee beers since then as well and maybe it just doesnt stand up to the likes of valdez and peche mortel or even bells java stout...but it does hold its own..

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 01:11:14 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of drowland


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a small dark-brown head that sticks around a little. The aroma is pretty much all coffee with touches of sweet malt and a daaaash of chocolate. The flavor is way upfront coffee with dark chocolate notes garnished with the delicious sweet and sour malty notes we all know to be a high-gravity stout! The luscious creamy mouthfeel is just the icing on the... oatmeal!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 22:45:00 | More by drowland
Photo of ditch


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful pitch black with a small caramel head that fades to a ring that leaves thin lacing all the way down the tulip.

Smell is of a fresh brewed mocha. Chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of cream. Hints of a dryness.

Taste mimics the aroma. Chocolate and coffee! Bitter finish from the coffee. Sweet and bitter. Flavors meld together perfectly.

Mouthfeel is great for this amount of depth in flavor. Carbonation is spot on for flavor enhancement.

Drinkability is also good here. I could start and finish the night with this one. It may not be a good idea though with this amount of alcohol. I can't stop drinking this!


Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:52:24 | More by ditch
Photo of steve8robin


3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the common greats:

A: Dark as the darkest dark. Mocha colored head that starts off an inch thick but quickly dissipates.

S: Smells of a lot of coffee. I am definitely a fan of coffee brews, so this one does not disappoint me. Not overbearing scents, but not too faint. Good balance.

T: A little too hoppy for me. Aftertaste of chocolate and hints of coffee linger in the taste. Good, but not one of my faves.

M: Leaves a decent sticky taste in your mouth. Good Carbonation.

D: Goes down ok. Easy because of the flavors, but a little tough because of the hops and carbonation.

All in all, this is a good beer, but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 05:49:07 | More by steve8robin
Photo of CHADMC3


4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This amazing piece of A** , ahem art, pours a viscous black with a hearty, deep tan head that dissipates to reveal a sticky lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

The huge aroma of milk chocolate, rich coffee, toasted and sweet malt waft from the glass. This is an enormous milk chocolate aroma, with big malt, yet a hint of earthy hops can be detected as it warms.

The flavor mirrors the aroma, absolutely delicious. Dark, sweet chocolate, rich coffee aftertaste, roasted malt, and oatmeal. The flavors are numerous yet consistent with every sip.

Rich, velvety mouthfeel, yet medium in body with a low to medium carbonation. This is smooth and creamy.

Whatever this beer is selling; I'm buying! Just plain amazing, tons of hearty flavors, warming, easy on the palate, and one of the easiest to drink. What a brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 02:25:14 | More by CHADMC3
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slight head. Pitch black. Looks great.

Smell: Strong Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Strong coffee flavor. Some oat and chocolate. Some hops on the end. Low Carbonation with a medium body.

Overall its was a good beer. Will definitely have again as a dessert drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:57:30 | More by slickmick22
Photo of Mora2000


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

Picked up as an extra from sinstaineddemon. Thanks.

Beer pours dark brown to black with a brown head. There are slight brown highlights at the edges. The first aroma is strong black coffee. As the beer warmed to room temperature, I got more of a chocolate smell but coffee was always the main aroma. The taste is expectedly black coffee, easily the most coffee-filled beer I have ever drank. You never get too much chocolate flavor, but you get bitterness from the chocolate which is nice. The oatmeal comes through in the mouthfeel, making the beer very thick and creamy. Very good beer, one of the best I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:16:17 | More by Mora2000
Photo of juhl31


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

-black as black is. zero light up in there with a good brown head

-really roasty coffee smell. like brewed coffee...not just the beans themselves. barely some chocolate at first

-tastes just like it smells with the roasted coffee. melts like chocolate. really strong coffee ground taste at the end

-really like how it warms in your mouth like a goof coffee. the closest mouthfeel to actual coffee for me

-like it a lot. very unique for a double even with the same kind of choco/coffee profile

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 19:40:09 | More by juhl31
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Did an 08 and 09 side by side recently, here are some notes I took.

They both pour black with small dark tan heads, subsiding to a film around the edge of the glass. Surprisingly, 08 had better head retention and lacing.

They both smell outstanding but are considerably different. 09 is pungent, freshly roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. 08 is more integrated with the rest of the stout flavors, even allowing some fruity ale yeast flavors to come through.

The tastes are both wonderfully complex with chocolate and coffee playing nicely over the bed of roasted malts. the coffee is so strong in the 09, it borders on astringent. 08 is more in balance and not as much harshness from the coffee, but isn't that what you want in a breakfast stout?

Both are excellently creamy and silky smooth. Alcohol tastes are negligible and I will drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overall, this beer ages well, but for a coffee lover, I love the intensity of the fresh bottle and probably won't be aging this one too often.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:00:13 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of Dankuel


4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the beer, lacked a decent head, but the aroma that follows makes up for it. Has a deep dark color to the beer, what little head there is has a redish/brown appearance.

A good sniff of this beer from a balloon goblet reveals a sweet and complex mixture of heavy chocolate and roasted coffee, the 8.5% alcohol is hidden very well, it smells rather appetizing.

A smooth/quasi-bubbly feel in mouth, the flavors are overpowering, rich, dark, sweet and complex. There is a strong chocolate taste that partners nice with the roasted coffee. Also, a hint of oatmeal and cinnamon. The alcohol is barely noticeable, there is a very appetizing coffee after taste that permeates. (Note: if you have ever had a javachip frap from starbucks, the smell and taste are analogous).

This is one of the best stouts, if not beers I have ever tried, worthy of my first review.


Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:23:30 | More by Dankuel
Photo of noslenwerd


4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, a bit thicker than average stout. I feel like i got a batch that did not carbonate correctly because there was little to no head with this one.

S: For some reason this beer has almost no smell at all, slight coffee smell

T: Not a whole lot of unique flavor to this one at fridge temp, but once it warms up it gets pretty tasty, a lot more coffee starts to show. Hides the 8.5% very well. Normal stout taste, coffee aftertaste. Again little to no carbonation

Summary: A little bit above average stout.. Very easy to drink but nothing spectacular (again might be due to the beer not being carbonated correctly.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:41:15 | More by noslenwerd
Photo of billab914


4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a diminishing tan head. Moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy on coffee and chocolate. Taste is also strong with coffee and chocolate with a lot of bitterness. Flavor has a nice long duration, which is nice. Nice creamy mouthfeel and not much if any alcohol present for being over 8%. This was one of my first Founders beers since VA got their distribution this year. I've purchased 4 packs of this a few times now and have always enjoyed them.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 19:22:01 | More by billab914
Photo of nickfl


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of orange-tan head on top of an opaque black body with just the slightest hint of ruby highlights showing through at the bottom of the glass. The thick, chunky foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Nutty caramel, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Notes of plum and coffee in the background.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee up front with thick, sweet oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle with the medium caramel notes carrying on in the background. Finishes sweet and cola like with lots of woody, espresso like coffee notes and plenty of chocolate with a good dose of malt bitterness to balance. There is a hint of pine hop flavor in the aftertaste that is quickly covered over by chocolate and coffee with some light char notes.

M - Thick, silky body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Breakfast stout is a really accurate description of this beer. The coffee essence is strong but not overwhelming and the chocolate oatmeal and thick malt might as well be a chocolate breakfast cereal, or better yet, oatmeal with a splash of Bailey's in it. The sweet characteristics border on overwhelming the palate, but there is definite malt bitterness to hold it off, and the hop presence in the finish (which is so subtle that it could easily be missed) is a nice contrast. Overall, this is a very nice beer, though it lacks a certain depth and vividness that prevents it from reaching the level of the very best Imperial stouts that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 02:56:12 | More by nickfl
Photo of dbtoe


4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Picked up a 4 pack. I liked this more than I'd thought. I'm not a coffee drinker and yet this coffee beer really tasted good to me. I'll be getting this again, my new favorite coffee stout.
Look is black with a small brown head.
Smell is yup coffee and sweet chocolate.
Taste is wow complex. There is a lot going on here I get coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, some dark fruit maybe, and some bitterness just to round things off. A great balance of a lot of flavors.
Feel is creamy and thick.
Drink I could sit and drink this all night long. There are a lot of flavors and yet I didn't get overwhelmed by them.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 19:26:19 | More by dbtoe
Photo of Stigs


4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A - think layer of brown foam fades quickly, nothing else to report. the beer itself poured very thick and syrupy, a touch below being pitch black.

S - coffee, coffee, coffee. sweetness from milk chocolate comes in, slight bitterness again near the end from hops and...more coffee. i love coffee so this is mouth watering for me.

T - bitter chocolate flashes first, then loads and loads of fresh black and strong coffee (how i like it). bitterness sticks around for a long time, joined by some more dark chocolate and bittering hops. oatmeal ads a nice underlying sweetness (and more toastiness).

M - very strong carbonation for the viscosity and higher ABV. i like to let it sit and warm, and also let the carbonation die a little to prevent distracting the impressive flavors.

D - one of those meals in a bottle. i'm a huge coffee fan so this is right up my alley. perfect sipper for a sunday football marathon. KBS and CBS are a distinct level ahead of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 18:33:10 | More by Stigs
Photo of Zebus0


3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Some give and take really. Pours really thick black. Whether or not that's good or bad is up to you. I was pretty psyched. Could use a head on it though.

S- Amazing, like dark roasted coffee + stout beer

T- Good, although I didn't like the bottom end. Starts smoothly stout/chocolaty/coffee tasting then has a really harsh bite that doesn't really fit to me. Almost non-existent aftertaste.

M- I never really grade on mouthfeel, don't feel it's that important. Typical stout, grainy.

D- One of those situational beers. If you're in the mood for a good heavy stout there isn't much better, but I couldn't drink it all the time.

Overall- As much as it was talked up, I was pretty disappointed as a stout lover. Just wasn't what I expected. Still though, pretty high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 07:12:24 | More by Zebus0
Photo of BevMoAndrew


4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a viscous black with a creamy tan froth and decent lacing that really doesn't stick to the glass. Decent head retention. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, chicory, oatmeal, subtle citrus hops, roasted barley, soft molasses, easy mocha, smoke, light charcoal, & light peppercorn. Creamy, but dry texture and burnt flavors of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and chicory lead to a long finish. The 8.3% abv & hop presence is very well hidden, but definitely present. Overall a great coffee stout that is definitely worth the hype.
Thanks kmurray8621 for the great trade! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 00:46:46 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2007.

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $13.99/4-pack

I'm not a coffee drinker (not a big fan of hot liquids), however I love the smell of coffee and the taste of coffee ice cream and coffee cake. Huge fan of Breakfast Stout..

Appearance: Pours pitch black and looks so damn good! Big lite brown head up front but dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of lacing which sticks to the glass for awhile.

Smell: Big blast of coffee with a hint of chocolate. Screams for another whiff.

Taste: Coffee and hop bitterness. If your looking for sweetness, look elsewhere..

Mouthfeel: Dry in the finish. Not as thick as I would expect from the appearance.

Drinkability: At 8.3% it's very well hidden. My favorite coffee beer by far. Always on hand and aging well.

I truely look forward to drinking this beer. I was first introduced to this by Chris Lively and loved it ever since.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:31:58 | More by 05Harley
Photo of manahansf


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick and viscous dark brown/black color topped with a thick and creamy brown head. This is a very dark and thick beer. The aroma is very rich roasted coffee and chocolate scents. The flavor is smooth packed full off roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Very little hop presence behind such big flavors but the balance is great. The body is very thick from the oatmeal and is smooth and velvety with low carbonation. Finishes with a slightly sweeter chocolate flavor and fades ever so gently leaving a subtle reminder of the huge bold beer you just drank. Great Brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:04:31 | More by manahansf
Photo of mdcrouser


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Founders Breakfast Stout - really looking forward to it.

Strange, as this beer pours looking almost flat, but then once in the glass, it comes to life, finding its carbonation and head. Motor oil black - the opposite of breakfast milk. Even the head is dark, raising up a whole finger and then dying out, leaving a solid deep ring around the glass.

It smells like deep, dark, majestically incredible - obviously it's got coffee and plenty of it, but then heavy toffee and roasted everything. Really good - one of those smells you remember forever.

Coffee at the fore, and then a bit burnt on the tongue - but in a good way, like a toasted marshmallow - wow. It completely enfolds the tongue and stays with it for a long, long time.

For as huge as this beer is, it's not heavy in the mouth, until it's down the hatch, and then it explodes. It quickly turns a little thin - not a big detractor though.

Seriously a legacy beer - can't say enough about this one- if you enjoy a good hearty stout, buy it, enjoy it, cellar it.

Enjoying this eight months later - July 19, 2010 - the hottest day of the year so far with a heat index of 108. And all day I had a craving for this beer. And it's just as wonderul now as it was eight months ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:20:41 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of Wisconsinality


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into Chimay chalice

A- Pours a nice deep black that only lets light through around the edges. About a half finger's worth of head that recedes quickly to leave a little cap on the beer. The mocha colored head leaves a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nose full of dark chocolate and some espresso in there. Also there is a little bit of sweetness from the malt and a tad bit of licorice.

T- The taste is a lot like the nose but a whole lot better. Some nice dark chocolate with just a faint amount of bitterness. This leads to the espresso and some sweetness from the malt on the tail end.

M- A smooth drinker that is a little dry on the back end. The carbonation isn't very noticeable but that isn't a problem. I would have preferred this one to be a little thicker, for whatever reason it just seems a little too thin.

D- This one goes down pretty easy and fairly complex when you let it warm up a little bit. It has a dry finish and a little thinner than what I would have expected from a an Imp. stout. Good nonetheless and a must try. Another good stout from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 03:29:20 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to abecall98 for the studying fuel.

A- Poured into a goblet, a soft pour revealed little head initially, after a few seconds a ring formed around the rim of the glass. Its a dark black liquid with a brown head that laces pretty good. Good looking otherwise.

S- The aroma is mainly coffee with hints of dark chocolate. As it starts to warm up there is a bit more oatmeal to the aroma.

T- First impression is lots of coffee. Then lots of mocha espresso taste. Through the middle the chocolate comes through more then the coffee. The aftertaste is predominately bitter chocolate, and seems to taper off too abruptly.

B- Its a full body beer with a good amount of carbonation. There is the definite oatmeal creaminess to this beer. Slight astringency/dryness to the end.

O- Very tasty beer there is a good complement between the coffee and the dark chocolate. Only complaint I would have is that there could be a touch more sweetness to this beer at least at the end where it falls pretty thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 07:54:36 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Goose Island glass.

Poured pitch black with a very thin almost instantly dissipating head. Weird, I remember this one having a bit of a head but I guess I am wrong.

The smell is big coffee with chocolate smoothed out by oat and malts in the background. Absolutely intoxicating in the smell but also very pleasant. No booze in the smell either. Nice.

Taste is just as big. Roasted coffee and malts with chocolate. The coffee beans are the most forward in the flavor while the chocolate accompanies and compliments it. Malts are there but don't play a big role, and the oat just smooths everything out. Almost perfection in a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Nice and creamy with carbonation that just tickles the tip of your tongue. Not oily like a big RIS, and not on the thinner side like Abyss. Just right and it works great for the style. This is where this beer really shines.

As far as drinkability, I believe I could drink this all night but wouldn't allow myself since I could probably only throw back a four pack of these due to how heavy it is and the higher alcohol content.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Definitely lives up to the hype that I heard about it before I could get my hands on some. Kind of disappointed in the lack of head in this bottle but I will revisit my review once I open my other bottles and probably change my score. A more aggressive pour might be needed on my part.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 04:45:15 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a completely opaque black, with three finger “waterfalling” chocolate mousse colored head. Thick and creamy with excellent retention; the head stays around forever. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Sweet and smoky as well.

Taste: The taste starts out with a very dark chocolate flavor, with coffee and smoky flavors. Roasted malts almost taste “burnt”, but in an appealing way. Molasses-like sweetness and some alcohol can be tasted, but not overally strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but a little bit thin feeling for a stout. Still, incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Excellent appearance, smell, and flavor. Smooth and refreshing; very easy to drink. I plowed through my whole beer without realizing it, its so delicious and smooth. The 8.3% is not super high for this style, and it’s hidden very well.

Buy Again? Yes, most certainly.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 04:39:10 | More by jonziefle
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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