Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,383
Reviews: 3,361
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,317
Gots: 3,500 | FT: 197
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.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

This is one excellent beer. The 1st one I poured, I poured too slow and the head wasn't there. That was my mistake. The next I poured more vigorously and the head was perfect. It smells of strong coffee. The taste is incredible on this one and the coffee, chocolate and roasted malts come together nicely. I wish I could have this as a regular but it's not available near me. Another well made brew from Founders.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ChiHophead13
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish snifter.

A - midnight black with the consistency of Castrol motor oil. Thick, creamy head the color of milk chocolate. Ton of lacing on the glass.

S - burnt coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate pouring out of this one. Hard to find any hop presence due to the overwhelming nature of the coffee.

T - bitter chocolate and fresh ground espresso roast. Some malty and toffee with a wonderfully long chocolate finish. Not all all boozy at 8+%.

M - full bodied, mild carbonation, extremely well balanced and drinkable.

O - this is what a coffee stout should be. Although the coffee and chocolate are intense, they're not overwhelming. There's nothing "one note" about the flavor profile as everything works well together. FBS continues to be my yardstick for this beer style.

Photo of ccarney2
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black as night with a 2 finger tan head that lingers for a short time, but leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Sweet, lots of toasted malt with a bitter coffee smell coming though. Not too much alcohol in the nose.

Taste - Sweet start with a quick transition to some of the bitterness. The malts and hops work really well together, the sweetness of the grain fade nicely into a bitter roasted coffee flavor. You get a little more of the alcohol here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel - Wonderful for me. A little more carbonation than most stouts I've had recently, but the silky smooth texture is still there and it surrounds the tongue.

Overall - This beer is fantastic. It is something that i could literally drink for breakfast, and would work especially work well with some buttered toast and eggs. The taste is rather mild and lingering, but incredibly complex. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

Photo of demuzik
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is very much an exceptional beer; the way they manage to cram all the coffee notes of espresso, chocolate, and roasted grain, yet keep it balanced and gentle - this is by no means a harsh or bitter stout... hence the breakfast reference. Both the aroma and taste are heavily espresso/coffee oriented; the mouthfeel is creamy, yet light - not overbearing.

Not a session beer, by any means, too complex and interesting - but worth a visit each Fall as it comes available - if you haven't tried it yet, do so... its a Stout worth writing home about.

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

Gawd this beer looks heavenly with it's pitch black soul and hearty tan muffin top. The stickiness of the lacing is world class and it's pretty generously carbonated.

Oh man, this is such a delicious smelling beer. It's strong notes of milk chocolate, toasted coconut and coffee with a little bit of oat graininess. A touch of spice is also detected, but almost no alcohol (which is a big difference between this beer and KBS).

I remember why I love this beer. It's absolutely incredible and a delightful stout. Its got just the right amount of bold flavors offset by a light spice. There are no issues of balance and there is a slightly tart, roasty aftertaste that leaves me satiated after each sip.

Big, bold beer with tons of flavor and a full body. Exactly what I'm looking for in a stout. There is a lingering aftertaste that is slightly roasty and well mannered. It's still quite pleasant when warmed up.

Damn delicious beer with lots of rich flavors. It definitely hit the spot and would likely be a good cellar-ing candidate. I'd try they beer again and whole-heartedly recommend it to others.

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

Pours as black as spent motor oil. Light will not penetrate this beer. Period. One and one half finger tan head. Lacing is good.

Smells like coffee beans. Fresh ground coffee beans. Chocolate is barely noticeable.

I taste chocolate first, then coffee. Burnt malt. To call this one flavorful would be an understatement...this thing packs a punch. Its an explosion of flavor. All chocolate and coffee.

Being that I'm a relative newby, this is by far the most robust stout I have personally had. Thick. You can almost spoon feed yourself this stout.

This one aint for the faint of heart. It kicks you in the face and make you beg for more. Thank you Founders, may I have another...

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

VERY fresh bottle, bottled 10/22/11

Pours a dark black with a small brown head

Heavy coffee smell on the nose. Can't really pick out the chocolate in the smell.

Taste also dominated by coffee, with little bitterness on the finish.

A Very good stout, one that I might enjoy more with a little age to tone down the coffee slightly.

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sapsuckers, Huntington, NY.

Poured s deep black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full cold coffee aroma. Not much else detected.

The taste was equally coffee driven with elements of dark chocolate and charcoal.

The mouthfeel wad toward the lighter side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall scraggy coffee driven stout. Sort of one dimensional in that regard, but very good nevertheless.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pure black in color. Even when held up to a bright light, no light comes through. Formed a small brown head and left some nice lacing on the glass.

It smells of coffee and has a smooth coffee taste. Some chocolate chocolate comes through but mostly coffee. I has a slight bitter after taste like coffee has.

For a dark, heavy full bodied beer with a fairly high ABV, it drinks real easy.

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

I usually do not like a stout, but based on the consistantly good reviews, I had to try.
Poured from bottle into tulip.
I gave the Appearance a 4 not higher because it just looked flat.
Smell is probably one of the best ever. Coffe/espresso is obvious and amazing. Vanilla is also present.
Taste is fantastic. Smooth, chocolatey and coffe, vanilla undertones. You can barely notice the high ABV.
I think I should start re-thinking my take on stouts. With a stout this good, there are bound to me more.

Oh, and you really could have this for breakfast!

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

12oz bottle poured into my Brawley's snifter!!

A- A very nice coffee black that has a small amount of milk chocolate head the disappears into a nice milky lace that has very strong retention.

S- Coffee is strong on this one. Some sweet dark fruit and roasted malt is present as well. No alcohol sent on this beer, nor is there much hop presence. Very true to the name, smells like breakfast.

T- Fresh roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Some nice dark fruit and sweet malts as well. For not being a milk stout this one has lots of cream presence. The alcohol is hidden perfectly.

M- Perfect for the style. It's founders. Carbonation is present but mild on the tounge. Goes down easy.

O- A wonderful beer. Has all the components to be a great stout that i will seek out every years as long as it's made. I dont drink coffee but i do drink this.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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