Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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14,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 14,403
Reviews: 3,599
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,619
Gots: 4,405 | FT: 227
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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: 14,403 | Reviews: 3,599
Photo of kinggimp
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice stout with a hint of coffee

Photo of hail_seitan
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into brandy snifter

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany. The head is thin and leaving little bits of lacing down the sides of the glass. Bits of taupe bubbles swirl on top of the beer like an oil slick.

S - Roasted perfection, though not overpowering. The notes of cocoa and espresso meld perfectly with root beer and caramel.

T - As opposed to the restrained nose, the flavor is robust as hell. However, it is also remarkably nuanced. The cold-press coffee smoothly blends with dark chocolate. The malt is reasonably sweet but not cloying - almost like a really, really good chocolate doughnut. There is also earthy spice similar to cinnamon, caramel richness, and a slight rum kick on the end. The lingering taste is smooth and full of sumptuous coffee and cocoa.

M - As with KBS, the mouthfeel is liquid perfection. The oatmeal lends an impeccable silky mouthfeel that envelopes the palate in a glutinous bear hug. Carbonation is light and spot-on.

O - Founders proves they are one of the world's masters of dark malty beers. One of the best coffee beers going. So supremely balanced it stymies the senses into blissful chocolate and coffee submission. However, I must say I like Founders' Porter and KBS (duh) better. It's probably a deadheat between this and their Imperial Stout, too. But that is not meant as a slight - this is an awesome beer. A winter without at least one of these is a winter of our discontent, indeed.

Photo of PolarBear3
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured a deep black colour with one fingered head that slowly dissipates.

S - Huge roasted coffee, burnt dark chocolate aromas, caramel and a little sweet toffee

T - Wow!.. Similar to the nose coffee, dark chocolate, caramel that gives it a terrific well balanced finish

M - Low carbonation, very smooth and medium bodied

O - Without a doubt one of the best stout I have had. Enjoying every minute of it and a must to try

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

Aged Breakfast Stout 2011

Aged in cellar fridge 55 degrees.

Look-black as night as usual, no carbonation.

Smell-heavy coffee, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate.

Taste-lighter then fresh, very mellow and well balanced. Nice coffee tones, slightly burnt but nice taste, sweetener then fresh. So much better aged!

Feel-lighter then fresh, no alcohol taste, def thinner tasting but so good!!!!

Overall-love aging this beer! Love it fresh but aging this long or longer makes it so good!!!!

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bright black with a thin filmn of a head that disappears to nothing.
S: Black coffee to espresso, roast.
T: coffee with hints of chocolate with a hop bitter that suggests espresso on the finish
F: Creamy smooth with a medium full to chey body and medium high carbonation.
O: A very well balanced brew.

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer and at under 10% for an imperial stout, extremely drinkable. BA has it listed as year-round, but according to Founders website it is only available from Oct-Dec. For a non-barrel-aged, moderate ABV, reasonably priced Imperial Stout, I can't think of a better one. Very balanced and rich. Bell's Expedition comes close. Of course, I'm Midwest biased.

Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best! Enjoying on national beer day!

Photo of SirHopsHoppington
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pallet notes of rich coffee with dark chocolate slowly making an appearance. Delicious oatmeal coming into play well after the swallow. All in all a very good beer. Recommend!

Photo of dthrift3
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout, hands down. Wonderful flavors all around with notes of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal. Great beverage at any time of the day.

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

One of my favorite beers. [Judge Smails voice] "Top-notch. Top-notch"

Photo of gsmit
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, but to filling.

Very much like a bitter dark chocolate. Very smooth.

Aroma is lacking.

Can really taste the alcohol.

Photo of magicmoose66
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer that made me fall in love with beer.

Photo of JRscott24
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

what more do you want from a beer. Not pretentious, beautiful taste

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

Off on a tangent here, but hopefully it will help someone else. I drank this cold(fridge temp) in the past and's ok. Then had 1 at cellar temp. Totally different experience. Opened my eyes to how good this stout really is...WOW. Now I'm drinking all my stouts, barleywines, etc at cellar temp. Wrong all these years and didn't even know it.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really solid beer. The coffee and dark chocolate are both there in the taste. Strong but not overly bitter. Got a good deal on a 4 pack for $9. yb

Photo of thedumbphase
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could smell this for days. A slight grittiness on the palate is the only (slight) negative here.

Photo of timshaw013
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite stouts for sure. Perfectly named. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid breakfast stout- great coffee notes and awesome body.

Photo of oregonduck
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout. This is not too sweet which I like in a stout. I think I would probably go with Founders Imperial Stout as I remember it being just as good, maybe better, which is impressive at a higher abv. It would be interesting to try them side by side. But can't go wrong with FBS.

Photo of dboon
3.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. I love almost everything by founders. This stout however is just too hoppy for me. The taste is huge coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malt.

Photo of hardysf
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good beer. Its just lacking a little Kentucky or Canadian.

Photo of babybeluga
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with soap sudsy dark brown head
Smell: freshly ground coffee & dark chocolate
Taste: rich/full-bodied with a balancing bitterness

I really, really like it. I've even poured it into a (clear) glass coffee mug with breakfast.

Photo of GregJ
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich coffee and dark chocolate. Fantastically rich and full body beer. Outstanding!!!

Photo of RumDude
3.57/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was an aged bottle (about 2 years old). Couldn't read the date (why do they make it so the date disintegrates?).

Look: A stout. Poured with little to no head.

Smell: Dry wood coffee/chocolate. Slight alcohol essence. Grape-ish.

Taste: Lighter than expected body/mouthfeel. Black malt cola with moderate sweetness - slightly sour licorice (I could say hint of orange but I won't).

Afterthoughts: My guess this would be better balanced and more flavorful without the age. Still pretty good.

Photo of BigH75
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in my home bar. As good as it gets. Black as night with a perfect brown head. Smell is of iced coffee and semisweet chocolate. Flavor is roasted but not such that it over powers your palette. Sip it slowly because it gets better as it warms. Make sure to pour into a glass that allows a good whiff with every sip.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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