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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,485 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,485
Hads: 14,769
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,716
Gots: 4,728 | 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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Reviews: 3,485 | Hads: 14,769
Photo of KingCobra686
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gets overlooked easily when compared to CBS and KBS, but it compared very well against those two when drinking them side by side. The stout flavor in this beer is stronger and more flavorful than many other barrel aged stouts on the market.

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Photo of Zonk
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit thinner than some of the other stouts I enjoy, but aside from that really well made. Rich chocolate flavors more prominent than the oatmeal to me.

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Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of LehighAce06. My first Founders beer. According to the label, it was bottled on October 27, 2014.

Poured into a Jones Radiator nonic pint glass, the pour was a viscous dark brown, and gave up nothing when held up to direct light. Big, creamy mocha-colored head that took it’s time dropping. There was a beer-neglige style band of thin foam around the top of the glass, with spotty and streaky lace scattered about pell-mell.

There was dark roast coffee, mollasses and chocolate in the nose, in that order.

Coffee, chocolate and molasses combine for a deep, velvety smooth embrace of the taste buds. While there is bitterness (60 IBUs worth, per the neck label), it’s more of a coffee bitterness, with hoppy bitterness seemingly way out on the periphery.

Full bodied, with a creamy, coating, velvety mouthfeel.

This is a decadent beer. If available in my neck of the woods, this would be a regular part of the cold weather lineup, and a nice dessert beer just about any time. A long-time want that did not fail to deliver.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/22/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial coffee stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering as usual.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Black. No light escapes. Head is tan, which rises to one finger when poured but fades quickly. When held to the light, the very edges appear just like black coffee.

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate - milk chocolate. The flavor is exactly what the aroma advertises.

Flavor: Coffee flavor initially which transitions to milk chocolate and then back into coffee. There is a slight bit of alcoholic warmth. Roast flavors come through late and leaves a dry sensation. I imagine this is what coffee with a scoop of chocolate ice cream would taste like.

Mouthfeel: Medium. I expected slightly more body.

Overall: This was an enjoyable beer. This was better than many chocolate stouts I've tried. This beer reminds me of Odells Lugene, but this is better.

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Photo of imstimpy
2.78/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is nearly black with a head that looks like a cola (thin ring around the edge of the glass). There is a bit of a roasted malt, maybe oatmeal, smell but it is subtle. The taste starts oatmeal, goes to a roasted dark chocolate bar, peaks briefly with a bit of alcohol, with a long roasted chocolate finish. The feel is thick, but doesn't coat; it is smooth, but not nitro smooth. I've tried this a few times now and it just doesn't float my boat. The FBS is just a little too middle of the road for me. It is definitely more subtle than the Young's Chocolate Stout, but if you are to make a chocolate stout, I say make a chocolate stout!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a one finger high, beigebrown head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.
Small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to the head.

Nose: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, cacao powder, oak, raisin, ash, molasses, dark syrup and caramel malt.
Taste: Dark fruit, plum, dark chocolate, ash, brown sugar, tobacco, wood, roasted malt, espresso, dark brewed coffee - a lot of great coffee!
Body: Full body with light carbonation. Great bitterness. Dry ending. Complex body with a smooth, silky feeling.

ABV: 8.3% and it's so great hidden! This is like a cup of cold, colgrew coffee. So tasty!

This is a masterpiece! I would have this any morning for breakfast :)

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible stout, i never thought this would compete with KBS but it does that and some.looks great, smells of chocolate and coffee and the taste is incredible.sweet, bitter and stouty,great addition of oats make this like an alcoholic chocolate biscuit.with the exception of one or two barrel aged stouts, this is the best stout out there.

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Photo of Atatum
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heavy coffee and chocolate nose. The flavors are so full that it is like having a month full of chocolate covered espresso beans packed in your mouth. Very thick and velvety! This is an incredibly sumptuous brew. There is a bit of booze in the back end but it absolutely goes along with the flavors in the beer. Top five favorite beer.

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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of milkbaby9
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of CycleDad
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of Myotus
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (nice 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. 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.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally writing a review of this one. Poured from a bottle dated a little over a week old.
L: Pours black like motor oil into the glass. Appears pitch black in the glass with a nice finger of mocha head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S: Smelled like roasted coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Smells like fresh coffee being brewed.
T: First comes a wave of sweet espresso and coffee, following this is roasted malt and a little bitterness. The finish brings in dark chocolate, cocoa, and a little alcohol warmth. It leaves the palate with bitterness and the taste of roasted coffee.
F: Fully bodied with the finish being pretty light and smooth.
Overall this is the standard when talking coffee stouts. Add in the fact that it is readily available and you can't go wrong drinking this.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Brondeau
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of kitch
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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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Photo of GrinkoN
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-Very Dark
-No head

-Slight chocolate
-Slight coffee

-Dark Coffee
-sweet back end

Mouth Feel:

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with subtle mahogany tones with a thin tan head which dissipates completely within a minute or two. Mostly coffee on the nose, a darker roast that's been cold brewed. Some faint malt characteristics and bittersweet chocolate. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate with some coffee undertones. Medium body. This one just gets more and more chocolatey and chewy and malty as it warms. Some graham cracker notes (from the oats?) as you exhale through your nose. Those 60 IBUs keep everything in its place , as well as the coffee notes. Overall FBS is the imperial stout by which I judge all other imperial stouts. An excellent example that sits right in the middle of the style.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,485 ratings.