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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Reviews: 3,670 | Ratings: 15,861
Photo of lamergod
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black opaque body with a tiny head.

Smells of absolute amazement. Nice roast coffee, dark cocoa. Very intense.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee forward with a bellow of cocoa taste. Very balanced, yet strong at the same time. Low on carbonation. Smooth

Overall, a beer thats very strong and intense. Yet manages to keep it balanced. Well done. One of the best I've had

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just not a fan of stouts that have heavy coffee flavor. I like some coffee flavor, but this was too much for me. That being said, I really like Ale Smith's stout, though most likely because it had more fizz.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With 50% more reviews than the #2 most popular double stout, I should keep this short.
Why I like this so much is that it doesn't taste like its 60 IBU. Very smooth, very dry, very roasted. Don't understand how 60 bitterness gets concealed from my hop aversion.

Deservedly so, this is on the "1001" list.

Tasted again on 4/27/16... I could say more, but I cannot improve on the review... nor Founders on this beer.

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Photo of davidperez
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, it pours an inky black with a small dark brown head with low retention. Great lacing though.

The bouquet is assertive. Massive coffee and chocolate. Roasted malts, caramel and a slight hint of dark fruits.

The taste is very similar to the nose, massive chocolate and coffee being the protagonists. Well balanced beer, it never ceases to be bittersweet at the same time, but it starts mostly sweet and it finishes mostly bitter. Lots of roasted malts. A little boozy, vanilla, hints of molasses and prune. The aftertaste is very long, and chocolate-predominant.
Thick mouthfeel, chewy, smooth, silky.

The intensity of flavors in this beer may be unmatched. The same goes for the quality of its different notes.
World class beer for sure.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was hyped up in my mind, but still overall. I get all the normal stout flavors and aromas. Nothing really standing out for me. This beer is a midwest classic, but I've had better.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an inky black... the color of my heart, with a thin brownish head.

S: Coffee, roasted and delicious... cocoa beans and smoky goodness.

T/F: Hearty roasted malts... espresso and chicory. Chocolate is in the background with coffee forward. Thick and creamy but also smooth. Low carbonation as expected.

O: One of the leading examples of the style... and a yearly treat when it's released. Just a fantastic stout... all the complexity and flavor you look for, and easily drinks like a meal.. or better yet a dessert. Delicious and one of Founders best.

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Photo of lastmango
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured an opaque black with a half finger chocolate head. Moderate lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, malt, and dark fruits. Taste is dark chocolate and fruits, coffee, roasted malt in a sooooo very balanced fashion that not one is overpowering. Bitterness is controlled. I was expecting a heavier oily feel but this has a nice moderate and creamy body. This beer is extremely drinkable . . . like liquid sex. :)

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Photo of LongTaco15
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always go back to this stout. Pours black with a nice sand colored head that dissipates quickly. Great roasted coffee/chocolate aroma. So many roasted/toasted flavors going on: coffee, malts, oats, with a chocolate finish. Wonderfully coats your mouth. Almost feels like you can chew it.. One of my favorites!

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Photo of HopfordBeerham
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go-to stout!! Love this beer. Creamy, smooth, and drinkably strong. Great coffee and chocolate flavors (more coffee than chocolate) with a slight hop bite at the end. Salud!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, pours black with a nice rich brownish-tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. A gentle swirl revives the head throughout the glass. Smell is coffee, dark ripe fruits, roast malts and chocolate. Taste follows. Not overly sweet. Pleasing bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nicely rich on the tongue, but not overly thick or viscous. A creamy medium feel. If you're used to 13% syrupy bombs, this might feel thin by comparison, but it's spot on for this style/ABV. Great stout that brings together a lot of elements in perfect harmony.

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

black color with nice dark tan head, leaves a bit of lacing.

smell is bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. taste is similar, big rich flavor that finishes with a nice bitter note. appropriately creamy feel. overall a great stout, would love to try this on nitro!

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Photo of pwlong19
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, not the sweetness and complexity of Blot Out the Sun, but way cheaper and an excellent stout. The ABV comes through but not unpleasant. Lots of chocolate nose and burnt woody flavor.

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Photo of zshaft
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so this beer pours jet black w one finger head. great smell. great chocholate and coffee taste. great mouthfeel. this beer is good only problem is ive had double shot from treehouse. makes this beer seem light and watery.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks like obsidian, shiny and smooth and black. Only barely translucent, its so thick. Minimal head, the color of espresso foam.

S: Coffee, coffee, burnt sugar, yeast, burnt toast and more coffee. Enough said.

T: Tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet bread or grains and burnt smoke. Highly savory and bitter, offset by a creamy, sweet undercurrent that fills the mouth and leaves a lingering, milky sweetness. The smoke flavor is a bit stronger than I'd like it, on an otherwise well-balanced and delicious beer.

F: Silky and thick with tightly structured bubbles.

O: Really big, bold and tasty. Love that the chocolate, coffee and grain flavors are so strong but blended in just the right proportion to create this awesome brew!

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Photo of Kdubzz
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick oily black with a tannish brown two finger head. Sweet, light roasted coffee on the nose, balanced by some thick earthiness. Taste of sweet milk chocolate and lots of coffee, this is truly a breakfast stout. As it warms, it becomes deeper and more complex, malts and a bit of booziness on the end. The mouthfeel is on the thicker end, as one might expect, with a bit of an lingering, oily feel. Overall, it's a little too one sided to be considered one of the all-time greats for my personal tastes, being quite dominated by coffee both in the taste and olfactory departments, but nonetheless it is quite delicious.

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Photo of RickyS
2.59/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. A load of coffee. A few days ago I did drainpour another beer for the same reason. Which automatically makes me skeptical on this one which I have been waiting a long time to get my greedy little hands on. Let's taste it. Well this is not really bad. Now I get some malts too, maybe a sweet dark fruit component. My problem with this is that I hate cold coffee. And I don't want to boil this beer. What can I say about it? Maybe I don't like the style but this is a major disappointment. Will not buy again. But is just my problem. I guess.

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Photo of Wasu
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet blac with nicelooking head. Beautiful lacing. Strong smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste vey creamy and balance of coffee, dark chocolate and base beer. Alcohol is hidden very well. Quite warming. Long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily almost-black, with a tinge of dark mahogany under bright light and a barely-there thin, oily cappuccino head. Smells like freshly-toasted split oatmeal, a pot of fresh coffee, and chocolate hazelnut candy.

There's a lot going on here, and it's all astoundingly tasty. The main flavor is thick, creamy, and heavy like a Vietnamese iced coffee, and the oats dominate the body. The finish is a riptide of blackstrap molasses with notes of potato starch, nutmeg, and a little black pepper giving way to an aftertaste of bitter cappuccino foam, nutella, and hashbrowns. The balance on this is just about perfect - no single element dominates, and each flavor is thick and hearty enough to make not one bit about this beer be underwhelming or watery.

This has been one of my favorites for a long time, but it's also been a while since I've had one. Yep, still freakin' awesome. It pairs well with all kinds of heavy high-calorie food, but right now I'm having it with Texas jalapeno chili and it's just stupid how well they work together.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this after KBS expecting a lighter version of that...but not so. The aroma was wonderful - coffee and roast. I was drinking it fresh so even a hint of hop aroma apparent. But once it hit my tongue... it was tilted more toward the dry, bitter side of things. Kinda a thin mouthfeel for an 8.3% abv oatmeal beer. Won't be going back for more.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Smooth pour, little head that thickens after you finish pouring the bottle. Head has a brownish coloration, very appealing for a stout. Solid black, can't see through this beer in the least bit.

S: The smell is a little unremarkable. You can get hints of the chocolate/coffee flavor, but its mostly the roasted malts that come through. A good smell, subtle, but nothing that jumps out to grab you at first. This is probably one of the few beers that has its looks get your attention more than the smell.

T: What can I say. The roasted combination of the classic stout flavors is second to none. Chocolate and coffee and cereal malt all work together in the brew to create the quintessential stout. Truly the best in class. Flavor is consistent and powerful from front to back, from first sip to last.

F: Smooth as anything, but certainly not a beer to drink quickly. Its thick enough to float a spoon on and it feels like that in your mouth. The smooth, slightly alcoholic element sticks in your mouth, but not in a bad way at all.

O: My favorite beer. I save it for special occasions, mostly in the winter.

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Photo of TheKlevin
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stout season is real. There is nothing better than fresh Breakfast stout from the source. All coffee upfront, then chocolate and alcohol. Surprisingly drinkakable for the ABV.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours black with a medium-thin dark creme/motor oil head. Little to no lacing. Notes of cocoa nibs and coffee in the head of the aroma with an alcohol smell base. Roasted malts notes open up the flavor palette, and then flow into a series of cocoa nibs and coffee. Great ebb and flow of flavors. Each flavor can be picked up quite easily compared to some beers. Mouth feel is fantastic. Very rich and smooth. It's a pleasure to drink. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer (as the ratings show). I first had it some time ago when I was asking around for the "best coffee stouts". I'm revisiting it a year later, and I'm glad I did. Plenty of great things going on with each sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from WF as soon as it hit CA.

L: Deep, dark brown that is approaching pitch black with a nice half finger espresso colored head. Lacing is left on the glass as you sip. Looks like a full glass of freshly brewed coffee.

S: Immediately hit with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, maybe some caramel.

T: Really full black coffee flavor followed by a nice chocolate bitterness - some vanilla in there also. A roasty, dry-ish finish.

F: Nice, full bodied beer that suits a stout perfectly. Feels like silk.

Overall, this beer is awesome. There are few beers that I would comfortably buy a case of, but I just may have to go out and get one! Cheers.

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Photo of JMD
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep black with a small tan head that dissipated quickly even after a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Smells amazing! Rich and malty with big notes of chocolate and fresh ground coffee

T: Big toasted malt flavor. Chocolate and espresso are prominent with hints of tobacco and dark fruits. Just enough hops to balance it out.

T: Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Maybe a little light for the style

O: Fantastic beer! Not much more to say. There is a reason why its so highly rated, its one of the best beers around.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have Founders in California, finally! Another prime example why, Breakfast Stout is an amazing stout. Right there with Old Rasputin for me (though lacks the personal history). Cheers!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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