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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,148
Reviews: 3,190
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,314 | FT: 155
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-21-2012 02:36:38 | More by 85valentine
Photo of BMMillsy


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

Hands down, my favorite stout out there. Excellent both in the bottle and on tap. Deep black, with mocha head. Strong coffee, with some slight chocolate hints, then more earthy spicy coffee. Goes down easy. While many imperial stouts come off syrupy, this is incredibly drinkable and smooth. Perfect carbonation and a nice bitterness that goes well with the roasty flavor here, massive coffee, and the perfect amount of chocolate sweetness. Not overly sweet. Honestly, I find this to be better than the heralded KBS by a good margin. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:24:59 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally broke the bank and picked up a four-pack of this highly touted brew - at $12.99 not an easy buy.

Appearance - poured a pitch silky black - almost like liquid dark chocolate. Nice frothy brown head with lacing throughout. Great looking brew.

Aroma - Cocoa - Chocolate - Espresso - nice...

Taste - Chocolately-sweet strong coffee...oatmeal hints hit toward the end. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth - but thickness conveys itself if you keep it there long enough. Slight burn for good measure.

My first taste of Founders brews. This is an awesome beer for the developed palate. Nice and a keeper. Now I know what all the hype was about.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:22:35 | More by Celt44
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2012 23:06:35 | More by beergorrilla
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2012 18:35:35 | More by cynical1027
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2012 18:21:46 | More by juliusseizure
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2012 13:55:27 | More by olympicgatorade
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-20-2012 05:18:08 | More by LostTraveler
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-20-2012 03:06:39 | More by Satan70
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2012 02:53:34 | More by 1koolspud
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed Breakfast Stout many times, including on tap at Founders. When I was not much of a stout drinker, I did not have as much appreciation for this beer as I do now. Every autumn, I horde a few 4 packs to get me through the year. Few beers are better on a cold winter night.

The pitch black of this stout is an impressive sight. Producing a slight tan head after being poured, it is almost too pretty to drink. The thickness of the stout borders on oil as it is difficult to see light through a glass. The thickness also leaves a generous coat on the tongue. Initially, the stout produces a flavor of strong coffee bitterness with dark chocolate yielding to hints of bread and malt. The chocolate becomes slightly sweeter in the aftertaste. If I were to offer one criticism to Breakfast Stout, I would love to taste a little more sweetness hidden in the aftertaste. It would be close to perfect at that point.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:48:47 | More by JohnnyHopps
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New York

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-20-2012 02:18:35 | More by TheSamsquanch
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2012 01:01:14 | More by firebeer06
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black, came to the table with remains of a chocolate coloured head, but clearly the head doesn't last.

Aroma: Strong but delicate mixture of roasted coffee aromas; proper dark chocolate!

Taste: Earthy, dark roasted coffee; the hops kick in a little bit afterwards and create some bitterness, especially mixed with the bitterness of the coffee. It's demanding, but surprisingly easy to drink! The chocolate flavours are not predominant, but they do come through a little bit -- the impression is of very, very dark, bitter chocolate. Exquisite!

Mouthfeel: The flaked oats give this stout a nice smoothness to compensate for the heavyish body, very nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellent stout, brave mixture of strong coffee flavours, but the beer has such a strong body anyway that the roasted coffee does not dominate too much, and the characteristics of the stout are well balanced. I'm not sure if I'd have this for breakfast, but I'd happily drink it all day long!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 00:32:20 | More by Arborescence
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-19-2012 22:13:20 | More by jt6174
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New York

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-19-2012 21:54:09 | More by mdimeglio
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. It is so good. The ratings and score attest to how good this brew is. Tasting notes follow:

A: Dark, deep black with a dark broen/black foam head
S: Chocalates, more chocolate, coffee, malts and some more chocolate
T: Really smooth, milk chocolate, thick and creamy
M: Great! Tastes really nice..starts with bits of coffee and chocolate and ends with a smooth malty milky flavor...
O: An exquisite stout! So glad the local beer store has this brew available in quantity!

I have already stocked 2 cases of this beers stocked for future reference!. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:30:51 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-19-2012 20:27:42 | More by freakboyfish
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West Virginia

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

Finally was able to find this one so I picked up 8 bottles. My first sampling of Founders.

A- pours a pitch black, almost purple with zero light coming through on this one. About a two inch dark tan fizzy head that shrinks to skim the surface with very little lacing down the side.

S- robust coffee up front, followed by milk chocolate chocolate. Undertone by an oat and malty backbone. Also a smokiness coming through.

T- intense smoky coffee comes through immediately, followed by a bitter-sweet chocolate, balanced out by the oatiness backbone. Sweet malts and finishes just slightly bitter with a coffe and chocolate taste lingering on the palate long after sipping. As the beer warms up, I also pick up a bit of fig and molasses.

M- syrupy, milky, viscous, velvety and smooth. Low carbonation but enough to give it a kick. Heavy bodied, but goes down easily.

O- for me, this one llved up to the hype. Definitely one of the most pronounced flavors I've had on a stout, yet everything balances out perfectly. This is the definition of a sipping beer, the 8.3% alcohol is masked brilliantly. Instantly one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:23:51 | More by Treyliff
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-19-2012 03:12:03 | More by keanlacrosse
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out of the bottle like used motor oil out of the catch pan when the drain plug's removed. Very dark brown colored opaque viscous liquid. Not much of a head forms, but the one that does is a medium-shade mocha color. Aromas of smoke, coffee, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue initially, but as it is swallowed, it thins out quite a bit. A lot of olive flavor. Some griddle smokiness. Quite a bit of strong, black coffee. There's a peculiar flavor that I'm not able to put my finger on that emerges late. It's not necessarily an absolutely unique flavor, but it is so misplaced in a beer like this that I can't determine what it is. Smoky olive bitterness at the finish. Pretty good breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:37:52 | More by DocJitsu
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-18-2012 22:37:27 | More by JackElamsGhost
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4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After much talk I picked up a few four back's at Binny's on a business trip to IL.

The pour is nice with about a half inch of head. The coffee was noticable right at the begninning but very subtle.

perfect carbonation for a stout and the abv was well hidden. A very drinkable stout, I had no issues going through the whole 4 back upon first trial.

Overall a fantastic beer and worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 22:04:18 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I need to start with the side-note that I'm lactose intolerant, and this drink does have milk chocolate in it (not a Vegan option - if thats your thing). But the reviews were so good, I had to give it a shot. Then found it at the local store. So far so good.

Drank mostly from a Bottle.

Appearance - pours black, like the sky when you're off in the middle of nowhere like Joshua Tree or Durango. Imagine the sky at midnight with no light pollution. This is like that. Off-White/Champagne colored head, disappears quickly.

Smell - explosive. Absolutely reeks of coffee, chocolate, smells like a cold mocha, and noticeably thick scent

Taste - OH. MY. tangy, milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate combination, coffee explosions. Its filling but HIGHLY drinkable. First sip is all you need to convince you.

Mouthfeel - fantastic, smooth, good carbonation level, the drinkablity vs the complexity / smoothness of flavors is really unparalleled in my experience. the 8.3% is masked so well you cannot even taste it.

Overall - a near perfect beer. Instantly a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:12:22 | More by fatmusic14
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

02-18-2012 17:06:28 | More by bdkucharski
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,148 ratings.