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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,354
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,068
Gots: 2,403 | FT: 156
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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Photo of jaasen64


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

12oz bottle dated 12/8/11

A- Pours a dark black with a very thin brownish head that leaves brown lacing on the sides. Not translucent at all, can see some tiny carbonation bubbles but not much rising along the sides of the glass.

S- Nice pleasant, sweet aromatic smell of espresso, chocolate, malts.

T- Nice creamy espresso taste mixed with some sweet chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel. Nice sweet aftertaste.

M- A little bit on the heavy side, but not the heaviest stout I've had. Alcohol very well hidden, incredibly smooth. Not too much carbonation.

O- Founders makes some fantastic stouts. The breakfast stout is definitely up there with some of the best stouts in terms of smell and taste. Definitely worth the money in purchasing a 4-pack. Highly recommended, wish it was available year round.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:51:06 | More by jaasen64
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-17-2012 16:53:30 | More by Zachb4au
Photo of melfech

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-17-2012 15:23:16 | More by melfech
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-17-2012 05:49:14 | More by mikereaser
Photo of bob182


2.88/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is what broke my heavy beer streak. It was just too much for me. Sipping bear to be sure, but one I'll never sip again if I'm paying. However, it was distinctive enough to warrant trying in some different form, like on tap, or, again, on someone else's tab. Mmm, coffee. Like a triple strength brew: Not necessary. Be ready to chew this one and be done. It's an unpleasant meal in a bottle. I gave this one away and didn't bother finishing the 6-er.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:39:26 | More by bob182
Photo of Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brewdog tulip glass.

Dark black with a tan head that initially makes a finger but soon thins to a small pond.

On the nose - chocolate, coffee, burnt/roasted malt and cereals.

On the palate again all about roastiness especially cocoa and coffee a little molasses, hop and nutiness in the background but really all about the first few flavours I listed !

Mouthfeel was absolutely BANG ON - medium bodied and a silky finish making you crave for more and open another bottle (although I resisted !)

Overall a fantastic world class imperial stout and one I would have EVERY time above almost all others. Have had on tap in the US before, but I think I enjoyed this bottle at home even more as I had only had it in the fridge for an hour or so and the flavours jumped out more so this way.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:18:43 | More by Ruds
Photo of Arcane


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-16-2012 18:15:13 | More by Arcane
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-16-2012 17:34:10 | More by staggerlee024
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-16-2012 07:59:18 | More by Cnorrisl
Photo of NoLeafClover44


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a DFH signature glass. Growler filled today at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg, VA.

A - Pours a thick nearly black color with a dense two finger tan head. The head is retained at one finger for the duration. It leaves a beautiful tiered lacing on the wall of the glass.

S - There is a very powerful blend of smells led by bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Maybe a touch of vanilla, but toasty, roasty, chocolate dominates and it smells delicious.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with milk chocolate with some toasted malts. The finish is like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, and shows the 60 IBU. Leaves coffee on my breath following a smooth finish. I can't get enough of the flavor. Each sip really comes full circle from sweet, to bitter, to smooth, and then gone. No alchohol is present at all.

M - Very rich and creamy with a smooth velvety carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the tongue after it goes down. Phenomenal mouthfeel.

O - I have had this beer several times in bottle form, but I jumped at the chance to bring home a growler. It didn't hurt that it was"growler day" so $5 off made this a steal at $12. The flavors are nearly perfect with the chocolate and coffee coming to life more and more as it warms. The feel is one of the best I have ever had in a stout and isn't diminished at all by the end of the growler pours. A truly great Imperial Stout that I pick up regularly when it is in season or I see it on draft.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2012 02:36:05 | More by NoLeafClover44
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-16-2012 02:06:08 | More by Crimsontider22
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-15-2012 22:27:37 | More by robieobie1
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South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a near black with a very very thin outer ring of brown head, ok lacing.

S - Roasted coffee & chocolate, lots of vanilla and maybe some caramel malt. Simple sounding but amazing smell.

T - Lots of roasty coffee flavors up front, sweet chocolate follows. A nice rather bitter/alcoholic finish. There may be some dark fruits as well. The roasted bitter flavors and sweet chocolate dominate.

M - Fullish bodied, a bit of a sipper with the bite at the finish especially. Appropriately carbonated.

O - The perfect beer for this time of day (30 minutes after waking up). A nice morning brew or winter brew, love the FBS.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 16:35:17 | More by MacQ32
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

03-15-2012 06:01:20 | More by Shmantha
Photo of amart79


4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from Notes

Bottle poured into a Snifter

A - pours a thick, opaque black body with a thin brown tinted head.

S - Huge coffee smell. Lots of malt, vanilla and chocolate. Just great.

T - as good as it smells, it tastes even better. Thick coffee and malty goodness from the first sip. On the way down you get a creamy chocolate taste. Pretty sweet but not too much so.

M - smooth and creamy with low carbonation. The feel just helps enhance the flavor.

O - awesome, just awesome. Ever aspect of tis beer is great. It looks great, flows right from the smell to the taste all while being creamy and smooth on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 05:43:57 | More by amart79
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-15-2012 05:21:31 | More by DCgolfpro
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-15-2012 01:12:07 | More by SteveBrehm
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-14-2012 14:44:31 | More by marshmeli
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-14-2012 03:59:27 | More by nrombes
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-13-2012 23:26:22 | More by bagwellm
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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a gratifying dark tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated slowly leaving virtually no head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a nearly opaque dark brown body.

AROMA: A dazzling, fragrant, heavy roasted black coffee aroma with moderate burnt oatmeal and dark chocolate, some light floral hops, a hint of dark fruits of some sort (cherry?) and a moderate alcohol profile.

TASTE: A stronger dark cherry taste than I thought there would be on the first sip. Moderate espresso flavor together with a bit heavier dark chocolate tang than I had anticipated. There is a sweetness here that balances out the coffee bitterness well. A light bit of floral hops and alcohol warmth comes through toward the end. This is a complex, delightful taste profile. Everything works together in a way that I was a little surprised at. It's almost like a symphony of flavors playing in your mouth.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a full body with a thick texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipated slowly. The initial flavor was a moderate coffee bitterness together with a little sweetness, with a lightly bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: This is definitely a sipping beer. Because of the alcohol content, I'd recommend only two or three in an evening unless you have a designated driver handy. It is a memorable beer with a definitely "wow" factor. The price point on it -- for the quality of the brew -- is exceptional. I plan on having this one again and again. It may not be the perfect stout, but it comes closer than most of the others I've had. Now, where did my glass go....

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 23:25:15 | More by paulginva
Photo of mfedor312


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-13-2012 17:39:34 | More by mfedor312
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-13-2012 17:37:32 | More by patfoley17
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-13-2012 13:36:37 | More by TheLastEngineer
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-13-2012 02:57:21 | More by Steasy66
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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