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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,238
Reviews: 3,265
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,204
Gots: 2,843 | FT: 173
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 jtd1969
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very Dark, typical for a stout. Low carbonation.

S: - Coffee, chocolate, sweet sugary smell

T - Chocolate, coffee, that finishes toward more of a black coffee. (hops are noticed at the end as well, but only to balance the delicious sweet dark malt flavor).

M - Smooth and mild, At 8+abv it's hard to say less then full bodied, but it tends to lean toward the thin side and is closer to medium for me. Low carbonation has something to do with this obviously

O - Such a wonder beer. I enjoy this release every year. It does tend to get even better with a little age. I recommend it.

jtd1969, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of johnny79
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are those certain things (or beers) that give you that "Oh my god" effect....and this beer does that for me. Three of my favorite things in this world are beer, coffee, and chocolate and I get all of that in this one beverage. Absolutely amazing....

johnny79, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Jfriz25
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- a little on the lighter side with light creeping in around the edges. Just a cm or two of head even with an aggressive pour.

Smell- If I closed my eyes it would be difficult to tell the difference between this and my morning coffee.

Taste- This is a perfect coffee stout in my opinion. Starts off with a with a touch of bitterness before turning into pure coffee. Despite being pretty strong there is no sign of booze to be found.

Mouthfeel- Not exceptionally thick but it coats the tounge nicely and is incredibly smooth. Nothing lingers and it is actually kind of refreshing.

Overall- I love this beer. If you aren't a huge coffee fan this might not be the beer for you, but if you like coffee in beer this is perfection.

Jfriz25, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mtnwesdew
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

mtnwesdew, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to black and essentially opaque. Forms a thin dark tan head with only a small amount of visible carbonation.

S: Coffee, cacao, sweet roasted malt, burnt brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose, and it's really really good...coffee flavors dominate, but some spices (cinnamon?) and some hops do come through as well. Molasses & dark sugar, but isn't a cloying sweetness at all. Coffee bitterness & dark chocolate in the hang.

M: Thinner mouthfeel for a double stout. Low carbonation but adequate for style. Alcohol presence is noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: Tasty, tasty beer. Excellent, and highly recommended.

macrosmatic, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of MarkRDucks
5/5  rDev +10.6%

MarkRDucks, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of tarheels86
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL. Pours jet black with a menacing ultra dark tan head that dwindles to a thin layer leaver spotty lacing. Aromas of espresso, cocoa, coffee grounds, molasses. Taste is huge on the coffee but not too astringent or acidic. Nice oily, coating mouthfeel. Some ultra dark chocolate in the finish. 8.3% is nicely hidden. Excellent. 1/17/2009 7/5/8/4/16=4.0

tarheels86, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of brentblack1
5/5  rDev +10.6%

brentblack1, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Actionbastard
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Actionbastard, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +10.6%

headyhopzhead, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Tracker83
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Tracker83, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of elec
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

elec, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of RES
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

RES, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of byteslip
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

byteslip, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of gratefuld
4.25/5  rDev -6%

gratefuld, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of tut2528
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. The head is tan/mocha in color and has a awesome thick consistency. Very nice lacing and it only takes a swirl or two to get a nice thin film to appear.

S: I get a nice big espresso character right up front with a smokey note along with it . Behind the espresso is dark chocolate, a very very slight hint of hops. But much else really going on here. Even though the coffee aspect is strong and very dominant here, it is actually quite nice.

T: The espresso really dies down here in comparison to the smell, but this allows the dark fruits and big bitter dark chocolate to really shine through and make this one very well balanced. I also pick up on just a touch of hops, which are mostly noticed far into the finish and they are accompanied by a very nice sweet creamy finish.

M: Fitting for this beer, its full bodied but slightly chewy, but it has a great feel and leaves a nice coffee and dark cocoa feel on the teeth and the palate.

O: As far as I’m concerned, this is an excellent representation of the style and an absolute most have during the fall and winter. I really find the mouth-feel particularly great as it leaves a longing dark chocolate note, which make this an excellent brew during or after a heart steak dinner.

tut2528, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mcintire78
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Poured into an elongated tulip glass, black as night, with about a finger's worth of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of.

s: Served a bit too cold to really get at the bouquet, but the smell of coffee is still obvious.

t: Strong taste of coffee up front, with some notes of vanilla on the back end. No bourbon to speak of.

m: Velvety smooth, with a bit of carbonated bite at the back.

d: 11.2% abv makes this a one and done, although it's hard to refrain from knocking more than a couple back...

mcintire78, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of qwe2323
4/5  rDev -11.5%

qwe2323, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of QCABeerTour
4/5  rDev -11.5%

QCABeerTour, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of JacobL10
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

JacobL10, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of hankdaddy2
4.25/5  rDev -6%

hankdaddy2, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of ShaKeyJ
5/5  rDev +10.6%

ShaKeyJ, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Jiatlas
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Jiatlas, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bostonryan, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Redemption10
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Redemption10, Sep 05, 2012
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,238 ratings.