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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,433
Reviews: 3,375
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,324
Gots: 3,552 | FT: 197
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 LiquidPoem
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 8/06/12

A: Pours dark and velvety, a dark brown head forms with not a lot of retention but sticks around the edges of the glass.

S: Coffee and chocolate with more chocolate.

T: Coffee and chocolate with more chocolate! Amazing blend of flavors. The chocolate glazes the tongue and the roasted coffee stands strong and lingers on the taste buds.

M: More 'chocolate bite' than carbonation but still smooth. Leaves a ridiculous amount of coffee resin in your mouth.

Overall an amazing beer. As the name suggests, it could be easily enjoyed morning or night. It really is like a big ol' mocha. Thoroughly enjoyed!

Photo of nstroup
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of BasterdInABasket
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle "bottled on 08/02/2012", poured into tulip glass
A- Dark opaque black in color, tan one finger head, decent retention
S- Terrific roasted coffee aroma, chocolate, slightly burnt. The coffee dominates and is great
T- Rich Coffee, bitterweet chocolate, nice roasted flavors, oatmeal goes along with the coffee on the back end
M- Huge flavors but amazingly smooth and drinkable, only complaint is it's a little thin on the tongue
O- Appropriately named, I could imagine this one tasting amazing with some bacon, eggs and potatoes. Look forward to it every year, a great cold weather beer.

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sbrotschul
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of NumenFlumenque
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MeowTom
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as in the light from the room gets sucked out when the beer comes. The head is a dark mocha.

S- Coffee awesomely over powering with chocolate notes in there.

T- Coffee and chocolate.

M- Thick and chewy. Wonderful addition with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies same texture in many ways. .

O- I went to college in Kalamazoo, MI which is just down the road from Founders so this beer was one regular late night drinks of choice and readily available for the fall semester. I have had many coffee stouts during that time and since and had taste offs with those beers right next to it. This is the best coffee stout I have ever had and on that note one of the best beers I have had the pleasure of consuming. You can not go wrong with this while watching the first snow of the season reading some dense book late at night.

Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bent
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass which resulted in a very small head, maybe the size of the thickness of a pencil, which dissipated within 1 full minute. Very dark, almost black with a hint of bronze in the head.

Smell: Strong coffee and chocolate, as one would expect

Taste: Again, coffee up front and chocolate on the back end, perfectly balanced. A little caramel in there too. No prolonged aftertaste which is a pleasant surprise. You really could drink this stuff for breakfast and it wouldn't seem out of place.

Feel: a touch of carbonation, but not overly carbonated. Just enough to give you a little bite and remind you what you're drinking.

Overall: Not much to criticize on this one. You know what to expect going in and it doesn't disappoint from pretty much any aspect. You're not going to drink more than 1 (maybe 2) of these so sit back and enjoy it with an old fashioned donut. Not a glaze. Not a Boston creme. An old fashioned.

Photo of Dave1999
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a small tan head which disappears in seconds.

The smell is roasted coffee,dark malts and milk chocolate.

The taste is creamy coffee and nuts,finishing with bitter coffee taste.

This medium is medium bodied with no carbonation, very smooth.

A great stout, my only complaint would be there too much coffee and not enough chocolate. It is however very drinkable and the alcohol is undetectable.

Photo of henryhampton
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of bman_85
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of pmhenry
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Kpitevl
2.75/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of glitchedmind
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of colbyguy
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black with a light milk chocolate head. Not a lot of lacing, but a nice looking beer.

Chocolates, roast, some sweetness and of course coffee.

Tastes like iced coffee with dark chocolates. Lots of sweetness. Just well balanced sweet and bitterness. No alcohol is detected. Dangerously drinkable. Chocolate really shines as it warms.

Has a nice slick oatmeal mouthfeel.

One of my favorites. A world class stout you don't have to wait in line or truck-chase for? Yes please.

Photo of bdn72
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of RWACKO
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of codyhaskell
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of deathpulse42
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review! :) Hello to everyone in the Beeradvocate community!

Appearance (4.5) - Dark as the night sky. Good one-and-a-half to two-finger head. Decent lacing.

Smell (5.0) - Amazing. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste (4.5) - Very pleasant. I get the dark chocolate first and then the coffee. The high ABV is nearly undetectable. To be honest, I would like there to be a liiiittle more alcohol "bite" at the end. But really, it's exceptional all around. TRY IT!

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Excellent. Medium heaviness. I would like it to be a bit heavier though. Its mouthfeel is TOO similar to, well...simply coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall (4.5) - This is a great beer and an equally great stout. As a college student, I am, of course, always cognizant of price and the value that I get for said price. I paid $11 for a 4-pack of this beer at a local liquor store, and I would gladly buy another 4-pack again for that price. Also, I think that the lower-than-expected heaviness of this beer would make it a good introductory stout for those wishing to expand their palate. You could even kill two birds with one stone and introduce someone wanting to try darker beers who happens to be a chocolate lover!

Photo of Riverared
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of August 15, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle (“BOTTLED 08/15/12”)

Appearance (3.5): Pours with one finger of mocha-brown head, a nice mix of fine and coarse bubbles—pretty tight head. The body is pitch black, unsurprisingly, and the lacing is very modest but spotty.

Smell (4.0): The coffee and chocolate are there all right, but the malt richness behind them comes off kind of like cola and rootbeer syrup (not cloying like that, though)—more like iced coffee with some sweetener. It’s nice that the coffee and chocolate scents are definitely discernible though, which is good—unsweetened chocolate and cold coffee.

Taste (4.0): The coffee is much more well-defined here, and is more pronounced and bitter when the beer’s cooler; as it warms, it smooths over and blends with the chocolate flavor, which feels less and less bitter as it warms, and the oats make for a smooth body that ties them together. 60 IBUs? The hops are surprisingly underrepresented here. No trace of the alcohol whatsoever, a very smooth blend.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Silky smooth, tingles lightly just at the end but is very smooth in between. The body is surprisingly light, but definitely on the heavy side of medium—I was expecting something thicker, but am not disappointed by this. The bitterness helps it finish almost dry, but it’s really just smooth all over.

Overall (4.0): Four all around sounds about right. Very well rounded, well-put together stout. It’s not as heavy as I was expecting, maybe not as fragrant, and definitely not as much chocolate as I was expecting, but it’s incredibly smooth as it warms and in the end is a very easy drinker. Very nice beer.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,433 ratings.