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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,531 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,531
Hads: 15,049
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,726
Gots: 5,025 | FT: 237
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

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

60 IBU
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Reviews: 3,531 | Hads: 15,049
Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has the PERFECT look, no light shining through and a very dark caramel head. Has a great smell of chocolate and roasted coffee. And tastes just like it smells.

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

Again, yet another beer by Founders that say's, "we've been doing this for a while".

Is this the best breakfast in town? as long as my wife doesn't read this you bet.

I love coffee and could live on chocalate. Well somehow that's what they stuffed in this bottle.

The mouth feel is silky and rich with classic notes of premium coffee. Everything about this say bold yet ballanced.

Founders has quickly become a safe bet for me. I simply have loved everything I've had from them and this is no exception.

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Photo of Brackh
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Got a hold of growler from a keg just tapped (last year's brew). Pours super black with little foamy head. Smells like coffee. Tastes like coffee. Is freaking awesome. What else do you want to know? Is more bitter than sweet. Still delicious. Like it even better when it warms up a bit.

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

None better. I have enjoyed this at the brewery in Grand Rapids as well as poured from the bottle.

I love sharing this beer with friends and watching the expressions on their faces as they enjoy a great breakfast stout.

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

I hate to jump on the coat-tails of everyone else on this one but that is great stout. Appearance is black with no light getting through, with slight bit of head and lacing. Richest and finest aroma of stout or coffee for that matter that I've had without a doubt.Its like drinking the best chocolate covered coffee bean you could find.THe oatmeal must be there to enrich the flavour even more.Its so good I just wanna sip it.Really I've tried many stouts this is the best! LOve it ! Ready to buy whats left on the shelf. Wait would that be bad beer karma? More like an empty wallet.

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

My first review so bear with me. Got one of the last 4 packs at Green's in Atlanta. 12 oz bottle with a 9-28-11 bottled on date.

A- Pure black. Big head that lowered after a few minutes. Good lacing.

S- I just said "holy shit." It smells like coffee and chocolate. Almost like a porter but way better. I could smell it when it was sitting far away from me.

T- Tastes like a chocolate/coffee milkshake without the ice cream. Delicious. Best beer I've ever tasted so far.

M - Very Creamy

O - Best beer I've ever had besides CBS. It lives up to the hype.

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

A - The appearance of FBS is exactly what you'd expect from a coffee/oatmeal imperial stout. You could pour this into a coffee mug and it would look like you're drinking black coffee.

S - Coffee, coffee, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt and coffee.

T - Lovely, complex roasted malts and coffees with a bit of vanilla. Taste develops as it warms. I prefer this beer after letting it sit for about 15 minutes. Fridge cold isn't the way to enjoy it. This is low in ABV for an imperial, so there isn't much boozy burn.

M - Very silky. Think about licking a cone of premium dark chocolate ice cream and you're in the ballpark. This isn't like motor oil in your mouth, but it has a nice, light creaminess to it.

O - There is a reason I bought 3 4-packs of this stuff. I plan on enjoying these well into the fall and hopefully into the winter if I can resist drinking them all.

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

Poured from bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice

A: Deep black with about half a finger of beautiful light brown head. Head dissipates to some wisps on the surface and a ring

S: Rich dark chocolate, with a hint of malt and caramel sweetness. Very appealing, very inviting. No discernible hop aromas.

T: Chocolate, malt sweetness, no hops taste, except some balance from the bittering hops. Absolutely delicious

M: Creamy, full mouthfeel.

O: An excellent beer. Tastes amazing, looks amazing, and smells amazing. A winner.

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

Served in a 12oz. Duvel tulip glass.

A: Dark black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly leaves a nice filmy lacing.

S: Wow! Simply wonderful aromas going on here. Getting lots of dark chocolate upfront followed by coffee and roasted malts.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Wonderfully smooth, creamy, chocolaty, malty, and a slight caramel flavor on the backend. Amazing balance going on. Moderate carbonation which is perfect for this style. Could easily drink this for breakfast with some scrambled eggs, a side of bacon, over some maple syrup.

O: This is a very well done stout. You can taste the dedication and effort that founders puts into this beer. Awesome aroma and flavor. Not bitter at all. It packs a little punch at 8.5% ALC but you don't taste it. I am so thankful I live close by founders. One of the worlds top craft brewers in my opinion. Brewed for us!

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

I obviously really enjoy this beer. I drink stout beer every chance I get and I find myself comparing a lot of them to this beer. The right amount of coffee with the light nuance of dark chocolate makes me a happy beer drinker. I can detect the taste of a fine stout with a smoky undertone.

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

had on tap 7/18 at The Dirty Truth
I didn't think that one of my favorite beers could get any better... and then I had it on tap. Sweet baby jesus...
This beer poured an opaque black color with a thick, frothy, dark tan head. Great head retention with tons of thick sticky lacng that coated the glass. The coffee nose on this is far more intense on tap than in the bottle, some bitter chocolate and roasted malt notes dance in the background but it's all about the coffee with this one. The first go 'round I rated this beer as a 5 on the taste and having it on tap only solidifies the 5 stance. Insane coffee flavoring. It's prominent and in your face but not over the top. Roasted malt flavoring evens it out a bit in the middle and and creamy flavoring mixed with a deep bitter chocolate round this out at the end. The flavor on this baby was really, really intense. I you like coffee, you'll love this! Even though roasted coffee was the main flavor there was good balance here. I noticed some malts and some cream flavor and maybe some bittersweet chocolate in the finish. This is a full bodied, low carbonation, rich, silky and creamy body with a thick sticky finish to it. In this case, my 5 drinkability lends more to simply sitting and enjoying rather than sessionable. Though... in bottle form I've put a few back. I've always known draft was better but I didn't think FBS could be improved.

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

Saved my last bottle for 5 months to savor the flavor. Color is pitch black-almost intimidatingly so. Great mix of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma. You can almost see the coffee grounds in there-its not overpowering but just so "real" like youd find in a cup of coffee in front of you. Flavor of roasted malt with a mix of chocolate is amazing. Theres a lingering sweetness like youd find in a chunk of semi sweet chocolate. Nice grainy flavor in there as well. The harmonious mix of this beer is incredible. Killer body-I cant think of any beer this full tasting going down this smooth-especially a stout. Its almost slamable! Just an incredible beer overall. This is truely a stout to calibrate others against.

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

For years I was entrenched in European beers like Guinness and Newcastle, until some friends of mine stared introducing me to smaller Midwestern breweries that I started to realise that there was more to beer than what was being imported.

This is one such beer. It's chocolate smell and flavor, mixed with the Sumatra and Kona beans and it's rich and smooth texture makes it a delight to drink. I was amazed at the first sip and couldn't put down my glass until it was empty. This is one beer that most definitely deserves it's "Imperial" stout designation.

If this beer was available to me in the late 80's/early 90's, I would have picked it over the other 2 I was accustomed to drinking. I am adding this to my permanent list of "must drink" beer and would recommend anyone who enjoys an imperial stout to try this one as soon as they can.

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

This beer is excellent. The color is very dark almost black. Its a strong stout but goes down super smooth. It has oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate in it and you taste all of those. Its a beer you drink slowly to enjoy the flavor. Goes perfect with great meal as the drink. Its a very filling beer and I wouldn't be surprised if it had 200 calories or more per 12 oz bottle (never bothered to look it up since I don't care about that). Only available Late October, November, and December so thats a big disappointment. A 4 pack of 12 oz bottles cost $12 so its very pricey but worth it. This hands down is my favorite stout.
Avoid this stout if you care about the price and calories. If you don't I recommend this stout to everybody.

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

This beer has always been the benchmark of a perfect breakfast stout! It pours a magical deep black with a nice frothy tan head on top. The aroma distinctly blends bittersweet chocolate with a healthy amount of roasted coffee. Each sip reveals the smoothly blended magical flavors of chocolate and coffee. The addition of making this an Oatmeal Stout definitely helps make this huge beer an easy sipper along with adding some needed fullness to the body. Each sip lingers delicious chocolate and coffee begging you to take another one.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
5/5  rDev +11.9%

A: 5 - Pitch black with a half-finger cinnamon head.

S: 5 - Coffee. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Thank god I love coffee! On a second whiff I pick up more of the chocolate. This is heaven for a coffee lover.

T: 5 - This is spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. The smell was a little overpowering with coffee (no complaints here), but the taste, to me, is much more balanced with both the coffee and chocolate coming together to form this orgasm in my mouth. People on here were saying that this year's batch is way too heavy on the coffee, but I disagree. I think it's superbly balanced and I may or may not have shed a tear with the first drink.

M: 5 - Creamy as hell and exceptionally easy drinking. Thanks oats!

O: 5 - This is an f-ing amazing beer. Straight up. It embodies three of my favorite things in life: stouts, coffee, and chocolate. I know I love this beer probably more than the average person, but as a huge coffee drinker and chocolate lover, this is the holy grail. Granted, I haven't had everything out there, but to date, this is the best I've had. I love it.

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Photo of milkbaby9
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time. Everything about it is just perfect, beautiful to look at, a great nose, fabulous flavors, and a smooth mouthfeel. Just wish I could buy it year round.

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

This might be my favorite beer!

Poured the color of chocolate bar. Poured into a Ommegang tulup glass. So I poured directly at the bottom and got a thick creamy head which I allowed to settle. The 8.3 was so well hidden by the complex smooth mouth and taste that I "almost" missed the alcohol. Over 30 minutes, the outstanding balance shifted from chocolate to chocolate tinged coffee. All the while the oatmeal background made the transition as sooth as silk with a constant mouth throughout. Absolutely loved the head laces on the glass when it was empty.

If you enjoy this type beer don't miss it. Simply among, if not the best of its type I've ever had

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

A - Deep brown to black colored body. Think brown lively head. Long lasting and well laced.

S - Tons of chocolate up front. Complex coffee, oatmeal, and earthy notes behind the more obvious chocolate.

T - Heavy amount of coffee in the very front. Swiftly followed by a rush of dark and bittersweet chocolates. A twang of bitterness is in there but it is unclear if it belongs to the roasted barley or a hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden and only a slight trace remains.

M - Heaviest bodied beer I've ever had. Very thick and sludgy. A medium low amount of carbonation.

D - One of the best beers I've ever tried. Certainly the best stout I've ever had. If you can find this beer, buy it!

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark color with a head that looks more like chocolate milk, due to being brown and silky. Aroma is rich and creamy with a nice whiff of coffee. Lacing is minimal. Taste is very smooth and creamy with a beautiful chocolate aftertaste. So rich, so beautiful. Nice and chewy. Would make a great breakfast stout, hence the name. The aftertaste is excellent and the delivery totally rules. There's even a hint of oats in the taste.

While not as strong as Worldwide Stout, this beer is still a great sipping beer. Both are probably the only stouts that I've had so far that deserve their ratings.

In regards to Founders, you cannot improve a beer like this. I haven't had the Kentucky variant but this one alone is what a stout should be.

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

2006 vintage compliments of Jw347(thanks for opportunity to review this beer)

poured into an ommegeng tulip glass...

A - initial pour reveals a veryd ark beer with a thick coffee colored head that quickly disipates leaving just a thin head that mostly clings to the sides of the glass. Upon further inspection this beer is pitch black, so black that zero light passes through it even when held up to a light, wow.

S - the smell presents mild coffee flavors with a strong backing of chocolate, but very well balanced even in the nose. very nice, and very inviting.

T - I anxiously dive into this beer and I'm blown away by how amazingly balanced this beer is. This beer is so well balance it almost seems impossible to pick out individual flavors, but I'll try. The coffee flavors are there but definitely not in the foreground all the while a slight sweetness from the chocolate mingles with the coffee and just blows me away. On top of this the flaked oats add a smoothness that adds so much depth to this beer that I can't put it down long enough to get all my thoughts out.UNREAL

M - creamy, creamy, and creamier oh yeah and velvety. the body is medium with just enough carbonation to open the taste buds up...wow again

D - I can't say enough about this beer; it's amazing. If I could ever get a stash of this stuff it would definitely be put away for at least a couple years.thanks again Jw347

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

A very well done Stout. When one thinks of a breakfast Stout, this beer should come to mind. Hints of coffee and chocolate with an aroma of freshly roasted beans brightens anyday!

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Photo of Johnnyjoe13
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit. I drink a lot of beer, and when I say that I can confidently back it up. I've been playing with only porters and stouts for a while now, and this blows everything away.

Chewy, coffee, chocolate. Layered, complex, this is one of the best beers I've had.

Case in point - my wife loves it too, due to the coffee and chocoloate notes and overall goodness.

Wow, this is impressive. Get it. Now.

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Photo of BooneBeerLover
5/5  rDev +11.9%

The beer equivalent to coffee ice cream. Heavenly soft on the mouth, TONS of coffee and chocolate, it just doesn't get better than this with a stout. Somebody set me up with an IV drip of this.

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Photo of ace3
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, hands-down, the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. I hadn't heard of it (or Founder's for that matter) before, and just happened to come across the brewery when I was in Grand Rapids for a wedding.

Fantastic coffee smell and flavor in an exceptional stout. Great stuff.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,531 ratings.