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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,536 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,536
Hads: 15,082
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,728
Gots: 5,052 | 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: 3,536 | Hads: 15,082
Photo of HopHead1982
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - As dark as any stout as you will find.

S - perfect combination of chocolate and coffee. Simply perfect

T - See smell. Its as good as it gets.

M - Great flavor, texture and overall feel.

D - Better than its "big" brother KBF. If you read that post, you will know that I don't care for "liquor" aged beer and therefore will rate this beer above that one.

This is by far one of the most mesmerizing I have ever had. Easily one of my most favorite beers.


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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is aviscous, motor oil like brew. The tan head is very thin, and very sticky. The smell is an overpowering aroma of roasted coffee beans. The taste follows the nose, which I do not enjoy as much as I had hoped. It leaves a pleasant enough coffee after taste, but something seems missing. The beer is definitely a full bodied sipper. Breakfast stout is a decent enough beer, but it is not for me. I normally drink 3 cups of coffee a day, but maybe I want something different in my beer.

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

This is one incredible looking brew. Big reverse cascading head, after a hard, creamy thick pour. The smell is Coffee up front with strong chocolate presence. Smooth, smooth, smooth. wow, what a great mouth feel. So velvety on the tongue. Wonderful coffee and chocolate smells translate into even better tastes. This is one brew to savor.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well in honor of the great masterpiece that is beerfest i cracked open this beauty tonight.

pours black with a half finger of chocolate brown head. rich black color. dark like midnight. light couldnt get through this if it tried.
little to no lacing. kinda sad. lack of head and lacing hurt the look for me but looks arnt everything right?

smell is robust coffee. some nice malty hints. smells like sunday breakfast...if it was cold...and made of coffee not meat...or hashbrowns...ok...just coffee. but fucking great coffee none the less.

taste is great. a very complex beer. i get a ton of malty goodness. bittersweet chocolate/ caramel malts hit me up front that lead into an awesome coffee middle. bitter and comforting. i am left with a great aftertaste.

although this beer is great i dont think i could drink more than one. great beer. yet another awesome contribution from the folks at founders.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total black body, no highlights. One finger deep, level, dark tan head. Good lacing.

Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma. Big burst of chocolate.

Big shot of dark roasted coffee wrapped in dark chocolate. Maybe a little burnt around the edges. Very rich.

Smooth, slick, oily. A mix of oatmeal and imperial mouthfeels.

Dangerously drinkable with well dampened alcohol.

A terrific chocolate-coffee-oatmeal stout.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this one at Vintage Wine and Estates in Boardman, OH.

A- Has a cloudy dark brown, nearly back body that pours with a 1 finger or so mocha colored creamy head. Head eventually fades to <1/2 finger but leaves traces of lacing all the way down the glass.

S-Rich dark chocolate malts and toffee balanced with a nice roasted malt character. Nose is on the sweet side but rich and balanced.

T-The roasted malt notes come through much more in the flavor and are actually the highlight. Roasted dark chocolate malt upfront with some accents of bitter coffee and sweet caramel. The finish is a balance of roasted bitterness and characters mentioned in the nose. What lingers is a big roasted dark malt bitterness and hints of coffee, toffee, and a caramel sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and thick, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. As expected for a imperial stout.

D-The ABV is not detectable at all in this brew. Actually the roasted character is definitely the highlight. The smell is immaculate but the taste is more roasted than I like but still good. Overall a solid, good imperial stout. i would still love to try Kentucky Breakfast Stout and compare these offerings.

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Photo of akokandy
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours dark black with a significant, attractive, brown head.

S- Smells like fresh, dark roasted coffee.

T- Starts with a sweet, malty deliciousness and transitions into black coffee with a subtle dark chocolate flavor and finishes with a roasty flavor.

M- A little thicker than your average stout, but I wouldn't call it syrupy.

D- The flavor is good enough that I have no trouble finishing a 4-pack!

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, dark brown with a 1+ finger head of a dark tan

S: intense coffe aroma, faint tobacco on a deep whiff. I pick up dark chocolate but it is the coffee that dominates.

T: bold dark roast coffee,chocolate and smooth oats. but again coffee takes center stage

M: full body, smooth and a bit silky with subtle carbonation

D: great beer, to say the least. This was long awaited and hard to find.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to CSmiley for this want as an extra. It was drank the morning after halloween.

Pours a thick jet black. Hardly any head is produced, what's there is a light brown that's almost frothy when swirled. Smells almost perfect. A nice balance between the roastedness and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is almost perfect. The chocolate holds up to the roasted malts, but the coffee could be a little stronger. When it hits your tongue it has a good amount of carbonation and leaves a silky feeling. The 8.3 abv makes this more drinkable than it should be. A pretty great beer overall.

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Photo of beerad666
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the store about a month before Thanksgiving. Poured into an American pint glass. It pours a very dark dark dark brown, almost black but with those brown hints. The head, which there was very little was a dark tan color. The smell is very coffee with some very nice sweet notes you also get a nice mix of roasted malts. Overall the aroma is fabulous and very complex. The taste matches the aroma nicely. Lots of sweet coffee tastes up front, the carbonation hits your tongue very nicely and then you get a very clean chocolate taste. In the after taste the roasted malt flavors get you big time. Over all great taste, I almost wish the coffee was a little more, it might of helped the mouthful feel a little less sticky and more refreshing. Highly drinkable for it being 8.3% ABV.

The flavors come out more and more as the beer gets to room temperature

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Photo of sfreshnock
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a small snifter at Handle-Bar, Wicker Park, Chicago.

I did not understand this beer's rating until I had it on draught. Completely different beer than I have had out the bottle. That being said, seek this one out on tap. Well worth it.

Delivered with a 1/4 inch of caramel head sitting on pitch black liquid. Lacing is thich as it drinks down. Smells of roasted malt, heavy cream and hint of coffee. The creaminess really comes through in the mouth and balances out with the acridness. This is what i found most enjoyable. The cream taste melded the flavors together incredibly. Finishes dry but sweet (not cloying) on the tongue. I would enjoy more than one. On a side note, I enjoyed the last half with flourless chocolate cake and it paired as expected.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very huge thanks to tprokop7 for this one. I've wanted this for a long time. I've had the KBS and wanted to try this one and see how they compared.

A- When I was pouring this beer it was pouring thick, like oil thick. Wow very impressive. There was very little head, and what was there faded into the darkness of the beer. This gives the Abyss a run for its money in terms of darkness. Its like there is a void in my glass with mocha lacing as an accent.

S- Wonderful roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee are having a great time together. The smells come one after another and mix back and forth, its wonderful.

T- The taste is great. This is a solid breakfast stout. Very great roasted malt profile that isn't too smoaky or burnt. The chocolate is there, but as more of a supporting character to help sweeten out the bitterness the coffee brings to the breakfast table. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is a great tasting beer.

M- Now despite looking like it was something that could be leaking out of my 1954 Chevy Bel Air, this beer was thinner then I was expecting. Based on the look of the pour, this looked as though I was going to have to chew this beer. This wasn't so much the case. Don't get me wrong it has some viscosity to it for sure, but not as much as I was expecting.

D- If everyone could have one of these for breakfast the world would be a much happier place.

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Photo of erosier
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a jet black color with a short and small tan colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Overall has a very rich smell of deep roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate to finish this beer off.
T: Tastes even better than the nose lets in. It tastes of bitter roasted malts, a really smooth oatmealy flavor, nice coffee flavors, and then hints of chocolate.
M: Very smooth, warming, and it has the right amount of carbonation.
D: Extremely drinkable beer, I didn't even feel the alcohol and the taste was out of this world. Really good beer that is definately worth trying.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first comment I have about this beer is to make sure you let it warm before drinking. The drinking experience improves dramatically as this beer warms. If I were to close my eyes when smelling this beer, I would swear I was smelling a fresh brewed cup of coffee. Bittersweet cocoa and fresh ground coffee beans prevail. It is black as night, with a cinnamon (yes, the label is very accurate) colored head that is slow to build and leaves bits of lace dotting the sides of the tulip glass all the way down. As I drink this, I am reminded of dark chocolated covered espresso bean candies. Bitter cocoa followed by a bitter coffee flavor. A slight hint of alcohol is also present. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, with a definite warming all the way down. The flavor clings to my mouth, not wanting to really disappear even after several minutes. Overall, I had quite high expectations for this beer. I can't say it has let me down, but I am also not sure that it is the best big stout I have had. But if you are an Imperial Stout lover, don't miss it.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black....of course, along with a quick dissipating head and no lacing.

S: Faint aroma of chocolate and coffee.

T: A rich mix of chocolate and coffee. What I like is that you can distinctly pick out each one of those flavors. They go well together, neither one dominating the other.

M: Poured thicker then the actually feel...but a good full-bodied beer.

D: Exceptional...could have half a six pack in one helping.

Overall: Awesome....a must have and try it beer.

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Photo of trbergman
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip.

appearance - Pours a very dark, rich brown, almost black, with a finger of dense, khaki-colored head.

smell - Coffee and dark chocolate are immediately apparent. There are some subtle hints of dried fruits.

taste - Delicious coffee flavor blended with chocolate -- like liquid tiramisu. In each sip, coffee and cocoa flavors gradually yield to a long, slightly bitter finish. I'm not sure how much of that bitterness is from the coffee and how much is from the hops.

mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy, with a pleasant creaminess from the oatmeal.

drinkability - If it wasn't so hard to come by here on the East Coast, I wouldn't mind sipping on a couple of these over a few hours, so it gets high marks. As it is, though, this will be my only one tonight.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At last! I finally got my hands on some Founders Breakfast Stout thanks to a kind beer store owner who saved me a 4-pack from the one case he received.

The beer pours a thick, inky black into the glass with a small frothy brown head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma has strong notes of coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malt blended in. Each sip of this full bodied beer has a firm carbonated snap on the tip of the tongue. It's silky smooth on the palate and finishes dry. The flavor is full of coffee. Mixed in are notes of chocolate and roasted malt. At the end hints of nuts and a mild bitterness poke through. However, the bitterness could be coming from the chocolate or coffee and not the hops. Once gone the coffee flavor lingers on the palate.

For an 8.3% beer this one is easy to drink. I couldn't detect any alcohol in the nose or the flavor. I really liked this beer, but I'd like to see more balance with the coffee and chocolate. The flavor was pretty much 80% coffee with some other tastes mixed in.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with little to no head

it is dark like oil, with hints of brown, and chocolate

the smell of coffee and chocolate are prevalent

the taste of coffee is the first taste to hit your tongue, it finishes with slight bitter chocolate. It leaves you with a coffee taste after you have swallowed, yet only for a second.

The mouthfeel is good somewhat heavy, not crisp, representative of a stout.

It is a drinkable beer, one that will defiantly give you a wake up call if it's the first thing you drink in the morning, or just your first beer of the day.

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Photo of tkarsies
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second year I have had this beer so I figured it was time to review it.

Served a little bit too cold (out of the fridge 15-20 minutes) so a strong poor did not give much head. 1/2 inch light brown head on top of the blackest beer I have had; no light gets through even on the edge.

Smells like a coffee stout should--fresh coffee and roasted malt. No alcohol on the nose.

As a huge coffee fan, the taste makes me very happy. Rich coffee flavor dominates. Some roasted malt taste but this can't keep pace...and I don't care. Hard to pick up any hops, although the roasted flavors give a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue. Chocolate is picked up as sweetness, but is not a prominent flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Some stickiness as well. This is how a stout should be.

Despite >8% ABV, this is fairly easy to drink. For me, I could drink this all day except for the $16 price tag for a 4 pack. Last year's purchase lasted nearly the whole year, and the beer only got better with cellaring. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers and a treat every time I have it.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass. I let this brew warm to just under room temperature.

A - Jet black, opaque. A quarter inch of deep brown head forms with moderate retention. Settles to a thin collar and leaves very little lacing.

S - Huge aroma of burnt coffee upfront, but there's a bit of bitter chocolate alcohol in the background. Maybe a hint of wood in there as well.

T - Again with the burnt coffee. It's not entirely unpleasant, but it is very dominant. Some chocolate tries to pull through near the finish but is quickly overrun by a moderate alcohol presence. Try as I might, I can't pick up much flavor in this stuff beyond the coffee.

M - The oats make for a very thick and silky body, but the carbonation remains just a little too high to full enjoy what the body could be.

D - Too much damn coffee and booze. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either, certainly not something I'll buy more of or revisit in the near future.

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Photo of phattysbox
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to clockworkorange for the extra!!

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Black, black and more black. Thick oily pour that delivers only a thin whispy lace - not a bad thing since the oat makes it so thick.

Smells initially of coffee followed by delicate chocolate and sweet malts. Very nice! Some vanilla pulls through and there is a slight warming alcohol in the nose. Taste is freshly brewed espresso and chocolate and bitterness that is probably more due to coffee/choc than the hops. The malt background is huge and balances out the coffee flavors nicely. Viscous, thick, and velvety from the oat makes the body very nice.

This brew is better when it has warmed up in my opinion, however torwards the end the coffee notes were getting a bit cloying, which brought the drinkability down for me. This might not be a bad thing, but I drank this at night right before bed and got me racing a touch.

All in all the best coffee stout I have ever had!

Seek and enjoy!

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Photo of PBoegel
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When RIS crashes into Oatmeal Stout and adds a little coffee and chocolate you should get sensory overload, but you get balance and wow.

Breakfast should only be so delicious everyday.

The rich aromas of espresso, bitter chocolates and caramelized and dried fruits just flow out of the glass. I get a particular rise of the taste of oats and their creamy mouth feel in the flavor presentation.

A lot of truly great big stouts in my opinion use wheat and rye to add complexity to the body and taste, amping up the oat is fantastic.

A truly worthwhile to seek out brew.

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Photo of champ103
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: Pours an opaque black color. A small tan head forms, and recedes to a rim. I did not expect much here. Though some great sticky, spiderweb lace is left behind.
S: Dark roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and some alcohol. A nice aroma, but standard stout and not as aromatic as I would like.
T: Lots of dark roasted malt again. Coffee and some dry chocolate flavors. A large oatmeal flavor that I love, and seemed to be absent in the nose. This wonderful taste lingers on forever, and no one flavor stands out and overpowers everything else. Simply amazing!
M/D: A full body. It is exceptionally creamy, rich, and smooth. All the flavors are so well balanced and complex, which IMO, makes this amazingly easy to drink. I wish this would never end.

Om, ya, this is a damn good beer. Pretty much everything you want in a stout. The hype is well deserved.

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Photo of jraycee
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This showed up this week at my local beer store. Great to see it locally.
Pours black with about an inch of brown head that shows a little retention before fading into a thick crown.
Smelly like coffee, oak, and bitter chocolate.
Taste follows same guidelines coffee first followed by wood, pine, oats, unsweeteend chocolate, and right back to strong black coffee. You know the kind of coffee thats been brewed way too strong then left on the burner for a couple days.
The oats really give this brew a smooth velvety mouthfeel. The light carbonation is great for the style too.
Where's the alcohol? It's so nicely hidden I almost forgot its an 8.3%! Oh wait... okay I feel it now.

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Photo of Biggness
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at a few bars in Boston over the weekend, it was the highlight of my trip :) This beer pours dark with a 1 fingered tan head and tons of lacing. The smell is of coffee and loads of toasted malts. The taste has a big oatmeal flavor with an even larger coffee flavor. It might be a little undercarbonated but the mouthfeel was wonderful. A had 3 of these @ the Common Ground so I would say for a big beer it is very drinkable.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,536 ratings.