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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,539 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,539
Hads: 15,099
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,726
Gots: 5,070 | 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: 3,539 | Hads: 15,099
Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a smooth black with nice brown froth head. Sips thick coating entire mouth with robust coffee flavor. Love this one in the winter mornings after a long marathon training run and a huge stack of pancakes.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Every time I drink this beer I feel like I should be pouring it into a bowl and eating it with a spoon. This screams Morning Beers like no other. Black pour with a solid tan head. Nose is dominated by coffee, chocolate, oats, booze. Tastes like hungover Thanksgiving morning breakfast - boozy, maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal. Cannot say enough about this beer. Can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning, and this is one to start with!

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Photo of futiledevices
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one! What a lovely beer. Poured into a tulip with a nice ~2 inch head, pitch black brew and a dark tan head like the crema on an espresso that leaves a ring around the liquid. Smells of dark roasted coffee, malt, baker's chocolate, with coffee ruling them all. As to be expected of an imperial stout, it's got a big body and sticky mouth feel, but not too big, and not too sticky. The finish sticks in your mouth just long enough to remind you why you want another sip. There's a brief sharpness on the tongue near the finish that might just be hop, but it's hard to say. Whatever that is, it keeps this stout from becoming sickeningly sticky, and the immense coffee prevents it from getting too sweet. Great brew that deserves at least some of the hype surrounding it. Wish I had a constant supply.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a beautiful dark brown/black color with 2 1/2 finger, coffee colored head. Great head retention with a lot of lacing present.

S - Smells like the bottle preaches. Coffee, chocolate and even a mild note of oatmeal. Of the three, I feel coffee is the most prominent aroma.

T - To start, I'm not a huge coffee fan though I am a huge stout fan. I was expecting an overwhelming taste of chocolate yet was surprised that coffee was the dominant flavoring; yet in a good way. The coffee flavoring is well subdued by the chocolate though. The stout lives up to its name and overall I'm very pleased!

M - Full bodied, thick and creamy beer. Fairly bitter feel due to the coffee bean. Alcohol is present but very very mild. Very pleasant.

O - The beer lives up to its hype! I've been awaiting to enjoy this beer and Founders didn't let me down. The only thing I'd change about the beer -- next time I'll have it with a plate of bacon...and eggs...

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Photo of RJIV
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 version.
Pours a motor oil black with a dark brown head of roughly a quarter of an inch. Smells of coffee notes with underlying hints of roasted oats and sweetness. Thick mouthfeel coating the entire mouth. Tastes of lightly roasted coffee with a touch of sweetness. Taste is lighter than the feel, little bit airy. Finishes on a nice roasted bitterness.

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Photo of KMachHops
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz that was bottled 09/15/15. First distribution to NorCal. The baby is still on the label.
Look: Head that dissipates quickly. Dark like cold brew coffee.
Smell: Some coffee but the nose is nothing special.
Taste: Dominated by chocolate with some coffee. Whatever coffee they used it's nothing like the beans used by Drakes (Blue bottle in their Jolly Rodgers) and Cellarmaker (Sightglass in their Coffee and Cigarettes), or even Modern times who source and roast their own beans.
Feel: It's carbonated right and has almost the perfect mouthful.
Overall: As an old school stout, pretty good. New school where breweries collaborates with the top roasters in the area, this stout is not that special.

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Photo of Edayulo1
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Iv been drinking this beer for a.couple years now when avalable. Tonight was the first time in a growler. It is one of the best stouts i have ever had and in a growler it just blows me away
Pours jet black with creamy head Uber delisous rosted chocolete and coffee with strong coffee taste. for get about it. This is a must try beer cheers mate

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Photo of Stevem68
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark chocolate color. Has a great coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee, chocolate and has a little creaminess to it. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of booziness in the back. Leaves a nice espresso aftertaste. Overall delicious

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Photo of 98green
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been way too long before I tried this one. Stole it for $3 HH pints. Black as sin, low carbonation. All brilliant coffee in the nose. Taste is more coffee. Oddly light mouthfeel for an 8.5% stout. Still I'd keep coming back for more

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Photo of tmryan21
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, opaque, decent sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The coffee dominates the smell.

Taste: Chocolate comes through at first and then the bitter coffee comes through at the end. Some roastiness from the coffee and sweetness from the chocolate.

Feel: Thick bodied, very little alcohol bite.

Overall: One of my favorite stouts I look forward to every year. This is a must-try beer for any person that loves beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had two poured into a stout glass. One a relatively gentle pour, the other incredibly violent bringing more head than beer in the glass.

Color is dark dark ruby red, near black but obviously red against the light. Grey head forms, on violent pour it retains well.

Nose is almost all chocolate. Dark roast malt is huge and coffee is there too.

Flavor is dominated by coffee with chocolate less present than expected. With a gentle pour it is definitely on the bitter side - sweetness isn't pronounced unless a heavy pour takes away a good bit of the carbonation. A bit more sweetness comes as it warms but it's definitely not a "sweet" stout. Very nice overall.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and thick like a stout. Smell is chocolate coffee, maybe some kind of tart fruit? Taste is smooth coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Very faintly sweet and bitter, with mostly the coffee shining through. Feels like thick rich liquid. I'm more of a hop head when it comes to beer, but I can fully appreciate the value in this delicious and readily-available stout.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark brown oil slick with a medium head. nose; roasted coffee bean & dark fudge. not complex, but rich. taste; strong roasted malt backbone, baker's chocolate, bitter hops, oat & light vanilla. aftertaste is roasted malt, espresso and hops. strong carbonation and medium+ mouthfeel. as it warms, a dark fruit/plum character emerges. a superb stout with authentic ingredient flavors - nothing here feels artificial. this beer only gets better with founders' "kentucky breakfast stout" variant, where the oak & bourbon notes show pop up and turn this brew into a showstopper.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A night-black appearance, with a two-finger thick head.

Has a heavy coffee smell, with notes of chocolate.

As with the smell, the roasted coffee and chocolate dominate. I don't recall ever having such a coffee/chocolate-intensive beer, except perhaps Surly's Coffee Bender. There is also a stint of sweetness, which is much appreciated. I suppose I was expecting a more complex flavor, but for what it is, the Breakfast Stout is excellent. Paid $12 for a four-pack.

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Photo of Kwak
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark almost black nice fluffy tan head nice coffee smell the taste was coffee and dark malt
almost pour cream in it this seems great for breakfast

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown/black. Smells of coffee. Poured cold into a pint glass. Tastes like black coffee, bitter chocolate, very rich tasting. Although I'm not a regular coffee drinker, I do appreciate the rich flavor of this stout, as I like stouts in general. I'm going to let a couple of bottles age and try it again next year. I might drink one at room temperature to see if I taste anything else.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As good as everyone says. Pours a bottom-of-the-ocean black with a thin nutmeg-colored head with minimal carbonation. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted oats and wood. Taste follows suit with a pronounced coffee bitterness mellowed by the chocolate sweetness...which is just fantastic. The alcohol is there both as a source of warmth and a light kick in the waning moments of the sip. Outstanding beer that, like most excellent stouts, changes in complexity as it warms.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and medium brown head when poured... smells of heavy coffee and some dark chocolate and dark malts... Taste is extremely well balanced with chocolate, coffee and a slight amount of hops and malts. Has a thick mouthfeel but a little too carbonated for a feel that thick. One of the better (regularly available) stouts around.

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

Here is a perfect "5" across the board! Sampling right now on 10/2/15. Comes in a 4-pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours a pitch black in color with a thin beige cap. Sheets of spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of sweet dark roasted malts with a light hint of coffee. Taste is...fantastic! Lots of great taste here with a perfect balance of the roasted malts, coffee (not over powering at all), bittersweet chocolate with a light hint of vanilla even. Slight malty finish but works. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. One tasty brew from a style I never tried before.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders now in CA! first FBS for me. L: nice 2 inch mocha head. Fades fast. S: lovely coffee smells. Bit of chocolate. T: bit of bitterness from coffee (and maybe hops?). Dark chocolate, semisweet malts. Cant taste oats too much here. Was expecting a lot richer flavor profile based on reviews here. F: actually a bit thin IMO. For coffee stouts anyway. O: liked it. Not sure if this will be regular purchase for me though. It doesn't top our other coffee stout shelf options such as Speedway and Peche Mortel. Still good though.

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

Hot damn is this a Great beer. Black as night with a caramel colored head about an inch tall. Espresso chocolate smell and intense rich tastes like it smells. Very well balance of flavors, malt and bite. I went through two cases last year and hope that i can find it again this year. Buy it you will not regret it!

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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle from 9.15.15
Consumed: 9.29.15

A: 4.75 Looks exactly like a stout should. Pitch black with a uniform, tan head that that leaves some lace on the glass.

S: 4.5 Aromas on this beer is very nice. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brownies, liquorish, chicory, and earthy, grainy, malt. The coffee smells mostly of French roast, but there is a slight berry element that works its way in.

T: 4 Taste is pretty similar to the nose. However, roast dominates a bit more on the palate. The roast is balanced out nicely by mild sweetness, but comes back with fairly strong, lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.25 Carbonation is spot on. I almost feel like the body could be a bit more substantial, but the beer’s relatively light feel makes this beer super drinkable.

O: 4.25 FBS is a really nice coffee stout. The chocolate elements help balance things out very well – much better, in my opinion, than the vanilla in victory at sea. Maybe not the best coffee stout, but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful looking beer with a black body and a foamy dark brown head. It smells of coffee, chocolate and a roasted scent. The beer smell the same as it tastes and is as rich as it looks. It has a full body taste, the first sip was what you expect from a stout. I'm not much of a coffee drinker but still loved this beer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Completely black, opaque, quickly dissipating tan head
Smell - COFFEE! Roasted malts, chocolate
Taste - Follows the nose with tons upon tons of coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts
Feel - Honestly, was hoping for a thicker/creamier mouthfeel

Overall - This is a coffee fanatics dream beer. I however, wasn't overly impressed. Overrated is my personal opinion.

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Photo of JemhidiahSSJ4
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I know this isn't really a review but I've had a few in this style, and many others. Usually a hop heavy guy, This definitely deserves a top 50! Awesome with this banana pancake maple syrup vape!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,539 ratings.