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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 tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no date. a recently-arrived batch from julio's. poured into tulip.

opaque, coffee black. brown head fades to wisps and thin ring. only two very thin rings of lace.

cold, roasted coffee aroma. charred and roasted malts. hint of dried raisins or currants.

flavor has roasted, charred and caramelized malts, with the latter giving a sweetness to the coffee syrup foundation. again, some dried fruit note (figs?). coffee and hop bitterness is bold but kept in check, interestingly, by the gently alcoholic finish.

thick and smoothly syrupy. slight acidic texture or astringency in the end. mild to moderate carbonation; fluffy when rolled on tongue.

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Photo of jdklks
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

black body, dark brown head, thick lacing.

smell is umm, lets see... cant quite put my finger on it... COFFEE! a little hint of chocolate as well

taste is of COFFEE! they call it 'breakfast stout' for a reason. there are also hints of caramel and chocolate. sweet (should be bitter) coffee lingering in the aftertaste. reminds me of the caramel flavored coffee at starbucks or something. about half-way through you start to feel the alcohol tinge in the back of the throat.

its thick, its syrupy, its full bodied, its alright.

overrated, but still good.

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Photo of jp62099
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black, brown one finger head sticks to the glass.
Smell is unreal, don't want to take my nose out of it, coffee, coffee, more coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is big in your face roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, oatmeal, slight hop kick in the finish. It has a very smooth, rich, and chewy feel. I could drink a few of these in a sitting, and have. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms, but doesn't take away from the drinkability at all.

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a great trade with BA 'spacecoyote'. Split it with fellow BA and good friend 'macktbone'. Served into a lowball glass at about 55°F.

Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan head. Not a whole lot of head retention going on. Minimal lacing. A bit less viscous than I was expecting.

Smells like seriously strong coffee... the kind they serve at all-night diners that cater to truckers. Coffee, and a bit of roasted malt.

The first thing that comes to mind upon the first sip is cold coffee without cream and maybe a single cube of sugar. It toes the line of being an unbalanced beer, but somehow... it just works. What an absolutely delicious brew. There is a hint of dark chocolate and oatmeal, but you almost have to look for it amongst all that coffee.

I didn't think this was as full-bodied as some of the other reviewers, but this may be due to some of the beers I've been drinking lately. Carbonation is right in the middle, and right where it should be. Finish is slightly bitter, much like that cold coffee mentioned earlier. Despite this, drinkability does not suffer at all. I immediately wanted another.

I can see why these fly off the shelves in the areas where they are available. This would probably be one of my 'go-tos' if it were available here in Northern California.

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Photo of joerodiii
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from BigZ in Huntington, NY.

Thick, dark black with no hints of any color. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate.

The stout tastes like it smells, roastey with a touch of chocolate. It is a little too bitter for my tastes, but it still works. The mouthfeel is perfect, slightly thick but not syrupy. I would love to try a nitro version of this beer.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a brown, thick, two-finger head with great retention, some of the best retention I've seen. The first bottle I had didn't give much lacing, but the second looks amazing all the way down the glass...awaiting a third to see what the verdict is.

S: Not highly strong scent but fairly complex and balanced with strong coffee and roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

T: Yum! Roasted malts/oatmeal upfront with chocolate and bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol comes out a bit at the end but not bad for around an 8.0%abv. A great mix of flavors in which not a single one becomes too dominant.

Overall: Amazing beer, complex enough taste and smell that's amazingly smooth and creamy and is quite drinkable for the alcohol content. Very hearty beer that is literally a meal within itself..my new fav!

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

Pours think and black, with a small brown head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma filled with roasted coffee beans, oatmeal, bitter chocolate. Great roasted malt aroma. Perfection for the style. Taste follows the nice precisely, bitter coffee and chocolate and a nice roastedness. A touch of hop bitterness keeps the malt nicely in check. Very chewy, sticky mouthfeel, with a dry finish. A notch below full-bodied for an imperial stout. An insatiable desire to luck your lips after each sip to pickup the residual flavors. Alcohol is perfectly positioned, giving you a warmth and umph, but not affecting the taste. To be a touch critical, i'd say a slight bump up in alcohol wouldnt hurt.

There has been some discussion that there should be a category for "Coffee Stouts" rather than lumping these in with Imperial Stouts. I tend to agree. And this is the best I've had.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass at a bar. Not sure that's how I would have served it myself, but I don't really care.

Been meaning to try this beer for a while, and it was worth the wait.

A: Fabulous looking. Absolutely jet-black in the glass. Looks so thick and viscous, it will absolutely sustain you.

S: Didn't pick up a lot, but it was in a crowded bar and I wasn't really focused on this.

T: I was too busy focusing on THIS, the great taste of coffee and oatmeal stout. I drank this after having a Rogue chocolate stout, and I really appreciated the way that the oatmeal-stout-like sweetness was cut by the coffee. It had a bite to the finish that was superb.

M: Extremely creamy and delicious.

D: Not bad, for a beer this big. I could have more than one.

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Photo of meatyard
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Is a very dark chocolate color with a 1" dark tan head tha falls to a cover. Some distinct lacing.

S- Is a strong coffee ground smell that gives way to a milder, dark chocolate and, eventually some fruitiness. A hint of alcohol showed up here as it warmed.

T-Starts with a bit milder coffee taste, followed by the chocolate and then some oats with a slight bitterness at the end. The tastes all blend nicely into one another.

M-Is creamy and smooth being medium/thick.

D-Very good, I didn't get any noticeable alcohol and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of cleeze
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great brew. I been waiting to try this sucker for some time now and pleased that it didn't live down my expectations.

Poured a jet tar black with a nice milk chocolate colored head that disappeared into some badd asss lacing.

The smell was my favorite part of the brew. Lots of vanillia sweetness up front blending nicely with dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. I love the vanilia most of all!

Taste was much like the smell. The vanillia added a sweetness to it that I really enjoyed. Great balance though with the coffee

Slick mouthfeel, full bodied

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Photo of macktbone
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split this bottle with a BA member and poured into a low ball type glass.

Color is black with a small hint of red at the edges.
The pour developes a medium brown head with a beautiful lace ring. Suprisingly low carbonation in this thick breakast treat.

Aroma gives off a strong sense of burnt coffee and bitersweet chocolate.
The mouthfeel is thick but hard to get over the very low carbonation level. It actually takes away from this great taste. Searching for the carbonation takes time away from time enjoying the taste.

The drinkability on this beer is crazy easy, may as well be a doctored storebought coffee without cream. Tastes like yesterdays brew, mixed with a fresh pot and re-heated.

The alcohol is disquised as sweetness due to a good balance and you would never peg it for 8.3%. The lack of hops seperates it from other imperial stouts and may indear this beer to those who tend to stray from hop heads 1 minute after 4:19.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a thick, oily, opaque black. An aggressive pour yields a thin, dark tan head that leaves some thin lacing behind.

Smells just like fresh coffee grinds. Malty, chocolate, toasted malts.

Taste is toasted, burnt malts, bitter coffee, bitter cocoa. There's a bit of sweetness. Nice warming alcohol lingers a bit after the sip. This beer is very rich and robust, a slow sipper.

Medium amount of carbonation, full bodied brew. The burnt malts almost become a bit cloying after a while which hurts the drinkability. But I really do appreciate the way the malts present themselves in this beer.

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Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full onyx blackness in a glass, appears immaculately clean and unblemished. The brown head craters here and there, uneven, comes with a sticky thick lacing. The toasted chocolate and cocoa element in the nose outweighed by denser oatmeal and bitter chicory scents, the edginess even dampens the sweetness of the raisin, black grape, plum fruit, green coffee bean adds to the cut, does not lack for length in your nostrils. Full-bodied, smooth in mouthfeel with persistent carbonation for its weight. The grapey sweetness frames the attack, plum, raisin and raspberry fruit. Quite soon after the chicory, espresso bean, grilled nut, dark chocolate shades ratchet up the bitterness. The oatmeal and light caramel notes salve the wound. Oily texture develops at the end, extends presence. Fluidity deceptive, after third glass your gut feels a touch heavy.

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Photo of Trappistfan1
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, opaque color. Thick head that sticks around a bit and leaves beautiful lacing.
S - Nutty, Malty, Oatmeal
T - Similar to smell. Well balanced, big taste. Not too bitter, not too sweet.
M - Very creamy. Perfect carbonation and body for a stout.
D - Excellent. Could quaff multiple bottles without any problem.

I was very pleased with this brew. I think this stands up well against almost any stout. It is quite tasty and very aptly named. It puts me in the mind of rich, comforting breakfast foods. Well done!

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Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, thick, jet black color with a small, very foamy, brown head. It left beautiful thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, expresso, and rich chocolate malt. It really smelled like a chocolaty coffee.

T - It tasted of chocolate, dark malts, caramel, and coffee. It had a sharp and bitter hop kick.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious stout. It lives up to the hype. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of LilMatrix
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark pour, no light penetration, a finger of dark tan head.

S - Coffee, dark roast malts, chocolate, tobacco.

T - Nice balance of coffee and chocolate with subtle roasted malt sweetness. Ends with a pleasing chocolate coffee bitter note.

M - Smooth, creamy and meduim bodied, slippery feel from the oatmeal

D - A non-boozy easy drinker that is a definite try for this style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer (Charlotte, NC) on 1/17/09. Served in a balloon style cervoise.

Pours a dense pitch black with a 1/2 finger of smooth and creamy burnt mocha colored head. Retention is quite awesome, with a most excellent flareup that leaves just a huge cascade of lacing and brown oils behind. I'm just loving the way this looks in the glass. Fantastic! The aroma is just lush with roasted coffee and espresso notes. Sweet supportive notes of chocolate and lactose balance out the nose. Some floral hops and light heat pull up the rear.

The taste starts with a nice roasted coffee bitterness that just blasts the palette. A thick tasting mix of chocolate and caramel sweeten things up some underneath. Finishes, well, bitter, bitter, and more bitter. I love the nice dry lingering bitterness this puts on the palette. Good stuff. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big creamy feel that just loads the mouth with flavor and substance.

No matter how this is served, this is a certificable classic coffee beer. I never pass up a chance to try this on draft. Great stuff!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a. A proper, hard pour provides a stout grainy yet rocky/milky mocha head. Little white star bubbles are noticed glistening off of the noon day light. Lacing is abundant.

s.Huge black coffee and espresso aromas, chocolate and malt, but Im pretty sure they are separate aromas, and not simply chocolate malt, though I am sure that was used too. Coffee and Barley aromatize the room.

T. A small sip yields an overwhelming complexity of delight. Chocolate is the first nip to the palate, quickly chased by some cappachino like coffee. Oatmeal is certainly here lending a subtle flavor. The earthy hop mingles with some bitter unsweetened chocolate to provide a mineral/bitter edge. Finishes chalky with a whiff of alcohal.

M. Mouthfeel is semi-vicious, semi-smooth. Oatmeal provided the smooth factor to the palate, the hop would add to the viscousity. The only room for improvement would be a nitro tap/cask to add to the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D. This strong, meaty beer is a solid A+ stout. Any time of day one of these will be all you need. I plan to keep these in stock at all times, and wish it were more widely available.

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Photo of damienblack
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet-black, thick like motor oil. Cocoa powder colored head, starts off thin but quickly billows out. Looks like chocolate milk, sticks to itself but still leaves some cool lacing. Smells like harsh instant coffee, coffee extract personified. Kind of a bran smell also, if bran had a real distinctive smell.

First impression: Lots and lots of coffee. When I burp it still tastes like coffee. Dark chocolate also is present, except it's not a real bitter dark chocolate, it's very in tune to the rest of the beer. A lot sweeter than I had imagined it would be. Just the barest hint of hops at the end, but this still trends towards the sweet side (for a big stout). has an oatmeal like smoothness to it, smooth but still a little sticky, doesn't quite have that velvety feel. Big, slick yet coating, without a ton of carbonation. In this case, it works. Maybe a little thin, not quite as all-enveloping that I had hoped. But it had big expectations to live up to. Super smooth and infinitely drinkable. Not hands down the greatest stout I've had so far, but it lives up to the hype. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick and creamy dark tan colored head. There is good retention and lots of lace on the glass. Fresh coffee dominates the aroma along with a touch of dark chocolate.

There is some fruit flavor up front in this one along with a touch of dark chocolate, sort of like a chocolate raspberry creme candy. That gives way to fresh roasted coffee then giving way to more chocolate, this time much sweeter than whats up front. Mouthfeels is great. Smooth, perfect carbonation, and full-bodied. The 8% alcohol is virtually undetectible. This is a great coffee stout and just a great beer period. Second in my book only to Peche Mortel(my highest rating of any beer) as far as coffee beers go.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased from Jungle Jim's by a friend during Thanksgiving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A picture of this beer is perfection for me when it comes to stouts. Completely pitch black. No light comes through this one at all. A frothy thick brown head with excellent retention that leaves clumps of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass with each sip. Absolutely perfect appearance.

S: Coffee dominates the nose. There are hints of chocolate as well. I'm starting to wonder if it was a good idea to drink this one at this time of night. It smells nice, but would like a bit more depth than just the coffee bomb aroma.

T: The taste follows the aroma. It is a coffee bomb with hints of chocolate to add a little bit of balance to the bitterness of the coffee flavor. It is quite smooth compared to other beers I have had in the style. I really like this one, but would like just a bit more balance to give it a 5.

M: It is very thick and incredibly smooth. The word creamy doesn't do it justice.

D: This one is scary drinkable for a huge stout like this. The only reason I do not give this a 5 is because I have had a sample of COAST Blackbeerd to know there is another level of drinkability for big stouts.

I now understand why Founder's gets so much credit. An amazing beer.

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Photo of uno99
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at slows BBQ in detroit. I didnt feel like being a total beer nerd and taking notes, so this review wont be too detailed.

A: one of the best looking/unique beers I've seen. Definitly the best stout. Pitch black, and a dark toffee colored 2 finger head with good retention

S: I remember lots of chocolate on the nose.

T: Chocolate up front, with coffee middle and a nice smooth powdery finish. The best stout I've ever tasted by a large margin

M: Smooth - not much carbonation which I think works well for this beer. not too sweet or sticky.

D: I only had 12 Oz of this, because I had to drive later on. I would love to make the drive back sometime and drink a couple pints of this.

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Photo of TStandley13
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - very dark pour, oily appearance, not see through at all

s - smells like alcohol and chocolate, as well as a smokey barrel taste

t - amazing! dark chocolate, coffee, smokey barrel flavor

m - nothing notable, leaves a dry feeling

d - delicious beer, could see myself putting a few away (slowly)


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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a vigorous pour yields a meager ruddy brown head sitting atop a murky near-black body. Mahogany and garnet shine through when up to the light. The head fizzled away, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma is purely blissful. Rich coffee beans mixed with freshly brewed coffee and rich bittersweet cocoa. Dark chocolate and pepper mix with vanilla and caramel. A bit of roasted malt to remind that this is beer.

Taste is solidly roasted malt with roasted coffee. Some heavy bitter coffee and twangy hop bittering follows the sweet coffee opening. Caramel and a bit of pepper stay through the finish, intermingling with the pine hops that become more powerful as it warms. A solidly roasty, coffee, oatmealy and pleasantly bitter brew. Maybe a bit high on the bitter, and a touch less chocolate than I was hoping for, but all in all a solid brew.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin given the flavor profiles. Carbonation as well is just a touch thin, yielding a slightly watery and slightly slick brew. smooth and fairly easy to drink.

Definitely a solid brew. the aroma is purely incredible. I wish the taste and mouth followed as closely to the aroma. Not bad, an interesting mix of bitter coffee and roasted cocoa. A bit more sweet to mellow out the bitter coffee, and a touch more carbonation and this one would be perfect. Definitely worth trying... and I'm going to have to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Impenetrable black with the slightest brown head. Creamy foam on top but no retention and only light lacing.

S - Big nose of freshly roasted coffee with hints of chocoalte. Very sweet aroma. A very faint earthy spiciness lingers underneath.

T - Initial sweetness dominated primarily by the taste of coffee. Big, fresh roasted coffee. A little bittersweet chocolate provides just a little balance to the coffee. The faintest spicy hop taste lingers but is no match for the other tastes in this beer. A coffee lovers dream.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little thinner that expected. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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