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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,608 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,608
Hads: 15,506
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 1,759
Gots: 5,455 | FT: 244
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 3,608 | Hads: 15,506
Photo of troyvar
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 4-pack, 12oz bottle into a standard 16 oz glass, opened and poured too quick, about 10 degrees to cold. Black with a nice cream colored head. Amazing coffee and chocolate nose, head and lacing are there, but didn't last long...temp related fail. Taste and mouthfeel are excellent. One of the best breakfast (oatmeal) stouts I've tried. Recommended. If you're wondering, yes this is one you can drink and eat cookies with for breakfast, with the GF...lol

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Photo of Martinnewman48
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: dark with with tan head
S: coffee oats and Carmel
T: great strong coffee flavor with hints of chocolate unfolding.
F: very drinkable and an awesomne stout

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a 2 finger mocha head (hard pour). Foamy lining layers the glass. The nose is muted malt and hops. The taste is full flavored coffee with notes of dark chocolate. Very pronounce flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good stout, heavy on coffee flavor - Sumatra roast comes to mind. Very tasty nightcap.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. I am a huge coffee and chocolate fan so I knew I would love it the first time I tried it. Fort Point Market in Boston has it for 10.99 a 4 pack, which is the cheapest I have seen, so I love the great value for a world class stout. Excellent sipper that is very enjoyable as it warms.

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


A: Big chocolate aroma, mixed with complex coffee aroma upfront, slightly sweet deep chocolate/coffee malt roast, touch of alcohol on the finish.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a fairly thick khakis colored head. There is some lacing evident in the glass.

T: Big chocolate and coffee flavor with moderate deep malt that’s slightly sweet with a light bitterness that lingers on the finish.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation; the oats provide some smoothness - but not creaminess. There is also some alcoholic warmth noticeable.

O: Delicious; this beer is annually incredible. With expanded distribution this beer is still super tasty; Founders please keep it this way.

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Photo of drew42e
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Becoming goto stout of late since release to CA, great price point for top 100 beer. Big coffee aroma and flavor up front, softens a bit as warms. Mouthfeel pretty good for abv, not as hearty as other stouts but at 8% this is very drinkable. Not many imperial stouts at $3 a bottle.

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Photo of Cih26d
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in bottle and draft; draft the better experience as expected.
Great color, pour and initial flavor. The aftertaste was not as smooth as other stouts but not overwhelming.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a tempting mocha head, creamy in appearance.

Smells of chocolate, bitter black coffee, oats.

Tastes of coffee up front, accompanied by the dark chocolate flavor. Just the right amount of carbonation, not flat, not bubbly. Sweet aftertaste. Mocha lacing from where the head once was. One of the best.

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Photo of BillErickson
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Black with a thin head. A more vigorous poor makes for a slightly thicker head.

Smell - Dark chocolate and coffee are the main scents. There is also a slight scented of roasted malts.

Taste - When it's cold, upfront I taste coffee and some oatmeal. It's a tad sweet, with what tastes like licorice on the finish. However as it warms up, the licorice is replaced with dark chocolate and it's less sweet. Cold or warm this is an amazing beer!

Feel - nice full body, but not creamy. But it never feels too thin. Very satisfying.

Overall, this is one of my favorites out there. I keep meaning to buy a couple of these to age and I can never bring myself to hold onto them long enough LOL!

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Photo of 88caprice
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look: Black as Mordor's magic. No light makes it through the glass. Barely any head from a gentle pour. Even the slowly-forming edge foam is dark brown.
Smell: A roasty smell of dark black coffee or wet coffee grounds, bitter frothy chocolate, some alcohol presence, and charcoal.
Taste: Dark roasted coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and roasted/charred malts up front. In the middle, a sticky oat taste wafts up through the palate. Finishes with a bourbon-like alcohol tease that disappears before it can get sweet, followed by an oak barrel effect, burnt wood, and leather.
Mouthfeel: Heavy and smooth. Thick. That first sip slides down the back of the tongue like chocolate milk.
Overall: Wow. Yes.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Okay, I go to the local liquor store looking for something specific. They don't have what I wanted. I didn't want to look like looser that didn't have enough cash for a case of PBR, so I see this Founders for $9.99 for a four pack. I figured let's see what all the hype is about. I am not much of a stout/porter person so I thought I would maybe choking this down over the next few weeks. I had one yesterday on Christmas. WOW! Just great beer. All that everyone has said is correct. Outstanding stuff!

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

Pitch black pour, with a creamy and untidy espresso-coloured head. Smells like cold brewed coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like coffee - cold coffee, bitter and roasty - and dark chocolate, roasted malts and not much else. Super smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a dark chocolate bitter finish. A simple imperial stout, excellently crafted, but lacking something.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic! Maybe I've had too many Christmas Stouts lately, but this reminds me that good Stout doesn't need help to be interesting. It is dark black like strong diner coffee with a generous tan head on the pour (although it settles out quickly). On the nose it is all about coffee but the taste layers in chocolate and vanilla that lingers for at least 25 seconds. The carbonation feels right in the mouth. You will find yourself craving more.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

excellent representation of a well done coffee choclate stout. what is amazing is the balance between the right amount of flavor and drinkability. envelopes the palate with waves of coffee and choclate. head dissipates fast. smell is really good too. one of my fav stouts.

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Photo of Gregg03
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this because the beer store clerk told me it was a stout, like Guinness. I looked up the rating on my telephone and bought it. I don't eat sweets or chocolate, so, when I saw the bottle saying it is a "double chocolate and coffee" beer, I figured I would just keep the case for guests. So, I had one. In fact, his is really good because it is so balanced. Not too sweet or bitter, refreshing. It is still heavy and has a desertish after-taste, but it is, for what it is, as good as it should be (and maybe could be).

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Photo of Chuckrutter
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first favorite beer. When I introduced my college roommate to this beer he described it as "thick enough to cut with a knife". Chocolate, coffee, and a creamy finish make this a hearty and filling beer.

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Photo of KevCan
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled 9/22/15. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Paired with homemade lentil stew for dinner.

Look: Very dark brown, small dark brown head.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malt. The smell isn't very strong; maybe it needs to warm up.

Taste: Like alcoholic cold-brew coffee.

Feel: A little thin/watery for a high-ABV stout. I prefer them thicker/creamier.

Overall: Solid, but I'm a bit disappointed. It didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May not be for breakfast, but this is a "meal in a beer." Outstanding coffee stout with chocolate notes. Inky-black in the glass with a cappuccino-hued head, this is a truly world-class brew.

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Photo of Shaun_S
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may need to try this one again I purchased a 4 pack in October and 3/4 of the batch despite smelling fine just had a severely overpowering alcohol taste and in general just tasted very off, not a hint of cocoa or coffee as most of the reviews said. I think I have to agree with dkanakis that there was a slight metallic taste and could be a batching issue.

However the 4th bottle I had was absolutely lovely. Soon as I popped it open I instantly got hit with cocoa, and a pleasant burnt coffee smell and the taste and feel was vastly improved. Sadly being the odd one out in the batch I have to rate off of the other three. If the entire batch had been like that one would have likely given this a 4.75 if not a 5 overall.

All four had a similar look pouring extremely black with a finger sized creamy caramel colored head with very heavy lacing.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a viscous black forming a half centimeter mocha head. Lacing is spotty but lasting.
S- Smell is more chocolate than coffee.
T- Taste unlike the nose is more balanced between bitter chocolate and coffee.
F- Thick, smooth and coats the tongue. Carbonation is light which adds to the thick mouthfeel.
O- This beer is a very good coffee stout. It's just not my thing being too coffee forward for my liking. One thing I can't deny is that this is very well crafted. If you like coffee, you'll like this beer.

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Photo of rjd722
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into my snifter, resembles the highest quality coffee with a deep black body and smooth tan head; spots of lacing throughout.

Aroma: Fresh espresso, loads of cocoa and dark chocolate. Excellent balance with the malt and the coffee/chocolate overall.

Taste: Rich coffee and dark chocolate notes. Slightly smoky and earthy, finishes strong with espresso and malt.

Feel: Silky smooth and just thick enough. Leaves a really pleasant mouthfeel and the lingering bitterness from the hops completes the experience, really exceptional stuff.

Living in Montgomery County, MD it's hard to get this beer. When I went to visit family back home in PA I found a HUGE display of Breakfast Stout at Wegman's and grabbed some. Absolutely lived up to the hype for me, phenomenal.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

smells of fresh dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. pours a deep black with little to no carbonation. the lack of carbonation clears the way for a decadent flavor and experience. leaves little to no lacing in the class and little if any head when poured. overall a delicious chocolate stout experience.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Try this beer. It has a great choc. flavor with nice coffee also. This is one that everybody should try one in their life. Have a great day my friends

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with tan head; some clarity under cap which quickly disappeared; good lacing. Coffee and roared grain nose. Flavored of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate; roasted malt; cocoa powder finish. Moderate carbonation; dry cocoa powder mouthfeel. Overall the lite coffee linger has a good roastiness, but I thought it drying.

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

One of the best beers by far. Imperial Stout that has the malty, chocolate, and coffee flavors that put this over the top. There is just a little bite of bitterness from the hops but overall a smooth beer that has few equals.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.