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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,533 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,533
Hads: 15,067
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,727
Gots: 5,043 | 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: 3,533 | Hads: 15,067
Photo of PMike113
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank this beer out of a nonic pint with a full English breakfast a few days ago, took some notes while I savored both.
Look: Black as night. Like a glass of tar, or motor oil, with a finger head of fluffy off-white foam. Looks like something strong.
Smell: Black coffee first and foremost, strong like freshly made drip coffee. Hints of chocolate hiding behind that. So much complexity. Smells like it belongs with breakfast.
Taste: Bitter, dark coffee again at the front, with chocolate and roasty flavors behind it, even a little maple. Tastes like it would be better off beside a stack of pancakes rather than savory breakfast, but still good.
Feel: Motor oil thickness, but not as much as a Russian Imperial. It's like drinking what happens when you mix cocoa powder into black coffee with some brown sugar added.
Overall: Wonderful. Haven't had KBS or CBS, but if they're anything like the beer they're based on, they'll be just as amazing as this one, if not more.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark brown
S- coffee/espresso, dark chocolate
T- coffee notes, hint of chocolate, a little bitter
F- on the think side

Very good beer. As always, Founders exceeds expectations.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got a chance to try this one and the wait was worth it. Not sure what else can be said about this one that hasn't been said before. If you don't like this beer then stouts are probably not your thing. Coffee and chocolate dominate and it's not going to have you feel like you downed a few shots of whiskey as the bourbon stouts do. All together it is just a flat out delicious beer

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Photo of Masonz223
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz bottle
Look: dark black with a one finger mocha brown head
Smell: an explosion of dark roasted coffe dark chocolate and more coffe
Taste: Coffe hits the taste buds right of the bat mocha chocolate a lite vanilla with a biter coffe after taste.
Feel: very creamy and smooth
Overall: amazing a coffe lovers beer very easy drinking for such a complex beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 9/22/15. Sampled on October 24, 2015.

It pours dark brown to about black with a modest tan head.

Wicked coffee aroma on the nose. Kind of a burnt malt character too and a moderate orange zing..

Medium to better than medium body.

Wow. This one cleanses the senses with its coffee or more specifically Espresso explosion. Moderate bitterness to finish. I rarely drink beer before 12 noon but this one is one that I could drink before then.

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Photo of thebeers
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Near black with a finger of mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly, but leaves vertical columns of lacing. Strong aroma of coffee and milk chocolate. This year's (2015) has a more coffee-forward taste than I remember, with big roasted flavors and just a little cream and chocolate in the background, as well as a bitter finish that manages to avoid being acerbic. The flavors meld and the whole thing becomes much more smooth as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Amazing beer. A classic.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ive been drinking these for a few years now and decided to finally review it.

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a thick, jet back color with a tan colored, 1 finger head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee... if only it taste as good as it smells...

... AND IT DOES. The COFFEE!!! and chocolate roasted malts (and oats to boot!) float around in your mouth while a bit of bitterness from the hops bites the back of your tongue.

This beer is thick in feel and flavor!

Worth a four pack... or a case or two!

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

Pours deep black. 1 finger head of tan that receeds quickly. Smells malty and strong coffee bean with some chocolate. I'm not a coffee drinker but this tastes like what I imagine a delicious coffee tastes like at Starbucks. Strong on the coffee taste but sweeter elements balance it. mouthfeel is thin but intense leaving bitterness. Smooth carbonation. I get it.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served just above fridge temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - black as night and covered with a thick finger of tan head. Retention is good but not great. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - so much coffee! Hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, some light smokey aromas, but in the end it comes back to coffee. Like freshly used coffee grains right after making a pot of it. Nose is so aromatic I can almost taste coffee before my first sip. Spectacular.

Taste - again the coffee shows up in ridiculous force, but it is accompanied by a little bit of chocolate and oat like flavor. The bitterness is strong but not overwhelming, just right in its delivery.

Mouthfeel - so smooth and incredibly creamy, silky like velvet rolling down your throat. Body is thick, but not overwhelmingly so and finish is succulent. Great feel.

Overall - Ok so I admit I was curious about all the hype for Founders Breakfast Stout. It's not accessible in Ontario and usually beers with this much hype do deliver, but for some reason, I just wasn't sure. So glad I picked up a 4 pack and may need to come back and pick up another back for a "breakfast for dinner" themed party coming up soon. Just an awesome beer and the coffee explosion is real with this one.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders - Breakfast Stout. 8.3% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into duvel glass.

Look: Pitch black, like used motor oil, allowing no light to pass through. Non aggressive pour yielded small dark tan head, that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving thick lacing of the same color that remained throughout.

Smell: Strong roast coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and toasted oats. Very strong smelling, but not overpowering.

Feel: Rich and creamy all the way, balanced by carbonation.

Taste: Bitter coffee and toasty flavor, accompanied by hints of dark chocolate. Back end tastes strongly of rich coffee. As it warms up, the alcohol taste is noticeable, but blends well with the rich flavors; the burn is very minor.

Overall: I have heard a lot of great things about this beer, so I picked up a 4-pack to try. I was not disappointed. Great tasting, not overpowering, and a rich and creamy feel makes it live up to its reputation of being great. However the batch I got was very fresh, and I have heard that its a little better aged a few months. After trying some aged, I will update the review accordingly.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a dark tan head.
The aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and vanilla and some char.
On my tongue, the chocolate flavors lead the way, deep and dark, followed by a rather sweet middle and a slightly acidic roast coffee finish. A nice lingering bitter with a bit of nuttiness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick and fairly smooth.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This 2015 bottle release pours near-black color and foams up a modest, light-leather head. The smell is like super-coffee -- strong, but also sophisticated. Couldn't really detect the chocolate or any oatiness, but they add dimension and richness. Still, it's that slightly-smokey coffee that dominates, making it not only an easy "breakfast"/morning celebration, but ironically smells and tastes like it'd be at home at an evening dinner/table party.

If I'm going to nitpick, the feel is maybe not as heavy or creamy as I would like or expect -- slight wateriness keeps it from being perfect, though not detracting. One could also ask for more distinct presence in the attending flavors, being a "Breakfast" stout, but I'd hate to mess with this coffee showcase. ABV hits quick, too! and harder than its ~8% suggests. Absolutely in my cellar of fame beers.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with ample gorgeous brown foam. Fades quickly though and leaves list to no lacing. The smell is divine, with the coffee giving a powerful punch. Some chocolate and roasty notes as well. The taste has so much chocolate and coffee, this beer is the perfect closer. A slight smokiness hit you on the after taste. Very smooth, medium mouthfeel, and low-medium carbonation. A beer I've loved for a long time and tried to give it the least biased review I could.

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Photo of funjack5150
3.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Founders is finally in the Bay Area. I went out and bought a case because I heard so many great things about this beer. Boy was that a mistake!! This beer is not a drain pour "thank GOD!" but it NOTHING like I expected.

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Photo of thefreakinjman
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft 10/14/15

A: Dark brown to black, foamy brown head

S: Like christmas morning, pancakes, coffee, slight chocolate, roasted oats

T: Chocolate tones with roasted coffee and some burnt toast and pancake/bread surprise gems. Nice roasted bitterness comes through. No alcohol taste whatsoever.

M: Wonderful medium to heavy body

O: One of the best balanced stouts I've enjoyed. The roasted coffee with bread notes is wonderful and the morning flavors are true to its name. Love to enjoy at the end of a night out, or when drinking with deserts. Definitely a go to stout.

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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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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,533 ratings.