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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: 15,065
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: 15,065
Photo of lokizan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S-Coffee, coffee, coffee.....thats pretty much all I smell and thats not a bad thing!
T-Bitter roasted coffee upfront, subtle dark chocolate notes, more bitter coffee on the finish
F-medium bodied and decent carbonation
O-If you enjoy coffee beers this is a must, I get it every year. this year seems to be more coffee forward than last year. That being said Go Get This Beer!

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Photo of EMH73
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love black coffee and this beer is the closest that I have ever had. Add to this the chocolate notes and this beer is fantastic. I've found that this beer ages incredibly well.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having had KBS several times, I was surprised that somehow I had missed FBS. I find it to be slightly more bitter on the front, but easing into the wonderful coffee and chocolate found in its bigger, better brother. It's an enjoyable stout. I look forward to aging a few bottles and see how they stand up over time.

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Photo of LAp
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a mocha head. Coffee and chocolate on the nose that carry though on the palate. In terms of imperial stouts, this one leans more heavily into a consistent flavor profile of chocolate and coffee and avoids the variance/complexity of those that add more dark fruit and bitterness. That is a stylistic point rather than a critique - the coffee and chocolate domain that this beer squarely annexes is excellent.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow black coffee beer! look is rich deep and dark...smells of dark coffee, chocolate and oats, tastes like a black coffee (exactly how I drink it) starts with rich chocolate and finishes with a sweet licorice flavor, licorice very prominent on the first two or three sips. feel is thick, rich and a definite mouthful, something to chew on. and oh boy 8+ feel the first sip....next experience needs to be clear crisp Nov evening with one of these.

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

Pours jet black w a finger dark tan head. Aroma of dark roast, coffee, dark chocolate. Tastes just like the aroma w an alcohol punch at the back. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin to me. Overall a great stout.

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

Last year's batch poured into snifter. Pours a beautiful black stout color with slight tan head, which soon disappears. Aroma is strong mix of chocolate and coffee. Sweet taste, but not as sweet as Angry Chair Brewing Fudge Bucket. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not overpowering, but enough to rub against the tongue. Minimal aftertaste. Really nice.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Dark black pour with a half finger of khaki head. Foam dissipated quickly with some minor lacing.

The nose was heavy coffee and roasted malts.

Flavor was intensely bitter early, but the coffee flavor was like wet grounds with peppery vegetal notes. I'm waiting for this to warm a bit.

As the glass warms, it opens up. Rich espresso with some faint cacao on the finish. Was expecting more chocolate, as it seems the coffee overpowered it. A good beer, but slightly disappointed considering the hype. I will definitely give it another chance, and hopefully have better results.

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Photo of GlennSt
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not much of a dark beer fan but this is damn good. There's plenty of coffee and chocolate but ultimately this is beer. It's got a nice creamy feel to it. It would be perfect for breakfast if I drank beer for breakfast.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank this one at cellar temperature (taking advantage of the first beer brought up from cellar in my new house I just moved into!...hell yeah!!) Sadly, I am drinking this one in the shadow of KBS and CBS, which were both awesomer versions of the same thing, albeit a hell of a lot harder to come by, so this one gets extra points for availability.
Pours black as mud and tastes like it means business, as it should. Picture a hot coffee and toast breakfast with some fancy chocolate-covered raisins or something for dessert on a winter day, and this is what that would taste like in beer form...really boozy beer. Lacking the overwhelming sweetness of CBS and that addicting gritty texture and oaky taste of KBS, but featuring the boozy strength and basic flavor profiles of both, this is a fantastic mid-range stout.
Easily delicious enough to be worth spending a few bucks more on a 4-pack, compared to a sixer of something less amazing. Seriously, if it weren't for my insatiable quest to drink every beer I can, this would be one of my go-to regular buys. Total desert island beer, except that it would probably kill me by the end of the 3rd day on that island.
Only complaint is that I think a heavier carbonation and thick head would go quite nicely with this one - it's virtually fizzless.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour in my new complementary Founders 16 oz I guess it's called a cylinder? I don't know but I wanted one. Yes this is stout. Aroma bitter coffee and chocolate, 2014 keg but very fresh and pungent. Taste follows, coffee, chocolate, very bitter. Thin but appropriate for the abv level. Smooth finish.

My only complaint is the last 8 oz of 32 gets very palate weary, and frankly, a bit annoying. Still a great beer, but I generally prefer just one 12 oz bottle. And I definitely prefer fresh Wake n Bake which I'll drink all winter and into early spring. But sometimes you just gotta have a Breakfast Stout. Now that thinking about it, I want another. Oh well, it will be available soon.

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Photo of darktronica
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not much that needs to be added beyond what 3,400+ other reviews has covered, except to say that I generally prefer FBS a bit after its Best By date. I love a good coffee stout, and this is one of the best non-aged regular releases out there, but it has a lot more to offer than just the coffee. I find that waiting another month or two helps to bring some of the other flavors more to the fore. By comparison, some other coffee stouts that are very heavy on the coffee, such as Big Bad Baptist, really shine when fresh but don't gain as much over time.

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Photo of RJB66
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very tasty brew. I read that this was a great stout to try if you were not a stout guy. I'm glad I finally tried one. Just very easy drinking flavorful brew that keeps getting better as it warms. I recommend trying one.!!!

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Photo of Beermanic
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark chocolate brown. If you hold it up to the light.

S: Wonderful malty, coffee, chocolate, roast aroma.

T: Nice round wave of flavors. You get the creaminess that the oatmeal provides, the chocolate and roast flavors, the great malty body (great body). Its just layers of flavor after flavor, like a wonderful desert.

F: full bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Great finishing beer. Wouldn't want to drink it all day, but would drink it most of the night.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black body, light tan head. Decent lacing

Smell - Light than I expected. Coffee.

Taste - I'm really struck by the aftertaste. The oatmeal and bitter chocolate really grow after a few seconds. As Borat would say, "very nice"

Feel - Medium. Not too heavy.

Overall - A very unique stout. Great flavor and aftertaste. Not too heavy. My only knock is the smell doesn't prepare you for the excited your mouth will soon have.

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Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My honey hole sells this year round and this particular beer is easily my favorite non-NA stout that is easily obtained. Pours dark and smells rich. The head on this is also very dark and creamy with very large "bubbles"

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

Pours very dark with a burst of coffee from the pour. Tastes like a smooth chocolatey coffee stout. For an easily accessible beer when it is in season, FBS should be on any buyer's list.

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Photo of donnyowens
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

if had thicker body could be near perfect breakfast stout. heavy coffee on the nose and taste with coffee bitterness more than hops at the end but body just slightly thin.

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

This is the best stout. It is not my favorite but it is the best. If you think that barrel aged stouts are too much (like me) but oatmeal stout aren't enough (not me) this is the beer for you. A perfect balance of flavor regardless of high alcohol content. No syrupy flavor, it maintains the same bite as any 5% alcohol stout. That burnt grain taste is so tasty that you just can't stop drinking it. There is not that straight alcohol flavor that you would expect of any beer over 8%. It's perfectly balanced and absolutely brilliant.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark. Some head that dissipates to some lacing up the sides. Quite earthy roasted nose to it which is nice to actually smell a stout. Great taste. Oats and malt are very present. Coffe like coco sediment delivers the tastebuds a nice aftertaste. Carbonation not as present as expected, but this is an old bottle so maybe thats why. Complements food well with a clean wash but the alcohol is somewhat obvious. Which isnt always bad I guess. Well done. Woukd buy again. Well balanced.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.3% abv

Appearance- Pours a near black with a two finger oak brown head fast to dissipate. Opaque. Very Viscous.

Smell- Roasted dark chocolate. Roasted coffee beans.

Taste- Freshly roasted coffee first hits the palate, retaining coffee like bitterness early on in the flavor profile. Next comes a layer of dark chocolate with a roasted/smoked quality as well. Finishes sweet with a molasses/syrup flavor carrying along some residual bitterness from the coffee and chocolate undertones.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body, low carbonation but fresh to the palate. Thick.

Overall- A fine stout. A bit lacking in the chocolate flavor considering it says "double chocolate" on the label. This is more of a coffee forward stout. Good after dinner sipping beer....not so sure about breakfast.

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Photo of KingCobra686
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gets overlooked easily when compared to CBS and KBS, but it compared very well against those two when drinking them side by side. The stout flavor in this beer is stronger and more flavorful than many other barrel aged stouts on the market.

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Photo of Zonk
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit thinner than some of the other stouts I enjoy, but aside from that really well made. Rich chocolate flavors more prominent than the oatmeal to me.

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Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of LehighAce06. My first Founders beer. According to the label, it was bottled on October 27, 2014.

Poured into a Jones Radiator nonic pint glass, the pour was a viscous dark brown, and gave up nothing when held up to direct light. Big, creamy mocha-colored head that took it’s time dropping. There was a beer-neglige style band of thin foam around the top of the glass, with spotty and streaky lace scattered about pell-mell.

There was dark roast coffee, mollasses and chocolate in the nose, in that order.

Coffee, chocolate and molasses combine for a deep, velvety smooth embrace of the taste buds. While there is bitterness (60 IBUs worth, per the neck label), it’s more of a coffee bitterness, with hoppy bitterness seemingly way out on the periphery.

Full bodied, with a creamy, coating, velvety mouthfeel.

This is a decadent beer. If available in my neck of the woods, this would be a regular part of the cold weather lineup, and a nice dessert beer just about any time. A long-time want that did not fail to deliver.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/22/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial coffee stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering as usual.

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