Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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14,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 14,405
Reviews: 3,599
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,622
Gots: 4,407 | FT: 227
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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Ratings: 14,405 | Reviews: 3,599
Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured nearly black, which is always a good sign for stouts. The head lingered for a while before dissipating. Taste was immediately chocolate and coffee, bitter coffee and espresso notes blended perfectly with the sweet chocolate and oats. The oatmeal taste and feel was slightly delayed but the aftertaste was one of mild alcohol acidity and delicious balanced oats. The feel was not unlike most stouts I've experienced, nice and smooth, not overly carbonated. Very refreshing even on a warm summer day. Overall I highly recommend this beer whether you like stouts or not. It's easily in the top five best stouts I've had in my life. I would and will drink it again. A near perfect brew.

Photo of Adamanton
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate and dark coffee with moderate stout bitterness. Good stuff.

Photo of elgato31
3.54/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Breakfast in a bottle. Very tasty. But very dark

Photo of madelfonatree
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Little to no head after aggressive pour from a September 2014 poured June 2015. Black, oily body. What head was there is tan. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Sweeter than I remember. Belgian almost. Coffee. Chocolate. Milk shake.

Taste - Tobacco. Dirty. Dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Faint Belgian stout taste. Smooth. I feel the alcohol, but don't taste it.

Feel - Medium. Not heavy at all. Not too creamy but isn't watery.

Overall - I really don't come by too many stouts that taste like this. Heavy dirty tobacco/dark chocolate. Decided to have a Founders night with Devil Dancer.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a malty and boozey beer. Breakfast Stout is roasty and very smooth with coffee, dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla notes to back it up.

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with nice tan head.
S: Coffee and chocolate, but not overwhelming
T: Big coffee and chocolate. Perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Smooth, easy drinking and very delicious. Truly top notch.
F: Coats my mouth fairly well and very smooth.
O: It's delicious, easy to find, and reasonable priced. A staple every single year I look forward to.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, opaque, 1 inch brown head, good lacing down the glass as I drink

S: Coffee, chocolate, I also get an alcohol smell and maybe some hops

T: Same as smell, coffee, chocolate, a little boziness, a bit more bitter than I expected

M: Full mouthfeel, I also get a little heat in the back of the throat from the 8.3% abv

O: A really good stout. Not my favorite but definitely a world class beer.

Photo of Vinnygny
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Stout I have ever had. A must try.

Photo of UTPharm2012
3/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very solid beer, easy to drink, and I like stouts but the taste is not my style. I see why everyone likes it but not for me.

Photo of kitch
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 355ml bottle with a best by date of 7th August 2015 and poured into a snifter glass.

A: It poured a deep dark brown to black colour with a very thin caramel head that disappears quickly. There is also some light spotty lacing.
S: Strong roast coffee aromas with bittersweet chocolate along with a little root beer, toffee and caramel.
T: Amazing taste. First thought was that it tasted like biting into freshly roasted coffee beans… so good! It was then followed by bittersweet chocolate and hints of bitter hops.
M: Medium bodied, silky smooth with light carbonation.
O: This was really good and over the last few years my favourite non BA coffee based stout. Each year I buy at least a case of this just for myself to enjoy over the winter and over the course of the year until the next yearly batch is brewed.

Photo of captainkrad
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Always good... Will never grow tired of this beer...

Photo of mlockman
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this long after bottling, so perhaps that's why I wasn't so in love.

Photo of MA_hops
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you can't beat the best...drink the best! FBS is a classic! Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla mixed together in both aroma and taste puts FBS in the upper echelon of stouts!

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I actually was quite disappointed, however still a good beer. It was much thinner and less complex. I have had many better.

Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a delight. Strong coffee flavor, drinks smooth, aftertaste just makes you want to drink more.

Photo of GrinkoN
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-Very Dark
-No head

-Slight chocolate
-Slight coffee

-Dark Coffee
-sweet back end

Mouth Feel:

Photo of ohbeer89
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with subtle mahogany tones with a thin tan head which dissipates completely within a minute or two. Mostly coffee on the nose, a darker roast that's been cold brewed. Some faint malt characteristics and bittersweet chocolate. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate with some coffee undertones. Medium body. This one just gets more and more chocolatey and chewy and malty as it warms. Some graham cracker notes (from the oats?) as you exhale through your nose. Those 60 IBUs keep everything in its place , as well as the coffee notes. Overall FBS is the imperial stout by which I judge all other imperial stouts. An excellent example that sits right in the middle of the style.

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer from Founders. Seasonal and I look forward to getting some when it's time

Photo of Mone1000
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Hate to say this but I found a store that wanted to clear out this beer. Bottled in Nov of 14. May of 15 now. Bought 8 cases (24 pack) for $15 a case. Thank u god!

Photo of tjk135
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best readily available double stout out there. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor, chewy - it has it all.

Photo of WSchooley
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best in class coffee stout.

Photo of fscottkey
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.50] Pours a dark brown to black. The pour forms a thin khaki head that is gone very quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (8.3%) and the bottled date in bright yellow 10/20/2014.

S: [4.75] Rich strong black coffee. The nose smells just like cold coffee no other scents that I can detect.

T: [4.25] The taste is more complex than the nose. There is the strong coffee flavor - but there are also other notes in there. The bottle lists 60 IBU and I got some hop presence in the midpalate.

M: [4.50] Slightly elevated carbonation. The body is full. There is a little dryness on the finish due to the hops and the bitter coffee flavor.

O: [4.50] This was my first wow beer (I have just never rated it). I have a lot of sentimental attachment to this one - but I will try to be impartial. The beer looks nice in the glass and leave some arcing lacing. The nose is a great coffee scent that opens as it warms. The taste is great and the body is full and chewy. I really love this beer.

Photo of CNP
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always love founder's stout. The rich chocolate flavor had always been my favorite.

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its a better than average stout, certainly. I dont see the perfect rating but hey, I liked it.

Photo of martinimike82
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily accessible and drinkable. Perfect with a stack of french toast.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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