Breakfast Stout
Founders Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
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Ranked #89
4.55 | pDev: 8.79%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout
Notes: The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

60 IBU
Reviews: 4,027 | Ratings: 17,571 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PathofChaos
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A burgeoning bouquet of mocha foam blooms to the surface of this jet black beer. Like a display of fireworks, the head bursts over night-sky blackness, then dissipates until it vanishes, leaving fragments of speckled lacing that drift down and disappear as the drink finishes.

Roasted caramel coffee beans, Belgian milk chocolate, and bittersweet toffee make for an astonishing introduction of aromatics.

Cloud-like smoothness drifts around the palate, enveloping it in a cozy, pillowy medium body. A low-volume lullaby of carbonation hums gently under the tongue and lingers not a second after the stout washes down.

Milk chocolate cookie dunked in espresso, then adorned with alternating layers of fluffy vanilla mousse and creamy bread pudding. Inundated with chocolate throughout: deep cocoa nibs upfront, an intermittent nibble of dark chocolate chips phases in and out at the midpoint, then dusting of cocoa powder sneaks in during the aftertaste. It's like biting into a forkful of Tiramisu, substituting the mascarpone and rum for a brimful bounty of gourmet chocolates.

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Photo of ClareQuilty
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer for nights spent snowed in. Or just cold nights. Not too sweet and not too bitter. Really nice in-between for a stronger stout. Easily session-able, pairs well with strong pasta dishes (spinach and mushroom penne) despite what a beer expert might say.

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Photo of defunksta
4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color with an ashen, cinnamon, medium-colored tan head that is surprisingly small in size. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dark roast coffee w/ cinnamon spice upfront. Some hints of dark Belgian chocolate jump in the mix to make it evolve into a mocha type of aroma in the middle. A slight cream and oat aromas on the back end to round out the aroma and make it smooth. (4.00

Flavor: Huge, complex flavors upfront of espresso, tiramisu, bread pudding, and chocolate cake. Hard to pin down exactly. There's some dark molasses malts mixed with coffee and dark chocolate with some spices to give it an incredibly complex flavor. Overall similar to the nose, it start with a strong roasted coffee flavor, followed by an evolution into a mocha and dark chocolate cake middle that is decently bitter. Then oatmeal and dark chocolate cake and roastienss to balance out the chocolate and actually finishes dryer than I expected. (4.50)

Feel: Medium bodied. Lighter than I expected. A strong alcohol bite in the middle. Moderate carbonation. Finishes roasty and much cleaner than I expected. (4.25)

Overall: My first attempt at this World-Class beer. The appearance was underwhelming. The aromas were nice and strong, but nothing too special. The flavor is where it's unique. Complex blend of unique flavors and spices. And then much dryer and cleaner than I expected. Not a sugar bomb to my pleasant surprise. Huge flavors and roasted complexity make it a sipper, but thankfully it's actually rather clean and relatively dry. My first one, but I'm beginning to see the hype here. (Final Rating: 4.26)

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Photo of psjoyal
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After having been fortunate enough to try Founders KBS on draft, I knew I had to give the Breakfast Stout a try when I saw it in our local Albertson's market. Paid $9.99 + tax for a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles. Poured into a pint glass. It is truly delicious, and a fine example of an American Imperial Stout. Very worthy of it's high acclaim!
L-Deep, dark brown color, completely opaque with a heavy, creamy head after an aggressive pour. Heavy lacing lines my glass as the level recedes, and a slight head remains for the duration.
S-Pure heaven! A chocolate dessert in liquid form. Malt, chocolate, and a nice, mild coffee aroma.
T-Again, absolute dessert! Roasted malty goodness with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, not quite sweet like molasses, but very rich in flavor.
F-Full mouth-feel, like flavorful heavy cream. Moderately effervescent.
O-A pure pleasure to my palate!

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Photo of MackT
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard & read of Founders Breakfast Stout for some time, all comments were positive, and rightly so. Poured dark, as a good stout should. Nice looking head obtained with a fairly aggressive pour. Smell is predominately coffee/chocolate. Sampled at a moderate temperature, slightly cooler than room, in a snifter. Taste is slightly bitter coffee with semi-sweet chocolate close behind. Mouthfeel is not as smooth as I would like though. Aftertaste is a lingering coffee/chocolate, very nice. Founders has hit the bullseye with this offering. Would, and certainly will, buy this again, and again.

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Photo of cuttysark
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite stout. Great pour and head. Smell the coffee! Not too strong but packs a punch. Taste is perfect. If you like stouts and like coffee, this is a must. Great after dinner beer! In my opinion Founders variety of stouts is number one. Breakfast Stout, KBS, CBS, Imperial Stout are all great.

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Photo of Brook82
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not only is this stout a home run, it's a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth of game 7 in the World Series. I'll defer to others with a more sophisticated palate to describe, but will say the look is brown/ black with full off white/ tan head that lingered with some lacing. Coffee leading taste and well balanced feel. Rich, smooth texture, tops in every aspect. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into a Spieglau stout glass, massive,mocha/cinnamon colored, creamy 4 finger head. Picking up some mild booze,coffee,some mild cocoa,new leather. Taste coffee,chocolate,mild bitterness, Feels creamy and smooth with a mild body. It has the decadent creaminess only oats can deliver. Finishes juicy. Overall delicious. I re-rated this because my score was low and I have had it numerous times and considered it world class. That is why I was compelled to do it over.

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Photo of Duendito
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is one real stout, rich coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate and very slight alcoholic after flavor, better than most stouts around, is a complex beer, that's for those days you don't want to drink but want to feel the booze let's say just PERFECT

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Photo of SportyCalvin
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I buy the 4 pack from HEB, it's around $9.00. Worth every penny, plus the baby on the front makes it seem like you aren't about to get lit drinking these, but you will.

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Photo of entheos
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This needs to be sipped and savored in the morning with a light breakfast meal. A cup of coffee never tasted this good! This is one of the best coffee brews made!

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Photo of irs
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

nice opacity, deep deep dark brown letting through just a tiny bit of light. foam is minimal, quickly dissipating to nearly no lacing. Smell is sweet chocolate, wine and licorice.
taste is winy, and sweet, chocolate flavored and ending with distinct and lasting bitterness. mouthfeel is lighter than I'd like.

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Photo of stoumi
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout pours a dark, oil black with a small creamy tan head. The smell is deep, dark, complex and roasted coffee with chocolate and molasses with a hint of vanilla. The taste is big and bold over the palette with a strong coffee note with a hint of sweetness from the chocolate and oatmeal. Superb mouthfeel, nice thickness, a well defined stout.

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Photo of PopEyeFromMN
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my second favorite beer of all time. Rich and flavorful. Silky on the tongue. Notes of Chocolate and Coffee. I have no words for how much I love this beer. It used to be expensive but now it is reasonable. So good. Buy it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of huthuty
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy black as night batman, very very dark, copper head that had to be coaxed a little
Aroma is tons of chocolate, maybe a mocha type situation
Taste is also mostly chocolate to me, tons and tons of chocolate, with a slight tanginess (often found in dark chocolate)
Overall the reputation is deserved

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Photo of KABBY05
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth stout with a great taste of coffee, chocolate and oat. It is exactly what it says with a stronger ABV of 8.3. If you like stouts, this is a must try but drink in moderation and enjoy the taste and aroma!

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Photo of mogulskier
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is simply incredible. Layers of chocolate over coffee, or coffee over chocolate. I can't tell, But whatever it is, it is just about perfect. Excellent mouthfeel and goes down oh so smooth. The roasted malts I think bind it all together.

Best part is that it is not cloying or overly sweet. The chocolate is the darker variety which I like anyways. You can tell the quality of ingredients is there.

A near perfect stout. I get the hype. Well deserved.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.12/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak and Stone in a tulip sampler glass. Pours dark as dark can be and tastes the same. Layers of chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. No overly sweet attempts to hide what this is. If you don't like this beer, then you don't like stouts.

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Photo of JWFRISCH67
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep, dark brown, almost black in appearance. Creamy tan head.

Nose is big chocolate up front with roasted malt and coffee. Brilliant.

Creamy, full mouthfeel that follows the nose...chocolate, malty, coffee, very slight bitterness. Deserving of world class status.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: deep tar brown
S: malt, chocolate, coffee
T: chocolate, coffee, smokey, bittersweet like a good dark chocolat
F: full bodied
O: pretty fantastic, lovely beer!

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Photo of sueriffe
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slight bitter with a very smooth finish. Very nice chocolate coffee beer! The first taste was surprisingly sweet. Would love to find this in Boulder Colorado.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a customer taster pint; bottled 8/29/19.
A: Pours a black color with about a one finger, light brown head, more than rim retention, and camouflage shaped lacing. Tiny bubbles appreciable.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate, lactose, honey, molasses, plum, and dark roasted coffee.
T: Semisweet than sweet. Flavors follow the nose and work together well, but are enhanced and offset by licorice, star anise, and white pepper. Bitterness solid and provides strong counterpoise to the sweetness.
M: Full bodied with moderate effervescence.
O: Picked this up at the Founders Brewing Company. Reminded me of a blend of breakfast stout and a foreign extra. Just delicious.

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Photo of Specialmick
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look Amazingly rich black with a tan head
Smell Aromas of dark chocolate with aromas of almost bourbon
Taste Rich , full, bitter, and chocolaty. coffee bitterness with a dry sweet finish. Molasses
Feel A full thick full feeling with a thinner finish than expecting
Overall An excellent oatmeal stout that is reminiscent of my first stouts of Sammy Smith ...with a little more of a kick
Very good absolutely worth every penny

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Photo of klarcbarr3
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founders Breakfast Stout is everything you could want in a Coffee Stout. The beer pours dark, rich, and creamy. The head is deep tan, foamy, and substantial. The feel is thick and satisfying. The taste is fabulous.. a strong, substantial top grade coffee balanced with luscious chocolate makes a bold statement. It is the finest beer I have ever tasted from a 12 ounce bottle. It is impossible to overstate how good this beer is. It is a world class production, and a gift from the gods. Founders Brewery performs a public service, bestowing this magnificent brew upon the masses. I keep it all year.. I make sure I never run out of this treasure.

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Photo of SB2017
4.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good color, no head. Clean and balanced with an extremely creamy texture and a strong coffee flavor. Overall a great, rich breakfast stout with wonderful hop balance.

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