Breakfast Stout
Founders Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #25
Ranked #91
4.55 | pDev: 9.01%
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 two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

60 IBU
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Reviews: 4,000 | Ratings: 17,455
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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Photo of beards4thewin
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing stout from Founders. The look is jet black, beautiful caramel toffee head, slowly dissipates. Rich, creamy, full bodied stout that has a great balance of malts, chocolate and coffee. It's a beautiful stout that would be perfect for a cool fall or winter night next to the campfire or on the patio. The Excellent coffee and chocolate notes. Pours very dark with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Thick, rich mouthfeel, decadent almost dessert like. This is one of the best coffee stouts you’ll find anywhere. at 8.3 ABV it's well balanced and the alcohol is balanced and hidden well with the taste. I found that if you let it warm a little it really brings out the flavors and character of this beer. Very good and I highly recommend. Cheers!

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Photo of FrMatthewLC
3.87/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stout should pour with a strong head but this have me no head. A nice flavor with a good mix of hops, coffee, & chocolate, however, not a taste that is so exceptional like would appear from prior ratings.

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Photo of Sgt_1991
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finest of the local package stores and priced accordingly. Very strong aroma of coffee grains and strong dark chocolate. Pitch black brew. Fine beer. Few are as good as this. I try to get a 4 pack every now and then to mix in with my daily drivers. KBS also very good from Founders. Both are excellent. High ABV though. Keep it to a few

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Photo of cwm51662
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking over all the "wow"s in the reviews and wondering if it was good as advertised- and it was! Definitely a top dog among the coffee-flavored brews I've tried. Maybe a little too good, it's going down awfully fast... no hint of light comes through the black, and first sniff tells you about the taste.

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Photo of CodyBasden
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark souls black with a caramel colored fluffy head, nice roast smell no chocolate smell, awesome chocolate hit with a little sweetness and a finish of bitterness, nice full body with light carbonation

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Photo of stoutman
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's delicious. Jet black in color, nice mouthfeel for a stout... syrupy and thick. Aroma is earthy, plenty of coffee, vanilla and malt present which carries through to the taste buds as well, zero hop, plenty of spice, mild bitterness and well restrained sweetness. It's complex but most of all, well balanced. My rating grade is just a shade under the CBS and KBS that Founders is well known for.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Smells of coffee, very strongly. Tastes of coffee with slight chocolate, very creamy. Beer is full bodied yet easier to drink than it should be, decent carbonation. Overall, a superb beer.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black with some brown hues. Big, creamy brown head.
Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon. Dark fruit (figs, raisins).
Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells. Coffee, caramel, toffee, raisin/grape, and dark chocolate. Dark fruit aftertaste with a hint of smoke.
Feel: Thick, creamy. Low carbonation.
Overall: Wow, this is a great beer. It's so good that it's hard to figure out which rating to give. Highly recommended!

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

Wow. Just amazing. I try not to throw the word "perfect" or "masterpiece" around liberally, because the overuse of those words definitely diminish the value of its description, but this is honestly one of those few exceptions I must allow.

This beer has everything. Rich, balanced-bitterness, dark, delicious, with a nice delectable coffee overtone throughout. This is honestly a treat. The beer's title certainly makes sense to me, because it's so pleasing and coffee-augmented that I could truly have it for breakfast (if it weren't for the 8% ABV at least).

For anyone who enjoys stouts, or just beer in general at this point, this is ABSOLUTELY a must-have. My only regret is that I hadn't tried it sooner.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/19/18. Coffee, chocolate,
heavy cream, smoked wood, oats, caramel, tobacco. Sweet, full spectrum aromatics. Im picking up mostly espresso, dark chocolate, smoked oak on the tastebuds, hints of burnt sugar, with a bittersweet, chalky, dry finish.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, excellent lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, chocolate. Smells wonderful!

T: Chocolate, coffee, sweet on the front end, some bitterness on the back end. Nice and balanced.

F: Medium bodied, quite smooth.

O: Very good stout, somewhere in the verge between stout and imperial stout.

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Photo of SuperSathanas
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost completely black but with very slight brown. Hits the nose with a lot of coffee, but noticeable chocolate. The taste wasn't what I expected. It's labeled as double chocolate, but the coffee taste comes out on top. Not necessarily a complaint. The chocolate is mainly in the aftertaste. Bitter, but not horribly so. The feel is a little thinner than I'd like, but thick enough to satisfy. Overall very good. For my tastes, it's easy drinking, but this style of beer is right up my alley. If you're used to lighter beers you'll want to sip and savor.

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Photo of octortus
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL Bottle. ABV 8.3%.
Appearance: Dark brown-black, Under a finger of dark toffee head, Inviting like a rich dessert or coffee, Head dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Lovely roasted malts, Coffee, Dark chocolate, Slight smoke, Slight molasses.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, Thinner than expected, Lingering bitterness, Alcohol warmth.
Flavour: Coffee beans, Bitter dark chocolate, Roasted malts.
Overall: Fantastic stout, which is heavy on the coffee. I will definitely enjoy this again. I'd love some more chewiness and body but this still remains a robust offering.

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Photo of LBThiele3382
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Genesis of KBS and CBS. How could it be bad? Just as advertised, you get the coffee and chocolate. Dark, delicious and some hops balls too. Founders is so bad-ass for a reason! Thumbs up!!

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Photo of DeuilEtoiles
3.59/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is going to be a great beer!

Oh. 60 IBU Stout. A good beer. Way too bitter to really appreciate the excellent flavors buried by the hops.

Some day, when the herd gets past the inexplicable “brew as many ridiculously bitter beers as possible” trend, a beer like this will truly be world class.

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Photo of stonebits
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For a 12+% beer, I didn’t find it boozy. The strongly predominant flavor is that of a very good dark chocolate. A bit too “one note” for my taste, the chocolate overwhelmed anything else

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Photo of briandgilbert
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hmm this stout is excellent for the price, four pack for $10. Great taste, coffee, oatmeal and chocolate mold together nicely! May even taste better than the KBS! Founders CBS is good as well but the difference is not much! This is a winner brew!!

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Photo of Smooth_Hoperator_13
3.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A bitter stoudt that is a little off balance tilted towards hop and not enough malt. Good beer not great and thats why I rate it below a 4 threshold. Ages well. Better off going with KBS or CBS or Sumutra Ale that I rank all much higher.

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Photo of Yegg
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Looks...I'm excited when I see beers this dark
Smell...a lot of coffee, some chocolate, and grain maybe but all good
Taste...Mostly what I expected, Creamy, a good bit of coffee, some chocolate, some oats maybe, bitter but a perfect bitter !
Feel... creamy and smooth but with a bite
Overall...Distinctive, terrific and bold flavor

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Photo of bgillespie
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin tan head.

Smell: It smells exactly like coffee

Taste: A lot of coffee, chocolate, pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: I do not like coffee and generally do not like coffee beers, but this is an exception.

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Photo of N2BREW
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite! all day drinkable, deep and complex coffee and chocolate flavor in a thick heavy bodied refreshment that goes down with ease. I have found that this beer tastes much better around. 50 - 55 degrees and gets more complexity the warmer it gets home to room temperature.

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Photo of kirksisters
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a very nice, chocolaty smooth,nice dry crisp finish. It goes very well with brisket and eggs for breakfast. Nice creamy head, Smooth lacing and very well balanced taste

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Photo of Coniferocious
2.8/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Wow, I haven't been this disappointed in a long time. The reviews on this beer are fantastic (though some complain of a strong coffee taste), and I'm NOT a picky person generally. I looked up serving temp and sampled it from 55F to 70F. At every single sip along the temperature continuum, I was greeted with a strong metallic aftertaste. Yuck! I drank 4 of the 12oz and poured the rest down the drain. Bottled on "01-16-2019." Bad batch?

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Photo of PMakowski
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - very dark almost black as expected. Medium foam head slowly fades, some excellent glass lacing
Smell - Mocha, lots of chocolate and coffee. A bit of caramel and grain.
Taste - Very bitter chocolate and hops. Creamy coffee and oats. Slight metallic flavor like cherries. It has a full profile, I personally don't think it goes down easy because it is filling. Carbonation is medium. A bit of alcohol warmth. I would like even more coffee flavor.

Overall, it's very good, bold flavor stout. It really is a great morning brew and i would like to try it a few more times to get a consistent idea of what it is. Grade is an A

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