Breakfast Stout
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #3
Ranked #160
4.51 | pDev: 9.09%
Yesterday at 11:26 PM
Jul 27, 2003
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
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4.68 by Beecham from California on Yesterday at 05:56 AM
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by sglooney316 from Texas

My go to oatmeal stout. Simply amazing.

May 04, 2022
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4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

I have chased KBS and CBS for a year now. If I had know how good this beer was, I would have been buying it up instead! Lower ABV, but all of the taste and feel of either of those. A little less complexity, but this is a great beer!

Apr 26, 2022
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by shu from Georgia

Nothing to add. I am a fan of stouts and this one has zero downsides. Outstanding.

Apr 23, 2022
5 by Karren from New Jersey on Apr 15, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle
Glass: snifter
Serving Temp: room temperature (approx 71 F)

Look: Black with huge 2.5-finger khaki head that pretty much fills out the snifter. The head dissipates slowly to leave a slight but consistent khaki coating. Lacing is all the way down the glass.

Smell: Dark-roasted Columbian coffee with a large dose of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Pretty much the same as it smells. Coffee. Lots of coffee. With notes of bittersweet chocolate and some earthy bitterness. The coffee and earthiness linger into the aftertaste. The alcohol is not noticed.

Feel: Creamy and smooth with medium body.

Overall: A fantastic stout that has been one of my favorites since I first had it back in 2013 or 2014. I try to keep a couple on hand at all times. This one is a bit more bitter than I remember, but that's likely because this is the freshest Breakfast Stout that I have had in a while. I have mostly been having them at 1+ years old. At that age, the chocolate takes center stage and the coffee is the supporting act.

Mar 20, 2022
4.56 by Burgy from Minnesota on Feb 22, 2022
4.48 by Vapory on Feb 21, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark brown / black pour with bubbly, creamy, toffee colored lacing.

S - Big chocolate and coffee roast aroma along with some char.

T - Follows the nose to a "T". Coffee roast and chooclate char dominate this beer from start to finish along with some coffee bean and Espresso underneath. Ends with a lingering chocolate coffee char on the back side with some toast cocoa popping up at the very back end.

M - Big medium to full body with just a slight bit of thinness around the edges.

O - This beer continues to be fantastic, not sure what took me so long to review this after drinking it for years. (As I scratch my head.)

Feb 17, 2022
4.29 by Dgman8053 from New York on Feb 13, 2022
4.85 by jschurter from Georgia on Jan 29, 2022
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3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Perioddicals from Texas

L - June 2021 batch poured in January 2022 from a bottle into a standard pint glass at roughly 50- 55 degrees. 3/4ths of a finger light tan head. The beer is extremely dark and opaque. The head leaves a nice lacing that lasts for longer than most.

S - Disclaimer. I actively dislike coffee. (Yes, even the smell.) This beer hits with coffee up front, but I knew that going into it and wanted to try a well-regarded beer anyway. Then I get a dark bitter chocolate. There are some oats in there, and finally just a general roast smell.

T - Coffee is first, with some bitter dark chocolate next. I get a hint of a cola flavor. Interestingly enough, the coffee fades and the flavors just smooth out into each other. Then there's a small coffee finish. Absolutely not hoppy bitterness. The only bitter flavor is from the coffee/cocoa flavor. There is a little roastiness in the finish as well.

F - This is a medium feel, but a little thinner than expected from such a dark beer. Decent carbonation. Actually, there is a nice mild fizz in there. Exquisitely smooth.

O - Again, in all honestly, I don't like coffee one bit. The smell, the taste, all of it. But after the initial coffee hit, this was a great beer with balanced flavors. I don't see myself seeking this out in the future, but I'm glad I tried it, and I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it to any coffee-loving friends in the future.

Jan 18, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by TheMatts

There is a time and a place for this beer. It is fantastic though. Higher ABV and you can taste that. Jet black color, with a short mocha colored head. Coffee, dark chocolate, and oatmeal flavors, maybe even some slight slight notes of turmeric. Had some bitterness. You have to be in the mood for this beer, but it sure is quality that’s for sure.

Jan 18, 2022
4.37 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Christianriveraaa

Look: dark black color with a thick one inch foam at the surface.
Smell: Getting a lot of roasty chocolate, coffee notes. Smelling really good!
Taste: huge chocolate taste followed by coffee. The end is roasty, and dry with a smooth finish. Wow!!!!! This stout is THE BEST stout I've ever had being so smooth, rich of chocolate - not to sweet but just enough. Maybe even big notes of cocoa now that I think about it.
Feel: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation on the tongue.
OVerall: Definitely going to be buying this at least once a month. This has upgraded and became my favorite beer of all time!!!

Jan 16, 2022
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Knoght5191 from Pennsylvania

For a non barrel aged beer this one is incredible. The best best barrel aged beer I had so far was tweak from Avery brewing. Surely Tweak is better than this beer but that is because it was aged in Bourbon barrels and it costs a lot more. But still, these two beers are similar in many ways on how it coats your mouth and the taste lingering long after even a small sip. I can’t believe this is just a stout. Absolutely incredible!

Jan 13, 2022
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jan 12, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Reef from South Carolina

12 oz. bottle dated 12/3/21 enjoyed in a nonic tumbler

Pours opaque ebony with one finger tan head. Full curtain lacing and surface cap.
Coffee, chocolate, light roast malt aromas.
Coffee, cocoa, light hop fruitiness, cinnamon flavors .
Smooth full mouthfeel, no alcohol heat, light sweet fruit aftertaste. Flavors bloom slightly as the glass warms.
Ticks all the boxes for a coffee stout.

Jan 09, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by AcidCatfish

I was itching to try a good stout recently. I heard that Founders Breakfast Stout was fantastic. I decided to give it a shot.

Poured from the bottle into a wide-mouth tulip.

Looks - Like coffee. Medium roast cold-brew is very much what this looks like. Has a light brown head, very creamy and soft looking. Nice and thick

Smell - Like various coffee roasts, dried fruits (stone fruits, cherries), and a lighter dark cocoa scent come through.

Taste - A bit underwhelming, I'll say. It isn't bad...but it comes through with a strong coffee flavor..however, it is more in line with the after-taste of coffee which comes across as more bitter than I'd want. Some dried fruits come through as well which is more enjoyable before cascading into deep dark chocolate that is almost exactly like eating a 100% cocoa chocolate bar. A bit of alcohol burn on the finish that isn't too strong and easy to miss. Some spiciness in the beer as well that is hard to place.

Feel - Thick, creamy, smooth. A very nice mouthfeel.

Overall, I think I expected more than I got from this. While it was good, I was missing some more hutzpa to this. I appreciated the cocoa, but I think the coffee notes were too bitter and didn't pair well with the already bitter cocoa. The mouthfeel was absolutely spectacular though. I have three more bottles of this and I will try this brew in a proper stout glass next to see if the taste improves. I'm also not too much of a fan of oatmeal mash brew. I've always been underwhelmed when trying beers brewed with oatmeal, so this could be the culprit. I did enjoy it thoroughly though!

Jan 07, 2022
4.41 by foundersasap from Michigan on Dec 23, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Florida-man

One of the if not the best stouts ever made.

Dec 14, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Finally got to taste this (kosher reasons.)

Very good. Reasonably priced. Hint of chocolate. ABV well hidden.

Worth having.

Dec 12, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BrewMaven from New York

What can I say that hasn't been said? Near black pour with thin mocha head. Not much lacing. Smell is roasty toasty malt. Coffee flavors throughout the sips from start to finish. Medium viscosity and very mild carbonation. It's really good...Really good.

Dec 10, 2021
4.79 by Mattbrollins22 from South Carolina on Dec 08, 2021
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Pours a thick long lasting foan that caps a most black stout.
Medium carbonation.
Toasted cocoa and coffee beans notes, with prevalent charred grains flavors.
Heavy on the palate.
Sweet and bitter aftertaste.
Pairs wonderfully with meat pies, game or red meat roasts and of course with a German Chocolate Cake.

Nov 30, 2021
4.4 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Nov 24, 2021
3.94 by RichardOrmiston from North Carolina on Nov 24, 2021
4.56 by bosgod6 from Virginia on Nov 24, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

Pours jet black with a thin tan head that rapidly evaporates - contrary to the back label description.
Nose is French roast coffee that almost completely overpowers the roast malt and dark chocolate beneath. Hints of fig and crushed walnut.
Palate follows with burnt coffee dominating. Grahm cracker, maple, dark chocolate and nutmeg.
Medium mouthfeel and creaminess imparted by the oatmeal.
Way too much coffee for my palate, dominates the beer and lends an unpleasant bitterness from the dark roast. Not a balanced or integrated brew.

Nov 23, 2021
4.63 by Resistance88 from California on Nov 16, 2021
4.38 by Jakepitbull from New York on Nov 14, 2021
Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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