Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

3,801 Reviews
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Reviews: 3,801 | Ratings: 16,440
Photo of OpenStoutLover
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Tasty little rascal here. I scored it what I scored it. I did what I did!
My overall question is, what kind of number score do I give for "Feel"?! Do I rate this on how I feel the next day after drinking a shit ton ? How does it feel in my mouth because all stouts feel the same. Please. Help.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very complex and full bodied. Brilliant balance of the common imperial stout/ coffee flavors. Also, great flavor from the cooler serving temperature through to the gradually room temp. warming.

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Photo of jasadewi
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a dark brown and creamy head.
S: Strong coffeeish aroma.
T: Strong balance of chocolate notes, sweetness, and a light coffee bitterness. Aftertase of chocolate as well.
M: Creamy and sticky, but not as thick as I expected.
O: I'm a not a stout person, but this is certainly the best one I've ever had.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a beautiful dark tan head
S: Sweetened coffee and chocolate
T: Plenty of coffee with dark and milk chocolate
F: Insanely smooth with a good heavy body
O: Another great Founder's brew, and one of my favorites at that

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small tan mocha head.
Aroma has cold brewed coffee, cocoa, caramel, little vanilla.
Taste is lots of coffee, caramel, dusty cocoa,

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Photo of Monted9
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts! A close second to Left Hand Nitro. Wish it was available all year,although, I can get it in Florida six +months of the year.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was good. Not my favorite founders (Kentucky aged stout is better), but solid. Founders is my favorite brewing company, and this meet my expectation for a tasty stout.

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Photo of KalCal
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding Breakfast Stout. A great blend of roasted flavor, coffee, and dark chocolate. Simply, one of the best Breakfast style Stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: A dark black beer, decent lacing

S: Rich chocolate notes, hint of coffee, doughy, smell strengthens as it warms

T: A fantastic deep full chocolate flavor, sweet but nothing overpowering, the slightest hint of coffee upfront

F: This is very close to perfection for feel, it's smooth and has a great body. The feel of this beer helps the taste in my opinion with how smooth it is.

O: A great beer that is perfect for a night cap. So smooth and full bodied. A beer that comes highly recommended.

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Photo of BJB13
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/29/16 printed on label.
12 oz. bottle poured into shifter.

Poured thick and dark like black gold, with 2 fingers of lasting, reddish brown, cinnamon colored bubbly head that is quick to build with a swirl of the snifter. Smells and tastes of coffee and chocolate with slight notes of roast and a hint of booze. Moderately bittersweet and well balanced. Finishes clean with semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Mouth feel is full bodied, smooth and creamy with low carbonation. This one lives up to the hype and is great for breakfast! Pairs well with breakfast sandwiches and chocolate covered raised or cake donuts.

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Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, lingering red-brown head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Not as much of a flavor of coffee, but still notes of chocolate, as well as oats. A bit dry, very smooth and full-bodied. Great stout.

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Photo of tmalt
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 9--8-16. This beer is six months old so past its peak quality. Nice head and some lace. Smells like coffee and chocolate.. Taste is still good but has lost half of the chocolate and coffee flavors. The feel is also thinned out a little with excellent carbonation still. Overall I can really enjoy this even though I feel more like I am drinking a coffee ale than the rich stout it was when brewed in September. This stout is best fresh within four or five months.

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Photo of BWood
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: nice head, nice lace.

S: coffee and milk. Some light roast.

T: coffee and bitter chocolate. Slight malty backend. Very good.

F: a little things imo. I know it's a morning beer so a thick motor oil stout would not be the best. But it could have more body.

O: great quality coffee stout. I prefer prairie coffee noir over this. Stronger coffee and a thicker feel. But for the price this is a top notch beer.

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

Drank: 03.02.17
L: Dark cocoa brown color with small head retention. Served in proper glassware - Snifter
S: Highly aromatic with coffee and mocha notes
T: A nice balance between coffee and mocha flavors; not an overpowering taste of coffee, which was a pleasant surprise
F: Incredible mouthfeel. No harsh flavors, smooth, with creamy aftertaste.
O: I highly enjoyed this beer. It's been one the the first great tasting stouts I've had since Left Hand Brewery's Nitro Milk Stout. I will definitely be buying this beer again.

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

Bottle 12 ounce, poured to pint glass
Appearance: black liquid, brown foam that disappears slowly
Aroma: scent smell of malt, boozy on the drink, very good
Taste: very good to excellent, medium bitterness
Mouth feel: creamy, good carbonation, long follow through, no sudden drops, a bit sticky, long sweet bitter aftertaste
Overall: excellent scotch ale, very good beer repeat: yes look for: yes BA RB
Drank: February 27, 2017 6:30 PM

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Photo of DallasK
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 09/08/16. Head doesn't last forever, as the bottle says lol. Smells of chocolate, coffee. Nose is very sweet. Reminds me of lactose/milk stout sweet. Chocolate, coffee, roasty. What more is to say, the beer is well known for a reason. Like a more affordable Trinity chocolate river.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vice dark appearance. Little head. Definite coffee aroma. Coffee taste is not the best I have ever had. A little thin for a stout. No alcohol taste.

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Photo of SSS
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Strong black colour with a moka brown head that lingers
S-Aroma of coffee and chocolate with vanilla and caramel undertones
M-Thick and viscous and heavy, carbonation is low and obedient
T-Sweet and rich upfront with a coffee and dark chocolate bitterness that balances things out. The bitterness remains as an aftertaste, like fldribking that morning cup of Joe...
O-Amazing brew.

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Photo of mkh012
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle aged roughly 2 years, not at the ideal temperature unfortunately (40ish degrees).

A thick, near-black pour with a finger of tan head.

Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and cherry.

Taste and feel, though, I have to say, I've always felt that this beer falls a bit short of exceptional. This is my third time trying it, and I'm now a daily coffee drinker who can appreciate something bitter, but I think this is almost singularly bitter mid-palate. I say mid-palate because it actually finishes fairly smooth. The finish is when the raisin, cherry, and bakers chocolate come through. But it opens a touch overally carbonated and one note.

Overall, definitely good but not as creamy or soft as I tend to like my stouts. To be fair, 2 years of age may not have been a good thing for this beer.

Gimme some Mocha Marlin or a Lagunitas Cappuccino.

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Photo of Bubhaus
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great bear, it looks great. dark just the way it should be. smells wonderful and tastes even better. It is so smooth and you can really taste all the hints that they say. i really smell the coffee but am happy that i do not taste it all that much.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a deep chocolate brown with a khaki colored, 1 finger, soapy head and pleasant lacing
S: a deep roasty aroma dominates along with a strong coffee backbone
T: Immediate coffee and a smooth sweetness followed by a pleasant bite and hints of chocolate
M: medium, a bit dry
O: what's amazing about this beer is how drinkable it is, but outside of that what can I say about this beer that has not already been said, its rich and wonderful, indeed; a classic

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with a creamy, tan head. Streak lacing. The aroma is faint. Coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is rich and full. The blend of coffees and toasted malt, with chocolate notes. Smooth and sweet. An excellent beer.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok it pours as dark as motor oil with a deep tan head. It smells and taste of coffee (a STRONG black coffee). It has a smooth swallow but a deep throat aftertaste. For as much as this beer is hyped it is not better than Guinness.

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Photo of swimmatt
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pure black on the pour. One finger head. Not as much on the smell as I was expecting. More subtle, which is fine. Taste does not disappoint for a double chocolate stout. You're not going to sit down and have several, but great for a single beer. The initial taste is smooth for a strong beer with that kind of ABV. Aftertaste sticks around for awhile and is really pleasant.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black pour with a short tan head. Not too much carbonation.
S: Bitter chocolate odor but only slightly.
T: A combination of chocolate and coffee flavors this beverage. A little bit boozy tasting but not overwhelming.
F: Goes down smooth for a strong beer. Not too much carbonation.
O: I give this beer an above average rating. It stands out amongst other readily available stouts.

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