Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
16,530
Reviews:
3,811
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,863
Gots:
6,237
For Trade:
237
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Ratings: 16,530 |  Reviews: 3,811
Photo of wmardis
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Atatum
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heavy coffee and chocolate nose. The flavors are so full that it is like having a month full of chocolate covered espresso beans packed in your mouth. Very thick and velvety! This is an incredibly sumptuous brew. There is a bit of booze in the back end but it absolutely goes along with the flavors in the beer. Top five favorite beer.

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Photo of thoughton
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts on the market. High ABV with no evidence in the taste.

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Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a truly amazing beer!
A -almost like motor oil , kind of shiny.
S - coffee beans , burnt coffee beans ,cocoa powder , and have I mentioned coffee??
T -coffee , malty , cocoa , molasses , with a great finish of bitter from the 60 ibu's.
M -very smooth ,not too oily or cloying. complex. coffee up front ,malty type goodness and bitter hops finish it off. well crafted.

O- THIS BEER IS EXCEPTIONAL! EASY TO DRINK ,AND GREAT IN THE A.M.!

purchased at total wine in Naples, Fl. for 65$ a case.

hope it comes backs one more time this year.

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Photo of gdiddy
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell both some hops, but the aroma is dominated by coffee and some roasted malts. Comparing this to Founder's Imperial Stout, it has less of an alcohol aroma, more coffee, and sweetness.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is a strong coffee influence with some sweetness from the malts and balanced with a little hops. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The balance between the flavors is great. Comparing this to Founder's Imperial Stout, it has a stronger coffee flavor, less bite from the hops, and sweetness from the oats.

Mouth-feel: This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter. Not quite as strong or powerful as Founder's Imperial Stout.

This is one of the best breakfast stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a bold stout with coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it. One of my favorites, and a nice contrast to Founder's Imperial Stout.

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Photo of NMA
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of atuggle
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Grant9
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of joekriii
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is an opaque pitch black, with a two finger thick brown head. Aromas consist of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors are the same and is very decadent. The feel is very smooth, heavy bodied, and has mild carbonation. It's like drinking a thick hot chocolate drink.

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Photo of Chainring
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of frenchblood21
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottle was labeled from 9/06/11

Appearance- Absolute pitch black.Very thin dark tan head that rapidly goes away. GREAT lacing throughout the whole glass.

Smell- Coffee right away followed by chocolate. Peanut butter presents itself as the beer warms up.

Taste- Wow this beer is thick and delicious! Of course coffee and chocolate is dominant. I can't believe my taste buds, but I taste Reese's peanut butter cups. Fig in the back.

Mouthfeel- Unbelievable...Probably the best feeling I've ever got from a beer. About as thick as real maple syrup. Coats your whole mouth and throat.

Overall- Top 5 beers I've ever had...I can see why this beer is world-class. At $12 a four pack, its a steal.

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Photo of sculls65
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a rich tan head. The smell is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley. This beer invites you to smell it..makes your mouth water. Taste is spectacular and follows the nose. A big beer probably designed to sip but i could finish this pint like i was drinking a glass of chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very little carbonation which adds to the thickness. Drinkability if off the scale if you love coffee stouts...For my money, one of the best available stouts out there. I wish they would brew it all year long.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into stout glass.

Appearance: Thick and black with a creamy thin two fingers of tan head. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong coffee and chocolate aroma with some oatmeal and roasted malts. Smells just like an iced coffee.

Taste: Strong coffee flavor with some bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. Solid presence of oats throughout. Hints of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant bitterness and thickness. Very drinkable.

Overall: An outstanding stout. One of the best in the world.

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Photo of pwoods
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this bottle.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Dating looks to be around July?

A: Black a sin and thick as thieves. Average pour brings about 1 finger of head that hangs for a bit then dies to a skim and some clumps. Lacing starts nice but dives off.

S: One of the best smells brews I've ever had the pleasure with. HUGE deep roasted dark coffee beans. Seems almost dominated by the coffee but nice bitter chocolate and just a slight subtle touch of sweet candy syrup. Alcohol phenols are much more subdued compared to the on-tap sampling I had. Very complex, especially for having such a strong coffee punch.

T/M: Smooth and creamy with plenty of body. Almost feels like drinking a good thick espresso. Big coffee body with a profound bitter, unsweetened German chocolate base. The just a hint of sweetness round things out from some Molasses. Also... bananas? Alcohol is again nicely hidden. Starts coming through a bit more as it warms further.

D: Just so damn good. This brew really does live up to the hype. I was thinking that I might have to lay a couple down for about a year or so to round out the alcohol a bit. Not sure if I'll be able to or not.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bitter chocolate and deep coffee notes. It has the right amount of thickness which gave it that meaty, chewy, and creamy quality. The finish is silky smooth and then stingy. Definitely one of my favorite stouts of all time. Worth trying if you can find it anywhere nearby.

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Photo of NailtheAle
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent stout, full body, and has is very rich.

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Photo of Bills453
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle...mmm.

Appearance - dark, dark, dark black...mmm.

Smell - malty, choclatey, robust coffee with a hint of caramel...mmm.

Taste - same as smell and it is delicious! I have had founders before, and it is top 3 stouts and it might be my favorite...mmm.

Mouthfeel - thick, robust, very nice...mmm.

Overall - 5/5!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a snifter at ChurchKey DC. Listed as brewed with Chocolate, Sumatra and Kona coffee (Aug 2011).

A foamy dark brown dark chocolate big head is produced that sits on a jet black body. It sits... and sits.. and sits. There it is with big retention and aggressiveness in all it's creamy glory. While drinking giant circular sticky rings of lace just coat the glass, leaving a few chocolate looking marshmallow caps in the middle. Just a fantastic looking beer.

Nose just gives the goods. Giant fresh ground ripped coffee beans with dark chocolate notes. Intensely coffee forward, cream, and other glory. Blurs the line for beer, just a mix of impressive creation and hint of greatness to come.

Taste is all that and still a bag of chips. Morning ritual espresso with typical silky texture and creaminess. Chocolate maintains some dark bitter hints that flow without the beers malt, but gets whipped up, almost frothy. Malt backbone almost completely masked in a frenzy of milky thick coffee and chocolate.

I just love this beer to death, and it is more coffee dominant on tap it seems than its bottled brother. If I could borrow a cheesy line, it goes "it doesn't get any better than this." (or does it?). Cheers to Founders!

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Photo of edskirk3
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes recorded 9/29/08. I had the whole 4-pack of 12 oz bottles over the course of the evening, served in a Brandy glass:

Pours like motor oil and is the most opaque shade of black. Little to no head to speak of. What's there is dark mocha in color but doesn't last long.

The aroma is so pleasant it should be illegal. Fresh ground coffee and the chocolatiest chocolates. This is the very definition of olfactory hedonism.

Let me get right to the point here: DELICIOUS. Roasted malt and lots of it. Expensive coffee and chocolate (milk and bitter). Very sweet but kept in check by pleasant bitterness. Molasses. Warming. Chewy. Smooth like velvet.

Amazingly drinkable for a beer this big. I had to force myself to slow down at times and let the beer warm up a bit to let the flavors and aromas blossom further. Then it's even more enjoyable.

This beer was hard to find and I want more!

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A - Very dark appearance. Honestly, looks like a typical stout (looks can be deceiving). Some thin coffee color head floats to the top and quickly settles around the glass.

S - Coffee ice cream, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of toffee. Smells delicious...

T - ...And tastes delicious too. Strong mocha, coffee, and chocolate flavors in this stout. Not a hint of the 8.3 ABV comes through. They call it breakfast in a bottle, but it's more like dessert. Tastes like coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup on top. Absolutely amazing.

M - Creamy with the slightest touch of carbonation on the tongue. It's a heavy, full-bodied beer and tastes very thick going down, almost like chocolate syrup or a mocha latte.

This is one of my favorite beers of all time from one of my favorite brewers. Founders makes some amazing beers and I'd be hard pressed to name a better stout that's readily available. This is a perfect beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, pours an opaque near black with a short dark tan head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: delicious smells of coffee and chocolate, raisins, prunes, dark stone fruits

T: bitterness of coffee and dark chocolate up front, sweet malty middle with a good oatmeal presence, dries on finish with a noticeable hop flavor

M: full bodied with low carbonation, alcohol hidden, has an viscous quality with legs like a good wine

O: an amazingly complex beer that is extremely well crafted

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Photo of ppoitras
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark dark brown/black brew. Lacing is minimal to average, but acceptable for the style, and the head fades to half height and holds steady. Aroma is filled with coffee and chocolate malts, and some dark fruit essence hides in there as well. Even smells hearty. Taste starts with sweet chocolate grains, hearty oats in the middle, and fades to a somewhat bitter, dry coffee close. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, apr for the course for a heavily oated brew, and drinkability is excellent as well. High alcohol? I see no evidence, probably will feel it later. Worth the hype.

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Photo of HopHead1982
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - As dark as any stout as you will find.

S - perfect combination of chocolate and coffee. Simply perfect

T - See smell. Its as good as it gets.

M - Great flavor, texture and overall feel.

D - Better than its "big" brother KBF. If you read that post, you will know that I don't care for "liquor" aged beer and therefore will rate this beer above that one.

This is by far one of the most mesmerizing I have ever had. Easily one of my most favorite beers.

Cheers!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,530 ratings.
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