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 | website

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
Reviews:
3,685
Ratings:
15,939
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
19.24%
 
 
Wants:
1,810
Gots:
5,816
For Trade:
240
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Reviews: 3,685 | Ratings: 15,939
Photo of bin31z
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and oily looking with very little head. Nose has coffee, bitter chocolate, creaminess, coffee grounds. Body is viscous and thick. Palate has similarity to the nose, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some burnt coffee grounds. A great beer if a little on the expensive side.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Basically, no head with a fairly gentle pour. Color is dark, dark brown. Smells and tastes like 3/4 French roast coffee mixed with 1/4 dark chocolate, with a slightly bitter finish. I'm normally not too much of a heavy stout fan because I find them a bit sweet and bog down my drinking after awhile, But I really like this one because of the soft bitterness.

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Photo of TheKaramazov
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look and smell after pouring promise a lot, and the taste and body more than deliver. There's an incredible balance between sweet and bitter that somehow doesn't blunt the experience of either, as I've experienced with to many other stouts. Will definitely look forward to my next glass.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best stout on the shelf that is fairly very available. Pours a classic inky black with a decent kakhi brown head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted oats, and caramel with a similar aroma. Mouthfeel is full with a sticky finish. Overall I really enjoy this stout more than many of the sought after brewery only stouts.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice dark brown head with significant surface tension.

Smell is medium coffee, bitter chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Bitter oats. Some earthy hops. Ghiradelli 72% cacao chocolate squares.

Taste follows smell: coffee, bitter chocolate first, faint touch of sweet milk chocolate, some earthy hops, oats, caramel, fudge.

Mouthful is decent. A touch over-carbed for my personal preference for style.

Overall: awesome beer. One of the first crafts I ever had. Always, always nice to have.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks pitch black in the glass, with a fluffy tan head that eventually dies down in a thin tan ring, but leaves splotchy lacing.

The aroma offers bittersweet medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, earth, caramel, oats, and brown sugar.

The palate smacks of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, baking cocoa, caramel, burnt toast, oats, and dark roasted coffee, lingering long into the finish of wood smoke, dark chocolate, and heavily roasted coffee.

The mouthfeel is medium-full, filling, and smoothly carbonated.

This one of the best chocolate-coffee-stouts you will on the shelves, period. One of the best Founders beers, and one of the best coffee beers, period.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall glass: color is black, head is tan, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell full flavored, nice sweet chocolate malt, big roast and punch of coffee bitterness. Greatness.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a sweeter malt profile balanced by the coffee and hop bitterness. Great blend of chocolate, roast, coffee and just a little earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, with solid lingering finish.

Overall, a style defining beer for coffee stouts, great full flavors and huge coffee presence without destroying the rest of the beer.

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Photo of FBarber
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at room temperature.

Pours pitch black like motor oil, looks thick. Initially a thick two finger coffee brown head that dissipates to about a half finger then sticks around. Tons of brown lacing on the glass.

Smell is a pungent aroma of coffee and bakers chocolate. Some cocoa, plain oatmeal and alcohol undertones.

Sip. ... Taste is initially coffee - but its a thick coffee flavor like an espresso or cubano. Then as the flavors start to develop in your mouth it tastes like you took a bite of fresh oatmeal with chocolate and molasses in it. Rich, thick, decadent. There is a mild acidic bitterness at the end of the sip like black coffee. Bit of spice and alcohol on the aftertaste before you get that left with a rich chocolate oatmeal chip cookie flavor. ... Savor. Repeat.

Feel is incredible. Medium carbonation provides a tingle on the tongue initially. The beer itself - thick, roasty, and decadent.

This beer is amazing and it never gets old. Also, for proper glassware - a coffee mug is perfectly acceptable for drinking this beer.

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Brew_42 got it right: motor oil black. Small head, light cocoa brown, quickly dispersed.

Smell: equal notes of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, smells malty, carmel, thick cream.

Taste: A hair lighter than dark bitter chocolate. Bitterness offset by thick carmel malts, with chocolate and coffee mingling pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: thick, lasting, carbonation dissipates (but not fully) nicely after swishing. Sweet aftertaste of bitter chocolate, cocoa beans, bitter dark coffee beans in a newly-opened coffee bag.

Very smooth. 60 IBUs? Tastes like <30. Dangerously drinkable, but you want to savor every sip. Warms the whole body, pleasant bitter malt aftertaste.

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Photo of Slack
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown to black in color and opaque with a ¼ inch of brown tinted head.

Strong roasted coffee and malt on the nose with some chocolate mixed in

Roasted malts dominate the palate with a nice mix of chocolate, and coffee bitters

Medium and silky with low carbonation. Finish is smooth.

Extremely drinkable, balanced, and smooth.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inch of copper colored head on top of the motor oil black color. Nice lacing troughout. Nose of chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Taste of dark chocolate and espresso with a hint of the hops. Clean finish with warming mouthfeel. Oatmeal comes in at the end. Top 3 stouts I've ever had. Can drink this all day

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge Stout fan, but wow does this knock your off your feet with a great tasting chocolate coffee flavor. A very drinkable Stout. Is a perfect beer to start off your day on a day off. Superb and a world class beer breakfast treat!

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Photo of JakeWarrenPgh
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Probably the best stout I've had. Just the right amount of coffee, smooth finish, and not excessively high in alcohol. It's seasonal, so it's one of the few reasons to anticipate winter.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Motor oil black with 1/3 inch tan head

Taste and smell overlap for the most part. Roast coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Towards the end there are hints of molasses and oatmeal I didn't pick up on the nose.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like an oatmeal stout should be.

The high ranking is legit. This is a really good stout.

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Photo of lamergod
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black opaque body with a tiny head.

Smells of absolute amazement. Nice roast coffee, dark cocoa. Very intense.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee forward with a bellow of cocoa taste. Very balanced, yet strong at the same time. Low on carbonation. Smooth

Overall, a beer thats very strong and intense. Yet manages to keep it balanced. Well done. One of the best I've had

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

I am just not a fan of stouts that have heavy coffee flavor. I like some coffee flavor, but this was too much for me. That being said, I really like Ale Smith's stout, though most likely because it had more fizz.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With 50% more reviews than the #2 most popular double stout, I should keep this short.
Why I like this so much is that it doesn't taste like its 60 IBU. Very smooth, very dry, very roasted. Don't understand how 60 bitterness gets concealed from my hop aversion.

Deservedly so, this is on the "1001" list.

Tasted again on 4/27/16... I could say more, but I cannot improve on the review... nor Founders on this beer.

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Photo of davidperez
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, it pours an inky black with a small dark brown head with low retention. Great lacing though.

The bouquet is assertive. Massive coffee and chocolate. Roasted malts, caramel and a slight hint of dark fruits.

The taste is very similar to the nose, massive chocolate and coffee being the protagonists. Well balanced beer, it never ceases to be bittersweet at the same time, but it starts mostly sweet and it finishes mostly bitter. Lots of roasted malts. A little boozy, vanilla, hints of molasses and prune. The aftertaste is very long, and chocolate-predominant.
Thick mouthfeel, chewy, smooth, silky.

The intensity of flavors in this beer may be unmatched. The same goes for the quality of its different notes.
World class beer for sure.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was hyped up in my mind, but still overall. I get all the normal stout flavors and aromas. Nothing really standing out for me. This beer is a midwest classic, but I've had better.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an inky black... the color of my heart, with a thin brownish head.

S: Coffee, roasted and delicious... cocoa beans and smoky goodness.

T/F: Hearty roasted malts... espresso and chicory. Chocolate is in the background with coffee forward. Thick and creamy but also smooth. Low carbonation as expected.

O: One of the leading examples of the style... and a yearly treat when it's released. Just a fantastic stout... all the complexity and flavor you look for, and easily drinks like a meal.. or better yet a dessert. Delicious and one of Founders best.

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Photo of lastmango
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured an opaque black with a half finger chocolate head. Moderate lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, malt, and dark fruits. Taste is dark chocolate and fruits, coffee, roasted malt in a sooooo very balanced fashion that not one is overpowering. Bitterness is controlled. I was expecting a heavier oily feel but this has a nice moderate and creamy body. This beer is extremely drinkable . . . like liquid sex. :)

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Photo of LongTaco15
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always go back to this stout. Pours black with a nice sand colored head that dissipates quickly. Great roasted coffee/chocolate aroma. So many roasted/toasted flavors going on: coffee, malts, oats, with a chocolate finish. Wonderfully coats your mouth. Almost feels like you can chew it.. One of my favorites!

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Photo of HopfordBeerham
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go-to stout!! Love this beer. Creamy, smooth, and drinkably strong. Great coffee and chocolate flavors (more coffee than chocolate) with a slight hop bite at the end. Salud!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, pours black with a nice rich brownish-tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. A gentle swirl revives the head throughout the glass. Smell is coffee, dark ripe fruits, roast malts and chocolate. Taste follows. Not overly sweet. Pleasing bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nicely rich on the tongue, but not overly thick or viscous. A creamy medium feel. If you're used to 13% syrupy bombs, this might feel thin by comparison, but it's spot on for this style/ABV. Great stout that brings together a lot of elements in perfect harmony.

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

black color with nice dark tan head, leaves a bit of lacing.

smell is bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. taste is similar, big rich flavor that finishes with a nice bitter note. appropriately creamy feel. overall a great stout, would love to try this on nitro!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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