Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BA SCORE
4.51/5
16,626 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#88
Reviews:
3,830
Ratings:
16,626
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
1,882
Gots:
6,290
Trade:
236
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of I_am_durk
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark, not quite motor oil
S: heavy on the coffee and malt
T: again on the coffee and malt. Actually pretty bitter, which persists for a while.
F: doesn't coat the mouth, not bad
O: pretty tasty overall, but having tried their KBS already, this is a little disappointing. Not bad by any means, but I've certainly had breakfast stouts I've enjoyed a little more.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black in color with a nice amount of carbonation. A really nice thick,creamy feel that was perfect match for the intense flavor. Aroma was strong black coffee with a touch of cream and followed by come cocoa. Taste was identical ,strong,and left no doubt about what flavors I was tasting. They weren't cheap with the flavor in this beer and with the thick creamy feel it was an excellent beer.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moundbz
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is great, nice head and perfect color. I couldn't pick up much smell at all and my nose is fine. The feel is great and the taste is just above average. I have this under-rated but my rating is on point I think.

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Photo of Boxdiesel
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noles9585
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VinumSabbathi
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brendanjames
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CurtisD
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thedusanmandic
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jasons483
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ForceForGood
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am comparing two bottles, one bottled 9/26/17 and the other at 8/22/16 - having held on to this one for over a year now.

8/22/16: Pours black, very carbonated - more than expected; tan colored foam. Aroma is sweet, some chocolate and even a syrupy bourbon linger in the nose; not detecting any coffee... flavor may have faded during aging. Flavor and mouthfeel follow the aroma and over-carbonation. Not picking up any coffee flavor again, other than the stouts dark nature granting similarity. Not a bad stout. ~7.5/10

9/26/17: Pours just as dark, much less carbonation with less head. Aroma is COFFEE. I am amazed that these beers are the same. Coffee dominates and chocolate is quick to mix in giving me the impression of mocha. First sips are congratulated by an awesome rich dark chocolate and coffee blend. A masterpiece! 10/10!

In the end, I am tempted to dump the rest of the older product as it seems to have much less character; not well aged I suppose? The 2017 release seems to have captured the coffee and chocolate more than I remember - having consumed these for a few years now. I continued to compare these side-by-side and the results are confirmed.

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Photo of jroc
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a slow forming & soon gone dark tan head. It’s aroma is chocolate candy bar. The flavor is as advertised & much more intense than the aroma: oats, dark roast coffee & dark chocolate. A perfect balance of sweet, salty & bitter. Perfect viscosity & adequate carbonation for a very smooth feel. Finishes with a dry coffe bitterness that is very pleasing. No need to brew the French roast & pour a bowl of cereal, Founbers Breakfast Stout is the perfect way to start your day.

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Photo of Nkloos
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my all time favorite stout. The balance of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate is incredible. It tastes like oatmeal with chocolate syrup. The drinkabaility of this stout is unmatched.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 09/29/16
Dark opaque brown body allows no light through and is capped with a persistent light brown 1/8in head.

Aromas include bitter roasted coffee bean and cocoa powder.
Flavors match with less emphasis on the coffee after a year.
Mouthfeel is creamy, if slightly thin and barely chalky with a nice dry finish.

Overall waiting a year was a good experiment. Still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of BeerInspector
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great tasting beer with coffee and bitter chocolate tastes without a strong after taste.

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Photo of Cn0te11
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adipilla8708
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of elglueckert
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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