Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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 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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Photo of PappaSam21
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured this guy in my beer glass, admiring the super dark color, put it up against a light no light coming through. Just a dark jet black color with a cola head.Taking a big whiff, I'm hit with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla oatmeal undertones smells delicious.Taste like it smells smooth all the way down, slightly thin feel,could be a little more chewy but not bad. Great bear easier to get than most top beers of this caliber. Thumbs up, breakfast is the most important meal of the day cheers!

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Photo of chladun
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black. 1-2 finger cappuccino head.
S: Coffee and cocoa mostly. Not quite as bold as I imagined. Maybe I should the next one warm a bit.
T: Full and rich. Slightly bitter malt cocoa, though mostly rich and sweet. The lingering dark chocolate makes it truly great.
F: Full and rich like the taste. Not too much carbonation, which I like.
O: My favorite stout (for the money) I've had so far...

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

I just cracked a bottle that was made on 10/30/15 so it was almost a year and a half old. It came from the last 4 pack out of a 3 case haul I made over a year ago at 3.99 a 4 pack from my favorite ghetto grocery store. It is holding up beautifully. The roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee are so beautifully balanced you just can't say anything negative about it. It is wold class great. Pours dark brown. Generous head. Perfect mouthfeel for a stout. Great mouth retention. I feel like I just finished a Starbucks and yes....I did drink it before noon :-)

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Photo of JakeScully
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I finally got that one ! I've been meaning to try it for a couple year and it delivers, delicious flavors of chocolate and coffee. Very heavy, yet tasty as it can get. Worth trying.

PS: I am a euro so no wonder it took me a bit to get it.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with tan head. Nose is coffee with vanilla and chocolate notes. Rich coffee flavor with dark chocolate. Smooth feel. Great balance. Really well put together.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Better and better as it warms up.

L - Pitch black with a nice mocha head

S - Tiramisu goodness, coffee, cocoa powder, nutty liquor, very complex. Better when at room temperature

T - Very balanced taste. Coffee, oatmeal, roasty cocoa nib, some nuts and a bit of grape. Quite dry, light acidity.

F - Sharp carbonation but just the right amount for it to enhance the taste. Dry and a bit astringent mouthfeel.

O - Not an in your face stout but one of the most balanced double stout I've the chance to try. Certainly the best use of oatmeal I've had in a beer. Worth the hype.

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Photo of akirakcat
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black brew with tan lacing. Smells deeply of chocolate and also of roasted coffee. Tastes of medium-dark chocolate (I guess this is the bitter and sweet chocolate mix) and coffee, with oat and cinnamon notes. The sweet chocolate taste just beats out the bitter taste, which is quite lovely. The mouthfeel is velvety and rich but not overly so. Amazing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a one finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, molasses and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, baking chocolate, drip coffee, light hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent creamy body with obvious oat contribution. A rich, coffee forward stout with a dry profile that is more like a foreign export stout than an American one. Good chocolate flavor in the high cacao style, drier and more bitter. If I actually drank beer for breakfast, this would be one I would want quite often.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from single serve

This beer looks fantastic. I can't justify anything less than a top-notch number. Pours a nearly-opaque black with a fantastic three-finger head that slowly dissipates first to an inch of tan foam, then to perfect foamy lacing all of the way down the glass. This looks like a root-beer float head in a beer. Terrific.

The aroma is subdued compared to some others of the style, but it is all there for the smelling. Roasted malts up front with coffee and chocolate right behind. There is just a touch of spice and booze in the background.

This stout tastes fantastic, and follows its nose, but with more flavor than its aroma suggested would follow. It delivers an unapologetic roasted malt-bomb, balanced with bitter chocolate and coffee that is simply spot on. The booze is there, but it delivers a mixture of bite and sweetness, not burn. Then, at the very end, spice notes of cinnamon and anise tickle the back of the throat to complete the package.

Malt-bombs can be sticky messes. This one isn't. The bitterness and spice helps keep it from getting weighed down. Meanwhile, this thing is a paragon of full bodied chewiness. One more tick of carbonation would have made the mouth perfect.

Overall, I cannot think of an imperial stout that I would say I've tried and found clearly superior. If you prefer the drier end of the spectrum, you may not put this at the top of your list, but by any objective measure, this is simply fantastic, especially for the price. Highly recommended.

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Photo of peterpunk15
3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a decent stout but honestly, nothing stands out not flavor, not malts, no hops... This feels like a relatively common stout... there are some coffee notes but nothing that I haven't had in every other stout in the market

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

355 ml bottle, Amazing Beers, Bury St. Edmunds - Pours jet black with a very thin tanned head which quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Aroma -Strong coffee forefront, roasted dark chocolate. Taste - Sweet, smooth, roasted coffee, lactose, dark chocolate, crisp bitter finish with a light alcoholic warmth. Super well balanced, sweet, smooth stout.

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

From a bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Jet black, opaque with a dense caramel head. Subtle lacing
Smells of malty chocolate , but not overly aromatic
Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced with some bitterness to equalize the sweetness of the chocolate. Complex and multi-layered with chocolate followed by coffee and savory oats.
Feel: Medium bodied. Warm creamy and inviting. Coats the tongue, but never feels syrupy as some other stouts in this class have a tendency to do.

This is by far my favorite stout that I have tried

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Photo of Strike00
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours black with a red tint. Light brown head with some lacing.
S: Notes of coffee and roasted malt. There is a sweetness underneath.
T: Coffee and deep roast. A higher, slightly sour note is there a bit too. Slight Alcohol on the back end.
F: Medium Bodied for a decent sized stout. Creamy and smooth,

O: Had this many times and just now rating. Wonderful coffee stout that is a go to for me.

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

12oz bottle

Nice tan head

Smell is all coffee and booze, a little sweetness and roasty

Taste is roasted malts and very heavy on the coffee upfront. Bitterness balanced with warmth from the chocolate notes and some alcohol kick on the back. There's some sweetness but it's balanced by a nice dryness. A little dark berry and cola tinge.

Feel is medium and great carbonation. There's small bubbles, keeps the flavors dancing on the tongue nicely. It coats the tongue but not too heavy

Overall excellent. For some reason it's taken me years to try this and I finally did.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose: Chocolate oatmeal, double chocolate cookies, coffee.

Look: Jet black. 100 million srm. ;)
Pours thick with a cinnamon head.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee giving way to chewy toasted oats. Some cinnamon. The chocolate is bitter and sweet.

Beautifully balanced. One of the best stouts I've ever had!

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into stout glass.

Pours black with 2 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is coffee, molasses, plum, and raisin.

Taste is very nice; coffee, chocolate, fig, raisin, toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium. Alcohol is not detectectable (8.5%)

Awesome stout. Founders makes awesome beers; this one is one of my favorites.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, pitch black. Little head but good lacing.
Smell: dominantly black chocolate, lot of coffee smell, but the alcohol was also present. Very viscous, just like black motor oil.
Taste: chocolaty, coffee taste. Roasted taste from the malt. Strong malty backbone.
Feel: full body, very viscous and luscious. Excellent aftertaste that makes you want more of it. However, the alcohol is very much present, and one can taste it easily. And the high ABV can creep up really easily too.

An excellent brew, the gift that comes from heaven. Even though the alcohol presence is strong, the taste more than makes up for it. Very easy to fall in love with, don't drink this in front of your other half, she'll be red with jealousy.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Breakfast Stout - just about everything it is touted to be...

Right out of the bottle it pour beautifully dark and with a tan head that has decent staying power with very good lacing down the glass. About the only thing I didn't like was its scent. Though I could pull out the chocolately notes and roasty smells, it was just barely that I could do so (I had to work hard at it.) After that, it was all academic. The feel was lightly carbonated with a silky smoothness that was very unique. The taste was everything it was advertised to be (and then some.) I do consider this a very good brew. Maybe not the caliber others hold it high to, but definitely worth the extra space in my beer fridge.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/28/15; drank 1/15/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice dark tan head; nice lace.

Roasted coffee bean, milk chocolate & faint cream notes in the nose; bold!

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cream, roasted coffee bean & sweet cream flavors up front; mild hop bite on the finish. A touch too sweet but very enjoyable.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a four-pack bought at my local Meijer. Poured out into my fancy pants Spiegelau stout glass. Oh my goodness does this beer look amazing. Smells like a rich, creamy mocha. The taste, at first, is great too. About two thirds of the way through, it goes downhill and becomes kind of bland and less enjoyable. Not my favorite but still a great stout.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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