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:
16,529
Reviews:
3,811
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,863
Gots:
6,236
For Trade:
237
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Ratings: 16,529 |  Reviews: 3,811
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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

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

Black color with mocha head. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, like a sweet coffee drink. Taste follows but more balanced, not really sweet but still chocolate and coffee forward. Really heavy and smooth body with soft carbonation. No alcohol whatsoever, extremely drinkable, smooth and tasty.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a diminishing tan head. Moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy on coffee and chocolate. Taste is also strong with coffee and chocolate with a lot of bitterness. Flavor has a nice long duration, which is nice. Nice creamy mouthfeel and not much if any alcohol present for being over 8%. This was one of my first Founders beers since VA got their distribution this year. I've purchased 4 packs of this a few times now and have always enjoyed them.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of smithj4
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, oily black body with a full, mocha-colored head.

Smell: A pungent aroma overflowing with coffeebeans - some whole, some even ground for a drip machine. Attempting to peak through is some dry, dark bakers chocolate.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate maltiness soon yields to the more dominant coffee flavor which is much akin to a cold day-old cup of morning coffee. Some faint citrusy hops join the finish as it warms. Unfortunately, I find that the coffee character tramples unforgivingly over the other lesser flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, charred caramel and smoky cigars.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with a sofy, velvety mouthfeel. Softly carbonated.

Drinkability: Ultimately, I prefer coffee stouts to allow the other softer undertones to shine through a bit more.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of chunky mocha head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee grounds

T: Coffee, dryness & baker's chcolate up front. Semi-sweet chocolate & a bit of vanilla as this warms, plus the bottom of the coffee pot. Finished dry with baker's chocolate, iron & Folgers, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Oily, rich with moderate carbonation, just got chewier as time went by

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is very masked, the coffee taste would get to me after a few or just completely win me over, not sure. Not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is pretty nice, make me think of iced coffee with some booze mixed in. Worth the hype

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown where no light passes through. Modest beige head that leaves a thin but continuous layer of lace throughout the glass.

Dark chocolate and oatmeal are the predominant smells. This is not as harsh as some Stouts, there's seems to be less black patent malt.

The flavor is something special: it is more "dark" than the smell would lead you to believe. Here, the black patent malt shows up in spades. The burnt flavors last throughout the taste long after the swallow. This is not a chewy beer; I'd describe it as rather thin for the style, but the carbonation is low, so it doesn't seem "off" to me. It's a dry stout with a lot of ground coffee and bitter chocolate flavor.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Review from notes (12/5)

A: Pours a very dark black with a smallish tan head that sticks around for a second and is then gone. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Get lots of coffee on this one, also some dark chocolate and a little bit of brown sugar/molasses. The coffee aroma certainly dominates though.

T: Lots of roasted flavor here, and espresso coffee comes through a good bit. The coffee transitions of a chocolate/malt finish

M/D: Full bodied, but very smooth. Not bitter at all. Overall a really great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid devil's food cake. This may be the first beer I've ever seen that has no highlights. The liquid crowds the edges of the glass so snugly, and with such menace, that light dare not attempt to get a foothold. Most impressive. The dark golden, milk chocolate crown is a beast. It squats with an equally forbidding countenance in the top quarter of the glass, daring any lovers of fizzy yellow beer to approach, much less take a sip.

The nose is huge and is redolent of crushed coffee beans and melted dark chocolate. And then some more coffee beans. And then some more. This has to be the most coffee-dominant nose in the known universe. At least in my known universe. I am not a coffee aficionado by any means, but I have to give the aroma the respect it deserves. If I loved coffee, this might be my Holy Grail of beer noses.

Incredible palate-busting flavor. Thankfully, bittersweet chocolate is equally as prominent as espresso. So much so that the beer tastes like dark chocolate fudge made with black coffee as the liquid ingredient. I knew that Founders wouldn't disappoint in the hop department. The citric hops play an integral role in turning Breakfast Stout from what could have been an (admittedly incredible) two-trick pony into a three-trick thoroughbred. They deepen the flavor profile even further and firmly place this beer into the pantheon of Great Beer.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy, with bitter winning in the end. The finish is more than long, it's downright obstinate. Seemingly interminable echoes of chocolate-coffee/coffee-chocolate reverberate long after the beer has met its glorious fate in my warming belly. The body/mouthfeel is big, yet doesn't make it all the way to viscous or chewy. Still though, it's incredibly smooth and creamy and is sheer joy in the mouth. 8.3% ABV? Surely they jest. There is no hint of ethanol to be had.

FBS deserves its reputation and then some. My preferences run to the less java-intensive, but then it wouldn't be a breakfast stout, would it? This brewery continues to delight and amaze with quality beer after quality beer. Breakfast Stout is an outstanding achievement by any measure. Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Bowling ball black with cola edges. Creamy khaki head with ok lace and retention.

S - Burnt coffee nose with an edge of ash and sweet cream.

T - Bold flavor profile. Smooth mocha ramps up quickly into roast malts and sharp woody bitterness. Sweet oats, ash, coffee and molasses are loaded throughout the profile. Smokey roast finish.

M - Full, warm body with a great smoothness.

O - A stout to sip on for sure. The deeply roasted profile edges on burnt , but walks the line with confidence and finishes deliciously.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this after what seemed like a forever and a day wait. Poured a thick dark black, pretty much opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick. I could easily have one on any cold night, this was just a super nightcap. Defintly lived up to its hype, one of the best coffee stouts I have ever tasted and I would love to have it again. If you get a chance, I would seek this one out, this was outstanding.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Bully's on Main in Columbia, Served chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is black, it is opaque with thin tan cap w/ tiny beads. The lace clings in a spotty fashion. The aroma is full of coffee, very mild caramel with slight cocoa accents and a roasty overall nose. The feel is dry and roasty, but has a mild bitterness with slight fruitiness and silky feel that the oats give with medium body and gentle acidity.

The taste begins slightly nutty and sweet w/ mild caramel malt and launches into a roasty coffee flavor which is both earthy, spicy and slight bitter with mild burnt elements, but very mild char with the yeast giving an almost creamy and fruity tanginess which compliments the tannin from the dark grain well. The hop spice and roasted malt character is not too far to come off as harsh, just enough to let the beans contribute their delightful flavor with a very mild alcohol compliment in the semi-dry roasty finish. Overall a classic coffee stout, simple hones to goodness and you get the added benefit of a little cocoa for an all around mocha-like Imperial stout. I recommend this to anyone who likes stouts coffee or both!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle last night. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with one and a half fingers of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks amazing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, both bitter and sweet chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Rich and very smooth; very easy to drink considering it's over 8% ABV.

d - I think this may be my favorite stout that is widely available and I'm able to buy straight off the shelf. Coffee is the front runner in the smell and taste, but it is very well balanced in both. I enjoy how the taste has both sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate/coffee balanced very well. Have had it many times and love the fact that when it comes out it's available on the shelves for months. Will definitely buy more and would recommend to anyone who likes stouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stubone for sending me this beer in a recent trade.

A: I poured this into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass and was struck by the absolute black, viscous nature of this beer. It has a thin layer of mocha foam on top.

S: A huge wave of coffee aroma hit me right in the face, followed by bitter chocolate. A lot of roasted malt character comes through on subsequent sniffs, but I do not get much, if any oat.

T: Just like the aroma, the taste is absolutely full of coffee. The chocolate and roast malt come through in force in the middle of the palate, and then the coffee comes back and lingers on the finish. The finish, besides being full of coffee flavor, also gives an excellent bitterness, probably from the coffee and chocolate.

M: As I said in the appearance portion, this beer is very viscous. Despite the thickness, it is very smooth and goes down quite easily. The carbonation is low, but that's to be expected.

D: I was expecting this to be a really tough to take down. While it is filling, it is such a complex and delicious beer I just couldn't help but drink this and finish wanting more.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,529 ratings.
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