Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,481 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle (dated ) into snifter with a small off white colored head. Color is a deep dark brownish/black

Aroma - coffee and chocolate dominate, some dark fruits

Taste - deep roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, mocha coffee, slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel - medium body, low carbonation, smooth

Overall - best tasting (non-BA) coffee beer IMO. This stuff tastes great and goes down smooth, nothing like enjoying one on a Sunday fall afternoon watching football.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

A: Quite dark, almost black, with 1 finger light tan head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans and malts with some bitter dark chocolate

T: Coffee-forward with toasty malts and some nice coffee and dark chocolate notes, true to the smell. Not overly bitter, very balanced and easy to drink. Little to no heat.

M: Full bodied, but not chewy, very smooth, carbonation is a touch too high on the front end but settles out nicely, wet finish

O: A favorite readily-available coffee stout that I have drank too often to remember. I could only imagine how barrel-aging could amplify this beer to a level even above KBS. Near-perfect.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours into a chalice a deep dark, Coca-cola brown, with the thinnest tan head.

S - COFFEE! roasts, through and through...aroma of the Kona and Sumatra coffee influences prevail.

T - Some burnt coffee notes, complimented by a sweetening hop backing; earthy grains...then, more of the ash and espresso...strong coffee presence!

M - Medium heavy body, more effervescent than is suggested by the low-lying head on the pour. The texture is NOT thick...not chewy or sticky.

O - Extremely drinkable at 8.3% abv. If you're into coffee flavored stouts, this one's for you. I favor the flavor. I'm not really a "sweetish, mapley malt" kind of stouter. I prefer the style with the dry burnt, ashy coffee as the prevailing taste. BINGO!

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this one from the growler into a snifter. This is quite possibly the darkest brew I've ever laid eyes on. Laser beams, solar flares and atomic flashes couldn't penetrate this level of darkness. The cappuccino colored head was surprisingly meager but still hung on for the duration.
Espresso comes on strong in the aroma, along with my Grandfathers pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, wet leather, booze and roasted barley.
The taste is dominated with coffee, and chocolate, but what also stands out are the malty toffee notes, and oatmeal smothered in dark brown sugar.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.
Overall, a fantastic beer, absolutely world class. One should believe the hype about this brew.--it is that good.

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

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well what can one say? this stout is at the top of the heap...period! Founders has created what I believe to be one of the greatest stouts ever made. The fact that year after year this brew continues to be great is a testiment to Founders and there quest to provide a great product. If you like stouts look not further then this fantastic beer.

Bottom Line: World Class Stout!

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

Pours oil black with a dark dense head. Smells like dark chocolate and espresso, that's what you paid for right? Taste is exactly as it smells only better. The thickness makes it taste like a meal, the flavor makes it enjoyable. You get intense dark chocolate and amazing smooth coffee. Most coffee stouts have a bitter flavor from the beans but this is the gold standard. You get a great smoothness from the oatmeal to balance it out perfectly. This is THE best coffee stout out there and im glad its so accessible. It says a lot when a brewery when there shelf beer is in the top 50 beers IN THE WORLD. Buy this beer because it amazing.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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