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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter.

A- Very dark, darker than coffee. a decent 1" head of a dark brown foam, very nice lacing

S - mostly the coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a touch of black pepper.

T - tastes exactly likes it smells with the coffee characteristics slightly more evident than the chocolate. Very nice roasted malt flavoring.

M - the body was thick and creamy without being overly carbonated, a nice example of the style.

O - extremely good beer, fits very nicely into the style, will always try to keep some of these around. might try to age a few but easily drinkable at 3 months from bottling. If you are a fan of stouts, you should be including this in your rotation, especially at the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Soft toffee brown head with a inky black body. The aroma is of coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is rich brown sugar, coffee, hints of chocolate, and a nice balanced coffee-hop bitterness. Its like a great expresso with good raw sugar meets a soft chocolate milk. The mouthfeel is amazing. Super thick and creamy. The tastes are fantastic and that thick mouthfeel holds them together beautifully. Overall its a beautiful beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

This is a 2012 at right at about a year of age. I bought 3 cases last year and I'm drinking my last one tonight as I get 3 more cases tomorrow. It is poured freely into a huge balloon wine glass, no head, slight brown edges with pitch black 95%. The coffee and hops have faded slightly over the year, but honestly not that much as it has been in the garage beer fridge since it was about 3 weeks old. The chocolate layers are just exquisite with the age. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style, but the dryness from the bitter chocolate and hops and perfect carbonation make it an easy drinker. Cliche or not, I could totally drink this for breakfast. This is my second favorite coffee forward non barreled imperial stout. Just short of a Alesmith Speedway Stout. And that's not even a good comparison considering the huge abv difference. I absolutely recommend buying as much of this as you can find/afford. But I must say, it is best around 3 months of age, just as Founders recommends "drink all of our beer fresh". The hops and coffee fade and they are the highlights of the beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Chas58
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - This pours a thick inky black. The head appears and grows quickly and forms an inch high brownish fluffy head. The lacing remains long after the beer and head have subsided and clings to the glass.
Smell - the first aroma is that of freshly ground coffee, rich and flavorful with beautiful floral scents that you get from fresh coffee beans. The aroma makes you want to stick your head deep into the glass and just inhale. This is such a rich and beautiful aroma, especially for a coffee lover.

Taste - the first taste is heavenly, it is rich, coffee laced and with a hop back that adds a nice kick to the smoothness of this beer. The taste is incredibly complex and with each sip additional rich tastes appear including cocoa, hints of vanilla and other "umami" like flavors. Each sip makes you think of some other rich, slightly bitter flavor you have experienced.

Mouthfeel - the very light initial carbonation combined with the thick and soft mouthfeel, make this delightful. It is silky smooth, and then additional carbonation seems to appear and make this even better. Like with the way the head build in the glass, the carbonation builds from initially almost non-existent to a very healthy level. The smoothness and thickness, can only be compared to a milk shake.

Overall - this is a great beer. I look forward to seeing it on tap at either a growler station or a pub. There really is no stout that is as complex, tasteful and drinkable. If you have never tried this, do so. I find the tap version smoother and silkier in texture, but a bottle is also really good.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Discovered a 4-pack quite unexpectedly on a trip to Birmingham, AL. Never had this particular gem, so I approach this review with great antici…pation.

From a 12 oz bottle stamped 9/17/12, into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Engine oil black with no light penetration. Thin cap of brown foam is a bit disappointing. Good retention with lacing down to bottom of the glass. Nose of toast, milk chocolate, and burnt and sweet malts.

On the palate, chocolate and lots of coffee, loaded with semisweet malt up front. Hints of warm alcohol. Hops assert toward the end. Finishes on a mild acidic coffee note. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Very coffee-like.

Mouth is semi-viscous, perhaps a touch thinner than I’d expect but quite complementary.

Overall: Is this an epic, 99% beer? To me, no. Maybe it’s just that I’m not a tremendous fan of the style. It’s certainly an outstanding example of a double stout, and the wife and I both agree that it’s delicious in its own right. However for me, it’s just another check box and not one I’d go out of my way for again. Just too many good beers in styles I like better. YMMV. Enjoy.

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3/5  rDev -32.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy New Year's Eve 2012. Pours a viscous black-brown, totally opaque, with a thin brown head that settles out to a ring. Darkest head I've yet encountered. Aroma is darkly roasted barley, sweetish chocolate, and mild coffee and just a little lettuce-y hops. First hit is unexpectedly not sweet, alot more coffee flavor than chocolate. The chocolate begins to dominate with warming: bittersweet chocolate, more bitter than sweet with the hop twang finish adding to the bitterness. Seems just a little flat to me, could add a bit more carbonation. Overall good but not exceptional.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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