Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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99
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16,532 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
Ratings:
16,532
Reviews:
3,811
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,865
Gots:
6,237
For Trade:
237
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 16,532 |  Reviews: 3,811
Photo of Lethargy99
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BigRob329
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Great look to it when served in a tulip. Very dark black with a little less than a finger of head. Almost looked creamy.

S - Immediate smell of coffee, but definitely mixed with a balance of chocolate and a stronger espresso smell. Smelled very appetizing, even after eating a big dinner.

T - Maybe the best taste I've found in a beer. Perfect balance of chocolate and espresso, making it smell almost of an unsweetened chocolate coffee. Slight sweetness, I'd say a hint of mocha.

M - One of the smoothest beers I've ever had. Heavy and somewhat creamy, and perfect for this beer. Definitely compliments the smell and taste.

Overall, this is a first ballot HOF beer for me. Every aspect of this beer was near perfect, every sip was a mouthful of greatness. The lower and lower it got in the glass, the more and more I savored it. Will definitely have this beer again whenever I see it on tap, and will have to buy it soon in bottles. Founders is yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of cvp684
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rxthree
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MaximalC
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours seal brown with a decent amount of mocha foam. Aroma smells strongly of fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The roasted malt dominates the flavor profile, lending a coffee flavor that is smooth and slightly bitter. The coffee actually tastes a bit blacker than I recall, which is a slight detraction. Dark chocolate is present as well, but it struggles some to assert itself. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, reinforcing a rather decadent vibe overall. A malty stickiness lingers on the lips after each sip. My lone complaint here is that I wish there was a bit more balance between the coffee and the chocolate. As is, the coffee becomes a bit too astringent as the beer warms, but this is undoubtedly a fine brew regardless.

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Photo of RollBounce
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14oz stolzle white wine glass

Black brown color, with tan head, minimal carbonation, little to no lacing, nose is upfront and spicy, with black coffee and jalapeno pepper at finish.
Flavor is not to thick,with ground coffee. Finish is not bitter but thin.

Overall; I feel the hype is understandable. The nose is pure and definitive. There are other coffee stouts out there that transfer well like this. Still one not to be missed.

Went great with peanut butter waffles and maple syrup for breakfast!

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Photo of Chucker
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BYOFB
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of gwguest
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of FrankShirley
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jasperska
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of nquigley16
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jrstamp
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12Oz into a tulip. Very thin head but you get good carbonation when you give it a swirl. Love the smell of this, malty and a little chocolaty but not sweet smelling. Tastes like a big stout with a good balance of chocolate bitterness and a surprise dose of hops.

Glad to have founders in CT. Looking forward to many a pint of Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black. No light gets through at all, not even the edges. Head was only a couple of millimeters, dissipated quickly, but stayed at the edges the entire time. Smelled very nutty with some sweetness. Taste is roasty. Bitterness is mostly roasty bitter and only lightly hop bitter. There's a real nice cocoa powder bitterness as it warms. Mouthfeel is heavy but not chokingly thick. Carbonation is sharp on the tongue and creamy on the swallow. It starts sweet and and semi-sweet. Sweetness is nice but I'm pretty sure two of these would get sickening sweet. Alcohol is masked very well. It's my first for the style so I can't really compare. I can find no faults and would recommend it for a nice cold winter night.

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

Bought a 4 pack, drank it all for a thorough review. Served in a classic monogrammed pint glass.

A: Pours a deep opaque black, with a short but rich caramel-toffee colored head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Has a rich aroma, smells like a fresh cup of coffee. Can smell, dark chocolate and milk chocolate, toffee, barley, oats, wheat, very rich, smells very sweet and sugary, like a fresh chocolate bar.

T: Very complex and enriched flavor, coffee, chocolate, barley, oats, wheat, toffee, its pretty sweet and balanced, its kind of smoky and woody as well, has a strong hop presence as well as alcohol at the finish, gives heat to it.

M: Has lower levels of carbonation, a plus for me, it has a really balanced mouth feel, its rich, balanced, creamy, fulfilling, has a stronger aftertaste from the hops and booze, but it complements the sweetness and smoky flavors.

O: Yeah, It's really good, as the hype would make you expect, It is good, its very well balanced, has a great aroma to it, taste is good, I was sort of expecting better, don't get me wrong it it is very good, but it didn't blow me away, as has happened with other high class beers, but it is really good, it has low carbonation, its smooth, rich, thick, good volume to it, its pretty expensive, $10 for a 4 pack, but I'd say its worth it, great depth to it, almost as rewarding as a good meal but in a bottle, of course, I recommend everyone to try this, Pure Michigan.

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1/5  rDev -77.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, pours an opaque near black with a short dark tan head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: delicious smells of coffee and chocolate, raisins, prunes, dark stone fruits

T: bitterness of coffee and dark chocolate up front, sweet malty middle with a good oatmeal presence, dries on finish with a noticeable hop flavor

M: full bodied with low carbonation, alcohol hidden, has an viscous quality with legs like a good wine

O: an amazingly complex beer that is extremely well crafted

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3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,532 ratings.
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