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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
99
world-class
3,743 Reviews
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
Reviews:
3,743
Ratings:
16,174
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
Wants:
1,819
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6,010
For Trade:
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Reviews: 3,743 | Ratings: 16,174
Photo of seansean95
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: opaque pitch black with a single finger tan head that remains throughout.

Smell: burnt malts and coffee beans.

Taste: very similar to smell. Sweet tasting coffee

Feel: incredibly smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation

Overall: an incredible beer that I will make sure to pick up whenever I can. If you like dark beers and you haven't had this yet, you're missing out.

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Photo of Dakin
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Tar black with some amber notes around the edge of the glass. sliver of a head with some minimal carbonation.

Smell: Smells great. Coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, whiskey, roasted malts.

Taste: Strong black coffee, hint of caramel and nuts, somewhat bitter finish. Taste like the perfect breakfast beer. Would be excellent for a morning of camping.

Feel: Good mouth feel. Doesn't feel cheaply made.

Overall: Very good stout, lives up to hype. Would be an excellent pairing with bacon, eggs, and home fries. Let it warm up a bit and the flavors will intensify and reveal notes you hadn't noticed before. Getting Indian spices as well as vanilla and strong maple near the end of this brew. Will buy again at some point. 8/10.

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Photo of haistbj
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one. It was delicious to the last few ounces, without a doubt a world class beer. Chocolate tones and coffee flavored are ever present. Chocolate smell is quite strong and enjoyable.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color: A touch lighter perhaps than the darkest stouts, but certainly dark. Off-white head.

Smell: I get over-the-top coffee out of the gate; Not much else.

Taste: Like the nose, pretty much coffee and soy sauce to begin. As the pour continues however,
these elements dissipate somewhat and I do begin to pick up on more chocolate and sweet elements;
not a lot, but some.

Feel: Thick, but smooth.

Overall: My initial impression was that this wasn't for me, but as it warmed, I became a tad more
interested. Wouldn't mind revisiting.

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Photo of Josher
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had two 4-packs of the stuff, one from the Founder's "company store" and another from the local grocery story, and I have to say the former was great, the latter was absolutely revolting, though day after day I kept giving it another shot. One that I had was a perfect balance of chocolate, stout, and coffee, and tasted fresh and crisp. The more recent one I drank had strong overtones of this really off flavor. I think the coffee they used for this second yucky batch had gone stale... It's also possible the shelf life isn't so great (maybe the CO2 in carbonation can eventually cause the dissolved coffee to change composition and "go stale"? I'm no expert in this, but it makes sense, C02 will stale beans so maybe...). It's also possible I was tasting tannins from cocoa nibs that had been steeped too long, but the taste and smell was so much like stale coffee, that's my primary hypothesis.

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Photo of safaricook
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great beer if you love coffe obviously. I am not a huge coffee fan and find the coffee roast a bit too much especially in the taste. I do like the slick mouthfeel from the oatmeal and it is a good pairing with cake or other desserts that go well with coffee

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Photo of Jpb123
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: tar black with a finger of brown head.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, slight cask barrel, little spice

Taste: coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter finish, but also sweet, cream

Feel: smooth, heavy body, sticky, slight alcohol burn but not negatively at all.

Overall: great tasting stout. If you enjoy black coffee or dark chocolate than this one is a great choice. Goes down easily, and Could drink many.

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Photo of CRyan603
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Stout. Lots of flavor packed in a sip. Strong coffee flavor with a smooth oaty mouthfeel and sweet chocolate finish. Only with my state sold it in stores, but apparently a baby eating oatmeal is offensive and doesn't belong on a beer bottle...live free or die!!

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Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Beer. Had back around Christmas 7 years ago for the first time and drink it in the winter ever since. Excellent beer to have with dessert that is for sure. Be careful or you will gain 20 lbs over the winter like I did/do...Hahahaha

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Photo of JohnBroderick
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was a bit disappointed by this beer. It's taste is great, but for a BA score of 99 and "Bros" score of 100, I expected this to be my favorite beer I've ever had. Would have liked a bit more of a coffee taste, but overall very impressed. Definitely a beer I don't think I'd get sick of. The pour was smooth, and the dark color along with the chocolately smell was awesome.

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Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout is another great beer. I found this beer on draft at Frisco Tap House in Columbia, MD. You must like coffee and dark beer to enjoy this one. Bottoms up!

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Photo of TripleSun
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always wondered if this thing lived up to the hype that BA brought and the other day for the first time I actually saw it in stores (This being my first September month of being a craft beer drinker).

L - Pitch black/tar color

S - Bitter dark chocolate, assorted spices (couldn't specifically identify), tobacco, heavy coffee nose (duh) and a very inviting sweet finish that surprised me. I was expecting something much darker in flavor considering the color.

T - Creamy mouth, very dominant coffee flavor but not off-putting, a slight bitterness at the end and sticks to the tongue like tar (Never go away please)

F - Wow this things for being 8% ABV and being a Stout, it sure is easy to drink! I almost couldn't believe I was drinking a beer and not just a good cup of joe.

Wow, I am very happy to be joining the Breakfast Stout fan family and this definitely is on my list from today onwards!

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark black pour with a thick mocha head. Not much lacing.
S - Smell of chocolate during the pour but coffee the rest of the way. Wow, this is nice.
F - Filled my mouth with goodness. Soft and smooth!
T - Follows the smell but more coffee. Very nice.
O - Great beer. Flavorful, tasteful but not overpowering with the coffee. What a nice blend.

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Photo of Phunkle_sam
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- dark boarder line black, with a copper head less than a finger
S- chocolate and coffee aroma is evident, strong. Smells simple yet complex when found in a beer. Almost reminds me of being a kid and waking up to my parents making coffee. My curiosity of smelling something that I was too young to have. It takes me back to that smell.
T- the taste is phenomenal it comes on strong starting with the coffee then comes chocolate with what I think is an oatmeal finish. The flavors are all there and they are brought on one by one from start to finish it's delicious one of my favorite stouts.
F- rich and thick yet smooth left me what I think is an oatmeal/coffee taste. The texture of this beer and it's simple yet bursting flavors along with the order each flavor is introduced to the pallet is what makes it in my top stouts.

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

Pours the darkest brown I've ever seen coming out of a bottle, and appear black in the glass with no light able to penetrate this brew. A large 1 1/2 think dark tan head formed, and left a decent amount of lacing. The head didn't stick around as much as I'd like, but I was using a Stein, and not a glass made to keep a head around .

Bitter coffee is in the forefront of the nose, with bittersweet chocolate riding on it's coat tails. You get a lot of roast in the nose, promising great thing ahead.

Right out of the gates you are hit with loads of malt and black coffee bitterness. It's rich and a deep flavor that really coats your tongue, staying for quite a while. On the tail end you get the bittersweet chocolate notes, with hints of plums adding a very slight sweetness to the bitter, roasty beer. The roasted character comes roaring back in the final seconds of the beer, drying the finish somewhat, leaving you wanting more. Not once is the beers high ABV ever detected.

This is possibly the most viscous beer I've ever had the pleasure of partaking in. It's sticky, it fills the mouth and assaults your taste buds in a war of attrition like no other beer I've ever had. I struggle to detect any noticeable carbonation even in this fairly fresh (bottled 9-01-2016) bottle.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a deep, almost black, brown color with a half finger, khaki colored head.

Aroma: Smells like bitter dark chocolate, light roast coffee, mild cinnamon and malted grains. A gentle creamy, oatmeal smell blankets the entire aroma.

Taste: Bitter and dry upfront with flavors of black espresso, smokey, burnt toast, dark chocolate fudge, connecticut tobacco and hazelnut. There's a gentle resinous, spicy hop flavor in the background. Things gradually get sweeter as you work your way through the beer, as notes of oatmeal, vanilla beans, dairy creamer and caramel become more pronounced - however don't be mistaken, it is still quite a bitter beer - and at no time does the sweetness become dominant over the other bitter flavors.

Feel: Very filling and satisfying. Thick and viscous yet still paradoxically slugabble and drinkable. Hearty, very much like a meal in a glass. Low carbonation, heavy body. Alcoholic heat is slightly noticeable, but understated and actually very pleasant, providing a nice warming sensation as the beer goes down.

Overall Comments: Very enjoyable. A really nice presentation of flavors here ranging from nuts, to grains, to coffee, to chocolate, to hops, to spices... although it packs big flavor, it's intensity never really becomes taxing or exacerbating to the palate. Highly drinkable and thirst quenching for such a flavorful, almost 8.5% imperial stout.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with small tan head. Leaves nice spiderweb lace. Smells of barley and coffee. Tastes of chocolate with a hint of whiskey giving a warm, smooth alcohol finish. The coffee taste mostly comes through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Finger.5 tan head with creamy bubbles on the side and big rocky in the middle.. poured dark brown but black in the glass

Immediately hit with roasted malts, expresso coffee, like coffee being brewed, small amount of chocolate on the back

Roasty up front with big coffee and chocolate bitterness, pepper skin, malt sweetness on the finish

Medium feel

Overall great beer

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

I've heard about this for a long time and finally pulled the trigger tonight. Poured a 12 oz. bottled one month ago into a Nonic. The lighter brown head was huge over the dark brown liquid. The smell was rich and complex as was the taste and feel. This is just a perfect example of the style fully deserving of the praise it's received.

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

I bought this 4- pack from a gas station, and realized after I got it home that it's from last years batch. (bottled on 9/1/15) So it's aged over a year on a shelf in the light. I'm not a real big stout drinker, this is one of the first I have ever had. The beer poured with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly. The beer was almost black. It's a very appealing beer, looks wise. It smells of oak, chocolate, and bourbon. The more and more I smell this beer, bourbon just keeps popping out at me. I cannot really taste the coffee like most say they can. I can really taste chocolate, malt, and the light bitterness of bourbon as it is going down. An overall pleasant tasting beer with a smooth finish. The 8.3ABV helps the feels as well! This was a pleasant beer. Although my experience with his beer has seemed a lot different than other reviews, It was still pretty good and I would recommend. I'm not sure if my experience has anything to do with the age, but I doubt it. I will be buying a new 4-pack in the near future.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle, pours an opaque black with one finger dark mocha head. Aroma is all malty. Taste is a bitter coffee/espresso. For someone who loved both beer and coffee, this is a goft from G*d! Flavors are rich, true, and lasting. Carbonation is decent and mouth-feel is fulsome. A world-class beer!

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Photo of abeerview
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Just a shade on the brown side of black. A little bit of medium-brown head.
S: It has enough aroma to not overpower like many coffee-focused beers. And the aroma is that of a nutty, bold, roasted coffee.
T: Coffee at the front. Coffee at the back. Chocolaty sweetness in the middle.
F: A medium-heavy body. The beer coats the tongue, lingers, and then dissipates fairly quickly.
O: This beer is truly great. The coffee and chocolate bitterness and sweetness mix so well to offer a complex flavor. You're not quite sure where the coffee ends and the chocolate begins. Each taste is just a little bit different from the last. And that is a good thing. I submit, this beer is better than it's barrel aged brother (KBS). Maybe that is blasphemy, but I don't care.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Black pour with two finger mocha head, fades leaving scattered lace. Deep rich chocolate coffee aroma. Full coffee flavor, dark bitter chocolate. Bitterness fills the back end, more than I remember from this brew. Feel is on the thin side but slick. Classic coffee oatmeal stout with plenty bitterness.

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Photo of Jshbrown40
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark beer but not inky black, nice tan head (about a finger's worth give or take). Aromas of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Mouth feel is significantly thinner than BCBS, but still satisfying and warming, fills the mouth and pallet with complex flavors of chocolate, oats, and coffee that are complimented by the bourbon, not overwhelmed by it. Fantastic stout.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double chocolate; Sumatra and Kona coffees; oats to balance: Classic coffee/chocolate Stout. It's FOUNDERS. Period. 'Nuff said. Slight expected bitterness on back end, but not overwhelming. You will not be disappointed. 8.3% ABV

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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