Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,476 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Amgarnier
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: Heavy dark beer, with a one finger brown head, looks as heavy as it tastes.

s: It smells like a fresh cup of espresso, Slight smell of fruity esters, great strong aromas.

t: It is a delicious oatmeal mixed with espresso and chocolate, It leads to a hop flavor a little strong for what I was expecting. After taking several sips I grew accustom to it and liked it!

m: Full body, heavy beer, medium carbonation. The alcohol warms the mouth

o: My favorite beer of this style. It cant see a beer being better then this.

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Photo of Hopinion
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Although admittedly weak at judging stouts, I have to say that this beer stands head and shoulders above all other stouts I have tasted. If I still lived in Ohio, then this would be my winter beer. Every ingredient is blended perfectly to balance the alcohol content.

The fullness of this stout is only rivaled by some of the Russian Imperial Stouts I have had the pleasure to try. The oatmeal characteristic really shines on the nose and on the palate, but its chocolate characteristics are exquisite.

This is a dark beer created for those short winter days when sunshine seems like an afterthought. If you love stouts, winter warmers, Russian Imperial Stouts, or just perfection in a glass, then this one comes extremely highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

(4.25) A: Pitch black with a sizeable and bubbly mocha-coloured foam head which recedes quickly to a ring. Great sticky lacing down the glass.

(4.5) S: Dark bitter chocolate (lots of it), espresso bean, molasses, caramel, and a bit of smoke. This has a nice underlying earthy herbal element to it as well (oats maybe). Incredible how raw and intense the chocolate and coffee bean aromas are – hard to imagine a more intense aroma.

(4.5) T: Loads of dark chocolate and espresso, molasses, herbal qualities, some vanilla, and caramel. Bitter with just enough sweetness to provide a nicely balanced finish. Pleasantly dry throughout. Appreciate how this focuses on the bitter side of the roasted malt qualities and less on the sweeter side.

(4.5) M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy, adequate oiliness, and very smooth.

(4.5) D: This deserves the reputation it has. Fantastic bitter and bold chocolate and espresso qualities combined with a creamy and full bodied mouthfeel were of world class standards.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is it worthy of 100? That is debatable? Is it worthy of being in the top 200 beers in the world? Again debatable. At the very least it's in the conversation. Personally I say nay to the former but Hell Yay to the latter. A damn fine beer and I can't wait to get my hands on some KBS in a month or so when it's released. Not gonna regurgitate the multitudes of tasting notes etc. I am very late to the game in trying this fine brew as I have been enjoying draft beers for the better part of a decade plus however for some odd reason am new to stouts. Try it! It's a phenom.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours black with a finger of bubbly, tan head that dissipates quickly into nothing. Aroma is incredibly roasty, with coffee dominating and dark chocolate right there behind it, and there is licorice and alcohol hidden in the background. While there is a small amount of sweetness right up front, the roastiness and bitterness are the story, and it is a bold story. There is a very light amount of carbonation to this one, and it is a medium bodied beer. The coffee and dark chocolate flavors will linger for eternity if you let them.

Overall: Excellent beer! I look forward to this release every year. I love black coffee, and this beer is a great choice for people like me.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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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%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,476 ratings.
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