Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,532 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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Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour. Head is beige - bordering on ochre - and whispy. Lace is a bit thin. Looks OK.

Smells like coffee. Intense, burnt, spicy espresso, but more so, with a big kick to the gonads to get you up and about. Spicy, rich, earthy. Not much else though. More would make this a huge winner.

Taste is kind of similar. Big choco-malt flavour upfront and on the back as well. Touch of espresso as well, but more meek and feeble. Roasty, a bit spicy, kind of vegetative more than anything though. Like a coffee beer but underroasted.

Smooth body, has a bite on the back from the bitterness though.

Not hugely enamoured of this. It kind of sleepwalks a little through the coffee bear territory without ever enlivening the senses.

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Photo of BRClemons
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jacobbocce72
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of PrimScrewhead
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tgatort
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of toomuchhops
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of grze
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of EliotTruelove
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very lovely.

Appearance: Although it pours thick like a stout it seems to look as if it sits in the glass a bit more liquidy and thin than other stouts. Not a criticism, just an observation.

Smell: Steel is what I initially thought of, followed by a strong coffe smell and hints of other chocolate stouts i know and love. I have a clogged nose however so I cant judge this category too well.

Taste: This beer seems to be hit or near miss for me. Sometimes i'll love it and other times I'll only like it. Tonight was one of the latter nights. It was good, but perhaps my tongue wasnt in the mood for a stout tonight and it skewed my perception. Tonight was great, but nothing to brag about; whereas other times ive had it I sing its praises from the rooftops. I wonder why that is, why the differing quality between bottles and batches. It has Coffee, Dark Chocolate, and a distinct grain flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: very positive, always balanced from the tip of the tongue, into the middle, then down the backof the tongue into the throat. Not predominant in any one area, very balanced throughout.

Overall: This is a beer i come back to often, and im always surprised at the differing ways i feel about it. Sometimes its "meh" and other times its "legendary". The legendary times make me endure the "meh" times and keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of AmandaRae
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of admiral
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful beer - best stout I have ever had

aroma: malty-mineral-chocolate goodness with slight coffee

taste: started off strong coffee with milk chocolate then as it warmed up it turned around to become strong milk chocolate with coffee with a strong cocoa presence complimented by some slight wine sweetness (all with a dash of spice). in a word - delicious

full of chocolate goodness - a great way to start the day if having for breakfast

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Photo of TheosTheories
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- pitch black, no light comes through, nice tan brown creamy head, doesn't last long

S- wow, lots of coffee! Smells great! I'm getting fresh roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some dark fruits and vanilla in there, and a nice toastiness.

T- follows the nose, big coffee! I'm getting the bitter dark chocolate up front, dark fruits, plumbs mostly, in the middle, and finishes with a nice roasted coffee. Little vanilla in the back as well.

M- smooth and creamy.

O- overall one of my favorite stouts, very complex, and easy to drink. I wouldn't mind this brew in the mornings with that amazing coffee flavor.

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Photo of BrianScott
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of HazardousBrewer
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dillon_1005
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Kimball-NH
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of rpenterics
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Justinsosmart
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Bizoneill
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JoeMans
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of loganburgh
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tviz33
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler filled at Lewis Brothers Market in Horseheads, NY. Served in to a tulip glass.

A- Darker than hell body with one finger of dark brown head that slowly rises on the pour. Lookin' good.

S- So much coffee on the nose! Very malty and roasty. Maybe just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate, but there's no doubt about the coffee.

T- Again, the coffee dominates, but there's also some nice chocolate and oatmeal flavors that make this brew special. No alcohol presence to speak of.

M- Thick and viscous. Lightly carbonated. Nice feel.

O- There's not much to complain about with this one. Some say the coffee is too much, but I think it's just right.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Carl_R
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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