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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles quickly, not not completely. Leaves a thick foam ring, and a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Slight rising effervescence can be seen at the onset, but this quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted espresso is prominent. Dark chocolate, also prominent. Hints of butterscotch, molasses, and licorice.

T: Coffee beans, unsweetened bittersweet dark chocolate, pecan shells, licorice.

M: Thick, hearty, and syrupy in the front. Lightly bitter chicory finish that lingers on the palate a bit. Elevated alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and savor and love.

Atmosphere is excellent. Foamy, lingering head and some spotty lacing. Nose is strong combination of coffee, chocolate, and sweet and bitter components. Hearty roasted malts, accentuated with tons of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and bitter pecan shell and black licorice. Very well-balanced. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect session beer. This is one of my favorite everyday beers out there. Some say that it has fallen off over the years but I still think it is great. It isn't that punch you in the mouth stout that can just be to much. It has a good nose, great taste, but does not have the body that it used to have. I don't know to much about aging it as well.


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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/13/13
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours an inky jet black with a finger of a dark tan head. The heads last a little while before dying down to a half finger, leaving light lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.5)
Gigantic waves of robust, dark roasted coffee waft up towards your nostrils as soon as you raise the glass to your lips. The coffee smells very fresh and rich. Beneath the burnt beans is a light, herbal hop spiciness. Fresh oats and rich, semi-sweet baker's chocolate peek through the wall of coffee more and more as the beer warms. The coffee really balances out of the sweet smelling chocolate and oats.

Taste: (4.5)
Right away, your palate is assaulted by dark roasted coffee beans that sustain through out of the taste. Just as in the nose, some leafy, herbal hop spiciness rises alongside the coffee's bitter astringency. Middle of the taste, a strong, firm dark chocolate presence and creamy oats coat your palate thoroughly. The beer finishes fairly dry, leaving tons of long lingering notes of coffee, rich chocolate and oats on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Full and thick creamy body with moderate to high carbonation. The creamy, full texture of this stout really sets itself apart from other oatmeal stouts.

Overall: (4.5)
Wow, this is just a pitch perfect example of both an oatmeal stout and a coffee stout; The coffee presence isn't overbearing and the creamy, silky texture of the body just really sends this stout a cut or two above it's competition. Highly recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


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