Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,474 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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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of phthisis37
3.39/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black as expected with a small small head of brown. Lacing is average.
S - Smell is dominated by coffee. Picking up some chocolate and roasted scents as well.
T - Taste seems different each time. Sometimes it is dominated by coffee flavor sometimes it is a chocolate flavor. Sometimes it just tastes roasty. The coffee flavor seems like run of the mill coffee(Like drinking coffee at work or waffle house).
M - Seems watery and thin to me for a coffee stout. Would like it to be thicker and stick around.
O - Only OK overall. Nothing special here for me. The coffee flavor is too much of a bland coffee and the flavor seems to be changing too much.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Aeroscorp
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ImperialStout
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which doesn't seem to have much retention. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black.

Nose- Very heavy on the coffee. I hope the flavor profile doesn't reflect it too much but there are lots of roasted malt notes here. They don't hide the chocolate and the small amount of fudge but it pretty much obscures any other aromas.

Taste- Plenty of coffee but it is much more seductive and accessible than that of the nose. Some chocolate but this really is a breakfast stout- even more than KBS which I like better. This is a coffee drinker's delight and one that I enjoy as well. The dry finish makes for a very neat and clean flavor profile. Some chocolate and oatmeal but coffee really is the star of the show. A bit simplistic but still pretty good because coffee used is very well rounded to the extent that it's almost exquisite. The chocolate, while not very explicit, helps to smooth it so that it has none of those woody or sour notes you get with some coffee stouts. I wish I could say more but this is just a really good beer that doesn't muck it up with a lot of complexity. Presence, balance, and integration- it's got all of those but complexity? Not so much.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Very deceptive despite its lack of nuance. Rich but smooth coffee. I think I could dump this on ice and a coffee drinker wouldn't know the difference. The 2.50 to 3 bucks it usually goes for seems like a bargain. What I paid for it, is not.

Overall- Really good beer that is almost great. A little too simplistic for my tastes. This is not to say that the coffee used isn't complex, just that other notes aren't prominent enough. Definitely worth a try but you probably already know that. Not as amazing as advertised and I won't be going through the trouble to get this again. I would drink it all the time if it were easily accessible and around 3 bucks a bottle. But I'm on the West Coast and that ain't happening. And I'm okay with that.

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Photo of boardrrc
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WVUbrew
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of afinepilsner
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz brown bottle

Founders Breakfast Stout is pitch black in color even when held to a light. It has a brown head with decent retention and lacing. The smell is mostly coffee and chocolate with a good dose of maltiness. This beer tastes amazing! It has good coffee and chocolate flavors with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. It has a full bodied silky smooth mouthfeel and long finish. This is a very we'll made beer and one of the best stouts I have ever tasted.

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Photo of BrandonOakes
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Eric908
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cujim
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Tayloraphilips
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Desmodoc
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Bamaboy1975
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of WallyJaz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

I've been hunting for coffee beers and this was recommended to me by the guy at Friar Tuck's. I bought a 6 pack and have been enjoying it all week long.

- Appearance (4.25/5)
Nice dark color. Nothing really pops out of it on the edge or head, although the head does have a unique texture to it. As far as color during pouring or around the edge though it doesn't have much, it's just plain dark. I like that.

- Smell (4.5/5)
Strong coffee scent that isn't reflected in the taste which was sort of disappointing, but it was nice none the less. Maybe it's a subconscious connection between coffee and warmth but the smell did make me feel warm.

- Taste (4.25/5)
Like liquid chocolate; dark chocolate, but not bitter. The was a mild coffee undertone, but as I said it was not reflective of the smell. Of course that is how coffee tends to be on its own, does NOT taste like it smells. Good malty finish though. The chocolate stays with you for a while but that nice because whatever they used to make that flavor is high quality.

- Mouthfeel (4.75/5)
Super thick and yet smooth at the same time. It actually does feel as though I ate a piece of chocolate by the end of it, which typically makes me want water.

- Overall
This beer is what the label says, "Breakfast Stout". For some reason it would just taste better in the morning with some bacon or sausage or one of those Jimmy Dean skillet breakfasts with potatoes and peppers and onions and eggs. Founders found good accompaniment.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaycar06
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,474 ratings.
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