Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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99
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16,513 Ratings
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
Ratings:
16,513
Reviews:
3,810
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,855
Gots:
6,226
For Trade:
236
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 16,513 |  Reviews: 3,810
Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was pleased to learn that I could find a top-25 beer right down the street from me. I bought a four pack and I'm glad I did.

Pours black and opaque. Light brown head rests on top. Great lacing. The smell of this beer alone will blow you away. I get so many flavors from one whiff. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, oats. This is as full-bodied as it gets. The flavor is complex. Starts warm with a coffee flavor, goes down smooth, and ends with a chocolaty aftertaste. Great balance.

This beer definitely deserves its high rating. It's very unique. It brings such a complex flavor to the table. Even though I'm not a huge fan of coffee, I still love this beer's taste. Great job Founders, round of applause.

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Photo of carolinared
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Laurenessa
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Impossibly huge coffee/espresso notes on the nose and tongue, along with other typical stout profiles (chocolate, roasted malt, etc.) Medium carbonation. Good retention. The +8% ABV is extremely well hidden. Perfect example of the style. So delicious.

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Photo of WMD-1002
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of sorvats
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MO5290
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KeralaTigers
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KDE
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of videofrog
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Bstewart
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BiteTheBullet
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of canders0927
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Appearance was very opaque, black, oil like. Thick tan head. Very little lace.

Smell was dominated by coffee with a hint of alcohol.

Taste was good. Heavy coffee flavor. Roasted grains and burnt bitterness which gave way to cacao. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouth feel was thinner than I expected. Left an oily slick on my tongue.

Overall an excellent beer.

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

Photo of athegreatest83
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JohnG190
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a thin brown head. Nice lacing. Strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste follows nose - lots of coffee, dark roasted malt, with bitter chocolate coming on the back end. No hop flavor at all, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Full bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth. Overall, this is one well crafted stout! It's the Starbucks of coffee stouts!

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

A: Pours a luxurious, black and creamy without a ton of head in my whiskey snifter.

S: The aroma has a slightly over-roasted, Ethiopian coffee character. You could also argue it has South American coffee notes because of the nuttiness. This has perhaps the best nose of any coffee beer I've experienced.

T: Hints of the chocolate are there, and the coffee is rather pronounced with a bold alcohol presence like a cudgel. You can certainly taste the 60 IBUs, for it has a pleasant spiciness. The aftertaste has dense malt profile; this paired with a rich 80% or higher cocoa would be marvelous.

M: Some alcohol singe comes through, but it has a subtle finish with the malt and coffee profiles.

O: People go completely nuts for this, and to a degree, I can understand. This is no KBS, but it is an excellent coffee-style brew. Plus, my amazing girl got me the four-pack, so it has a special place in my heart. Out of my four-pack, one is left for at least a year of aging, so I'm excited to see where this goes.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance; Deep mahogany brown body, impenetrable to light, crowned by a small, dense tan head, which retains quite well. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma. The high alcohol presence (8.3% ABV) is utterly imperceptible in the aroma. The coffee aroma utterly dominates the aroma.

Taste: Opens with a massive surge of cold coffee. As the taste progresses, bitter cocoa and sweet alcohol are notable, but serve as mere foils to the cold coffee flavors, which dominate the taste from start to finish. As the taste draws to a close some modest, at least in comparison to the over-the-top coffee flavors, present themselves. While the hops are presented at a very respective 60 IBUs, they seem but a mere afterthought against the staggering wave of coffee malt.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth and velvety, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Staggering in its grandeur, it is difficult to overstate just how superb Founders Breakfast Stout is. If ever there was a "bucket list beer", this is it.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque black, small tan head with not much retention

Smell: Tons of coffee with dark chocolate overtones

Taste: The coffee is up front and in your face, dominating the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied, and lightly carbonated.

I don't mind notes of coffee in a stout, but this was too overpowering for my tastes. Almost a wreckless use of coffee in my opinion. I would have liked a little more chocolate to come through in the flavor. I know this is one of the classic brews of all time but it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is dark black and flows is viscous. Head is about an inch and has some staying power.
Odor is complete with malt and coffee. Also sweet.
Taste is of chocolate, malt and coffee. Dark chocolate near middle end and a pretty smooth finish. Alcohol is only slightly detectable which is good considering the abv.
Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Not as heavy as I though considering the look.
Overall an excellent stout and excellent beer in general.

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Photo of johntfox
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BakeTheCake
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,513 ratings.
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