Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,528 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 mlhyatt
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick and beautiful, rich black/dark brown with a pretty caramel hued two finger head.

The aroma of coffee, chocolate, and sweet nuttiness gently caresses your nose. It would be impossible not to take a sip after a whiff of this.

Perfectly blend coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts and you have this.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and very much like the label says, it's a breakfast beer.

Overall, this brew is a thing of beauty and anyone and everyone needs to try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of themegamancave
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Netdigger2
3.19/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorite stouts, usually readily available too.

Pours black with low to medium dark tan head.

Smell is coffee, chocolate, roated malt, almonds, and a dash of cream. Yum.

Taste mimics the smell with coffee upfront, followed by chocolate, glazed pancakes, and a bit of roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, but it is always on the lower side of carbonation, like pouring from a cask.

Awesome beer!

Edited 10/13/13:

2013 Batch

Taste this year is totally unbalanced bitter coffee and ashtray. The creamyness and smoothness from the oatmeal is completely hidden. Seems like this year's batch might have been rushed and not fully conditioned.

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Photo of Ozzie1111
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dbaraniak
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black in color and not a bit of light will penetrate this. A light trace of off white foam rests on top. Intense aroma of Kona & Sumatra coffee greets me and beckons me. It's a very powerful aroma that seems to both warn me to take it slow and enjoy and also let's me know this is not for squares. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. The taste is a jolt of initially bitter coffee that sweetens as it fades. It's a pleasant shock to the palate that will keep you coming back for more sips.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ali1987
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- thick 1.5 tan head with great lacing on a jet black body with no light getting thorough.

S- aroma consists of mostly Kona coffee with notes of dark chocolate, sweet brown sugar, & smoked meats.

T- taste follows the aroma very closely....Again, dominating with coffee & sweet smoked meats.

M- full body, moderAte carbonation

O: this is a delicious beer, especially for coffee lovers. It does everything right. :)

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally I've gotten my greedy hands on the famed Founders Breakfast Stout and I've been waiting ages to put it to the test.

A: Pours like used motor oil, looks extremely thick, bordering on syrupy, when pouring. When poured aggressively into a tulip glass you get a nice finger and a half or so of extremely thick, dense, fluffy mocha head that hangs around for about five minutes before leaving stunning lacing. I just wish that head stuck around longer!

S: Like dark chocolate covered, espresso rolled vanilla, caramel and coffee chocolate balls. Someone compared it to the Cubano Style Espresso Brown from Cigar City, but I think that was more one note, while this opens up to be more complex and layered. Just a touch of heat on the very back end belies the 8.3% ABV.

T: Exactly like the smell, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, chocolate covered dark fruits with just the slightest warmth from the booze, which is complementary. I only wish it was even more intense and overwhelming.

M: Thick, chewy, but yields with the alcohol, though it still leaves a sticky film across your whole mouth.

O: Outstanding, delicious. Only need to try it barrel aged.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a bit up and sorta down for me.
High expectations based on what I'd read.
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Gorgeous dark brown/black thick and minimal to zero head.
Smell was lovely with lots of chocolate and coffee, malted milk.
Taste was a bit less complex than I was expecting. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
But still very delicious.
Mouthfeel was thin, would have liked it to be a bit thicker.
This is a glorious and well crafted stout. My favorite after Fiddlehead's Hodad.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,528 ratings.
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