Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BA SCORE
4.51/5
16,620 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
Ranking:
#88
Reviews:
3,827
Ratings:
16,620
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
1,883
Gots:
6,287
Trade:
235
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 16,620 |  Reviews: 3,827
Photo of ffejherb
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's on 5/23/09. Served in a shaker pint.

A - Deep, dark coffee brown body with thick, one-finger burnt mocha head that retained fantastically and laced up extremely well.

S - Fresh ground coffee aroma with bittersweet chocolate notes. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes emerge eventually, as well as some subtle earthy hop notes. Simple yet effective, but one of the best coffee stout aromas ever.

T - Wonderful blend of fresh coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and subtle earthy hop notes that gain momentum as the liquid warmed up a bit. Alcohol is virtually undetectable.

M - Thick and luscious body with a smooth, creamy texture and subtle carbonation. Pretty assertive bitter finish with a touch of residual sweetness on the palate.

S - Possibly the best coffee stout out there. I can't imagine anything topping this phenominal beer. Breakfast Stout is definitely my benchmark for the style.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, completely black,no light is coming through this sucka, like motor oil, dark tan head that took some work to even get there, had the bottle about 8 inches above the glass while pouring.Some sugar comes through on the nose, but is dominated by chocolate and coffee.The flavor profile is just as advertised, tons of chocolate with a back drop of coffee and oats, a beautifully creamy texture with a sweet malty backbone, Just enough hop bitterness to round out all the flavors. This beer coats your mouth and leaves you begging for more, definately could drink this brew all night.

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Photo of Scott1015
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mcconnell325
4.96/5  rDev +10%

Photo of arcorey243
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Black as night with half a finger of thick creamy mocha/chocolate head. Looks pretty thick too.

S - Freshly ground coffee beans, chocolate, ice cream. Huge aroma and the coffee smells absolutely wonderful.

T - The taste is purely orgasmic. Huge sweet chocolate flavor, along with fresh roasted coffee, mild oats, and a sort of ice cream flavor. Super sweet but not cloying, moderate coffee bitterness, with the coffee flavor done to perfection. The coffee is more of a dark roast with a hint of espresso. The chocolate/coffee/oat combo is really outstanding.

M - Moderately thick and chewy with low carbonation. This isn't quite as viscous as other stouts, but the mouthfeel is still great.

O - I liked this even more than KBS, which makes this my favorite stout. Almost perfect in every way; I could drink this for the rest of my life.

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4.96/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BigGerm
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JakeWarrenPgh
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Probably the best stout I've had. Just the right amount of coffee, smooth finish, and not excessively high in alcohol. It's seasonal, so it's one of the few reasons to anticipate winter.

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4.96/5  rDev +10%

Photo of HDriderclark
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of FrostyFoster72
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my Favorite beer I have ever had. It's such a big beer! The smell of chocolate, coffee, and even dark fruits! Very creamy mouthfeel, and tastes exquisite! If you see this on the store, and if you like stouts, you're a fool not to pick it up! Each sip literally has something delightful and interesting about it. Something that will always be in my fridge when I can get my hands on it!

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Photo of derban10
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of _Adam_
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of yonnie
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KFBR392
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark with a slight lacing on after the pour. Poured into a snifter. Thin lacing stuck on the sides and slowly snuck down the glass.

Smell: Yep, this is perfect. Strong coffee aroma but the chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, and caramel accents are there. Bursts out of the bottle, but is not overpowering. Everything that the smell brings is exactly replicated in the taste. Like I said before, perfection.

Taste: Once again, perfection. The coffee flavors burst through which magnificently yields to the malty oatmeal and chocolate flavors. There is no break between transition of flavors in this beer. This beer is so complex and layered it isn't funny. 8.3 abv?? If I tasted this beer without knowing the abv I would say around 4%. Simply wonderful. It is almost ridiculous that a beer this masterful has been so widely available this year. Thank you Founders, this is a true and unbridled masterpiece.

Mouthfeel: What more do you want from me? This beer is perfect! Smooth caramel coating sticks on the palette. Chewy texture that refuses to leave long after drinking this beer. The flavor simply refuses to leave your tongue.

Overall: This beer can only be appreciated by those who truly appreciate beer. If you do not like this beer, go buy a 30 rack of yellow garbage fizzy beer and have a solid night. In my opinion, this is the best beer so widely available. Are there better beers then this? Yeah probably, but not many. And for any beers better then this you are going to pay $20+ for a bomber. I have not seen a beer more widely available then Founders Breakfast Stout that can hold a candle to this beer. Just go buy this beer now, and continue to buy it while its there. Oh yeah, this beer is perfection.

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Photo of MadLatvian
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SRey1250
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best coffee stout out there.

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Photo of RickTheRick3
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of shacawgo24
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Coffee brown-black. Put cream in your coffee and that is the color of the head, tan. Head is one finger thick, sudsy, and dies quickly. No lacing. But maybe with a double bottle serving instead of one, lace would appear and head would be thicker. Still, a dark beauty of a beer.

S-Dark cold coffee. Cocoa bean. Hot cereal. Oats. Milk. Leather. Tobacco. Ink. Brownie batter. Resinous. Hemp. Dark chocolate. Chocolate pretzels. Smoked meats. So many possibilities of smell detecting here. A litany can be compiled.

T-Tag team of coffee & chocolate wrestle on the palate. Molasses. Toffee. Charcoal smoke. Plum even. Cream of Wheat. Oatmeal. Cocoa Rice Krispies. Wheat grain. Ink. Resin. Hemp. Tobacco. Dark sour dried fruits: prunes and raisins. I think the beginning, middle and end is a uniform sip. You can take your time and pluck out multiple flavors one by one. The aftertaste is a mild sour. With inky vapors on the breath.

M-Perfect medium body. Spritz-y, bright low-medium carbonation is a constant. Always sizzles from start to finish. Goodness, this beer warms you when it is ICE COLD. That is the definition of perfect carbonation. Not a typical dead feeling stout, Breakfast Stout has life. Root beer float and/or milkshake sudsy feel is present, and yet is fluid enough to be soft and velvety. Nice sour alkaline aftertaste, gentle. Bitter resins on the after as well. The body does thin out though, feeling liqueur like with time. But the carbonation gives a consistent sizzle down your chest, like boiling sugar. Sticky. If the beer was thicker, consistently, this would be the best feeling beer around.

O-Possibly the best four-pack of beer you can buy. I like experimenting with the pours on this beer. Slow pour and it becomes a flavorful dark liqueur with no head. Hard pour and you get more of a stout look, with better head retention and lacing possibilities. This beer must be in a snifter or an oversized wine glass at all times, to impart better smells and expand better tastes. Top shelf. This beer doesn't have to be improved, but if the body were thicker and the head were as well, Breakfast Stout would be literally perfect. But what is perfect in life? Breakfast Stout is the epitome of NEAR PERFECT.

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4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Rmullerkc
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +10%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,620 ratings
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