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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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 JohnnyChicago
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful near black with a nice fluffy cappuccino head. Head last forever and excellent lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate and alcohol jump out of this one.

T: Taste is coffee, 90% cacao dark chocolate, maple syrup sweetness and a malty backdrop.

D: So smooth and creamy! I could drink these for hours. The alcohol is well balanced, but you can definitely taste that this is a heavy brew.

Overall: Such a great beer. It hits all the notes for an American Imperial Stout and truly helps define the genre. Its a big beer and it doesn't try to hide that, but it has a certain silky smoothness that others in its style lack. Recommended!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Bottle purchased in early January, 2016, poured into Guinness stout glass.

L: Very dark brown, almost black. Two finger head with decent retention, leaves slight lacing and a cap.

S: Coffee, cocoa, malt but can't really pull oats out of it.

T: Taste tends to follow nose: Coffee is dominant, followed by unsweetened chocolate. Malt backbone. A tiny bit of alcohol at end, but not offputting.

F: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Neither sticky nor overly dry. Very well balanced.

O: As always, this is very, very solid. I think it is overrated *a bit* but you can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of levifunk
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an '08 and '10 side by side.

a - black like oil, small thick head. looks heavy.
s - smoke and coffee
t - bitter, roasted coffee. very smokey.
m - heavier body, still good carbonation.
overall - good flavor, but has a bitterness that lingers. too smokey.

a - same
s - much less smokey, much more caramel. coffee.
t - much cleaner flavor with age. bitterness dies down. still strong in coffee.
m - same
overall - IMO its a lot better with age.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown.Good sized head and fading to a light,thin lace.

The aroma of coffee,roasted malt and a chocolate hint.

The taste begins bitter with a sweetness that follows hand in hand. Some alcohol warmth and taste of coffee and oatmeal.
The feel was full bodied with a well balanced carbonation. Syrup feel was not sticky and it was very easy to drink. Great balance overall.

Notes: Great way to start the day,but I had one with pumpkin pancakes and maple sausage lightly coated with maple syrup.

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Photo of BronYrAur
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pitch black, not even a sign of any highlights around the edges. A dark tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice rings around the edges. The perfect look?

S. Wow, this is the most coffee and chocolate I think I've ever smelled in a beer. The mocha scent is deep and very rich.

T. Unbelievably, this may be the weak point of this beer. It is labeled as an oatmeal stout but I'm not sure I get that. The bittersweetness of good oatmeal stouts like St. Ambroise, Barney Flats, and Sam Smith's is absent. It still tastes great, but just not quite like a proper oatmeal stout. Perhaps it's the absence of this that makes me slightly disappointed in the flavor. Still, this is a very nice tasting brew. Initially the mocha/chocolate flavors dominate. Very rich, dark, and quite good. The finish is marked by a drying bitterness that is much more reminiscent of the coffee than beer. Add that to the fact that the high alcohol content(8.3%) is hidden better than any other beer I've tasted of this strength and you really do have a fantastic "breakfast stout."

M. Thick, chewy, and almost devoid of carbonation. Not quite as creamy as I would've liked.

D. As mentioned, for such a strong beer in terms of alcohol, it is amazingly drinkable. I mean, I can't even perceive it. The roasted bitterness is also restrained just enough that it doesn't take a toll on your taste buds. Quite amazing to see a beer like this that is so drinkable.

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Photo of obrike
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh yea...another delicious offering from Founders. This is certainly one of my favorites of theirs and definitely a favorite stout of mine.

A great, clean stout...a bit of coffee, chocolate, and a great smooth finish.


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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast Stout is great. It is an extremely dark beer, maybe the darkest I've seen. The chocolate and coffee smell is very overwhelming. This beer tastes pretty much like black coffee with some dark chocolate flavor. I didn't find it too overly bitter, and the high level of alcohol is hidden nicely. I'm a pretty big fan of oatmeal stouts so I expected that I would like this. It is also very similar to Bent River's Uncommon Stout, if you get the chance to try it.

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Photo of lokizan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S-Coffee, coffee, coffee.....thats pretty much all I smell and thats not a bad thing!
T-Bitter roasted coffee upfront, subtle dark chocolate notes, more bitter coffee on the finish
F-medium bodied and decent carbonation
O-If you enjoy coffee beers this is a must, I get it every year. this year seems to be more coffee forward than last year. That being said Go Get This Beer!

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Photo of ndekke39
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coffee-brown color. Thick, chocolate look. Medium head on it. Very inviting.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Very rich.

T: Again with the coffee and chocolate dominating. Rich flavors, not overpowering.

M: Thick and creamy. One of the strong points of the brew. Very nice feeling.

D: Not necessarily for sipping, but the creaminess lets it go down easy. A very pleasant drink.

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Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an extremely dark creamy brownish/black with a thickly carbonated head of tan nearly a half inch. Enticing aromas of coffee, choclate, roasted oats, vanilla, espresso, choclate malt,and heavan.

Beer has been decanting for nearly 25 minutes with still the same half inch head as the initial pour. Very bold freshly roasted coffee flavors. Intense choclate espresso. Roasted oats, with an slight hint of pure vanilla extract hiding on the finish. Even a little bit of dark fruits in there prune maybe. Oh and that choclate roasted malt. Very satisfying and true to the name.

A good minute long finish with bold hard tannins. This is the first I've tried this beer and have had the Kentucky Breakfast twice. This one has more boldness and masculinity, although the Kentucky has much of the same the bourbon barrels have cut some of the in your face black coffee flavors back a little, made them a little tamer, and made that beer slightly more drinkable than this.

Still a terrific satisfying stout.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as coal with a thick tan head. Scent is roasted coffee with chocolate undertones. Taste is similar with a creamy mouthfeel. Last year I drank this too cold, despite knowing better. When cold the flavors are unsubtle, but let it warm a bit and the coffee and chocolate strike a better balance and the subtleties of the coffee really come out,

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Photo of dfuller
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful opaque black with fairly well retained thin, dark head.

Nose: morning coffee, maybe a bit sweetened

Taste: The coffee notes up front seem to dominate this beer. It bites like an oatmeal stout, but doesn't really taste like one. The coffee hits early and sweet chocolate dominates late. This bottle came from the fridge, where it came out too cold. An increase in serving temperature (even to the 60s) definitely improved the complexity and taste.

Mouthfeel: Sharp as an oatmeal stout and gets smoother as the brew warms. Very heavy -- this probably shouldn't be your first brew of a session.

Drinkability: A thick, silky smooth brew once it's warm enough. The 8.3% ABV is obvious but not overwhelming.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Thick, dark black. Thin tan head recedes but leaves a very thin patchy film across the top and a ring around the edge. Lacing is good.

Dark roasted grains, coffee, a hint of balancing sweetness. Intense at first, but the boldness dissipates quickly. Later, catching some chocolate. Sweetness stronger and overall aroma more balanced late in the sample.

Bitter chocolate and dark roasted grains taking the lead, but coffee also present. A hint of sweetness balances. There must be some hops adding to the bitterness, but none identifiable to me. Damned smooth and balanced, though definitely more bitter than most stouts.

Carbonation is low but perfect. Texture is smooth and creamy, with mild warming.

Lovely, to me, but a sipper. One to savor and share. Overall, a great beer. Surely some will find this one too bitter or bold generally, but to me this a great stout. One to emulate.

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Photo of cptierney
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a North Cast Nonic pint glass. A little scared to review this one, seeing as I'm not much of a coffee drinker.

Pitch black motor oil into my glass. Not much head on the pour- about one finger of light brown foam that quickly yielded to a stick-to-it ring that never left.

My nose is overwhelmed by coffee- I feel as if I'm about to drink some of my dad's favorite bottom of the pot farmer brothers joe. I hope there's more to this beer than this one flavor.

Great, thick and viscous mouthfeel. Almost reminiscent of drinking chocolate if not for the minimal carbonation.

What a truly enjoyable flavor. While there is an abundance of coffee notes in the brew, there's wonderful hints of bitter chocolate, hops, and heaps of toasted- no burnt- malts. This beer is also interesting in the sense that it starts big and finishes smooth, a quality I really appreciate in the world of big bodied stouts.

I sure couldn't drink too many of these, and as a matter of fact this one took me fifteen minutes to down as I wanted it to warm a little before finishing. With that in mind, there is absolutely no clue that this beer carries with it a 8.3% ABV punch. What a joy to drink!

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Photo of DannyDan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a black hue with a tan head that leaves some really beautiful looking retention and lacing. The smell is a nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is a very strong roasted bitter chocolate with some hints of coffee and molasses throughout. The oatmeal keeps it from becoming too bitter while making it chewy and smooth at the same time. The mouthfeel is very smooth, thick and sticky at the end. Overall this is a chocolate lovers dream come true. A yummy winning beer with a good quality chocolate taste.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with about 1/2 an inch of thick tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing around the glass

The smells coming from the glass are coffee notes and roasted malts

Big coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavors, with a little hop bitterness. there is also a hint of the 8.3%abv that comes through at the end as you draw ar over the sip.

medium mouthfeel with fairly high drinkability on this delicious stout.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky enough to pick up the last 4 pack at my local package store.

A - Black as night with a very, very frothy brown head. Excellent head retention and alot of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Smells primarily of chocolate. Can definitely smell the coffee too. At times I thought it smelled strongly of hops, but perhaps that was just the coffee. What I smelled was great, but a little more muted than I expected. Some cinamon notes in there as well.

T - Flavors are big, bold, and very rich. Just like with the smell, the chocolate is the big player here but the coffee undertones provide some nice contrast. Sweetness from the chocolate is balanced off nicely with bitterness from the coffee and roasted barley.

M - Full bodied and very creamy. Very similar to the mouth feel from a chocolate milkshake. Perhaps a little too sticky/syrupy though.

D - Wow this is so rich I think I could only drink one of these in a session. But I would like to have one every day, preferably at breakfast.

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Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tevering99 for the trade.

Mammoth pour, with a black, viscous substance coating the entire glass. A preposterously dark head settled down quickly to about a half an inch of carbonation. Great lacing throughout. I don't know if this was bottle conditioned, or what, but the head was gigantic.

The smell, and taste, are powerful and flavorful. Big, roasted chocolate (no surprise) abounds, with plenty of espresso, some dark fruits, and a smoky aftertaste. Delicious, heavy, and packs a wallop.

Not to be missed.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown-black with a thin brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and scorched sugars, faint coffee and some molasses. Very Imperial stout.

Taste is very strong and bold. Initially coffee, followed by some chocolate, then finishes with malty, stouty elements. Coffee tastes like good, rich breakfast-diner brand (the kind with the white ceramic cups served by a waitress named Flo or Sue Ellen), nothing fancy, just strong and uncut. Chocolate portion rides low, not adding much sweetness, keeps it dry and bitter overall. No trace of alcohol but the bitterness holds me back.

Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, velvety, almost like a diluted syrup. Doesn't seem to hurt it much, though, as I quaffed it rather quickly. Label declares this a "Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout." How's that for a categorizing nightmare? Makes me wonder what my productivity would be like with one of these for breakfast every day. Thanks to trbeer for this wake-up call.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

heroicly opaque. vicious and viscous. big fat beige head, leaving some nice stained glass, and fading to a thin smooth crop.
at first hint, brutally heavy coffee followed by bitter chocolate. the coffee actually is very floral with really nice hints of nuts ~ macademia? the chocolate is right in line, giving a huge nose that nearly masks the hot alcohol that storms to the forefront.
The drink, though, supplies the brilliance, big floral fruitiness (like blueberries?), nutty, definitely feeling the macadamia vibe here, chocolate coffee. Alcohol is more hidden in flavor than in song. Some bit of roast.
Excellent vibe with this whole thing. My first sip had me thinking it was going to be a long glass, but the 2nd opened the whole thing up. Probably just needed a little air to breath in there. An astounding beverage. Love the multiple coffees and chocolates producing an outstanding array of flavors. Bravo.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zoolzoo for trading this one to me. Will serve as a great preview for what to expect when Founders starts pouring in NYC shortly!

A: Pours a jet black with brown around the edges. The pour creates a dark tan head which doesn't stick around, but does leave some lacing as it goes. Everything an imperial stout should be.

S: Mostly chocolate up front, with some coffee. It actually smells more like coffee extract, the stuff they use to make iced coffee. There's some sort of vegetable or leafy scent that I can't place at all.

T: Definitely more complex and better than the smell (not that the smell was bad). Milk chocolate, definitely milder than the more bitter chocolate kick I'm used to in stouts. The coffee's good. There's just a hint of spice, which adds a nice level of complexity without being overdone. Alcohol comes out a bit as it warms. It's sweet up front, and has a nice bitter finish with a little hoppy hint.

M: Really sticky, and a little too syruppy. Carbonation's almost nonexistent. There's something a bit off about it.

D: Can't say it's my favorite, but it's definitely one of if not the most complex stout I've had. I'm very excited to be able to enjoy in on tap here in the City soon.

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Photo of enfield249
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark black, no highlights. Try to shine my 100 lumen LED through it reveals that it absorbs light, and is made of dark matter. Head is dark khaki in color.

S - Roast, coffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T - First thing I get is malt, then followed by some strong roast coffee flavors. Great!

M - Full to very full, not much CO2 to speak of. Lingering roast astringency, but very nice

D - Almost too drinkable for a stout. So very tasty.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured straight down the center of the glass. Jet black with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma of wonderful black coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor that seems to hit the palette first is the coffee but when you swirl it around in your mouth it's amazing how all of the different flavors stand out. The kona coffee, dark chocolates, roasted malt and a bit of hop presence. This is a great beer.

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

Masterful combination of coffee and chocolate in this stout, with the oatmeal making its appearance at well. Very smooth and not disapointing. Thanks vvclark for the bonus delivery after our regular trade! Baby picture on bottle is a flash of brilliant subtle humour. This could be a favorite regular beer of mine.
Had again 3.5 years later and bittrenss well subdued by choclate. Thick.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 9/22/15. Sampled on October 24, 2015.

It pours dark brown to about black with a modest tan head.

Wicked coffee aroma on the nose. Kind of a burnt malt character too and a moderate orange zing..

Medium to better than medium body.

Wow. This one cleanses the senses with its coffee or more specifically Espresso explosion. Moderate bitterness to finish. I rarely drink beer before 12 noon but this one is one that I could drink before then.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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