Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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99
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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:
16,485
Reviews:
3,804
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,847
Gots:
6,209
For Trade:
236
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Ratings: 16,485 |  Reviews: 3,804
Photo of _Adam_
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of yonnie
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KFBR392
4.96/5  rDev +11%
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 +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SRey1250
4.96/5  rDev +11%
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 +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Spoda1983
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of shacawgo24
4.96/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of SheaDawg
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Rmullerkc
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JordanHageman
4.96/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Ohniel
4.96/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SgtAmerica
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of downeyj4
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Coffee lovers unite!!! When I heard about this beer, I was a bit skeptical at first. A chocolate coffee oatmeal stout? That sounds like it has a lot going on, and I was right. The color is deep brown. It has a great aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is right on. It has the bitterness of coffee and the maltiness of beer. It is unlike anything else out there and man does it it keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of lifenoob
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Possibly my favorite stout I've ever had, which is saying a lot. Smooth mouthfeel, fantastic finish. I used to travel from northern VT into MA to get it before Founders made their way up north. Worth every penny, and I look forward to it every year.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had the fresh 2013 version as a 13oz pour at a bar in Park Slope.

A - It pours a deep midnight black. Not transparent at all, in fact a bit muddy. Little head but I'm thinking that was the fault of the bartenders pour.

S - black coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, and creamy. Delicious.

T/M - Exactly like the smell plus a hint of alcoholic heat. Their is a sweetness/creamy texture and full bodied. Very rich and robust.

The perfect stout? Pretty darn close. This is the stout that makes you fall in love with other stouts.

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Photo of titus0010
4.96/5  rDev +11%

Photo of lamergod
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black opaque body with a tiny head.

Smells of absolute amazement. Nice roast coffee, dark cocoa. Very intense.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee forward with a bellow of cocoa taste. Very balanced, yet strong at the same time. Low on carbonation. Smooth

Overall, a beer thats very strong and intense. Yet manages to keep it balanced. Well done. One of the best I've had

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Photo of Ivegotmule
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a 2012 at right at about a year of age. I bought 3 cases last year and I'm drinking my last one tonight as I get 3 more cases tomorrow. It is poured freely into a huge balloon wine glass, no head, slight brown edges with pitch black 95%. The coffee and hops have faded slightly over the year, but honestly not that much as it has been in the garage beer fridge since it was about 3 weeks old. The chocolate layers are just exquisite with the age. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style, but the dryness from the bitter chocolate and hops and perfect carbonation make it an easy drinker. Cliche or not, I could totally drink this for breakfast. This is my second favorite coffee forward non barreled imperial stout. Just short of a Alesmith Speedway Stout. And that's not even a good comparison considering the huge abv difference. I absolutely recommend buying as much of this as you can find/afford. But I must say, it is best around 3 months of age, just as Founders recommends "drink all of our beer fresh". The hops and coffee fade and they are the highlights of the beer.

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Photo of Drew_S
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge Stout fan, but wow does this knock your off your feet with a great tasting chocolate coffee flavor. A very drinkable Stout. Is a perfect beer to start off your day on a day off. Superb and a world class beer breakfast treat!

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Photo of callmeopus
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Draught at Thirsty Monk where is was being run through a Randall-like beer filter with cacao nibs. It was as dark and lovely as its unaltered parent. The cacao nibs increased the chocolate aroma (duh!) and brought forth a bittersweet bite at the front of the tongue. The stout melded very nicely with the cacao nibs, carrying the bitter sweetness throughout the tongue and mouth.
It finished with an almost bark-like dryness.
Glad I got the chance to witness the combination of nibs and beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline. Poured a beautiful dark brown with a mocha foam colored head. Medium retention and lots of foamy lacing. It smells amazing- a very smooth coffee smell literally the most like coffee of any beer and also a distinctly different scent of cocoa. The taste is very much like it smells the exception being a wonderfully rich blend of dark malt. The mouthfeel is exceptional as well- very lightly carbonated with a full, rich body. Definitely a top-notch beer and one I would drink again.

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Photo of eschaton
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Opaque black body with a dark tan head that quickly dissipates to a halo. Smells like heaven, dark chocolate, coffee, and oats. Pleasantly acrid start that quickly transitions to coffee and chocolate with a sweet but not overly saccharine vanilla finish. I would make a miner's breakfast out of this beer but cracking an egg in it would be sacrilegious, it's just too goddamn good.

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Photo of cruzmissile72
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer. Very complex. The aromas and tastes of coffee and chocolate are intensely present; very powerful indeed. The color is rich and black with a coffee with cream colored head. The malty notes come through well. I love the way it feels, creamy and slick in my mouth. So much happens when this beer goes into my mouth and down my throat.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,485 ratings.
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