Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 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 TheHeadyStandard
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cant say much more than whats already stated here. This beer deserves an honest 99 and 100. Shout out to the bros for knowing whats up. Love this beer, have gotten for friends.

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Photo of mobrado
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, but I really don't get the love at all. It's new to Southern California, maybe my expectations were too high. I much prefer Victory at Sea or Speedway Stout to this. Just too thin and slightly acidic. Some surprisingly boozy notes for only 8% ABV, too.

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Photo of charlzm
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on January 19th, 2016. Poured from a bottle dated 09/04/15 into a tulip at 55 degrees F.

Moderate pour produces a three finger tan head. Settles down soon into a thick skin with plenty of lacing. Beer itself is deep opaque brown, bordering on black.

Aroma is coffee grounds and wet pennies. Something went wrong, it seems.

Flavor is slightly lactic with a dash of sourness up front. Coffee comes on strong along with bitter chocolate. Slightly acidic finish with a hint of oatmeal (more in the mouthfeel than on the palate). A little alcohol heat and flavor as well.

Speaking of mouthfeel, this beer is medium-bodied with an acrid bite, offset by oatmeal smoothness. That sharp edge fades soon, but is unpleasant on the first few sips.

This is from the first batch distributed to Southern California, so my expectations were high. Sadly, they were not met.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at business dinner, so I didn't have time to let it warm up properly. Its a shame, cause I only really started to enjoy this when it got to the right temp. Regardless, it was a nice thick, black, full bodied stout with a nice balanced flavor. Chocolate and coffee were delicious, and there's almost no sign of the alcohol.

Just opened a bottle with 6 months on it that was aged in less than ideal conditions. The result is an odd smell that is kind of soapy. However, the taste is still very good. Tons of chocolate, coffee and its bitterness arriving later, good creamy oatmeal base.

The body is not huge, but its oily and smooth. Easy to drink, for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember being blown away by this beer the first time that I had it. I was just finding out the complexities and delights of craft beer and this one was readily available, but definitely unlike any other beer I'd had before. It opened me up to the world of high-ABV, rich, and robust stouts, which have become some of my favorite beers to try. Silky smooth, creamy, and loaded with chocolate and roastiness.

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

Just finished drinking Founders Breakfast Stout, poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a brew date on the lable that was hard to read, but appeared to have been bottled in June of 2015. I have had this stout before and am a big fan. I decided it was time for a review.

It is very dark, almost black, with a nice dark tan head.

To my nose, it had a heavy coffee aroma, which is not a bad thing at all.

Taste: Wonderful. Taste of chocolate, coffee, just the right amount of sweetness, that has just a touch of bitterness that suits this brew well.

It is nice and smooth with an ample body. It is one of my top oatmeal stouts. I wouldn't mind having one of these hearty buggers at breakfast, sipping slowly on a cold winter morning.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 9-4-15. Pokal.

Appearance: Pours a solid opaque black with 2 fingers lasting tan head. No visible carbonation. Retains a ring of than with very nice lacing.

Smell: Heavy, bitter roast. Coffee and oat-forward. Darkness pervades. Coffee is really prominent on the nose.

Taste: Roasty, sweet arrival, transitions to a somewhat sweet and surprisingly resinous hop-driven bitterness almost immediately, then a robust malt-driven bitterness of roasted barley, oats, coffee and baking chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Only slightly slick.

Overall: Wow. This is a really excellent coffee and oat-forward roasty stout. It definitely lives up to the hype. Alcohol is totally hidden. 4-pack worthy. This is to stouts what Sumatra is to coffees - dark and dirty - but in a good way. Had they not said this was Sumatra in this, it probably would have been my first or second guess. Layers of dark roastiness with a really surprising layer of hop presence. This is a real contrast to Blackout Stout which comes across as very clean as Imperial Stouts go.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into snifter

A - deep black with about a finger of dark tan head. S - wonderful chocolate and oatmeal notes. T - awesome, chocolate shines in this one, slight bitter coffee aftertaste, really nice. M - extremely smooth and adequately carbonated.

Fantastic brew. I spend about 95% of my money on APA or IPA's, but I can't turn this one down when I see it at my local.

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Photo of IrishLace
2.87/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer was recommended to me on this website and I had really high hopes for it, but instead I come away a bit disappointed. While it smells delicious of coffee and chocolate, it has a really bitter taste that I don't particularly like. It has a moment in the middle of sweetened chocolate on my palate but overall it has a very bitter taste to me. Maybe I just happened to get a bad batch, but I don't think I'll be buying this beer again.

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

Pours a brilliant black with a shiny, 2-inch, pillowy, mocha-colored head that settles in at 1-inch. It is so dark and dense that no light permeates the beer. The nose suggests chocolate nibs, coffee, vanilla, oats and roasted almonds. The body is medium-full and enveloping. Quite silky. Lingers well. Malty, chocolate, sweetness moderated by modest hop bitterness. Nice Belgian lace. Some heat from the ABV, but not distracting. Quenching. Delicious. A stout to contemplate while sipping . . .

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

Poured from a 4-pack, 12oz bottle into a standard 16 oz glass, opened and poured too quick, about 10 degrees to cold. Black with a nice cream colored head. Amazing coffee and chocolate nose, head and lacing are there, but didn't last long...temp related fail. Taste and mouthfeel are excellent. One of the best breakfast (oatmeal) stouts I've tried. Recommended. If you're wondering, yes this is one you can drink and eat cookies with for breakfast, with the

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Photo of bbtkd
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast Stout, breakfast of champions, and featuring little Billy on the label, is iconic. Pours thick and black, decent head, nose is coffee and chocolate. Taste follows, with a fair amount of coffee bitterness. I could do with less bitterness and more chocolate, but hey then it would not be FBS! Excellent mouthfeel, and is a must try for anyone favoring stouts.

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Photo of Martinnewman48
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: dark with with tan head
S: coffee oats and Carmel
T: great strong coffee flavor with hints of chocolate unfolding.
F: very drinkable and an awesomne stout

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a 2 finger mocha head (hard pour). Foamy lining layers the glass. The nose is muted malt and hops. The taste is full flavored coffee with notes of dark chocolate. Very pronounce flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good stout, heavy on coffee flavor - Sumatra roast comes to mind. Very tasty nightcap.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. I am a huge coffee and chocolate fan so I knew I would love it the first time I tried it. Fort Point Market in Boston has it for 10.99 a 4 pack, which is the cheapest I have seen, so I love the great value for a world class stout. Excellent sipper that is very enjoyable as it warms.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Big chocolate aroma, mixed with complex coffee aroma upfront, slightly sweet deep chocolate/coffee malt roast, touch of alcohol on the finish.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a fairly thick khakis colored head. There is some lacing evident in the glass.

T: Big chocolate and coffee flavor with moderate deep malt that’s slightly sweet with a light bitterness that lingers on the finish.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation; the oats provide some smoothness - but not creaminess. There is also some alcoholic warmth noticeable.

O: Delicious; this beer is annually incredible. With expanded distribution this beer is still super tasty; Founders please keep it this way.

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Photo of drew42e
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Becoming goto stout of late since release to CA, great price point for top 100 beer. Big coffee aroma and flavor up front, softens a bit as warms. Mouthfeel pretty good for abv, not as hearty as other stouts but at 8% this is very drinkable. Not many imperial stouts at $3 a bottle.

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Photo of Cih26d
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in bottle and draft; draft the better experience as expected.
Great color, pour and initial flavor. The aftertaste was not as smooth as other stouts but not overwhelming.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a tempting mocha head, creamy in appearance.

Smells of chocolate, bitter black coffee, oats.

Tastes of coffee up front, accompanied by the dark chocolate flavor. Just the right amount of carbonation, not flat, not bubbly. Sweet aftertaste. Mocha lacing from where the head once was. One of the best.

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Photo of BillErickson
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Black with a thin head. A more vigorous poor makes for a slightly thicker head.

Smell - Dark chocolate and coffee are the main scents. There is also a slight scented of roasted malts.

Taste - When it's cold, upfront I taste coffee and some oatmeal. It's a tad sweet, with what tastes like licorice on the finish. However as it warms up, the licorice is replaced with dark chocolate and it's less sweet. Cold or warm this is an amazing beer!

Feel - nice full body, but not creamy. But it never feels too thin. Very satisfying.

Overall, this is one of my favorites out there. I keep meaning to buy a couple of these to age and I can never bring myself to hold onto them long enough LOL!

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Photo of 88caprice
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look: Black as Mordor's magic. No light makes it through the glass. Barely any head from a gentle pour. Even the slowly-forming edge foam is dark brown.
Smell: A roasty smell of dark black coffee or wet coffee grounds, bitter frothy chocolate, some alcohol presence, and charcoal.
Taste: Dark roasted coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and roasted/charred malts up front. In the middle, a sticky oat taste wafts up through the palate. Finishes with a bourbon-like alcohol tease that disappears before it can get sweet, followed by an oak barrel effect, burnt wood, and leather.
Mouthfeel: Heavy and smooth. Thick. That first sip slides down the back of the tongue like chocolate milk.
Overall: Wow. Yes.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Okay, I go to the local liquor store looking for something specific. They don't have what I wanted. I didn't want to look like looser that didn't have enough cash for a case of PBR, so I see this Founders for $9.99 for a four pack. I figured let's see what all the hype is about. I am not much of a stout/porter person so I thought I would maybe choking this down over the next few weeks. I had one yesterday on Christmas. WOW! Just great beer. All that everyone has said is correct. Outstanding stuff!

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

Pitch black pour, with a creamy and untidy espresso-coloured head. Smells like cold brewed coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like coffee - cold coffee, bitter and roasty - and dark chocolate, roasted malts and not much else. Super smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a dark chocolate bitter finish. A simple imperial stout, excellently crafted, but lacking something.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic! Maybe I've had too many Christmas Stouts lately, but this reminds me that good Stout doesn't need help to be interesting. It is dark black like strong diner coffee with a generous tan head on the pour (although it settles out quickly). On the nose it is all about coffee but the taste layers in chocolate and vanilla that lingers for at least 25 seconds. The carbonation feels right in the mouth. You will find yourself craving more.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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