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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Reviews: 3,801 | Ratings: 16,439
Photo of Pontzie
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmmm ... I've had this before and don't remember it being this overwhelmingly flavored liked a roasted coffee bean.
Something seems to have changed with this batch (9/10/2016). I remember loving and being beyond impressed with the complexity of the brew that I had about 2 months ago (maybe a little longer). This one is good but overpowered by coffee and I am having to knock the rating down a bit from the lofty heights I was expecting to give this.

L: Pours a solid dark body, a little light does pass through so it is not as inky black as some.
S: So, I am getting a strong coffee flavor - almost to the point of an espresso bean. If coffee isn't your cup of tea you aren't going to love this batch. Again I remember more depth of character in the last one I had. I enjoy the coffee smell.
T: strong coffee and some oats. Alcohol is hidden in the beer very nicely.
F: Really a well balanced feel to this beer. Medium carbonation that compliments the style well.
O: A good stout. It just doesn't seem to be the world beater that I remember from the first batch that I had.

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

Look : One finger brown head, solid black body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Dark chocolate, coffee, oats, a little bit of toasted marshmallow.

Feel : Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Slight sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, though there is a bit of an alcohol bite on the finish.

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Photo of pretzyl04
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven’t had this one in a while, it was just re-released. Right out of the fridge I couldn’t help not tasting, mmmmm. I then restrained myself to let it warm up to get all the flavors.

Bottled 8/12/2016.

Poured into a Tulip glass.

Smooth dark pour, a finger’s worth of head, khaki color. After diminishing, rim head lasted throughout the tasting. Rim head? Is that accepted terminology? ha.

Smells are coffee, malts, and cocoa.

Taste of bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, malts, and caramel upfront. Finishes/lingers with bitter coffee and chocolate

Mouth is a full bodied feel, smooth, and light carbonation. Soft alcohol feel, no boozy ending.

Awesome beer, one of my favorite.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful stout, dark, coffee-laced, bold and beautiful. Nice aroma of malt and coffees, some coco. Toasty coffee flavor and smooth finish. Coats your mouth and lingers. This is among my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Vader444
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply awesome beer. Thick, dark,unctuous mouthfeel with an aroma of dark chocolate, fresh espresso coffee and a hint of cigar smoke. This is quite incredible stuff and reasonably priced too. Can't recommend highly enough!


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Photo of jaketaz
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I got to drink this within a few days of AleSmith Speedway Stout, and taste-wise the Speedway was the winner. They're both very fine and I'd be happy to have either one, but Speedway edges this one out in terms of flavor. Founders is heavier on roasted malt flavor and less chocolate or coffee, Speedway is heavier on chocolate/coffee, and sweeter, all made doubly impressive by the fact that it's 12% abv yet tastes smoother than this Founder's to my palate. They're dead even in terms of feel and appearance, the Founder's is the clear winner for aroma though. Speedway is bitter and metallic, whereas Founders has maybe the best coffee stout aroma of any beer I've ever experienced. This is definitely a top-tier stout and worthy of all the accolades, also cheaper than Speedway, but on taste alone I prefer the AleSmith.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is an opaque pitch black, with a two finger thick brown head. Aromas consist of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors are the same and is very decadent. The feel is very smooth, heavy bodied, and has mild carbonation. It's like drinking a thick hot chocolate drink.

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Photo of Whosonfirst
3.31/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What happened to my favorite beer! Just bought the newest release of Founders Breakfast stout from my local total wine. Bottling date on the case was 8/12/2016. It's not breakfast stout. I don't know what they did to this but somebody got way too heavy handed with the Expresso in this batch. I had just finished up a Founders Sumatra coffee stout and was excited to crack open the new breakfast out. This batch tastes nothing like the breakfast stout I know and love! It taste more like an espresso roast stout heavy on the espresso. The Sumatra coffee has a very nice balance flavor. This batch of breakfast stout has an overwhelming coffee flavor that blocks out most of the rest of the taste of the beer and leaves a strong espresso aftertaste. I bought an entire case at total wine and it's all going back. Hopefully somebody at the brewery is paying attention to their knitting and won't repeat this mistake in subsequent batches.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just had this with a roast chuck sandwich for brunch. Wow. A very potent simple yet profoundly flavored brew that is as smooth as silk. Great chocolate base flavor with a perfect bitterness that is nicely matched with the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. I have been seeking out for years. A grail acquired.

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Photo of GeeL
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer so many times it's not even funny. For a long time it was one of my stand by "go to" stouts.
You can't go wrong with this: it's complex yet approachable at the same time.

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Photo of cwalter
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown/Black in color. Taste of chocolate and coffee. A lingering aftertaste of burnt espresso beans. I would have this stout for breakfast any day.

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Photo of Theworldiscrazy
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It is probably as good a stout as you will find....a bit on the expensive side though, but not too bad I can definitely taste strong hints of coffee and it has a pretty heavy feel to the mouth, like a good stout should. It's really a beer you need to be in the mood for I think.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is jet black with a minimal tan foam cap that dissipates quickly. Aroma is an intense coffee roast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and wood with some noticeable alcohol. Taste starts with roasted coffee and gives way to layers of chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla with a sharp hop bitterness. Slight astringency. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a low carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth present. Finishes with some spice and slick feel in the tongue

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Photo of williambeer
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perfect for cold nights just chilling at home and watching tv. This is not something you pound like a light lager or pilsner, but a thick beer coffee for you to sip on and relax. I have to say this is comparable to Parabola for me, but most people will disagree and prefer the latter. However, this is a great imperial stout not too expensive nor boozy, but simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of vinicole
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mahogony in colour. A thin tan but tight head. Prolonged lacing.
Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, charred brown bread and caramelised sugar.
Tastes like it smells. Some treacle adds sweetness and balance.
Very smooth and viscous. Goes down easily.
The overall experience was good but I somehow expected more given the hype.

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Photo of m_hall
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (dated 9/8/15) into a Tulip. Inky-black, topped by a 1-finger tall khaki head with good retention. Lacing all the way down the glass isvery good.

Nose has prominent notes of black coffee, cocoa, and sweet malts.

Flavors feature sweet caramel malts, molasses, and brown sugar, balanced extremely well with bittersweet chocolate up front. Coffee bitterness, toasted nuts and earthy notes come in later on, leading to a finish that lingers with coffee and cocoa on the palate.

Mouth-feel is medium heavy, a big beer but surprisingly easy to drink. Full-bodied but not quite as crushingly weighty as other stouts; very smooth and satisfying without being overwhelming. Carbonation is fairly light, and the alcohol provides a pleasantly soothing warmth without ever being boozy.

A much-ballyhooed beer that delivers on the hype, big time. All the flavors are remarkably balanced, with different notes coming in and out of focus as the beer warms, and the nutty undertones and smooth body from the oatmeal only make this even more appealing. I suppose if someone didn't like coffee, or chocolate, or big malty stouts one might not be pleased with this one, but if any of those things are to your liking this might be in your wheelhouse.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft for the first time. Great beer. Not sure it lives up to the hype, but probably due to expectations. I would definitely like to try this again with a blank slate.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark dark chocolate with a rich foamy head of coffee yellow. Smell is heavy coffee/oat with a black licorice to it. Taste is so full of chocolate, and coffee it is very nice. There are hints of licorice in there and also a soft alcohol feel. The finish is of lingering coffee/chocolate with a mild alcohol hit but very very pleasant. I really like this beer, next one I am going to let rest at room temp to see how the flavors change, I think this could get better with a little warm up.
Check it out if you want a great beer.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took my 5 years to hunt this beer down! when I finally found it in the cooler at a San Diego liquor store, I almost fainted.
One of the best beers I have had the pleasure to drink. Very well balanced, chocolate and coffee right up front, with a smooth oat and alcohol Finish. Poured a deep opaque and a nice 1 finger tan head. Smelled just like the label says. Oatmeal, chocolate and coffee.

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

Pours opaque black with 1 minute or so of light brown head. That gives you time to prepare a warm blanket, old man slippers and the embrace of a faithful dog. No light escapes the surface of this beer - it may or may not warp surrounding space-time.

Nose is upfront with roasted coffee bean and vanilla cream, and the taste... well, we all love our pretentious descriptions, but I can relay no more other than the fact that this beer is essentially coffee-soaked chocolate cake in liquid form.

Stout fans; giant, bearded children - look no further for your comfy messiah. A meal in and of itself, this is is thick, viscous, chewy and oh so velvet-smooth. There's not much more to be said about this one, and that is to its credit.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark brown with a little head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of light coffee. The taste is great, chocolate with light coffee. Strong full taste. The feel is smooth, rich, and lingering. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of robfohl
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good stout.. Chocolate , coffee, very dark.. You've heard it all before.. But if you're lucky enough to see this beer, buy it.. Try it.. You won't be disappointed .

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Photo of StoutAar
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, it's always in my top 5 favorite beers. I wish it was available year around. It's probably a good thing it isn't because I wouldn't drink anything else. Lol

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Photo of jp32
3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black in color. A small-ish khaki head rises to the top. Nice lacings throughout as I drink the beer. Flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts, and molasses-like sugars dance about and trade places with each sip. While it's mouthfeel is soft and velvety, it's not quite as heavy bodied as I would expect it to be.

To me, this beer has long been a trail-blazer, perhaps pioneer of it's time, and definitely a game-changer in the beginning years of the craft beer boom. It's still a solid offering, the only difference between now and 10 or so years ago is there is now a lot of competition, some better than this. It's still the same great Founders Breakfast Stout, but considering everything else out there, it's easy for me to view this beer as slightly overrated.

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Photo of Gear54
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a tulip glass

Dark oily color with 1 finger of dark kaki head. Plenty of sticky lace left on the glass

Smell is dark roasted malts and chocolate with plenty of coffee/espresso. Undertones of vanilla, oats, and maybe even cinnamon give fantastic complexity.

Taste is equally as complex. Actually so good it's hard to drink this a a slow sipper!
Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and even some smoke. Complexity continues to impress as it reaches temp.

Feel is really smooth. Beer coats the entire mouth and flavors last a min before fading. Sweet and heavy with just enough bitterness to make it balanced.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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