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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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Reviews: 3,718 | Ratings: 16,075
Photo of ibbjamin
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a four pack of 12 oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a large snifter. "Double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout"

Poured very aggressive leaving a quarter inch of tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and did not retain well at all. Black color, minimal carbonation.

Smell is clean and quality. Not overpowering like some beers in its style/class. Dark smooth chocolate mocha nose. Vanilla and creme. Sweet malts. Some lacing.

That first sip gets you right here **points toward right side of jowl** Really gets the tastebuds to wake up from their slumber. Quality ingredients used in great balance. Vanilla comes through more in the mouth. Still chocolate mocha with creme and sweet malts. This is a tasty stout.

Medium to full body. Dangerously easy to drink; I just keep wanting more. Mild cabonation. Very smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Good stuff.

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

Poured from a bottle into my sifter....

A: Pours jet black with a dense brown frothy head that settles to a fine layer of chocolate foam...
S: Smells like fresh, delicious, dark roasted coffee, and chocolate.
T: Taste like fresh, delicious, dark roasted coffee, and finishes with a rich chocolate flavor and a roasted chewy goodness.
M: The flaked oats take this one up a notch, the mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
D: This stuff is smooth. There is absolutely no trace of the 8.5% alcohol. I could sip this stuff all day (or all morning).

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

Breakfast time!! This cup of espresso pours out a deep chocolaty black color, capped with foamy chocolate milk colored head. Looks absolutley delicious.
Smells of cocoas,coffee,espresso,hazelnut,musty oats,a very nice floral hop aroma not expected adds a great touch of balance and complexity.Vanillas,malts, with a rich cream-like fullness. This really reminds me family's kitchen at breakfastime.Fantastic
Tastes of deeply roasted coffee up front,oats,long warming finish of hoppy bitterness, a sip with this warm of a finish is definatly remienscent of a great cup of coffee.Subsequent sips introduce more chocolates into the mix,fudge,Nutella,dark chocolaty breads. The long bitter-cocoa chocolaty finish is really awesome.
Mouthfeel is warm and filling, yet doesn't overly coat the palate. The long,warm chocolate coffee taste you are left with is truly delightful. This beer is actually really easy to drink, I can't believe how well the ABV is masked.
Ive been wanting this beer for quite some time, thanks to the Duffman for this sample!

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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 Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really wonderful beer. It is.. But why does this get all the press vs. Backwoods Bastard? Sorry, I'll be good.

Poured like a motor oil into my glass and created a wonderful active brown head that built up... dangled for a while, then settled back into the brew. There was a thin film of tan thick foam that remained. Insane lacing began to form on the side of the glass. The beer was literally black and you could not see anything in it or through it.

Aroma was of concentrated coffee syrup (Rhode Island) and of dark roasted malt. You could really detect the grains in the aroma.

I LOVE dark, black coffee. And therefore, I love this beer. I admit right away, it could stand one more tea spoon of sugar in the batch. (I never put sugar in my coffee) You almost get the acidic flavor first before the roasted burst of flavor. Then it settles to a VERY subtle sweet moment, before moving through some hop bitterness and then to a very dry roasted bitter finish. Never burnt, but always on the edge.

Mouth feel is big and bold. Beer is dry... very dry and somewhat acidic.

A sipper, that's for sure.

It's really good, but I'll take another Backwards Bastard, please...(sorry)

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Photo of danielharper
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfect black. Opaque to hell and back. Tiny head that dissipates immediately, not exactly unexpected given the high alcohol.

Smell: Very malty. Notes of dry oats, slightly sweet. Caramel malts predominate. Very interesting, very enticing.

Taste: Sweet, clean, malty. Strong flavors of oatmeal, very grainy and bready. Slightly hoppy in the middle. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Thick, low carbonation, low hops. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability: A very nice double stout. I'm not sure I'd consider it one of the best in the world (as per the BA ratings), but it's amazingly well-balanced and makes for a great drinking experience.

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Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from tasting notes:

Pours black with hints of brown/dark red at edges, light tan foam.

Aroma: roasted ground coffee beans, dark bitter chocolate, light sweetness

Taste: All coffee in the flavor, light chocolate, burnt caramel, dry, light sweetness

Nice, viscous MF, tick and chewy, silky smooth

Combination of oatmeal and coffee makes this brew silky sooth and delicious. Coffee flavor is great but would make drinking more than 2 of these would be hard.

Very good.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours oily and pure black. A rocky mocha head has great retention and leaves a lot of lace behind. Cocoa, fresh ground coffee, licorice, and roasty black malts fill the nose. hot chocolate sweetness, hop bitterness, pine, toffeeish malts and mildy acrid roasted barley add to the mix in the taste. The mouthfeel is extremely viscous and mouthcoating. It seems as though the carbonation is actually slowed down, having difficulty moving through the density. The finish is robust with espresso and chocolate lasting a long time. Alcohol is impeccably hidden for the strength.

This may be the thickest beer Ive ever had. Its fantastic stuff, with loads of rich flavors and a fullness that makes it seem as much a food as a beverage.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black viscous (motor-oil) pour with a deep brown mocha colored head. Ample lacing with thick rings all the way down the glass

S: huge roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose with a tinge of alcohol notes. overall a great fragrance

T: boasting a massive coffee flavor, rich chocolates, and flaked oats. Oats supply a rich creamy character that is sweetened by fresh cream that is mixed with cooked oats drizzled with a touch of sugary molasses. This is a followed up by a lingering bitterness/dry character. Absolutely a huge beer! I am speechless with this beer...an outstanding amalgamation of flavors in great harmony

M: creamy, silky goodness! Maintains a zap of carbonation. A certain zest in the finish, slight spiced feel

D: hot biscuits! Had it on draft and had to have it from the bottle...My head about blew clean off my shoulders!

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Photo of Goliath
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with a large inch and a half mocha colored head. Excellent retention and some nice lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent. Loads of bitter black chocolate are the highlight, with a nice dose of chocolate in the background.

The taste is very nice. Again, big black coffee note up front with a slightly bitter finish. A load of dark chocolate comes through on the back end. Slightly milky as well.

Mouthfeel is just shy of full bodied. It's fairly creamy, and has relatively low levels of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's great tasting, and very drinkable for just over 8%. Always happy to revisit this one.

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Photo of beer2day
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark with virtualy no head. Aroma cannot begin to describe the coffee hit. I want to find the coffee they put in this to make for my morning brew.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not too much so.

Finish is slightly of cinammon and bitters, with a chocolate note.


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Photo of lamarr04
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Very dark, with thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly

S: Coffee (a lot of it), dark chocolate, plum/dark fruit

T: Again, a lot of coffee, some chocolate notes, malty sweetness, finishes with a nice bitterness

M: Medium body, not a whole lot of carbonation, a bit slick

D: Given its intense flavor, and its style, all and all I would say its pretty drinkable

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Photo of dondeez21
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poured a dark, black beer with a thin dark/orangy head

Smell: The smell of coffee really overpowered any other aromas on this beer.

Taste: Same as smell.

Mouthfeel: The beer was nice and thick.

Drinkability: I would say this is a desert beer. Although very tasty the overpowering taste of coffee leave me only able to drink this beer very slow and only enjoy one a night.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

First off, I absolutely love the label. Actually this is probably the best beer label I have ever seen.

Appearance: Pours extremely black, blacker than night. Very little head, maybe an 8th of an inch or so during a heavy handed pour. What little lacing produced was almost sheet like with cohesion. Nice!

Smell: The nose of this beer is very complex. Beides the coffee and chocolate malts I noted the alcohol - a fruity estery smell, looming smoke, and hints of burnt bread.

Taste: There is no doubt about it, coffee is the underlying flavor of this brew. A smokey coffee, almost Sumatra like (I decided to look it up, Sumatra and Kona). I impressed myself on that one. There was a distinct flavor that I had a hard time placing, I'm still swaying on this one, but I want to say graphite.

Mouthfeel: Much more carbonation than I was expecting. It is a medium bodied beer, which was very surprising - during the pour I just knew this was going to be one dense viscous treat. It also has a dry finish, enjoyable, keeping me going for another sip.

Drinkability: I think the amount of carbonation and the acidity detract from the drinkability of this well crafted beer. I would love to try this beer off nitrogen.

I like an early morning beer just as much as the next, but this may be a little too much for me at dawn.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

To start, this is probably the best stout that I have ever had and certainly since being on BA.

A: Poured an opaque, black body with an thick dark tan head that took its time dissipating, ultimately leaving a nice ring once gone.

S: Reminded me of when I used to walk into my favorite coffee shop in Philly. The coffee aroma was practically spilling out of the glass. The aroma was dominated by the coffee, but followed with a hint of sweet chocolate.

T: Like I stated above, probably the best stout that I have ever had. Again, the coffee dominated the beer, but balanced really well with a very light hint of the chocolate and subtle malt flavors.

M/D: I was prepared for an overly thick beer, but was really surprised when it was not as thick as expected. Don't get me wrong it is thick but very easy to drink, smooth and the alcohol was not noticeable at all. I am not so sure that I would won't to drink more than one at a setting, but I would give it a shot. Top Notch beer I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Bung
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this past winter when I went home to Grand Rapids. Could say it was worth the drive. Pours black with a thick brown head. Every flavor in great balance , roasty coffee, cocoa, oats. Pleasant lingering of these at the finish, but clean. Would never even guess it is a RIS style brew. A great brew and one of the more drinkable top dogs.

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Photo of falcon1
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Breakfast Stout is a really good Imperial Stout. I paired it with a Cubao No.3 Lancero and the combination of the stout and cigar was unbelievable.

Appearance - Very opaque.

Smell - The aroma of chocolate and coffee!

Taste - Outstanding to say the least - COFFEE.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and silky.

Drinkability - Founders Breakfast Stout is very easy to drink, maybe too easy to enjoy without moderation.

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

A - Opaque black with half finger of tan head

S - Lots of coffee and some dark chocolate

T - Just like the nose. Some coffee and chocolate bitterness and some roasted malts.

M - Medium thick body with medium carbonation. Very amazing.

D - Pretty easy to drink and damn enjoyable.

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Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black oil body with a thin tannish head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, big time coffee and chocolate as well as light floral. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolate with a light roasty component. Finishes long and bitter. Texture is very creamy with light carbonation.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got to pour this at the Charlotte Oktoberfest for about an hour. What luck, too made 98% of the patrons never heard of it. Absolutely loved it, but now take it a little for granted since I got enough of it to last me a while. Can now find it in NC for about $2.25 a bottle, so I'm definitely spoiled. 2nd favoite for the style, just within reach of Bell's Expedition.

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

Thanks to petes99 for the bottles! (I promise to share the other one).

Pours pitch black with very little head that leaves a minimal lacing. Has strong chocolate and roasted coffee scents (reminds me a lot of chocolate covered espresso beans). Tastes amazing - like chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very minimal alcohol flavoring.

This certainly cracked my Top 5 favorite beers. The Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a bit sweeter with more chocolate flavor, but this beer is more well balanced and drinkable.

My only complaint is its availability. I wonder how much a keg would cost.

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Photo of eagles22
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter..
nice black color with a tan head

Smell: of coffee lots of coffee and also hints of dark chocolate and toffee

Taste: wow that is some good shit...just like coffee with chocolate ending...wonderful

Mouthfeel: wonderful like sex in your mouth haha..but it is really nice..you get hit with all flavors at first the ending very smooth and nice

Drinkability: for a 8.3% beer i can easily drink this..i love this beer

this is a must try beer!!!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout is poured into a pint glass.

The look of this beer is awesome. Big, solid black body under a two finger light brown head that slowly pops and releases smells of coffee, dark chocolate brownies, and a strong roastiness.

First sip says chocolate sweetness then moves to dark roast coffee with a strong roastiness in the finish. Mouthcoating malt leaves plenty of time to sit back and let the flavors really shine. This really is breakfast in a glass, assuming breakfast involves a cup of coffee.

The 8.3% isn't noticable at all. A thicker body and just enough carbonation creates a pretty good feel to this beer. However, at this abv this is a sipper. But that's a good thing because you'll want to really take your time enjoying this stout.

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Photo of Bubslang
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark thick brown with a Small, dark brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, with nice lacing. Aroa is extremely potent with the smell off freshly roasted black coffee, chocolate, and dark malts. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with expresso flavor throughout,as well as bittersweet chocolate with a mild hop bitterness at the finish. Nice big chewy mouthfeel, a thouroughly enjoyable and fantastic brew.

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Photo of mcfatty23
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours an almost opaque black with very little head, the head appeared a little bit later with a golden brown color.

S - major aroma seamed to be coffee, with a hint of molasses and chocolate. However, no sensation was overpowering.

T - A very good, complex flavor. Very difficult to pick out all of the flavors, but coffee, chocolate and molasses. seamed surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout which added a nice contrast to the immensely heavy brew.

M - For as dark and as heavy as this beer was, it was incredibly smooth and lcreamy. Low carbonation and rich feel.

D - pretty sure I would have no objections to drinking an entire truck full of this, only problem would be when my stomach became too full. There was also almost no hint of alcohol despite the relatively high ABV.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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