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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: 16,063
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
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 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 jasonpeckins32
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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Photo of diemilio
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tab, 2015 vintage. Smells like chocolate, café, vainilla, ayayayyy que cerveza tan sabrosa. Taste follows and great mouthfeel. Overall, wonderful; I would drink this aaaaall day loong if it wasn't 8.3% ABV.

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

Incredible stout. Tons of flavor, coffee and chocolate notes. Despite being very robust and chocolate the beer is remarkably balanced, with bitter notes that round things off. No detectable alcohol. Excellent head retention with some lacing. Body is as heavy as motor oil, so its a bit of a sipper.

One of the best

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle into an oversized tulip. Paid £4.00 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black, oily body, that audibly glugs from the bottle, revealing slight glimmers of ruby as it catches the light. A dense, one-finger in height, dark tan coloured, creamy head fades quickly to a thin cap and sturdy collar, leaving behind light, soapy lace.

The nose is dominated by freshly ground, dark roasted espresso beans. Underneath, a robust mixture of dark roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, hints of oats and traces of creamy vanilla are prominent, but play only supporting roles in comparison to the coffee. Taste roughly follows suit, leading with intense, full-bodied, dark roasted coffee profiles upfront, sweetened slightly by milk chocolate and light oatmeal impressions. Around the mid-palate, roasted barley, darker bittersweet chocolate and hints of vaguely fruity malt follow, before coffee builds once again towards the finish. In the mouth, a medium to full-body and appropriately low levels of fine carbonation give a luxuriously rich and slick feel, with the addition of oatmeal noticeably assisting a wonderfully silky-smooth, creamy texture. Towards the end, suggestions of earthy, woody hops are swallowed by plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso beans and dark roasted malts to finish dry on the palate, with only a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Undoubtedly the majority of the flavour is dominated by that of the coffee and chocolate it is brewed with, but, both additions are incredibly well-balanced and neither one is allowed to step too far above the other. The roasted malt profile underneath may not be hugely complex, but it's dark, rich and robust enough to provide a fantastic background for the two main elements to shine. Recommended.

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Photo of Riff
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a shaker glass. Pitch black brew with a coffee brown head about a half a finger thick that rapidly dissipated. Smell changes from whiff to whiff, sometimes coffee, sometimes chocolate, and sometimes like a freshly opened feed bag of oats. Taste hits first with black coffee and bitterness, rolls into the sweet oats and finishes with a dark chocolate flavor with a hint of booze. Flavor does linger for quite a while afterwards. Feel is creamy and rolls about nicely with virtually no carbonation.

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Photo of NEdward
3.51/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a slow to develop but persistent one finger head red clay in color, almost solidly black body, amber highlights peeking from the bottom of the glass. head mostly dissipates but a scrim remains. large bubbles. smell is a muddled sweetness, indirect dark fruit aroma, reminds me of a scotch ale. taste follows from the nose: slight bitterness up front while still having a pervasively syrupy character. once it gets to the middle of the tongue the sweet and bitter impressions seem to come to a halt, fanning out before fading away to an ambient coat of saccarine coffee aftertaste that had me attempting (with no success) to reset my palette against the roof of my mouth.

it's alright, but the form in which it lingered I found slightly unpleasant. would not go out of my way to drink again.

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

Had a bottle with the baby not on it but a sticky note. Clever.

Pour into a glass and let it come into its own after 10 minutes. The warmth from your hand will activate additional notes of earthy coffee and rich chocolate. Just a great stout.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts that is readily available. Appearance is black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation too. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and some malt sweetness. Tastes are big bitter coffee and chocolate predominantly along with some earthy bitterness. Nice smooth mouthfeel from the oats that lingers will with a pleasant carbonation. Overall an amazing beer that is one of the better coffee beers I've had.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

7 month-old bottle in a wine glass.

Look - pitch black with a decent tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - coffee grounds, roasted malts, chocolate, smoke.

Taste - smooth and complex, superb. Roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and booze.

Feel - chewy, silky mouthfeel that lingers.

This beer is outstanding. So complex, yet drinkable. The coffee hits hard, but it's still sweet and chewy.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMFG. I'm kinda drunk right now but this was crazy good. Chocolate, coffee and deliciousness. Had it with a fudge brownie and I almost jizzed my mom pants.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 9/29/15

Happy to finally see Founders make its way to Cali.

Was gonna sit on this longer...literally....but since it still be in stores......

Pours a black as night ale with a frothy, angry beige head. Very light lacing.

Great coffee, cinnamon, tar, leather, espresso whiffs. Great smells the entire session.

Tastes of cold coffee, smoke, more leather, and hints of dark fruit.

Overall this was solid but not over-the-top for me. Happy to consume but left me wanting more from years of hype on the boards. Still a rock solid stout worth consuming.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can keep enough of this on hand to last me until the next year's release. This is my most favorite, easy to find stout by a long shot. It never fails to bring great flavor and a smooth finish.

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

Super dark brown and black with a 3/4" beige head on it. Aroma hits those chocolate and coffee notes when fresh, starts to take on more of a RIS dark fruit bitter vibe as it ages.

Taste is plenty of chocolate first, super smooth, oatmeal goes a long way here, hides the alcohol. More bitter with age, less coffee. When you talk about non barrel aged stouts, this one is easily at the top of the pack. So happy we get this in Nevada now. The ultimate beer to start a tailgate.

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

12 oz bottle. It pours an almost black color with a tan head and little lacing. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, sugary milk, and some alcohol. It’s balanced well. It’s pretty smooth with a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 11/13/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance doesn't let any light through except at the edges of the glass. Head is a nice, fine tan, but it goes away fairly quickly.

Smell is freshly ground coffee. I'm struggling and failing to come up with anything else. It dominates, but it's good. Maybe some 90%+ dark chocolate, but that's its olfactory neighbor.

Whoa. The taste is intense. I literally licked down in front of my teeth to make sure there weren't any coffee grounds stuck in my gums. Just a reaction. Unfortunately, I'm struggling to get anything but slightly bitter coffee, even as it warms up. It's not burnt, which brews like this can sometimes be. And it's certainly good, but I'm only going to go for the rest of the bottles in the four-pack when I'm in the mood.

Feel is pretty smooth for an eight-percenter. It does draw my mouth up a little bit, like something really acidic. And I keep expecting to find coffee grounds in my gums. Did I mention that? Hang on... that might have actually been a small chunk.

Man, I meant to go to bed in the next few hours. Lesson learned.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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