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 crazeguy
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a creamy light brown head two finger lengths thick.

S - Hints of chocolate and espresso. Smell seems well balanced and tasty

T/M - thick and viscous, slightly oily. Taste likes dark chocolate with some pleasant coffee beans. I'm not a fan of coffee but it balances this brew in a remarkable way.

D- Its very enjoyable. No real notice of a boozy flavor. Its awesome.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to trying this, unfortunately, it is as an after dinner quaff, and not a breakfast brew. Nonetheless, this is one tasty beer.

It pours a deep dark chestnut brown with a beautiful wisps of tan foam. The aroma is mocha coffee and chocolate. Slightly earthy hops are mingled in to provide some depth.

O so smooth and velvety, full bodied. A deep roasted coffee flavor with a nice bite. Waves of bittersweet chocolate are interspersed with the coffee. Smokey, dark and bitter without being overly astringent; that is the beauty of this beer.

It closes out smooth, with a ghost hint of hops and an alcohol warming.

A quality brew to say the least. And paired the coffee-chocolate cake with mocha mascarpone frosting that I just made, it cannot be beaten.

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

A beer and brewery that changed my life and my view of beer. This beer shows that you don't have to do anything crazy, you just need to do something really well inorder to succeed.

A - Pours like motor oil, a deep black color. The deep brown head was small and faded quickly.

S - Burnt roasted nutty aroma with heavy coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - Smokey and burnt flavors. Finished with the bitterness of coffee. The heartiness of the oatmeal is evident in taste and body. The is a slight metalic flavor as well.

M - Full bodied with a smooth dry finish.

D - Probably more drinkable than it should be. Smooth and creamy they go down smooth. And absolutely fantastic brew. Congrats Founders.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.22/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a jet black color with a tan mocha colored head that resides rather quickly. Lacing coats the sides of my glass beautifully.

Fresh brewed coffee, vanilla, oatmeal, roasted malts, toffee, smoked wood chips, black licorice. Lots of great smells coming from this brew, I can not wait to try it.

Smells a lot better then it taste. Very upfront pretty bold bitter dark coffee taste, charred malts, and should I dare say quite watery. A very teeny tiny sweet taste does try to show up but definitely is overpowered with the coffee bitterness.

Medium with light carbonation. A little sticky or chewy should I saw. Left with that coffee aftertaste.

I picked up a 4 pack and will compare notes with the others. Maybe I'll age one. Anyways this did not do it for me really that much.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Here we have Founder's Breakfast Stout. It comes in these stubby 12 oz. bottles with a label portraying an equally stubby child scarfing down breakfast in some Rockwell-like painting. The beer is pegged as a "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout." What a mouthful!

I turn up some Aphex Twin and pour my beer into a Founder's pint glass, noticing the very dark brown liquid as the bottle empties. The head takes a few seconds to settle down, finally culminating in a tight, two fingers worth of mocha-colored head sitting on a black stout body. The head surprisingly drops to a thing lace rather quickly, though it looks like it will be leaving a fine lace. Alas, by the end of the glass, there is very little trace of a head anywhere.

The strongest point of this beer, in my opinion, is the bouquet. "Huge" is one word to describe it. Immediately, there is coffee. It is very obvious and it stands out among the other aromas. But this smell is no ordinary coffee bean. We are talking about the aroma of a deeply roasted, rich and earthy coffee bean from Kona! I find it pleasant, while I can see this turning a lot of people off. Not surprisingly, under that aroma is a substantial dark chocolate smell, with the whole acrid 70% cacao thing going on for it. Semi-sweet raisin is there tucked underneath all this; and while I myself cannot pick out an "oatmeal" aroma per se, I would say that the smell is quite reminiscent of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, with an injection of coffee and chocolate. So I guess what I am saying is that this smells EXACTLY like a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout!

The flavor profile is again dominated by coffee. This isn't Folgers coffee. This is serious coffee that is full-bodied and rich. Earthy and acidic. Oily mouthfeel. There are slight hop flavors, seen largely in the aftertaste. Occasionally, I thought I could taste sweet notes of chocolate, but now I think I may have been fooling myself. This is coffee beer, folks! If you don't like coffee, stay the hell away. I do like coffee personally, but I also wish that they would pull back on the coffee addition so that the chocolate and hops could shine through a bit more.

The carbonation is fairly intense and the mouthfeel is definitely full-bodied. It is almost to the point of being syrupy, but the sharp carbonation keeps it all in check. I harp here though because I think this beer is missing that signature oatmeal smoothness.

With all that being said, I think the drinkability factor is pretty piss poor. I would definitely have this again, and I think it would make for a good after dinner drink, you know, instead of coffee. But for breakfast? I dunno...I wanted to try, but I couldn't bring myself to do it ever. Also, I don't think this is much of a beer to drink multiple of in one sitting. Hence the low "drink" marks. Definitely worth a shot though if you see it around.

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

A- Almost black with minimal tan head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Chocolate, coffee, malt, and caramel all in a quick succession.

T- A rush of semi sweet dark chocolate and coffee that fades to a light hop bitterness all surrounded by a backbone of roasted malt.

M- Chewy but not overly thick, creamy and with light carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering earthy aftertaste of coffee.

D- Easy drinking, the 8.3% ABV is well hidden. Taste leaves you wanting just one more sip.

A truly outstanding beer. One that should be sought out and tried.

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Photo of jsh420
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from turkey day 2008

served @ room temp
agressive pour leaves 1/2" tan head and a body that is pitch black.. smell is coffee coffee coffee like jaun valdez and his mule popped out of the bottle and said "Buenos dias" - beyond the coffee is some nice chocolate and raosted malts. taste is even better then the smell bitter chocolate with lots of coffee and a nice earthy hop bite finish. mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not too much that you feel you have to use your molars to chew it down. overall this is one of the best stouts i have had. this stout is best when fresh say 1month after bottling. after that the coffee fades and takes it out of that mind blowing beer status(but still very good).

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

Bottle Pours a deep reddish brown with a disapating tan head. The head laces well. Has good aromas of chocolate, coffee, spices, and fruits. Has a good carbination. A hearty mouthfeel. This one is full bodied with a thick texture. The flavors are good with lots of chocolate. Has a good solid finish and a good aftertaste. This is a real good beer

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Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like roasted coffee and toasted oats, with bitter chocolate and a bit of cream. It tasted like bitter roasted coffee with some semi-sweet chocolate and toasted oats. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had great flavor at first, but it ended somewhat flat. It was nice and clean, and not very complex. It had great body and hid the alcohol fairly well, so it was easy to drink. I could imagine this mellowing out even more with age. Solid beer fresh, but perhaps a bit harsh for breakfast! And I'm not convinced that this beer quite lives up to the hype.

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

A- Pours inky opaque black. About a half inch of brown head. Moderate lacing.

S- Chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, roasted/woody malt. Lots of complexity here, and pretty strong.

T- Follows the nose well. Dark chocolate, oaty sweetness, coffee, toasted malt, like hop bitterness (piney) on the finish. Maybe some dark fruit (grapes? cherries?). Dark and complex.

M- Thick and creamy, lightly carbonated. What I wanted it to be.

D- Surprisingly drinkable for ABV and thickness. Taste keeps me coming back for more.

Just a great beer... complex and delicious. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black; opaque. Poured heavy to try to get some head, but all I got was a 1/8 inch of tan foam which dissipated quickly. No lacing

S: Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate, and heavily roasted malts. Impressive.

T: Dark roasted, almost burnt, espresso coffee. Smokey/Wood accents. Vanilla. Cola. Coffee and cola flavors linger faintly on the tongue.

M: Medium heavy body, but not thick or viscous with decent amount of spry carbonation to lighten this beer a little further. However, for a DIS, I think I want a little more heft, a little more body, a little something more to separate it from the "single" stouts.

D: The lighter body lends to easier drinking, but I'm not so sure this should even be an easy drinking beer. Overall, its a very good stout, but not a great one. Aromas and flavors are quite complex, but weight of this beer seems to be missing.

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Photo of JKrout
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured black, like used motor oil. Not much of a head, very little lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This was very easy to drink. Could probably have two or three at a sitting.

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Photo of BronYrAur
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pitch black, not even a sign of any highlights around the edges. A dark tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice rings around the edges. The perfect look?

S. Wow, this is the most coffee and chocolate I think I've ever smelled in a beer. The mocha scent is deep and very rich.

T. Unbelievably, this may be the weak point of this beer. It is labeled as an oatmeal stout but I'm not sure I get that. The bittersweetness of good oatmeal stouts like St. Ambroise, Barney Flats, and Sam Smith's is absent. It still tastes great, but just not quite like a proper oatmeal stout. Perhaps it's the absence of this that makes me slightly disappointed in the flavor. Still, this is a very nice tasting brew. Initially the mocha/chocolate flavors dominate. Very rich, dark, and quite good. The finish is marked by a drying bitterness that is much more reminiscent of the coffee than beer. Add that to the fact that the high alcohol content(8.3%) is hidden better than any other beer I've tasted of this strength and you really do have a fantastic "breakfast stout."

M. Thick, chewy, and almost devoid of carbonation. Not quite as creamy as I would've liked.

D. As mentioned, for such a strong beer in terms of alcohol, it is amazingly drinkable. I mean, I can't even perceive it. The roasted bitterness is also restrained just enough that it doesn't take a toll on your taste buds. Quite amazing to see a beer like this that is so drinkable.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! AMAZING! This is a truly great stout.
Pours a super dark chocolate black with a light chocolate colored head that sits there all the way thru the drinking experience. Smells of rich mocha. Its aroma gives off a breakfast vibe, coffee, with a hint of chocolate and cream. The taste is even better. Rich and chewy coffee and chocolate flavors. Incredibly smooth, with a lovely coating in the mouth. This could be a breakfast as well as a dessert! Two or three of these would be the perfect way to end an evening.

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

Extra special thanks goes out to DoctorDog for this one in a trade. I've been really excited for this beer for a long time, the only thing I'm more excited for is the KBS! Oh man...but that's gonna wait!

12oz Single

A: Thick and black, no light penetrates this one, sadly not a whole lot of head, but what did show up is dark tan, almost brown. A few spots of lacing when I swirl it. Spot on for the style.

S: Chocolate, like Hershey's syrup, milk, and a definite coffee presence, almost like having a cup of coffee in my hands, huge roasted malts, HUGE, some black patent smell in there too, but not overbearing, as its warming a little more I'm getting some boozey notes as well. Excellent!

T: Wow, coffee, big time, yeah, this is a breakfast stout if ever there was one, huge coffee flavor, very dark roasted coffee, definite coffee lingering bitterness, I don't think I can pick a true hop character out. Chocolate flavors are really strong in here too, nice dark chocolate character, it pairs quite nicely with the coffee. A faint hint of booze at the end. This is really something special. Excellent.

M: Nice thickness, velvety smoothness, surprisingly not a lot of alcohol heat at over 8%. Really a smooth sipper. Wow. Quite nice.

D: Too easy to drink for the style, a little on the sweet/rich side for me to be able to crack open another one though. This has made an excellent dessert. If I could get away with drinking one of these and going to work, I most definitely would. Really an excellent beer.

Thanks Ben!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark and thick with a large, dark head and plenty of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Bittered chocolate and coffee flavors. Some mild sweetness and oatmeal notes underneath. Some hops make an appearance as well.

M: Very thick and chewy.

D: Everything gets better as it warms up--make sure to savor this one over an extended sitting.

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ktown67 for two of these bottles during an in person trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color that is mostly opaque, but lets some light through. There is no head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour; the exception is just a layer of bubbles on top that dissipates quickly. Lacing on the glass is awesome.

S: When cold there isn't much here but coffee. As it warms though it's fairly complex. Coffee, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, and at the very last of my glass as it's warmed toffee comes through. This is really nice.

T: I can't believe how good this is. I should state that I am not a stout drinker. In fact I've never bought one for myself to have in the fridge. I've drank many at beer tastings, but this beer tastes phenomenal. The coffee is right there and up front, but it's like any good coffee. Smooth as silk, dark chocolate without any bitterness, and there is absolutely no lingering bitterness I typically associate with stouts. This beer is perfection among all I've tried in the style. I have zero complaints. It's just that good. And may I state again it's so smooth, like a great cup of coffee! I think this is best beer I've drank that would make a good ice cream float. Never cloying either. Just right.

M: Absolute perfection. Carbonation is nice and not overbearing which it shouldn't be in a stout. Coats the mouth, but not heavy or thick at all. Creamy as well. I don't think this could be improved.

D: I wanted another one, but since I only have two I'm saving it for another night. I REALLY wanted to drink the second one though. I could have 2, 3, 4 of these? Who knows. It's insanely drinkable. No hints of alcohol whatsoever.

Being that I'm not a stout drinker and typically avoid them, I want to state that ANYONE who likes beer (stout drinker or not) should absolutely seek out a 4 pack of this beer. It's phenomenal.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the point of inputting my 100th review on this site and decided it would be appropriate to seek out a special beer, i.e. one that is rated very high on this site. So, here it goes.

This beer pours a dark black color and looks almost like motor oil being poured from the bottle to the glass. The head is foamy and tan but doesn't completely cover the surface. Mild coffee and slightly smoky roasted malt mose. Perhaps a touch of oatmeal on the nose. Thick mouthfeel follows a mostly creamy initial attack. The flavor starts off clean and straightforward and the most noteworty feature at first blush is the creaminess. It seems to be a little bit "boozy." As it lingers in the mouth the roasted flavors start to come out towards the finish and the aftertaste. I can pick up chocolate very late and probably in fact in the aftertaste. The coffee flavors carry the day late in the flavor for sure. It actually causes me to flip back in my beer notes to a beer that I had a couple months ago from Flat Earth Brewing in Saint Paul, MN called Black Helicopter Coffee stout. I think that I had really hyped this beer up in my mind because of its reputation on this site, and its tough to live up to that much hype. Its good, but I have had stouts that I have enjoyed more. I actually thought it drank more like a porter. My wife and I had this together and she seemed to enjoy it more than I did. I just think it was the hype. Definitely a good beer and worth everyone giving it a try. I don't want to be too glum.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark brown like coffee with about one finger of brown head. The lacing is really nice.

S: Strong notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt come through.

T: Wow, this is certainly different. Starts with a mixed taste of chocolate and chocolate, like a mocha latte. A slight flavor of alcohol hits the palette next, followed by a taste of roasted malt. The malt flavor is followed by some bitterness, not from hops, but of the coffee. It finishes very similarly to a cup of joe, it shares the same aftertaste as coffee, except the stout finishes with a bit of booze as well. I was kinda surprised how much coffee flavor was in this beer, it's almost as if I got it at Starbucks and ordered a stout latte (which would actually give me a reason to go to Starbucks).

D: As with all stouts of this type. I could maybe drink two before I'd have to move to something lighter. It does go down really nice a smooth though.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle > brandy snifter

The color is Jet-black. It's black liquid with only my own face reflecting back at me. hold it up to direct light and there is some dark brown shading so it's not really opaque. The head is a macho-looking dark brown color with even darker tinting splattered throughout. It rises at least 2" high and it falls flat on it's face with a hefty amount of thick lacing. and it's a really intricate pattern the lace creates, nice too look at for sure!

Oh yeah, it's a robust nose!! Fresh roastie coffee, oats and grains, grainy-heat, thick, malty sweetness with peanutbutter, and very dark chocolate. It's rounded out very well with herbs and subtle spices deep down. It doesn't get any more aromatic than this!

This is a full, hefty malt body with huge complexity. roastie Hawaiin coffee, thick grains, hardy oats, with a very thick and heady oatmeal effect. This brings in the that wonderful full feeling! This is basically a meal ina mini-snifter! slight fruity sweetness deep in the malt and a sublime balance with all of the flavor's. The hops provide a dry, herbal and earthy finish with a mild heat that only adds further complexity. The feel is amazing, round but dry just like a traditional big stout should be.

Oh boy, this is the real deal. classic in every aspect.

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Photo of CMitchell
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Brandy Snifter

A: Thick and dark. Creamy tan head.

S: Aromas of coffee, slight vanilla, chocolate.

T: Wonderful creamy mouth feel, lots of coffee, both bitter and sweet, some chocolate and oatmeal notes.

M: Low carbonation and wonderful thick and syrupy.

D: Would go nice with dessert or have just a meal by itself. . .

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stumac
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this brew pours up black as endless space with a wet wood brown head. the nose is fresh oatmeal never touched, coffee beans labored by human hands, and irresistible chocolate as if you have lived 25 years and you are tasting chocolate for the first time. But then, you haven't really lived at all....yet. it tastes the same as it smells. But wow. Damn good. I think even Edgar Allan Poe would be at writer's block upon tasting this divine concoction. Very roasty malts, nice bitter coffee, full bodied, medium carbo. In a way, its similar to having a cool summer breeze blow gently across your face as your feet hang down into a nice lukewarm body of water and not a care in the world crosses into your nirvana state of mind.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter for lunch today.

A: Dark and almost as thick as Hersey's syrup. No light coming through this beer, even near the edge of the glass. A nice creamy tan head sitting on top.

S: Very appetizing coffee and chocolate.

T: Wow, a lot more coffee than I was expecting. Bitter, chocolaty, but smooth and creamy. Really nice.

M: Great, so great. Smooth, low carbonation, just really nice.

D: It went so fast, super easy to drink. Might be a little rich to drink too much too often.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip at 58 degrees.

This one is pitch black with a light cocoa colored head. The nose is huge with fresh coffee and dark chocolate. Tons of espresso and rich gooey chocolate on the palate. A hit of hops at the end. Really long finish. The body is big, but not huge. Very smooth, very creamy. Really delicous. I could see trying this for breakfast at some point, too. Will intend on picking up a 4-pack each year - great stuff!

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Photo of infestaxion
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to have one for breakfast today. I'm about to go to bed though. I work nights.

A - Black as sin and thick as hell. Beautiful. Just a smattering of head that fades almost instantly. Could use a larger head but it's hard to complain.

S - Rich malt, coffee and hints of chocolate. I was really hoping for a little more out of this.

T - Mostly coffee with the oatmeal coming in second. The chocolate melds in there well and it has a slight bitter finish. Just a touch of alcohol.

M - Thick and chewy just like I love it.

D - It's a bit rich but the flavor makes you want to keep going.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,007 ratings.
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