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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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank at Café Académico, being a gift by the owner of the bar.

A: The body is pitch black. The head is minimal with a brown to beige color. It has minimal retention as well and leaves no lacing. Would expect a bit more head in the is beer.
S: The aroma is strong of cocoa, coffee and toffee. It's incredibly awesome to find this aroma so sweet.
T: The taste is amazing because it starts with the sweetness from toffee, coffee and chocolate and uses the bitter end of coffee and dark chocolate to connect with the bitterness from hops, that runs as high as 60 IBUs in this beer. The way these profiles connect is just amazing.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is a bit harsh but high as it provides a kinda velvety touch to the beer.
O: I went through a lot of fight to find this beer and to finally have it. But thankfully to Portuguese Pedro from Académico, I was able to finally drink it. Cheers to you man, this is world class!

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a sniffer.

Opaque black in color with a reddish shade around the edge when hits the light, the pour yields one finger of sudsy tan head that retains itself for a while before collapsing to some long-lasting foamy sheet on the surface, it doesn’t go anywhere until the last sip, lots of sticky lacing patch and spot appeared on the glass-side from time to time.

Very aromatic coffee and chocolate in a nose with varieties of scent ranging from espresso, americano, mocha, yet milky and creamy chocolate. There is vanilla too, as well as, dark bread, licorice, burnt wood, charred nuttiness, and roasted profiles while hop same time provides notes of earthy, citrus, and subtle spice. The aroma is more open with prominent quality of coffee when the beer warmed.

The taste of espresso, americano, and mocha is in the lead with nicely sweet milky chocolate followed shortly. Then it is roasted malt with some astringency together with dark bread, burnt wood, charred nuttiness, and some vanilla. Thanks to oat for the sweet, soft, and smooth. Those coffee flavors become much bolder and coat the taste buds before hop trying to add in its citric, slight spice, and earthy. Some bitterness and some astringency at the finish, in which mostly derive from the roasted and coffee profiles. Overall, it is sweet but not that overwhelming sweet since there are many layers of flavor to keep the ball in control.

The body is full and quite viscous but not too sticky with velvety yet silky smooth mouthfeel and some lively crisp carbonation through the palate, dry finish.

Full of aroma, full of flavor, full of feeling, this brew is not that kind of super complex but it is big and intense, truly an enjoyment in glass. Alcohol is also well concealed making it not too hard to get along and great for sipping.

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Photo of Holderness
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L -- Black as motor oil. Pours a small, dark tan head (make sure to aerate plenty when you pour) that dissipates fairly quickly to a small layer of dense foam. Not heavily carbonated, which is nice. Minimal lacing.
S -- Strong notes of baker's chocolate, cold brew coffee, roasted malts, browned butter. Hints of bourbon, hickory, and vanilla.
T -- Booze, dark roast coffee, and baker's chocolate upfront, followed by heavily roasted malted oat flavors. No sweetness or fruitiness whatsoever.
F -- Very full bodied. No off flavors from start to finish, and just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Slightly astringent/sour aftertaste, but not much.
O -- Definitely a beer lover's beer – not for the faint of heart. I personally like the fruitiness of Rasputin more, and don't think this one lives up to the hype. That being said, still a very good stout.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More sour than most stouts, this beer's high level of carbonation plays well against the dark flavor of cocoa. It is thick and almost pitch black, the head a rich tan. Very delicious beer that gets better every time.

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

Serving: 12 fl oz bottle ("bottled on 09/02/16") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep and inky with dark brown fringes - doesn't allow much light through. A short, foamy head of tan foam recedes to spotty lacing.

Smell: Full nose of pleasantly roasting coffee beans and chocolate.

Taste: Big but balanced flavors of coffee (more pour over than espresso), both milk and dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of balancing bitter, savory and tart notes through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, slightly viscous and full bodied. Moderately carbonated with soft bubbles.

Overall: Amazingly balanced and flavorful. A big, bold double stout without relying on any barrel aging for its depth and complexity.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Sword 5.Lots of delightful coffee here, so much that reminds me KBS. This has a lower ABV (good!) and its body is still great

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Photo of Kubishark
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Objectively this is a fantastic beer. On all levels. Beautiful black, rich brown head, scents of chocolate and coffee, tastes bitter and sweet, feels thick like a bowl of oatmeal. It's great in just about every way.

But something is missing. Maybe it's been hyped too much. Maybe the price is just too high for me to feel comfortable buying it. Maybe I feel there are other great beers that do the thick, high ABV stout/porter thing equally as good if not better, generally for half the price.

Maybe something's just wrong with me.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on August 5th 2016.

L: Pure black, finger width tan head with incredible retention and solid lacing.

S: Wondrous on the nose, roasted coffee, chocolate and an acridness that just makes you want to dive in.

T: The oatmeal in this makes it slightly chewy in a way (not that that is a bad thing at all). Dark roasted malts, Herbal hop presence is enough to balance with the astringency. Chocolates and coffee, oatmeal flavors. Just a wondrous experience to take a whiff and then a swallow of this delectable brew.

F: Full bodied and warming.

O: My favorite beer ever and I don't know what could possibly be better than this.

Update: KBS 2017

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

Pitch black with a small tannish head. Thick and oily. Coffee comes through wonderfully in both the aroma and flavor. Not overwhelming and overdone like many coffee stouts. Bit of dark chocolate and roasted malt. It is nice and warming without being overly boozy or sweet as many imperial stouts are. This beer is fantastic and quite glad it is available at the local bevie.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice stout. Great taste. Coffee comes out perfect. Great starter beer. Coffee comes off the strongest. Smooth taste and feel in the mouth. More complex than I expected. Great beer.

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Photo of Severymusic
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, just not sure it's "perfect" as the BA and BROS scores might suggest. I agree with most of the other reviews here. Thick oil black appearance, taste and smell mirror each other. Coffee flavor pairs well with the spice notes. Great mouth feel, good carbonation level.

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Photo of eschaton
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Opaque black body with a dark tan head that quickly dissipates to a halo. Smells like heaven, dark chocolate, coffee, and oats. Pleasantly acrid start that quickly transitions to coffee and chocolate with a sweet but not overly saccharine vanilla finish. I would make a miner's breakfast out of this beer but cracking an egg in it would be sacrilegious, it's just too goddamn good.

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Photo of MaltTeaseFalcon
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In a clean, dry glass mug.
L- STP 30 weight, but in a good way
S- chocolate, with lesser degree of coffee and vanilla
T- chocolate, coffee with slight cinnamon at the end.
F- velvety, rich
O- 'Please, sir,' replied Oliver, 'I want some more.'

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a thin head that disappeared quickly. The beer has the aromas of chocolate, coffee, and spices. Beer tastes pretty similar to the smell, there is defiantly a spice kick at the end of the drink. The beer isnt very drying but the spice sticks in the back of my throat. Good carbonation.

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Photo of KCarr
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a st bernardus goblet. Pours fairly thick and viscous. Lacy head that dissipates shortly. Wafts of coffee, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate warm the nostrils. This is a delicious beer. Obvious coffee flavor with hints of the aforementioned notes. Aftertaste is great. Coats the palate. Overall, if not the best, surely top 5 stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle,into a snifter.

1 finger,frothy,cinnamon/brown khaki head.Dark black body with slow/moderate carbonation.No light coming through the glass.

The nose is strong coffee,and sweet/dark chocolate notes,with roasted Java,malt,and oat highlights.Nice rich and toasty scent.

The palate is strong/dark coffee,and sweet dark chocolate,with some roasted malts.A slight metallic flavor,but nothing offensive.The body is thick,chewy,and creamy.

I actually bought a case of this beer to bring with me,when I move to Massachusetts...Just in case it is not available up there.A very good breakfast stout...One that I drink often,and will continue to drink often.

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Photo of hgw605
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep dark brown/black and oily thick. Nice brown head on top. Quite sticky.
S: Heavy on the coffee and chocolate. Nice dark malt. Slight vanilla and toffee notes as well.
T: A ton of coffee and chocolate and you would expect from the aroma. Little bit of spice. Very faint alcohol presence.
F: thicky and oily. smooth.
O: Fantastic. Best readily available imperial stout

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

On tap in a snifter glass. Had this once before from a bottle and tap was much better.

A dark color with a finger of dark tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

A malty coffee taste with a really nice chocolate in the mix. There is some vanilla in there and maybe cinnamon or something spicy. The complex taste really sets this one apart.

Everything blends for a nice complex taste. Enjoying every sip. More of the chocolate and spice around the middle of the glass.

Very smooth feel for the complexity. I liked the little bitterness thrown in.

I'm not a regular stout drinker but this one is a must have.

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

Purchased from bottle on 11/9/16. Bottled 8/5/16 09:53:33.

L - Dark brown, translucent. Proper glass not readily available to determine the head color/level.
S - Coffee and chocolate prominent.
T - Chocolate flavor prominent on the palette initially, then the coffee flavor settles in if left to linger and absorb all the flavors of the beer. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy/bitter with prominent coffee notes.
F - Delightfully balanced. The carbonation is just there enough to remind you it's a stout, but is never overwhelming and attributes to the smoothness of this brew.
O - If I could have one of this stout versus all of the others that were tried before it, I would choose this every time. Looking forward to trying the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout when available, which are apparently even BETTER but only available every few years.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Founders and do like this beer. It's a good beer to have on a holiday before breakfast. Tulip or goblet is just fine. But I give it a 4 because similar brews like dirty bastard ale and dragon milk beat it. But one thing I love about this beer is the coffee notes tied in with a strong bold alcohol bite and the dark coffee texture that fits perfect during a cold winter. However it tastes more potent than it is so it's missing the smoothness and it's almost priced too high to be considered a 5.

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Photo of TheRossness
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders breakfast stout CAN BE one of my favorite beers. I say CAN BE, because it depends where I get it and what batch its from. I've had lousy batches of it and incredible batches. The first time I tried it, which must have been ages ago, I distinctly remember having four glasses- one right after another. It was that good. When Its good, its thick, creamy and soft and has an abundance of coffee flavor. Its bigger beer at 8% but I find it sessionable. While KBS is also a great beer, I tend to enjoy Breakfast stout more. There's just something great about it.

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Photo of Hereforbeer92
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The rumors are true. Truly one of the best brews availible today. Impressed since the first one and I look for it every time I go... Nothing wrong with having one of these for breakfast either...

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

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 cebsch
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-Deeply black; opaque; thick, dark tan head
-Alcohol; roasted malt
-Roasted coffee; a balance of sweet and bitter, without masking either.
-Silky and full-bodied

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Photo of seansean95
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: opaque pitch black with a single finger tan head that remains throughout.

Smell: burnt malts and coffee beans.

Taste: very similar to smell. Sweet tasting coffee

Feel: incredibly smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation

Overall: an incredible beer that I will make sure to pick up whenever I can. If you like dark beers and you haven't had this yet, you're missing out.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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