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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

3,679 Reviews
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 Sirwootalot
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily almost-black, with a tinge of dark mahogany under bright light and a barely-there thin, oily cappuccino head. Smells like freshly-toasted split oatmeal, a pot of fresh coffee, and chocolate hazelnut candy.

There's a lot going on here, and it's all astoundingly tasty. The main flavor is thick, creamy, and heavy like a Vietnamese iced coffee, and the oats dominate the body. The finish is a riptide of blackstrap molasses with notes of potato starch, nutmeg, and a little black pepper giving way to an aftertaste of bitter cappuccino foam, nutella, and hashbrowns. The balance on this is just about perfect - no single element dominates, and each flavor is thick and hearty enough to make not one bit about this beer be underwhelming or watery.

This has been one of my favorites for a long time, but it's also been a while since I've had one. Yep, still freakin' awesome. It pairs well with all kinds of heavy high-calorie food, but right now I'm having it with Texas jalapeno chili and it's just stupid how well they work together.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this after KBS expecting a lighter version of that...but not so. The aroma was wonderful - coffee and roast. I was drinking it fresh so even a hint of hop aroma apparent. But once it hit my tongue... it was tilted more toward the dry, bitter side of things. Kinda a thin mouthfeel for an 8.3% abv oatmeal beer. Won't be going back for more.

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

L: Smooth pour, little head that thickens after you finish pouring the bottle. Head has a brownish coloration, very appealing for a stout. Solid black, can't see through this beer in the least bit.

S: The smell is a little unremarkable. You can get hints of the chocolate/coffee flavor, but its mostly the roasted malts that come through. A good smell, subtle, but nothing that jumps out to grab you at first. This is probably one of the few beers that has its looks get your attention more than the smell.

T: What can I say. The roasted combination of the classic stout flavors is second to none. Chocolate and coffee and cereal malt all work together in the brew to create the quintessential stout. Truly the best in class. Flavor is consistent and powerful from front to back, from first sip to last.

F: Smooth as anything, but certainly not a beer to drink quickly. Its thick enough to float a spoon on and it feels like that in your mouth. The smooth, slightly alcoholic element sticks in your mouth, but not in a bad way at all.

O: My favorite beer. I save it for special occasions, mostly in the winter.

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

Stout season is real. There is nothing better than fresh Breakfast stout from the source. All coffee upfront, then chocolate and alcohol. Surprisingly drinkakable for the ABV.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours black with a medium-thin dark creme/motor oil head. Little to no lacing. Notes of cocoa nibs and coffee in the head of the aroma with an alcohol smell base. Roasted malts notes open up the flavor palette, and then flow into a series of cocoa nibs and coffee. Great ebb and flow of flavors. Each flavor can be picked up quite easily compared to some beers. Mouth feel is fantastic. Very rich and smooth. It's a pleasure to drink. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer (as the ratings show). I first had it some time ago when I was asking around for the "best coffee stouts". I'm revisiting it a year later, and I'm glad I did. Plenty of great things going on with each sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Picked this up from WF as soon as it hit CA.

L: Deep, dark brown that is approaching pitch black with a nice half finger espresso colored head. Lacing is left on the glass as you sip. Looks like a full glass of freshly brewed coffee.

S: Immediately hit with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, maybe some caramel.

T: Really full black coffee flavor followed by a nice chocolate bitterness - some vanilla in there also. A roasty, dry-ish finish.

F: Nice, full bodied beer that suits a stout perfectly. Feels like silk.

Overall, this beer is awesome. There are few beers that I would comfortably buy a case of, but I just may have to go out and get one! Cheers.

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Photo of JMD
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep black with a small tan head that dissipated quickly even after a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Smells amazing! Rich and malty with big notes of chocolate and fresh ground coffee

T: Big toasted malt flavor. Chocolate and espresso are prominent with hints of tobacco and dark fruits. Just enough hops to balance it out.

T: Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Maybe a little light for the style

O: Fantastic beer! Not much more to say. There is a reason why its so highly rated, its one of the best beers around.

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

Glad to have Founders in California, finally! Another prime example why, Breakfast Stout is an amazing stout. Right there with Old Rasputin for me (though lacks the personal history). Cheers!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into bubbled stout glass. Thin, light colored head that gives way to the faintest lacing. Color is black, even when held to light.

Smell is unremarkable. Malt and lactose (strange, because it isn't a milk stout), slight roast.

Tastes of roasted malt, dark cream, a trace of oats. Faint alcohol finish. Bitter dark chocolate/coffee aftertaste.

Very smooth feel.

This one's slightly more watery than I remember, but it's still a balanced, well-crafted stout. Great for a winter evening. Essential for stout lovers.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had it in a Trappist Goblet this evening. I like it very much.

(L) Very dark almost black with a thin tan head.

(A) Pleasant aroma coffee and chocolate

(T) Taste is dark chocolate, some coffee and some oat, and a hint of alcohol. Not too bitter.

(F) Nice moderate carbonation, a tad creamy, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of mynamewastakendamnit
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours very dark, almost a motor oil black but in the light you can see a slight red tinge to it while it pours. But once it's in the glass, it's just an impenetrable black. Only about a quarter of a finger of brown head, even after a pour down the middle. It dissipates pretty quickly too, but an outer ring remains that offers pretty decent lacing.

S: Coffee and malts mostly. A small bit of alcohol in there as the head dissipates.

T: Heavy on the coffee and the dark chocolate up front. Towards the back end, buscuity malts and a really nice hint of oats. Alcohol is also definitely present, it's not overpowering or anything but it's there. Flavors are very pronounced and very delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel, really smooth. Very light carbonation. As you swirl it around and the head comes back a little it gets noticeably creamier for me. Really well balanced on this end.

O: Solid beer. Very good taste, not too overwhelming but pretty strong and forward. Balanced and smooth mouthfeel. Aside from the head which goes away too soon, it's really nice looking in a glass. A bit alcoholic at times (on some sips more than others) but for such a high ABV beer it's not so bad. Definitely a high quality and easy drinking beer, I'd recommend this for anybody who enjoys stouts.

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

Pours deep black, with a brown foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol. Taste is rich, complex, balanced, very friendly, not acid. Chocolate notes, coffee notes, dark fruits, very nice. Great beer.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark brown with a tan head as is typical for the style

S: Rich coffee and chocolate aromas, as well as roasted malts and alcohol

T: Dark chocolate takes the front, while a strong alcohol taste tends to override the coffee and malt flavors

F: honestly felt rather thin for an imperial stout, almost as thin as a lager

O: I've had two separate four-packs and have come to the conclusion that its the shipping distance of Founders to Central CA that does this beer in. I can see the potential, but for now I'll stick with Old Rasputin as my stout of choice.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours super thick and dark, almost like maple syrup, and settles in the glass black with a tan head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but left a thin ring of foam that never fully went away and TONS of thick, heavy lacing. Smell and taste both have huge flavors of dark coffee, some bitter chocolate, and faint alcohol. Feel is especially impressive; it's super smooth, creamy, and thick. Very easy to drink despite the big, bold flavors. Definitely one of the best stouts I've tried yet.

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

From Bottle. Pours Black with a brown head. Aroma Malt and light toffee with light coffee. Taste Caramel and toffee with light chocolate and coffee. Coffee and caramel linger with light chocolate and light fruitiness.

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

It's finally here in Southern California!

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours jet black with chocolate brown suds. Smells of cold brew coffee, dark chocolate, a slight alcohol scent, along with a pleasant mocha scent. Taste reflects the smell. Coffee and dark chocolate galore! Initial coffee flavor and bitterness leads into dark chocolate flavors that finish with a lingering chocolate bitterness. Feel is thick, creamy, which works great with the heavy flavors. Overall, this is an excellent beer with great coffee and chocolate aspects.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard or read nothing but good reviews about this stout so when seeking it out and eventually finding it here in California's central valley I tried not to let preconceived ideas cloud my judgment of this brew. That being said it pours a very dark, dark brown, practically black with a thin light brown head and some lacing. The aroma hits you of dark coffee with every other imaginable malt character. Chocolate, oatmeal, and biscuits are also prevalent in the taste but so does the alcahol aftertaste that does not last. This is a great after dinner sipping beer in my opinion or one that can be enjoyed with a heavy BBQ especially with beef or pork. You could even enjoy this with a ice cream dessert. I'm glad I finally found this and the baby on the label rivals the Gerber baby as the best in all the history of product marketing.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid black with a modest head. The aroma that hits first is the smell of fresh ground coffee, like walking into a coffee shop early in the morning. There are also notes of oak, smoke, cinnamon, and burnt toast. The flavor starts with coffee grounds as well, with smokey, roasty notes rounding out the flavor with a subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but not overly thick. This was not my first time trying this beer, and I must say I liked it much more this time, but it is still not beer I would go out of my way for. In terms of strenght of coffee flavor, this one is up there, and the dryness of the flavor is excellent, but it is not a very moreish beer for me.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased Jan 16. Poured into glass from bottle.

L- very dark brown, some might even say black. Maybe not quite as black as a quad but close. Very very thin dark brown head. If side pour than head is barely noticeable.
S- chocolate and coffee. Strong smell.
T- distinct chocolate, coffee and malt in that order. Chocolate more than anything and lots of it along with lots of coffee. Aftertaste is all chocolate.
F- syrupy and mildly heavy. Not as heavy as I was expecting, but its still a double chocolate oatmeal stout so don't expect to need more than 2. It will fill you up.
O- excellent beer one of my all-time favorite. Right up there with the KBS.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Bottle purchased in early January, 2016, poured into Guinness stout glass.

L: Very dark brown, almost black. Two finger head with decent retention, leaves slight lacing and a cap.

S: Coffee, cocoa, malt but can't really pull oats out of it.

T: Taste tends to follow nose: Coffee is dominant, followed by unsweetened chocolate. Malt backbone. A tiny bit of alcohol at end, but not offputting.

F: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Neither sticky nor overly dry. Very well balanced.

O: As always, this is very, very solid. I think it is overrated *a bit* but you can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cant say much more than whats already stated here. This beer deserves an honest 99 and 100. Shout out to the bros for knowing whats up. Love this beer, have gotten for friends.

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Photo of mobrado
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, but I really don't get the love at all. It's new to Southern California, maybe my expectations were too high. I much prefer Victory at Sea or Speedway Stout to this. Just too thin and slightly acidic. Some surprisingly boozy notes for only 8% ABV, too.

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Photo of charlzm
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on January 19th, 2016. Poured from a bottle dated 09/04/15 into a tulip at 55 degrees F.

Moderate pour produces a three finger tan head. Settles down soon into a thick skin with plenty of lacing. Beer itself is deep opaque brown, bordering on black.

Aroma is coffee grounds and wet pennies. Something went wrong, it seems.

Flavor is slightly lactic with a dash of sourness up front. Coffee comes on strong along with bitter chocolate. Slightly acidic finish with a hint of oatmeal (more in the mouthfeel than on the palate). A little alcohol heat and flavor as well.

Speaking of mouthfeel, this beer is medium-bodied with an acrid bite, offset by oatmeal smoothness. That sharp edge fades soon, but is unpleasant on the first few sips.

This is from the first batch distributed to Southern California, so my expectations were high. Sadly, they were not met.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at business dinner, so I didn't have time to let it warm up properly. Its a shame, cause I only really started to enjoy this when it got to the right temp. Regardless, it was a nice thick, black, full bodied stout with a nice balanced flavor. Chocolate and coffee were delicious, and there's almost no sign of the alcohol.

Just opened a bottle with 6 months on it that was aged in less than ideal conditions. The result is an odd smell that is kind of soapy. However, the taste is still very good. Tons of chocolate, coffee and its bitterness arriving later, good creamy oatmeal base.

The body is not huge, but its oily and smooth. Easy to drink, for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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

I remember being blown away by this beer the first time that I had it. I was just finding out the complexities and delights of craft beer and this one was readily available, but definitely unlike any other beer I'd had before. It opened me up to the world of high-ABV, rich, and robust stouts, which have become some of my favorite beers to try. Silky smooth, creamy, and loaded with chocolate and roastiness.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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