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 Bruno74200
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Better and better as it warms up.

L - Pitch black with a nice mocha head

S - Tiramisu goodness, coffee, cocoa powder, nutty liquor, very complex. Better when at room temperature

T - Very balanced taste. Coffee, oatmeal, roasty cocoa nib, some nuts and a bit of grape. Quite dry, light acidity.

F - Sharp carbonation but just the right amount for it to enhance the taste. Dry and a bit astringent mouthfeel.

O - Not an in your face stout but one of the most balanced double stout I've the chance to try. Certainly the best use of oatmeal I've had in a beer. Worth the hype.

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Photo of akirakcat
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black brew with tan lacing. Smells deeply of chocolate and also of roasted coffee. Tastes of medium-dark chocolate (I guess this is the bitter and sweet chocolate mix) and coffee, with oat and cinnamon notes. The sweet chocolate taste just beats out the bitter taste, which is quite lovely. The mouthfeel is velvety and rich but not overly so. Amazing.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a one finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, molasses and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, baking chocolate, drip coffee, light hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent creamy body with obvious oat contribution. A rich, coffee forward stout with a dry profile that is more like a foreign export stout than an American one. Good chocolate flavor in the high cacao style, drier and more bitter. If I actually drank beer for breakfast, this would be one I would want quite often.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from single serve

This beer looks fantastic. I can't justify anything less than a top-notch number. Pours a nearly-opaque black with a fantastic three-finger head that slowly dissipates first to an inch of tan foam, then to perfect foamy lacing all of the way down the glass. This looks like a root-beer float head in a beer. Terrific.

The aroma is subdued compared to some others of the style, but it is all there for the smelling. Roasted malts up front with coffee and chocolate right behind. There is just a touch of spice and booze in the background.

This stout tastes fantastic, and follows its nose, but with more flavor than its aroma suggested would follow. It delivers an unapologetic roasted malt-bomb, balanced with bitter chocolate and coffee that is simply spot on. The booze is there, but it delivers a mixture of bite and sweetness, not burn. Then, at the very end, spice notes of cinnamon and anise tickle the back of the throat to complete the package.

Malt-bombs can be sticky messes. This one isn't. The bitterness and spice helps keep it from getting weighed down. Meanwhile, this thing is a paragon of full bodied chewiness. One more tick of carbonation would have made the mouth perfect.

Overall, I cannot think of an imperial stout that I would say I've tried and found clearly superior. If you prefer the drier end of the spectrum, you may not put this at the top of your list, but by any objective measure, this is simply fantastic, especially for the price. Highly recommended.

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Photo of peterpunk15
3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a decent stout but honestly, nothing stands out not flavor, not malts, no hops... This feels like a relatively common stout... there are some coffee notes but nothing that I haven't had in every other stout in the market

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

355 ml bottle, Amazing Beers, Bury St. Edmunds - Pours jet black with a very thin tanned head which quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Aroma -Strong coffee forefront, roasted dark chocolate. Taste - Sweet, smooth, roasted coffee, lactose, dark chocolate, crisp bitter finish with a light alcoholic warmth. Super well balanced, sweet, smooth stout.

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

From a bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Jet black, opaque with a dense caramel head. Subtle lacing
Smells of malty chocolate , but not overly aromatic
Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced with some bitterness to equalize the sweetness of the chocolate. Complex and multi-layered with chocolate followed by coffee and savory oats.
Feel: Medium bodied. Warm creamy and inviting. Coats the tongue, but never feels syrupy as some other stouts in this class have a tendency to do.

This is by far my favorite stout that I have tried

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Photo of Strike00
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours black with a red tint. Light brown head with some lacing.
S: Notes of coffee and roasted malt. There is a sweetness underneath.
T: Coffee and deep roast. A higher, slightly sour note is there a bit too. Slight Alcohol on the back end.
F: Medium Bodied for a decent sized stout. Creamy and smooth,

O: Had this many times and just now rating. Wonderful coffee stout that is a go to for me.

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

12oz bottle

Nice tan head

Smell is all coffee and booze, a little sweetness and roasty

Taste is roasted malts and very heavy on the coffee upfront. Bitterness balanced with warmth from the chocolate notes and some alcohol kick on the back. There's some sweetness but it's balanced by a nice dryness. A little dark berry and cola tinge.

Feel is medium and great carbonation. There's small bubbles, keeps the flavors dancing on the tongue nicely. It coats the tongue but not too heavy

Overall excellent. For some reason it's taken me years to try this and I finally did.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose: Chocolate oatmeal, double chocolate cookies, coffee.

Look: Jet black. 100 million srm. ;)
Pours thick with a cinnamon head.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee giving way to chewy toasted oats. Some cinnamon. The chocolate is bitter and sweet.

Beautifully balanced. One of the best stouts I've ever had!

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into stout glass.

Pours black with 2 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is coffee, molasses, plum, and raisin.

Taste is very nice; coffee, chocolate, fig, raisin, toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium. Alcohol is not detectectable (8.5%)

Awesome stout. Founders makes awesome beers; this one is one of my favorites.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, pitch black. Little head but good lacing.
Smell: dominantly black chocolate, lot of coffee smell, but the alcohol was also present. Very viscous, just like black motor oil.
Taste: chocolaty, coffee taste. Roasted taste from the malt. Strong malty backbone.
Feel: full body, very viscous and luscious. Excellent aftertaste that makes you want more of it. However, the alcohol is very much present, and one can taste it easily. And the high ABV can creep up really easily too.

An excellent brew, the gift that comes from heaven. Even though the alcohol presence is strong, the taste more than makes up for it. Very easy to fall in love with, don't drink this in front of your other half, she'll be red with jealousy.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Breakfast Stout - just about everything it is touted to be...

Right out of the bottle it pour beautifully dark and with a tan head that has decent staying power with very good lacing down the glass. About the only thing I didn't like was its scent. Though I could pull out the chocolately notes and roasty smells, it was just barely that I could do so (I had to work hard at it.) After that, it was all academic. The feel was lightly carbonated with a silky smoothness that was very unique. The taste was everything it was advertised to be (and then some.) I do consider this a very good brew. Maybe not the caliber others hold it high to, but definitely worth the extra space in my beer fridge.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/28/15; drank 1/15/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice dark tan head; nice lace.

Roasted coffee bean, milk chocolate & faint cream notes in the nose; bold!

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cream, roasted coffee bean & sweet cream flavors up front; mild hop bite on the finish. A touch too sweet but very enjoyable.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a four-pack bought at my local Meijer. Poured out into my fancy pants Spiegelau stout glass. Oh my goodness does this beer look amazing. Smells like a rich, creamy mocha. The taste, at first, is great too. About two thirds of the way through, it goes downhill and becomes kind of bland and less enjoyable. Not my favorite but still a great stout.

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Photo of citizencane
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks quite good. Solid dark brown-black with decent head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes of same, but less nuance- the flavors blend together into one solid taste without much complexity. Mouthfeel is thick, but not as thick as expected, and overcarbonated by a mile. Overall not a bad beer, but astoundingly overrated.

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Photo of Stout_Hunter
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Poured 12 oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout Glass. Comes out black with nice tan head. The head recedes pretty quickly needs constant agitation to hold the head.
S: Strong notes of coffee and oats dominated my nose with a very strong after smell to it.
T: nice and creamy beer. Perfect mix of malt roast and chocolate coffee. Nice and sweet at the start and perfectly biter bite at the end.
F: Thick and creamy mouthfeel to it that is super smooth and enjoyable.
O: Overall Ithink this stout is a great holiday beer. Makes sense that you can only get 4 packs sep-dec. because this stout would be a little much to have it stocked in the fridge like I do with some stouts lol. It is a bit expensive honestly though...15$ for 4 beers so beware of that before you head to pick one of these treats up this season. I did think it was worth it and will probably get again before end of month. Glad I got this brew!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter leaving some room to swirl it on the glass. Pours jet black with an inch of beautiful, stable, brownish head that dissipated slowly and left plenty of lacing and foam on the sides of the glass. Beautiful in the glass. Smell is of coffee, then chocolate, mocha, and oatmeal. only complaint on the nose, is I pick up the slightest metallic smell. Taste is spot on! Same qualities you pick up in the nose, minus the metallic hint, and all more pronounced, with the full pat body carrying everything through and creating a full palate of very.. well, breakfasts flavors! Cold brew, mocha, bittersweet cocoa, oatmeal, a touch of caramel sweetness, and a full mouthfeel. Spot on and not at all less than I'd expect from Founder's.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 11/17/13 at home. One of my go-to beers, as its on tap almost everywhere. Dark. malty, choco, coffee fantasticalness all wrapped up in a year round offering from a verifiable front runner!

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with 1/2 inch beige head that soon falls and rests upon the surface. Mild lacing. Wish it poured thicker

The aroma is a wonderfully sweet mocha with a sum of chocolate and roasted malts

The taste follows the nose, it produces a fantastic chocolatey mocha flavor upfront while leaving an espresso aftertaste. The oats add a creamy and full bodied element

Overall I am beyond pleased! I can't get enough and will definitely be heading back to grab some more in the near future! Only thing I wish different was the body feel to be more full

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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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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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