Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

3,801 Reviews
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: 3,801 | Ratings: 16,440
Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, lingering red-brown head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Not as much of a flavor of coffee, but still notes of chocolate, as well as oats. A bit dry, very smooth and full-bodied. Great stout.

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Photo of tmalt
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 9--8-16. This beer is six months old so past its peak quality. Nice head and some lace. Smells like coffee and chocolate.. Taste is still good but has lost half of the chocolate and coffee flavors. The feel is also thinned out a little with excellent carbonation still. Overall I can really enjoy this even though I feel more like I am drinking a coffee ale than the rich stout it was when brewed in September. This stout is best fresh within four or five months.

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Photo of BWood
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: nice head, nice lace.

S: coffee and milk. Some light roast.

T: coffee and bitter chocolate. Slight malty backend. Very good.

F: a little things imo. I know it's a morning beer so a thick motor oil stout would not be the best. But it could have more body.

O: great quality coffee stout. I prefer prairie coffee noir over this. Stronger coffee and a thicker feel. But for the price this is a top notch beer.

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Photo of ObstinateOutcast
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank: 03.02.17
L: Dark cocoa brown color with small head retention. Served in proper glassware - Snifter
S: Highly aromatic with coffee and mocha notes
T: A nice balance between coffee and mocha flavors; not an overpowering taste of coffee, which was a pleasant surprise
F: Incredible mouthfeel. No harsh flavors, smooth, with creamy aftertaste.
O: I highly enjoyed this beer. It's been one the the first great tasting stouts I've had since Left Hand Brewery's Nitro Milk Stout. I will definitely be buying this beer again.

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Photo of gandres
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 12 ounce, poured to pint glass
Appearance: black liquid, brown foam that disappears slowly
Aroma: scent smell of malt, boozy on the drink, very good
Taste: very good to excellent, medium bitterness
Mouth feel: creamy, good carbonation, long follow through, no sudden drops, a bit sticky, long sweet bitter aftertaste
Overall: excellent scotch ale, very good beer repeat: yes look for: yes BA RB
Drank: February 27, 2017 6:30 PM

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Photo of DallasK
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 09/08/16. Head doesn't last forever, as the bottle says lol. Smells of chocolate, coffee. Nose is very sweet. Reminds me of lactose/milk stout sweet. Chocolate, coffee, roasty. What more is to say, the beer is well known for a reason. Like a more affordable Trinity chocolate river.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vice dark appearance. Little head. Definite coffee aroma. Coffee taste is not the best I have ever had. A little thin for a stout. No alcohol taste.

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

A-Strong black colour with a moka brown head that lingers
S-Aroma of coffee and chocolate with vanilla and caramel undertones
M-Thick and viscous and heavy, carbonation is low and obedient
T-Sweet and rich upfront with a coffee and dark chocolate bitterness that balances things out. The bitterness remains as an aftertaste, like fldribking that morning cup of Joe...
O-Amazing brew.

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Photo of mkh012
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle aged roughly 2 years, not at the ideal temperature unfortunately (40ish degrees).

A thick, near-black pour with a finger of tan head.

Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and cherry.

Taste and feel, though, I have to say, I've always felt that this beer falls a bit short of exceptional. This is my third time trying it, and I'm now a daily coffee drinker who can appreciate something bitter, but I think this is almost singularly bitter mid-palate. I say mid-palate because it actually finishes fairly smooth. The finish is when the raisin, cherry, and bakers chocolate come through. But it opens a touch overally carbonated and one note.

Overall, definitely good but not as creamy or soft as I tend to like my stouts. To be fair, 2 years of age may not have been a good thing for this beer.

Gimme some Mocha Marlin or a Lagunitas Cappuccino.

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

this is a great bear, it looks great. dark just the way it should be. smells wonderful and tastes even better. It is so smooth and you can really taste all the hints that they say. i really smell the coffee but am happy that i do not taste it all that much.

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

A: pours a deep chocolate brown with a khaki colored, 1 finger, soapy head and pleasant lacing
S: a deep roasty aroma dominates along with a strong coffee backbone
T: Immediate coffee and a smooth sweetness followed by a pleasant bite and hints of chocolate
M: medium, a bit dry
O: what's amazing about this beer is how drinkable it is, but outside of that what can I say about this beer that has not already been said, its rich and wonderful, indeed; a classic

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with a creamy, tan head. Streak lacing. The aroma is faint. Coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is rich and full. The blend of coffees and toasted malt, with chocolate notes. Smooth and sweet. An excellent beer.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok it pours as dark as motor oil with a deep tan head. It smells and taste of coffee (a STRONG black coffee). It has a smooth swallow but a deep throat aftertaste. For as much as this beer is hyped it is not better than Guinness.

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Photo of swimmatt
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pure black on the pour. One finger head. Not as much on the smell as I was expecting. More subtle, which is fine. Taste does not disappoint for a double chocolate stout. You're not going to sit down and have several, but great for a single beer. The initial taste is smooth for a strong beer with that kind of ABV. Aftertaste sticks around for awhile and is really pleasant.

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

L: Black pour with a short tan head. Not too much carbonation.
S: Bitter chocolate odor but only slightly.
T: A combination of chocolate and coffee flavors this beverage. A little bit boozy tasting but not overwhelming.
F: Goes down smooth for a strong beer. Not too much carbonation.
O: I give this beer an above average rating. It stands out amongst other readily available stouts.

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Photo of PappaSam21
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured this guy in my beer glass, admiring the super dark color, put it up against a light no light coming through. Just a dark jet black color with a cola head.Taking a big whiff, I'm hit with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla oatmeal undertones smells delicious.Taste like it smells smooth all the way down, slightly thin feel,could be a little more chewy but not bad. Great bear easier to get than most top beers of this caliber. Thumbs up, breakfast is the most important meal of the day cheers!

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Photo of chladun
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black. 1-2 finger cappuccino head.
S: Coffee and cocoa mostly. Not quite as bold as I imagined. Maybe I should the next one warm a bit.
T: Full and rich. Slightly bitter malt cocoa, though mostly rich and sweet. The lingering dark chocolate makes it truly great.
F: Full and rich like the taste. Not too much carbonation, which I like.
O: My favorite stout (for the money) I've had so far...

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

I just cracked a bottle that was made on 10/30/15 so it was almost a year and a half old. It came from the last 4 pack out of a 3 case haul I made over a year ago at 3.99 a 4 pack from my favorite ghetto grocery store. It is holding up beautifully. The roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee are so beautifully balanced you just can't say anything negative about it. It is wold class great. Pours dark brown. Generous head. Perfect mouthfeel for a stout. Great mouth retention. I feel like I just finished a Starbucks and yes....I did drink it before noon :-)

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Photo of JakeScully
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I finally got that one ! I've been meaning to try it for a couple year and it delivers, delicious flavors of chocolate and coffee. Very heavy, yet tasty as it can get. Worth trying.

PS: I am a euro so no wonder it took me a bit to get it.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with tan head. Nose is coffee with vanilla and chocolate notes. Rich coffee flavor with dark chocolate. Smooth feel. Great balance. Really well put together.

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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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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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