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 AndyAvalanche
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this about 3 weeks ago at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth but decided not to review it then, I had been waiting a long time to try it, I was a few beers in so I finally found it at Atlas Liquors in Quincy and decided to pick up a 4 pack. I'm liking it, I may have to pick up another 4 pack pretty soon.

Poured it into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (after much debate as I do with many stouts). I've never seen a beer with this look before, incredibly impressive. It pours out completely jet black with a small dark brown head that is really more like a ring around the edges. When held up to the light there is still nothing but black the whole way around, it doesn't even get lighter on the edges, very impressive. There really isn't much lacing to it. The lace slides down the side back to the liquid, there are a couple of small patches that stay on the glass, but you can count them all on one hand. The smell is so complex but amazing. You can smell dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso and coffee. It's all pretty potent and even after all that you can smell hops. Yes, this is a well hopped brew which I found pretty intriguing. ***I had to let this beer warm up a bit, when it was cold it really compromises the taste and smell, I'd recommend only leaving it in the fridge for about a half and hour than drinking it, or maybe don't even put it in the fridge at all. When drinking it too cold it taste and smells a little more like a cheap coffee ingredient which I don't believe is the case.*** The taste was just as complex as the smell. You can taste the oatmeal, both bitter and sweet chocolate as well as espresso and coffee. All that is followed by some what tastes like dry hops which again goes after the bitter taste buds on the tongue. There also tastes like there area roasted and burned malts. The balance among all the flavors and tastes is quite incredible. The mouthfeel is obviously very full bodied, it's such a thick beer it's like drinking a thick hot chocolate when it's not so hot. This beer is incredibly drinkable, I could sip on it all day.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

projectflam86 hooked this one up. thanks Kyle

A - thick brown head takes shape over a shimmering black-as-tar body. okay retention and leaves some nice sticky lace. kind of looks like a black americano after the head eventually settles.

S - holy shit! this is liquid dessert and for breakfast!? who could ask for more
Sweet chocolate(plenty of it), fresh brewed coffee and burnt malt. Hops present a real grainy and earthy quality. Caramel mocha and ever so slight amounts of black licorice scents also take my nose for a ride. this brew smells huge.

T - all aromas fomr though on the palate in spades. Heavy on the mocha and roasted/burnt malts. Slightly sweet, mostly bitter, like gourmet coffee. This is absolutely phenominal.

MF - full figured, well rounded w/ low carbonation and smooth as all hell. this beer oozes down. no, wait...glides down w/ a huge fullness and rich rolling silky mouthfeel. wow!

D - Not sure what impresses me more. obviously the flavor is exceptional, but the smell and feel are almost as satisfying.

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Photo of glid02
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and citrus hops, in that order. As it warms the roasted malt aromas fade a bit, giving the impression that the coffee and dark chocolate aromas strengthen.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong coffee and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by large amounts of smooth dark chocolate midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip very light amounts of citrus enter into things before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. A very viscous thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I downed my glass entirely too quickly and could have a few more.

Overall the coffee flavors were slightly more apparent to me in the draft version than they were from the bottle. Either way, it's well worth a shot.

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Photo of weasbri
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At some point, I will have a taste-off of my favorite stouts, and this will certainly be among them.
None of my pours so far have yielded much of a head to speak of, but the thin one that does show up laced the glass fully. The color is dark as night, deliciously chocolate.
What an aroma! Coffee and dark chocolate. Mocha beer!
I could go on for days describing the fine nuances of the flavor of this beer. Coffee, of course. Dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate. I really don't notice the alcohol coming through, though there is a hint of something like what I get from a bourbon stout. But this one needs no help from anything like a barrel, it stands on its own.
Thick but not to the point of being chewy. And, as I mentioned before, the alcohol is hard to detect, so I could drink these for a while.
Awesome, awesome beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep, dark, almost purple in color,with a thick, tan, oatmeal-like head of foam
Aroma-Roasted coffee and chocolate
Taste-Big coffee flavor,coffee and cream, creamy chocolate-Very smooth, not much bitterness, thick and chewy-An excellent, delicious coffee stout. Get Some!!!

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.69/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A decent, if overrated, burnt coffee stout.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the illustration of a boy eating from a bowl, mixed with the Founders branding. Five word description: double chocolate oatmeal stout. Does not show date of bottling, but displays IBUs (60), and Alc. (8.3%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Almost opaque pour leaving a thick black color with a nice creamy head that shows good retention and leaves fine lacing.

S - Burnt coffee aromas (Espresso gone wrong, like a morning coffee maker that has been too long on the fire). Roasted malt that escapes-adds to the burnt coffee feeling, faint chocolate under the dryness of some oats. Strong and characteristic but not particularly pleasing.

T - A tone richer than the smell, the maltiness is capable of holding part of the burnt coffee closer to calling some part of the flavors "roasted" instead, but without much success. Luckily the malts don't hinder the coffee blend entirely and in fact may rescue some of that spoiled coffee taste with a distinct richness that lingers on an acidic note. Chocolate is buried under the exploded coffee wall but there is a faint semi-sweet note that embraces whatever is left struggling of that ingredient.

M - Full bodied, with smooth carbonation.

D - Hmmm, it can be drunk, but I'm feeling more and more disappointed as I progress through the beer. Unless you are passionate about the way the flavor unfolds, and also like the smell that takes a persistent front seat this is not going to be too easy to be had.

Notes: This is probably not my thing. I fear that this and others might be to some notion of style due to a discrepancy in the appreciation of coffee. This is critically burnt coffee and some aspects of the stout do rescue it, and emphatically it is not the other way around i.e. this is not coffee enhancing the brew. Now, there are brews out there doing it much better than this one (without being mind blowing Southern Tier's Jahva does it nicely, or the even their Mokah when it comes to pushing chocolate and coffee.) I have had my share of bad coffee, and this brings too many memories of it after a lifetime of enjoying straight up espresso. Then I also think that, all things considered, this is a decent brew (I do think that Founders work is typically top notch) but it suffers from over hype. Chocolate is subdued, coffee comes as burnt, and a good stout malty base does wonders in trying to rescue the attempt, unfortunately that might be the actual highlight.

As an update, I had another bottle at much colder temperature and while most of the general characteristics remain the same the burnt character that was so present the first time is not that unbearable in the second try, it has better drinkability but does not earn much in terms of memorability...

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Photo of righthereisay
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served almost ice cold. Poured an into a Tervis tumbler.

Pours like syrup. For me there was no foam. Pretty intense. Almost black.

Smelled like Dark coffee with some chocolate, and pretty intense alcohol smell.

Tastes of Coffee and Chocolate. A little bitter, pretty sweet. Almost like a desert beer.

Mouthfeel. Very balanced. All around good. No complaints.

Drinkability. Goes down too easy. Too easy to get drunk on this one.

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Photo of tniless
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap!! This is a serious beer. This is for a snifter and is to be shared.

Poured into a pint glass (I know, snifter next ime). Head disappeared right away leaving on top of a dark chocolate syrup body.

Smell is not overly chocolate or coffee - more subtle than I expected.

First sip is smooth - but at over 8% ABV, the sips are better slow. Quick gulps burn the back of the throat.

A great sipping beer over a rich dessert. A definite keeper. I bought a 4 pack and will age one for a year and see how that goes.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout is probably one of my favorite beers, so I decided it would be a good pick for my 100th review. Bottled 9/11/09

Poured into a shaped pint, this beer is black as a stout should be, with a dark tan head and lacing. It takes a while, but the head later becomes just a rim around the glass.

Being a "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout", this beer has a lot going on. The nose has a complex mix of ale fruitiness behind a load of "dark" character. The first thing is the gooey, chocolaty character in the nose. Black, strong coffee shares equal strength in this beer, combining to make a coffee chocolate syrupy dessert mix. Very decadent. In this fresh of a bottle I'm also picking up some hops in the form of orange peel. I bet this would pair well with one of those chocolate orange candies.

The flavor of this beer is equally impressive, changing with the temperature. When cold, the black coffee bitterness comes through the most. And with 60 IBU's of hops, it feels like a pretty bitter stout. As it warms, the chocolate comes through, tasting like a bitter chocolate lava cake. The finish is all coffee and its bitterness. What really surprises me is that there is no heat from the alcohol, in spite of the 8.3% abv.

The mouthfeel of this beer just puts it over the top, if it wasn't already there. I've always loved oatmeal stouts, but this is the first I've had or know of that uses oatmeal is a big stout. The signature creamy mouthfeel from oats is successfully achieved, creating that gooey chocolate experience you would get from a fine chocolate dessert rather than some Herhsey's syrup. The finish is long lasting and bitter, with a medium thick coating lasting on the tongue.

Drinkability is outstanding on this beer. This doesn't have to be your typical sipper Imperial Stout. I can drink it out of a pint instead of stemware, and it's perfect on a cold morning tailgating a football game. This is also a unique Imperial Stout in that it tastes good cold and cool.

Notes from a 2008 bottle, aged one year: After a year in the bottle, the aroma is a lot more fruity. It has lost almost all of the coffee in the nose, softening it quite a bit, and bringing out more chocolate. I actually prefer the sharpness of a fresh bottle.

The flavor has become much more balanced, loosing a ton of bitterness from the coffee. Chocolate bar sweetness comes through much more, loosing some coffee flavor. In my opinion, this beer is good after a year but hasn't really improved. It became more fruity, and tasted more like a typical Imperial Stout. I don't think there's a reason to age this beer, and I don't have the willpower either.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an '08 bottle in my Chimay chalice. None of my local stores seem to have this years version.

A: Pours a deep blackish brown as a frothy light brown head forms. The head quickly disappears as only a few bubbles stick to the velvety looking surface. Appears very thick.

S: heaps of deep roasted coffee notes with a sturdy roasted barley backing it up. Hints of dark chocolate compliment the robust coffee in the nose.

T: Like the nose, heaps of coffee roll around the tongue. Coffee bitterness fades in to a dark chocolate sweetness. The flavor left on the tongue begs you to take your next sip. This is truly an amazing beer.

M: chewy and thick. The texture matches the bold flavor profile. Excellent balance all around. This is a hearty beer, perfect for breakfast as the name suggests.

D: Everything about this beer is delicious. From the moment the bottle is opened, its presence is known. It looks great in the glass and smells even better. Words don't do justice to the flavor of this beer as it marries three of my favorite things (stouts, coffee, and chocolate) so perfectly. This is a big beer at 8.3%, but you would never know it. There is always room for a 4 pk or two in my fridge!

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

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Appearance - This beer is as dark as dark, even held up to light I cannot see a speck of light through it. Deep dark black with maybe a bit of brown on the edges, poured with 1/8th inch brown frothy head, receded quickly.

Smell - The oatmeal comes right through, very noticeable. After I can pick up coffee, chocolate and milk like qualities. Nothing in the nose of alcohol or hops. Smells very sweet and rich. A bit weaker in the nose than I remember or thought it would be.

Taste - This is a great beer, so rich and deep and silky smooth. The chocolate sweetness comes out right away with that coffee right there to greet it. The oatmeal ties in well on the end to give you that rich finish. A bit of bitterness on the end rounds this one out perfectly. Dark woods also tasted.

Mouthfeel - Exceptional, it is velvety smooth almost in the mouth, feels like milk and is just the right weight. This beer just gets it right.

Drinkablity - 8.3%? Couldn't have fooled me, this beer drinks like its 5% just perfect, I think I could knock down the entire 4 pack. Beers like this remind me why I love craft beer.

Love this beer a ton.

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Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe other beers have surpassed Founders Breakfast Stout in the coffee stout catagory. Still a good stout. Pours black with a small brown head that sadly goes away very quickly even with an aggressive pour. Just a few specks of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has an aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and hints of chocolate. The malt really comes through in the flavor. If this was not marketed as a coffee infused beer, I would rate the flavor higher. The coffee and chocolate play in the background. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is not detected. Medium to full body with nice carbonation. Texture is a tad unremarkable. A good stout but I can't help but feel there are better examples of coffee stouts.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The stout is black and murky, mysterious in its darkness. Nothing escapes through the glass. Atop the body of the ale is a mocha-colored head that laces extensively.

S: The nose is rich, full of bitter coffee and sweeter chocolate notes. The aroma is quite strong, showing off more coffee than roasted malts.

T: Coffee flavors abound upfront, rich and robust they set the tone for the ale. Of all the coffee stouts that I've had, this does to coffee aspect nicely. Most are quite strong on the coffee grounds angle. This one is softer, not as bitter as a few that I've had. The roasted grains nicely compliment the coffee, adding a dark toasted flavor to the body. The combined body is sweet with an excellent flavor. To top it all off, the alcohol, which is pretty high, is nicely hidden.

M: The swirling flavors keep the mouth happy from first sip to last, especially when the ale warms up a bit. This is an excellent pairing of stout and coffee.

D: I had several snifters, allowing each to warm, and loved every one of 'em. This is the kind of beer that, if it comes up on tap anywhere near you, is worth the trip.

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Photo of mdale13
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this review by saying I am NOT a coffee drinker. I have tried a few other coffee beers and have not liked them. That is until now.

A- Poured from a 12oz pry-off bottle. Let it sit 10-15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge. Pours a dark black/brown. Totally opaque. No light coming through this bad-boy. I had it in a standard pint glass, and it initially created a 3 finger head, which slowly but surely deteriorated to a steady 1 finger head. Very beautiful beer.

S- Coffee. Freshly ground, sweet, bitter coffee. Hints of chocolate, but mostly coffee.

T- BAM! This beer may very well turn me into a coffee drinker. The taste explodes with a rush of coffee, followed closely by a dash of chocolate, and perhaps a hint of oatmeal, but its very subdued. Sweet, malty, so satisfying. As it warms up, the flavors reach a new level of kick-ass-ness.

M- Smooth. No other word for it. Coats the mouth with a wonderful sticky, somewhat bitter layer, leaving the lush taste of the coffee and chocolate lingering on your tongue.

D- Highly drinkable. The moderately high ABV is totally undetectable, and it finishes so smooth, you instantly want another.

Other- I was tentative to try this one, as a relatively new BA, and only entering the world of stouts in the past month, and as someone who has never had a great love of coffee or coffee beers, I was skeptical. I almost bought a single 12oz bottle, but I decided to trust the hype around this beer and grabbed a full 4-pack, and I am glad I did. I will be returning to Table & Vine shortly to buy a couple more 4-packs of this amazing beer.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Dear. God. Is this stuff straight from Satan's colon? Blacker than a Minnesota Midnight. Even when held up to light, I can't see jack. Nice thick pour that dissipates into a nice foam.

S -- I get coffee, chocolate notes, and sex.

T -- A one - two punch of coffee and chocolate with a nice complement of what seems of spices and malt.

M -- Thick (but not too) and resinous. Just like a good stout should be.

D -- A great winter warmer when Irish Coffee isn't your thing, a great beer for a fall campout or just when you're out of milk for cereal...

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Photo of jamescain
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring this beer you can see how thick it is. Imperial stouts pour slowly and have the appearance of being very thick. As soon as you take the first sip you can feel what you see. It has a very dark color, even when held up to the light it is very dark. It creates a thing ring of head around the top that is brown in color.

The first thing you smell is the roasted malts. My problem was probably the glass I drank it from. It was not a proper glass for smelling the aroma of the beer.

The beer is very creamy and thick but very smooth. the flavor consist dark chocolate and espresso and tons of roasted malts. It is bitter for a stout, which I like but not everyone will like. There is the distinct aftertaste of alcohol; but what do you expect from a beer that is over 8%; however, it is still well hidden while tasting the beer.

This beer is not as filling as a more familiar stout, such as Guinness, and is not as creamy. There is still a nice pinch of carbonation, which adds a refreshing quality to the beer.

Overall the beer is a very good representation of an Imperial stout and for the price it is definitely recommended.

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

Pours into a glass black with some dark brown hues, very solid, oily look to it, with a small, dark brown head.

Smells of burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, a ton of malts.

Taste is bitter coffee and chocolate, malts, a small hops pinch on the end. Maybe a little too bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but still a fairly solid, heavy beer, a little oily. Light carbonation.

Overall, pretty decent representation of the style. Not quite sure it's worth all the accolades that have been heaped on it, but still a good beer. I'd certainly drink it again, but I don't think it'd be something had often.

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Photo of racer2k
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Black color that looks like the consistency of well used motor oil. Beer pours with a minimal head that creates a large ring of lacing around my glass.

S - Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee are all present with a tint of hop aroma

T - Creamy rich and a meal in a glass. This is very smooth and rich but just right, not too thick. The 8.3% ABV alcohol is hidden very well. This stout had near perfect balance.

M - Creamy with light to carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well but the beer provides a nice warm feel to it with the higher ABV.

D - Very drinkable offering that you could easily put 2-3 down without being too filled up. This is an excellent beer! One that would compliment a breakfast meal quite nicely!

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Photo of whynot44
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque brown/black, almost like used engine oil, with hints of ruby around the edges and a nice foamy coffee colored head that sticks around fairly well and leaves some nice coffee colored lacing.

The aroma is rich coffee, hints of dark chocolate, figs, dates, caramel.

The taste is coffee, coffee, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, figs, plums, and more coffee in the finish.

Full bodied, incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouth, very drinkable for something this strong, the alcohol is well hidden. Should be a fantastic after dinner brew or just anytime, especially on a cool fall or winter day. I hated to get to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. it's a beautiful, cool fall night in Chicago.

A: very dark brown, almost black. thick, rich caramel colored head, a good 2+ fingers worth. foam stays strong for quite awhile, settling into a nice thick ring with great lacing.

S: initial aromas are all coffee, and a hit of used coffee grounds. as the foam settles, caramel aromas come forward, a bit of oatmeal. subtle hints of brown sugar and dark fruits... very, very subtle.

T: tastes of bitter coffee, chocolate and caramel. these flavors are fighting for supremacy as each sip brings a different one to the forefront.

M: rich, thick and full-bodied, as you might expect. the bitter coffee really lingers throughout and the chocolate flavors come out as the beer warms, creating a smooth and creamy effect on the lips and tongue.

D: I could drink a few of these in a session, no doubt. in fact, this beer is the second tonight. this is an exceptional beer. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but this really works for me. great on a cool fall night, or pretty much any time.

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

A: Black. Thick, dark head with about 72 different shades of brown. Awesome. Lacing all over. Just beautiful stuff here.

S: Coffee. Lots of dark, roasted, bitter coffee. Chocolate is showing up a bit, too.

T: Wow. So rich and creamy. The 60 IBU's initially scared me, but wow, does it ever play into this beer perfectly. This is a breakfast stout through and through. Dark and bitter. Creamy. Chocolate, cocoa, espresso. Excellent.

M: The creaminess is so nice. Hard to match IMO. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is hidden very well, but still gives off a nice warming aspect to the beer. Hard to put this beer down.

D: Give me 2 off these on a cold night by the fireplace, please.

An excellent breakfast stout. I'll have to make a trip to pick up more this stuff. The 4-pack I got won't last long.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

The pour is a dark black with the faintest brown undertones. A finger of brown head quickly recedes and leaves a little lacing.

The nose is of oatmeal, chocolate and a whole lot of coffee. The taste is more of the same, with the coffee dominating throughout. Maybe the label should say "Chocolate Double Coffee Oatmeal Stout"?

Although mouthfeel is fairly thick, it feels on the thin side for an imperial stout. Despite this (or perhaps because of), it drinks really well. Though the alcohol has a bit of a bite, it is mostly masked.

I only wish I were closer to their distribution area so I could buy this whenever I wanted.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Founders Breakfast Stout, am I the only person who finds the label for this a tad frightening? The children of the corn kid kind of scares me, not enough to not buy the beer, but enough for me to not keep a bottle. I find this beer to have very little head. The beer I'm reviewing is the 4th from my 4pack and I've poured it into a couple different glasses to try and find the most head, twice now in a pint glass. The pint glass has the most satisfactory result, but the head quickly disappears and just barely laces the glass. I like that it does at least have some lacing though, not a lot of beer does that. Well, kinda. This beer is dark as night. This is a stout, you don't come for pretty colors. The smell has very definite coffee characteristics. It's very heavy, but I appreciate the smell of coffee and it works well in this beer. The taste is very complex and it's heavy in the mouth. (That's what she said) There's a lot of play between the coffee, a hint of chocolate, the malts all of which balance together perfectly so that sometimes a drink might finish different from another. Or more so you focus on different textures and elements each time. I quite love drinking this beer. I unwittingly nursed one for about two hours one time. It really is just a joy to take a small sip and sit and focus on each ingredient in the beer.

I find it fitting that when I began this review, 'Bout to Bubble by Tech N9ne began to play.

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very small head. Looks like a glass of coke.

incredible roasted coffee smell with hints of dates, chocolate, and a little caramel. The coffee tinge is dominant but not excessive.

The taste has some pretty intense coffee bitterness, with more of a dark chocolate vibe happening. It's very nicely balanced by sweet dark malts, vanilla, and a hint of fruit. Not as complex as the amazing smell

Solid mouthfeel that is silky and smooth.

I give it just above an average drinkability. The style in-itself is not the most sessionable. This beer is too good to be sessioned anyway.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 120z. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with about three fingers of brownish foamy head with some really nice lacing.

The smell is of oatmeal, some really dark chocalte presence and a bit of roasted coffee flavor that is real evident in the nose.

The taste is inviting, it a reminiscent of a Starbucks coffee. Just the mixture of a bounty of fantastic flavors contributing to the taste bud overload. The creamy endings that are giving this beer legs is just there in the background hiding in this beers greatness.

The feel is lighter than expected. There is no real punch but a warming embrace that takes as much as it gives. The coffee flavors will give you that early morning feel with the oatmeal just taking you in the same direction. There really isn't unpleasant in the aftertaste which is there but is enjoyable from the start.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,416 ratings.
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