Founders Breakfast Stout

Founders Breakfast Stout

Rated 4.168 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Style:  Coffee Stout

8.3% Alcohol by Volume

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You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose toped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever.

ID: 12287 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank29
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank1 of 167
Style Percentile99.4
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.223
Weighted Score4.168
Standard Deviation0.396

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  • MARKFRAGHERT 65 reviews
    rated 4.6 3 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    Aroma: dark chocolate, weak coffee, roasted malt
    Appearance: solid black, tight creamy brown head
    Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy
    Flavour: roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitter cold coffee
    Overall: Outstanding oatmeal stout enhanced with coffee

  • SIGMUND 6747 reviews
    rated 4.1 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    355 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Kvadrat. ABV is 8.3%, IBU 60. Pitch black colour, moderate to low tan head, not the best retention. Strong and intense aroma of fine coffee and dark chocolate. The flavour is full of coffee, with dark chocolate and oats in the background. Pretty good.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 4.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Can only agree with all others rating this beer before me, a great bear. Chocolate aroma, weak coffee. Chocolate taste, some bitterness, but that is only contributing to taste. (Manchester 201501)

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This stout pours out 100% black. The aroma is mild and mostly just light hints of chocolate and just a wee hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is solid but not thick. The first two sips had a hint of hops but not bad. As it warmed up it begin to smooth out and taste like cream and coffee. It's not very complex which is shocking because it really hides the 60 IBU. Which is my thresh hold for hop content.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nearly black and opaque with a thin, tan cap. Aromas of char & chocolate, sugar & coffee. Flavor is loads of unsweet cocoa in the flavor with a mild hoppish bite at the end. More coffee emerges over time, not terribly sweet, rather boozy and bitter. Quite sticky with very little carbonation.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This was the letdown of the Founders bunch. Nothing complex about this one, just a coffee stout heavy on the coffee and alcohol. That doesn't make for a world beater in my opinion. Had problems giving away my 2 extra bottles.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    355ml bottle
    8.3% ABV
    King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    January 18, 2014
    Part of the Founders feature at the LCBO (Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout, Dirty Bastard, Pale Ale, Porter). The beer pours a coca-cola colour with a thin ring for a head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with average carbonation. The flavour is roasted malt and coffee. Not a lot of chocolate in the aroma or flavour. Very disappointed as the beer is solid but not as complex as I was expecting.

  • CHOPZ 7183 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Two new Founders at the LCBO (the other being Dirty Bastard). Pours a black colour (as I cannot see any highlights) with a beige head, not super lasting and soapy lacing. Smells like fresh coffee made from a Bialetti Moka Pot, with bitter, roasted malts. The chocolate is really far behind. The same for the taste with the bitterness coming from the hop, more than the coffee and malts. Again, not tasting much of the chocolate. If I did not read that chocolate was in here, I would never know. The coffee is definitely stronger in here than other coffee stouts I have tried.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This is one of my new favorites. Could be the most balanced coffee stout/porter that I have had. Excellent feel....alcohol well hidden for 8.3%. This is a true breakfast, lunch, and dinner stout...or something I could drink all day long. But they can certainly add up if you're not careful.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    My first ale at the Brass Tap. A brownish black colored beer with a big sudsy light brown head rising above. There's decent hang time on this one. Settles into a thin ringlet. The profile is roasted malt and coffee. A breakfast drink? Medium bodied and smooth. Rivals some of the other breakfast stouts out there.