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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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11,754 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,754
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,163
Gots: 2,555 | FT: 157
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
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Reviews by sculls65:
Photo of sculls65
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a rich tan head. The smell is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley. This beer invites you to smell it..makes your mouth water. Taste is spectacular and follows the nose. A big beer probably designed to sip but i could finish this pint like i was drinking a glass of chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very little carbonation which adds to the thickness. Drinkability if off the scale if you love coffee stouts...For my money, one of the best available stouts out there. I wish they would brew it all year long.

sculls65, Jan 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of doktorhops
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.

A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.

S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.

T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever accounted. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!

M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.

D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.

Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.

doktorhops, May 01, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.

Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.

Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.

Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.

An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I've tried from them and up there with the best I've tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I'll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.

flyingpig, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a modest half-inch of dark brown foam. The head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a cascade of lace.

Smell - A huge coffee aroma is immediately noticeable upon opening the bottle - and that's about all I got from it. My initial thought was that it was too one-dimensional, but it actually works just fine. I love the smell of coffee, and this beer captures that aroma better than any other I've tried. As it warms, rich dark chocolate begins to appear.

Taste - Extremely dry. I was expecting a sweeter stout, but once I got used to the dryness it really grew on me. Flavors of espresso, burnt toast and unsweetened chocolate are most prevalent, with a subtle smokiness in the finish. An aptly named beer - I could see this pairing beautifully with bacon, eggs and potatoes.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and full-bodied with a mild carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the richness of the flavor.

Notes - Pretty unique stuff - It'd be hard to mistake it for anything else - and very good. Glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks to hrking for the trade!

Update: This beer has been revisited dozens of times, and it grows on me every bottle. Incredible stuff.

largadeer, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of OMills
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black with light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing. This is a good looking beer.

S- Coffee aroma is strong upfront. Chocolate are there in the background, with brown sugar or molasses faintly there. Smells great!

T- Follows the nose. Very strong coffee notes at first and chocolate follows. Nice and roasty taste, although I find it to lean more towards the bitter side i feel as if it use a bit more sweetness. Overall it's fantastic.

M- Light carbonation with decent amount of body. Almost perfect here.

O- This beer is phenominal. Id say if the body was a bit more heavy and just somewhat sweeter this would be perfect. The strong coffee taste is amazing with the chocolate playing as a supporting role. I find this an almost impeccable beer. I highly recommend.

OMills, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of chogm54
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle,best before date of 8/2014. I was tempted to save this one for when I did feel like a beer for breakfast, but its the only beer in the house, and too cold to go out and get another.

A - pours thick, black with a thin creamy brown head and thin lacing

S - burnt chocolate, toasted malt and oats

T - Biggg intense kick of burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate and roasted malt. Faint bitterness at end. The coffee taste is very strong, so much that I could actually enjoy this beer over breakfast

M - Oily texture, heavy body, low carbonation, alcohol taste is nowhere to be seen

O - This really is a unique beer, the coffee taste is very strong, muted alcohol taste. Im going to have a second bottle over some bacon and eggs tomorrow morning

chogm54, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid devil's food cake. This may be the first beer I've ever seen that has no highlights. The liquid crowds the edges of the glass so snugly, and with such menace, that light dare not attempt to get a foothold. Most impressive. The dark golden, milk chocolate crown is a beast. It squats with an equally forbidding countenance in the top quarter of the glass, daring any lovers of fizzy yellow beer to approach, much less take a sip.

The nose is huge and is redolent of crushed coffee beans and melted dark chocolate. And then some more coffee beans. And then some more. This has to be the most coffee-dominant nose in the known universe. At least in my known universe. I am not a coffee aficionado by any means, but I have to give the aroma the respect it deserves. If I loved coffee, this might be my Holy Grail of beer noses.

Incredible palate-busting flavor. Thankfully, bittersweet chocolate is equally as prominent as espresso. So much so that the beer tastes like dark chocolate fudge made with black coffee as the liquid ingredient. I knew that Founders wouldn't disappoint in the hop department. The citric hops play an integral role in turning Breakfast Stout from what could have been an (admittedly incredible) two-trick pony into a three-trick thoroughbred. They deepen the flavor profile even further and firmly place this beer into the pantheon of Great Beer.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy, with bitter winning in the end. The finish is more than long, it's downright obstinate. Seemingly interminable echoes of chocolate-coffee/coffee-chocolate reverberate long after the beer has met its glorious fate in my warming belly. The body/mouthfeel is big, yet doesn't make it all the way to viscous or chewy. Still though, it's incredibly smooth and creamy and is sheer joy in the mouth. 8.3% ABV? Surely they jest. There is no hint of ethanol to be had.

FBS deserves its reputation and then some. My preferences run to the less java-intensive, but then it wouldn't be a breakfast stout, would it? This brewery continues to delight and amaze with quality beer after quality beer. Breakfast Stout is an outstanding achievement by any measure. Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, May 23, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a big moch colored head that was big and fluffy leaving globs of lace behind,oh man the aromas malted milk and milk chocolate.Oh man the creamy mouthfeel is sublime and the textured flavors of milk chocolate and malted milk go hand and hand with the texture of this beer.The alcohol content does not come into play at all with this beer making it easy to drink for the alc% content.Damn fine beer Iam bringing alot more down south with me.

oberon, May 20, 2005
Photo of don1481
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Goes PERFECTLY with my omelet for dinner!

Appearance: Pours VERY dark with a caramel colored head that dies down relatively quickly. Little carbonation within the beer is visible.

Smell: COFFEE. CHOCOLATE. YESPLEASENOW.

Taste: Yeah, this tastes as it smells. Amazing. For a relatively-accessible beer, this is nearly as good as it gets for its genre. This tastes fairly similar to the Peruvian Morning that I've reviewed in the past. Maybe the Peruvian Morning was a hair smoother, but this definitely is amazing as well.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky. Definitely coffee dominated aftertaste.

Overall: What took me so long to buy this?!?

don1481, May 13, 2014
Photo of davemarc87
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

davemarc87, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

mojohawk21, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of BrbnBarlAgdBil
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite non barrel aged stout. The taste of coffee and chocolate remind you that the beer is truly a breakfast beer. I have not had a bottle yet that disappointed. Its dark pour coats your glass with a light head that slides down the glass with every sip of perfection. Worth all the hype.

BrbnBarlAgdBil, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Hahahaha! The pudgy Quaker Oats baby on the label just had me laughing my a** off. Sorry for the irrelevant remark, but that is some funny s**t!

Anyway, the beer pours a dark, murky brown that’s almost black in color. The head is heavily-tanned and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell – The nose is very, very bitter and laden with spent coffee grounds along with baker’s chocolate and maybe a pinch of brown sugar. Man, is this a good smell. It’s not roasted malts but more like pure used coffee.

Taste – This tastes as good as it smells. It is very dry and bitter and, again, like a mouth full of coffee grounds but without the granular texture. There is a bit of milky cream in the taste that I missed at the nose. It truly is a stout for breakfast and, seriously, would taste well over cereal.

It also reminds me of a “chocolate martini”, if you’ve ever had one of those. This really is quality all the way. It’s not malty at all and is in a class all by itself.

Mouthfeel – This is on the large side of medium-bodied, but still medium-bodied, with a nice creaminess in between the cheeks. I really enjoyed the fact that it didn’t finish with a sugar rush like some examples of the “breakfast stout” style.

Drinkability – This is not one to guzzle or session but more to sip on like I do with my morning coffee. It’s one of the better stouts that I’ve had.

Comments – Big thanks to one of my favorite trading partners, garthwaite, for sending this one my way.

RoyalT, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of aszatk01
5/5  rDev +10.6%

aszatk01, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +10.6%

cam477, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just a wonderful beer in every way. Its chocolate and coffee flavors are virtually unsurpassed. Thick as a milkshake and black as obsidian, this one looks the part as well as it tastes it. Perfectly balanced oatmeal and brown sugar sweetness with chocolate bitterness, creamy smoothness with oaky acidity, a velvety chewy front with a dry sherry finish. This is one top notch beer and well worth the hefty price it commands.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

DanGeo, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FBS pours a deep black color with dark, dark brown shining around the edges with very little light able to shine through it. The head is creamy and a nice shade of tan. Low carbonation in the beer required a more direct pour to get a nice, thick head. The smell is absolutely incredible and complex, filled with so many amazing things: coffee, espresso, cocoa beans, mocha, toasted oats, malts, grains - it's absolutely wonderful. The taste is even better. Upon the first sip, the thing that hits you right away is the mocha and chocolate flavors. Sometime around the middle, the coffee beans really start to pull through, along with the toasted grains and malts. The ending finishes with an incredible oatmeal flavor.

The wonderful thing about this beer is that the flavor profile changes so much as it warms up. The coffee beans turn more and more into espresso, the mocha flavor heads from sweet to bittersweet, and the oatmeal becomes more prominent. At 8.3% ABV, the alcohol is masked pretty well, but provides a nice, warming feeling that meshes well with everything else. The body is is pretty big, although maybe a bit thinner than I'd like for being a 8.3% ABV, coffee-centric brew.

Seriously, this is a TOP NOTCH brew. A wonderful compilation of incredible flavors that is constantly changing. I recommend drinking this beer over the course of 40-50 minutes to let it really warm up and develop right in front of your palette. Absolutely wonderful.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is dark dark brown with a small tanned head that leaves some lacings.

The smell is a really tight mix of coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and subtle hop aromas.

The taste follows suit. It's somewhat sweet in the mouth with intense notes of coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It gets slightly tannic in the middle. Hints of hops. The finish is rather dry and has a nice coffee bitterness to it, and faiding notes of roasted malts and chocolate.

Smooth on palate with well balanced carbonation. A bit too dry in the finish though.

All in all, an impressive coffee beer. Not overly complex, but the flavors are integrated in a really impressive way.

ricke, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Max3
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Max3, May 17, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby screw-top brown bottle, cryptic notch indicating an October bottling date.

Pitch black body - even when held up directly to a light. Not quite 1/2" thick head, almost black, certainly one of the darkest heads I've ever seen. I'd dare say there's even some purple highlights to it. Retention is poor - after a couple minutes there's nothing left but a paper-thin sheet of bubbles. But surprisingly, this leaves gorgeous solid sheets of lacing all over the place. One of the strongest-smelling beers I can remember - easily noticable across the room. Assloads of chocolate, make that dark chocolate, none of that wussy milk chocolate here. Dark roasted malt, and a bit of coffee in there as well but it's not as prominent as I remember.

Starts innocently enough, with a light sweetness and soft chocolate notes. But soon enough, it gets big and bad. Intense coffee bitterness in the finish. Moderately-high hoppiness, of the earthy/herbal type shows up in the finish as well, and meshes with the coffee quite nicely. Malts are super thick - only a few sips and already my lips are sticky sweet. It's really an amazing beer - starts with all that malt and chocolate sweetness, and then seamlessly transitions to a big coffee/hop bitterness. A bit of that oatmeal smoothness as well, which really brings everything together and keeps this from going "too far" into the extreme beer world. But make no mistake, this is a big beer that is certainly extreme. Alcohol imperceptable. Mouthfeel is superb. Finely carbonated but overall light in that department. Velvety smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

ExtraStout, May 24, 2011
Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev -11.5%

DavyJones, May 18, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 5/19/10. Served in a snifter at just above room temperature.

A: This brew pours black with a slight brown tinge. Its beige-brown head begins at 1/2 a finger and disappears almost immediately, leaving a whispy cloud look with one big bubbly patch floating on the body. The lacing is attractive and reminds me of stylistic A.W. Tillinghast bunkers.

S: I detect a heavy dose of oatmeal at first smell. A deeper intake reveals massive coffee and dark chocolate notes. I also smell brown sugar, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits. This would serve well as breakfast and dessert. Heavenly.

T: A flavor bonanza has erupted in my mouth. Astrigent, bitter coffee hits the sides of my tongue, which is then cascaded upon by a delicious semi-sweet chocolate and oat wave. Bittering hops kick in at the end and are supported all the while by the lovely coffee flavor. I've had this on tap at Founders and in bottles - on tap has been better balanced, while the bitterness of the beer just barely overbalances the sweetness in bottle form.

M: There is a great play between the bitterness of coffee and hops on the sides of my palate and the full sweetness and chewiness that disperses over the entirety of my mouth. It is rich and acidic at the same time.

D: Breakfast Stout is immensely drinkable. I have had this many a time and I will continue to enjoy its flavorful complexities through the years of my life. Of the Founders Breakfast Stouts, I like CBS slightly more than this beer, with KBS bringing up the rear by a nose in a three horse photo finish.

TCHopCraver, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,754 ratings.