Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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3,426 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,426
Hads: 14,490
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 4.04%
Wants: 1,655
Gots: 4,460 | FT: 224
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU
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Reviews: 3,426 | Hads: 14,490
Photo of Atatum
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heavy coffee and chocolate nose. The flavors are so full that it is like having a month full of chocolate covered espresso beans packed in your mouth. Very thick and velvety! This is an incredibly sumptuous brew. There is a bit of booze in the back end but it absolutely goes along with the flavors in the beer. Top five favorite beer. (335 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice obsidian colored body. I get coffee, chocolate and roast on the nose. The taste is great with the coffee and chocolate blending well. There is a slight roasty breadiness and the stout finishes with a little bit of warmth. Medium body with some light carbonation. Really outstanding shelf stout. (306 characters)

Photo of milkbaby9
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time. Everything about it is just perfect, beautiful to look at, a great nose, fabulous flavors, and a smooth mouthfeel. Just wish I could buy it year round. (189 characters)

Photo of CycleDad
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

None better. I have enjoyed this at the brewery in Grand Rapids as well as poured from the bottle.

I love sharing this beer with friends and watching the expressions on their faces as they enjoy a great breakfast stout. (221 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: June 27, 2015... Glassware: Classic Guinness pint... Occasion: a rainy--and cool--late June evening... Appearance: the standard dark black body that dares one to find daylight; brown, slushy head that settles quickly to a boggish texture; lacing forms in strong smears that hold steady.... Aroma: a welcoming brash punch of alcoholic spirits--bourbon, rum--with fresh hops pushing up earthy peat with strength...some cherry, cola, and dampened wood...the chocolate and coffee come late but round the experience nicely.... Palate: full-bodied and mega creamy; tickles the teeth with some happiness, only to crash the throat with a brick-like weight that doesn’t disturb the taste buds; for a stout, a lively amount of carbonation; reasonable, warm, slightly alcoholic finish....Taste: the chocolate mellows the coffee bean enough to make the two a happy marriage, with slightly citric fruits peaking at the start, in and amongst the malty, earthy aspects...rewarding and warming--again, a fitting beer to be had at the start (or the end of) a day--versatile in its power...Overall: a formidable, forceful beer that challenges the taste buds and rewards the palate; Founders continues to produce upper tier beers; this one from the break pack box leftovers--quite a find at $13.99 a twelve pack at Hope Liquors! (1,317 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 27Oct14) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of brown foam that dissipates into a line of khaki foam (nice color change in head) within 20 seconds. Black in color with ruby tint. Bubbles are subtle. Lacing is moderate. Has strong aromas of alcohol and coffee that combine with mild bitter and earthy chocolate aromas along with subtle oat ones. Initial taste is of mild coffee and subtle alcohol flavors (I'm glad the alcohol isn't as strong as it smells). Mild bittersweet chocolate flavors enter within about 3 seconds of initial taste along with subtle oat flavors however, both the flavors of the initial taste gradually grow stronger and persist well into the aftertaste. Light bodied, not very creamy for a stout, very little carbonation, but has a crisp finish. This would receive a much higher taste and smell rating if the alcohol was hidden better, not unlike Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes, which had its alcohol hidden really well until the end. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith glass.
Bottled on date: 10/20/2014

A: Pours a deep rich black with a thick creamy two finger mocha colored head. Absolutely phenomenal retention lingers seemingly forever as a thin layer or bubbly delight. Lacing is intense and stays as the foam makes itself one with the sides of the glass.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, oats, sweet bread, earthy hops, and hints of tobacco.

T: Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, oatmeal, tobacco. Earthy almost dirty hops provide a nice bitterness on the back end, and there is just enough of an alcohol burn to gently warm your insides.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, great smooth creamy brew.

O: This currently resides as more favorite beer next to it's counterpart KBS. This is just the most magnificently done stout you could ever hope for. Every time I enjoy one I fall in love with it even more. There are some great beers out there but few stand as near perfect brews and this is the best example I have found. I buy as much as I can every year and hoard it like a bastard so I can have one whenever my mind needs to be blown away by it's greatness. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is delicious. It tastes really good. All the flavors of chocolate and coffee and beer are present but none are overwhelming. Thickness and carbonation are perfect. Alcohol is not present. Almost a perfect beer. (221 characters)

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured nearly black, which is always a good sign for stouts. The head lingered for a while before dissipating. Taste was immediately chocolate and coffee, bitter coffee and espresso notes blended perfectly with the sweet chocolate and oats. The oatmeal taste and feel was slightly delayed but the aftertaste was one of mild alcohol acidity and delicious balanced oats. The feel was not unlike most stouts I've experienced, nice and smooth, not overly carbonated. Very refreshing even on a warm summer day. Overall I highly recommend this beer whether you like stouts or not. It's easily in the top five best stouts I've had in my life. I would and will drink it again. A near perfect brew. (689 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Little to no head after aggressive pour from a September 2014 poured June 2015. Black, oily body. What head was there is tan. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Sweeter than I remember. Belgian almost. Coffee. Chocolate. Milk shake.

Taste - Tobacco. Dirty. Dark chocolate. Coffee beans. Faint Belgian stout taste. Smooth. I feel the alcohol, but don't taste it.

Feel - Medium. Not heavy at all. Not too creamy but isn't watery.

Overall - I really don't come by too many stouts that taste like this. Heavy dirty tobacco/dark chocolate. Decided to have a Founders night with Devil Dancer. (595 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with nice tan head.
S: Coffee and chocolate, but not overwhelming
T: Big coffee and chocolate. Perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Smooth, easy drinking and very delicious. Truly top notch.
F: Coats my mouth fairly well and very smooth.
O: It's delicious, easy to find, and reasonable priced. A staple every single year I look forward to. (363 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, opaque, 1 inch brown head, good lacing down the glass as I drink

S: Coffee, chocolate, I also get an alcohol smell and maybe some hops

T: Same as smell, coffee, chocolate, a little boziness, a bit more bitter than I expected

M: Full mouthfeel, I also get a little heat in the back of the throat from the 8.3% abv

O: A really good stout. Not my favorite but definitely a world class beer. (406 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 355ml bottle with a best by date of 7th August 2015 and poured into a snifter glass.

A: It poured a deep dark brown to black colour with a very thin caramel head that disappears quickly. There is also some light spotty lacing.
S: Strong roast coffee aromas with bittersweet chocolate along with a little root beer, toffee and caramel.
T: Amazing taste. First thought was that it tasted like biting into freshly roasted coffee beans… so good! It was then followed by bittersweet chocolate and hints of bitter hops.
M: Medium bodied, silky smooth with light carbonation.
O: This was really good and over the last few years my favourite non BA coffee based stout. Each year I buy at least a case of this just for myself to enjoy over the winter and over the course of the year until the next yearly batch is brewed. (817 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you can't beat the best...drink the best! FBS is a classic! Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla mixed together in both aroma and taste puts FBS in the upper echelon of stouts! (167 characters)

Photo of GrinkoN
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look:
-Very Dark
-No head

Smell:
-Slight chocolate
-Slight coffee

Taste:
-Dark Coffee
-Semi-chocolate
-sweet back end

Mouth Feel:
-Heavy
-Consuming
-Strong (158 characters)

Photo of ohbeer89
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with subtle mahogany tones with a thin tan head which dissipates completely within a minute or two. Mostly coffee on the nose, a darker roast that's been cold brewed. Some faint malt characteristics and bittersweet chocolate. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate with some coffee undertones. Medium body. This one just gets more and more chocolatey and chewy and malty as it warms. Some graham cracker notes (from the oats?) as you exhale through your nose. Those 60 IBUs keep everything in its place , as well as the coffee notes. Overall FBS is the imperial stout by which I judge all other imperial stouts. An excellent example that sits right in the middle of the style. (686 characters)

Photo of Mone1000
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Hate to say this but I found a store that wanted to clear out this beer. Bottled in Nov of 14. May of 15 now. Bought 8 cases (24 pack) for $15 a case. Thank u god! (179 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.50] Pours a dark brown to black. The pour forms a thin khaki head that is gone very quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (8.3%) and the bottled date in bright yellow 10/20/2014.

S: [4.75] Rich strong black coffee. The nose smells just like cold coffee no other scents that I can detect.

T: [4.25] The taste is more complex than the nose. There is the strong coffee flavor - but there are also other notes in there. The bottle lists 60 IBU and I got some hop presence in the midpalate.

M: [4.50] Slightly elevated carbonation. The body is full. There is a little dryness on the finish due to the hops and the bitter coffee flavor.

O: [4.50] This was my first wow beer (I have just never rated it). I have a lot of sentimental attachment to this one - but I will try to be impartial. The beer looks nice in the glass and leave some arcing lacing. The nose is a great coffee scent that opens as it warms. The taste is great and the body is full and chewy. I really love this beer. (1,001 characters)

Photo of headbangingteacher
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark appearance with a caramel colored head. As would be expected, the coffee is strong here, especially on the nose. Let it warm enough and you can really taste the alcohol at the end. (193 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a four pack with a bottles dated 10/27/14. Had one fresh and one after about 6 months of cellaring. Pours black with a small-sized tan head. Smells of oats, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts. Fantastic smell. Taste follows very closely with a somewhat strong bitter finish. Great mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavors seemed significantly more muted with the cellared beer; I preferred it fresh. (413 characters)

Photo of MusicBeer_1961
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great stout. Drinking one today after 6 months of age, coffee still dominant, but smoothed out a bit. Gets better as it warms. Have another bottle I'll crack open in October after 1 year. Just in time for the fall 2015 offering..

Outstanding beer... (250 characters)

Photo of Wachturm
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coffee dominates followed by chocolate and roasted malt. Some smoky/burnt character as well. The oats contribute to a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel with modest carbonation followed by some bitterness from the coffee. Great beer at a reasonable price, I keep a few bottles in my fridge to last me until it's released again in the fall. (332 characters)

Photo of warsonsmu
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of the most exciting stouts I have had the pleasure of enjoying over and over again. Wonderful blend of cocoa and coffee with the delicious body of an oatmeal stout. Founders does not disappoint with the Breakfast Stout. (235 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into brandy snifter

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany. The head is thin and leaving little bits of lacing down the sides of the glass. Bits of taupe bubbles swirl on top of the beer like an oil slick.

S - Roasted perfection, though not overpowering. The notes of cocoa and espresso meld perfectly with root beer and caramel.

T - As opposed to the restrained nose, the flavor is robust as hell. However, it is also remarkably nuanced. The cold-press coffee smoothly blends with dark chocolate. The malt is reasonably sweet but not cloying - almost like a really, really good chocolate doughnut. There is also earthy spice similar to cinnamon, caramel richness, and a slight rum kick on the end. The lingering taste is smooth and full of sumptuous coffee and cocoa.

M - As with KBS, the mouthfeel is liquid perfection. The oatmeal lends an impeccable silky mouthfeel that envelopes the palate in a glutinous bear hug. Carbonation is light and spot-on.

O - Founders proves they are one of the world's masters of dark malty beers. One of the best coffee beers going. So supremely balanced it stymies the senses into blissful chocolate and coffee submission. However, I must say I like Founders' Porter and KBS (duh) better. It's probably a deadheat between this and their Imperial Stout, too. But that is not meant as a slight - this is an awesome beer. A winter without at least one of these is a winter of our discontent, indeed. (1,458 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured a deep black colour with one fingered head that slowly dissipates.

S - Huge roasted coffee, burnt dark chocolate aromas, caramel and a little sweet toffee

T - Wow!.. Similar to the nose coffee, dark chocolate, caramel that gives it a terrific well balanced finish

M - Low carbonation, very smooth and medium bodied

O - Without a doubt one of the best stout I have had. Enjoying every minute of it and a must to try (428 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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