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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,974
Reviews: 3,318
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 3,251 | FT: 200
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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Photo of Knecht
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip pint glass. Pours a creamy single-finger head that retains nicely on a black-as-midnight ale. The aroma smells overwhelmingly of a dark coffee roast and thick malty goodness. I'm salivating already.

The taste does not disappoint. The flavor is dominated by coffee, but has rich undertones of malt, milk chocolate and oatmeal. The body is as heavy as it's appearance, chewy, and has just the right amount of carbonation. This is about as perfect as it gets.

I'm blown away by this beer; it is excessively rich and yet beautifully balanced. Now I wonder... could I replace my daily morning coffee with a glass of this instead?

Knecht, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick appearance, it looks like molasses with a nice dark brown head standing about a half inch tall but it fades quick.

S - Perfect chocolate aroma with a super coffee accent. This is fixin' to be a winner.

T - An array of flavors cross my tongue in the first sip. So many in fact that I can't place them all. Let's see what I find in pull number two... it moves from a rich coffee start to a bitter hop-coffee middle. The finish is thick and chocolaty.

M - This is a super smooth stout that has a soft and silky feel.

~ I recommend to anyone that likes beer, they must have this. No question about it.

cdkrenz, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to bring one of these back from Dearborn last month, what better gift to oneself for a birthday - the legendary Breakfast Stout. Thanks to the helpful staff at Merchants.

Poured motor oil black with a thin tan head that cleared leaving a wispy surface and a good solid ring around the glass. There were three or four small-bubble centres, an understated carbonation emerging from all that opaque, almost viscose-appearing liquid. The lacing is impressive although thin; more than just legs, a film envelopes the upper part of the glass after a swirl and stays there. The same swirl reporduced a thin head right to the last swallow, very nicely done.

The smell impresses with roast coffee, dark chocolate, lots of smoke, burnt toast. Hints of malted milk to add to the layers of complexity. Taste is rich, dry espresso, dark chocolate, strong roasted backdrop, mocha-coffee with a pronounced nutty bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, substantial body ... then a brazilnut or walnut dryness in a long, lingering finish that impresses. The finish is really quite remarkable as it just stays with you for a long, long time. Overall, there's a myriad of flavours and textures, complex, rich and rewarding; this is a real delight. The only drawback I thought was a bit of astringency that came with the long, drawn out finish. Not recommended for the timid, but essential for every other lover of well crafted beer. Way to go, Founders.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of hiimrichie
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

hiimrichie, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of dubinsky
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my cognac snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a 1 finger toffee, caramel colored head. Very viscous pouring out of the bottle. Beautiful swirl on the cap eventually covers the top, leaving very nice lacing.

S - Makes me immediately think of summer camp as a little kid, the smells from the campfire and s'mores. Strong smoke and dark chocolate in the smell, with a hint of molasses. A tiny hint of alcohol esters emanate if i breathe in really deeply.

T - Wow! The taste follows the smell very closely. Smokey and chocolaty. Excellent blend of coffee as well in the flavor. This is close to what i remember the KBS to be like, but less complex in my opinion. Lots of molasses and oats. Sweetness is offset with the right dose of bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel doesn't follow the pour. Rather it's silky and really smooth. Not as heavy and thick as i expected it to be. Light to medium carbonation. Great warming effect.

D - Very easy to drink for a beer with this high an ABV. Founders, you did it again. Cant wait to enjoy it again soon. Just wish it was more readily available to me in California.

dubinsky, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, from tayner

A: Pours a deep black under a small, creamy looking brown head. Good retention, some spotty lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee and sweet chocolate, roasted malt and light cream. Very nice.

T: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hint of alcohol, oats, very excellent. Good roasted bitterness in the finish along with some residual sweetness.

M/D: Smooth and creamy, full bodied, very little carbonation, alcohol is masked well. Really good drinkability. Could down a few more of these before the 8.30% set in.

NCSUdo, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a thin dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, espresso, and burnt coffee.

T: Starts with rich milk chocolate and fades to lots of coffee and bitter espresso. Some bitter chocolate in there as well. The oatmeal adds a creamy mix to all of it.

M: Mouthfeel is great; it's rich, smooth, viscous, and very creamy.

D: A top-notch breakfast stout. Bursting with chocolate and coffee that all blends together very well.

willjschmidt, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of clint1019
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black in color with a chocolate colored head. The head is very thick and clings to the glass creating a nice lacing.

S - The smell is my favorite part of this beer. Has a intense smell of fresh roasted coffee along with the roasty malt aroma, chocolate, and hints of oatmeal.

T - Has a rich roasty malt flavor with a strong coffee flavor. Also, has this acidic twang to it that I can only guess is from the coffee. Also has hints of chocolate and oatmeal.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

O - What a great stout! It has this intense coffee flavor that only a coffee lover would appreciate. Well done founders.

clint1019, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of beergeek279
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. stubby into a pint glass. The color is jet black with a nice brown head. The smell is a strong rich dark chocolate with a bit of oatmeal in there. The taste is a wonderful mix of a nice coffee bitterness, a good rich dark chocolate flavor, and a bit of the oatmeal sweetness, along with a slight touch of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with a good creamy body. As for drinkability, this is an amazing beer, so rich and flavorful that
I could only have a few!!

Thanks to deejaydan....err, Santa...for this amazing beer!!! I remember the recent thread about how Founders had just passed Kalamazoo, and after this one as well as the Devil Dancer I absolutely see why. This is so beautiful, literally breakfast in a bottle with so many of the flavors that makes breakfast so wonderful. Just as you can't live without breakfast, neither should you live without Breakfast Stout, and this is one of the ones I'll seriously try to use to get Founders distributed in PA (though for now can fortunately go to Ohio), and this is one I'll certainly have again!!!

beergeek279, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of hoppytobehere
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-20-2013. 12 oz.

A: Darker than the night before dawn. Thin, creamy head that has a brown tint to it. Resembles strong coffee poured from a french press.

S: Smells like the coffee that gets me out of bed each morning. A tinge of roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Coffee, chocolate, oats. Just as delicious as advertised. This thing is perfectly balanced.

M: Ahhh, time to get ready for work! Where are the eggs? Chewy mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O: One of my favorite stouts. Doesn't really get much better than this.

hoppytobehere, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a superior dark brown (pretty much black) with a 1/2 inch dark tan head. Semi bubbly settled after my first sip.

Smell: Pure coffee beans with aroma and I do mean aroma of chocolate. It is an aroma you will not forget.

Taste: I honestly am at a standstill should I smell or drink. Seriously it's a tough decision. I am feeling intense flavor of the espresso and chocolate. Slight bitterness but just enough to reflect on such greatness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which is little bubbly in the back of your tongue.

Overall: Best dark beer I have had in a VERY long time. This is undoubtedly going to be a steady in my fridge (and hopefully yours). If I would rename this beer I would call it "Don't judge me, Drink me" Cheers to all and hope you enjoy.

BlurryVisi0n, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of proc
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer.

I don't hand the "5's" out in any category very easily, but this one deserves it in the "taste" category.

Pours out to a dark-as-night black in the glass with a decent-sized, light brown head, that reminded me of foaming brown sugar. The aroma is that of roasted malt goodness and licorice. The taste is superb, and in my opinion, perfect. There is a wonderful chocolate presence that is accompanied by anise and pumpernickel bread. This beer finishes very nice with no hint of its 8% ABV.

Excellent. Outstanding even.

A meal in a glass.

proc, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of dankster
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jamie for this bottle.

A- black as night with small tan head and sticky lace

S- roasted coffee and nuts. dark malts and small hops noted

T- coffee and toffee with the creamy thick goodness of oatmeal. roasted malts coat nicely

M- thick and chewy like drinking breakfest

O- WOW the best double stout i have ever had. I am not a huge stout fan by any means but this one is just great.

dankster, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Snifter Glass

Appearance - Pitch Black with a Brownish half finger head that look almost....Red. The head itself disappears rather quickly.

Smell - Chocolate, Oatmeal, Burnt Malts, Coffee, Hops and a slight Yeasty scent. Very rich and robust scent that I could smell all day...but where's the fun in that?

Taste - Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal, Cocoa, Coffee, and Burnt Malts. The Oatmeal and Chocolate blend together very well along with the other flavors, which are all very rich.

Mouthfeel - It's heavier feel to it without feeling thick and the carbonation is rather mild, not really creamy like I was expecting though. Still, it's a very easy beer to drink.

Overall - In terms of flavor, it's amazing. The fantastic flavor makes it very easy to recommend thanks to it's easy drinkability and excellent flavor!

NuclearDolphin, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Lunch
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz. bottle, obtained via trade with jlindros (thanks man!), into my Bruery snifter (11/23/09) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a thick and rich motor oil black with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head with decent retention. This is exactly what I want an Imperial Stout to look like.

S: An intense bouquet of rich roasted coffee, milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and oats.

T: Layers of fresh roasted coffee and milk chocolate take center stage along with a wholesome oat character that certainly adds a breakfast characteristic. A bitter dark chocolate surrounds any of the layers leaving a slightly bitter finish. A true pleasure to drink and certainly deserving of the hype.

M: Full-bodied with low carbonation allow for a very rich and creamy feel with a touch of oiliness.

D: Exceptionally drinkable for any Imperial Stout lover as this beer keep creates such a splendid degree of complexity. The 8.3% is not detectable at all in the flavor or feel.

Overall this beer certainly lived up to hype and is certainly a heavyweight in the realm of Imperial Stouts. Thanks again Jared for this experience. My Highest Recommendation.

Lunch, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of schris
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On principle, I am hesitant to rate a beer as perfect. This is the tastiest stout I have ever had. Is it the best? I am not sure, and the only reason I'm not sure is that there are still other beers out there in the world that I haven't tried. It pours heavy, no head and minimal lacing, into a tulip glass (next time I'll use a snifter). It tastes sweet, and bitter, and chocolatey - I sense coffee, but on my palate the chocolate is more present - and heavy. Like I really could have it for breakfast. And by God the next time I don't have to work and my kid is already at daycare, I will have one for breakfast, and by then maybe I'll decide it truly is the best stout ever.

schris, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Kraeusen
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the best stout bar none that I ever had the pleasure to taste. This beer is truely world class in every way. It is in my opinion one of my top 5 beers of all time regardless of style. I agree with other reviews that this beer has a uniquely destinct coffee smell that is very pleasant and that I almost feel like I am drinking an awesome mocha coffee except it's a beer and its cold!

Kraeusen, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of pasdachuri
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

pasdachuri, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz glass into a nice chalice.

A) Comes out like motor oil. It's jet black with a brief half a finger of tan head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S) Fantastic... Like Gloria Jeans chocolate covered espresso beans.

T) Dark roasted malt and coffee. A nice blend, maybe Kona. There is ample dark chocolate and some hops on the finish.

M) Full bodied and lightly carbonated. This beer is rich and has a nice creamy suppleness.

O) A true sipper, and certainly a beer appreciated more and more with each passing sip.

RoamingGnome, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jjayjaye
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this one with a lot of anticipation...completely opaque with a shallow dark tan head that fades fairly quickly to an obstinate ring. Evidence of some effervescence struggling unsuccessfully to keep the froth alive. Smells heavily roasted and dark chocolate. Deep silky smooth texture. First past was predominantly a whiff of dark chocolate with a lingering roast coffee chew on the tongue. As it warms slightly, and the aroma is deeper into the glass, the nose and taste are more of the coffee and oats. Almost a bitter cappuccino towards the end; demands your attention all the way.

Sixpoint Bolshoi had a similar coffee 'take-away but not the same flavor and less intensity... to some degree sweeter. Southern Tier Jah-Va is altogether sweeter. All very good in my book.

jjayjaye, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable black body, dense as a moonless night, with a sliver of mocha-berry colored head that, for so little froth, left ample lacing on the Yankees pint glass; a fabulous first impression. Espresso coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and oatmeal jockey for position in the smell, truly one of the best noses on any beer I've ever enjoyed. I regularly grab coffee on campus and, while what I grab is unfailingly good, those don't hold a candle to the aroma of Breakfast Stout--no lie.

Really delicious taste, one that improves as it warms--which I'd recommend. The coffee taste has a definite hazelnut flavor, and the dark chocolate tastes like a rich, fudge mocha brownie. Just wow. The mouthfeel is no letdown, so smooth but conveying the duel between sweet and sour waged in every sip of Breakfast Stout. As it warms, it takes on a moderately sour flavor, but not in an overbearing way. That the drinkability is very good yet not one to quaff is for the best in various ways, including allowing the beer to warm a bit to allow all the flavors to breathe, to illustrate the complex genius of Breakfast Stout.

Yet again, Founders has created a masterpiece. This is every bit as good as the brilliant Red's Rye. Nothing short of outstanding, and is one of the very best Imperial Stouts around, hands down. It belongs in the class of Avery's Mephistopheles and Goose Island's Bourbon County. A tremendous accomplishment.

Gehrig, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of da_beers
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - oil black with a beautiful almost two fingers of a great thick brown head. This is what you want your stout to look like.

S - chocolate up front with espresso. Deep dark rotated notes as well. Great on the nose.

T - different flavors roll across palate. Chocolate bitterness and coffee are up front. In the middle you get the nice oatmeal. At end it ends with the great bitterness with a certain level of sweetness in there as well.

M - full body, great smooth texture. Coasts the mouth and flavor and feel linger.

O - phenomenal. Have been on a stout kick lately and this is the best since KBS I've had of late.

da_beers, Oct 30, 2013
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 warrenout330
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my KB snifter

A- pours a pitch black color, nearly see through at all. Thick frothy tan head.... turns to s thin ring around the beer. Heavy lacing on the glass

S- heavy pronounced coffee smell. Roasted chocolate malt.... very sweet coffee smell

T- bitter coffee, almost like good cup of hot Greek coffee in the morning... almost a instant morning caffeine rush when swallowed. Bitter sweet chocolate. Smooth all the way down

M- smooth and creamy up front... bitter and lingering coffee flavor in the back

O- very intense coffee oatmeal stout from founders... no wonder this is ranked amongst the best of the best.... I can definitely see myself with some breakfast stout and a plate of pancakes,eggs and bacon to pair up with...

warrenout330, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of jonziefle
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a completely opaque black, with three finger “waterfalling” chocolate mousse colored head. Thick and creamy with excellent retention; the head stays around forever. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Sweet and smoky as well.

Taste: The taste starts out with a very dark chocolate flavor, with coffee and smoky flavors. Roasted malts almost taste “burnt”, but in an appealing way. Molasses-like sweetness and some alcohol can be tasted, but not overally strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but a little bit thin feeling for a stout. Still, incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Excellent appearance, smell, and flavor. Smooth and refreshing; very easy to drink. I plowed through my whole beer without realizing it, its so delicious and smooth. The 8.3% is not super high for this style, and it’s hidden very well.

Buy Again? Yes, most certainly.

jonziefle, Nov 17, 2009
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,974 ratings.