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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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10,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 10449
Reviews: 3163
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%

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 lordofstarside


4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a snifter, bottled 11/09/13

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha colored foam. Good retention and lacing, no carbonation coming up from the sides of the glass

Smells of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolates, some vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, and finishes with some alcohol. Everything comes together pretty well

Taste is with the nose pretty well, strong upfront coffee and dark chocolate along with figs, cherry, and other dark fruits. Vanilla and toffee on the finish, ending with a splash of alcohol

Feel is moderately bitter with a heavy body. Finishes pretty dry, alcohol concealed well but enjoyably present

Overall glad I got to try this. Three more sitting in the cellar

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:40:50 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of Swongler


3.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I LOVE stouts. I'm not, however, quite sure why this beer is rated so highly. I absolutely love other Founders offerings, but this one falls short... maybe it was just high expectations. The first bottle I had, I thought maybe was just bad luck - maybe it was served too cold, maybe it was too fresh or too old.... but the second bottle was cared for perfectly and tasted exactly the same. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, just not in my top 10... or 20... or maybe even 30.

A - Looks gorgeous. Perfect shade of brown/black. Just dark with a fluffy, creamy, tan-colored head (about a finger and a half or so).

S - Coffee and chocolate are obvious. Both bright and dark berries/cherries in the mix as well. Definitely smells like breakfast.

T - Huh? But it looked so beautiful and smelled so good. First thing I notice: the water. Water? I was expecting the beer to take over, but it tasted a little watered down. Chocolate and coffee were apparent. Espresso and earthy minerals as well - had that Guinness metallic taste to it. I'm told the metallic taste is a characteristic of bad water, but I am particularly sensitive to its taste. Dark, ripe berries are hidden a little, but there.

M - Feels light - almost like a session ale, but it finishes nice and creamy. Doesn't coat my mouth too much, but feels good.

O - I was a little let down by this beer. Not once, but twice. It IS certainly good - just not 100 rating good. I'll wait for KBS to obtain a Founders stout. Until then, I think I'd stick with a Speedway Stout over this, any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 22:00:22 | More by Swongler
Photo of Kramerwtmf


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of this and finally tried it. This beer is great! Founders really knows how to make stouts. It was a treat to drink this alongside Kbs and bcbcs and this came in second for me behind bcbcs. A solid offering that I will need to get more of and save.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:59:57 | More by Kramerwtmf
Photo of SovietBear1982


4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer truly has a very unique and distinct aroma and flavor. If I could I would have this for breakfast as the name of this fantastic brew suggests, but that would possibly suggest things about me that would not be true. The fact is this the beer is delicious with a appropriate amount of sweetness that makes me want to have this as part of my breakfast, however, that is not possible. Beer is just one of many great beers from "The Founders" brewery.


Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 13:40:28 | More by SovietBear1982
Photo of mwelch17


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best beer I have ever tried. I am a huge fan of stouts, and this takes the cake. Perfect balance of coffee and chocolate, a little creamy, just overall an amazing beer. When poured into a glass has a thick creamy head that gives a nice supplementary flavor to the beer. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:30:22 | More by mwelch17
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown/black color with no head and no lacing
Smell: chocolate, coffee, oats, malts; amazing combination that got me excited for the first sip
Taste: follows the nose quite well; starts with a chocolaty sweet taste, but it finishes dry with a fantastic coffee aftertaste
Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, very drinkable; completely masks the high alcohol content
Overall: exceeded expectations; will definitely seek this out in the cold winter months. Founders, you continue to amaze

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:53:13 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of ricknelson


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good drinkable Stout, and for me it is as good or almost as good as the Founder's KBS and North Coast Old Rasputin. I'm a stout guy and could drink this as an every day stout. Bought the four pack and paid a fair price for it, but it was money well spent.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 14:19:15 | More by ricknelson
Photo of GregA135


4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a dark brown/black color with a tan head

Smell of coffee, chocolate, and oats

When I first tasted the beer, it wasn't anything special. Once it warmed up a bit and took a couple more sips... BOOM! It hit me like a ton of bricks. The coffee, chocolate, malts, and oats hit my palate
Awesome taste!

Light carbonation leaving a coffee chocolate after taste

I would recommend letting the beer warm a bit. I let mine sit in the fridge over night and drank right away, which didn't have much flavor in the beginning. As it warmed up thats when I could really taste the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:25:00 | More by GregA135
Photo of Mistro


4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A four pack of this will run you roughly $10 at any decent liquor store, what a bargain at that.
Cracked open the first bottle when I got home, and was immediately nailed by the fantastic aroma of this beer. Coffee and a dark, dark chocolate lead the symphony of flavors in this beer, accompanied by a silky, bitter hop and chocolate finish. This beer is a pleasure to drink, and a must try for any stout lover.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:15:11 | More by Mistro
Photo of Guden


4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- deep oily opaque black with a small tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- huge nose that fills the room with dark cocoa, fruity coffee, molasses/rum, toffee and a little ash with the fruit and roast blending together nicely.

T/M- extremely creamy mouthfeel leaving a luscious dark chocolate, sweet espresso, light grain, and just a touch of dark fruit. Finish is long, relatively dry, bitter and a touch ashy with lingering hop and coffee bitterness covering the tongue.

O- an indisputably good beer with lots of components blending nicely. A touch lower bitterness may have made this more drinkable but at 8+% abv maybe that wouldn't be such a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:00:08 | More by Guden
Photo of SweetChicken


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured to a snifter. Black as night, very slight browning at the edges. Little to no head, settled to a khaki ring. Nice lacing

S - Wowza. Sweet heavy chocolate and oatmeal undertones. Reminded me of Grant's Perfect Porter circa 1996. My saliva glands started to weep waiting to taste.

T - Surprisingly not as sweet as the smell. Super dark chocolate and a forward roasted oatmeal grain taste. The finish is all bitter coffee. Slow to mellow

M - There was an interesting play here. Creamy and toothy like a stout, but more carbonated than expected. With little to no head at pour, I was not expecting much carbonation, yet there it was

O - It was as advertised. A great beer. Unlike my everyday breakfast coffee, this is not a daily drinker. Great for a treat or to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:52:09 | More by SweetChicken
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 05:08:31 | More by OMills
Photo of BeerZombies1


4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing

Imperial stout
8.3% ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured a deep dark, day old coffee black. Very little head appeared what was there dissipated into a mocha halo pretty quickly.

AROMA: Like fresh ground coffee beans sprinkled with dark chocolate chips. Very in your face aroma, under that first layer the alcohol is present with some nice earthy graininess.

TASTE: Truthfully the first taste I was disappointed. I felt like all I got was huge coffee and bitterness. I actually went back to smell a bit more and let it sit. When I went back for the second taste I really got to taste more of the layers hidden, chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation body I felt was a bit thin. It did have a lingering finish that was interesting.

OVERALL: It took me about a quarter of the beer to really start to enjoy it. Once it warmed and I got into it, it was very solid.

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:55:42 | More by BeerZombies1
Photo of ajramirez1


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a 4pack in North Carolina. At Airport, damn TSA douches stole 3bottles of FBS. F u TSA bastards.

Anyways, poured bottle into a 6oz taster. Initially cold it was decent. Let it warm up, its truly awesome. Not as good as KBS, but its pretty decent. Need to get my hands on more and I'd like to try it aged.


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:20:08 | More by ajramirez1
Photo of bradb717


4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic, and complex beer.
I would encourage anyone to try it.
I'm kinda going off memory here, cause it was a few weeks ago, but a couple aspects of the
beer you truly will not forget.
Pours dark with thin creamy head that stays and sticks to the glass.
I would encourage it to not be served too cold because the flavors burst as it warms.
Thick oat, complex coffee almost chocolate. Hard to put your finger on all flavors.
Warms the throat down but alcohol well masked.
Delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:41:02 | More by bradb717
Photo of GinjaSlice


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black beer with thin caramel colored head and decent lacing
S: really good smelling with some chocolate coffee and a little oak
T: Very good beer with some light chocolate taste and a lot of coffee bitterness. Its well balanced and leaves a great after taste on the tongue
M: Great mouthfeel for such a dark and strong beer very impressed

O: of of the best stouts I've ever had close with ten fidy

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:22:25 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of Uanof


4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: jet black with steady foamy khaki head.

S: roasted coffee shines the brightest with chocolate and vanilla in the race for se ond place and heavy malts and grains in third.

T: more like coffee with alcohol. The coffee is not too overpronounced and the bittersweetness from the chocolate balances nicely any spikes in flavor that the coffee might bring. There's a great amount of balance and harmony going on in between these two ingredients and together they are making this an even better beer.

M: full bodied with some astringency, light carbonation as to be expected, no lingering flavors expect for the harshness of the roast bite which is incredibly subtle compared to other brews, but it washes down silently and adequetly.

O: i actually don't have any complaints expect that i would enjoy seeing the vanilla a bit more present in the palate, aside from that it's another excellent world class beer from Founder's!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 08:05:40 | More by Uanof
Photo of ARWatson


4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The perfect example of a breakfast stout. If you love coffee, you'll love this. It has a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate, but isn't too bitter or sweet. It has a heavy feel, like a good stout should (in my mind). I've tasted a few that were just a bit too light. Good work, Founders!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:53:58 | More by ARWatson
Photo of N_Schleret


4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a motor oil color with a one finger chocolate head that dissipates quickly, light lacing.
S: Molasses, burnt chocolate, light coffee. ABV is well hidden.
T: Light coffee, light chocolate, and sweet malt.
M: Very dry and medium heavy body.
O: Another good offering by Founders. I love the light coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:47:40 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Abysmal, and I don't mean that in a negative connotation. I mean it in the sense that this brew absolutely resembles the abyss. All semblances of color are shrouded by the blackness. All traces of light devoured. There aren't even highlights along the sides as it's held up to direct sun. This beer is black; I'm talking the depths of the Mariana Trench black. As for the head... admittedly, my pour was pretty weak and it still resulted in about an inch and a half of toasted caramel colored creamy excellence. The retention leaves a little to be desired, but there's currently still a nice creamy cap sitting afloat the blackness and some respectable traces of khaki lacing scattered along the sides of the glass.

S: Gourmet roasted coffee (bordering medium and dark roast) and rich pure cocoa. Coffee tends to dominate here, as it squelches out the cocoa towards the end of the sniff. A simple aroma, but it's oh-so-satisfying. It smells like waking up to a fresh pot of coffee brewing.

T: A bit too chilled, initially... Taste was exclusively pure cocoa and some oaked alcohol. After leaving it untouched for about 20 minutes to warm up, the flavors have finally come out to play. The dark chocolate notes lose their bitter characteristics and begin to resemble semi-sweet chocolate chips. A huge roasted profile resembling some of the finest black coffee ever brewed. Underneath the coffee and cocoa are some real complex notes of molasses, oak barreled booze, and burnt caramel. A little bit of an herbal flash comes through in the finish that doesn't linger, but certainly makes itself apparently. A bit of alcoholic burn in the finish that warms the throat. Aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee. Superb.

M: A huge body! The texture is thick, creamy, and moderately chewy—all thanks to the oatmeal, one would assume. Velvety smooth and is a pure delight on the tongue. 8.3% you say? Strange... I'm not feeling it.

O: FBS' reputation honestly speaks for itself. There's nothing I can say here that hasn't been said a thousand times (or 3,100 times...) before. This is surely stout perfection in a bottle and you'd have your work cut out for you trying to find a better example. Without a doubt a masterpiece and an absolute joy to sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:04:35 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of tomgoehring


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout is one of my go-to beers (I always have some on hand) - beautiful dark color and great balance (not too flat) so you get a little "ping" with each sip. A really terrific blend of coffee and chocolate so neither dominates. This is a heavy beer - three is enough for me!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:25:48 | More by tomgoehring
Photo of BigMurph


4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black with a thick head.

S- Blend of chocolate and coffee.

T- Lives up to it's smell a rich coffee/chocolatey flavor. The oatmeal smooths out the former flavors and it tastes amazing.

M- Very smooth. Very small amount of bitterness that stays with you for a bit after you've finished.

O- Absolutely beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee, in both smell and taste. One of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:54:51 | More by BigMurph
Photo of MikeB20


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours completely black with a nearly two finger creamy brown head. The head dies down quickly but lacing is solid and it sticks down the glass.

S: Lots of coffee up front along with dark roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. You can almost smell the creaminess of the beer through the aroma. It's hard to explain but you'll know what I mean with one good whiff.

T: Everything present in the aroma is present in the taste and that's no small feat. A slight bitterness from the dark roasted malts is probably the most pronounced flavor but you also get a nice touch of coffee and hint of chocolate in the finish. There's nothing not to like here, very well balanced and expertly crafted. At 8.3% ABV is deceptively drinkable as it invites you back for just another sip.

M: Very smooth, very creamy, very full bodied and very good. Carbonation seems to be on the low side but it could just be the insane amount of body over-powering it and that's not a bad thing at all.

O: I'm super impressed with this beer. The aromas and flavors are fantastic, pull no punches and leave no questions on the table. What you smell is what you taste and that, to me, is the sign of a well crafted beer. Easy to drink, enjoy and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 20:26:37 | More by MikeB20
Photo of lochef81


4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having one for breakfast today just for fun. This ale pours a deep dark almost black color with a very slight tan head that quickly dissipates to a light film and very little lacing. The nose is packed with coffee notes highlighted by some burnt dried fruits and cacao. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer. It is so silky and creamy and smooth; an utter delight to swirl around your mouth and slowly swallow. The flavor is quite simple for a beer of this caliber. Lots of coffee, a little dark chocolate, a pleasantly bitter bite towards the end, and just a little sting and taste of alcohol on the tail. Simple and awesome. This offering from one of my favorite breweries is so simple in its flavors and craft that it is simply brilliant. They always say that if you are going to make something simple then it has to be done perfectly to be great and Founders has nailed it perfectly and simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 13:35:57 | More by lochef81
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: almost pitch black; minimal head, colour of milk chocolate

Aroma: sharp and strong dark roast coffee, touch of high % dark chocolate; burnt, kind of smoky aroma; clean and precise, seems not for the weak-hearted

Taste & Mouthfeel: bit of a slow build to this, quite mild at first, like a standard (but good) coffee, then drawing to an intense, cutting acidity of dark roasted coffee; it's deep and rich, without the tart bitterness, fairly remarkable considering heavily roast and likely significant amount of coffee used in the brew; pure cocoa flavour plays a bigger part over time; good carbonation, clean feel, and medium body

Overall: if the review seems short and not overly exciting, it's because this is a very focused and simple stout - and as a result absolutely great; everything reeks of precision and purity

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 14:08:42 | More by BGDrock
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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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