Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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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 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)

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

Aged Breakfast Stout 2011

Aged in cellar fridge 55 degrees.

Look-black as night as usual, no carbonation.

Smell-heavy coffee, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate.

Taste-lighter then fresh, very mellow and well balanced. Nice coffee tones, slightly burnt but nice taste, sweetener then fresh. So much better aged!

Feel-lighter then fresh, no alcohol taste, def thinner tasting but so good!!!!

Overall-love aging this beer! Love it fresh but aging this long or longer makes it so good!!!! (488 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bright black with a thin filmn of a head that disappears to nothing.
S: Black coffee to espresso, roast.
T: coffee with hints of chocolate with a hop bitter that suggests espresso on the finish
F: Creamy smooth with a medium full to chey body and medium high carbonation.
O: A very well balanced brew. (308 characters)

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer and at under 10% for an imperial stout, extremely drinkable. BA has it listed as year-round, but according to Founders website it is only available from Oct-Dec. For a non-barrel-aged, moderate ABV, reasonably priced Imperial Stout, I can't think of a better one. Very balanced and rich. Bell's Expedition comes close. Of course, I'm Midwest biased. (375 characters)

Photo of SirHopsHoppington
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pallet notes of rich coffee with dark chocolate slowly making an appearance. Delicious oatmeal coming into play well after the swallow. All in all a very good beer. Recommend! (175 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brought up from the cellar and put in the fridge for about 15 min. before pouring into a spiegelau stout glass. Bottled on 9/2/14 and consumed over 9 months later.
Look = 4.5 Pours a deep brown into an opaque black with 4 fingers of frothy, dark brown head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Coffee dominates the aroma, still intense despite the age. Light chocolate notes can be found too along with some roasted malt character and some booze.
Taste = 4.25 Coffee dominates the taste too, still a very strong coffee flavor. There are also mild dark chocolate notes and mild grainy oatmeal taste. There is a moderate bitter finish with some roasted malt character and a linger coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Some booze character too.
Feel = 4.5 Really nice medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, thick and smooth.
Drinkability = 4.0 Coffee stout for sure, probably higher if you’re a big coffee fan.
Overall = 4.3 Second time around the score improved a lot! Not sure if it was the age, the glass or if I was just in a coffee stout type of mood this time around - earned it’s reputation for being the best coffee stout around. (1,145 characters)

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

Off on a tangent here, but hopefully it will help someone else. I drank this cold(fridge temp) in the past and thought...meh...it's ok. Then had 1 at cellar temp. Totally different experience. Opened my eyes to how good this stout really is...WOW. Now I'm drinking all my stouts, barleywines, etc at cellar temp. Wrong all these years and didn't even know it. (365 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really solid beer. The coffee and dark chocolate are both noticeable in the taste. Strong but not overly bitter. Got a good deal on a 4 pack for $9. yb (151 characters)

Photo of oregonduck
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout. This is not too sweet which I like in a stout. I think I would probably go with Founders Imperial Stout as I remember it being just as good, maybe better, which is impressive at a higher abv. It would be interesting to try them side by side. But can't go wrong with FBS. (289 characters)

Photo of dboon
3.67/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. I love almost everything by founders. This stout however is just too hoppy for me. The taste is huge coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malt. (153 characters)

Photo of babybeluga
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with soap sudsy dark brown head
Smell: freshly ground coffee & dark chocolate
Taste: rich/full-bodied with a balancing bitterness

I really, really like it. I've even poured it into a (clear) glass coffee mug with breakfast. (242 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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