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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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Ratings: 10401
Reviews: 3159
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%

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 johnmichaelsen


4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer on nitro over at Al's of Hampden the other day. I figured this beer would lend itself well to nitro injection, which of course it did.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is really just incredible, as I get a huge, intense blast of coffee grounds, vanilla and dark chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though once again the coffee flavor really dominates here. Also, on the nitro, I thought the hoppy bitterness was toned down a bit more than normal, and mouthfeel was a bit smoother. Finish was very long, with a lovely wash of coffee and chocolate. The beer comes across as no more than moderately sweet, and was very smooth on the palate. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and really seemed no more than an after thought.

Just delicious. Probably my favorite format for this excellent beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-28-2012 17:14:20 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at The Fridge on their opening day.

A - Pours dark as night black with a nice creamy one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving thick rings of lace down the glass. The cascade effect caused by the nitro-pour was a thing of beauty.

S - Smells of rich espresso, bakers chocolate, and vanilla. Good balance of dark roast to sweetness. While all the flavors are there I think the nitro dulled them down a bit.

T - Starts off with a huge espresso kick that never really fades away. Hints of sweet bakers chocolate, vanilla, and the dark roasted malts help to keep the coffee in check as much as they can but that is next to impossible with this beer. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time. Like the nose, I believe the nitro may have dulled the flavors a tiny bit.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The rich, creamy, feel was nearly perfect for this beer. It got a tiny bit watery at the very end tho.

O - Still one of my all time favorite stouts. The nitro pour, while offering amazing looks and feels, does hurt the smell and taste a tiny bit. I will never turn down a pour of BS but I may stick with regular tap from now on.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-17-2011 22:59:23 | More by orangesol
Photo of DefenCorps


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At Pizzeria Paradiso yesterday.

As with all incarnations of the Breakfast Stout, this one's a stunner. Jet black, large creamy head that lasts for what seems to be an eternity, leaving tons of lace. On the nose, it's gorgeous, with a ton of chocolate and coffee. Not too sweet, and the coffee character is fantastic. On the palate, it opens up with a ton of chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate being more prominent than out of the bottle. The combination is just delectable. Some oatmeal flavor is present, adding to the wholesomeness of this beer. Medium bodied with an excellent finish with espresso and dark chocolate characteristics, it's awesome. The nitro-pour is a little disappointing, though - the first few sips are incredibly creamy, but as I wait for the beer to warm up, it turns to being a little flat and just a little watery. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed my glass, and I wasn't leaving immediately, I'd have had another.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-18-2009 12:14:52 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Deuane


4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on nitro at The Brass Rail Deli into a Sam Adams Uber glass.

A-Deep black with a fantastic, pillowy light tan head. Head reduced very slowly and left gobs of ringed foam behind. Gorgeous!

S-Being tough to inhale through the cap like head notes of dark coffee and a sweetness from chocolate waft up.

T-rich, bitter, dark chocolate with a nice combo of espresso roast coffee and roasted malt.

M-The nitro pir makes this so smooth, luscious and creamy. Such a treat. Like a coffee/chocolate milkshake!

D-Magical! This beer, as good as it is on draft or out of the bottle, becomes a work of art on nitro. Simply decadent and intoxicating.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-20-2008 06:36:05 | More by Deuane
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nitro-tap pour at the new Brass Rail Deli. Served in one of the special Sam Adams glasses.

A: The stout is pitch black with a gorgeous off-white head. The head filled several fingers of the glass and retained a thick consistency throughout.

S: The nose is coffee, thick and acrid with a sweet chocolate undertone.

T: The nitro pour has added a distinct smoothness to the ale, softening the blow of the imperial stout. The result is chocolatey with an overroasted quality. The coffee, strong as it is, has also been toned down. The flavors are sharp, concentrated like a cup of Starbucks.

M: The creamy foam takes a great deal of the edge off of the ale, making it much more enjoyable even if some of the dominant coffee flavors have subsided.

D: Quite drinkable, I prefer the beer on a regular tap but it was interested to see what nitro did to it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-15-2008 01:38:33 | More by akorsak
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 Patricksmith88

New York

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was one of my staples when I was done with work. Always a good drink thick head and smooth going down. I liked that they didn't try a hoppy with it. Haven't had a bad beer by them yet. Full body, dark. You could smell the malts right when they put it in front of you.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 19:30:04 | More by Patricksmith88
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 digitalflood

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black body with wet mouthfeel. Good head reduces to good lacing. Smells of coffee and cream. Front palate is all Kona coffee beans and some bitter stout. Creamy in the mid-palate with milk, chocolate, and some more coffee. On the back palate it's all bitter coffee, hops, stout, and some toasted oats and barley. Beautiful balance. Very nice traditional breakfast stout taste. On the verge of excellence. 4.25 out of 5. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 02:57:32 | More by digitalflood
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
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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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