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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,261
Reviews: 3,268
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,209
Gots: 2,855 | FT: 174
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 doktorhops
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.

A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.

S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.

T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever encountered. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!

M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.

D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.

Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.

doktorhops, May 01, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.

Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.

Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.

Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.

An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I've tried from them and up there with the best I've tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I'll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.

flyingpig, Aug 06, 2014
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 chogm54
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle,best before date of 8/2014. I was tempted to save this one for when I did feel like a beer for breakfast, but its the only beer in the house, and too cold to go out and get another.

A - pours thick, black with a thin creamy brown head and thin lacing

S - burnt chocolate, toasted malt and oats

T - Biggg intense kick of burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate and roasted malt. Faint bitterness at end. The coffee taste is very strong, so much that I could actually enjoy this beer over breakfast

M - Oily texture, heavy body, low carbonation, alcohol taste is nowhere to be seen

O - This really is a unique beer, the coffee taste is very strong, muted alcohol taste. Im going to have a second bottle over some bacon and eggs tomorrow morning

chogm54, Jun 08, 2014
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.

OMills, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a modest half-inch of dark brown foam. The head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a cascade of lace.

Smell - A huge coffee aroma is immediately noticeable upon opening the bottle - and that's about all I got from it. My initial thought was that it was too one-dimensional, but it actually works just fine. I love the smell of coffee, and this beer captures that aroma better than any other I've tried. As it warms, rich dark chocolate begins to appear.

Taste - Extremely dry. I was expecting a sweeter stout, but once I got used to the dryness it really grew on me. Flavors of espresso, burnt toast and unsweetened chocolate are most prevalent, with a subtle smokiness in the finish. An aptly named beer - I could see this pairing beautifully with bacon, eggs and potatoes.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and full-bodied with a mild carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the richness of the flavor.

Notes - Pretty unique stuff - It'd be hard to mistake it for anything else - and very good. Glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks to hrking for the trade!

Update: This beer has been revisited dozens of times, and it grows on me every bottle. Incredible stuff.

largadeer, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of sarahluke22
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

sarahluke22, 35 minutes ago
Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stunning black with a nice looking ring of lace and minimal head

Smell is mostly coffee, but it is very nice

Taste is wonderful, complex, lots of coffee notes with a nice balance of hops and chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel is slighlty carbonated, sticky and smooth.

Fantastic beer.

PatrickKellyCT, 38 minutes ago
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A: Tan colored bubbles in the two finger head that poured into the founders tulip glass. Good head retention and density, there was a coating of foam the hight of the pour when it finally receeded. Pitch black color, no light shines through when held to the light - classic stout look.

S: Medium sweeet milk chocolate, cocoa powder and roasted dark malts. Light roast cold coffee, caramel a slight toast character and vanilla - all very balanced but the chocolate is most dominant. Sweet impression overall with only a slight hint of citrus hops.

T: Medium citrus bitterness that comes off refreshing in a stout but the big chocolaty flavors quickly take over. Sweet milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa with a hint of roast. Sweet caramel with a cookie like malt character. Vanilla is detected but coffee is at threshold levels. Balance is on the sweet chocolate malts (and cocoa nibs). but there is a refreshing hop character.

M: Silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice full-bodied and medium-low carbonation levels with just a hint of alcohol warming.

O:The benchmark for easily accessable stouts - Nothing better.

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