Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3,425
Hads: 14,489
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,655
Gots: 4,458 | FT: 225
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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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Photo of ncstateplaya
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

First off, I absolutely love the label. Actually this is probably the best beer label I have ever seen.

Appearance: Pours extremely black, blacker than night. Very little head, maybe an 8th of an inch or so during a heavy handed pour. What little lacing produced was almost sheet like with cohesion. Nice!

Smell: The nose of this beer is very complex. Beides the coffee and chocolate malts I noted the alcohol - a fruity estery smell, looming smoke, and hints of burnt bread.

Taste: There is no doubt about it, coffee is the underlying flavor of this brew. A smokey coffee, almost Sumatra like (I decided to look it up, Sumatra and Kona). I impressed myself on that one. There was a distinct flavor that I had a hard time placing, I'm still swaying on this one, but I want to say graphite.

Mouthfeel: Much more carbonation than I was expecting. It is a medium bodied beer, which was very surprising - during the pour I just knew this was going to be one dense viscous treat. It also has a dry finish, enjoyable, keeping me going for another sip.

Drinkability: I think the amount of carbonation and the acidity detract from the drinkability of this well crafted beer. I would love to try this beer off nitrogen.

I like an early morning beer just as much as the next, but this may be a little too much for me at dawn. (1,324 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

To start, this is probably the best stout that I have ever had and certainly since being on BA.

A: Poured an opaque, black body with an thick dark tan head that took its time dissipating, ultimately leaving a nice ring once gone.

S: Reminded me of when I used to walk into my favorite coffee shop in Philly. The coffee aroma was practically spilling out of the glass. The aroma was dominated by the coffee, but followed with a hint of sweet chocolate.

T: Like I stated above, probably the best stout that I have ever had. Again, the coffee dominated the beer, but balanced really well with a very light hint of the chocolate and subtle malt flavors.

M/D: I was prepared for an overly thick beer, but was really surprised when it was not as thick as expected. Don't get me wrong it is thick but very easy to drink, smooth and the alcohol was not noticeable at all. I am not so sure that I would won't to drink more than one at a setting, but I would give it a shot. Top Notch beer I would recommend to anyone. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this past winter when I went home to Grand Rapids. Could say it was worth the drive. Pours black with a thick brown head. Every flavor in great balance , roasty coffee, cocoa, oats. Pleasant lingering of these at the finish, but clean. Would never even guess it is a RIS style brew. A great brew and one of the more drinkable top dogs. (339 characters)

Photo of falcon1
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Breakfast Stout is a really good Imperial Stout. I paired it with a Cubao No.3 Lancero and the combination of the stout and cigar was unbelievable.

Appearance - Very opaque.

Smell - The aroma of chocolate and coffee!

Taste - Outstanding to say the least - COFFEE.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and silky.

Drinkability - Founders Breakfast Stout is very easy to drink, maybe too easy to enjoy without moderation. (414 characters)

Photo of midaszero
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black with half finger of tan head

S - Lots of coffee and some dark chocolate

T - Just like the nose. Some coffee and chocolate bitterness and some roasted malts.

M - Medium thick body with medium carbonation. Very amazing.

D - Pretty easy to drink and damn enjoyable. (283 characters)

Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black oil body with a thin tannish head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, big time coffee and chocolate as well as light floral. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolate with a light roasty component. Finishes long and bitter. Texture is very creamy with light carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got to pour this at the Charlotte Oktoberfest for about an hour. What luck, too made 98% of the patrons never heard of it. Absolutely loved it, but now take it a little for granted since I got enough of it to last me a while. Can now find it in NC for about $2.25 a bottle, so I'm definitely spoiled. 2nd favoite for the style, just within reach of Bell's Expedition. (367 characters)

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

Thanks to petes99 for the bottles! (I promise to share the other one).

Pours pitch black with very little head that leaves a minimal lacing. Has strong chocolate and roasted coffee scents (reminds me a lot of chocolate covered espresso beans). Tastes amazing - like chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very minimal alcohol flavoring.

This certainly cracked my Top 5 favorite beers. The Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a bit sweeter with more chocolate flavor, but this beer is more well balanced and drinkable.

My only complaint is its availability. I wonder how much a keg would cost. (594 characters)

Photo of eagles22
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter..
nice black color with a tan head

Smell: of coffee lots of coffee and also hints of dark chocolate and toffee

Taste: wow that is some good shit...just like coffee with chocolate ending...wonderful

Mouthfeel: wonderful like sex in your mouth haha..but it is really get hit with all flavors at first the ending very smooth and nice

Drinkability: for a 8.3% beer i can easily drink this..i love this beer

this is a must try beer!!! (479 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout is poured into a pint glass.

The look of this beer is awesome. Big, solid black body under a two finger light brown head that slowly pops and releases smells of coffee, dark chocolate brownies, and a strong roastiness.

First sip says chocolate sweetness then moves to dark roast coffee with a strong roastiness in the finish. Mouthcoating malt leaves plenty of time to sit back and let the flavors really shine. This really is breakfast in a glass, assuming breakfast involves a cup of coffee.

The 8.3% isn't noticable at all. A thicker body and just enough carbonation creates a pretty good feel to this beer. However, at this abv this is a sipper. But that's a good thing because you'll want to really take your time enjoying this stout. (787 characters)

Photo of Bubslang
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark thick brown with a Small, dark brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, with nice lacing. Aroa is extremely potent with the smell off freshly roasted black coffee, chocolate, and dark malts. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with expresso flavor throughout,as well as bittersweet chocolate with a mild hop bitterness at the finish. Nice big chewy mouthfeel, a thouroughly enjoyable and fantastic brew. (424 characters)

Photo of mcfatty23
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours an almost opaque black with very little head, the head appeared a little bit later with a golden brown color.

S - major aroma seamed to be coffee, with a hint of molasses and chocolate. However, no sensation was overpowering.

T - A very good, complex flavor. Very difficult to pick out all of the flavors, but coffee, chocolate and molasses. seamed surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout which added a nice contrast to the immensely heavy brew.

M - For as dark and as heavy as this beer was, it was incredibly smooth and lcreamy. Low carbonation and rich feel.

D - pretty sure I would have no objections to drinking an entire truck full of this, only problem would be when my stomach became too full. There was also almost no hint of alcohol despite the relatively high ABV. (790 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a smallish tan head. Smell is of black roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Not much carbonation. Flavor was very complex, consisting of dark coffee, sweet roasted malts, and subtle chocolate. (250 characters)

Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a monster of a double stout with chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. honestly its complex enough that picking out the individual flavors is a bit daunting. it has alot of coffee on the nose; much more so on draft than out of the bottle. it also has a surprising smooth biscuit like richness thats probably thanks to the oatmeal. among double stouts founder's breakfast isn't the strongest at a mere 8.3%. in fact bell's expedition is 2% beastier... but this is where founder's breakfast shines. unlike the expedition which is delicious at first but nearly unbearably harsh after drinking 2/3's of a snifter, this stout becomes more smooth and more palatable as it warms. despite its 6$ price tag i often find myself drinking 2 of these and lusting after a third. that being said its definitely a palate crusher. once you've gone this dark and strong the only place to go is expedition or bourbon. (900 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this 12 oz bottle in a 4-pack from some liquor store in Chicago as I can't remember which and it's been at most of the stores I've been to around here in recent weeks. Original bottle I bought was from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL as a single.

A: Pours DARK black like motor oil into my pint glass with little head as it pours. The head developed slightly after the pour as a dark chocolate & copper color, then reduced to just a rim around the top of the brew. Lacing looks good around the glass.

S: Major coffee and roasted scents present. Couldn't tell if I was drinking beer or smelling the inside of a cafe.

T: Taste is similar to the smell; lots of coffee and roasted flavors along with a slight bitterness and bitter chocolate finish if you are looking for it.

M: Somewhat thick and heavy as expected, thin carbonation with small bubbles that made it very smooth to drink.

D: I could drink a lot of these, or just put a straw in a keg. Only reason to stop is that the coffee flavor became too much over time.

I'm a big fan of this brew and would keep it stocked at all times! (1,103 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a thick India ink black with very little head, even with a pretty vigorous pour. As this beer resided it left no lacing. The aroma is of strong coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and just a bit of cream. The flavor reminds me of coffee that has been sitting on for a couple hours and boiled down to a really strong concentration. The flavor follows suit with coffee dominating the flavor profile but honestly it's not a good coffee flavor. This beer is really astringent and the astringency drowns out the milk chocolate and molasses that are slightly detectable in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. It definitely has that nice oatmeal-y mouthfeel. While I'm generally a person that absolutely loves coffee stouts, this one just doesn't really do it for me. I would much rather have a Schlafly coffee stout or a Peche Mortal. (945 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In the past few years, I've had a few "hyped" type of brews....and I was let down. Last night, I had the opportunity to try Founder's Breakfast Stout....and I was blown away!!

S = Wonderful nose of cocoa, chocolate, and roasted coffee beans.

T = Dry cocoa upfront, bitter dark chocolate in the middle, and a slight hop character near the end. The finish was incredible with roasted coffee bitterness mixing with semi-sweet cocoa flavors. In addition, the finish lasted forever. Alcohol was not detected at all in the taste.

MF = Very rich and thick body with low carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy.

Overall, this stout was balanced amazingly well and has shot to the top of my fave list. Good thing I stocked up on this one since it's not distributed in my area. (768 characters)

Photo of beckje01
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black color with some activity, a thin tan head with small bubbles.

S- Nice coffee smell with a hint of chocolate.

T- Bitter sweet chocolate flavor but very smooth. It's a very nice flavor of the bitter sweet in a great balance. There is also a dryness in there as well.

M- Very creamy feel, nice.

D- A nice sipper and very enjoyable, as drinkable when it warms up as it was cold. (387 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very silky in nature from the bottle producing a dark roasted bean color. A dark nutmeg colored head sits atop but dissipates rather quickly without so much of a trace of lacing.

S: The nose yielded a dark roasted coffee bean scent that was very dominant with some dark ripe fruit. Simple in execution yet very rich, fresh and aromatic.

T: very rich, smooth and refined with a dark roasted coffee bean nature accompanied by a dark chocolate helping. A nice earthy hopping (soil) with a dark bitterness was also well noted, but again was very smooth and refined. A light burnt woodiness finishes things out.

m: medium full with a very silky smooth texture. A extremely soft carbonation only adds to the slick and smoothness of the mouthful while it leaves a strong roasted coffee bitterness that lasted a good solid before finishing with a smooth charred fade.

D: very good, rich, dark and goes down very easily and smooth with a beautiful silkiness. A meal in every bottle and sure to satisify. (1,012 characters)

Photo of kbeals
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer pours out like motor oil, and looks like it too. Extremely opaque with a bit of creamy brown head. Bitter chocolate and coffee dominate the smell, very malty. Taste is chocolatey, with a slightly bitter finish. This beer is pretty thick and very smooth also, makes for a nice velvety feel. An excellent beer overall. (331 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great, this is a beautiful beer from top to bottom. Soullessly dark, I can't see anything that resembles light coming through this murk. The java colored head is a thick mix of big bubbles suspended in a fine mesh of foam. Nice lacing too.

The smell is of crushed coffee beans and dark bittersweet chocolate. Lush, rich and full of robust roasted flavors. To say that this is a dark beer would be the understatement of the century.

Taste is a whole lot of wow. Deep sweetness with a smooth chocolate flavor. It has a feel of a bar chocolate that you hold in your mouth until it's melted. Thick and coating in the mouthfeel this big beer is heavy on the coffee tones, roasted dark malts, dried dark fruits and did I say chocolate. Damn this is a tasty beverage.

8.3%... really? The alcohol never surfaces, it's just an easy drinking beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a light touch of carbonation. Fantastic all around. (925 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from my Wisconsin trip.

Pours absolutely back, even on the stream from the bottle to the black. Very dark brown head as well.

Smells like dark coffee. Very powerful nose that stays until the last sip.

The taste is like strong coffee, dark malts and some bitter chocolate. Because this is an oatmeal stout, it has a creaminess to it that I also like. Mouth feel is very good as well but not highly carbonated tasting.

This is absolutely one of the best stouts I have had. It appears this brewery makes quite a few beers worth trying. (561 characters)

Photo of yossarian14
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy Thanksgiving 2008
I'm having a Breakfast Stout for breakfast. This is my 21st review and my first all 5, A+ rating. I can't say enough about this beer. A black hole lets more light through and i want to bury my nose in that coffee foamed head. Smells like good dark chocolate melted into great dark roast coffee perfectly blended into a creamy smooth stout. I have to calm down. Nowhere to go but back down the quality chain from here. Its got to be a sin for an 8.3% ABV to be sooo easy to quaff. (503 characters)

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, solid black. No light getting through it. Creamy, powdered cocoa colored head.

The aroma has a nice roasted malt odor. Not too overpowering.

Semi-sweet chocolate, mixed with bitter day old coffee - this doesn't make it sound good - but somehow it is. There is a lot more going on for this brew than I am qualified to describe, but the mouthfeel is near perfect, the taste is truly unique, and the drinkabilty is dangerous.

I was afraid all the talk about this brew would leave me feeling underwhelmed, but it certainly is worth all the fuss. (559 characters)

Photo of Dalem
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/almost black in color with very little head and frosty lacing. Big French roast coffee aroma up front with whiff's of chocolate and, with a swirl or two in glass, hazelnut and vanilla character as well. The flavor is huge on the coffee tip. The flaked oats stand shoulder to shoulder with that and also pull together the semi sweet chocolate flavors in line. Every little flavor character in this brew compliments and bring a balance to each. It's finishes just a robust as it starts never once giving you the impression that this it's an 8.3% cuz it's crafted so well. Full and filling in texture this is a slow sipper but on a cold and windy winter night it's something great to spend some time enjoying while keeping warm. (736 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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