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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Village Draft House on 11/18/11.

Arrived in a small chalice. Poured pitch black with a thin lacing of cappuccino colored head that didn't last long. The nose has notes of chocolate and coffee. The intense coffee definitely has me thinking breakfast. The taste is rich, deep roasted malts with incredible chocolate and coffee flavors too. After a few sips I notice a little anise or licorice as well. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes noticeable, but it only warms and doesn't detract from flavor. The mouthfeel is rich, full bodied, and well carbonated.

This is a robust, rich, delicious stout. The flavors are complex and well balanced. It's a slower drinking due to it's full body, intense coffee, and ABV, but it's a beer you'll want more than one of.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at RFD, served in a pint glass. Beer is black, like a stout should be. Brown head, small tight bubbles, head falls away but diffuse head remains, lots of lacing on the glass. Smells sweet, chocolate, some coffee. Dry tasting, iminimal smoke, coffee is forward, chocolate second, slight aftertaste. Good beer overall, high drinkability, mouthfeel is full, good body. Aftertaste build on you as you drink though.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with slight lacing.

Smell - I get a strong whiff of coffee grinds.

Taste - Again with the coffee taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth but not really like any other RIS.

Drinkability - It's hard to think of drinking more than one of these in a session but this beer is not to be missed.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a snifter at ChurchKey DC. Listed as brewed with Chocolate, Sumatra and Kona coffee (Aug 2011).

A foamy dark brown dark chocolate big head is produced that sits on a jet black body. It sits... and sits.. and sits. There it is with big retention and aggressiveness in all it's creamy glory. While drinking giant circular sticky rings of lace just coat the glass, leaving a few chocolate looking marshmallow caps in the middle. Just a fantastic looking beer.

Nose just gives the goods. Giant fresh ground ripped coffee beans with dark chocolate notes. Intensely coffee forward, cream, and other glory. Blurs the line for beer, just a mix of impressive creation and hint of greatness to come.

Taste is all that and still a bag of chips. Morning ritual espresso with typical silky texture and creaminess. Chocolate maintains some dark bitter hints that flow without the beers malt, but gets whipped up, almost frothy. Malt backbone almost completely masked in a frenzy of milky thick coffee and chocolate.

I just love this beer to death, and it is more coffee dominant on tap it seems than its bottled brother. If I could borrow a cheesy line, it goes "it doesn't get any better than this." (or does it?). Cheers to Founders!

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Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just hitting shelves, I found myself picking up a 4-pack of this already. Today is a surprisingly cooler day, so with dinner I cracked open the iconic 12 ounce bottle. Poured into a globe glass.

A: Deep black body with dark brown hues around the top edges. Creamy, bubbly light mocha head sits atop and leaves a thin retention ring around the perimeter. Some quite sporadic, patchy lacing is left around the glass walls. Imperial Stouts should absolutely look like this, kudos.

S: Bitter roasted coffee beans, bakers dark chocolate, dark chocolate malts, caramel and a dash of cocoa powder towards the end. It doesn't seem overdone on either the coffee or chocolate aspect, nor do the oats impart any dominating characteristic. Just like I'd hope a balanced Breakfast stout would smell like. Founders is on a roll!

T: Immediate but reserved bitter coffee notes come through, followed by a rich chocolate cake flavor. Dark chocolate cocoa nibs and a sweet butter cream frosting elements are more towards the finish of the beer. It's an interesting and really well done play on flavors, however throughout the entire sip you can sense the coffee being a bit too dominating over the other flavors. If the coffee would have receded a bit after its initial presence this beer would be nearly untouchable.

M: Well carbonated, perhaps overly so, but it remains medium bodied. It's not as thick or chewy like I like my Imperial Stouts, so overall for me this is a moderately week mouth feel for the style.

For what it is, Founders Breakfast Stout combines the oatmeal stout base with chocolate and coffee beans quite well. I'm trying not to be too jaded with KBS but I find myself almost craving that little extra something to set apartment another coffee stout from the rest. Although for what it is, this is a seriously solid beer from one of the most respected breweries in the US.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a stingy tan head that laces all the way down. Aroma is roasted coffee on top with some bittersweet chocolate, faint dried fruit, and a bit of ash in the background. Taste is more of the same coffee and chocolate. Bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky creamy smooth. Full bodied brew, medium to low carbonation. Awesome brew, in fact one of favorite, especially fresh. I'd drink this one even if it wasn't breakfast time :) Don't tell anyone, but I prefer this to the KBS

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with mocha head. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, like a sweet coffee drink. Taste follows but more balanced, not really sweet but still chocolate and coffee forward. Really heavy and smooth body with soft carbonation. No alcohol whatsoever, extremely drinkable, smooth and tasty.

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

Wish I coud have brought more of this nectar of the gods back from Michigan! Only one 12 ouncer made it with me. Pours Black , expresso head, tiny bubble left in a film, respectable lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, heavanly. Super smooth, light and fluffy mouthfeel. Great gobs of flavors and more flavors, complexity baby. Tastes like a chocolate soaked expresso marshmellow. So flavorful, yet very light and silky on the palate. Fine stuff, stout lovers heaven. Go get some of this stuff.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/06- Purchased via mail order with Archer Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Has been aged for at least 6 months. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Blacker that soot pour. Closest to motor oil I have ever seen from a beer. Thick and viscous. Smaller 1/2 inch head and leaves light lacing.

Smell- Huge and I mean huge amounts of roasted coffee bean smell with a deep dark malt background. A touch of bitterswwet chocolate underneath all that. Reminds me of the smell of a ski lodge coffee shop.

Taste- I'm not one for coffee as a normal thing, but I do love it in beer and in ice cream. This beer is loaded to the brim with coffee flavor. Once you get past the coffee fix, the heavy fire roasted malt comes in and even deeper a dash of dark chocolate. After your taste buds are assulted by by all that the nice bitter hop blast comes in to finish you off.

Mouthfeel- Only, if only this beer was a bit more smooth. Carbonation level was a bit steep for a beer this thick and viscous. My only complaint about this beer.

Drinkability- This is one incredible tasting beer. My version of heaven would be a 50 tap beer bar with this on cask....if that even exists.

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Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a thick, rich chocolate and coffee scent along with a bit of oatmeal dryness. The taste is awesome. Just like the KBS, it's loaded with malt complexity and tremendous mouthfeel. The chocolate and coffee character is huge up front and finishes with a bit of oatmeal mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This stuff is the nectar of the gods. The KBS is still my favorite, but this is one hell of a beer as well.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as an extra from sinstaineddemon. Thanks.

Beer pours dark brown to black with a brown head. There are slight brown highlights at the edges. The first aroma is strong black coffee. As the beer warmed to room temperature, I got more of a chocolate smell but coffee was always the main aroma. The taste is expectedly black coffee, easily the most coffee-filled beer I have ever drank. You never get too much chocolate flavor, but you get bitterness from the chocolate which is nice. The oatmeal comes through in the mouthfeel, making the beer very thick and creamy. Very good beer, one of the best I have ever drank.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, want some stout with your coffee? This has a rich, deep roast of coffee with black grains and mocha around the edges in both the aroma and flavor. This feels more like a thick coffee than it does beer, but it's a good brew, not that free crap you might find at an auto shop or something. Fairly drinkable, but you've gotta love java. It was a wonderful beer, but I don't think it lives up for the hype as it wasn't complex enough for me. The coffee dominated too much.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black body. Sticky tan head.

S - This one has a strong coffee nose with scents of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Deep coffee and bitter chocolate on the palate. Has a thick, syrupy roasted taste. Certainly has that oatmeal-chocolate-coffee taste with the alcohol subtlely apparent.

M - Thick bodied and strong on the tongue. This beer is full of flavor and texture too. Tolerable carbonation and a big bold feel.

D - This beer is a bit on the heavier side and definately has tons of potent flavors. I cant see myself downing too many of these but a great experience nonetheless.

Notes - Try this beer if you're looking for big flavor. Complex coffee and chocolate notes with a hearty oatmeal foundation make this beer worth its weight. This beer is one I tried by chance and I'm glad i did.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a jet black with a very thin head and hardly any lacing left on the glass.

S: lots of roasty malts and coffee aromas with oats, chocolate, and molasses with hints of toffee.

T: huge coffee flavor with chocolate accents and roasted malts that balance out the coffee quite nice. There is also hints of bready oats, molasses and slight hop bitterness.

M: full body with moderate carbonation that had a sweet creamy finish.

D: this is definitely a beer you can drink for breafast and a great stout that goes down really well. I will for sure seek out some more along with the KBS.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is an extremely dark molasses coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy, tan colored head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, extremely rich dark chocolate/cocoa nibs, and a touch of smoke. Flavors are rich and heavy coffee forward, with smokey and chocolatey undertones that smooth out the bitter characteristics. Extremely smooth and rich in mouth, with a roasted, bitter aftertaste. The finish is clean and smooth. Great beer, amazingly smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" tan colored head. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are easy to detect. Some bitterness comes through too.

Taste: follows the nose as the roasted malt and chocolate malt base are big and meaty. Some soft burnt coffee tones, prunes, and a heart bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: one of the tastier beers in the style made today. Easy to quaff this one.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In J'Town, PA and had a couple of night caps at the Boulevard. The first cap was a FOunders Breakfast Stout. The appearance was very dark....essentially opaque. The head was thin and tan colored with very nice lace. Smell was coffee/espresso with some sweet malt. The taste was very good....decent bodied stout with coffee/espresso taste tahe dominates. The mouthfeel was awesome... I like full bodies stouts that don not mess around. Overall this was a very good stout and I highly recommend it. Would love to drink this a an early morning tailgate.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a thick jet black with a finger of coffee-coloured head.

S - The nose is bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

T - A massive espresso flavour dominates up front along with bitter dark chocolate . Some sweetness from the oatmeal comes though as well. The roast profile is present too, but is overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is dry with bitter coffee notes lingering. A complex and amazing palate.

M - Medium body. Chewy & smooth. Light carbonation

D - An exceptional imperial stout. This will definitely be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Bowling ball black with cola edges. Creamy khaki head with ok lace and retention.

S - Burnt coffee nose with an edge of ash and sweet cream.

T - Bold flavor profile. Smooth mocha ramps up quickly into roast malts and sharp woody bitterness. Sweet oats, ash, coffee and molasses are loaded throughout the profile. Smokey roast finish.

M - Full, warm body with a great smoothness.

O - A stout to sip on for sure. The deeply roasted profile edges on burnt , but walks the line with confidence and finishes deliciously.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing the Third Unorganized Invitational is a beer I have longed for for a long time: Founders Breakfast Stout. It's not sold in SoCal, but I know a special store which carried a few bottles. And yes, I've going to have this beer with breakfast, so on to the beer:

It pours thick and black into a pint glass, where an espresso tanned head a 1/2 inch thick sits on top. Needless to say, the body is darker than night. The aroma is a good one, but very dominant in coffee. Lots of coffee with a little bit of chocolate and lactose.

This is damn tasty, it tastes like breakfast. Like the aroma, the taste is coffee dominantat first, but it slowly sweetened up, tasting like mocha. It certainly doesn't feel like it's advertised ABV of 8.3, pretty mellow if you ask me. Being a little light on the malt is the only thing that keeps this beer out of a higher score. The bitter coffee and chocolate linger long into the aftertaste.

This is a very good double coffee stout, but it's no Péché Mortel. Those who like coffee stouts will no doubt love Founders Breakfast Stout. Try it for breakfast like I am right now, trust me.

Anyway, that's another beer out of the queue in the T.U.I. More to come later.

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Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch thin mocha head on a dark brown body. Relatively good head retention, cap and collar left throughout. Spider lacing quite apparent.

S- Initially coffee notes but then come the sweet chocolate undertones.

T- Cocoa and java in the reverse order of the smell. First you're hit with chocolate and then a long lasting coffee bitterness as an aftertaste. Would guess in the 8 to 9% range. Tasty.

M- Smooth, medium-thick mouthfeel. Low, tiny-bubbled carbonation. Overall mouthfeel on Breakfast Stout is just great.

D/O- One of my first true craft beer loves. After over a thousand craft beers, this still is top tier for it's style. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT for this long time ago had but never review!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Penn Pilsner imperial pint glass. The label depicts a ugly child with an eating problem, he may need to hit the gym in a year or two though.

A- Founders Breakfast Stout pours out of the bottle with a mixture of jet black, and reddish/light brown highlights. Once fully in the glass, a pitch blach body is present with no light able to come through. The head is nothing much (1/2 finger) as dots of tan head are seen in the middle with a thin 360 degree circle around the glass. No lace.

S- Mucho coffee up front followed by more coffee. Once I got around that I smelled bittersweet chocolate and some oatmeal grainy goodness. some sweet chocolate is there but is masked by the scents.

T- I'm not a big coffee guy but FBS sure packs it in the taste with what I am sure to be many different coffee types. Good coffee too, not the cheap stuff in my lunchroom at work. Very pungent. To get the maximum chocolate from this, wait till warm temp and taste, as it melds seamlessly with the coffee. Much oat is also detected and a added bonus to this bouquet. A milky creaminess follows while the malt/hop factor is there but almost non existent. A nice change from a lot of beers i've had recently.

M- Thin in the beginning, thick towards the tail end. Not much carb. As FBS warms the mouth feel begins to become more pronounced. FBS feels like drinking a cold coffee in the beginning to me, but as it warms the chocolate and malts that are present remind me that i am in fact drinking beer, with a very slight alcohol burn, again very slight.

D- This is a very drinkable coffee stout and I could of had 30 oz in a sitting. I'm going to pour two into a huge glass next time. I can see this brew being very accessible to unsuspecting people at a party.

My 2nd favorite coffee stout right under Canada's Peche Mortel. A bit tastier on tap. I could drink this at any time during the day and come to think of it, I have, I think i have a problem !!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque almost completely black color with only a wispy brown head. When roused it forms a frothy deep brown head. The aroma is like smelly a cold sharply acidic burnt cup of espresso, and burnt barley malt husks. The aroma is quite husky, with grassy notes as well as notes of roasted barley. There is actually some nice notes of chocolate and aromatic coffee under all of this burnt huskiness, though I wish that it showed through a bit more.

Wow, the taste is thick on viscous, I should have guessed at the viscosity of this brew seeing as it has oatmeal in it. It is certainly breakfast in a bottle, it is thick and chewy almost approaching syrupy, though it does not compare to the Dark Lords thickness. The taste is full of roasted burnt notes, at first the burnt grain husks, that are in the nose, are evident in the taste as well. Thankfully this soon dies down, and the burnt acrid bitterness of this beer smoothes out a bit. Certainly there are notes of concentrated express roast, roasted barley, and burnt toast, but also underneath are notes of creamy, dark, semi-sweet chocolate, and hints of licorish. As noted, this beer hides the alcohol quite well.

As this beer warms up it becomes much more smooth (though that might just be my palate becoming acclimated to the roasted notes), more creamy almost like a melted dark chocolate milkshake. Interestingly enough the nose retains the sharply acidic roasted grain husk dominance. This is certainly tasty, but I am a little turned off by acrid notes. Thankfully I have another bottle of this to try, because one is certainly not enough.

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Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders 15th Anniversary party, into a pint glass.

Black with a beige-brown head, light retention and fantastic lacing. Nose is super chocolate-y, coffee and roast with a creamy quality to it. Taste is just pure roast, milk and dark chocolate, with a very subtle creaminess. Full feel and carbonation achieves a perfectly lower medium level following a few swirls of my glass. Exceptional coffee and body here, one of the best coffee beers I've ever laid lips to. Crazy tasty.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a. A proper, hard pour provides a stout grainy yet rocky/milky mocha head. Little white star bubbles are noticed glistening off of the noon day light. Lacing is abundant.

s.Huge black coffee and espresso aromas, chocolate and malt, but Im pretty sure they are separate aromas, and not simply chocolate malt, though I am sure that was used too. Coffee and Barley aromatize the room.

T. A small sip yields an overwhelming complexity of delight. Chocolate is the first nip to the palate, quickly chased by some cappachino like coffee. Oatmeal is certainly here lending a subtle flavor. The earthy hop mingles with some bitter unsweetened chocolate to provide a mineral/bitter edge. Finishes chalky with a whiff of alcohal.

M. Mouthfeel is semi-vicious, semi-smooth. Oatmeal provided the smooth factor to the palate, the hop would add to the viscousity. The only room for improvement would be a nitro tap/cask to add to the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D. This strong, meaty beer is a solid A+ stout. Any time of day one of these will be all you need. I plan to keep these in stock at all times, and wish it were more widely available.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.