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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,733
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,159
Gots: 2,540 | FT: 155
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 ztaylor1
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- opaque black body with a tight mocha head. Very inviting... "drink me... drink me!"

Smell- coffee and dark malts. Alcohol is present, and I think there's some bacon... hmmmm.

Taste- oatmeal and chocolate. Ripe fruit. The roastiness balances thw sweet. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- very creamy. Best mouthfeel of any stout I've had.

Drinkability- christ jesus.

ztaylor1, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 10/1/10 poured into a snifter

A- Pitch black with a small dark tan head.

S- Dark roasted coffee, some dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

T- Nice rich dark coffee flavor, hint of dark chocolate and some nuttiness, nice roasted malts, some nice bitter hops in the finish.

M- Smooth, rich, silky, creamy, and full bodied.

D- Great and very easy to drink. The 8.3% ABV is very well hidden. I could actually drink this for breakfast.

larryi86, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As we pour this brew into our snifters it appears as a syrupy, black liquid. It produces a one finger head of medium brown that retains for a short time. Spotty lacing punctuates the glass. Carbonation looks to be standard, but it, along with sediment, is hard to judge. The aroma is very rich, with dark coffee beans and chocolate, smokiness from char blackened malts, and an earthiness, as of spicy peppers. There is also a hint of cool vanilla. As we sip, the taste explodes up front with coffee and roasty malts. There is also a fine sweetness clinging to the edges. The sweetness disappears through the middle, while the other flavors ride on. They crash into the charred smoke at the end for a bitter, coffee-laden finish. We breathe an aftertaste that is not dissimilar to that after drinking a cup of creamy, dark coffee. The body here is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. The sip is very smooth and creamy, and coats the mouth nicely. The heavy coffee tends to dry the mouth after a while, but the mouth is happy. The abv is appropriate and entirely elusive in both aroma and taste.

Overall, what we like best about this brew was how bold the flavoring was, and the feel to it. As advertised, the coffee dominates a good portion of this session, but leaves room for some complexity throughout. As you sip the smoothness and creaminess of the beer are of another world. If any beer could produce a beer mustache, this would be it. Simply put, we could sip this all day long.

TheBrewo, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

heroicly opaque. vicious and viscous. big fat beige head, leaving some nice stained glass, and fading to a thin smooth crop.
at first hint, brutally heavy coffee followed by bitter chocolate. the coffee actually is very floral with really nice hints of nuts ~ macademia? the chocolate is right in line, giving a huge nose that nearly masks the hot alcohol that storms to the forefront.
The drink, though, supplies the brilliance, big floral fruitiness (like blueberries?), nutty, definitely feeling the macadamia vibe here, chocolate coffee. Alcohol is more hidden in flavor than in song. Some bit of roast.
Excellent vibe with this whole thing. My first sip had me thinking it was going to be a long glass, but the 2nd opened the whole thing up. Probably just needed a little air to breath in there. An astounding beverage. Love the multiple coffees and chocolates producing an outstanding array of flavors. Bravo.

dragonWhale, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark color with minimal head as with most founders products.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee.

Tastes pretty damn smooth with nuttiness and chocolate and coffee. Some carbonation, but not much.

Another pretty excellent offering from Founders and not too pricey at $9.49 a 4 pack.

AllFineThings, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large DFH Snifter (number 6 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday). It's sitting on the desk next to the PC monitor as I type this (I've not started the review yet), and I can smell it from here (love the surface area that the large snifter provides for)!

A- Black like liquid coal. Little to no head, which I'm attributing to the large glass and not the brew- as I had one last night in a Pint Glass and it had a wonderful two-finger tan head that slowly went to very nice lacing.

S- Coffee and Chocolate, with hints of hop and malts. Cocoa powder like chocolate hints on the nose and tongue.

T- I am biased here- I bought a case of this brew recently and have decided it's my favorite stout. Coffee and chocolate superbly blended with malt and hop- a flavor combination that is befitting the winter storm that is blowing snow outside as I type this! The kicker (literally) is that the alcohol is hidden very well.

M- Velvety smooth, slight fizz, thick and full body.

D- The most I've ever had in one sitting is three, and every one was as superb as the other. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and hard to keep on the shelf ;-)

CraftAleRookie, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of MowryJC
3/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. 2009 vintage bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark, slightly viscous pitch color with no chance of light coming through. Weak, one finger head that leaves virtually no lacing down the side of the glass.

S - COFFEE. I don't get much else, maybe a hint of oats and a little chocolate, but the coffee is too far out of balance, probably because it gets a big old boost by the roasted malts.

T - Again, Coffee immediately followed by a little astringency from the malts, back into coffee. And the coffee seems to have a lot more acidity to it than espresso even. Almost no semblance of chocolate at all. I really can't believe how out of balance this seems.

M - Slightly oily, but not cloying at all, which is quite nice. The chewiness is enjoyable as well especially in the throat. I didn't feel ruined for the night from this beer, which I worry about with such strong flavors in this style.

D - Surprisingly drinkable if it were more balanced in flavor. I have to give this another shot given its reputation, but I was pretty disappointed in the lack of balance for this first round.

MowryJC, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a brown head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes. Malts are characterized by coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, and brown sugar. Sweetness is kept in check with roasted bitterness and citric hops. Balanced overall. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of SawDog505
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a Case from my mother for Christmas, a cousin picked it up in PA before she came home for Christmas. Big thanks to them both.Bottled on 10/11/10. Poured into my 13 oz tulip glass. As black as midnight, with a 2 inch toffee color head. A thing of beauty. Nice lacing, not earth shattering. The smell was very nice, but my expectations were very high. Roasted coffee and chocolate, not as in your face as expected. I let it warm for along 15 minutes, because I felt the temp was throwing off the smell. Finally dove in for a nice big gulp. Wow blew the smell away, desert in a glass. Coffee smacks you in the face, with a chocolate kiss at the end. Some hops, but just in the backround. Nice and thick mouthfeel, not over the top. This is the best coffee stout I have had and in the league of best stouts ever. A pleasure to finally see what all the hype was about.

SawDog505, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of goalie33
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. No 'best by' date on the bottle.
A: Pitch black body, no head, virtually no carbonation. My friend got a nice one finger khaki head in a tulip glass.
S: Mocha aroma. Espresso, chocolate. A hint of oatmeal sweetness.
T: Does not deliver on what the nose promised. I found the flavor to be thin. I was hoping for a bolder flavor. The chocolate and espresso are there, but very toned down. Slight lingering espresso flavor in the aftertaste.
M/D: Body was thin for an imperial stout. Smooth and easy to drink. Not a good choice for a session beer.

I reviewed this beer a month ago and was not overly impressed. I tried it again now to see if it was just a bad bottle, but once again, I wasn't impressed. It's good, but nothing special. I love imperial stouts. I just don't think this one lives up to the hype.

goalie33, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours so dark and thick I can't even tell what's written on my pint glass. Absolute black that leaves a brown head that dwindles to a puddling lace.

The aroma is overwhelming. Coffee, black malt, oats, sweet chocolate, baker's chocolate, extreme toasty malts. It literally kicked me back the first time I smelt it.

So smooth and creamy. The black patent and toasty oat is right up front then transitions to the sweet coffee/chocolate bitterness. There is sugary fruit flavor(persimmon) that wanders around the palette as well. The hop bitterness is so balanced in the finished its amazing they combined so many earthy textures into this.

The picture on the bottle describes exactly how I feel drinking this.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally trying this one. Just never run into it when I'm on the East Coast. Today was the day.

Appearance- Black. Pours with very little head, and maybe a quarter inch of dark mocha head. Almost no lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, for sure. Chocolate covered espresso beans. A little smoky. Smells like a cup of well roasted coffee. Black.

Taste- Following the nose, unsurprisingly. Lots of bittersweet chocolate. The coffee comes through much more on the finish. Very dry, bitter end. The bitterness just lingers. Endless finish. There is a sweetness somewhere in the middle, which is nice. Almost a fruitiness, with some acidity. However, it's the finish that just sits around forever, and harms this one for me. I'd like to get more from the oatmeal, but alas.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Coats the tongue. Very good.

Drinkability- The finish knocks it down, but the way it hides the abv deserves note.

Glad I picked up two, instead of a four-pack. Not my favorite beer. I think I'd need to be more of a coffee fan. The lingering bitter finish is a little much for my tastes.

callmescraps, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black in color with two fingers of brown foamy head, excellent retention, about 1/2 of the initial head remains throughout the beer.

The scent was of chocolate and coffee, some roasty malts.

The taste was of sweet milk chocolate at first, then roasty malt and coffee, the alcohol taste is almost non-existent, finishes with dry dark chocolate/cocoa.

Full bodied, silky smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was a fantastic beer, very flavorful and suprisingly easy to drink, there is very little to be desired.

BeerCon5, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee, and chocolate, and oats, oh my.

Been wanting to try this for quite some time now. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my son for bringing home from college.

A-Pours black with a one finger, creamy tan head with only modest retention and lacing. This may be the darkest beer I have ever seen. Look's menacing, as does the bottle's label.

S-Imported bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans (Sumatra and Kona per the website - two of my favorites), and a faint but welcome hint of booze. This is wonderful.

T-Coffee. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. More coffee with just the right measure of bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malt bill. Enough coffee that I believe there should be a separate style. As an IS this is very good. As a coffee stout, this is amazing. I think I could drink this in the morning.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a full, luxuriant body perfected by the oats present in the mash. Very nice for a smaller IS at 8.3% ABV.

D-I liked this very much, and it is the most drinkable imperial stout I have enjoyed. I commend the brewery for bottling these in 12 ounces. I wish it were available in the PNW. If it were it would be consumed with great frequency, at least by me.

velosuds, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of TheKtulu7
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I took this out of the fridge about 15 minutes before opening it. I'm going to spend quite some time with it and write the review as I do.

Appearance: Pours matte black. I can't hold the glass to the light at any angle to see burgundy or brown or anything. Initially a good two-finger cocoa-colored head that slowly fades to a frothy film that remains for quite some time and ensure the beer looks just as appetizing as time goes by. The head leaves partial rings of lace that slowly disappear. If you look down into the glass as you drink it, and watch it slowly wave back and forth, you can see how full-bodied it is. I tried this after nearly an hour, so that thin film of head was finally gone, and it looked like sludge. Dirty oil. But in a completely appealing way.

Smell: What can I say? The beer is dark chocolate all the way. Very dark. I can barely smell something like alcohol throughout--I want to actually say I can smell the warmth of the alcohol. A bit of roast coffee beans too.

Taste: Tastes like it smells: dark chocolate. A bit of black coffee, too. A bit more bitter than "moderately bitter." It doesn't taste like alcohol at all but it leaves the tongue warm as a reminder of the heat this thing is packin'. The beer sweetens up a bit as it warms. We're not progressing into milk chocolate territory here by a long shot, but we're out of the 90% cacao range. Maybe 70 or 80. I've seen some reviews that get super complex with the taste of this beer, but all I can detect is dark chocolate. I suppose dark chocolate, real good dark chocolate, is itself kind of complex, so I guess that's it. The beer definitely tastes its best at room temperature, when it's at the perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, but a bit creamy. Usually velvet smooth, but sometimes slightly rough from the alcohol warming the tongue. Then it does get thicker as it gets near room temperature, and even creamier.

Drinkability: Velvet smooth. Dark chocolate. Creamy. You tell me. The only drawback I can imagine is the warmth of this thing. If you don't want to be superwarm, you might stop at one.

TheKtulu7, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of dtivp
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep (black hole) dark black with a two finger cappuccino head that dissipated into a ring with thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark coffee, roasted malt and hints of chocolate.

Taste followed the nose with a very nice dark black coffee, roasted slightly burnt malt with a slight sweetness of milk chocolate.

This is a nice thick, creamy smooth heavy body beer with little carbonation. There is a very slight warming from the alcohol, not much for the 8.30% abv.

I could easily replace my morning Starbucks with this beer. Very nice beer, I'm happy that I have a few more to enjoy over Christmas. Great job Founders.

dtivp, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of rrski198
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Jet black. Large, thick, mocha colored head with little lacing. The head has great retention and sticks around for the whole beer.

S: Dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee beans. Leafy hop spice is present. As it warms I am geeting more of the booze, but its welcome. Wow, so much going on here! The aromas are so strong.

T: Beautiful sweet burnt sugar up front followed by the extremely dry and bitter dark chocolate and coffee/espresso. The bitterness hit on the back of the tongue while the alcohol and hops hit the gums and cheeks. Again, so much going on. I'm tasting and feeling something different with every sip.

M: Very little carbonation. Thick, syrup like consistency. Extremely dry and leaves the mouth tingeling everywhere. The combonation of the hops and bitterness from the coffee and chocolate flavors are making my mouth pucker, I LIKE IT!

D: WOW! unbelievable. This is one of the most complex beers i've ever had. So much going on in each sip its hard to stop. I wish i got more than 4 in a pack. I would definately purchase again.

rrski198, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of enfield249
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark black, no highlights. Try to shine my 100 lumen LED through it reveals that it absorbs light, and is made of dark matter. Head is dark khaki in color.

S - Roast, coffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T - First thing I get is malt, then followed by some strong roast coffee flavors. Great!

M - Full to very full, not much CO2 to speak of. Lingering roast astringency, but very nice

D - Almost too drinkable for a stout. So very tasty.

enfield249, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark, solid black motor oil with a medium cappachino colored head with nice rings of sea foam lace. Almost a five, but would like a creamier head.

S- Strong, bold black coffee, hints of cocoa in the back. Something boozy in the back too, but faint. Very good smell.

T- Bold and aggressive quality coffee. Initially its just iced coffee, but as it warms you find the subtle hints of bitter cocoa, and roasted malts. For what they tried to do they did it spot on. As a chocolate lover I'd like a bit more of that profile to come out instead of having to hunt for it.

M- Thick and creamy. The oatmeal adds a great body to this. A little warm, but very well masked on the alcohol.

D- If you love coffee and stouts you will love this one. If you can drink bold, strong coffee then this will be heaven. Its very easy to drink. Its a sipper though.

JayS2629, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of dfclav
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into snifter. Pours a jet black with a nice creamy looking cappuccino head that leaves a lot of lacing and retains for a good while.

S - You can actually smell both the coffees in this brew. They used big, full bodied coffees and they smell great when combined with the roasted malts and chocolate. I smell a slight bit of sherry in the mix too.

T - Big on coffee and even if you aren't a coffee lover it's a pleasant flavor with roasted malts and rich chocolate that isn't off putting at all. Beautiful twang with a noticeable but not overpowering hop presence, the taste even stimulates what seems like every taste bud on your tongue.

M - The addition of oatmeal here makes this beer incredibly smooth and creamy. This is the perfect mouthfeel in a stout in my opinion and not many others do it right but Founders nails it.

D - This beer is very good but also very filling. Despite a slight bit of the warmth you wouldn't even know this had alcohol in it. It's an excellently crafted brew and i'll be drinking another with Christmas breakfast next week.

dfclav, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with very little head, but some lacing is left.

Nose is strong coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste is coffee, chocolate, some sweet malts and some bitterness on the way down. Nice and smooth, this is one tasty beer.

A very drinkable beer, even considering the ABV, which is well masked.

FLBeerGuy, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of kiddwhiz
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with a Nov. 11, 2010 date.

A: Poured aggressively in to a New Belgium snifter creating a 1+ finger head which dissipated quickly. Black with a surviving caramel colored lace.

S: Fresh coffee grounds, some dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T: Initially it's iced coffee with a touch of sweetness. It finishes with smooth, dry, dark chocolate and a rising bitterness.

M: Nicely carbonated which carries the goodness throughout the palate.

D: This a superb beer for drinking one...or four. I will surely pick some more up next time I'm in an area of distribution.

kiddwhiz, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle - No best by date available.

Poured a used motor oil black with one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin tan lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell - Chocolate , roasted malts and coffee.

Taste - The Coffee comes to the fore front with mild chocolate hints , nice aftertaste with a clean finish .

Drinkability - Considering it's 8.3%abv this is one drinkable , smooth stout - well balanced and blended.

I'll be buying more in the future.

InebriatedJoker, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Brabander
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in my cellar for quit a while but with the tasting session we had last sunday it was time to crack this bottle open.

I am not really a stout lover but this top ten beer has to be tried by me!

The beers gives a good feel, chocolate and coffee. With the blackness of the fluid the view is nice. This is a real sipping beer.

Brabander, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte.

A - Black as black can be. Nice big coffee colored head with plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Huge smell of chocolate and coffee. Just enough sweetness in the nose.

T - Milk chocolately goodness taste. Robust coffee flavored as well. Just a tad bit bitter which makes this perfect. Finished nice and warm.

M - Full bodied with a nice coating feel in the emouth.

D - This is a damn smooth beer. Its drinkability is great. Take it nice and slow and enjoy every sip.

GallowsThief, Dec 16, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,733 ratings.