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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,619
Reviews: 3,212
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,129
Gots: 2,513 | FT: 156
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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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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

09/23/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this at home. This is one beer I will buy year and year.
A: Black with a VERY thin red hue; there is a nice one-finger dark tan head.
S: Boozey and bourbony with a strong fresh wood characteristic (interesting because I don't think this is aged on wood) and nice mellow espresso, dark chocolate, caramel banana, oats, raisins... nice.
T: Nice roast with mild coffee and sticky dark chocolate covered bananas over lingering cream oats. Caramel milkiness with fresh grapfruit hops. Nice oatmeal stout/hops/alcohol balance.
M: Very creamy, nicely thick with a cleansing at the end.
D: Good.

11-08-2010 19:07:32 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of Chincino


4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer had a nice dark just about black color with a one finger brownish/mocha-like color head. It was frothy and creamy and had had an exceptional aroma of chocolate, coffee, and possibly molasses? It was highly drinkable and it lived up to its reputation.

11-08-2010 02:04:59 | More by Chincino
Photo of xnicknj


4.6/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours a thick, deep brownish black with a bit of tan hue. A thick dark tan head bubbles up, eventually fading to some spotty film, leaving tracks of lacing on the glass.

Deep, fragrant dark nose with roasted coffee beans, toasted oats, chocolate, and molasses.

Rich beginning with bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. Molasses swirls with fresh coffee flavors, creating a nice mix of sweet and bitter. A light hoppy flair burns through, along with more dark chocolate. Finishes with a singe of bitterness and a faint hint of warm alcohol.

Full body, a little sticky and chewy, plenty of silky smooth feel. So delicious and flavorful, this is absolutely perfect for the fall and winter seasons. The 8.3% is masked incredibly well, making this one of the more drinkable stouts around. Excellent beer.

11-07-2010 21:02:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of JunkYardJake


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%

On-tap at the Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
First encounter with this beast of a stout and it lived up to hype. Served at the proper temperature, with a thick, soapy tan head. Rich aromas of chocolate and roasted barley. First sip revealed a strong oatmeal prescence and lots of dark chocolate and roasted grains. After a few sips, the coffee flavor turned up and suprised me. As it warmed, the earthy flavors from the hops became more prevalent, resulting in the best palate I've ever experienced in a stout. Amazing. My new favorite stout.

11-07-2010 20:59:54 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of beerbully

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

A-opaque black 1/2 inch mocha colored head settles quickly some decent lacing that quickly runs down the side of the glass

S-Roasted coffee with hints of chocolate maybe some caramel

T-mouthful of dark chocolate and coffee full of flavor, delicious, some black licorice in the back of the mouth booze comes through slightly in the finish

M-thick creamy and silky smooth

D-This beer is delicious good after dinner drink or for a fall or winter day. This is an easy sipper

11-07-2010 17:21:06 | More by beerbully
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

got this in a trade from jpmclaug, thanks! fresh out of the box.

12oz bottle at about cellar temp. split with friends poured into a pint glass. bottled on 09/03/10.

pours an opaque pitch black with about a one finger of silky, velvety caramel, mocha colored head that settles to a thick furry ring. sporadic lace as well as some nice legs on the sides of the glass.

my intial smell was quite boozy. but as it warms and opens up it reveals tons of oatmeal, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, bits of dark fruits. all the flavors meld so terrifically.

so silky smooth on the palate. the booze is intergrated with the other flavors much better than the aroma suggests. very rich. thick dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, lots of creamy oatmeal, french roasted coffee, finishes boozy with a bitter chocolate coffee and a tiny bit of dark fruit. here and there bits of hops are evident. absolutly suberb tasting beer.

velvety, creamy, super smooth, light on the tongue at first, then thick and chewy on the palate. low amount of carb. perfect!

boozy and thick, but ill put down as much as i can! too bad i only have 2 bottles.

11-05-2010 23:17:08 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful near black with a nice fluffy cappuccino head. Head last forever and excellent lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate and alcohol jump out of this one.

T: Taste is coffee, 90% cacao dark chocolate, maple syrup sweetness and a malty backdrop.

D: So smooth and creamy! I could drink these for hours. The alcohol is well balanced, but you can definitely taste that this is a heavy brew.

Overall: Such a great beer. It hits all the notes for an American Imperial Stout and truly helps define the genre. Its a big beer and it doesn't try to hide that, but it has a certain silky smoothness that others in its style lack. Recommended!

11-05-2010 16:20:53 | More by JohnnyChicago
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Black as midnight with a coffee colored head. The head on this is amazingly thick. Nice retention and stickiness.

Black coffee, bitter chocolate, and a slight sweetness from the oatmeal. Honestly, I don't think I've smelled a better brew.

Each mouthful of this brew has a different taste. One sip you get chocolate, with another you get coffee, and with another you get the oatmeal. This is rich and thick. Complex most definitely. Damn good.

Perfect as an after dinner beer. This one could easily be an all nighter or a one and done. It's really up to the mood of the drinker. Me? I think it's a perfect dessert beer to go with your tiramisu or perhaps that luscious chocolate cake.

11-05-2010 03:34:26 | More by cdoublev
Photo of Shakenbarley

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%

I had Founders Breakfast Stout at Blue Sky in Athens, GA. I surprised myself at ordering this, as I'm not usually an imperial stout person, but I definitely did not regret it.

A: FBS pours a dark, opaque black. The head dissipated very quickly to a thin, brown ring. I was a little disappointed by the head retention on this beer, although I've seen poor heads on imperial stouts before. Maybe it's just me, but the appearance isn't that appealing.
S: The nose on this beer was the kind that gets you excited right off the bat. Prominent, enticing aromas of coffee and chocolate jumped out at me.
T: The flavors of the beer lived up to the expectations set by the wonderful aroma. Rich, coffee flavors, followed by malt and coffee bitterness, balanced by a solid malt base, and accompanied by chocolate notes. The flavor was intense but still well balanced and very enjoyable. The bitterness wasn't over the top as I expected. I thought that the majority of the bitterness was a coffee bitterness rather than a roasted malt bitterness.
M: Though the mouthfeel could have been smoother, it was satisfying nonetheless.
D: This is surprisingly drinkable for an imperial stout, probably thanks to the balance of bitterness and malts. I really could see having this for breakfast.

This was the most enjoyable imperial stout I've ever had. I was ready to give up on the imperial stout style, as some of these are way too heavy in roasted malt bitterness for me, but I've changed my mind thanks to Founders Breakfast Stout. I highly recommend it.

11-04-2010 23:46:25 | More by Shakenbarley
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

Thanks Joe for this treat.

A- Pours a deep dark brown/black that is amazing to look at, 1 finger tan head that dies down to form a slight ring around my glass and some nice thick lacing.

S- COFFEE, fresh roasted coffee, followed by roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and I also get some milk chocolate, and a slight sweet oatmeal scent that is amazing.

T- Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor followed by the dark chocolate and sweet oatmeal and heavily dominated by the coffee taste, it is really a breakfast in a bottle.

M- Body is medium and carbonation seems slightly higher than I would normally like for this style, no trace of alcohol but this beer does finish slightly bitter.

D- Easy to drink I would give a 5 but the slightly overdone carbonation and slightly bitter finish bring it down only slightly.

11-04-2010 15:23:14 | More by Schmaltzy
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a deep dark black, totally opaque. There was a cream almost orange head.

The smell is what stands out with his beer. Coffee is the most present aroma and man does it smell good. I also picked up hints of chocolate.

Founders Breakfast Stout tastes as good as it smells. It's rich and deeply flavorful with a pleasing symphony of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. I especially enjoy the bitter chocolate which adds an extra dimension to this brew. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy and lustrous. Delicious.

The drinkability is quite high for an 8.3% beer. I wouldn't drink an entire four pack in one sitting, but I would certainly linger over two on a cool evening.

In the end, Founders Breakfast Stout is a wonderfully constructed, complex yet balanced beer. A true American great.

11-03-2010 23:05:01 | More by pburland23
Photo of robwestcott


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%

poured from the tap to a generic pint glass pitch black with a full finger light mocha long lasting head with nice retention.

very faint aroma of coffee and toasty malts.

wow. seriously coffee forward, am I at Starbucks or the bar ? toasted malts, hint of oats and grain, and dark dark chocolate in the wayback. and did I mention it's like a creamy cup o Joe ?

ultra thick and creamy, light carbonation, smooth and silky.

drinkable - oh yes, as long as you have no traveling plans in the near future.

11-03-2010 17:19:06 | More by robwestcott
Photo of paulozanello


4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

Let me just start by the label on this beer which I think is amazing, making me want to open and drink it as soon as I can.
The breakfast stout pours a heavily dark and opaque color. The head is light brown, persists forever, always with great lacing.

Aroma has some roasted malt, oats and chocolate but the star here is the coffee. I don't recall a beer with a coffee aroma this pleasant! It smells just like freshly made espresso. Quite amazing!

Taste pretty much follows the nose with heavy dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, oats and espresso coffee. It ends a little astringent
and slightly bitter. Aftertaste is coffee, coffee and more coffee with just a tad of bitterness.

Body is medium to heavy and carbonation is medium and just perfect for the style. Alcohol is totally hidden here.

This is easily one of the best Stouts and even one of the best beers that I've ever had and I just can't get enough of it! Minor flaws are the mild astringency and lack of smoothness that can be found in some of its counterparts (like Great Divide's Yeti for example).
Can't wait to get the KBF.

11-03-2010 03:45:18 | More by paulozanello
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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle no freshness date

A - pours a rich looking dark chocalate brown with a nice tan head leaves nice lacing around the glass as it dissipates

S - coffee, oats, sweet chocalate this beer just smells like breakfast. Also a smell of faint hops in the background

T - big roasted coffee flavor mixed with semi-sweet chocalate really coats the throat as it goes down. Nice touch of hop bitterness at the backend. This beer gets more sweet as it warms up you can really taste the sweetened oats and chocalate flavors.

M - thick and creamy the perfect breakfast shake in the morning.

D - This beer is very drinkable paired with some bacon and eggs or some smoked breakfast sausage and hash browns. 8%abv is barely detectable in this beer.

Excellent version of this style probably the best I have ever had but to be honest I haven't had many but this beer is definitely good.

11-03-2010 01:04:44 | More by mcnabb0001
Photo of Docer


4.43/5  rDev -2%

Received a bottle in a trade from PDXhops.. a very nice trade indeed.

- Pours a nice dark black with a small amount of rich mocha head... quickly leaves a thin ring and some scattered spotting.

- Fantastic balanced coffee and sweet oats, grains, and chocolate roasty goodness....

- What a nice smooth balanced stout... hardly tastes as strong as it is... very well balanced with sweetness and dryness... a rather bitter stout... slightly floral and grassy hop, but well balanced with sweet oats, grain, roasty chocolate and coffee.... very well balanced.

- Slightly drying, parching... yet leaves a nice subtle aftertaste....

- Overall an extremely well made stout. Wish this stuff made it out this way... easily competes with any stouts over here on the west coast.

11-02-2010 00:07:05 | More by Docer
Photo of codewarrior

New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

12oz poured into a Snifter

Picked this up in a box of mystery stouts from 7ways. Many, many thanks for your generosity.

L: Extremely dark with deep brown, thick head. This is the best looking stout I've ever seen (KBS included).

S: Chocolatey, coffee next, and then bittersweet., with a boozey back. :: takes a moment to appreciate ::

T: Starts with coffee fading into a luscious chocolate middle. Finish is strong and bitter with a sweet undertone. Perfection.

F: Thick as hell. Smooth. Perfection.

D: Phenomenal, drinkable, life-changing.

For my money (and just straight-up for that matter), this is the best breakfast stout on the planet (beating even KBS from Founders). Unreal good.

11-01-2010 15:49:48 | More by codewarrior
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4.23/5  rDev -6.4%

Had this on 2010-10-31 at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, PA. I've had it many times since this initial review. As of the 2013 batch, I lowered my rating a little bit because I've had so many great beers since this initial review that it was necessary. Some additional comments were added on 2013-11-09 to reflect the reasons for the slightly-decreased ratings.

A - Midnight black with a thick, coffee-hued head.

S - Complex but mild aromas of roasted coffee and grain, chocolate, dried fruit and spice.

T - Wonderful. I've had this in the bottle and it is even better on-tap. The smells are reflected in the taste plus some roasted and hop bitterness. Not cloyingly sweet, thankfully. When fresh, the 2013 version is very coffee-forward and I think it will improve with age as the coffee diminishes. I just had a year-old 2012 release and actually preferred it to the fresh 2013 version.

M - Thick/viscous body with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

O - A perennial favorite for me. I like to stock up with enough of this to savor now-and-again throughout the year until it is released again in the fall. Very satisfying stuff.

11-01-2010 11:14:51 | More by Tucquan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%

From a bottle into a tulip

A: Like midnight, with a dense cappuccino like foam that sticks around a while.

S: Overwhelming coffee, some dark malts, and a bit of milk chocolate hiding in the back somewhere.

T: Huge flavours going on here. Beautiful sunday morning strong coffee, triple chocolate brownies, and a nice bitterness to balance it all out.

M: Nicely carbonated and smooth on the tongue.

D: Infinite

10-31-2010 20:28:03 | More by monkjuice
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance-Dark as night. Thick creamy head, nice lacing.

Smell- The roasted coffee smell is unbelievable, you also get a hint of chocolate.

Taste-Slightly carbonated, with a big roasted coffee taste and a slight chocolate taste hidden in there. as it finishes you get a small hit of some hop bitterness, coffee flavor just hangs out in your mouth after you drink.

Mouthfeel-Thick, smooth and chewy. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, slightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Awesome beer, so much going on. Can't say enough good things about this one. Try this beer!

10-30-2010 18:33:44 | More by dutchlq7
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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

A-Pours an opaque,dead of midnight black with one and a half fingers worth of creamy,mud puddle brown head that had decent retention and left wispy lacing.

S-Initially,I got lots of charred malts,some burnt toast and a small amount of high grade coffee but as the beer warmed more notes of bittersweet chocolate,strong dark roast Kona coffee and a little citric hop hint crept in.

T-Big flavors of coffee and dark malts dominate at first with some sweet chocolate,scalded milk and lemon zest becoming apparent as the beer warmed.The combination of strong coffee and slight citrus reminded me of an Espresso Romano(espresso served with a lemon twist).Good multilayered bitterness.

M-Full,thick and creamy.Coffee,chocolate and hop bitterness partnered with a starchy creaminess from the oatmeal and an alcohol sweetness that was only tasted but not felt.

D-Really a highly drinkable beer.Easily my favorite stout after Peche Mortel.

10-30-2010 11:51:50 | More by StlHopHead77
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A- A black beer with a tan head and great lacing considering the abv.

S-lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla

T- So smooth, filled with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oats, lightly roasted malts. A very great flavor profile.

M- Smooth, silky, creamy. Nice medium-low carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Seem to go through a case every year.

10-30-2010 02:05:15 | More by nas5755
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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Pours and dark almost black color with a tan head.

S- Smell of Coffee and chocolate.

T-Taste of coffee and Chocolate with hop notes rooll into a bittersweet background.

M- Creamy texture of the oatmeal with coffee , chocolate flavor linger through out sip.

D- Great Beer. Another Founders Classic.


10-29-2010 13:13:49 | More by SamuelJackson45
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

Notes from 09/09/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 48* into a snifter.

A: This pours pure black with 2 full fingers of medium-dark khaki color head. The lace is magnificient; lively carbonation foam holds the side after a swirl and leave a curtain of tiny bubbles in its wake.

S: It features mouth-watering aromas of intense oatmeal, milk and dark chocolate, and delicious, medium-roast Columbian coffee.

T: The taste is every bit as lovely as I'd imagined and better. It has the same oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee tastes that were promised and features some dark fruitiness and sweet alcohol tastes as a fitting finale.

M: It is acidic early and finishes lighter than the color, flavors, and thickness might indicate.

D: What an unbelievable beer. I can't wait to try CBS and KBS now.

10-29-2010 04:24:10 | More by bucklemyshoe
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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

Had on tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA as part of a late brunch. The tap was not a nitrous tap.

This beer was pitch black with a creamy, light brown and thick head that was very slow to dissipate. I picked up a deep and dense coffee aroma that was very pleasant. Before taking a sip, I sensed this was a beer you could really chew on.

At 8.1% ABV, the first sip packed a punch, but still had an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel and went down easy. I enjoyed the coffee flavor, which almost made me think I was drinking a spiked coffee. This is definitely a fantastic beer to have with brunch.

An excellent coffee aftertaste lingered for a long time. Fans of stout styles should find this very drinkable.

10-29-2010 03:01:06 | More by mjrod2142
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4.7/5  rDev +4%

A - pours a very carbonated, black with lots of head, at least 3/4" thick, tan head.

S - the smell is mostly roasted malt, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - wow!! I can taste so many tastes in this very complex beer. Molasses, brown sugar, and bitterness in the background. Coffee, chocolate dominate. Even hints of vanilla.

D - Very well carbonated...all most too much. But this is a great sipper on a cool evening. Enjoying during a football game. A treat.

10-29-2010 00:50:46 | More by cbak999
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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