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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,739
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,162
Gots: 2,543 | 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 BuffaloTapHugger
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured out a midnight black in color somewhat similar to motor oil. A dark caramel head shows itself for a minute then disappears into oblivion. No lacing to mention.

S: Coffee bean, dark chocolate, molasses.

T: You can taste the coffee right out the get go followed by the richness of the chocolate. Some nuttiness in the back rounds things off a bit. Very complex beer, still needs to warm just a tad and looking forward to see how this one plays out.

M: Full in body, chewy, abv noticeable without worry, just enough carbonation to give it a little action.

D: One great sipper if there ever was one. Probably the only time you will catch me drinking in the morning while not at a Bills game. Saving the next few for the upcoming holidays, as this a real treat.


BuffaloTapHugger, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-black, dark tan head, quite a site!

S-wow, dark heavy chocolate and dark roasted coffee. smells a lot like fresh roasted bold black coffee.

T-thick coffee flavor with some roasted malts and some cocoa flavors. After-taste is filled with dark chocolate coffee notes. this is just a perfect beer. the tastes are just so thick! there are no negative aspects!

M-medium carbonation. soft feel on the mouth. the end isn't creamy, dry, or watery...i don't know where to place it

D-its a sipper but wow is this good! i could definitely drink this all night long with a big smile on! when experienced slowly...its drinkablity is near perfect.

AdamBear, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of shageman331
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased Nov. 24, 2010, consumed Nov. 26, 2010.
12 oz. poured into old fashioned glass (not optimal)
8.3%, 60 IBUs

Appearance - inky, black, opaque, with a mocha brown head that dissipates into a patchy disk and leaves some lacing.... A solid looking stout, but not quite the lasting head I really like to see.

Smell - Coffee dominates the nose with a hint of chocolate in the background (as far as I can tell, no discernible hop presence)

Taste - Coffee again dominates, but there is a fair amount of chocolate presence (like a dark bittersweet chocolate). There is a slight bitterness on the back end. It reminds me of taking a sip of black coffee and then having a bite of dark chocolate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Nice and chewy for the ABV (from the oatmeal?). Medium to low carbonation (on par with the style)

Drinkability - This is a very nice coffee stout, but it didn't blow me away like I had hoped.

shageman331, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of in780
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into the pint glass you go...alright, here we go:

A - Super dark, if not black then really darn close. Nice head, not over-bearing...looks good

S - Chocolate and malt...nice

T - Phenomenal - Chocolate, coffee, vanilla - tastes really good

M - thick and creamy - perfect

D - A couple would be nice, then you're done

Overall fantastic brew...

in780, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of cmq103
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this beer without trying it first due to the high ratings and comments on BA. Now I finally see what all the hype is about...

A: I chose to use a Sam Adams Pint Glass for this brew. This beer pours dark as coal. There is no light getting through on this one. Very little head, unless you pour the beer from a slightly raised height, which dissipates quickly.

S: Outstanding roasted expresso coffee aroma. This is a beer you'll want to breathe in, as I did, with each and every sip.

T: Tastes just like it smells. An initial roasted expresso coffee bitterness, that gently fades to a smooth, light chocolate-malty finish. This definitely tasted better as it warmed up in the glass.

M: Very little carbonation with a thicker, creamy backbone. Smoooth...

D: This is a "sipper" for sure. I can only have two or three in one sitting with the higher ABV. After having one, you will be spoiled and want another. In my top 10 beers of all time!!!

cmq103, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a while back but never did review it. This time I decided to have one while eating a slice of my Bourbon Pecan Pie (If I only had a KBS...) so my drinkability description will be two fold. !. The beer on it's own, and 2. The beer paired with a tasty, rich dessert.

A - Very much black. Not any head to speak of, with exception to some slight foaming atop the beer around the edges.

S - Coffee, with hints of molasses and caramelized malts. No real hint of teh alcohol - very well hidden at 8.3%

T - Much like the nose, but add in a bitter dark chocolate presence as well. Not overly sweet at all, but very well balanced.

M - Creamy with a touch of aftertaste. As evidenced by the lack of head, no real carbonation going on

D - As I mentioned, I had this with a very rich dessert. Before I began eating the dessert, I drank about 1/3 of the beer to get a sense of what it was all about before I damaged my palate with such a rich dessert. What I noticed was everything in the tasting notes. A very good and extremely drinkable stout that finishes quite pleasantly.

Once I began eating the pie, I noticed that the sweetness of the pie brought out even more of the bitter chocolate taste. The well balanced beer became a perfect accessory for such a sweet dessert. It seemed as if both items infused with each other as I ate, drank. I'd say this becomes even more drinkable when paired with sweet, dark desserts.

gopens44, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of AndrewNations
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one Thanksgiving Morning 2010. Nice way to start the day and get my 24 hours of gluttonous moving along..

A -Pours nice and black with a beatl espresso brown but then thin head.

S - Nice Roast, Lost of Coffee and a bit of sweetness

T - Just a bit bitter with lots of nice coffee. The coffee is balanced well with the sweetness and slight smoke.

M - Its a bit sticky and thick but not overpowering for this style. I expect a certain amount of body for this style and this one doesn't disappoint.

D - I suppose for this style this is very drinkable but overall I don't find myself wanting more than one in a single sitting.

AndrewNations, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of boomer31
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanksgiving morning with the fam comingover in a few hours, figured no better way to start a long day than to have a classic breakfast stout.

A - Pours black with a hint of dark brown on the edges. Twist off cap so this one is at least a year old...probably plays a role in the lack of bubble/carbonation.

S - Big roast immediately. Coffee and some sugar. Mostly coffee though.

T - Bitter coffee roast, then burnt sugar, molasses and hints of chocolate in the back. The bitter coffee lingers but its not overwhelming. I can see why people love this beer, especially coffee drinkers. It's very appraochable considering this is 8%+ ABV and all the subtle flavors.

M - The bitterness pops which makes it seem lighter than it is, the oats keep this thing richer than it looks and a bit sticky

D - If you like bitter roast this is the beer for you. Nothing overwhelming

A solid double stout and a classic morning beer. Very good

boomer31, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of smithdc33
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring the bottle into my St. Bernardus tulip glass is a pretty an interesting experience in and of itself. That super dark, pitch black, thick beer with very little head hints at the interesting experience about to take place.

The smell of chocolate comes through almost as strongly as the coffee smell. The taste is a heavy rich coffee, significant chocolate flavors, with some definite bitter notes--must have significant hopping to keep this beer from being super sweet. This beer is definitely full-bodied and thick, but there isn't a great deal of carbonation. Still, it's a smooth beer with a nice finish. There's quite a bit going on with this beer, and despite all this, it's a very drinkable beer despite the kick of the high alcohol content.

smithdc33, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of jar2574
3.63/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is ink black. Extremely dark. Makes quite an impression. But there is little head or lacing on the sides as it goes down. Can't say that it's above average in the looks department.

Smells of coffee, but not as strong as some stouts I've had.

Tastes slightly bitter, with coffee, a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is kind of flat, not that exciting. But for feeling a little bitter at first, it goes down very smooth. I guess that's the oatmeal part coming through.

For the amount of alcohol in these suckers, it's really well hidden and very drinkable.

jar2574, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Choppr
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours opaque with a substantial caramel colored head that has good lacing characteristics. True to the description on the bottle (double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout), the coffee and chocolate notes come through strong on the nose. The taste isn't much different than would be expected from the smell... though the 60 IBU's are right there mid-palate with some alcohol present as well. This stuff feels like whole milk in your mouth... very heavy, but in a delicious way!

Choppr, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice brown creamy long lasting head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, sweet spices. Taste is coffee, chocolate, with some light bitterness. Palate is full body, nice moderate carbonation, very rich, creamy, oily texture. Finish is sweet bitter chocolate, coffee, has some very light bitterness to add some balance. Overall this is very nicely balanced IS. Very rich, creamy and quite tasty. This is a great brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of BeerEndevour14
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is slightly buttery, it has a strong coffee/toffee flavor and is chocolaty to perfection. It pours beautifully portraying a thick creamy head and drinks very well in a V shaped pilsner class. I would session all night, for a thick beer it is balanced perfectly by base hops which really contrast the chocolate roasted malts.

BeerEndevour14, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz short neck bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a viscous motor-oil black with a dense tan head. Aroma is a bouquet of roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate. Taste is coffee, coffee, and more coffee, or, if you want to be specific about it, roasted coffee beans. Some dark chocolate as well. Malt sweetness is a little muted, and so is the bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, and creamy. This one has been sitting on the shelf for almost two years, so it's definitely mellowed out a bit. I could probably go for more than one in a sitting.

NeutroMan, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of pmoore311
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is this is an amazing beer. Luckly I live in Michigan and has access to this one.

Appearance, black hole like with a tan head, perfect!

Smell, fantastic coffee smell, like fresh expresso, would love to have a bit of the other flavors stand out a bit more.

Taste, fantastic coffee in this beer, bitter and roasted, however I would like a bit more of the chocolate notes to come thorugh.

Mouthfeel is perfect in this beer, thick and creamy.

Drnkability is perfect, for such a strong beer (8.3%) you would never know as it is just so perfectly balanced.

Overall, probably the best non-barrel aged stout I have had, to me this is the standard to which I judge all others against. The only drawback is this one should be drank fresh, and is not a great candidate to age in your cellar IMO.

pmoore311, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of lbaker
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For starters, I HATE stouts. Just gonna throw it out there. Why? Don't care for the mouthfeel. If I wanted something that bland in taste I would look up some ex-girlfriends. If I want a beer I want something refreshing, if I want something different I grab an IPA...if I want to drink a beer with my friends who hate beer and only have stouts on hand...I drink the stout.

(a)- Pours a dark tan/black. No head, very little carbonation. Reminds me of the slow movement of a Double Bastard by Stone. Still, something much more intriquing to this beer than a regular stout. (4/5)

(s)- Coccoa beans...chocolate and lots of it. Smells great, plain and simple. (5/5)

(t)- I can tell I'm going to like this more than normal stouts. A lot more substance that what im used to. Great tastes of chocolate and coffee.

(m)- Gets a sub-par rating once again solely because I don't like stouts, otherwise I'm sure stout fans would rave..(3.5/5)

(d)- This would be great to sip on after a nice meal...like a dessert beer if you will. Probably couldn't drink more than 2 in one sitting. (4/5)

lbaker, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of tburus
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a 16oz Weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark as night color with frothy tan head, about one finger thick. The head was almost mesmerizing with the consistency of some sort of whipped chocolate dessert topping.

Smell: Chocolatey-coffee smell. Deep. There is nothing bright about this beer.

Taste: Smooth taste. Slight hint of coffee. Not watered down or overly carbonated.

Mouthfeel: Swirling it around you really get the coffee taste. Black and bitter, but not gross. Warming on the inside as it goes down. Not quite like bourbon (which I imagine the KBS will be like once I get to try it), but good enough on a winter night.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking beer, but probably too strong both in ABV and bitterness to drink more than one in a sitting. Towards the end of the glass the beer becomes more viscous, almost like syrup. Typically I find a change in consistency towards the end bad, but this was actually a nice way to close out the experience. Price point was good in general, excellent for the quality of beer.

tburus, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Franz4
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black as night, thin layer of burnt toast colored head formed just after the pour. Leaving legs on the glass like a wine would.

S- Coffee grinds and toasted toffee, some dark chocolate comes through as well.

T- coffee taste dominates, not a bitter coffee taste though. burnt toast hits next prior to a dark chocolate finish.

M- most surprising and unexpected part of this beer. I expected it to be very heavy, but it was much lighter. Residual carbonation is minimal and doesn't detract from the beer. With the exception of the fact that I like cream with my coffee, they nailed it.

D- I prefer not to drink a stout every day, but this one is a nice example. For it's style, it's very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Franz4, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of hopheadjuice
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 11/5/10 at 13:21

Pours an ink black with a big sticky not going anywhere tan head that laces just about everywhere.

Im not a big fan of coffee, but this beers aroma makes me think differently about the highly appraised bean. Big fresh roasted coffee some bitter dark chocolate and flakes of oats are the stars of this show.

Taste is bitter with bitter chocolate and smooth coffee. I usually dont enjoy stouts but this one is seriously making me rethink my position on this style. Dark and mysterious and makes you want more and more.

Full bodied creamy thick mouthfeel helps the flavors of this beer mingle very very well. slightly dry in the finish.

Amazing drinkability and perfect for the morning hours. I will definitely be buying a four pack soon. Solid A.

hopheadjuice, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Midnight black and completely opaque with a one-inch dark brown head. Moderate retention, light lacing.

S: Intense smell of espresso, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, and some oatmeal starch. Highly aromatic.

T: Bold flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts are quickly usurped by deep coffee and espresso. Chocolate tastes switch intermittently between bitter dark chocolate and sweet creamy milk chocolate flavors. Coffee flavors turn a little acidic and bitter, but in a pleasing way. Nutty tastes pull through at times, along with cocoa powder and just a hint of earthy starchiness. Hops add bitterness, but no real flavor. Long, drawn out finish showcases espresso and semi-sweet dark chocolate.

M: Thick, rich, creamy, luxurious, and velvety smooth. One of the greatest mouthfeels I've ever encountered.

D: You bet your ass I'd like another.

Notes: One of my all-time favorite beers. This easily belongs in the Top 25. Even better than the hype.

ryan1788a5, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of aval89
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this awesome brew!!!!

A: pours a thick black as night color.. nice tan head that leaves a wonderful lace on the glass.. (Stone IRS glass)

S: WOW!!!! a big whiff of coffee & chocolate to create4 a rich, smooth, & roasty aroma.. vanilla is also present along with black licorice..

T: again the predominant flavors are coffee & chocolate. an almost if not perfect blend.. & boy do you get that oatmeal taste to follow.. its very noticeable in this brew.. espresso like bitterness at the end with small hints of vanilla as well. maybe even some oak characteristics??.. some acidity from coffee.. as the beer warms, the flavors just open up even more & leave you wanting another sip :)

MF: full bodied, rich, smooth, thick, good.

D: another WOW!! absolutely no alcohol detection in the nose/taste.. went through the first few ounces in a breeze & had to slow down drastically because it is over 8% haha.
I've heard people saying they want to crack another one of these after finishing one.. and i couldn't agree more :D

I need Founders beers in my area! Definitely a top notch in my book.

aval89, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured the black oil and a tan milk chocolate head forms
thick chocolate and rich coffee smell
excellent creamy mouth, oatmeal texture
robust flavor of roasted chocolate espresso and and oatmeal feel
tastes like a breakfast should
so rich and balanced

wow, what a beer.

BillHaverchuck, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of titosupertramp
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for GraniteSkunk for this one.

A: Black, some carbonation, tan head. Looks terrific.

S: Coffee, chocolate, traces of vanilla. One of the most inviting non-barrel aged stouts I've smelled.

T: A lot going on here. Cold out of the fridge, the coffee is at the forefront with a wonderful chocolate finish. As the beer warms, the chocolate comes front and center with coffee and vanilla supporting.

M: Creamy..love it..don't want to swallow it's so good.

D: This is a sipper, but it's so good that I want to take a bath in it. As soon as you finish one sip, you immediatly want to take another. If you can't tell, I love this beer.

titosupertramp, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a tulip.

Appearance: The appearance is midnight black, with no light getting through anywhere. A nice 2cm brown head rests gently on the beer. Although it recedes, there are spots of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malt, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Overall a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: The taste starts out with sweet chocolate, which is balanced out nicely by the oatmeal. Roasted malt flavors push through, eventually releasing a flood of coffee and more chocolate flavors. The bitterness does not seem to be due to the herbal hops so much as the ever-present coffee flavor. The flavors expand as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: A very creamy beer that coats each taste bud with flavor. Slightly acidic from the coffee additions. Definitely a full body, although it is still reasonable.

Drinkability: There is less coffee in here than I was anticipating, but I really enjoy the balance of chocolate and coffee flavors. The malt plays second fiddle, with the hops providing background support. Very drinkable, with breakfast, dessert, or on it's own.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this Founders is incredible. Poured the 12oz bottle into a Sprecher snifter. Thick dirty black with a pretty rising tan head. Heavy aromas of chocolate, mocha, coffee, roast, vanilla...awesome. Full body with low carbonation makes this an awesome dessert beer.

TheDTrain, Nov 18, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,739 ratings.