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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,570 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,570
Reviews: 3,208
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,121
Gots: 2,493 | FT: 156
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 SuperNova777


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A:Dark rich color with a small tan head that quickly resides with not much lacing

S:A lot of cocoa and coffee going on here, maybe also some vanilla in the mix there

T:Here comes that coffe, very tasty chocolate and malts really coming together, not really tasting much oatmeal there but still very delicious brew with fairly well hidden alcohol that leaves nice coat on the palate

M:A nice fuller bodied brew

D:Another great offering from Founders, I really don't think these guys can make a bad brew, Enjoyed this and look foward to many more from them

08-03-2010 05:12:24 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of DeutschesBier


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

It's a great thing when a world-class beer like this is readily accessible and also (relatively) cheap. Looks like it doesn't need a limited release party to be a quality beer.

The chocolate/coffee balance in this beer is almost perfect. The 60 IBUs really balance the sweetness and make this a dangerous brew.

I can't get enough of it, and I love being able to drive to the local beer store to get it.

08-03-2010 01:24:24 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of Naerhu


4.43/5  rDev -2%

Small dark chocolate colored head on pitch black body.
Smells of ultra dark chocolate and absurd amounts of delish coffee.
Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasty, full-bodied goodness. A nice beer to keep you company when up late, as the higher alcohol will help put you to sleep. But its so smooth.

08-01-2010 14:16:44 | More by Naerhu
Photo of HosP


4.43/5  rDev -2%

Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A- Poured dark brown, almost black. Very dark, with nice head.

S- Good aroma of coffee with hints of chocolate. Nice roasted malt smell.

T- At first lots of coffee flavor. Like the smell chocolate hints sneak in. Good mocha finish. Surprisingly it has more bitterness than I would have thought, still pretty subtle though.

M- Full body. Little carbonation. Smooth, creamy drink.

D- Very good stout. I could easily pick these up on a weekly basis. Not a huge fan of stouts, but this was very good.

07-28-2010 02:53:16 | More by HosP
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%

Founders Breakfast stout poured very slowly a black color, with a small tan head. It had s strong sweet smell to it. It had a very strong taste, with lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. It wasnt too difficult to drink, but a non stout drinker would disagree. Overall a fantastic stout, not the best stout I ever had, but very close.

07-23-2010 03:31:30 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Pdiddey3d

New York

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours black as night with a thin mocha head that doesn't stick around long. Man this looks thick as sin, lives up to it's meal in a bottle moniker.
What a great aroma. One of the best chocolate scents I have ever smelled in a beer. Rich milky chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, just a delicious smell.
The taste is somewhat the reverse of the scent. Strong coffee upfront, somewhat bitter with a rich chocolate backbone. You can pick up some of the bitterness from the burnt malts in the backend of the palate. Great balance and not a hint of the 8.3 ABV.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not as thick as I would have expected but very nice.
I would say if I had regular access to this it would be my go to IS, just so drinkable and balanced. I could really enjoy several of these in on sitting if the weather was right. Great beer.

07-23-2010 03:13:56 | More by Pdiddey3d
Photo of Swill5786


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

A - Beautiful. Opaque black, one finger brownish mocha head. Fades rather quickly but I can't hold that against this amazing little Coffee Stout.

S - Alcohol with sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and an almond-liquor-like essence. Coffee and chocolate undertones. Can't wait to taste!

T - Chocolatey start is quickly joined by an alcohol kick intensified by a brilliant coffee bitterness. I lose the rich, smooth Kona flavor altogether in the blend of the alcohol and powerful Sumatra. It is fantastic, however - nearly as strong a coffee flavor as the brew from a pound of unadulterated, full-strength Sumatran coffee a friend brought me directly from Aceh, Indonesia - traditionally prepared by filtering through a sock. Awesome flavor!!

M - Super heavy in a good way. Close to the famed Rochefort 10. Dryish finish.

D - Just one will satisfy... Could get too mug of this good thing. But worth drinking right up to that line!

07-23-2010 01:55:19 | More by Swill5786
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +4%

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Deep opaque black, very faint ruby highlights held up to the light. half finger dark khaki head that settles quickly. Lacing is there but not clinging to the glass like most Imperial's do.

S- Dark roasted coffee, just shy of burnt roasts. Brown sugar, vanilla, oak earthy smell, raisins, caramel and a hint of molasses.

T- Roasted coffee, vanilla, raisins not reallygetting the chocolate out of this one. I know it's there but not nearly as prevelant to deem it a "Double chocolate stout" the bitter coffee lingers on the palate for a while which makes you start craving the next sip.

M- It's thinner than you would come to expect in a Imperial Stout which is kind of a nice change of pace. Makes the idea of having more than one in a night a possibility

D- If your a coffee lover like me you'll be craving every single sip. When the bottle is gone, you'll wonder why you haven't cracked a second yet.

Excellent beer glad I got 8 of these.

07-23-2010 00:37:11 | More by korguy123
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured black into a snifter, with nearly three fingers of brown head, visibly modest carbonation, good head retention, and very good lacing. The nose revealed coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. The taste was even more pronounced, beginning on a coffee note, then progressing to a woody slight-chocolate note, and then finishing on a dry roasted note. Very nice flavor progression. Surprisingly very thin...probably the only glaring knock that I have on this beer. If I really feel like being picky, I'd say maybe a little more chocolate would be cool, but again that's being picky. This is a great (session?) stout as it is.

07-22-2010 20:54:52 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of CHL


4.05/5  rDev -10.4%

Very amusing beer to pour. Tall, thick, smooth brown head over a viscous opaque black body. The head persists for some time, clinging to the glass.

The smell is heavy coffee with noticeable hops, and a dark fruit kind of punch.

It's an outstandingly thick beer with some complexity. It has coffee, of course, and velvety dark chocolate (presumably smoothed by the oats), there are noticeable hops rounding it out as well, although the bitterness comes through heavy roasted notes.

Feels thick and satisfying in the mouth--about as thick as they come--but too rich for me to drink more than one of them.

07-18-2010 15:57:31 | More by CHL
Photo of JackieTH


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

Wow. Right away, this is an excellent brew.

I really enjoy the Founder's bottle artwork, excellent as usual.

Pours a rich, smooth, dark chocolaty brown almost black into a chilled pint glass with a finger of deep thick looking mocha brown head. Where's my spoon when I need it?

Inhaling deeply over the rich brown foam brings inviting wafts of chocolaty infused oatmeal, roasted malts, and coffee.

The first mouthful is spectacular. Creamy thick velveteen texture is just right. Chocolaty. Oatmeal and roasted malts. Robust coffee but not espresso strength. More rich chocolate following. Perfectly balanced with a bit of bitterness. The second pull quickly leads to a third, and then an empty glass this brew is simply fantastic. Again, wow! More please.

Is there any alcohol in this? Drinkability is off the charts.

07-15-2010 15:09:38 | More by JackieTH
Photo of djmichaelk


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%

12oz bottle into a snifter. Courtesy of BucketBoy (thanks, Joe!)

A - Dark brown to black pour, with a milk-chocolate colored head that rises a couple fingers high. It died down pretty quickly, leaving a solid cap that's thicker toward the edges. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S - This won't be a shock, exactly, but COFFEE!! I love coffee beers, and this one doesn't let me down. There's some chocolate and cocoa, and hops are in the background just enough to let me know.

T - Coffee and vanilla are the dominant flavors up front. Creme brulee and cake-iness are there midpalate, followed by a bit of dark sugar and the bitterness of the hops. Nice, but not overwhelming.

M - Thick and velvety, but the carbonation tends to make it fade a bit too quickly. The coffee gives it a dryness that I wasn't expecting.

D - It's actually a pretty high abv, although for the style it's average or less than most. I could see me having a few of these every morning.

O - How do I get more of these out here? I'd love for this to be an everyday/morning beer.

07-11-2010 03:34:44 | More by djmichaelk
Photo of Shakesbeere


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

Strong aroma of coffee with light chocolate and a hint of vegetable spice. Flavor is of coffee beans, chocolate, and hazelnut with a distinct roasted character. Palate is thick. Thick finish with some extent of bitter chocolate and breakfast food (a slight sense of hot sauce and omelet). A complex flavor and a very good beer. It's a rough n' ready yet sophisticated waking meal. An anorexic would have this for breakfast.

07-10-2010 04:54:43 | More by Shakesbeere
Photo of beerhan


5/5  rDev +10.6%

Did I mention that this is my favorite beer of all time? Its perfect in all ways. It smells and tastes like my favorite beverage (coffee) it is easy to find in a bottle and on tap. It is inexpensive and has a good abv so that it does not get you too drunk. This beer tastes like heaven. It smells and tastes just like coffee. I have had this beer so much and it has never disappointed me. It has a nice thick jet black body with a brown head. Medium carbonation and is oh so drinkable.

07-10-2010 03:56:20 | More by beerhan
Photo of DovaliHops


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Pours a very dark jet black color with an impressive dark tan/brown head that just looks SO Thick and tasty. The smell on this is just like I was hoping. So chocolatey and so much coffee. The beer smells absolutely delicious and just so robust and flavorful. Hints of burnt malts...but just mainly coffee and dark chocolate. This beer tastes SO WELL BALANCED. I love it! Initially, I get such a soothing taste of espresso, followed by a very tasty chocolate that just makes my palate extremely happy. I then get some very sweet notes that linger on my palate (kinda like sweet coffee ice cream). I must also add, that as this beer warms up, the scents sort of blend together to make a sort of chocolate cake scent. The alcohol is scary how well hidden it is. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. So smooth and velvety. Drinkability is very high.

07-09-2010 06:36:59 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of newk340


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

FBS was allowed to warm for 15 mins following refrigeration before tasting:

A: very dark, nearly opaque when held to the light with a quickly dissipating head.

S: initially a strong coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T: a distinct coffee taste, nearly overwhelming the chocolate, though it lingers during the aftertaste, reminded me of eating chocolate pancakes at breakfast with black coffee to wash it down.

M: begins with an initial sizzle with a relatively smooth aftertaste, smoother as the beer warmed.

D: a very good breakfast stout.

06-30-2010 02:38:43 | More by newk340
Photo of NDZonie


4.95/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Poured into a pint glass, it appears oil-like as it glug-glugs into the glass: thick and black. A thin wisp of brown head appears on top of an opaque black body. That film of a head disappears quickly, however, likely a victim of the 8.3% ABV. No lace left behind.

S: First impression, not surprisingly, is of the coffee. Roasted coffee beans and just plain coffee. As it warms I get more of a chocolatey smell, but coffee is the dominant scent throughout.

T: Roasted, even slightly burnt, coffee. Husky roasted cereal grains. As I drink it more, the roasted acidity subsides and I begin to get more chocolate -- both dark chocolate, with the commensurate bitterness, and milk chocolate, with its sweetness. The chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms, though the coffee and roasted barley-like bitterness never entirely subsides. Bitterness on the finish and lingering afterwards. ABV not even in the picture.

M: Definitely full-bodied. Chewy, creamy and smooth all at once, if that's possible.

D: 5.0 all of the way.

06-29-2010 14:58:44 | More by NDZonie
Photo of Dubber55

New York

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottled 9/18/09

Pitch black with half finger of dark mocha colored head

Smells like lots of coffee, a little chocolate and a little vanilla

Taste like lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some hops, and the slightest bit of alcohol. The finish is roasty and a little bitter from the hops. There is also a slight sweetness that helps to balance out the roasted character of this beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick. Slick, creamy, oily with a medium amount of carbonation.

The drinkablility of this beer is really good. I barely can taste the alcohol. It's almost like a chocolate milkshake. The coffee is nicely integrated into this beer. It's not overly bitter or acrid like many other coffee stouts I have had. Really nicely done.

06-29-2010 02:45:15 | More by Dubber55
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A - Black as night with a small circle of dark tan head

S - coffee with vanilla. A sweet smelling beer.

T - vanilla coffee with a little bitterness at the end. Good balance of flavor with sweet and bitter flavors.

M heavy body with light carbonation

D - not a fast drinker but easy for the style. Full flavored. What I would want in a coffee beer. Best beer in our tasting of coffee beers.

06-29-2010 01:07:26 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black/maybe darkest brown, no light gets though at all, light brown head that stands up pretty well on the pour, starts fading to some foam in a few minutes

S: Bright stout notes, doesn't smell heavy, big coffee roast notes have bitterness that also encompasses the hops, coffee notes are so fresh smelling, sweetness is also there, but not too heavy

T: Tastes similar to smell with the flavors even more focused on coffee, again it just has a very fresh coffee taste, the hops come in before that coffee roast though and give you a nice counterbalance to the roast notes, flavors are definitely not heavy, leaves a pleasant creamy aftertaste

M: Body remains relatively light thanks to a good carbonation level, slightly dry which works well with the flavors

D: High, again the flavors are so bright that it is easy to drink

Notes: Just yesterday I had a Ten FIDY and they definitely taste different. Where Ten FIDY goes for big, dark, and heavy flavors, Founders Breakfast goes for bright flavors. Which is really amazing considering that it is such a heavy roasted beer. They pull it off and it is great.

06-24-2010 15:12:56 | More by dpodratsky3
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

16 oz pint at the hulmeville inn. Yea that's right a fucking pint. Yikes!

A- the vat of beer comes to me with a fat ass finger of tan creamy head atop a ocean of black with just a touch of brown at the edges. The head slowly settles to some killer lace and a nice coating of suds. I gota say it some damn pretty stuff.

S- dark roasted coffee and 86 percent dark chocolate. Toasted oats and sweetened condensed milk. Hint of black berries and char.

T- semi sweet up front with the chocolate and oats then a slow roll into the deep roast and toast. Nice layers of complexity with the sweet and roast playing leap frog. Brown sugar and black strap molasses with some char and smoke.

M- rich and creamy, think and chewy but never too much of any of them. Mid to low carb and it works so perfectly.

D- I can't believe its 8 plus abv but I'm totally diggin it. One of my favs from one of my all time favorite breweries.

06-22-2010 22:53:36 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Phillyphilms


4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from bottle into Tulip Glass.

Nice thick dark black pour that was expected. Some head that disappears quickly with little lacing.

Smell is nothing short of a coffee and coco nib explosion. Delightful and makes you want the first sip right then.

The coffee and espresso comes up front with a nice bite from the plus 8% abv. Chocolate and coffee in the finish with a good malty backbone.

Little carbonation and kinda silky but suits the style nicely. Not a marathon beer by any means but I could see myself revisiting this for a nightcap.. alongside a steak at dinner.. or perhaps.. for .. BREAKFAST.


06-22-2010 05:44:10 | More by Phillyphilms
Photo of BigTomZ


4.43/5  rDev -2%

Pours a nice thick black with a thin head that doesn't stay too long.

It has a great roast coffee smell with just a bit of chocolate.

This has a strong bitter coffee and oat taste. Roasty and chocolate notes follow.

This is a nice thick oily kind of stout, not much carbonation to speak of.

This stout goes down nice and easy. I had no problem drinking all 4.

06-18-2010 19:01:01 | More by BigTomZ
Photo of chalsk

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

On tap at Capones. Pours a dark coffee color with a very thin head. Has an aroma of coffee. Has a nice smooth balance of coffee and smoke. Has a slight bitterness to it as well. Very tasty brew from a great brewery. I Will have to try side by side with KBS.

06-16-2010 02:52:53 | More by chalsk
Photo of haddon


3.83/5  rDev -15.3%

pours very thick and dark, almost black. little to no head with almost no sign of carbonation. very little lacing as well.

the nose is almost exclusively dominated by cocoa & roasted coffee beans. perhaps a lingering smell of oatmeal and black cherry... but very faint

taste just like it smells... dark bitter chocolate & coffee. the more I drink, more and more bitterness hangs around. halfway down, the back of my throat feels like I ate a bag of sour gummies! very interesting.

full body and thick! little to no carbonation.

pretty true to the breakfast stout class although this one really leans on the dark chocolate & coffee bean. it almost seems like I am drinking a cup of black coffee

06-16-2010 01:23:49 | More by haddon
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