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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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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 BradLikesBrew
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black body, mocha head.

Rich chocolate, vanilla and plumb aromas.

Layer after layer of epic stout flavor. Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, molassas, brown sugar, prunes, raisins. Dark malty goodness. Bitter chocolate clings to my palate.

Creamy, syrupy, velvety body.

Worth the wait and the rep. Easliy one of the best stouts on earth.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a choclolate looking foamy head, with great retention. The body is blacks as hell with no hues showing through.

The aroma's roasty with coffee upfront, and slight hints of metallic hops.

Rich with flavor. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate. Oily slickness and warming to the palate with a fair amount of carbonation. I'd love to try this one off a nitro tap if available.

TheSarge, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. As a side note, I had this with breakfast for extra fun.

Look: very black with no highlights even when held up to the light. There's almost no head at all but what little head it has is a deep brown. There's some lacing but not all that much.

Smell: roasted grains and a big coffee scent is what I get. Smells like a good cup of coffee, living up to the name.

Taste: coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the two tastes I get the most. Very delicious. Tastes like a cup of coffee. There's no alcohol taste at all and its generally just very pleasant to drink. Not challenging in any way.

Feel: fairly thin for a double stout. I think if anything is a weak point of the beer it would be this. Its on the thin side of medium bodied. There's no bitterness at all present so I'm surprised to see it at 60IBU.

Drink: very, very high. If I hadn't intentionally paced myself I would've finished my glass very quickly. Its very easy to drink and could definitely be sessioned if you wanted to go that route. This is especially true in light of the alcohol content.

Overall, I dunno if this beer is worthy of a top 10 spot but it certainly deserves to be up there somewhere. This is one of the better stouts I've had and I wholeheartedly recommend it. I'll be having again. Good job, Founders!

SkunkWorks, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- great appearance, dark, small head

S- smelled good, a whiff of oatmeal and coffee

T- the coffee flavor really jumps out at you..i'm not a huge coffee fan, but this was the majority of the taste

M- good mouth feel, heavy, strong but clean finish

D- good beer, filling, strong, hides the abv well

Overall- a great stout...one of my favorite stouts i've ever tasted...probably would only be good with 2 of these in a night before i had to switch to something else...a great beer..but not top 10 worthy

Pballa4lyfe, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of sixthglass
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark and beautiful. Dark brown 1 finger head. Nice lacing. Poured into a snifter.

S- Smokey, Roasty, Coffee, and coco.

T- Smokey, coco, and big coffee finish, Just a perfect balance of flavor.

M- Great coating, a great thickness to the beer.

D- This is a great beer for everyday drinking.

sixthglass, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of mfunk9786
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is almost as good, if not better, than Kentucky Breakfast Stout. The fact that it's easier to find and about half the price, well... that seals the deal in making this Founders' best beer, period.

A: Completely opaque, pitch black. There's about a finger of chocolate mousse head that laces nearly as nicely as a sticky IPA throughout. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Doesn't get any better than this.

S: The oatmeal character is immediately noticeable in the form of a roasty grain aroma, and the finish is a big-time coffee punch. Chocolate is definitely there but it doesn't assert itself (as it shouldn't). Smelling this beer is one of its joys - it really does live up to its name. I could easily see waking up from a particularly nice weekend sleep to a glass of this and a grand slam breakfast.

T: Tastes absolutely delicious. Bittersweet chocolate, gourmet coffee, and roasty, toasty oatmeal. It's not missing anything. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick and tongue-coating. There's nothing about this beer that is remotely compromising, and for a beer that's less than 8.5% alcohol, it is remarkably full-bodied. Absolutely lives up to its delicious name and intriguing label. Founders should always consider this to be its flagship beer and should never take it for granted, it's all right there in the taste.

M: The mouthfeel is thick, the thing that a lot of rookie beer drinkers complain about when it comes to dark beer. Each of those people should be handed a glass of this - I'd like to hear someone's explanation as to why this should be any thinner than it is - it's got a lot of body to jive with a lot of flavor and a lot of character.

D: I would dock this beer for being so BIG, but if price and self-esteem weren't an issue, I could easily down about six of these a day. This is how Slim Fast should taste. It's the sort of thing that feels like a meal in and of itself, that completely defies logic when you remind yourself that it's still beer.

Another perfect beer from Founders. Still holding out hope that I'll be able to try Canadian Breakfast Stout one day.

mfunk9786, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte on 9/22/10. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tall stemmed-glass. Very thick dark black, with a finger-width mocha colored head on top. Decent globby lacing left behind. The nose was roasted with notes of chocolate powder, coffee, light booze, oatmeal.

Spectacular melding of sweet chocolate and cold coffee. The oats smooth this out. Light hop bitterness on the back end. Excellent mouthfeel. Coats the mouth and palate so thoroughly. Drinkability was extremely high, even given the ABV%. This was such a treat to drink, I happily finished the glass, and would have had another, had I not had to drive back to my hotel later. Amazing beer.

Onenote81, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of dubinsky
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my cognac snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a 1 finger toffee, caramel colored head. Very viscous pouring out of the bottle. Beautiful swirl on the cap eventually covers the top, leaving very nice lacing.

S - Makes me immediately think of summer camp as a little kid, the smells from the campfire and s'mores. Strong smoke and dark chocolate in the smell, with a hint of molasses. A tiny hint of alcohol esters emanate if i breathe in really deeply.

T - Wow! The taste follows the smell very closely. Smokey and chocolaty. Excellent blend of coffee as well in the flavor. This is close to what i remember the KBS to be like, but less complex in my opinion. Lots of molasses and oats. Sweetness is offset with the right dose of bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel doesn't follow the pour. Rather it's silky and really smooth. Not as heavy and thick as i expected it to be. Light to medium carbonation. Great warming effect.

D - Very easy to drink for a beer with this high an ABV. Founders, you did it again. Cant wait to enjoy it again soon. Just wish it was more readily available to me in California.

dubinsky, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of mynameisbuzz
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, tar black, with a healthy brown head. Good lacing on the glass as well.

Smells like chocolate covered oatmeal with a hot coffee.

Great balance for a stout. Real heavy with tastes of chocolate and coffee dominating. Ends with an acidic hop bite, which was surprising and welcomed.

Real thick feel in the mouth and the oatmeal presence is most felt in the mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I've ever had. Great job again by Founders.

mynameisbuzz, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Deep, dark brown but basically black. Looks just like really old engine oil. Hardly any head to speak of and I poured this relatively sturdy. Very tiny tan cap for a head that subsides quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Coffee and sugary sweetness that almost comes off as maple syrup. A bit of dark chocolate as it warms up a bit. Nice touch of alcohol in the aroma provides a little spice and heat.

T&M - Very strong dark roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate for sweetness. Alcohol is evident in a warming way and adds a nice bite. Great flavors going on this beer and it's quite complex. Robust, sweet, and lightly bitter all at the sae time. Thick mouthfeel which you'd expect from the engine oil-like appearance.

D - A great sipper for a rainy evening but I don't think I could do more than one due to the alcohol.

MrIncognito, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch, Bottle into a snifter.

Appearance- Pour is jet black, lifting to the light no other colors enter this. Small tan head. Very good lacing.

Smell- There is a lot going on here. Dark chocolate and coffee immediatly hit the nose. Some smokeyness as well.

Taste- Sweet up front with a bitter finish, not a hoppy bitter but the coffee bitter. Chocolate is deffinitly there but not overly sweet. Roasted malts and oats. A hint of vanilla and also some cocoa powder. A ton of flavor, yet not cloying at all! Better yet, no alcohol!

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, thick, and chewy, SMOOTH going down. Perfect!!! Founders does it again!

Overall- I dont know why I have passed on this for so long. For an imperial stout, this has exceptional drinkability. Deffintly getting my hands on as much of this as I can. I feel some beers are over-hyped, this is not.

JLeege, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- DARK brown-black with a small chocolate colored head that dissipates quickly. During the pour the beer looks thick.

S- Lots of coffee with a bit of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T- Wow, first though is complex but in a perfectly balanced way. Coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, cream, vanilla, and even some hop character comes out in this, never have had this big of a beer with so many different, noticeable flavors before

M- BIG, but smooth with a light amount of carbonation. Creamy in the mouth and goes down easily while coating everything on the way with all of its goodness

D- Well this beer is definitely what is is made out to be, its a great brew from a great brewery. Would love to have one of these every day when i get home to just relax with, too bad I only have this one....for now

Spiekerbox, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #100!! Hooray! Here goes...

Poured from the bottle into a large Brooklyn tulip...

A: Pours an opaque, glossy black / brown; thick; there's about a half-finger of brown head on this one that dissipates quickly to a thin ring of foam with some intermittent hazy patches floating around the surface; a few thin strands of lace adorn the glass as this one is imbibed.

S: Rich coffee aroma; roasted, perhaps charred, malt; chocolate; also, that bit of character that's indicative of an oatmeal stout.

T: Mmmm... complex roasted malt flavor... coffee, dark chocolate; some sweet, even darker cocoa and maybe a touch of molasses in the finish; a nice hop bitterness that is quite noticeable, yet not overpowering or in your face - nice; some espresso towards the finish, too.

M: Full-bodied and silky smooth; chewy; this has such a great, velvety mouthfeel... unmatched!

D: Very drinkable for an 8.3% stout; delicious and highly enjoyable from start to finish.

This one ranks as one of my favorite stouts (and beers in general, for that matter). A rich aroma, lots of complexity in the taste and a superb mouthfeel = great, great beer!

jpro, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Mooch273
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, as if someone poured a quart of crude oil in my snifter. Tan colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slick of fine, minute bubbles on the surface.

A: Coffee, dark chocolate, very roasty and nutty. Can't wait for a drink.

T: Roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, roasted almonds. Absolutely delicious.

M: Thick yet smooth due to minute carbonation bubbles. Mild dryness after each sip.

D: Excellent drinkable beer. I could easily have a couple at a sitting. Great beer to stay warm with on a cool night, although I wouldn't mind adding this to my morning Cheerios. This one lives up to the hype.

Mooch273, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black. A slight dark brown, mocha head has pretty good retention. There is very good lacing.

S - A very good nose on this one. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee and cream. Wonderful.

T - Smooth, dark coffee up front. This is followed by notes of dark chocolate, cream and burnt malts. Very bold, but each flavor is pronounced exceptionally well. One of the best tasting stouts I've had.

M - So incredibly smooth. Nice and thick but goes down with ease. If I could give the mouthfeel a 6 I would. Exceptional.

D - When it tastes great and goes down smooth, you will have good drinkability. The only reason it's not perfect is because one is so satisfying.

LairdChisholm, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a 4oz tumbler. Pours reddish black with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and coffee beans. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, subtle vanilla, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was better on tap hands down. Seems that the flavors present were more crisp and defined than out of the bottle I had earlier in the week. Still good either way as this is quite an exceptional brew to say the least.

thagr81us, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of injuredreserve
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A; Dark black with a thick chocolate malt head

s: fresh ground espresso beans, bitter chocolate, and slow roasted grains.

t: dark chocolate, espresso, toffee, dark cherries, caramelized brown sugar, and deep roasted malts..

m: Get me a spoon. absolutely perfect.

d: Where do I get more????.

injuredreserve, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into my Aventinus Eisbock glass. 2009 release this bottle has been aged for about one year.

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black. Very little head both initially and throughout, mostly a dark tan ring.

Smell: Depth jumps out, big coffee, and big chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is up front on this aged bottle, coffee mixes in nicely at the finish; both flavors are dominant.

Mouth feel: Again very smooth and creamy, nice on the palate.

Overall: Excellent breakfast stout, full of flavor, a nice junior to KBS & CBS.

BobZ, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while. This style seems to usually please, but not surprise me, so I'm hoping that Breakfast Stout gives me a unique experience.

Appearance: Ruby brown at first pour that accumulates into a luscious looking black pool. Thin auburn/light brown foam layer bubbles up and settles quickly in less than 5 seconds.

Aroma: The combination of the milk chocolate and coffee brings baking chocolate or pure cocoa to mind first. At subsequent sniffs, you can smell the coffee and chocolate as separate elements. Unique in that it smells like bitter coffee without crossing into espresso territory, which is what most other DS or RIS trend towards.

Taste: MMMmmm. The nose translates and blooms in the mouth. The milky chocolate sweet is the perfect counterpoint to the coffee bitterness. One of the most well-balanced stouts I've ever had. As it warms, the boozy warmth comes out to play. Rather than muddle or overwhelm the flavors, it compliments them and opens them up. Wow is this tasty.

MF: Velvety richness makes for a great experience. It is viscous, but in a non-cloying, positive way. The oatmeal becomes more apparent as it warms. That gives it a chewiness that is appropriate for the great, robust flavors.

Drinkability: Having one of these for breakfast would be appropriate, as it has a rich, belly-filling quality similar to a big bowl of oatmeal or plate of pancakes. On my second pour of this, I ate some organic, creamy chocolate ice cream along side of it. This was a perfect night cap/dessert.

Overall: I now understand the hype. Unique for the style as it has an overt sweetness from milk chocolate, but a perfect partner in coffee bitterness. Both are delicate when compared to the espresso/dark chocolate flavors present in others in this style. Founder's does a great job a creating a robust brew without overwhelming or smothering the flavors they are playing with. The best of the style I've ever had.

soze47, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured without a head but a thin ring of beige bubbles consistently lingered around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of chocolate and coffee beans. There are also some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of bitter coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate. Not much carbonation is perceptible.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is the perfect accompaniment to a weekend brunch. I will definitely stock up on this when I see it in the stores.

metter98, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Blanco
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a very, very, very dark brown. Almost black, but not quite. Head is thick and a solid brown color that almost disappears completely by the end. Some definite lacing going on here. Smell is of coffee and, more strongly, dark chocolate. The taste is incredibly smooth. I expected something bitter, but it's actually very smooth. The chocolate really comes out but it's not as complex as I would have expected. There isn't even a hint of the alcohol in this one. Mouthfeel is much thinner than the beer looks. In a way, this is a good thing, but I would have liked it a biiit thicker. It slides right on down, hardly coats the mouth and leaves almost no aftertaste. The beer is certainly very drinkable and truly an awesome beer.

Blanco, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of dayswonder
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I poured it from the growler it looked wonderful. The head just kept growing as I poured. The color of the head is a warm caramel color. Smell has notes of mocha.
The taste...Oh the taste is glorious! Absolutely amazing in my mouth it was like an explosion of flavors. Dark chocolate notes, coffee, and a little bitter towards the end. It's a good bitter though. The mouth feel is very silky and smooth. Overall it goes down smooth and lacing occurs down the whole glass. First time ever trying this beer and so far it's one of my favorite stouts.

dayswonder, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very surprised when I saw this at my local store... I've never really had an opportunity to try this beer before, but I picked up a 4 pack as soon as I spotted it today. Breakfast stout pours an amazing blackened ruby color as it goes into the glass, but as soon as it settles in there are absolutely no highlights to be seen whatsoever... pitch black even when held up to the brightest light in my apartment. I did a soft pour and only got a half finger of head, but it didn't leave too quickly and left some pretty nice lacing around the glass.

The nose is big and fragrant, just how I like them. Dark chocolate and roasted malts eagerly jump out of the glass, followed by tons of coffee. Tons. The bottle doesn't lie when it says its a coffee oatmeal stout. A little earthiness in there too? This thing is complex and fragrant, two things I love.

Equally as assertive on the tongue. Bittersweet chocolate mixed with a little graininess (possibly the oatmeal?), and a lot of coffee grounds over some more fudgy chocolate. Some earthy hoppiness, but it's slight. Most of the bitterness is coffee-derived, and I love it. Such a solid flavor on this.

The mouthfeel is amazing as well. Thick and creamy, just how I like my stouts. There's a bit of carbonation, but it's just enough to let you know it's there. The beer is thick and smooth and creamy that works so well with the chocolatey-coffee idea. Mmmm.

Overall, this beer is excellent. I'm actually upset that they only come in 4 packs. It definitely lives up to the hype. Not only is it obscenely drinkable for an 8%+ ABV beer, but it hides the alcohol amazingly well. I'm so glad this showed up at my local store, and I only hope others don't discover the secret too soon. Pick this up if you see it, you won't regret it.

feelmefoam, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a perfect pint.

A- pours pitch black with a 3 finger brown head. Lacing is perfect, all the way up the glass. Gorgeous

S- strong, dark coffee with slight hints of cocoa and roasted malts. I'd like a tad bit more cocoa and a little less coffee...that's my only complaint. Super strong and brilliant

T- I hope you like coffee, because that's what you're getting out of this one. Tons upon tons upon tons of coffee, and almost nothing but. Getting hints of roasted malts, but no real sweetness as I'd want from some chocolate...a little bit of a disappointment there

M- its actually not thick and syrupy at all, which took me by surprise a little bit. I expected a thick slush...it was a lot thinner than I expected, but there was still some body to it.

D- I expected more out of this, but its still a really good beer. Could have been balanced out a little more IMO

bigfnjoe, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of paulys55
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad this one is back in season, just arrived at my neighborhood pub. Poured into snifter a dark brown nearly black with tan head that dissipated moderately quickly but with nice lacing left on my glass. Smells like a Hershey's truck crashed into a Dunkin Donuts (if that were a good thing). Taste is burnt coffe and dark malts with the alcohol letting you know it is there but not dominating. Nice oily feel on the mouth and tongue and finish is coffee and chocolate. Breakfast my ass, I could drink this one anytime and if it weren't for the high ABV, I would. Will definitely cellar a few of these for another day.

paulys55, Sep 24, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,739 ratings.