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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,607 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,607
Reviews: 3,210
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,129
Gots: 2,506 | 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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Photo of reefkeeper99


4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Black as midnight. Just like it should be. No light is coming through this one. Thick brown head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Powerful roasted notes. Coffee, chocolate, and lots of it.

Taste: Roasted goodness. Delivers on everything promised by the smell. Just the right amount of sweetness, not overpowering. Rich oats, coffee, would warm the coldest soul on a winter's morn...

Mouthfeel: Rich. Thick, heavy. This beer drinks like a meal. You could cut it with a nice. If you want something thin and fleeting, this is not the beer for you. Taste sticks with you for a while.

Drinkability: This is an excellent representation of a breakfast stout. I don't know what more I could ask for. One of my all-time favorite beers. I will definitely be going back to this one again and again.

05-20-2010 22:43:05 | More by reefkeeper99
Photo of Spica66


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Completely black, great dark amber head, great retention.

S: Coffee and roastiness! Really smells nice.

T: Full-bodied, coffee, chocolate, oak, hops - how did they get it all there and so well balanced?

M: Super creamy and wonderful.

D: I can't imagine a stout drinker not LOVING to drink this beer!

05-20-2010 18:19:33 | More by Spica66
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Perfect huge blackness with a giant frothy deep mocha head, with massive lace

S - Big coffee and chocolate aroma from the get-go, with some slight booze. Good roasted tones, and sweet chocolate-y maltiness remain in focus throughout. This is basically the essence of what a Double Stout can and perhaps should be all about.

T - Good-to-great taste, though slightly underperforming, due to several factors including drinking a bit hot, especially given the 8%. The characteristics, in a raw sense, are undeniably superb; it is in apportionment and cohesion that imperfections occur. It gets much nicer as it warms and airs out, as most stouts do. There are huge dark chocolate flavors, especially lingering into the finish. Some oat is discernible, but balanced well enough to avoid any semblance of oat chalkiness; it mostly gives it a grainy quality which underperforms because of relatively low viscosity. The coffee flavors are present in respectable, and dare I say sublimely reserved levels; the java notes seem to meld with the hop bitterness.

M - A tad thin, I think the oat is the culprit, as it gives it a general Brown Ale feel.

D - The look is pure paradigm, the smell is outstanding, and the taste is very good. These factors are listed in descending order, and I would rather see the order reversed; taste is more than 40% of the equation in my book. But it is still one of the best beers you will encounter.

05-17-2010 15:12:46 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of RppIII

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: A chocolate black mass of liquid bliss, so thick, so divinely yet impenetrably pitch black. The head is a brown chocolate and coffee black; it is humongous and blankets the outside of the glass all the way down giving life to this viscous black delectable fluid.

Smell: When I picked this beer up and it's essence assaulted my nostrils for the first time I finally understood why it was call the "breakfast stout". Suddenly memories of breakfast past raced through my mind, black coffee, sausage, eggs, toast ...and strawberries? Dark chocolate, and coffee first assault the nostrils, followed by a sweeter fruity flavour of strawberries and finally malted barley and oatmeal finish this beer off. Then, I notice something else harkening me to many an early morning, thick strong black coffee pronounced again and again manifesting itself in this beer's aroma.

Taste: I have been overwhelmed with flavour! The noseful does not pay homage to the actual flavours inherent in this stout. First and foremost is the intense but not overwhelming coffee essence, it is in perfect balance with the rest of this masterpiece. A dark chocolate flavour with an oatmeal texture introduces itself with a sweet hint, milk chocolate covered cherries; this balances well against an equally strong critic bitterness of hops finally a strong cup of coffee finishes this beer off, lingering for what seems ages. Absolutely astounding! The oatmeal texture/flavour is what makes this beer a God among men.

Mouthful: An extraordinary mouthful of beer with a smooth oatmeal flavour and black coffee finish, with the viscosity of melted chocolate. Carbonation is just enough to remind you that you are drinking a beer.

Drinkability: This is the blissful epitome of what an imperial stout is, perfection in a glass. Thank you Founders!

05-17-2010 00:21:13 | More by RppIII
Photo of levifunk


4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Had an '08 and '10 side by side.

a - black like oil, small thick head. looks heavy.
s - smoke and coffee
t - bitter, roasted coffee. very smokey.
m - heavier body, still good carbonation.
overall - good flavor, but has a bitterness that lingers. too smokey.

a - same
s - much less smokey, much more caramel. coffee.
t - much cleaner flavor with age. bitterness dies down. still strong in coffee.
m - same
overall - IMO its a lot better with age.

05-16-2010 22:01:36 | More by levifunk
Photo of bierenutz


4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

A-Pours into a glass dark brown-black with a less than finger width head leaving no lacing to speak of.
S-Coffee, dark chocolate,sweet molasses and roasted malt aromas are pleasingly sensed.
T-Expresso coffee taste with chocolate hints. There is some bitterness but it has a nice smokey mocha finish.
M-Creamy and thick with minimal carbonation. The bitterness at the swallow gives way to nice oaky afternotes.
D-This is a very good stout that could easily be enjoyed often. It does not have the syrupy taste that some beers of this class do, nor the dryness of others. Well balanced, well done!

05-13-2010 23:54:23 | More by bierenutz
Photo of skullsplitter


4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

It's been a long time since I have had this. I can't believe I forgot how great this beer really is.

It poured pitch black and somewhat syrupy from the bottle. It looked a lot thicker than it actually was. There wasn't a head and there was barely any lacing. Right away I could smell the chocolate aroma as well as nice coffee notes. It reminded me of Young's double chocolate in terms of smell. A nice balance.

The taste was creamy and surprisingly rich. Nice body. The roasted taste really takes over. You get a little bit of the booze in the aftertaste. For almost 9% these go down pretty easily. Its dangerous. The toasted oatmeal caught my attention. It really gave the drink a unique feel and taste. It has a slightly chewy mouthfeel.

This is right up there as a favorite. Everything I have tried from Founders has really been unbelievable.

05-10-2010 12:48:55 | More by skullsplitter
Photo of SeasonalBrew


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Some retention which leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Amazing combo of sweet and dark chocolate! A nice balance of coffee in there, too.. maybe even some hazelnut.

T: Delicious chocolate, toasted oats, and a strong coffee finish. It's all so well balanced.

M: Slightly thick and chewy.

D: For 8.3%, it is damn good. I took my time and enjoyed every drink.

I had the opportunity to have KBS before this, and I gotta say, this is one hell of a base beer. I'm going to see what a few more months of aging does to my other one. There was only a slight burn to this one.

05-08-2010 05:27:27 | More by SeasonalBrew
Photo of camp0474


4.25/5  rDev -6%

A: Pours a thick black with a dark tan head.

S: Strong smells of toasted malt and coffee. Faint smells of oats and chocolate. Complex to the nose, this has to be good.

T: Coffee hits strong then toasted malts reappear. More coffee flavor than I could detect from the smell...Tasty! Flavor of bitter chocolate mix in with the coffee.

M/D: Thick, rich, and smooth texture. Lots of fine carbonation. Coffee makes the finish a bit dry as you would expect. But very drinkable.

Had this after my first KBS, I see where the greatness begins. Solid beer, having this again for sure.

05-07-2010 01:39:04 | More by camp0474
Photo of Kallessin


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours black with a huge dark tan cocoa colored head. The glass was filled with foam with more than half the beer still left in the bottle. It took forever to settle and as portions of the foam collapsed, it left a big dollop of foam.

Has a very strong dark bittersweet chocolate aroma with deep roasted malt and layers of sweet milk chocolate underneath. There is also a deep roasted coffee bean aroma along with it with hints of hop aroma.

The flavor is very much like the aroma with a blend of dark bittersweet chocolate and sweet milk chocolate with strong roasted coffee underneath. It has a wonderful bitter roastiness with light burned malt flavors. I get a little astringency in the background but is very fleeting and some hop bitterness on the finish. A dry roasted aftertaste.

Its full bodied with a fantastic smooth and creamy texture with moderate carbonation. There's a also a little pepperiness to it and it leaves a dry sticky feeling.

This is a very rich and hearty beer, but not filling. The chocolate and coffee blend perfect together with a texture that ties it all together. A truly exceptional beer.

05-06-2010 00:26:30 | More by Kallessin


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

Opaque blackened espresso. A lovely smooth toasted tan head. Nice thick waves of lace.

Roasty dark bittersweet chocolate. Dark roast coffee. Molasses. Chocolate milk. Booze.

Bitter roasty dark espresso and chocolate milk. slightly sweet molasses mixed into a bowl of oatmeal. Oats vanilla and booze. a tasty bittersweet coffee/chocolate lingering aftertaste.

Silky Smooth and rich. thick and chewy. full bodied.

Very tasty. Rich and roasty and bittersweet. Perfect breakfast/brunch beer. But also a great desert.

05-03-2010 23:20:42 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of stangski83


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours jet black and with a brownish foam that reminds me of used motor oil. The biggest difference in that comparison would be viscosity of the two - as this one pours fairly watery. Breakfast Stout does not leave a bunch of lacing on the sides of my glass, and the smell/taste are definitely reminiscent of black coffee. I detect a hint of vanilla (not sure if this is correct?) and definitely some heavy tones of dark chocolate. Beautifully roasted malt action here to be sure. I wouldn't say this is my all time favorite stout, but it's darn close. I'm impressed that the alcohol isn't terribly noticeable despite checking in at 8.3%, but then again many brewers seem to be hiding the ABV well these days. This is my first time sampling from the bottle as I have only previously enjoyed this one on tap. I still prefer the tap version, but this is an impressive imperial stout and another impressive offering from the genius brewers at Founders. Yum!

05-03-2010 02:38:18 | More by stangski83
Photo of AprilMarie

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -11.9%

A- pitch black- barely any head.
S- hint of coffee and vanilla.
T- coffee and vanilla flavored. not too much and not too little. not overpowering bitter but is bitter.
MF- heavy and thick mouth feel. light to medium carbonation.
D- would definitely drink again. is in my top 2 pick. very easy drinking for this style of beer.

05-03-2010 01:11:47 | More by AprilMarie
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle sample courtesy of Adil. I owe you big time! Pours a dense black with two fingers of bubbly, brownish tan head and globs of lacing on the snifter. Smell and taste are roasted malts, strong black coffee, dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, and creamy espresso. ABV is untraceable. I can see why they call this a "Breakfast Stout," as I could easily pour it on my cereal every morning. So delicious! Mouthfeel is rich and silky, fullish medium, toasted and dry coffee finish with a lingering bitterness. A divine imperial stout.

05-01-2010 19:27:22 | More by cratez
Photo of emmasdad


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a deep opaque black, with a nice lingering inch of tan foam. On the nose, I get mostly coffee, but also some roasted malt and dark chocolate. On the palate, I get a lot more coffee, roasted malt and just a bit of hop. A really nice interpretation of this style.

05-01-2010 06:26:47 | More by emmasdad
Photo of herman77


4.25/5  rDev -6%

A: Pours jet black with a small brown head that fades quickly. Dark burgundy around the edges. Decent lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate and a hint of malt and oats. Amazing.

T: Sweet oats, vanilla and toasted malt up front, then the roasted coffee and chocolate take center stage. Long coffee and bittersweet chocolate finish. Very rich and dark, strong flavors.

M/D: Full bodied, very velvety smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is surprisingly a little high. Drinkability is decent, huge bold flavors and coffee is very apparent.

A little too much coffee taste for my liking, but still excellent. Very much like KBS minus the 1+ year of aged bourbon amazingness. So far everything I have had from Founders has been phenomenal.

05-01-2010 03:08:54 | More by herman77
Photo of kylehayworth


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%

This was my first true, Imperial Stout, and what a good one. This beer blew my mind, and made me want to experience all the craft beer world had to offer, thank you Breakfast Stout!

A: Pours a nice motor oil color, and forms an intense dark tan head.

S: Bitter cocoa chocolate and deep roasted coffee.

T: This is such a well balanced beer, the bitter chocolate and roasted coffee play so well with each other. There is also a slight sweetness that plays referee to these two flavors.

M: Rich, creamy, and smooth.

D: This is extremely drinkable. I think this beer is vastly under rated, and holds a top place in Founder's beer line up. If it wasn't for KBS, this would be their most talked about beer. If you can't get your hands on KBS, don't be mad if you have to "settle" for this one.

05-01-2010 02:16:48 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of bwiechmann


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

I have been coveting this brew for a little while and scored some along with some KBS. I tried this first and was not disappointed. Poured from the 12oz bottle with some awesome artwork on the label into an over-sized snifter. Served at around 55-60 degrees.

Appearance- Poured a thick- impenetrable, light-sucking black. The mocha-colored head is a thick, boiling substance which seems as though it will linger forever. It settles down into a 1/4 inch thick shield against oxygen- beer's evil-foe.

Smell- Pure olfactory bliss here. Incredibly complex- yet somewhat predictable based on the beers description as a 'double-chocolate oatmeal stout.' Coffee is present first and foremost and is prominent throughout the whiff. As a coffee-lover this is heaven in a scent. The coffee carries roasted, dark chocolate on its back along with roasted barley and oats.

Taste- Coffee does not dominate here as it did in the nose. Instead, the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate notes walk hand-in-hand with the dark espresso beans. Incredibly rich and complex and an absolute treat. The bitterness from the hops add another dimension to this beer that really capult it into the ranks of the elite. Awesome.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied beer and again, incredibly rich with perfectly mild carbonation.

Drinkability- An excellent sipping brew. While you probably could drink a few I believe they should be savored throughout the night and enjoyed for the amazingness it truly is.

Founders scores huge here and crafts one of my all-time favorites. This brew would have scored a few 5's had I not followed it up by a KBS- after that I had to leave room for improvement. Believe the hype and seek this out!

04-30-2010 16:05:47 | More by bwiechmann
Photo of GeezLynn


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Black, with the slightest brown glow around the edges. Head is a lighter brown with average retention.

S: Rich aroma of freshly ground espresso that is well-integrated with a deep chocolate malt. I also get a little vanilla, licorice and earthiness.

T: Lots of bitter coffee flavor up front. Underneath the coffee there's a slightly sweet, roasted malt body accompanied by finishing dark chocolate and licorice and a slight alcohol burn.

M: Pretty smooth with a medium level of carbonation. Could be slightly thicker for my preferences, but it's a minor complaint.

One of the many outstanding brews in the Founders stable. I like this as a nice medium between the coffee of Peche Mortel and chocolate flavors of Brooklyn BCS.

04-29-2010 03:29:27 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of femALEist


3.95/5  rDev -12.6%

Had this out of the bottle from a bottle trade.

This poured a dark brown, almost black with some red highlights.

It had a huge nose, with roasted malt, toasted cereal, vanilla and espresso.

It tasted of bitter coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts and left your tongue bitter and dry.

It was a little light in mouthfeel, it seemed more of a porter than a stout to me. Not sure if it's worth all the hype it gets, but it's pretty good.

04-28-2010 20:38:08 | More by femALEist
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -14.2%

Bottle tasted side by side with KBS.

Pours a pitch black with a quickly rising khaki head that catches me by surprise, and results in a two-stage pour. The head slowly drops to a finger of foam and leaves some nice sticky lace on the glass. I prefer them creamier, but this is a solid appearance. Good dark roast aromas - coffee, black chocolate, tobacco and a touch of molasses.

The flavour reveals this to be a very satisfying and well-constructed imperial stout, though I don't come across anything that outs it into the truly exceptional category you would expect for a beer that BAs currently view as the 27th best in the world. Nice coffee roast throughout provides a smooth bitterness and is expertly complimented by dark chocolate notes. A smoky, tobacco middle eventually gives way to the reassertion of coffee in the finish. Now we come to my gripe with this beer - the carbonation is simply way too high. Perhaps this batch wasn't as well done as others because it lacks the silky complexity others have mentioned. Instead, it's a medium-bodied beer with medium-high carbonation, which is remedied by some agitation. I prefer my imperial stouts ot be thicker and smoother than this bottle.

Carbonation aside, you can tell this is a very good beer, but I prefer the regular Founders Imperial Stout to this, and KBS blows it out of the water. Its certainly very well made, but at no point exceptional, and its place in the top 100 seems unjustified.

Thanks to Shawn for bringing the bottle over when we did the epic barleywine tasting!

04-28-2010 14:06:25 | More by bobsy
Photo of elvisnj

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -25.2%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Smith's beer glass.

Pitch black with slight brown colored head (It was a careful pour).

Strong coffee nose with a chocolate undertone. Caught some hops in the aroma as well. Smells and looks pretty good.

Pretty smooth brew but with a coffee blast on the back of the tongue. I think that the coffee overtook the hops as the source of bitterness. Taste was a bit too much on the black coffee and dark chocolate, and not enough on the beer/hops. The oatmeal is evident, and smoothed it out some, but not enough.

I know its a double coffee chocolate stout and I get that but I cant agree with all the A ratings for this beer. Maybe I just prefer more dark malt and hops in my stouts over chocolate and coffee.

04-27-2010 05:58:35 | More by elvisnj
Photo of Brettster


4.28/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured dark black, somewhat thick. Did not produce much of a head but left a nice ring around the beer. I can definitely smell the chocolate malts and coffee in this, maybe some vanilla. Starts off with a nice coffee and chocolate flavor and ends with a little hop flavor and bitter coffee. This is very well balanced and deliciously smooth. The outmeal definitely smooths this out and makes it a pretty drinkable breakfast stout.

04-23-2010 23:29:19 | More by Brettster
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17%

wow. this is pretty. pours like motor oil- dark, slick, opaque. no light getting through this baby. a pretty milk chocolate colored head stick around for a bit, then fades away, leaving a ring around the glass.

the nose is verrrry inviting. coffee-ed yoohoo, some nice bitter espresso notes. a hint of vanilla. rich hoppy and roasted notes coming through. there's also a smokey bbq kinda thing going on. in short- it smells good.

starts out with a big roasty bitter espresso hit, lots of bitter hoppyness, and that oatmealy flavor you'd expect, followed by, again, a yoohoo sweet malty little burst, and finishes very bitter. alcohol content is notable, but not overwhelming. this falls a liiittle flat for me, to be honest. it's got loads of potential, but it's just not what it could be.

mouthfeel is chewy and wet, a little sudsy.

overall, this is tasty, and i definitely prefer stouts to be bitter rather than on the sweet side- but i'd rather have southern tier's Choklat.

04-22-2010 02:54:37 | More by scooter231
Photo of jsanford


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

This is my 1st official BA review, so I wanted to choose a good one. Poured into my trusty New Belgium globe glass from a CBX-filled growler. Right around 55 degrees.

A - Dark inky black, 3/4 inch milk-chocolate mousse head with good retention. Leaves a nice swirl in the center and a foamy ring around the edge of the glass

S - Sweet roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, slight oatmeal, slight vanilla. Wonderful.

T - Spot on with the nose. Bold roasted coffee. Cocoa powder. No real hop flavor but there's a definite bitterness. Great balance between some very strong aspects.

M - Chewy. Slightly thin with a wonderful carbonation that tickles the back of your throat as it goes down. Smooth.

D - Could easily drink this all night/day if not for the ABV. Definitely gets better as it warms up, much of the bitterness fades and the flavors meld together nicely.

This is one of my favorite beers from my absolute favorite brewery. Obviously doesn't get the hype that its cousins get but where KBS is a special-occasion beer, I never feel bad about pulling out one of these on a whim (especially with some bacon and eggs)!

04-21-2010 21:17:04 | More by jsanford
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