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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,510
Reviews: 3,203
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,103
Gots: 2,466 | FT: 153
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 fastsrt

New York

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

12 ounce bottle to chalice.
A: motor oil black with no head maybe due to the oils in the coffee.
S: wow coffee, chocolate malts, a hint of something sweet could be vanilla.
T: big coffee right away, fades to bitter sweet chocolate. finishes smokey, roasty and toasty. such a good flavor profile.
M: full body what I look for in a quality stout. slilky smooth mouth feel with light carbonation, really allowing all the complex flavors coat the pallet and remain, which drives for another sip
D: higher abv makes it not as drinkable as some lower abv stouts, but is so tasty that the bottle goes before i can ever take notes on it. if you are a coffee nut you will love this one.
six month tasting
T: this one is is melding much more than fresh, the coffee is fading and has become more balanced than when I had it back in november. but I think I might like that big coffee flavor also this is a hard call I could put these down right now. I have one bottle left that I will taste when the 2010 version is released.

02-07-2010 02:12:05 | More by fastsrt
Photo of fff


4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a goblet.

A- Nice yet quickly dissipating head, dark brew. Very nice looking stout.

S- Coffee, smoke, chocolate. It smells a LOT like a cup of coffee.

T- First wash is sweet, almost chocolatey, but while it is on your tongue it tastes just like black coffee. Aftertaste of roasty, smoky espresso.

M- Substantial, thick. A fairly big brew, very filling. I can see how someone could drink one for breakfast.

D- Very good beer. I wouldn't drink more than 2 a session, simply so I could enjoy some later.

02-06-2010 12:41:35 | More by fff
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

FBS is smooth, creamy, and chocolaty.

It poured the color of dark chocolate with a huge milk chocolate-colored head. It left a wall of sticky, creamy, tan lace from the rim to the bottom of the glass. It smelled and tasted like dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. The feel is creamy and smooth. It's an absolute pleasure to drink.

FBS is the standard by which I compare all other stouts. It's an exceptional experience, whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

02-05-2010 21:42:33 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove


3.43/5  rDev -24.1%

A - Super Dark with Average Viscosity. Head is light tan that fades quickly.

S - Smells of Chocolate, Coffee and Tobacco Smoke(overpowering).

T - Chocolate, Coffee, and slightly bitter. I feel like I should be smoking with this one because of the Tobacco smells and tastes which makes me think this beer was handled/stored incorrectly.

M - Mouthfeel is good along the lines of the average stout; I would have like it to be a little thicker.

D - Drinkability was good and I will probably be editing my review once I get another.

02-04-2010 05:14:46 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
Photo of BillyBoysPie


4.25/5  rDev -6%

From a bottle into a large snifter.

Very black with garnet notes. Minimal chocolate head with some lacing. I was hoping for a bit more head, but this isn't unheard of in the style.

Dark coffee. Mostly the dark roasted beans (Sumatra) come through, but there's some espresso as well. I don't detect much chocolate, but that isn't disappointing. Some other things coming through, but it's in the world of these two flavors. A hint of toffee, some chemical smell that is related to the alcohol.

Several layers of coffee - espresso and several dark roasts. Chocolate is tame and slightly sweet. There's the same chemical flavor - something like the "paintbos" in pinotage wines. Hints of spice - allspice and cinnamon.

I actually wanted this to be more dense. It goes down easily, and isn't as heavy as most beers of this style. It's very good.

02-03-2010 04:08:18 | More by BillyBoysPie
Photo of stakem


4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours black with a finger of darkly tanned head that laces all over the glassware. Nose is a wonderful blend of burnt grain smelling of chocolate and coffee with a bite of alcohol in the tail end. Taste is equally enjoyable with the burnt grain and hop bitterness right upfront that blends through the thick body with tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee. It finishes both bitter and very warming but has a strange way of also seeming to be sweet like a smoky dark molasses. Lingering taste of chocolate and sweet grain. Feel of this beer is very smooth and enjoyable with a mild amount of carb. Very drinkable for over 8%

02-03-2010 01:40:31 | More by stakem
Photo of alleykatking


4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

This bottle is one I had in the cellar for a year or maybe it was two...ahh shit I can't remember. Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a blackish liquid. When held to the light you can see light hues of brown on the sides of the glass. This came with just a half finger brown head that died almost as quickly as it got there. Leaves mocha whisps on the top of this beer. No real lacing to speak of but it coats the glass in a light brown liquid.

S- The coffee notes really make themselves more apparent with a little age on it. These come through quite brightly on the front end of the aroma. Roasted malts come through next with a bitter darker chocolate in the back end of this. It's not really all too complex but the nose has many layers to it coming one right after the other. Nothing really blends into another but each have their seperate stop and go motions.

T- Roasted malts make a light run for the front of this beer with darker chocolate undertones. After a little age on this one the coffee is the most in your face with flavor. It kind of takes over from the ending front all the way to the end. Even with all this coffee going on it is for the most part balanced with the darker chocolate coming through the rest of the beer in hints and mellows the coffee sting out a bit.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the light side. Nice creamy mouthfeel with this beer. I enjoyed the fresh roasted coffee taste it left on the palate. This combined with a nice duo of roasted malt and coffee brings the aftertaste something to look forward to. This beer coated everything it touched in it's roasted coffee image.

D- This beer was almost too easy to drink. I personally wanted to jump back into my cellar and bust out the rest of them. Luckly, I didn't and I think it will pay off in the end. This beer seems to be more drinkable to me with a little age on it. I personally think you should sit on it for at least a year before drinking some. This is me though....good work like always Founder's!

02-02-2010 05:46:08 | More by alleykatking
Photo of h00dak


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Really whats not like to like about this big beer? Goes great with a breakfast of steak and eggs. Tastes like beer and coffee with a dash of heaven. I had these at my girlfriend's place and they were so good that I drank one too many and made a fool of myself.

This beer is fantastic. Not a session beer and nor should it be. This should be appreciated and enjoyed on special occasions. This is how stouts should be.

02-01-2010 04:28:50 | More by h00dak
Photo of tw0st3p


3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Preface by saying I am not a coffee drinker. Poured into a 12oz pint glass @ 45 deg.

A: Pours nearly black with a dark foamy head. Head lingers and laces well.

S: Coffee and chocolate and some more coffee.

T: Starts out with a bit of chocolate malt and roasted caramel to me, but ends hard with the coffee.

M: Pretty viscous this one.

D: Definitely not a session beer. Didn't seem overly killer on the ABV but I couldnt do more than a couple at a time.

If you like coffe and beer, this ones for you.

01-31-2010 01:43:37 | More by tw0st3p
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

At last!

The label art is kinda stupid. An illustration of a baby eating something from a bowl. Oatmeal perhaps?

Poured black as hell with a nice creamy tan/brown head that hung around for awhile. Nice lacing is deposited throughout the session.

Aroma is super rich and mostly dominated by coffee. Roasted barley, chocolate flavor and a hint of oatmeal also make appearances.

Flavor is more of the same with the coffee dominating and other flavors following. Slight coffee bitterness is masterfully balanced by the super richness of the chocolate and oatmeal flavor. Alcohol isn't close to being detected!

Feel is super syrupy and smooth but not super heavy to the tounge. Coke like carbonation.

This is one incredibly rich and drinkable stout. Stellar.

01-30-2010 23:04:15 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of DAllspaw


3.55/5  rDev -21.5%

Poured into tulip. Light head, just a tinge of a ring around the glass, reminiscent of a good espresso pour. Color a dead ringer for what comes from my subaru after 7500 mile oil change, though not as thick. Smell is deep malt, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is unquestionably dark chocolate competing with dark roasted coffee. Great mouthfeel with slight tingle from the alcohol, reminding you that this is still a beer. A fairly bitter finish, again very reminiscent of espresso, but also very warming. Good stuff and a bargain for the price, but you have to like coffee and dark chocolate...a lot.

01-30-2010 01:42:38 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of ericwgbeer


2.65/5  rDev -41.4%

Founders site calls this brew "the coffee lovers consummate beer".
I will definitely give them that.

Poured into a pint glass. Served at 45-50º.

A - The darkest brown possible without being black. Head is 1.5 fingers with a beautiful dark tan color that leaves some nice lacing as the brew is consumed.

S - Coffee, coffee, and burnt malt & burnt coffee. Some hops. Slight chocolate as well. Not too bad overall, but the burnt malt/coffee just dominates and smells...well...burnt. The smell lets you know what's coming.

T - Very coffee. A bitter and burnt finish that won't go away. Not very complex overall.

M - Full-bodied. Very good for the style.

D - I was disappointed, overall, for such a highly rated brew, but this is not a beer that I would choose again. If you are looking for "the coffee lovers consummate beer" and don't mind a bitter, burnt finish, this is the beer for you.

01-29-2010 04:15:31 | More by ericwgbeer
Photo of CaptinRedBeard


4.25/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured straight down the center of the glass. Jet black with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma of wonderful black coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor that seems to hit the palette first is the coffee but when you swirl it around in your mouth it's amazing how all of the different flavors stand out. The kona coffee, dark chocolates, roasted malt and a bit of hop presence. This is a great beer.

01-28-2010 12:22:28 | More by CaptinRedBeard
Photo of dasenebler


4.28/5  rDev -5.3%

12-ouncer, bottled 8/5/09.

Pours opaque, with a modest mocha head. Lacing is decent, retention is average. Huge and earthy nose of coffee. I can smell the Sumatra.

Flavor is bitter, tangy and coffee-like. I like how this beer isn't sweet or timid. Roasty. Some chocolate comes through, but this brew really focuses on coffee and does it well. Oats could be more present and contribute more to the mouthfeel, which is a bit lacking for a stout on the bigger end of the spectrum.

This is a great coffee stout, and I respect it, but I don't see it as a top-25 beer, which is how it's rated (#22) on "Best of BA" as of this review. I'm not even sure it's top-50. Maybe I'm a curmudgeon. Who knows. Mikeller Beer Geek Breakfast is still the stuff for me when it comes to coffee stouts. This Founders brew is a great value though, especially when compared to Mikeller.

01-27-2010 08:07:39 | More by dasenebler
Photo of avocadoz


4.43/5  rDev -2%

This beer pours a dark, rich brown. Excellent smell of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very very little head, and not as smooth as I anticipated, but WOW what an great taste. The chocolate and coffee hits you up front and lingers on. Would pair well with a savory soup and crusty bread. Drinkability is amazing considering the ABV... could drink this all night!

01-27-2010 00:32:21 | More by avocadoz
Photo of biglite351


4.05/5  rDev -10.4%

High coffee flavor. Slightly bitter after taste. You must like coffee to enjoy thos need. I do lile coffee bit o would not drink this beer exclusively all evening. It is good as a switch out. I do say that you should try it but I would not get a case of this specific beer.

01-27-2010 00:02:06 | More by biglite351
Photo of Lukafer


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Pours black with a slight, dark brown head.

S: Coffee with some chocolate, very nice.

T: Definitely some bitter chocolate and coffee, slightly oaky, but balanced with enough malt that it's very drinkable. Oh yeah, there's the alcohol burn I was waiting for. As it warms the flavors really stand out.

M: Thick but enough carbonation to make it very drinkable. Wow, it's perfect.

D: I really like coffee stouts, and this is one of the best. I could see drinking myself stupid with this one.

01-26-2010 22:49:49 | More by Lukafer
Photo of hopsbreath


4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

The label shows a little kid in a bib eating a bowl of oatmeal. It also states it contains 60 IBU's and 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV). Founders only offers this beer November through January and it is fairly difficult to find. This particular batch was bottled 11-6-2009 as evidenced by the born on date. After an aggressive pour, 3 fingers of espresso foam colored head formed which gradually receded to a thin top layer that never dissipated. The beer itself was jet black and completely opaque even to direct light. The lacing on this beer was wonderful. It built up at every level the beer was left after every gulp the whole way down the glass like growth rings on a tree. Fantastic aroma gave off the smell of stale coffee, grainy hops, and sweet roasted malts. Flavors ranged from bitter sweet chocolate, to strong brewed iced coffee, to the aggressive bitters of the 60 IBU's derived from the hops. Rather high for IBU's in a stout but it worked very well without a distinct floral hop essence. Extremely creamy and smooth texture is probably due to the oatmeal they used in the brewing process and gives the perfect not-to-thin not-to-thick mouth feel. For the ABV this is a scary easy to drink beer with a slightly sessionable feel to it. The only significant sign of the size of this beer is the slightly sticky feeling it leaves on your lips after a swig. This is the third founder's beer I have tried in just over a week and have to say this is a top notch brewery! The Breakfast Stout clearly stands out as an upper tier offering and I highly recommend it. Worth the search.

01-26-2010 20:41:24 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of Jeffo


4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick and tight looking one finger chocolate brown head with good retention. Black in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. A ring remains and leaves some good looking lacing down the sides. A fine looking Imperial Stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate, though the pure black coffee is more prominent. Notes of fudge and brownies as well. Bold enough and quite enticing.

TASTE: Roasted malts and a great balance between the pure bitter dark chocolate and black coffee; more balanced than the nose. Very roasted and burnt the whole way through, leading to a bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Bold and long lasting aftertaste is plenty roasted with lots of coffee and burnt cocoa flavors. One of the best out there.

PALATE: Full body with lower amounts of light carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little alcohol bite at the finish. The oatmeal has definitely given this a soft and creamy feel. Finish is slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This stuff is what people write home to their mothers about. Fantastic stuff and well worth the hype. By far the best coffee flavored stout I've had so far, and the flavors mesh excellently with the chocolate and oatmeal. Very enjoyable, though the bold flavors do start to get a little overwhelming after a glass or two. Non-the-less, this one is a real treat of the brewing industry and I hope it continues to find its way overseas.

01-26-2010 20:22:40 | More by Jeffo
Photo of DrinkingAleToday


4.08/5  rDev -9.7%

A: Pours thick and black with a sparse coffee colored head that leavs some spotty laceing.

S: Coffee and more coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley.

T: Loads of coffee and bitter cocoa, roasted malt slips in after the initial burst of coffee, Hop and chocolate bitterness really lingers on the tongue.

M: Nice full bodied stout, very smooth and creamy, understated carbination is spot on. Bitter coffee and chocolate and malt sweetness are nicely balanced.

D: A very good stout, you probably need to like coffee to really enjoy this beer. I found the bitter chocolate to be just a tad overwhelming.

01-25-2010 23:30:02 | More by DrinkingAleToday
Photo of teovaldi


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a deep deep brown, probably the darkest beer I've ever seen, with a deep brown/tan head that doesn't last very long but while its there it looks amazing.

The nose on this one is roasted COFFEE, COFFEE, and MORE COFFEE as well as rich dark chocolate.

The taste is a total in your face coffee outburst with dark chocolate in there finishing off with a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel on this sucker while on tap is so velvety smooth its like chocolate milk. Hardly any carbonation noticed in this monster.

This is one beer that improves as it warms up so if served very cold make sure to let this sucker warm up. The first one was so good I had to have another and pissed off my girlfriend in the process having to make her wait another 1/2 hour to finish my "mini-beer" as she called it (10 oz snifter, lol).

01-25-2010 17:25:01 | More by teovaldi
Photo of brewerburgundy


4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle, goblet, no freshness date to be found.
Edit: "Bottled 10/23/09" found on the bottle neck.

Like Ten Fidy, like dirty obsidian. At first no head formed but I poured straight down and got a lovely cappuccino head of about an inch. Looks to leave good rings of lace. We have no highlights.

My morning coffee! Better than my morning coffee because a 70 to 80 percent cacao dark chocolate square has been melted into it. Some background spicy hop behind the supple espresso, dark chocolate nose. Dark malts.

This is a taste and olfactory climax for those who love stout, coffee, and chocolate. The mimicry of a cup of coffee or mocha by this beer is astounding. The beginning and end of the sip do this, while the middle gives you chocolate milkshake, oreo, dark roasted malt, rain wetted earth, hop bitterness and earthy white pepper. I can find nothing lacking. The finish is like that of black coffee with only the addition of hop bitterness.

Here I could nitpick but the mouth is great. Unlike the Schlafly Coffee Stout from last night, it hasn't been fermented out too far. Worthy.

There is not a trace of the moderate (for an imperial stout these days) alcohol content. As it warms things only seem to tighten up, to become more consolidated, a cohesive whole. I think I could finish the four-pack tonight but I must cherish this.

01-25-2010 02:37:24 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of pdoran10


4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Happy to be reviewing this after enjoying many of these since drinking my first a few months ago.

Poured into a standard pint glass, nothing too different from other stouts here. I get a good amount of head and a standard dark brown black color. Still looks exciting. Smell is mainly of very good coffee. Taste follows the smell, and you get very tasty coffee right away. I get a perfect blend of a bit of hops, toasted malt and a hint of chocolate too. The most harmonious blend of tastes I've ever had in a stout. They blend perfectly. Mouthfeel is great. Not too thick or syrupy, but has substance. A solid dark beer. Drinkability is just right for an imperial stout. It's a big beer that I could drink all day.

01-24-2010 17:50:19 | More by pdoran10
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North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Man, this is a dark beer. Pours a deep, deep coffee color that seems to absorb all the light around it. A very slight, one-finger, tan head emerges, which leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Beautiful scent of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. I couldn't do it justice with just a written description. Coffee is probably the prevailing scent, but it interplays so well with the dark chocolate and burnt malts. It also has another sweet quality to it, that might be toffee or some other sweet.

Taste: This is just a superb beer. I've never had a beer that showcased each of the flavors contained within it so separately. As you was it around in your mouth, you get hit by the coffee, then the cream, the dark chocolate and the long finish of roasted malt. In the end, the bittering malts prevail, but the sweet stuff has its say, as well. This is such a complex brew and the flavors are intertwined absolutely perfectly.

Mouthfeel: This one is on the thicker side of things with a reasonably amount of carbonation. It's not chewy by any means but the body is very adequate for the style.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no trace of alcohol in this beer. All you get from this is the wonderful flavoring. The huge flavor doesn't prevent this from being a drinkable beer, either. This is a really nice drinking beer.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. For me, the two most important facets of a brew are the complexity and boldness of flavor - and how smoothly these are combined. With that criteria in mind, this is an almost flawless beer. There are so many different things going on in the smell and taste that each assert themselves boldly and clearly. When you couple that with a beer that also extremely smooth and drinkable, you have a really exceptional brew. This is a pleasure to drink and easily ranks among one of the better beers I've had.

01-22-2010 06:02:52 | More by zoso493
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -6%

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/18/2009.

Pours black and opaque with thin brown head tht quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smells somewhat sweet - mostly dark chocolate and some coffee. A bit if hop presence as well and the alcohol is barely detectable at the end.

There is a nice bitter hop presence up front, quickly backed by strong dark chocolate. The finish is smooth, with more chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is very slightly detectable at the end, and the beer leaves a somewhat bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Feel is creamy with a medium to full body and good carbonation. Overall great complexity in taste and aroma, but a touch too bitter and hoppy in my opinion. Still pretty drinkable, I think it could stand to mellow out a bit.

01-22-2010 00:29:05 | More by goldbot
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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