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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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12,222 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,222
Reviews: 3,265
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,202
Gots: 2,831 | FT: 173
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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 Klym
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to klikger for *2* of these bad boys. Poured into a stone nonic!

A: Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Solid lacing.

S: Like a coffee oatmeal mush with cocoa powder lightly sprinkled on top. Coffee and oatmeal come through much more definitively than anything else. Some black pepper also lays in the background.

T: The nose is pretty much exactly what I get. None of the flavors are as sharp as the nose, though. I'm surprised by how oatmeal dominated this is, I really expected to get a big chocolate punch. Regardless, all of the flavors slide between one another effectively and I find myself frequently reaching for the next sip.

M: Full bodied for the ABV, but the carbonation is less than creamy. Theres a tad of coffee bitter burn on the inner sides of the tongue and the beer seems to hang around a bit in the mouth but I dont find it unpleasant.

O: I searched for this when I went to NY and couldnt find it so I'm very glad to try it now. I think KBS is the better brew but this one has its place. For people who enjoy good oatmeal character in a potent stout, this is for you.

Klym, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into imperial glass. This is a special review and a beer Ive wanted to get ahold of for quite some time.

Poured a motor oil black with a one-finger mocha-colored head. Totally opaque...no light penetration whatsoever. Poured very smooth, as expected.

Aroma is that of black coffee up front with hints of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and oat. Smelled absolutely immaculate.

Wow! The taste follows the nose. Black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some oatiness. Little bit of bitterness too on the back end. This is just amazing. At 8.3% ABV, there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever. If you like coffee, this is right down your alley. Breakfast in a bottle...

One word...rich. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and velvety smooth going down. Definitely a full-bodied brew, but it offers superb drinkability. I had to stop myself from drinking this heavenly nectar too fast so I could savor it, but its just that friggin' good!

Overall this is the best stout, and to date, the best beer I have ever had, period. I have never given a perfect score to a beer on here before, but this one gets it from me. Very refreshing to see a much ballyhooed beer live up to its enormous hype. If you like stouts, drink this. It will change your life forever. Its that good. Thank you to Founders for this amazing take on an imperial stout. Now if I could only score some KBS and CBS...

BeerFiend2002, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black. Head is tan/brown with mild retention and decent lacing around the glass.

S: Miles of malt, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Wonderful toasted sweet and rich character. A little leather in there.

T: Carob chips and roasted malts are prominent. There's a bright, but subtle coffee flavor. Fine leather and clean malts on the finish. This beer would go very well with a complex cigar like a Padron or a La Flor Dominicana.

M: It's full bodied and rich. It's not chalky or over bearing though. There is a distinct stout aftertaste on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue.

D: It's about as drinkable as an 8.3% abv beer can be. Smells and tastes great, but will catch up to you after a few rounds. I love it though.

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts by far! Love to drink this for breakfast. (surprise surprise)

A - Pours black with a nice little head.

S - Smells like the perfect breakfast (Without the bacon). Coffee heavy and chocolate notes.

T - Thick, chocolatey taste. Loads of coffee and subtle oatmeal flavor.

M - Perfect stout feel. Nice and Creamy!

mattboyer182, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, with moderate amount of chocolate colored head. Good amount of lacing.

smell: primarily chocolate with hints of coffee.

taste: very rich, deep dark chocolate taste with the oatmeal texture coming out more as the beer warms up. good carbonation that fuels the mixture of wide palate of tastes. Specifically, the combination of coffee and chocolate is done perfectly.

mouthfeel: can start to feel a little soapy (I imagine because of the strong chocolate presence). for a high-alcohol stout, this is a mild complaint as the beer goes down very gently.

overall: excellent beer all-around. hard to imagine this plays third fiddle to KBS and CBS.

Ehrnstrom, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this a million times. Finally got around to reviewing it with the new batch. Bottled 8/5/11. Poured at room temperature into my Founder's snifter.

A: After the beautiful mocha colored head recedes this looks like cold coffee that has been sitting out since I made it in the French press this morning.

S: Fresh brewed coffee.

T: Just as the beer is described: double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout. Nothing more needs to be said.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: An old, good friend. One of my annual favorites. You know it is that time of the year for great beer in MI when this one hits shelves.

camil1mj, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a while ago and now I'm revisiting it. My original thoughts of it were that I wasn't overly impressed for some reason. Perhaps it was my mood. I just opened a bottle that could possibly had some age to it. The pour is a beautiful black as night color with a thick brown colored head. The lacing is very nice on this beer. The smell is roasted and super chocolatey! The coffee kind of blends in with the malts and chocolate. The taste is so nice, the flavors are just balanced so well. Chocolate, coffee, sweet dark roasted malts and oats. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a really nice thickness with a subtle carbonation. Overall it's a fantastic beer, there really isn't much to bitch about with this one. Buy this beer!

Knapp85, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Founders snifter. A match of pure genius.

Pours an opaque black with a fingers worth of mocha head. Recedes rather quickly. Lacing is clinging for dear life. Full on roast coffee. It's making love to my face. I keep diving in for more. Bakers chocolate is present. A nice sip. Chocolate and oatmeal rounded out with a large amount of roast coffee notes. The chocolate has a bitter finish. A lovely touch.I find myself sipping over and over to keep the flavors in my mouth. I guess my true knock is that I wish it was a bit thicker. Not thin, but it's borderline.

I need to stock up on this.

TheDudeRules, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Founders breakfast stout is probably the best readily available affordable stout on the market.

Very dark beer. Pours with a bit of head and leaves some sparse lacing. Very attractive beer. The aroma is huge coffee up front with coco. Mocha coffee aroma on this beer. Could be a little bigger, but I'm not complaining. The beer tastes like a coffee chocolate mild caramel beer. The alcohol lightens the flavors a bit, which is not the greatest, but I am really just nitpicking here. This beer tastes great. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth and viscous. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing affordable delicious beer. Founders does an amazing job making widely available delicious beers. This beer was the reason founders became my favorite brewery.

Agold, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful black color. It's thick and syrupy looking with a nice brown head that stays with the glass until the end.

S: smells like a chocolate covered coffee bean. I imagine that's how it tastes.

T: I don't get the oatmeal much, but a tiny bit. Dominated by coffee and chocolate, but some malts come through.

M: incredibly smooth, even with 60 IBUs. Pretty awesome. Very creamy and thick.

O: unbelievable beer. I had this years ago and just got my hands on it again.

Holland, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of mobius387
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance: pours black like tar but smoothly. forms no head at first then a small 1/2 inch brown top appears, not very foamy, full of bubbles.

Aroma: coffee and chocolate. not very strong, but subtle enough to pick it up.

Palate: sits with medium density in the mouth. taste spreads all over.

Taste: rich coffee with a slight burnt taste that is pleasant. the alcohol isnt as noticeable as the KBS. consistent taste as you move it around your mouth. chocolate comes out a bit later.

Overall: great taste and has a bit more "drinkability" than the KBS. one of the best stouts ive had for flavor. heavier than others, but not so heavy its overwhelming. one of the best seasonal beers around.

mobius387, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for sharing this.

Black with a heaving dense coffee-coloured head. Great retention.

Clean and nicely refined roasty aromas of brewed coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of sweet esters.

Much the same but better. Sweetened dark chocolate, used coffee grounds and a Tia Maria liquer character (kudos to bluebetty for nailing that).

Divinely creamy but not at all heavy. Great.

Great stuff. The additions are proportioned so that they complement the base beer without hogging the limelight.

Only had a 100mL sample of this so will certainly do a re-review when I can hook up some more.

spicelab, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, verging on black. Poured with virtually no head, just a small ring of brown bubbles.

Aroma: Fresh coffee, maple and dark chocolate. I'm not sure I pick up on the Kona, but the Sumatra is pretty evident.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate blended with robust coffee and roasted malt. Interestingly, I think the Kona is more evident in the taste. I can't taste the hops but they bite my tongue at the finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer has creamy, thick mouthfeel making for a good sipping beer.

Overall: Breakfast Stout is one of my very favorite stouts. I look forward to it when it comes out each season and I buy enough to last a while.

Eis Igian,
Randall

cosmonick, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of polisanl
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso type dark with thin tan lacing around the glass edge. Smells of pure coffee. In the taste you find more coffee and the usual supsects found in oatmeal stouts. The after tatse is huge. I think this is where this stands alone from other coffee stouts that are one-dimensional. A mix of bitter-sweet dark chocolate and espresso style (darker roast) coffee comes out it in the back of the palate. Decent carbonation throughout. Medium mouth on the mouth.

polisanl, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 2010

A-Motor oil, creamy deep brown head, not much head or lacing left behind.

S-Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.

T-Lots of chocolate, oats and roasted malt. Bitterness is there and the coffee is a lot less present in the aged bottle compared fresh.

M-Creamy, smooth, not much carbonation

O-I think this is much better than the fresh on tap I had at DLD. Fresh is was full of coffee but aged it seemed to mellow out and the chocolate took more of the forefront.

rlee1390, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of cjoc83
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black and completely opaque, no visible hues of any other color besides black even at the edges of the glass and when held up to light. A creamy, 2 finger chocolate-milk colored head dissipates after a few minutes but leaves a foamy ring around the glass. Nice lacing.

The nose fairly explodes with fresh coffee, big roasted notes, and chocolate. Smells amazing.

And tastes even better. Big roasted malts and a milk chocolate sweetness at the front of the tongue, then in the middle of the palette I get espresso, bitter bakers chocolate, and some floral hops. The flavors just coat the tongue. Finishes with a coffee/hop medley of mild bitterness. Just delicious.

This beer is definitely on the fuller side of medium bodied and coats the palette with big flavors. Low carbonation is fitting for the style. Velvety smooth.

Long has this been my favorite stout. I have not been lucky enough to get my hands on a KBS yet, but it's honestly pretty hard for me to imagine a stout any better than this. A world class beer through and through. Founders, you beautiful bastards.

cjoc83, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of slentz
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The date on this bottle is illegible but it's a fresh bottle. Bottled just over two weeks ago. Pop of the cap provides a nice hiss sounds like good carbonation. Poured into my duvel tulip at around 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass provides a finger and half of beautiful tan mocha colored head quickly receding to a finger or less. Very tight bubbles after two minutes a thin head remains. Beer is very dark zero light shines through. 4.0

S: Good god! A coffee/espresso bomb. Super roasty with some chocolate notes behind it. However, the coffee smell takes over and is simply awesome! 5.0

T: This is super smooth getting those strong coffee notes as pronounced in the smell. A little chocolate quite bitter, but very nice. No hint of alcohol. Really I think you could drink this with your morning eggs/breakfast with no problem. The coffee is super strong so makes this a little too bitter but overall still damn good. 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is par for the course, not too heavy not too light, goes down very smooth. Hops provide an bit of oil feeling on the tongue. 4.0

O: Overall, Founders Breakfast Stout is a solid stout and one that I look forward to every year. If you have not had this you should definitely seek it out. Will be interesting to see how this one tastes when the coffee fades a bit. 4.0

slentz, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with one finger cola colored head. Good lacing that resides quickly.

S - Roasted malts, lots of coffee, and some chocolate.

T - Coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, char, with just a little sweetness.

M - Light to medium carbonation. Silky smooth. A little oily.

O - Yet another great stout from Founders.

SkiBum22, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just hitting shelves, I found myself picking up a 4-pack of this already. Today is a surprisingly cooler day, so with dinner I cracked open the iconic 12 ounce bottle. Poured into a globe glass.

A: Deep black body with dark brown hues around the top edges. Creamy, bubbly light mocha head sits atop and leaves a thin retention ring around the perimeter. Some quite sporadic, patchy lacing is left around the glass walls. Imperial Stouts should absolutely look like this, kudos.

S: Bitter roasted coffee beans, bakers dark chocolate, dark chocolate malts, caramel and a dash of cocoa powder towards the end. It doesn't seem overdone on either the coffee or chocolate aspect, nor do the oats impart any dominating characteristic. Just like I'd hope a balanced Breakfast stout would smell like. Founders is on a roll!

T: Immediate but reserved bitter coffee notes come through, followed by a rich chocolate cake flavor. Dark chocolate cocoa nibs and a sweet butter cream frosting elements are more towards the finish of the beer. It's an interesting and really well done play on flavors, however throughout the entire sip you can sense the coffee being a bit too dominating over the other flavors. If the coffee would have receded a bit after its initial presence this beer would be nearly untouchable.

M: Well carbonated, perhaps overly so, but it remains medium bodied. It's not as thick or chewy like I like my Imperial Stouts, so overall for me this is a moderately week mouth feel for the style.

For what it is, Founders Breakfast Stout combines the oatmeal stout base with chocolate and coffee beans quite well. I'm trying not to be too jaded with KBS but I find myself almost craving that little extra something to set apartment another coffee stout from the rest. Although for what it is, this is a seriously solid beer from one of the most respected breweries in the US.

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Sirbaron
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed out of snifter after a nice meal. Appearance jet black almost blue. Smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste rediculously complex with coffee and chocolate being up front. Mouthfull wonderfully lush. Overall this is as good as it gets. Savor the beer as more layers evolve as it warms.

Sirbaron, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of cocoa-cream head with both cream and foam with opaque black body. Not much lacing, but some interesting swirls in the surface memory.

Smells like bitter coffee and super-cacao chocolate, kinda earthy.

Taste has a lot of coffee as well, much more than KBS. That, and the sort of vegetal hop bitterness. Oatmeal rounds off the finish, along with alcohol warmth. Seriously-- all that's missing is bacon and eggs.

Mouthfeel is fine-grained and complementary to the style.

More bitter than its barrel-aged counterpart-- since this is out of season, I imagine it has both developed and toned down the edge of the coffee and any hop presence. Still great.

zaphodchak, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Pete0714
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured thickly into a pint glass. Back with a tan head (half inch head). Lacing resides after pour.

S: abundance of chocolate and coffee.

T: Taste as good as it smells. coffee, chocolate, rich and malty

M; Thick, syrupy, full beer, truly worthy of the name "breakfast stout"

: terrific stout, a beer to be had at breakfast or any time of the day ( the latter my personal preference)

Pete0714, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a completely black hue with a small light brown head that left some delicate lace on the glass. Slight amount of carbonation comes up from the sides of the glass.

Smells are very roasted malts and coffee aromas coming up front. There is some biscuity malt in there as well.

Taste is roasted malts upfront with a nice bitter coffee tone coming next. There is chocolate in the finish and it is more noticable when this beer warms up.

Very easy drinking beer. No alcohol heat and it has an incredible velvety smooth mouthfeel. I finally see what all the buzz over this beer is about.

snpub540, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a coffee bomb. Most coffee forward beer I've ever had. This tastes of a black cup of coffee start to finish. It's almost hard to believe this is beer thin mouthfeel for a stout with virtually zero head. This goes down tremendously easy. Th 8.3 ABV is nearly nonexistent. A 16 oz pour of this is more than enough.

Retail1LO, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/29/11

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance-It starts out with a creamy tan head that settles slowly. The beer is like a black hole in a glass because there is no light getting through it.

Smell- A glorious combination of chocolate, coffee and some dank malts.

Taste- Hit with the coffee up front which is balanced out by the chocolate and a bit of bitterness. The huge amount of taste lingers on the back of my tongue for minutes.

Mouth feel-is balanced it is thick enough for any stout but it drinks nicely.

Overall I am just in love with this beer, especially fresh the flavors out of this world. One hell of a beer from founders.

FatBoyGotSwagger, Aug 10, 2011
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,222 ratings.