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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 11,572
Reviews: 3,208
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,122
Gots: 2,493 | 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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melloashello

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -17.5%

Pours a black color and light head, which is expected.

Smells of coffee and chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is what threw me off just a bit. Tasted like a cup of coffee. But the beer was very bitter and thin. I usually prefer stouts that are a bit sweeter and thicker.

Overall, this is a good beer and there is no doubt about that. However, it just didn't live up to my expectations. I bought a few of these, so I'm going to put the rest of them away for a while and then try one again.

03-09-2010 01:05:14 | More by melloashello
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WeimtimeBier

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Nice thin tan mocha head with a black coffee like body

S- mocha and coffee in the head, rich and robust with some light chocolate. Expresso

T- Rich coffee and expresso. some cocoa and a good oaty balance to the brew. Alcohol was not too perceptable. Light bitter hop aroma and soft roast.

M- Smooth silky oat feel. very smooth and creamy on pallet. Light carbonation.

D- Nice drinkability. filling, so i would not have more then two. Balanced.

03-08-2010 13:28:03 | More by WeimtimeBier
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nectar14

California

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%

From a 12 oz. bottle. Funny picture on it.

A: Wow, this is opaque and thick on the pour, generating a 2 finger dark tan head.

S: Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee... lots of it.

T: Big and bold, but not out of balance. Bitter chocolate, coffee, booze, and some sharp roasted barley. Finishes with a good bitterness, mostly from chocolate.

M: Smooth and viscous. Might get some of this from the oatmeal. Carbonation is nice; not too high.

D: Well, this is pretty drinkable for a beer its size. Whaddya expect? You're not going to be pounding these. This is a sipper. I sipped it slow while building some shelves... opened it after I'd finished with the power tools, which was good because the alcohol may make you a teeny bit silly.

Very enjoyable. Glad I transported these back after my latest Midwest trip.

03-07-2010 14:44:20 | More by nectar14
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y2j2280

New York

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Very dark (black), with a head resembling a root beer float. Upon first pour its a bit like when you drain oil from your late 80s british roadster.

S - Enigmatic.. complex nose, like a heavily used coffee filter from an italian espresso shop colliding with the aromas wafting from kitchen of a master belgian chocolatier

T - The flavor profile of this stout has several distinct stages, as opposed to some that seem to squeeze to much into a confined space. The initial flavor of milky chocolate and its delightful creaminess transitions elegantly to a flavor that makes one recall their vacation experience of enjoying a cup of espresso prepared by a beautiful dark-haired Italian barista whilst overlooking St. Peter's square in Rome. The advertised 60 IBUs of this malt beverage become more apparent in the finish as the previous notes have all but faded to a mellow and delightful bitterness.

M - The first thoughts upon imbibing are that of sipping from a half-pint of heavy cream. The ensuing experience is what I can only imagine as what one would feel if they were to attempt to ingest water-based paint. This is a welcome sensation.

D - For a beer of this ABV (8.3%) and stature it is remarkably easy to drink. As long as one is not in a rush and allows ample time to fully appreciate the splendor of this fine beverage, I would argue that there is no limit to the amount of this beer that one could drink (within the limits of human morality).

03-07-2010 04:31:03 | More by y2j2280
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours dark dark brown and sits in glass black. Incredible head! Dark tan, creamy 1/4 inch head. Full coating on sides of glass.

Smell is chocolate milk and coffee. Wish I had a nice cigar.
Not very complex in the nose, but, very smooth and ncie.

Taste of bitter hops and coffee up front. Alcoholic flavors and dark sweet chewy fruits such as figs and dates. In your face alcohol and coffee flavors. (a good thing). The background has chocolate milk creaminess. Smooth brew, too smooth! Mouthfeel is semi chewey but yet so smooth.
Great and exceptional coating on my pallet. Love this one. Was hard to obtain on west coast.

The only coffee stout that compares to this quality are Hitachi and Speedway stouts. My favorite three now.

03-06-2010 08:16:37 | More by Trueant1
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

Man let me say this first off.

I am REALLY picky when it comes to coffee stouts. As a huge coffee nerd, when the coffee profile is off, i notice, and i am harsh on it. Java Stout is one example, Surly Coffee Bender is a bit lesser example.

And then as soon as i rethink the entire style(withholding the mighty Peche Mortel), Founders comes out and makes a fantastic brew like FBS, and i no longer need to lose faith in the style.

With a beautiful balance off surprisingly well done roasty coffee flavors, strong Coco, earthyness, and vanilla, this one doesn't have that offensive stale coffee taste so common to the Coffee Stout style. The finish lets some of the coffee flavors linger a bit longer, and stand out just a bit more from the coco it shared the stage with at the start, but never reaches that cloyingly annoying level.

This one has quality flavors balanced with an excellent mouthfeel.

Yea, an excellent mouthfeel, i think this is one of the real keys of this beer, and partially how it tromps the others of same style. The Oatmeal gives this one a fantastic creamy and smooth palatte coating mouthfeel, that is essential for the style and unfortunately often goes overlooked. Thankfully Founders knows what they are doing, they are ever impressive and sometimes make others look like amateurs.

With as balanced and rewarding as this beer is it would be so easy to reach for another. The lingering brown lacing of the glass once full just begs for another, and the still present coffee notes kissing the palette whisper out to continue.

Aside from Dieu Du Ciel, Founders has been the only brewery able to make a Coffee Stout i've been able to highly recommend. Bravo.

03-05-2010 06:09:31 | More by ChadQuest
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Wd2048

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

With the pour, there was not a lot of head. Probably to be expected with the alcohol content. Head was a dark tan.

Beer was black, typical of a stout. No seeing through this one.

I had a slight alcohol aroma. Other than that quite roasty, slight chocolate undertones, and almost earthy. This explained a lot when I first tasted it.

My first reaction to the taste was "dirt". I'm not sure how to explain that. The bitterness jumped out at the beginning and then gave way to an almost dark-chocolaty smoothness. That earthiness stayed with me through the entire beer. It was definitely a shock to my taste buds. It wasn't as sweet as most stouts are to me. It was a pleasant, lingering, surprise.

Overall mouthfeel was good. It coated the taste buds. This one will stick with you for a while.

While I liked this beer, it's not one that I would probably order up all night. At 8.3%ABV I couldn't hold up that long. Too, with this being one of the more bitter stouts that I've tried, it's not one that would be refreshing to me in large quantities. Definitely a nice treat to have on occasion.

03-04-2010 14:08:47 | More by Wd2048
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

the holy grail! after years of longing i finally got a six in philly on a business trip.

wow take every good quality i look for in a number of different stouts and put them under one bottle cap.

Appearance is coal black with deep tan head.

nose is popping with roasted malts, chocolate, anise.

taste is deep. roasty chocolaty and very hoppy. alcohol reminder on each sip in a good way.

mouthfeel is like liquid velvet.

very drinkable for this big stout.

just plain good

03-04-2010 01:24:44 | More by OatmattStout
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Brez07

Maine

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a Maine Beer Company mini goblet

A: A dark, dark brown pour with a small mocha head. This doesn't last long. I don't get much lacing

S: A strong roasted coffee scent with some chocolate that breaks through

T: Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, some oat and a touch of alcohol in the finish

M: This is a full bodied stout. Slightly chewy and smooth. Some bitterness lingers on the tongue. Decent amount of carbonation

D: A fantastic drinking double stout. Incredibly easy to drink considering the ABV. A little filling, so I probably wouldn't drink more then 2 in a sitting

03-01-2010 23:35:01 | More by Brez07
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Poured from a bottle into a maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick black, almost oil like with a small amount of tan head that quickly fades.

Smell: Dark chocolate malts, roasted Kona coffee.

Taste: Like drinking a cup of cold coffee. The coffee really shines with this one. Dark chocolate and roasted malts

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: One of my favorite beers made, I pick this up whenever I can.

03-01-2010 01:56:54 | More by Axic10
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A: Opaque black, the void. Big beige sticky head that rests atop the blackness, fading slowly and leaving sandy-hued lacing.

S: Enticing coffee, roasted malt. Delicious coffee. Coffee. Mmmm. Do you like coffee? I like coffee.

T: A very impressive and beautifully crafted brew. Rich coffee with hints of bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and have I mentioned coffee? Why did it take me so long to try this?

M: Crisp carbonation with a buttery smooth feel. Top-notch.

D: This is so easy to drink, it's quite dangerous. In fact, I need to slow down. This is THE breakfast stout.

02-28-2010 20:18:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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icetraxx

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Pours a completely used motor oil black into my chalice. A dark tan one finger head is formed, though it does dissipate quickly (but this chalice does that to every beer). Pouring the rest of my bottle in a regular glass confirmed that this beer's head dissipates to a cap. Little lacing.

S: Tobacco, wet coffee grounds, molasses, licorice, roasted malts, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla. The tobacco-coffee ground aroma is a little overly earthy for me.

T: Roasted malt is upfront, then it is balanced by a hint of bittering hops. Molasses, licorice, chocolate, vanilla, and the hint of coffee are also rather dominate flavors. Subtle complexities are overshadowed by the coffee flavor. As usual with coffee stouts, the coffee doesn't taste "fresh brewed".

M: Ever so syrupy yet has a tad of creaminess. More carbonation would bring out a bit more flavor.

D: I can surprisingly drink this rather quickly, it's pretty impressive.

O: A coffee stout lover's dream. Personally, one bottle is enough for me.

02-28-2010 04:28:18 | More by icetraxx
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Tomdee74

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

I've had this a few times but i'm glad i've had a good amount of stouts in me so i can compare how this one stacks up..

A - Pours a black color which an inch of of head which didn't dissipate too quickly, leaving behind good lacing.

S - Smell the coffee and the chocolate! A complex smell here.. smells sweet as well and maybe you can the alcohol..

T - Ooohhh very complex.. very smooth.. alcohol is very well hidden.. chewy, chocolatey, coffee taste.. i've had a lot of stouts and this is one of my favorites.. i would drink this every day if i could.. a great sipper if i can make it hang around long enough.. sweet with a great amount of hop bite and carbonation.. this is one of my favorites..

M - Thick and chewy with a nice little robust flavor.. i can see having this with breakfast.. for some reason i'm thinking of this with waffles or french toast! anything with syrup!

D - I can have a couple of these but would calm down because the abv will get you.. but an easy to drink stout. even non ba beer drinkers have tried this and told me how they like it.. it's for coffee and/or chocolate lovers!!

02-27-2010 22:18:24 | More by Tomdee74
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mindlucent2007

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

appearance: Poured an oily, dark brown/black color with a thin, tan colored head. Nice lacing. Let me add that the baby on the bottle is cool.

smell: Strong smell of coffee beans, chocolate, coffee, and more coffee. I definitely could just smell this brew for awhile. A roasty and complex aroma going on here.

taste: Coffee is there above everything. Chocolate too, but even the aftertaste is dominated by coffee totally along with a malty sweetness. The oatmeal is in there somewhere. This is a well constructed brew and a great combination of flavors was used to achieve the style of American Double/Imperial Stout.

mouthfeel: A heavier beer. There is a good balance of carbonation.

drinkability: Very drinkable and I'd probably have two of these. A great job by Founders.

02-26-2010 22:52:17 | More by mindlucent2007
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brewbasterd

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +10%

Black, completely black,no light is coming through this sucka, like motor oil, dark tan head that took some work to even get there, had the bottle about 8 inches above the glass while pouring.Some sugar comes through on the nose, but is dominated by chocolate and coffee.The flavor profile is just as advertised, tons of chocolate with a back drop of coffee and oats, a beautifully creamy texture with a sweet malty backbone, Just enough hop bitterness to round out all the flavors. This beer coats your mouth and leaves you begging for more, definately could drink this brew all night.

02-26-2010 03:56:38 | More by brewbasterd
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

A-pours a definate black with an inch or so of dark tan head
S-huge coffee notes with a close choclate that totally dominates the beer with a slight cream in the background
T-the choclate becomes a bit more dominate with makes for a huge coffee/choclate bill that perfectly compliments each other providing the bitterness which dominates in place of hops and and sweetness from the choclate and a slight alcoholic kick definately is the breakfast of champions
M- very big mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to give it a slight crispness but a very big feel with a full smoothness definately from the oats
D-this beer is awesome while very heavy it is still very enjoyable which dares the drinker to enjoy all night and can certanly be attempted with its 8.3% abv which is slightly lower than most interpretations of the style

02-26-2010 02:23:41 | More by joshstevens87
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6%

Poured into a snifter on 2/21/10

Pours a dark, inky brown & settles just shy of black. Dark brown highlights. A deliberately slow & aggressive pour yields one finger of hot chocolate-colored foam. Said foam thins quickly to a patch of bubbles covering 50% of the surface area. Modest retention. Decent lacing at first, but gets thin quickly.

Breakfast Stout has a potent aroma of roasted coffee & espresso beans which act as a supportive pillar for the rest of the malty sweetness which is manifest in the form of milk & dark chocolate as well as dark sugars. The nose is rounded out with notes of oatmeal.

While the aromas seem to have their own distinct place, the flavor of this beer is rather well-integrated. I suppose it's fair to say it's slightly biased toward dry, roasted coffee bitterness. However, that would imply the chocolate & roasted dark malts to be less than apparent, which simply isn't the case. In fact, with the exception of oatmeal smoothness, most everything comes across as very roasted - about as close as you get without calling it burnt. A few earthy hop notes meander about but I'm not sure of the bottle's age; I think they make have broken down some.

Full bodied & chewy with just a tad more than low carbonation. Subtle prickly carbonation hits accentuate the bitterness of the coffee. Once these subside it's mostly smooth & creamy. Lots, lots, lots of bitter, roasted residuals linger on the finish & take their merry time in leaving. Come to think of it, the residuals seem kind of burnt, which is fine by me.

For whatever reason, whilst pondering which beer I'd drink tonight, I imagined that Breakfast Stout would be far sweeter than it actually is. Though somewhat surprising, I found the tilt towards coffee quite befitting. In any case, I have few complaints. If anything, I could go for a bit more robustness in respect to the flavor profile (a minor point of contention). It's plenty easy to drink & at 8.3% abv it won't floor you.

02-24-2010 03:34:02 | More by Ryan011235
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sitarist

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +4%

A- Pours a deep grape, almost black. There is hardly a head just some loose bubbles. Lacing is spotty.

S- Coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, there is a nice earthiness, some dark fruit, and horehound. Very complex, a lot going on underneath the coco and coffee.

T- Coffee upfront, then comes the bitter sweet chocolate, then back to a coffee finish, with a slight smokiness. I love the Sumatran coffee, it adds a nice earthiness.

M- Full body with a nice tiny amount of carbonation. Dry but not overly dry. Coats the tongue with rich flavors.

D- This is a sipper, with every sip leaving you wanting another. This beer would go well with breakfast as well as chocolate cake, but stands well on its own.

02-24-2010 00:59:28 | More by sitarist
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travduke

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%

Excited to finally try this after all the rave I hear about it on here. Here it goes, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Black as night. Tan head that quickly falls into the black abyss.

Smell: Lot of coffee and chocolate. Just as the label noted. Sweet roasted malts.

Taste: The coffee really hits you at first, followed by some bitter-sweet chocolate. Not really tasting the oatmeal here. But delicious none the less.

Mouth/Drink: It feels like slick oil going down. Alcohol is very well hidden. Superior drinkability (ha ha).

02-23-2010 02:41:16 | More by travduke
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nickadams2

New York

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

A_ Black with a cinnamon colored head. Great retention and great lacing.

S_Coffee and bitter chocolate. Vanilla and roasted malt also seep through.

T_Rich coffee upfront. Tastes like the smell of whole bean coffee before its brewed.Lots of bitter chocolate and oat malt with a little vanilla. Has got to be one of the best stouts out there.

M_ Full bodied, creamy and nicely carbonated.

D_Good enough that you want to take your time but easy to put down a couple.

02-21-2010 21:11:25 | More by nickadams2
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Founders Breakfast Stout is great. It is an extremely dark beer, maybe the darkest I've seen. The chocolate and coffee smell is very overwhelming. This beer tastes pretty much like black coffee with some dark chocolate flavor. I didn't find it too overly bitter, and the high level of alcohol is hidden nicely. I'm a pretty big fan of oatmeal stouts so I expected that I would like this. It is also very similar to Bent River's Uncommon Stout, if you get the chance to try it.

02-19-2010 03:19:33 | More by Cubsfan1087
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

I'm pretty much reviewing this as an imperial oatmeal stout. I have yet to have an oatmeal stout that I've really, really liked. The characters have never quite melded too well for me.
THIS fellow... the oatmeal serves to soften some of the hit-you-over-the-head aspects of high alcohol stouts. The coffee and chocolate flavors are rich, but think of a good bowl of oatmeal with generous amounts of cocoa powder mixed in.
While I might prefer other "double stouts" over this one, as an oatmeal stout this rocks. Breakfast indeed.

02-18-2010 07:20:23 | More by ommegangpbr
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PhilfromPA

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

A-pours almost black with nice tan head that disolves to a nice light cap

S-strong coffee roast for sure, slightly sweet, slight chocolate

T-coffee but sweet at first, finishing a little more bitter. Picking up some chocolate & oatmeal malts

M-slight carbonation at first, smooth, yet not watery. has a very nice body to it

D-Although a very tasty beer, the body & abv limit the number you might want to have. A very nice beer to sit back and enjoy on a day off, or as an after dinner treat.

02-18-2010 03:45:59 | More by PhilfromPA
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almychristopher

New York

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

this beer pours dark black with a tall brown head that cascades down to a patchy lacing sticking to the side of the glass. the aroma is really roasty toasty. lots of chocolate malt with some coffee undertones, very nice smell the earthiness contributes nicely. the taste doesn't disappoint, very ncie malt flavor up front with the coffee rounding it out nicely. the dark malts provide a nice dry finish, with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. the adequate carbonation and full body make this a very drinkable double stout.

02-17-2010 21:19:41 | More by almychristopher
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digita7693

Germany

3.38/5  rDev -25.2%

This is a very good beer, but the chocolate is a bit too much for me, so it loses points there... especially when I compare it to the IS from Founders.
pours a dark oily molases
small dark brown head.

strong smell of chocolate and coffee, perhaps some nuts

taste is pretty much the same, with the chocolate leading the taste, my one problem with it ( it is good, but a bit too much chocolate for me, i know it specifically says it on the bottle, but yeah...)

very drinkable, smooth

02-16-2010 19:01:57 | More by digita7693
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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