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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,593
Reviews: 3,210
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,124
Gots: 2,496 | FT: 156
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 weatherdog


3.98/5  rDev -11.9%

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

It pours a near pitch black with a nice mocha head that keeps a sizable cap throughout the whole glass.

It smelled heavily of dark roasted black coffee. It was very dominating and I couldn't pick up much else.

The oatmeal in the beer was actually present in the taste which was nice. After the smooth chewy oatmeal taste the bitter black coffee and dark dark chocolate came in. There was a ton of roastiness. It seemed to strike a good balance between too bitter and not enough coffee. The roasted aftertaste seemed to linger a little too long for my liking. There was also a healthy amount of residual sugar in order to counteract the coffee bitterness.

There was a nice level of carbonation and a soft mouthfeel despite the roasted bitter coffee. It had a ok drinkability for a double stout.

02-14-2010 17:05:32 | More by weatherdog
Photo of schanker21


5/5  rDev +10.6%

A- Next to black with a dark tan head. Almost impossible to see through. Uh-mazing.

S- Dark chocolate, like the kind my friends brought back from Germany. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, oats, almost chocolate milkshake-like. So, so inviting.

T- Everything in the nose plus more. So much that my tongue can't even decipher them all. A bit of an alcohol kick in the end. Unbelievable.

M- Thick, with a perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is hearty enough that it could be breakfast in and of itself. And I don't mean a bowl of Cheerios in the morning. This is hearty like biscuits and gravy, an omelet, bacon, sausage, toast, a muffin, cornbread, quiche, orange juice, and a big glass of milk. A beer that truly lives up to its name.

D- What else can I say? I can't believe I'm giving this all 5's, but I honestly can't find a single thing that could improve with this beer. This is definitely the best stout I've ever tried, if not the best beer. Excellent.

02-13-2010 04:27:47 | More by schanker21
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very dark chocolaty brown almost black with a faint head that lasts nothing. The head was dark tan and left a nice ring around the glass.

S - Initial roasted malt smells, with hints of mocha and coffee. Strong coffee hints. There is some midl bitter chocolate as well.

T - Strong roasted malt taste to start with coffee and mocha hints all over my mouth. Delicious. Some hints of oats as well. The roasted charter is strong and full but doesn't overwhelm the palate. It transitions into a more smooth chocolatey and oatmeal like flavor after the roasted malt. Very delicious. Flavors meld very well.

M - Lighter mouthfeel than expected. A bit more watery than other American Doubles.

D - Very high. Nice balanced flavors not too crazy. Higher ABV.

02-12-2010 02:19:42 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Beerisgood3

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -18.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Thick black pour, though not as thick as Founders Imperial Stout. Two finger head forms a bit late after the pour. Looks like the creamy head from root beer out of a soda fountain. Stays around a few minutes, giving way to a small ring which leaves a sticky lacing all around the glass. Impressive lacing left down the glass as you drink.

S: Sweet malts. Touches of coffee and bitter chocolate. Smell doesn't seem to last very long.

T: A sweet front which gives way to a bit of alcohol as you swallow. Black coffee comes in at the very end and lingers until your next sip. As it warms, the coffee comes in sooner and more aggressively. Even to the point of hiding the alcohol bite i experienced in the first few sips. Much more noticeable coffee tones and much less alcohol bite than the Founder's imperial stout. I'm enjoying it even more as it comes to temperature.

M: A pretty hefty beer. Coats your mouth pretty well and leaves it sticky for the next sip...in an enjoyable way.

D: Much more friendly than the Founder's Imperial Stout. I'm not a stout fan in general...i could probably have another one of these but it wouldn't be my first choice in a beer to drink multiple of. A little heavy for me to comfortably have two.

Overall, one of the better stouts i've had. It's miles ahead of the Founders imperial stout in every way. I would drink this again.

02-11-2010 04:51:19 | More by Beerisgood3
Photo of backfat


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Motor oil, cinnamon colored head. the darkness. wow, i get a feeling of lust holding this glass. smells of chocolate covered berries with heavy coffee. i want to go make breakfast just to go along with it. Dark roast, toasty malt. don't get too much oatmeal, but when do you ever? and who cares, this is, as my retarded hippy friends would say, "straight gnar" sorry. Damn i love breakfast.

02-10-2010 01:09:09 | More by backfat
Photo of elfcounsul


4.88/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Black as a coal mine at midnight, small dark head that doesn't hang around for the festivities.

Aroma: Coffee and Chocolate

Mouth Feel: deliciously thick. Low carbonation, and that's fine with me.

Drinkability: Don't guzzle, better to drink slowly and enjoy the changes it goes through as it warms. The high alcohol content demands some restraint, but the flavor makes restraint difficult.

I'm more of a Pale Ale and Porter kind of guy, but this beer has won my heart.

Other than the label being upside down on my bottle, I can find no fault. Highly recommended.

02-09-2010 23:07:57 | More by elfcounsul
Photo of stapleton87


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Black and completely opaque. Short, chocolate colored head from a medium pour. Dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. Slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Wow, incredible chocolate and black coffee taste upfront followed by thick, chewy oatmeal. Sharp bitterness, moderate alcohol burn, and a surprisingly clean finish. Perfectly balanced, complex yet approachable, slight sweetness without giving up a dry finish. Exceptional taste.

M: Thick and chewy with fine, subdued carbonation.

D: Surprisingly drinkable, but then again after a few the alcohol and sheer weight of this beer will catch up with you.

This is a big, thick, heavy stout with exceptional taste and character. What we have here is a defining example of what an American Imperial Stout should be. Lots of taste and complexity here but no one part of the beer is overbearing.

02-09-2010 04:53:11 | More by stapleton87
Photo of samie85


2.68/5  rDev -40.7%

A- An aggressive pour yields a pitch black beer with a brown, one finger head.

S- Sweet chocolate and strong coffee with a bit of alcohol.

T-Strong, acidic, bitter, roasty coffee with a tiny hint of chocolate and a dry, alcoholic finish.

M-I really thought the oats would contribute a thicker mouthful. To my palate, this is on the very thin side of medium bodied with low carbonation, while having some smoothness.

D-I just really don't understand the hype on this one. I've had coffee stouts before and enjoyed them, but the alcohol presence (even though the ABV is only just over 8%) and strong coffee acidity don't lend themselves to a highly drinkable brew.

02-08-2010 00:52:35 | More by samie85
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
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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