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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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12,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,226
Reviews: 3,265
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,202
Gots: 2,834 | FT: 173
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 DrewV
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4-8-12 Review update: After almost a year of age on this brew, the flavors have melded with precision, yielding an amazingly well-balanced malange of coffee and roasty malts. None of the off-putting armoas remain; there is only a deep, dark roastiness left to support the somewhat thin body. Adequate carbonation washes the palate with waves of dark flavors. Still a big beer, but a bit more restrained after some age. I almost wish I hadn't drank as many of these last year when they were still "unripe". Now, with some age on the bottle, this brew is simply spectacular.


Original review:

Poured from a bottle (no date) at around 50 degrees into a snifter.

A: Charcoal black with a 2-finger mocha-tan head. Looks delicious.

S: Whoa! Where to begin with this one? Heavy with some sort of sweet-ish coffee aroma (Kona/Sumatra??) which could be the oats as well, I'm not really sure. Not offensive, but it is slightly off-putting. I can detect some chocolate in there, as well. Lowest marks here, not due to offensive aromas, but rather aromas that just don't smell good to me personally. Sorry guys.

T: Much better than the aroma. A solid roast coffee, chocolate, and some molasses flavors hit the palate. Extremely dark roasty flavors. The chocolate/oaty flavors penetrate through the coffee to provide complexity. Just huge flavors here.

M: Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Fine carbonation adds to the creaminess. Semi-oily mouthfeel suits the beer well.

O: This is one huge stout. The 8.3% ABV shows up early and sticks around for a while. The deep roast coffee/chocolate flavors attack the palate with unrelenting abandon. One of the heaviest Imperial stouts I've ever had. Well done, Founders! A solid A-rated brew here, brought down a notch only by the wierd aromas.

DrewV, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:


A - Opaque and basically black. Dark tan/mocha head. Very little head and that dissipates quickly.

S - Tons of coffee beans and roasted malts. A little bakers chocolate.

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

M - Heavy. Could use a little more creaminess and carbonation. I wonder if that is just the bottle I got or if this is normal. Probably is better on draft.

O - I enjoyed this and could drink this regularly (if Founder's distributed to Cali). Glad to have tried this American classic.

CelticAleMan, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rough pour into a tulip glass revealed a dark, dark, brown...basically the color of a black coffee topped with a two finger dark coffee head that slowly disappated. Good lacing left throughout.

S- Coffee with a little chocolate.

T- Same as the smell, but a little stronger.

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

O- Tried one a couple of months ago...couldn't understand the hype. Perhaps that bottle was not stored correctly or?? But...no worries...this one was absolutely delicious.

capeannbass36, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of shangwang
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times but I felt compelled to review it when I recently happened upon a case.

Poured deep black with a thin layer of brown head that cascaded just a bit. Minimal lacing on the glass. Smelled strongly of mocha with a hint of fruity sweetness. Tasted chocolately sweet with a large dose of coffee bitterness. Didn't have a very heavy mouthfeel- a little watery with little carbonation. Bitter finish with a slight lingering sweetness.

This may be one of the shortest reviews I've written, but it's simply too good for words. IMO, a perfect beer in a style that I consider to be my favorite. This is a must-drink if you're into stouts and I have yet to meet someone who doesn't think FBS is incredible. Well done, Founders!

shangwang, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had this several times and enjoy every minute of it. Great movie addition-to chill to one that is.

A: Dark with nice mocha head on it. Nice lacing.
S: Strong, coffee, charcoal, chocolate moca, spice.
T: Strong due to ABV, but one you can chill to sip after sip.
M: Strong bold and gripping. Full body and full of strong flavor.
O: Give this one a shot or two...stock up for a nice warm wint

Armand, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of colt45n
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours pure dark and black with a very nice creamy brown head.

S: Getting some really good aromas in this one. Coffee and bitter hops is upfront followed by some chocolate as well.

T: Mouthful is creamy and heavenly, probably one of the smoothest creamy stouts(non nitro) that Ive had, the coffee is ever present along with the chocolate and some bitterness from the hops.

Overall one of the best if not the best stouts that Ive had to date.

colt45n, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of bobloblaw22
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, is this a dark beer! It looks like a glass of used motor oil, in the best possible way. Dark head, very lacy.

S: Smells like I stuck my head in a coffee grinder. Again, in the best possible way. It smells great, but it's just enough to make me worry that the coffee might overpower all other tastes when I begin to sip.

T: Well, there's the coffee! I love Kona coffee, and although I like to think I can pick out the characteristics of the Kona beans in this beer. It was delicious, and the chocolate steps up to back the coffee well. You also get a nice bitter kick of hops, and an underlying sense of earthiness that was enjoyable. All the flavors opened up nicely as the beer warmed. I was not disappointed in the slightest.

M: Quite thick and full.

Well done, Founders. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

bobloblaw22, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of alf212
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from back in December/January notes got a bit confusing...

Pours a thick motor oil dark color with a dark tan head to top things off. Essentialy opaque. Lacing was very prevalent as well. Starting things off right.

Smell is full of coffee and burnt sugars with the slightest bit of hop presence. Nose is amazing though seriously.

Taste is exactly what the name entails. Chocolate, coffee and oatmeal all present and kicking ass. Oatmeal takes a backseat but the coffee blends just right with the nuttiness and chocolate. Belnd is amazing.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and supah smooth. Have you evern seen a chocolate fountain well imagine that getting poured into your mouth and thats what it feels like. Pure beer sweetness.

Overall definitely one of my favorite belnded stouts I've tried to this day it blends everything amazingly and the drinkability on this baby is superb not to mention the funny artwork. These notes are from a post-dinner session but I have also tried it for breakfast and definitely recommend it to all you stout lover. Must try

alf212, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BASED ON PREVIOUS NOTES: Poured black and a nice mocha head on it. Really nice. Pitch black. This was like a great meal and went well with chocolate cake. Served in a tulip glass. Popped out with coffee and chocolate aroma this is a true gem of a beer. Sweet with a kick that just warms your stomach. Beautiful beer.

12oz. bottle into a tulip

FARGO619, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so i had kbs before this guy which i think was a mistake

appearance - dark and oil like, decent head

smell - dark chocolate with maple, beautiful but i miss the bourbon

taste - a little more nicer with some great coffee notes and all the same as smell

mouthfeel - not as thick as i thought from appearance, was hoping for something thicker

kbs is definitely stronger and lovelier for me, though id be happy to have this around as a regular (hard to do as we dont have distribution here)

claytong, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Appears opaque black with a short mocha head. Head recedes quickly but leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells delicious. Burnt and earthy coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and flaked oats.

Taste follows the nose. Earthy and burnt coffee up front, semisweet chocolate and roast malt in the middle and some lightly burnt grain flavors in the finish, bitterness is mild. No alcohol presence.

Full bodied, low carbonation. Creamy texture that coats with mouth with a mild lingering bitterness.

Extremely well balanced and enjoyable. It is evident that this was finely crafted.

Allpe45, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Minimal head that dissipates to a ring of lacing, motor oil black in coloring.

Smell: Sweet roasted chocolate and coffee aroma that is very subtle. Not nearly as pronounced as I thought it would be.

Taste: Strong coffee flavor with a very slight cocoa or dark chocolate taste on the back of the palette, some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Some coating, not as thick as a motor oil type stout but definitely heavy, with a bitterness of roasted coffee aftertaste and lots of carbonation.

Overall: It is good, but in my opinion not great. For me it does not live up to the ratings I see. It is rated in the top ten of all beers, and this is nowhere near my top ten. I am relatively new to the style of stouts and it could be that I not accustom to the style, but I have had a half-a-dozen or more stouts and found many others more enjoyable overall.

heysuz, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Immense thanks to heyta for sending me this one!

12oz bottle poured into a Jester King Grand Opening snifter

Ideally I’d be drinking this with my pancakes in the morning, but that isn’t such a great idea when you’ve got little ones to look after

A: Black with a lovely caramel-brown head. Head reduces to a welcome ring around the edge of the glass which remains throughout the duration.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate. Possibly the most present (and pleasant) coffee/chocolate aroma of any beer I’ve had. I want to drink it NOW!

T: Wow…amazing! Where's the alcohol? Delicious espresso and powdered semi-sweet chocolate. There’s nothing off about this beer. Usually, coffee and chocolate in beer is distractingly bitter but this is perfectly balanced…a delicacy.

M: Fairly viscous as it should be. Smooth. Mild carbonation…appropriate for this style.

O: I'm relieved that there isn't some sort of barrel-aged madness interfering with this one. I'll leave that to KBS. Southern Tier Choklat does chocolate better, and Peche Mortel does coffee better (slightly) but Founders Breakfast Stout is far and away the best example of combining the two. Possibly the most perfect flavored stout I’ve ever had.

mjtiernan, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle. Pours a creamy jet black. Tons of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Tastes like liquid chocolate candy bar. Very creamy with a nice coffee, malt aftertaste. Reminds me of sipping chocolate. Almost no carbonation. Very nice brew yet again. I love founders.

Edit: After having a 2011 bottle today, the main difference is that the 2011 has a stronger coffee flavor. I actually preferred this with a year on it. I'm letting the other 3 bottles out of the 4 pack sit for awhile.

1Adam12, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours black with a two finger dark beige head and reasonable lacing. Smells vinous, with additional notes of bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee, as well as some rounder, creamier aromas. A bit overcarbonated and not quite as deep tasting as I remember it being in the bottle. Nice bitter and chocolate notes, but slightly thinner and a little less seemless and layered than in the bottle. A little like an egg cream in overall effect, I'd prefer a little more depth. Still a very good beer, but it didn't impress me as much as it has in the past.

Georgiabeer, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark. Tastes like coffee that's been in the sun for too long then washed with bourbon and hops. Really dark and very bitter. Should wake you up. Not as good as KBS, imo. Just too dark and not enough complexity. I want more than dark tastes and textures. Yeah I know everyone loves this beer.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
2.88/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Big light brown head, very dark brown body

S: Lots of chocolate, a little coffee. Some sweet breadiness.

T: Bready, with mild chocolate. Not much sweetness.

M: Honestly, a little thinner than I expected. Very dry bitter finish.

O: Nothing I wouldn't drink, but by no means on par with most of Founders offerings.

kscaldef, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date.

Aroma: Espresso beans, dark chocolate, hot cocoa powder, and an underlying full-bodied red wine character.

Appearance: Dark tan 1.5 finger head slowly falls to a thin layer. Deep, black, concentrated, opaque espresso w/ a very thin halo of coffee color around the edges of the body.

Flavor: Dark, bitter mocha. Dark-roasted espresso and dark chocolate. Bitter sweetness toward end yields to bold, balanced, bitter, drawn-out finish. I couldn't ask for more from a double coffee stout!

Mouthfeel: Medium-low, creamy carbonation. Thick body coats, and bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall: Again, I can think of nothing that could be improved about this beer. Definitely one to savor, and one to which I hope to have a steady supply for years to come!

mdvatab, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to my eagle rock brewery snifter
Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for this brew

Color: Pretty dark... I would say dark heavy brown. a nice dark khaki head forms, about 1 1/2 fingers worth and the lacing is quite good through out.

Nose: Just like breakfast should be... full of robust coffee flavors and nice thick dark chocolate. In the background there are the scents of roasted malts and a mellow hp body.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel with excellent drinkability. The carbonation on this beer is great it allows for the beer to show off all its incredible flavors. I love that this beer coats the tongue
with waves of coffee(if I had to guess... Sumatra coffee was used.) and sweet dark chocolate. Totally yummy.

Finish: Like everything else: Coffee and chocolate all the way down the hatch. Well balanced and layered. An incredible stout.

schmoopsbeer, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of RodneyX
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a greyish head that didn't leave much on the sides. Smells of great cold coffee and some roast. Taste is awesome, I actually will have this with breakfast sometime. It's like coffee but it's beer. Malts keep it from tasting bitter like cold coffee. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer and a great example of the style that I can toss back much too easily in the morning.

RodneyX, May 31, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rattle n Hum's Founders event. This one was served in an 8oz goblet.

Founder's Breakfast Stout pours an unflinching black. The tan head is on the small side, and the foam leaves a little bit of lacing stuck to the inside of the glass. The nose smells like I'm at work (candy shop) and just too a whiff of the jar of chocolate covered coffee beans, it's a spot on blend between coffee and milk chocolate. That balance isn't maintained though, as drinking the beer I have a hard time finding much chocolate at all. It's not quite drinking cold coffee, but it's disappointingly close. The mouthfeel is everything I've come to expect from Founder's Breakfast Stout beers. The beer's got a supremely rich and full body, with the smooth texture that oats contribute, and it's paired with a perfectly subdued carbonation that manages to stay out of the beer's way. I don't know if it was just being consumed at the same time as KBS and CBS, but FBS just didn't impress me as much as those two (and the imperial stout) did. As far as breakfast stouts go. I think I'd find myself reaching for Terrapin Wake n Bake instead.

axeman9182, May 28, 2011
Photo of phillybeer7779
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance- Dark brown to black in color with a little bit of head that dissapates quickly, but never completely disappears, lacing remains while drinking.

Smell- Strong coffee flavor that is noticeable before bringing glass to nose, with a hint of chocolate when brought closer.

Taste- The roasted cofee is very prevalent in the flavor, along with some chocolate. No hint of alcohol at all in the taste, even at over 8%

Mouthfeel- Very thick, full bodied beer, but in no way overpowering. Goes down just like a stout should.

Overall- If you don't like this beer, you don't like coffee stouts, as far as I'm concerned. Great beer!

phillybeer7779, May 26, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appearance is black with medium tan head.

S: Aroma is heavy with chocolate, grains, and toast.

T: Taste is huge on the bitter chocolate, espresso, coffee, and roasted malts with underpinnings dark fruits giving it a mild sweetness.

M: Palate is full-bodied, thick and creamy texture, very little carbonation, and a bitter finish.

O: This is a very nice Imperial Stout.

kjc51478, May 24, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby screw-top brown bottle, cryptic notch indicating an October bottling date.

Pitch black body - even when held up directly to a light. Not quite 1/2" thick head, almost black, certainly one of the darkest heads I've ever seen. I'd dare say there's even some purple highlights to it. Retention is poor - after a couple minutes there's nothing left but a paper-thin sheet of bubbles. But surprisingly, this leaves gorgeous solid sheets of lacing all over the place. One of the strongest-smelling beers I can remember - easily noticable across the room. Assloads of chocolate, make that dark chocolate, none of that wussy milk chocolate here. Dark roasted malt, and a bit of coffee in there as well but it's not as prominent as I remember.

Starts innocently enough, with a light sweetness and soft chocolate notes. But soon enough, it gets big and bad. Intense coffee bitterness in the finish. Moderately-high hoppiness, of the earthy/herbal type shows up in the finish as well, and meshes with the coffee quite nicely. Malts are super thick - only a few sips and already my lips are sticky sweet. It's really an amazing beer - starts with all that malt and chocolate sweetness, and then seamlessly transitions to a big coffee/hop bitterness. A bit of that oatmeal smoothness as well, which really brings everything together and keeps this from going "too far" into the extreme beer world. But make no mistake, this is a big beer that is certainly extreme. Alcohol imperceptable. Mouthfeel is superb. Finely carbonated but overall light in that department. Velvety smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

ExtraStout, May 24, 2011
Photo of matttttYCE
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Deschutes snifer glass. Another thanks to azdback for this one. This is one that I've definitely been wanting to try. Normally I won't review two beers in a night, but since both tonight are coffee oatmeal stouts I figured it would be good.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yelids a beautiful pitch black beer with an inch high tan /light brown head. Bubbles are nice and smooth/creamy looking almost as if it were nitro. Head recedes fairly quickly but leaves a thin film of a bubbles on top and a good ring around the edges. Some decent lace left on the glass but not a lot.

Smell - Mostly of light, sweet chocolate and roast malts but then I get that coffee smell and I'm wondering how I didn't notice it initially. It's definitely there. Seems like the Kona coffee has a bit more of a distinctive smell and I like the combo of the Kona and Sumatra in this brew. The smell makes me want to eat lots of rich chocolate and I'm not even a big chocolate/sweets person. I think if this didn't have the chocolate in there, it wouldn't be nearly as fantastic smelling. This warrants a 4.5 smell rating!

Taste - Impressive right off the bat! Very much as the smell suggests, but the first thing that pops out to me is the chocolate. Again, if this beer hadn't been brewed with chocolate I think it would be severly lacking. With that said it tastes balanced like its a near perfect blend of the ingredients for a "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout". Next I'm getting the roast and chocolate malt flavor and the coffee is good with a little of that coffee bitterness. Also in there is smoke and a bit of smooth nut flavor and a little bit of smooth oak or vanilla (as others have suggested) that I get the finish. I was hesitant at first, but after sipping on this more I had to edit my review. This one deserves a 5.0 out of 5.0 for the taste!!

Mouthfeel - Very smooth drinking. Is it silky smooth? No, but that's expected for a Double/Imperial Stout. Nowhere near chewy but it's a bit syrupy and coats the mouth oh so well, leaving you with the taste in your mouth for a good while that either allows you to drink it very slowly or makes you want to sip faster to keep that mouth completely coated and enjoying it all! Mouthfeel rating? If you didn't look alraedy, you could probably guess what I feel it warrants.

Overall - The name is PERFECTLY fitting. If I had better access to Fouders stuff, I would actually be really likely to drink this for breakfast every Saturday or Sunday morning! And I'm hardly a coffee person or one who really ever thinks about drinking beer/alcohol in the morning. So I think all I have to say is kudos Founders and I can't wait to try KBS! Overall 'bout a 4.5 out of 5!

matttttYCE, May 18, 2011
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,226 ratings.