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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,733
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,159
Gots: 2,540 | FT: 155
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 Keffa
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours dark black, with a small, tan head that dissipated quickly and leaves only a small ring around the top. No lacing, and not surprising, given the ABV and style.

S: Chocolate, coffee, smoke, a little bit of a fresh made caramel, a little bit of a spicy, almost hop like character. I like this aroma a lot. Hopefully I'm not let down...

T: Nice. Chocolate and coffee are the two main components to this one, with them playing tug of war with your tastebuds. A little hop bitterness, along with the dark roast bitterness play off the sweetness of the chocolate quite well. Nice clean finish.

M: THICK. Only word to describe it. A little oily as well, and coats your mouth completely.

D: Not too shabby. I prefer the Blackout to this, but I can see why so many like it. It's not bad, by any means at all. I might try to get a fresher bottle and see if it changes my opinion of it.

Keffa, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of TheStove
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew nothing about this beforehand but I love this beer. I've been out and started drinking before noon and this would be the perfect starter to any such session.

Nice big pour of black as night goodness into a snifter with a solid finger of foam.

Tons of coffee, true to the "Breakfast" motif. Like your morning cup o' joe this one cuts through the haze. Nice strong coffee flavor with slight cream notes through the swallow. Coffee and chocolate sit on the tongue between sips. Again, like coffee at times the bitterness can just cut through everything but that isn't bad. As you get further down the glass it all settles nicely on your palette and again like your morning coffee you're ready for another.

Great beer and in my opinion better than the somewhat comparable Bell's Java Stout.

TheStove, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of EricCioe
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is thick and real dark. It pours and looks like spent motor oil. I consider that a positive.

The first thing I got on the nose was brussel sprouts. Really. It must be some peculiar combination of the oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee, combined with my own particular body chemistry. But it wasn't just the first whiff of the first one. It's been all the way to the bottom of both glasses I've had. It's shocking.

The taste is lots of oatmeal with a hint of coffee to me. I'm not getting much chocolate, so I'm guessing that it's one of those things like bass in a metal band, that you'd notice if it were gone, but can't point to it in particular.

The mouthfeel is huge, like a creamy soup. Love it.

It's not super boozy, but it feels like eating a meal. I could drink maybe two of these most nights.

Big fan of the beer, even with the bizarre nose, which seems to be something with me and not with the beer.

EDIT - After drinking a couple hundred brews between loving this one and not, I've found the coffee to be a little on the stale side. It's still a world-class stout, but after having this and Expedition on back to back nights, I had to shift around the ratings to reflect the change in my tastes.

EDIT 2 - Had 2010 and 2011 vintages at a Founders brunch in our tasting group. Both of them had a strange vegetal off flavor. I know, coffee beers have to be enjoyed fresh, but 6 months should not turn an otherwise good beer into a drainpour. I've tasted faded coffee before and this wasn't that.

EricCioe, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle.

A - Pitch black with a dark tan head that looks nearly identical to a chocolate milkshake. It also clings to the glass in every direction, something uncommon in the realm of imperial stouts.

S - If you made chocolate chocolate chip cookies with coffee, this is what they would smell like. The coffee isn't nearly as prominent as in a fresh bottle, but it has given way to something that smells just as good. It smells like an awesome mix of milk and dark chocolates.

T - I think the earlier analogy still applies, but the taste presents the sweetness and bitterness in succession instead of simultaneously. I remember fresh bottles having much more bitterness, though, and a slightly noticeable hop flavor, which has definitely stepped down at this point. There's just a ton of chocolate oatmeal notes with the coffee providing more of an undertone now than a dominating flavor. The finish is almost fudgey, with the alcohol and coffee giving the chocolate flavors the oomph to provide that kind of richness.

MF - Incredibly silky smooth with a carbonation level that just peeks in to help the whole process without hindering the richness of it. Leaves the mouth feeling creamy and a bit sticky.

D - It does really well here, but I'm still glad it comes in 12 oz. bottles. When I was first trying coffee stouts, I remember wanting them to taste basically like an iced coffee, but having this aged does a lot to change my mind. The flavors meld in such an great way that it's hard to argue with what's in front of me.

HitokiriNate85, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of thehbchemistry
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big thanks to Suzanne (seh410) for this one!!
split this bottle with 2 other friends...wish i hadn't!

A- Pours pitch black with a tiny coffee head.

S- Lots of chocolate and coffee. Oh wait, only chocolate and coffee. It smells so awesome, I would substitute this for milk in my cereal.

T- Awesome awesome awesome. Tastes of bitter baking chocolate with coffee undertones. I can barely taste any alcohol. This might as well be chocolate milk.

M- Full and thick.

D- Really easy to drink, I could enjoy this all day. This had definitely become one of my favorite imperial stouts.

thehbchemistry, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Zraly
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter an opaque black/dark brown with a "cinnabark" colored head. Rich smell of coffee and the smell of a freshly opened chocolate bar. Quite nice.

Oily, rich, decadent -- very full-bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Very faint alcohol. Molasses. Smooth and silky, as the flaked oatmeal in the mash makes its presence known. Nice bitter finish, like a good piece of high cocoa content chocolate. Simply wonderful. And deceptive! So delicious and smooth, the alcohol is hidden well.

Grab your dessert spoon because the final course is served! Or this is dinner. You take your pick.

One smooth-ass sipper.

Zraly, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of bundy462
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, no light shining through. Nice frothy mocha head.

S: Tons of rich dark chocolate malt. Slightly boozy.

T: Perfect. Very much a treat. Dessert in a bottle. Huge chocolate burst with a great hop balance. Slight black coffee-like dry finish. Really well crafted.

M: Slightly thin for the style, but smooth and silky.

O: I can drink these all day, it's so well done.

bundy462, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated November 6, 2009 into a snifter...

A - Pours a deep black with a nice half a finger mocha colored head that quickly dissipates to a nice mocha lacing

S - Coffee and chocolate. There is no doubt about what this beer has to offer. The background is roasted malts and some slight, slight vanilla presence there as well.

T - Delicious mix of chocolate and dark chocolate. Nice bitterness from both, but it is nicely rounded out from the hops and the oats that are present. Some brown sugary flavor as well that adds a little needed sweetness to a bitter beer. Extremely well rounded beer.

M - Silky smooth on the palate. Slightly carbonated which makes it a nice smooth, silky feeling. Nice and robust feeling and flavor that is quite perfect.

D - Does a serious number on the palate but it is a tremendous beer to end the night with. Not too heavy in the ABV department, but the flavors and ingredients slow this one down to a sipper for me.

KAP1356, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up two bottles of this while at Russell's Liquors in Amherst, MA. At $3.50 I'm really glad I did!

A - Midnight black pour with a nice healthy chocolate head that fades into a thick lacing. Everything a stout should look like.

S - As soon as I began the pour I was overwhelmed by the amount of chocolate I could pick up. The mocha smell, combined with deep coffee and carmel sweetness.

T - Really, really picking up on the chocolate and coffee. The balance between bitter and sweet is great. I personally would like a little less bitter and little more sweet chocolate though.

M - Coats the mouth with a silky feeling that only a stout can do. Just superb.

D - So, so good. The aromas, the mouthfeel, and the taste all work together on this. Cant stop drinking this. Forget coffee, I'd like to start every morning with a snifter of this.

rudzud, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of dandrews74
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark! Great head retention and contrast.

Smell - Wow...unsweetened dark chocolate, molasses, a bit of coffee and a lot of oaky-bourbon.

Taste - This is a complex beer and its taste is temperature sensitive... 52+ degrees wakes this beer up. Alcohol, bourbon, burnt dark brown sugar, coffee, are the flavors I detect.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability - Coats the glass and your mouth very well. Balanced by the sweetness of the sugary and syrupy notes and the bitterness and alcohol flavors. A sipping beer, yes, due to its many dominant flavors - but not one to miss!

Other - Server in a snifter to help separate the complexity. Also, this is a filling beer, but one not to pass up (best on tap).

dandrews74, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of bs870621345
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast stout for breakfast, wonderful way to start the day...probably one of my favorite beers.

Pours black with a half finger of mocha head. this fades quickly and leaves a lacing down the glass.

Smell is decedent. Coffee, chocolate, caramel and subtle oats.

Tastes is like smell. Coffee and chocolate bitterness balanced out with caramel and oat sweetness.

Mouthfeel is gently carbonated and thick. Its what an imperial stout should feel like.

I wish i could have a few of these every morning...enough said.

bs870621345, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Dark rich color with a small tan head that quickly resides with not much lacing

S:A lot of cocoa and coffee going on here, maybe also some vanilla in the mix there

T:Here comes that coffe, very tasty chocolate and malts really coming together, not really tasting much oatmeal there but still very delicious brew with fairly well hidden alcohol that leaves nice coat on the palate

M:A nice fuller bodied brew

D:Another great offering from Founders, I really don't think these guys can make a bad brew, Enjoyed this and look foward to many more from them

SuperNova777, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a great thing when a world-class beer like this is readily accessible and also (relatively) cheap. Looks like it doesn't need a limited release party to be a quality beer.

The chocolate/coffee balance in this beer is almost perfect. The 60 IBUs really balance the sweetness and make this a dangerous brew.

I can't get enough of it, and I love being able to drive to the local beer store to get it.

DeutschesBier, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Naerhu
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small dark chocolate colored head on pitch black body.
Smells of ultra dark chocolate and absurd amounts of delish coffee.
Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasty, full-bodied goodness. A nice beer to keep you company when up late, as the higher alcohol will help put you to sleep. But its so smooth.

Naerhu, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A- Poured dark brown, almost black. Very dark, with nice head.

S- Good aroma of coffee with hints of chocolate. Nice roasted malt smell.

T- At first lots of coffee flavor. Like the smell chocolate hints sneak in. Good mocha finish. Surprisingly it has more bitterness than I would have thought, still pretty subtle though.

M- Full body. Little carbonation. Smooth, creamy drink.

D- Very good stout. I could easily pick these up on a weekly basis. Not a huge fan of stouts, but this was very good.

HosP, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast stout poured very slowly a black color, with a small tan head. It had s strong sweet smell to it. It had a very strong taste, with lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. It wasnt too difficult to drink, but a non stout drinker would disagree. Overall a fantastic stout, not the best stout I ever had, but very close.

vette2006c5r, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thin mocha head that doesn't stick around long. Man this looks thick as sin, lives up to it's meal in a bottle moniker.
What a great aroma. One of the best chocolate scents I have ever smelled in a beer. Rich milky chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, just a delicious smell.
The taste is somewhat the reverse of the scent. Strong coffee upfront, somewhat bitter with a rich chocolate backbone. You can pick up some of the bitterness from the burnt malts in the backend of the palate. Great balance and not a hint of the 8.3 ABV.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not as thick as I would have expected but very nice.
I would say if I had regular access to this it would be my go to IS, just so drinkable and balanced. I could really enjoy several of these in on sitting if the weather was right. Great beer.

Pdiddey3d, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Swill5786
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful. Opaque black, one finger brownish mocha head. Fades rather quickly but I can't hold that against this amazing little Coffee Stout.

S - Alcohol with sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and an almond-liquor-like essence. Coffee and chocolate undertones. Can't wait to taste!

T - Chocolatey start is quickly joined by an alcohol kick intensified by a brilliant coffee bitterness. I lose the rich, smooth Kona flavor altogether in the blend of the alcohol and powerful Sumatra. It is fantastic, however - nearly as strong a coffee flavor as the brew from a pound of unadulterated, full-strength Sumatran coffee a friend brought me directly from Aceh, Indonesia - traditionally prepared by filtering through a sock. Awesome flavor!!

M - Super heavy in a good way. Close to the famed Rochefort 10. Dryish finish.

D - Just one will satisfy... Could get too mug of this good thing. But worth drinking right up to that line!

Swill5786, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Deep opaque black, very faint ruby highlights held up to the light. half finger dark khaki head that settles quickly. Lacing is there but not clinging to the glass like most Imperial's do.

S- Dark roasted coffee, just shy of burnt roasts. Brown sugar, vanilla, oak earthy smell, raisins, caramel and a hint of molasses.

T- Roasted coffee, vanilla, raisins not reallygetting the chocolate out of this one. I know it's there but not nearly as prevelant to deem it a "Double chocolate stout" the bitter coffee lingers on the palate for a while which makes you start craving the next sip.

M- It's thinner than you would come to expect in a Imperial Stout which is kind of a nice change of pace. Makes the idea of having more than one in a night a possibility

D- If your a coffee lover like me you'll be craving every single sip. When the bottle is gone, you'll wonder why you haven't cracked a second yet.

Excellent beer glad I got 8 of these.

korguy123, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black into a snifter, with nearly three fingers of brown head, visibly modest carbonation, good head retention, and very good lacing. The nose revealed coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. The taste was even more pronounced, beginning on a coffee note, then progressing to a woody slight-chocolate note, and then finishing on a dry roasted note. Very nice flavor progression. Surprisingly very thin...probably the only glaring knock that I have on this beer. If I really feel like being picky, I'd say maybe a little more chocolate would be cool, but again that's being picky. This is a great (session?) stout as it is.

donniecuffs, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of CHL
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very amusing beer to pour. Tall, thick, smooth brown head over a viscous opaque black body. The head persists for some time, clinging to the glass.

The smell is heavy coffee with noticeable hops, and a dark fruit kind of punch.

It's an outstandingly thick beer with some complexity. It has coffee, of course, and velvety dark chocolate (presumably smoothed by the oats), there are noticeable hops rounding it out as well, although the bitterness comes through heavy roasted notes.

Feels thick and satisfying in the mouth--about as thick as they come--but too rich for me to drink more than one of them.

CHL, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Right away, this is an excellent brew.

I really enjoy the Founder's bottle artwork, excellent as usual.

Pours a rich, smooth, dark chocolaty brown almost black into a chilled pint glass with a finger of deep thick looking mocha brown head. Where's my spoon when I need it?

Inhaling deeply over the rich brown foam brings inviting wafts of chocolaty infused oatmeal, roasted malts, and coffee.

The first mouthful is spectacular. Creamy thick velveteen texture is just right. Chocolaty. Oatmeal and roasted malts. Robust coffee but not espresso strength. More rich chocolate following. Perfectly balanced with a bit of bitterness. The second pull quickly leads to a third, and then an empty glass this brew is simply fantastic. Again, wow! More please.

Is there any alcohol in this? Drinkability is off the charts.

JackieTH, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Courtesy of BucketBoy (thanks, Joe!)

A - Dark brown to black pour, with a milk-chocolate colored head that rises a couple fingers high. It died down pretty quickly, leaving a solid cap that's thicker toward the edges. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S - This won't be a shock, exactly, but COFFEE!! I love coffee beers, and this one doesn't let me down. There's some chocolate and cocoa, and hops are in the background just enough to let me know.

T - Coffee and vanilla are the dominant flavors up front. Creme brulee and cake-iness are there midpalate, followed by a bit of dark sugar and the bitterness of the hops. Nice, but not overwhelming.

M - Thick and velvety, but the carbonation tends to make it fade a bit too quickly. The coffee gives it a dryness that I wasn't expecting.

D - It's actually a pretty high abv, although for the style it's average or less than most. I could see me having a few of these every morning.

O - How do I get more of these out here? I'd love for this to be an everyday/morning beer.

djmichaelk, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Shakesbeere
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma of coffee with light chocolate and a hint of vegetable spice. Flavor is of coffee beans, chocolate, and hazelnut with a distinct roasted character. Palate is thick. Thick finish with some extent of bitter chocolate and breakfast food (a slight sense of hot sauce and omelet). A complex flavor and a very good beer. It's a rough n' ready yet sophisticated waking meal. An anorexic would have this for breakfast.

Shakesbeere, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of beerhan
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I mention that this is my favorite beer of all time? Its perfect in all ways. It smells and tastes like my favorite beverage (coffee) it is easy to find in a bottle and on tap. It is inexpensive and has a good abv so that it does not get you too drunk. This beer tastes like heaven. It smells and tastes just like coffee. I have had this beer so much and it has never disappointed me. It has a nice thick jet black body with a brown head. Medium carbonation and is oh so drinkable.

beerhan, Jul 10, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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