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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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12,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,290
Reviews: 3,271
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,211
Gots: 2,875 | FT: 176
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 RHCP313
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date: 8/5/11.
Playing: Dan Auerbach–Keep It Hid

A: Pours a deep dark brown, near black and presents a thick espresso head with some sticky lacy bubbles. The head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves an overall beautiful beer to look at. Some tight tan carbonation churning.

S: First smell is a large roasted coffee nose right up front, bitter baking chocolate, sweet, nutty malt and slight charred wood.

T: I wish I could turn the clock back a few hours today and drink this at breakfast. The coffee is so well integrated into this stout, the drinkability is astounding for how heavy it looks. Wonderful aromatic roasted coffee supported by sweet chocolate and well-chosen subtle, yet complimentary hops. Balanced, with just the right amount of sweetness, slightly smoky and smooth. The 8.3% ABV is pretty tough to detect. A quintessential breakfast beer and a pleasure to drink.

M: Medium bodied, and creamy yet bold mouthfeel. Bitterness and sweetness are balanced and the effect of the oats on the overall smoothness of the beer is noticeable.

O: I want to kick my own ass for passing up buying and packing these away from previous seasons. This is obviously the coffee-beer lover's example of gold standard. Founders Breakfast Stout really makes you understand where other coffee stouts falter.

RHCP313, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of bierbrauer
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

date of 8/5/11 on 12 oz. bottle, was recently stocked on shelves in several locations. Served at 52 deg. in oversized wine glass. 60 IBUs.

A: Opaque, very deep brown. Almost no head, with thin line of tan foam at edges of glass.

S: Fragrance is pungent, roasted coffee beans.

T: Full malt then strong coffee flavors come on, balanced with some chocolate sweetness and a bit of cinnamon, then lingering bitterness, similar to a post-espresso taste. Alcohol seems very subdued.

M: Moderately dense, rich and very creamy, with moderate carbonation. Leaves a pleasant dry, slightly chalky texture.

O: FBS makes a big impression in all ways. It is intense, very complex and lasting. It helps me understand why there is so much interest in this style and this particular brew.

Interesting to note that FBS is classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout by BA, whereas it is considered a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer by the Beer Judge Certification Program.

bierbrauer, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 8/15/11

Pours a deep black with little to almost no head.

Smells like straight coffee and chocolate. It has a really great smell except for the metalic carbonated smell I am picking up. Has a little espresso and burnt/smoked malt in there too. Has a bitter after taste that is consistent with espresso.

IT taste like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a wonderful creamy stout. It has a little too much carbonation for this style. I have had this many times and finally decided to review and for the first time this carbonation issue has shown up. The chocolate and coffee notes dominate though.

Medium thick mouthfeel and overall a real pleasing creamy stout.

Founders has earned my respect time and again. They haven't let me down yet!

JDizzle, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founder's Breakfast Stout. Bottled on 8-26-11 and consumed on 9-3-11 

Served in a DFH signature glass. 

A: Pours black with tan head that recedes slowly and leaves above-average lacing. The head itself is shot through with various sized bubbles, giving it the appearance of risen dough. 

S: Smells like a cup of coffee made with freshly ground beans and through a French press. Additional aromas include chocolate, roast, rolled oats, and earth. 

T: Taste begins with malty sweetness, with chocolate following close behind.  Next comes the fresh coffee, whose roastiness seems to amplify through the finish.  Medium-high bitterness.  Oats are somewhat obfuscated by roasted malt and coffee onslaught. Earthy, rich and organic are words I keep reaching for. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. The beer flows like velvet across the palate. Gorgeous mouthfeel. May be the highlight of this beer. 

O: I took a pass on this beer last year after drinking myself silly on it in 2008 and 2009. I now find Breakfast Stout to be shockingly delicious and drinkable. It is also cheap at $8.99 a four-pack and readily available, when in season. Let the silliness begin again. 

Wadsey, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of doctor333
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful black color. What can I say, it looks like dark chocolate.

S: smells like a Kona Coffe bean when I was at the Coffee plantation In Hawaii.

T: Dominated by coffee and chocolate.

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

O: Good beer, but I prefer IPA's. The problem this day is that I recently had Pliny The Elder on Tap right before I tried this. I might have to try it again on another day.

doctor333, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a stingy tan head that laces all the way down. Aroma is roasted coffee on top with some bittersweet chocolate, faint dried fruit, and a bit of ash in the background. Taste is more of the same coffee and chocolate. Bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky creamy smooth. Full bodied brew, medium to low carbonation. Awesome brew, in fact one of favorite, especially fresh. I’d drink this one even if it wasn’t breakfast time :)

GeorgeAldi, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of thedeezy
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard tons of good stuff Founders Breakfast Stout and decided I had to see what the hype was about. I'll start off by saying WOW, this lives up to every single bit of the hype.

Appearance - Pours black as black can be with little to no head upon pour with a little bit of lacing.

Smell - Kona coffee, espresso with subtle hints of chocolate.

Overall, the flavors in this beer are immense. I really didn't think it could live up to the hype I've heard from numerous people but it does. A great beer to sip on, especially for the coffee lover.

thedeezy, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a large light brown head and good lacing. This is my second bottle from the 2010 four pack and this one seems much more carbonated with a significantly larger head.

Smell: The coffee aroma is front and center with hints of dark chocolate in the background.

Taste: The taste is dominated by a strong roasted coffee flavor. The finish is slightly bitter like a bite of good dark chocolate. The hops are there, but the bitterness of the coffee and dark chocolate dominate. The bitterness and carbonation combine to leave behind a warm and satisfying sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body with a good level of carbonation. (The last bottle seemed much less carbonated - may have been a bad seal since these are screw on bottlecaps.)

Overall: This is a great beer and is definitely one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

agomega, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black in color. No light getting through this one at all. The head a medium brown color and had damn fine retention. There is lots of soapy bubbles at the top but then they condense finely further down. I would have liked to see more lacing though. Aroma is ridiculously good. Tons of roasted coffee, toasted grains, dark chocolate, and a sweet milky background. Not really picking up any alcohol in the nose. Sweet caramel and roasted bittersweet coffee up front. Getting more toasted grains and some bitter dark chocolate through the middle. Finish is chocolaty and has a nice touch of warming alcohol. Mouth feel is excellent. Drapes over the palate like a silk sheet. Carbonation is spot on. Extremely happy I got to try this. This is staying up on my wants list for all time.

depechemode1983, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very good stout is very dark with a dark tan head with some lacing on the glass. This beer has excellant aroma of espresso. This syrup like beer has tastes of coffee, burnt caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Had it at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY.

angelogarcia3, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for try this for a while. Pleasant surprise to see this in the shelf!
Pours a deep brown/black, suprisingly dinky amount of head.

Smell is a serious uppercut of coffee, slightly burned, but endearingly slow. Smells like Joe in the process of roasting. Delicious.

Coffee also carries the day in terms of taste, supported by oatmeal and malt. Chocolate is a little hard to pick up on.

As with most Founders beers, the consistency is a bullseye. Smooth, bordering on viscous and syrupy.

Another great drinking experience from Founders. Must get hands on CBS and KBS.

EDIT: Had another Breakfast Stout. Apparently when I said I couldn't pick up on the chocolate I had my dental dam in. Plenty of chocolate. I said goddamn. Awesome.

lurpy1, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, tulip glass

A: Disappointed in the lack of head on this, sort of looked like old iced coffee in a tulip glass...

S: Coffee and dark chocolate, some syrup. Smells very sweet and desert like.

T: Really good tasting coffee stout here. I was a bit surprised by the lack of hoppiness in this as I am more familiar with their RIS. This tastes like a bit watered down and sweeter, less hoppy version, I suppose it was a tad disappointing due to the excellence of their RIS. However, it isnt quite fair to make the review a critique based on another Founders brew. Overall, a very sweet coffee based stout. It is very tasty but to me a bit sweet and flat.

M: Syrupy , medium bodied, a tad light and watery compared to what I expected. It really could use some more carbonation to liven it up.

O: Overall, a little flat and sweet for my tastes, but still, a very good beer. A wonderful brunch companion I am sure. It is a testament to Founders greatness that I grading this a bit low due to how wonderful their other stouts tend to be. Surely, this is a pleasant stout!

Avantyawn, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of todisht
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a small light brown ring around the head.

Aroma has strong coffee accents. Smells very nice :)

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Coffee flavors come through in the taste as well as the malts but not overpowering. Easy drinking beer despite the higher ABV.

todisht, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of mcomben
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass 8/26/2011.

A: Poured a deep, dark brown. Nice tan head, about 2 fingers tall.

S: Smells of chocolate and coffee.

T: Begins with the strong taste of coffee, then chocolate. Parts of it are bitter, but in a pleasant way. Roasted flavor comes through strong and adds a nice complexity.

M: Coats the tongue w/o being unpleasant.

O: 2011 batch is just as i would've hoped it'd be. Great beer to sit down and enjoy. I've had my fair share of these, so every session isn't a full on tasting for review. I will return to thie beer time and time again through the fall.

mcomben, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour yields little if any head, just a thin layer atop a completely opaque dark brown/black head. Modest lacing with some cling. Smells nice, a mix of roasty notes with the anticipated chocolate and coffee.

Top notch flavors..again, a vivid mix of roast, chocolate and coffee. Just enough bitterness. Fairly dry finish, carbonation higher than expected. Has a bit of snap to the mouthfeel. Nicely balanced, not sweet. More like a good bar of bittersweet chocolate and a black cup of dark roast coffee. Alcohol is there but it's well hidden.

This is, obviously, a top notch stout. Highly recommended.

tobelerone, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of elephantrider
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: No surprises, poured black. Nice tan head.

S: Pretty much smells like coffee. Very roasty, little bit of chocolate but the coffee dominates the profile. Very nice.

T: This is one of my favorite stouts. Lots of coffee in the flavor, some roast and finishes chocolatey.

M: Full bodied, not alot of carbonation

O: This is a great beer. Very well made. An overdoes of coffee and chocolate but in a good way. Always make sure to have this one in my fridge during the months it is available.

elephantrider, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of jtingue
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 08/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Pitch black. Pours with a half finger of head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass. Lacing is great, just sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Smell. Huge burst of coffee right up front; the coffee itself is very earthy in nature. Below this there is a nice roasted malt character that gives the smell a nice sort of body. In addition there is an underlying sweetness to this all.

Taste. Starts with a long, lingering, sweet bitterness, that is very similar to a cappuccino. After this there is a burst of sweetness that is kind of like a nice fresh sugar cookie, but still with the coffee overtones. Just before the finish there is a slightly tart element that is added to the sweetness and bitterness. This lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel. Quite possibly the creamyest beer that I have ever tasted. The mouthfeel melds so well with the flavors that it feels like you are, very literally, eating a full breakfast.

Quite possibly the most accurately named beer that I have ever tasted. Each flavor builds on the palate and becomes the course in your breakfast in a bottle. Amazing!

jtingue, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of FourKicks
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 8.7.11 poured into my Founders snifter.

Pours a dark, deep expresso brown with a thin layer of taupe head that dissipates quiclky, leaving behind minimal lacing.

Aroma is a coffee explosion in your face. Dark chocolate and roasted malts are also well represented. I also pick up hints of vanilla and caramel.

The taste is dominated by coffee up front. Chocolate and roasted malts show their faces in the middle with vanilla tagging along. The finish is almost all chocolate, lingering around well after the swallow.

Its a thick and creamy stout with light but perfect carbonation. A very smooth beer.

This is an amazing combination of coffee and chocolate that is very easy to drink. The alcohol is non-existent. A really outstanding beer and one of my favorites.

FourKicks, Aug 27, 2011
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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
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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
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,290 ratings.