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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,573 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,573
Reviews: 3,208
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,122
Gots: 2,492 | 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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Photo of GilGarp


4.93/5  rDev +9.1%

Bottled 10/14/09.

Served cool in a chalice.

Breakfast stout has a very dark brown color with good clarity evident during the pour. The creamy fine head is short lived but some lace is left behind.

Aroma has a lot of roast to it - roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, even roasted nuts. There's some bitter chocolate in the nose as well but it's in the background. Hops are evident, moreso than in most versions of this style, but they still take a back seat to the dark malts and coffee.

Flavor is simply excellent. For someone who loves coffee, beer, and especially coffee stouts, this ranks up there with the best, which for me means espresso oak aged yeti. The coffee flavor is certainly not hidden in the beer. It comes on strong right from the start and lingers through the finish. There is a lot of great bitterness. It seems to be mostly from the malts but it's fairly hoppy too, for a stout. The chocolate is not as dominant considering it claims to be a double chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation. The flaked oats are certainly a factor here and really make the beer just that much better.

I knew this was going to be good but it's truly excellent. One of the best ever.

01-17-2010 18:08:02 | More by GilGarp
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.95/5  rDev +9.5%

12 oz bottle 2009 vintage, I prefer my Breakfast Stout un-aged. Pours a moderately viscous black color with a creamy brown foam that is tight-bubbled and long lasting. Lacing is wonderful as well, stouts do not get much better looking than this.

Aroma is fairly coffee-centric but displays enough chocolate and Tootsie Roll maltiness to keep it from being one-dimensional. I like the fact that it is a very clean smelling stout, there is not much in the way of fruitiness or bready yeast to get in the way of the coffee and chocolatey goodness.

The coffee flavors are delicious and fresh...even though I do not normally drink the stuff, the flavor is very appealing. There is an oatmeal-esque smoothness and creaminess that works very well. Just enough sweetness to offset the bitter aspect of the roasty malts and hops. ABV is rediculously well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable. This is one of the best beers in the world, IMHO. I wish I had a pickline of this into my veins.

01-16-2010 23:46:43 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of archiespeck


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Pours a deep and dark brown with little head.

S - There is a lot going on here. Coffee and chocolate jump out the most.

T - Yes, this is indeed a breakfast stout! The coffee, chocolate and oatmeal all come off at once. It's a wonderful mixture. As others have stated, the flavors come through much more as the beer warms to room temperature, so perhaps that is the best way to serve it.

M - Creamy and smooth without much booziness.

D - This really is a lovely stout. I can drink a few of these in a session.

01-16-2010 14:44:51 | More by archiespeck
Photo of ricke


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

The pour is dark dark brown with a small tanned head that leaves some lacings.

The smell is a really tight mix of coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and subtle hop aromas.

The taste follows suit. It's somewhat sweet in the mouth with intense notes of coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It gets slightly tannic in the middle. Hints of hops. The finish is rather dry and has a nice coffee bitterness to it, and faiding notes of roasted malts and chocolate.

Smooth on palate with well balanced carbonation. A bit too dry in the finish though.

All in all, an impressive coffee beer. Not overly complex, but the flavors are integrated in a really impressive way.

01-14-2010 15:12:54 | More by ricke
Photo of Josievan


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: This is the most opaque beer that I know of. There are a few that are blacker in hue, but none through which less light passes. Rich dark brown head tops off this monster.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee, but this beer has more of an intensely aromatic quality than simply a smell. The coffee gets in your nasal passage and lingers there.

Taste: All great stout flavors are here. Starts off with sweet oatmeal, gives way to dark chocolate, which then swirls with bitter coffee into a long aftertaste. All this is laid upon roasted, but I wouldn't call it burnt, malt.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and remarkably soft on the palette for such intense flavor. You won't find a more full-bodied stout.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, and leaves you wanting another, since the alcohol is so well hidden.

Notes: This has become one of my favorite stouts. It's great from the bottle but amazing on tap. It somehow manages to be even smoother and creamier on tap, and the coffee isn't quite as in your face as from the bottle. Talk about breakfast food being good all day!

01-12-2010 21:00:59 | More by Josievan
Photo of Minotaur


4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

A thick black stout with a half inch tan-brown head: pours dark and coffee like and the head vanishes quickly which leaves an attractive lacing and ring of foam around the dark center.

The aroma is predominantly of deep roast malt and coffee; there is some hop sourness and a slight bit of yeast.

The taste is a thick brew with the grassy sourness of the Sumatra coffee and Java coming through. It is exceptionally dry tasting with a bit of spice from the java and hops. The chocolate is definitely of the bitter variety; the chocolate malts add very little to no sweetness save for some very grainy sweetness in the finish. The lactose comes through very faintly like a strong espresso with the tiniest bit of cream added. There is a bit of residual floral taste presumably from the hops and yeast used. It is by far one of the most mult-faceted and complex tastes even through the heavy, dark coffee flavors.

Unlike most hops it is not a mellow, warming cushion like flavor but instead it is zingy and sharp. There is an alcohol taste

The mouthfeel is very a smooth oatsy texture plus a kind of slick thickness. The carbonation prevents it from becoming dull and flat.

It is very drinkable - smooth and flavorful despite the tangy bitterness.

01-10-2010 02:23:32 | More by Minotaur
Photo of jgasparine


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Poured from the bottle with almost no head... just a thin brown haze layer and a collar. The body was a almost jet-black, completely opaque, and did not seem to show any visible signs of carbonation.

S- Smells strongly of roasted coffee and heavy chocolate malts. There aromas are so big that they eclipse any underlying aromas that may be present. Despite it's simplicity, it smells wonderfully enticing.

T- A near-perfect replicate of the nose... HUGE roasted coffee flavors are beautifully complimented by MASSIVE chocolate malt flavors. Some mild hop bitterness emerges midway and becomes more prominent in the finish. The finish itself is roasty with a sustained moderate hop bitterness. Any way you cut it, this brew is quite tasty!

M- BIG thick body- slick and silky from the additions of oatmeal. Beautifully coats the mouth... and there's just enough soft carbonation present to pleasantly tickle the tongue.

D- Very drinkable... especially for the over-the-top flavors and the moderately high ABV. No alcohol presence detected whatsover in the aroma nor on the palte (only a slight residual buzz from drinking a few bottles!).

01-09-2010 20:03:12 | More by jgasparine
Photo of OttoPeeWee


3.83/5  rDev -15.3%

So, I'm not exactly 100% convinced this is the greatest beer on the planet.

It is, however, a very good beer and definitely worth having a four pack around for when you feel like something different from say a Belgium tripel.

It is a complex beer and I think I could imagine replacing Kahlua in a white russian with this beer and it would taste pretty good! It's very well balanced with chocolate, coffee, an oat sweetness, and alcohol.

In fact my only complaint about this beer is the thickness of it. It definitely seems like you are eating this viscous brew and I suspect the brewery acknowledges this based on the kid eating oatmeal on the label. I had two and I don't think I could drink another one.

A+ taste and smell, I just would only order one every once in a while based on the drinkability.

01-08-2010 22:04:27 | More by OttoPeeWee
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

A - pours a deep resiny black with a cocoa-mocha head that quickly recedes to a collar and a film of microbubbles. significant lacing.

S - Black coffee and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate - pretty straight forward, or one-dimensional depending on how you look at it.

T - Very similar to the smell. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted/smoked malts all the way on this one!

M - Very light yet frothy - probably the most outstanding aspect of this brew, that which sets it apart from many other coffee stouts. Certainly viscuous, but never too much so.

D - It would be hard to have more than 2 in a sitting, but the mouthfeel goes a long way to upping the drinkability.

01-08-2010 04:21:14 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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4.7/5  rDev +4%

On tap at the Winking Lizard before a minor league hockey game in October. This is one of the beers that made me a beer geek, and it was nice to revisit this modern day classic.

Pitch black and headless. This is one mean looking mother.

Smells like heaven for chocolate and coffee lovers. One of those beers that just has a perfect cohesive layers of scents.

Taste is immaculate. Not the best coffee stout or the best chocolate stout, but hands down the best chocolate coffee stout ever. Classic business here.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional. One of those island beers for me, I could and will drink this forever. A true classic.

01-07-2010 23:22:42 | More by jampics2
Photo of eddocron


4.97/5  rDev +10%

This was an exciting experience for me, discovering a beer with sweetness and chocolate taste, in a strong ale.

A. Dark poor with a dark tan head over an almost black beer.
S. a delicious aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee, and some fruit.
T. Taste was superb - again, almost like the smell, chocolate and coffee faintly in the background, full malty taste.
overall, a great drink, and many more to come I hope!

01-04-2010 02:16:20 | More by eddocron
Photo of billzee


4.43/5  rDev -2%

Had this on tap at Canal Street in Reading on 12/30/09. Pours black with a light brownish tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Coffee, dark chocolate and toffee with distinct alcohol notes. Reminds me of chewy Wilbur Chocolate Coffee in beer form. Nice balance of coffee, chocolate and delicious hops. Dry finish with nice warming alcohol feel. Hearty body with mild carbonation. Can't wait to have some more of this. Plus, the wife loves it!

01-04-2010 00:38:59 | More by billzee
Photo of JayQue


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

What a marvelous stout. Enjoyed it in a cabin at a state park in Virginia out of a large tumbler. Poured a dense black with absolutely no light coming through anywhere. Dark tan head, fairly small and average retention. Minor amount of lacing. Aroma was good: coffee and mild semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste was great. Malty, slightly bitter cold coffee and semi-sweet chocolate served up in an incredibly smooth blend with a little bitterness at the end to finish it off.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy and incredibly smooth (probably the oatmeal).

Drinkability is excellent. The 8.3% abv is hardly noticeable. It goes down smooth and rich. I wonder what the effect would be out of a nitro-tap - that might provided a bigger head? In all, a very good experience.

01-03-2010 17:49:19 | More by JayQue
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

A perfect stout and the first beer I reveiwed at Churchkey DC (Reveiw Pending). It being savored at a "world class" beer bar, it was served at the correct temperture in a 10-ounce snifter. I cannot rate appearance at the intial pour since it occurred out of sight; however, upon being set before me, it boasted a pitch black hue that was as dark as night. The head was razor thin and the lacing permitted a modicum of clingage. It is your basic black beast that dares you on.

The nose is overwhelmed with an intense miasma of molasses and cocoa butter. Meanwhile, the palate is blanketed with a heavy dose of coffee bean warmth with a few dabs of dark chocolate sprinkled around like confetti. The mouthfeel is incredibly resinous, it being thick, chewy, doughy and in serious need of being accompanied by water.

Really ... this is your typical after dinner quaff, one demanding respect - but providing the discernable beer lover some blissful moments. Thanks to Churchkey for allowing me the pleasure of this one. And thanks to you Founders.

01-03-2010 01:07:29 | More by jjboesen
Photo of icefisherman


4.2/5  rDev -7.1%

Poored form bottle into standard pint glass. Black with a low tan head, some lacing on the way down. Smells mostly of coffee but slightly of chocolate. Upon first sip wow bitter chocolate, followed by the coffee, and to the finish with a slight bit of hops. Feel is smooth and kinda thick as was expected. Drinkability is high if you like bitter chockolate and coffee, and I sure do.

01-02-2010 05:15:57 | More by icefisherman
Photo of Samichlaus

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

Received in trade from NittanyBeerFan. Thanks Dan!
12oz poured into pint glass. From notes.

A: Beautiful black with a thin brown head. Head and lacing that disappears quickly.

S: Coffee, pumpernickel bread, bakers chocolate. Slight smell of alcohol.

T: Coffee & chocolate. Wonderful balance of bittering hops. Strong, dry, coffee finish. Slightly metallic, bready. Alcohol lingers and warms in the finish.

M: Creamy, chewy with a mild carbonation.

D: Get me another!

01-02-2010 03:21:37 | More by Samichlaus
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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

A-jet black in color, thick motor oil type liquid. Aggressive pour create lots of a thick creamy head, the color is dark coffee, nice retetion and big lace left on the glass

S-huge nose comes through of roasted coffee, some toffee and dark chocolate

T-big roasted coffee flavor, nice dark chocolate, the oatmeal comes in next with a nice light sweet taste of citrus and some dark berries towards the finish

M-full bodied, thick and creamy. very smooth going down and well carbonated with a light tinge of alcohol in the back

D-extremely good beer here, big roasted flavors and a touch of oatmeal make this something remnant of morning breakfast

01-01-2010 22:39:29 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of billyzoom666


3.83/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. What a great beer! A medium pour gives up no head on this thing. It pours a beautiful cocoa color with lacing throughout the drink. The smell on this is the best part. It has a great chocolate smell with the coffee underneath lingering in your nose. It has an extremely subtle taste. It's heavy on the coffee with just a hint of oat on the back end. Pretty high drinkability for a stout. This creamy concoction just rolls over the tongue. This was my first one of these, I can not wait until Fall next year!

01-01-2010 16:18:33 | More by billyzoom666
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Pitch black and thick with a towering dark coffee colored foaming head. Heavy lacing.

S: Nice roasted coffee and chocolate.

T&M: Full-bodied, smooth, thick and chewy feel on the palate. Oatmeal, roasted malt with a hoppy character mingled in - some herbal spice and leaf. Bitter chocolate. Plenty of coffee flavors. Hints of sherry in the warming alcohol, with a low spice. Sweet malts and dry, bitter alcohol burn.

Breakfast Stout? One of the most interesting American Double Stouts on planet Earth. Absolutely delicious. I've tried this in the bottle previously and a special aged '08 the same night as this one. The fresher the better. I didn't particularly care the '08 as the alcohol scent and taste is accentuated.

12-31-2009 23:40:41 | More by cdizinno
Photo of augustgarage


4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Obtained in trade from monsterfat (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Bistre liquid, approaching black with sienna highlights, topped by a thin layer of tan foam which recedes to a creamy collar with a island of slick skin in the center of the glass. Rapidly disintegrating lacing, though some remains glued to the thick oily legs.

Strong fresh black coffee galvanizes the senses upon first whiff. Earthy, nutty, with a hint of pepper - you can tell they used a high quality bean (though I can't discern what role Kona plays vs Sumatran). Light roast malt gently supports the coffee aromatics to remind you that this is still a beer.

Coffee-bomb palate entry offset by a bit of bittersweet chocolate and a hint of oats. Long dry finish with roast malt, cocoa, grain, and a touch of pepper.

Rich, smooth, not quite full-bodied mouthfeel with a lingering astringency that weds perfectly with the alcohol.

While not quite as lush as Péché Mortel, this is a subtle and rewarding take on the style. Very well crafted! Looking forward to trying Kentucky Breakfast Stout sometime as the bourbon barrel notes could potentially send this into the stratosphere assuming they don't overwhelm the underlying flavors.

12-31-2009 19:53:29 | More by augustgarage
Photo of thecarster1


4.43/5  rDev -2%

bottle recieved in the review this! bif, thanks markwise!

a- bottle poured into half a fingers worth of head that fades to a dark tan wispy design of lace and a ring around the glass, extremely dark dark brown/black coloring, really great label design.

s- lots of nose, fresh brewed coffee, bitter chocolate, earthy sweetness, dry biscuit, smells like a sip..

t- mmm, wow theres alot here as well. lots of black coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toffee, light smoke. the finish is dry, clean, and bitter. no hint of alcohol to be found, i expected a slight huff to come through as it warms and none came, just an earthier more prounounced coffee bitterness. damn this is a great stout.

m- full bodied and silky smooth with a bit of coating.

d- wowza this is everything that it's lived up to be. it's a monster of a stout, very drinkable although i'm not sure how many i could have in a row, i'm very satisfied with this just one. i've never had a beer like this before, i'm already imagining what foods i could pair this with the next time i get my hands on a bottle. i can't imagine another double stout being as great as this one!

12-31-2009 04:01:35 | More by thecarster1
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -12.6%

dark dark brown body with a light tan head. large bubbles collect apart from really tiny ones, heterogeneously, as if bubbling for different reasons.

roasted to burnt coffee dominates the aroma.

taste is charry, like scraping a grill, ashy and bitter coffee. the hops may play into the bitterness, but not in an obviously hoppy way. could be coffee bitterness, could be hop bitterness, its really unclear to me. i dont remember it having these qualities last year. suffice to say, 2.5 months from the bottling date might be too soon to drink this. the coffee and hops are too fresh and apparent for my taste. ill be forgiving, though, since ive experienced it better than this.

lightly carbonated, becomes very smooth as it warms.

drinkability is not so high fresh. kind of unusual and disappointing. the rest will need to sit for a while.

12-30-2009 20:15:33 | More by Crittervision
Photo of Durge


4.18/5  rDev -7.5%

A solid black color with a modest tan head and full blanket of lacing. The aroma is a light, pleasant chocolate-coffee malt. My first impression upon a mouthful is a nice herbal hop and deep coffee malt. The hops don't hit you hard but it's a real nice blend with a fair alcohol note. It's fairly bitter while delivering malty sweetness and has a velvetty feel. The drinkability is probably marginal but boy it's tastey stuff.

12-30-2009 03:27:36 | More by Durge
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours thick black with a medium sized brown head. Smell has notes of coffee and roasted malt but I think the dominant aroma is strong dark chocolate. Black coffee flavor up front with some roasted malt. Deep bitter chocolate flavors throughout blend nicely. Really nice. Some moderate bitterness throughout. Underneath there is a slight sweetness which provides some balance. Medium to full bodied but not as heavy as you might expect. Smooth. Pretty easily drinkable. A really great stout.

12-30-2009 02:51:21 | More by burnstar
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4.43/5  rDev -2%

Pours as you expect any big stout, black, brown short lived head. Big punch of coffee and roasted malt in the nose, I get a sense of hops but its out done by the roast and coffee. The taste repeats the smell and is big on black coffee and roasted malt. Bitterness is respectable and the hops are there. Its drinkable, which I must say, I really like. I love a huge 10% stout just as much as the next person but I really appreciate a stout with huge flavor and less alcohol because I always want a second. Overall, a lovely beer, I imagine some cellaring could make this beer feel a bit more refined but I like it bold and how it is.

12-29-2009 05:39:59 | More by tattooedtolley
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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