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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,337
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,062
Gots: 2,395 | FT: 157
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 DarbyOGill


4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark brown like coffee with about one finger of brown head. The lacing is really nice.

S: Strong notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt come through.

T: Wow, this is certainly different. Starts with a mixed taste of chocolate and chocolate, like a mocha latte. A slight flavor of alcohol hits the palette next, followed by a taste of roasted malt. The malt flavor is followed by some bitterness, not from hops, but of the coffee. It finishes very similarly to a cup of joe, it shares the same aftertaste as coffee, except the stout finishes with a bit of booze as well. I was kinda surprised how much coffee flavor was in this beer, it's almost as if I got it at Starbucks and ordered a stout latte (which would actually give me a reason to go to Starbucks).

D: As with all stouts of this type. I could maybe drink two before I'd have to move to something lighter. It does go down really nice a smooth though.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:48:25 | More by DarbyOGill
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle > brandy snifter

The color is Jet-black. It's black liquid with only my own face reflecting back at me. hold it up to direct light and there is some dark brown shading so it's not really opaque. The head is a macho-looking dark brown color with even darker tinting splattered throughout. It rises at least 2" high and it falls flat on it's face with a hefty amount of thick lacing. and it's a really intricate pattern the lace creates, nice too look at for sure!

Oh yeah, it's a robust nose!! Fresh roastie coffee, oats and grains, grainy-heat, thick, malty sweetness with peanutbutter, and very dark chocolate. It's rounded out very well with herbs and subtle spices deep down. It doesn't get any more aromatic than this!

This is a full, hefty malt body with huge complexity. roastie Hawaiin coffee, thick grains, hardy oats, with a very thick and heady oatmeal effect. This brings in the that wonderful full feeling! This is basically a meal ina mini-snifter! slight fruity sweetness deep in the malt and a sublime balance with all of the flavor's. The hops provide a dry, herbal and earthy finish with a mild heat that only adds further complexity. The feel is amazing, round but dry just like a traditional big stout should be.

Oh boy, this is the real deal. classic in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 17:04:58 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Brandy Snifter

A: Thick and dark. Creamy tan head.

S: Aromas of coffee, slight vanilla, chocolate.

T: Wonderful creamy mouth feel, lots of coffee, both bitter and sweet, some chocolate and oatmeal notes.

M: Low carbonation and wonderful thick and syrupy.

D: Would go nice with dessert or have just a meal by itself. . .

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 18:36:00 | More by CMitchell
Photo of stumac


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this brew pours up black as endless space with a wet wood brown head. the nose is fresh oatmeal never touched, coffee beans labored by human hands, and irresistible chocolate as if you have lived 25 years and you are tasting chocolate for the first time. But then, you haven't really lived at all....yet. it tastes the same as it smells. But wow. Damn good. I think even Edgar Allan Poe would be at writer's block upon tasting this divine concoction. Very roasty malts, nice bitter coffee, full bodied, medium carbo. In a way, its similar to having a cool summer breeze blow gently across your face as your feet hang down into a nice lukewarm body of water and not a care in the world crosses into your nirvana state of mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 16:56:04 | More by stumac
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4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter for lunch today.

A: Dark and almost as thick as Hersey's syrup. No light coming through this beer, even near the edge of the glass. A nice creamy tan head sitting on top.

S: Very appetizing coffee and chocolate.

T: Wow, a lot more coffee than I was expecting. Bitter, chocolaty, but smooth and creamy. Really nice.

M: Great, so great. Smooth, low carbonation, just really nice.

D: It went so fast, super easy to drink. Might be a little rich to drink too much too often.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 16:55:36 | More by aggiearcher13
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4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip at 58 degrees.

This one is pitch black with a light cocoa colored head. The nose is huge with fresh coffee and dark chocolate. Tons of espresso and rich gooey chocolate on the palate. A hit of hops at the end. Really long finish. The body is big, but not huge. Very smooth, very creamy. Really delicous. I could see trying this for breakfast at some point, too. Will intend on picking up a 4-pack each year - great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:50:20 | More by MacDomer
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to have one for breakfast today. I'm about to go to bed though. I work nights.

A - Black as sin and thick as hell. Beautiful. Just a smattering of head that fades almost instantly. Could use a larger head but it's hard to complain.

S - Rich malt, coffee and hints of chocolate. I was really hoping for a little more out of this.

T - Mostly coffee with the oatmeal coming in second. The chocolate melds in there well and it has a slight bitter finish. Just a touch of alcohol.

M - Thick and chewy just like I love it.

D - It's a bit rich but the flavor makes you want to keep going.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 10:10:40 | More by infestaxion
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3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a minimal head

Smell:burnt malt, dark coffee, small note of chocolate

Taste: expresso, grain, small chocolate, with a bready aftertaste

Mouthfeel: heavy body, thick, and bitter

Drinkability: The first few sips were harsh, but I found myself liking this more and more as I drunk it. This is a heavy stout that is a sipper. I could have two and will have this again. I do like KBS better though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 18:25:31 | More by tigg924
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3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in BIF from Alan, thanks a bundle man. Bottle consumed on 4/13.

Pours a beautiful dark with nice dark brown head that rapidly leaves. Smell is decent with strong dark chocolate sense. The flavor is intense, with an incredibly dark coffee roast dominating, and an equally dark chocolate rounding it out. Its smooth and not syrupy like other breakfast stouts I've had as of late. If there's a downside to the drink, it is that its quite heavy, and I couldn't see myself having more than one or two of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 01:36:56 | More by cdViking
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep seductive black, fluffy tan head that fades pretty fast.

Smells like coffee, oats, roasted nuts, all sorts of earthy herbal scents.

Smooth, thick, creamy, wow, this is wonderful. Everything I expected is there, coffee and roasted malts in abundance, smooth oatmeal. I am in awe of this beer.

That, and the 8% ABV is well hidden, I could drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 16:05:10 | More by Fatduck
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3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours like oil. A surprisingly pleasant one finger head comes from it that's a darker brown color leaving great lacing and lasts throughout the entire drink.
S= Chocolate and coffee dominate mostly chocolate though. I swear I can actually smell eggs though. I don't believe it myself but I think I do.
T= SOOO much coffee. but nothing like the coffee bender. Really beery while being coffee like. very good chocolate character as well. A small amount of smokiness is also present
M= Average carb and a dry finish
D= Pretty good. I'm liking it but I don't know if it's as good as everyone says. Great beer don't get me wrong but I dunno about how AMAZING it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 03:50:50 | More by jjanega08
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick black with a huge foamy tan head. Solid retention and lacing.

S- Alcohol lingers in the glass. Notes of coffee and dark sweet chocolate.

T- Sweet and chocolatey, slightly burnt coffee. Kind of woody.... The malty sweetness is fantastically balanced with a pleasant grassy hoppiness.

M- Super smooth and creamy. This brew is like liquid silk on the palate. Carbonation is perfect, alcohol is well hidden, ful bodied without being syrupy.

D- Excellent!!! This is one hell of a brew, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 20:51:58 | More by JayNH
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4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Breakfast Stout is more commonly a Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. For my personal preferences, it is very strong. I had a Founders Imperial Stout alongside a Breakfast Stout and I found the Imperial Stout to be much more drinkable despite the higher ABV. Dont get me wrong. This is a sweet beer that I would drink any day of the week, just not quite the Founder RIS...My Fave.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 08:33:36 | More by calltond
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay chalise at cellar temperature.

A-Deep opaque brown black like dirty motor oil. This thing looked black even in the pour. Dark tan head that froths up in the glass and subsides with sticky lacing. Looks enticing.

S-Burnt cocoa mocha with some sweet spice and a whiff of alcohol.

T-Utterly creamy sticky sweet vanilla hits the palate first, followed by bittersweet chocolate covered roasted dark coffee beans and a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Astounding...

M-Thick and creamy and chewy. I can't imagine a better mouthfeel for this style and taste....delish

D-This is extremely drinkable, but probably will not have another back to back as it would lose some of its impact, but this one is indeed a keeper. A good session opener or dessert beer...(or breakfast beer?)

This is a great treat, especially for those moments when I need a chocolate fix or a coffee taste fix, or both.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 23:18:35 | More by caddybuyer
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1000th Review for this beer... awesome!

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Seeing the kid eating oatmeal on the label is making me laugh, cause the guy at the liquor store thought the kid looked like the "gerber baby" so he kept calling it "that baby beer." If only...

A: Poured a jet black into my glass, sluggish, sloshing into the bottom. When you hold it up to the light you only get the faintest bit of a deep ruby color along the edges, otherwise, this beer is completely opaque. When the light reflects off the surface of the beer, it really does resemble motor oil or sludge.... Thick! Absolutely no head... not even a tease of a tan bubbles across the top. Slight lacing down the sides of the glass

S: The first hints to hit my nose were roasted coffee beans and vanilla; I can faintly detect some chocolate as well. Otherwise, the roasted coffee scent seems to dominate and overpower just about everything.

T: Huge roasted flavors, coffee, chocolate; big roasted coffee beans bite up front. Mid sip I get a blend of complex flavors: bit of malts and oats coming through provide some sweet, bready notes; also getting a burnt, almost smoked flavor, like lingering cigar smoke; maybe a hint of dark fruit like chocolate cherries; a dry finish that gradually warms... obviously the alcohol is showing itself and it becomes even more prevalent as the beer warms to room temp.

M: This beer has a measure of carbonation and leaves a prickly sensation on my tongue. Otherwise, FBS is fairly chewy, but definitely not as thick as other stouts I have tried.

D: High ABV (8.3%), this beer does have some kick to it, and as much as the great taste attempts to hide it, drinkability is probably lessened only because you could only get 2 maybe 3 down at most before the alcohol really starts taking control. Regardless, this is a beer I would definitely seek out again, even given its price tag ($12+ for 4).

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:45:06 | More by Buschyfor3
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a beer! Chocolate timess a few!!!

this beer is smooth super, chocolate comes through on so many levels. The abv, is fairly well hidden for sure. Very complex flavor. Easy to understand on first sip. Thick, dark, sweet, heavenly~!!

Grab a 4 pack of this is your taste calls for a thick body, and sweet overall characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:17:46 | More by FarmHouseJam
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4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My very first review. Finally got to try this beer. Pours pitch black with brown head. I mainly got coffee aromas. The taste was quite smooth with tastes of coffee and bitter choclate. I was hoping for a little more balance. I enjoyed this beer but I thought the Kentucky Bourban Breakfast Stout is better. Definetely a very good double/imperial stout. I still think Alesmith Speedway, Victory Storm King, Brooklyn Black Choclate Stout, and Southern Tier Choklat are better beers

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:40:22 | More by atpben
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in my first trade, with theghost3. Served at cellar temp in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A deep, powerful black with a thin, quick dissipating dark brown head. Leaves a decent bit of lacing.

S - Lots of fresh roasted coffee and chocolate with a backing of sweet & bitter toffee.

T - Less intense than I expected, but still nicely flavored. Once again, the coffee and chocolate are upfront in all their oily, dark glory. Tastes like more of the bitterness comes from the coffee, little hops on the aftertaste. The oatmeal seems to keep things balanced, with a nice hint of sweetness on the finish.

M - Surprisingly mild on body, with the fairly heavy weight and active carbonation balancing it to slightly syrupy with a smooth feel.

D - The 8% ABV is hidden well and the bitterness is no more rough on the palate than a cup of good, dark coffee. Could definitely have another of these if I had more; would be great for a Sunday breakfast or brunch.

Overall - I wanted to try this one before I went full bore and asked around for the big brother, KBS. I definitely enjoyed this brew though. It's complex yet well balanced, and loaded with rich coffee flavor. Must seek out more.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 17:50:08 | More by DannyS
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on Tap in a goblet at the Kite and Key in Philly. Started off the night right.

Had a nice thick head over a black body. Strong coffee aroma. Felt thick and creamy to the tongue, finished a little dry but not so much as I immediately needed another drink.

Good coffee and burnt chocolate flavors hit me immediately. Solid malt profile. Definitely lived up to the hype on BA but didn't surpass it.

As the name suggets, I think this would be a good breakfast beer with a cinnamon french toast drenched in maple syrup.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 01:26:00 | More by MikeTaz
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North Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have waited ages to try this beer and finally, I am able to. Poured up absolutely black with a light brown 2 finger head that stayed in place for several minutes; looks terrific! Smell is wonderful with coffee dominating and a slight earthiness detectable deep down. Taste is coffee flavours from start to finish with a slight earthy hop bitterness augmenting the coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is quite heavy with *just* enough carbonation. Terrific and worthy of 5,0 in my opinion! The 8,3%abv is rather well concealed, too, making this very drinkable (all things considered). A very well crafted stout that represents the style well. I'll certainly seek this out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 20:46:55 | More by SilentSabre
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why oh why does Founders insist on twist off caps on everything they produce? Not a good idea but quite the enjoyable brew.

A massive nimbus, fluffy, tan, cloud in my nonic on St Pats day. Pours sludge-like. A suprisingly mild nose, but I get chocolate and molasses. More chocolate as it warms and after a few swirls. Thick mouthfeel and also tastes like a chocolate shake. Mild coffe grind bite in the finish. This is thick and chewy like a fat slice of bread. A deliciusly drinkable treat. A little milder than expected, but I like that. Porterish and enjoyable double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 13:39:23 | More by jim102864
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4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained thru trade with Gibby in PA. Thanks.

Appearance- Pours a thin brown head with poor retention and next to no lacing, bubbles dissipate much like soda. Beer is an opaque black.

Smell- Bitter chocolates and roasty coffee

Taste- First coffee than lots of bitter chocolate and a finally roasty bitter malt flavor that carries on.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, yet the bubbles have too much fizz for stout. Palate coating flavor.

Drinkability- Lots of bitterness and alcohol tamp down drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 05:41:50 | More by olmatty
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4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some beers are love at first sip - and this was one. Big and bold, without being cloying or overpowering. Strong coffee flavor backed up with a hefty, slightly sweet malt. Makes no apologies for the RIS heritage and takes it on to a new level with the coffee note twist.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 13:31:26 | More by Brent
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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black right from the pour to the glass. The head is a slight 1/8" tall brown color, with little retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Wow. This is a whole new realm for me. It literally smells like a sweet cup of fresh coffee. Roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, and some roasted malt. Wow.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and plenty of coffee flavor. This beer really does pay homage to coffee. Quite a roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Roasty like coffee with a nicely dry/sweet balance. The beer isn't cloying with sweetness. Slight boozy finish.

Drinkability: A very fine RIS. It absolutely screams with coffee, so you'd better enjoy it. I could drink a bunch of these, even in the morning for a quick pick-me-up. Awesome

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 11:57:47 | More by Risser09
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A--Pours pitch black that when held to the light only reveals any highlight at the very top. Almost no head with a standard pour.

S--Smells like you just walked into a Starbucks. Heavy coffee bean scent invades the nostrils, but there are small hints of chocolate and caramel in the background. Perfect smell for the style.

T--Tastes exactly like coffee that has been sitting cold in the pot for 8 hours. And I hate coffee. But you want to know what is weird? I love this beer. I love this style. It might be my favorite style. How can a guy who hates coffee love coffee beer so much, especially a beer that tastes like stale coffee? Its like I have the twilight zone of taste buds. Maybe I actually do like coffee but just haven't had a brand that I like yet. Perhaps I am akin to someone who says they hate beer but have only tried macro lagers. Who knows. This is great though, the only thing keeping it from a 5 is the one dimensional flavor. A great one dimension.

M--Medium to heavy bodied, absolutely delicious balance of creaminess and carbonation.

D--This is very easy to get down for 8% ABV and the alcohol is well hidden, but two bottles would surely be enough and its such a blast of coffee that I probably would only want it once a month, tops.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 17:48:35 | More by alcstradamus
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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