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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 11,868
Reviews: 3,226
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 2,617 | FT: 161
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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 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
Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark jet black color with an impressive dark tan/brown head that just looks SO Thick and tasty. The smell on this is just like I was hoping. So chocolatey and so much coffee. The beer smells absolutely delicious and just so robust and flavorful. Hints of burnt malts...but just mainly coffee and dark chocolate. This beer tastes SO WELL BALANCED. I love it! Initially, I get such a soothing taste of espresso, followed by a very tasty chocolate that just makes my palate extremely happy. I then get some very sweet notes that linger on my palate (kinda like sweet coffee ice cream). I must also add, that as this beer warms up, the scents sort of blend together to make a sort of chocolate cake scent. The alcohol is scary how well hidden it is. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. So smooth and velvety. Drinkability is very high.

DovaliHops, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FBS was allowed to warm for 15 mins following refrigeration before tasting:

A: very dark, nearly opaque when held to the light with a quickly dissipating head.

S: initially a strong coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T: a distinct coffee taste, nearly overwhelming the chocolate, though it lingers during the aftertaste, reminded me of eating chocolate pancakes at breakfast with black coffee to wash it down.

M: begins with an initial sizzle with a relatively smooth aftertaste, smoother as the beer warmed.

D: a very good breakfast stout.

newk340, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of NDZonie
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a pint glass, it appears oil-like as it glug-glugs into the glass: thick and black. A thin wisp of brown head appears on top of an opaque black body. That film of a head disappears quickly, however, likely a victim of the 8.3% ABV. No lace left behind.

S: First impression, not surprisingly, is of the coffee. Roasted coffee beans and just plain coffee. As it warms I get more of a chocolatey smell, but coffee is the dominant scent throughout.

T: Roasted, even slightly burnt, coffee. Husky roasted cereal grains. As I drink it more, the roasted acidity subsides and I begin to get more chocolate -- both dark chocolate, with the commensurate bitterness, and milk chocolate, with its sweetness. The chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms, though the coffee and roasted barley-like bitterness never entirely subsides. Bitterness on the finish and lingering afterwards. ABV not even in the picture.

M: Definitely full-bodied. Chewy, creamy and smooth all at once, if that's possible.

D: 5.0 all of the way.

NDZonie, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Dubber55
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/18/09

Pitch black with half finger of dark mocha colored head

Smells like lots of coffee, a little chocolate and a little vanilla

Taste like lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some hops, and the slightest bit of alcohol. The finish is roasty and a little bitter from the hops. There is also a slight sweetness that helps to balance out the roasted character of this beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick. Slick, creamy, oily with a medium amount of carbonation.

The drinkablility of this beer is really good. I barely can taste the alcohol. It's almost like a chocolate milkshake. The coffee is nicely integrated into this beer. It's not overly bitter or acrid like many other coffee stouts I have had. Really nicely done.

Dubber55, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A - Black as night with a small circle of dark tan head

S - coffee with vanilla. A sweet smelling beer.

T - vanilla coffee with a little bitterness at the end. Good balance of flavor with sweet and bitter flavors.

M heavy body with light carbonation

D - not a fast drinker but easy for the style. Full flavored. What I would want in a coffee beer. Best beer in our tasting of coffee beers.

jpmclaug, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black/maybe darkest brown, no light gets though at all, light brown head that stands up pretty well on the pour, starts fading to some foam in a few minutes

S: Bright stout notes, doesn't smell heavy, big coffee roast notes have bitterness that also encompasses the hops, coffee notes are so fresh smelling, sweetness is also there, but not too heavy

T: Tastes similar to smell with the flavors even more focused on coffee, again it just has a very fresh coffee taste, the hops come in before that coffee roast though and give you a nice counterbalance to the roast notes, flavors are definitely not heavy, leaves a pleasant creamy aftertaste

M: Body remains relatively light thanks to a good carbonation level, slightly dry which works well with the flavors

D: High, again the flavors are so bright that it is easy to drink

Notes: Just yesterday I had a Ten FIDY and they definitely taste different. Where Ten FIDY goes for big, dark, and heavy flavors, Founders Breakfast goes for bright flavors. Which is really amazing considering that it is such a heavy roasted beer. They pull it off and it is great.

dpodratsky3, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pint at the hulmeville inn. Yea that's right a fucking pint. Yikes!

A- the vat of beer comes to me with a fat ass finger of tan creamy head atop a ocean of black with just a touch of brown at the edges. The head slowly settles to some killer lace and a nice coating of suds. I gota say it some damn pretty stuff.

S- dark roasted coffee and 86 percent dark chocolate. Toasted oats and sweetened condensed milk. Hint of black berries and char.

T- semi sweet up front with the chocolate and oats then a slow roll into the deep roast and toast. Nice layers of complexity with the sweet and roast playing leap frog. Brown sugar and black strap molasses with some char and smoke.

M- rich and creamy, think and chewy but never too much of any of them. Mid to low carb and it works so perfectly.

D- I can't believe its 8 plus abv but I'm totally diggin it. One of my favs from one of my all time favorite breweries.

oglmcdgl, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Phillyphilms
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip Glass.

Nice thick dark black pour that was expected. Some head that disappears quickly with little lacing.

Smell is nothing short of a coffee and coco nib explosion. Delightful and makes you want the first sip right then.

The coffee and espresso comes up front with a nice bite from the plus 8% abv. Chocolate and coffee in the finish with a good malty backbone.

Little carbonation and kinda silky but suits the style nicely. Not a marathon beer by any means but I could see myself revisiting this for a nightcap.. alongside a steak at dinner.. or perhaps.. for .. BREAKFAST.

RESPECT

Phillyphilms, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of BigTomZ
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick black with a thin head that doesn't stay too long.

It has a great roast coffee smell with just a bit of chocolate.

This has a strong bitter coffee and oat taste. Roasty and chocolate notes follow.

This is a nice thick oily kind of stout, not much carbonation to speak of.

This stout goes down nice and easy. I had no problem drinking all 4.

BigTomZ, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of chalsk
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones. Pours a dark coffee color with a very thin head. Has an aroma of coffee. Has a nice smooth balance of coffee and smoke. Has a slight bitterness to it as well. Very tasty brew from a great brewery. I Will have to try side by side with KBS.

chalsk, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours very thick and dark, almost black. little to no head with almost no sign of carbonation. very little lacing as well.

the nose is almost exclusively dominated by cocoa & roasted coffee beans. perhaps a lingering smell of oatmeal and black cherry... but very faint

taste just like it smells... dark bitter chocolate & coffee. the more I drink, more and more bitterness hangs around. halfway down, the back of my throat feels like I ate a bag of sour gummies! very interesting.

full body and thick! little to no carbonation.

pretty true to the breakfast stout class although this one really leans on the dark chocolate & coffee bean. it almost seems like I am drinking a cup of black coffee

haddon, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 5/19/10. Served in a snifter at just above room temperature.

A: This brew pours black with a slight brown tinge. Its beige-brown head begins at 1/2 a finger and disappears almost immediately, leaving a whispy cloud look with one big bubbly patch floating on the body. The lacing is attractive and reminds me of stylistic A.W. Tillinghast bunkers.

S: I detect a heavy dose of oatmeal at first smell. A deeper intake reveals massive coffee and dark chocolate notes. I also smell brown sugar, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits. This would serve well as breakfast and dessert. Heavenly.

T: A flavor bonanza has erupted in my mouth. Astrigent, bitter coffee hits the sides of my tongue, which is then cascaded upon by a delicious semi-sweet chocolate and oat wave. Bittering hops kick in at the end and are supported all the while by the lovely coffee flavor. I've had this on tap at Founders and in bottles - on tap has been better balanced, while the bitterness of the beer just barely overbalances the sweetness in bottle form.

M: There is a great play between the bitterness of coffee and hops on the sides of my palate and the full sweetness and chewiness that disperses over the entirety of my mouth. It is rich and acidic at the same time.

D: Breakfast Stout is immensely drinkable. I have had this many a time and I will continue to enjoy its flavorful complexities through the years of my life. Of the Founders Breakfast Stouts, I like CBS slightly more than this beer, with KBS bringing up the rear by a nose in a three horse photo finish.

TCHopCraver, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, it appears oil-like as it glug-glugs into the glass: thick and black. A thin wisp of brown head appears on top of an opaque black body. That film of a head disappears quickly, however, likely a victim of the 8.3% ABV. No lace left behind.

S: First impression, not surprisingly, is of the coffee. Roasted coffee beans and just plain coffee. As it warms I get more of a chocolatey smell, but coffee is the dominant scent throughout.

T: Roasted, even slightly burnt, coffee. Husky roasted cereal grains. As I drink it more, the roasted acidity subsides and I begin to get more chocolate -- both dark chocolate, with the commensurate bitterness, and milk chocolate, with its sweetness. The chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms, though the coffee and roasted barley-like bitterness never entirely subsides. Bitterness on the finish and lingering afterwards. ABV not even in the picture.

M: Definitely full-bodied. Chewy, creamy and smooth all at once, if that's possible.

D: Torn between giving this a 4 and a 4.5. Went with the 4.5 because even though tonight I'm a tad bit turned off by the coffee, the first 3 bottles of this were gone in no time without a second thought to its drinkability.

****Edit, 1-19-11****

Drinking a bottle from that same bunch, about 7 months later, and it's still awesome - tonight I'm liking this beer better than I liked the bottle I had last summer. Maybe it's better stout weather (it's been snowing for a couple days now), maybe it's the general sense I have that the coffee is more subdued. . . whatever it is, I'm lamenting the fact that this is my last bottle - and Founders can't be found in NYS. . . .

Kendo, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a jet black with a very thin head and hardly any lacing left on the glass.

S: lots of roasty malts and coffee aromas with oats, chocolate, and molasses with hints of toffee.

T: huge coffee flavor with chocolate accents and roasted malts that balance out the coffee quite nice. There is also hints of bready oats, molasses and slight hop bitterness.

M: full body with moderate carbonation that had a sweet creamy finish.

D: this is definitely a beer you can drink for breafast and a great stout that goes down really well. I will for sure seek out some more along with the KBS.

Gobzilla, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: jet black, came out a little thick but not too thick, slight khaki head, lacing the glass

Smell: great coffee aroma indicative of an imperial stout, some chocolate too, some malt, slight alcohol

Taste: great coffee flavor as if it were right out of the coffee mug, a little bitter, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation, full bodied

Drinkability: probably the most drinkable imperial stout I've ever had, tastes great and finishes great

a must try

aasher, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 24 May 2010.

Served in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Strong fizz when opened. A says 'OMG pours BLACK!'. Small thin dark brown head. Very roasty aroma, sweet dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and balsamic vinegar. Lots of roasty burnt malts. Fiarly dry. Cocoa and oatmeal. Cold coffee-mocha lingers with a roasty bitter bite. Ethanol is warming but not harsh. Body is milky but a little thinner than expected.

A really liked, I prefer this style a little sweeter. Still, quite tasty.

htomsirveaux, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with a brown head that rose up about three fingers and dissipated leaving pretty much nothing on the sides. Some chunk lacing during the drink.

S - Lot of bitter coffee, and some subtley muted chocolate. It's definately big on the coffee flavor, and it's a nice, roasted, morning version of it.

T - Tastes lot like morning coffee, more so than any other brew I've had. Doesn't taste like a beer with coffee, tastes like coffee. Nice take on the flavor. Mostly just a bitter coffee taste, just a little touch of cocoa, but not much. Coffee is not overpowering, just solid.

M - Not sure if I got a bad one or what, but this beer really dies here for me. Super thin and way watery, hard to separate the mouthfeel from maaking the taste feel watered down.

D - Real easy to drink, nothing offensive, and considering the ABV, quite nice.

AgentZero, Jun 09, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,868 ratings.