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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,709 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,709
Reviews: 3,216
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,151
Gots: 2,536 | FT: 154
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 Samichlaus
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!

Samichlaus, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
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

cpetrone84, Jan 01, 2010
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!

billyzoom666, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
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.

cdizinno, Dec 31, 2009
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.

augustgarage, Dec 31, 2009
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!

thecarster1, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Crittervision
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.

Crittervision, Dec 30, 2009
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.

Durge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of burnstar
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.

burnstar, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of tattooedtolley
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.

tattooedtolley, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of dmfrench
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%

An enormous, odiferous, scrumptious Monster Stout.

I'll have you all know that I am indeed having this beer for breakfast :)

A: So very brown, though it's so dark that you can only tell during the pour. A somewhat persistent coarse one finger head sits on top for a while, though it leaves a fair lacing.

S: WOAH. During the pour it almost bowled me over! HUGE burnt chocolate is predominant with a slightly sour hops and a certain earthiness. This is by far the most aromatic beer I have yet encountered.

T: WOAH. This beer is just bursting with flavor. I didn't know you could have this much flavor in a liquid! The flavors from each small sip stay with you for at least a minute, so it seems that one could drink it over the course of an hour. Now, concerning specific flavors... a biting edge of earthy hops hits you up front... this morphs, over the course of maybe 30 seconds, through a big, chewy malt body into a smoky charred cocoa aftertaste. General coffee flavor lurks around the whole time, and there is no alcohol to be found... impressive for a 8.3%.

M: Huge, creamy, and thick. What did you expect?

D: So big and so satisfying that one can sustain you for an entire evening. Does that mean it's not drinkable? No! I'm giving it a 5.

I can only imagine what this is like from the source... A pilgrimage is order!

dmfrench, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Popkas
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Pours black with a small head that dissipates quickly to a very thin layer.

S: Wonderful coffee and a little chocolate and malt.

T: Very nice coffee bitterness and a nice touch of oats and alcohol.

M: Nice and thick. Almost chewy.

D: Love it. Very drinkable. Its been probably 6 months since I had one. Think I may have another tonight!

Popkas, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%

ap. Very, very, very dark. Black like coffee with a nice dark brown head that lasted about 30 seconds.
sm. Chocolate! Chocolate! Coffee! That would be the aroma of strong coffee, diner in the afternoon strong coffee.
ta. STRONG coffee, maybe burnt, then bitter chocolate (like baker's chocolate), not milk chocolate. Nice bitter, maybe grapefruit in the finish.
Mf. Thick feeling without being thick. Low carbonation, coats well and lingers.
Dr. Not so much. It's a sippy drink. It's going down like the fourth cup of coffee at Hank's Diner. Slowly. One only.

deaconoflove, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Kelp
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Been saving this one for a good day and xmas seems like the right day to me. pored from a bottle to a pint. Poured forth black with a nice finger and a half of light brown head. Coffee is the first smell i get followed by chocolate and a hint of oatmeal. Definitely smells like what i could have for a breakfast meal. The second it touches my tongue i get chocolate followed by oats and then a coffee finish. A nice creaminess to the brew. I would love to have had more of these but i think age will actually make these that much better, if that is even possible.

Just had an aged 08 bottle of this tonight and my god it is just that much better. I wish i had more to drink of these. Thank you beerisheaven for this delight.

Kelp, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle to pint glass

A: Black. A jolly pour yields a half a finger khaki head. Thin layer of foam remains. Lots of lacing.

S: Coffee beans dominates the fragrance. Choclatey malts. The coffee bean fragrance overpowers any other scents.

T: Sweet chocolate malts, toffee, coffee beans, and oats. Very interesting.

M: Medium to full bodied. Nicely carbonated. A merry beer.

D: I could probably drink a few of these, but the profound coffee flavor might get overwhelming at some point.

Merry Christmas everyone!

billshmeinke, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of bobv
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Dark as night, 1/2 in. head is gone rather quickly.

S: Milk chocolate, oatmeal, a little coffee. After swirling, the head comes back nicely. After time there is some dark fruit.

T: Very nice, hops are present, but not too overwhelming. Very nice finish.

M: Exceptional mouthfeel, creamy, due to the oatmeal, I guess.

D: Two or three is not out of the question. Alcohol is present, but highly drinkable...Tasty...Yes.

Definitely worthy of a world class designation! Kudos to Founders!

bobv, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of dstc
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a midnight black that you can not see through. Thick brown head falls to a very minimal one. Sticky lace.

Big coffee smell. Oh-oh, I must admit I do not care for coffee.

Big flavor. Chocolaty malts back big huge roasted coffee taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Thick and chewy in the mouth. Oily.

Very decent brew. Can tell it is a well crafted stout even though I'm not a coffee guy.

dstc, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of mdawson
4.25/5  rDev -6%

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm up a bit from fridge temp before uncapping. This beer had been talked up a lot, so expectations were high! Poured in a snifter.

A - Pitch black with thin, fine-beaded tan had.

Sl - Nose is overpowering wet-processed dark roast Sumatra coffee supported by roast malt, chocolate, and ethanol.

Taste - One-dimensionally hop-bitter, boozy, and coffee-laden at first; as it warms in the glass, other flavors blossom. The coffee and hops recede and the chocolate comes forward with shades of bittersweet, baking chocolate, and cacao nibs. There's oatmeal in there but you can feel it more than you can taste that wholegrain cookie flavor. The finish gets much fatter and rounder with some balancing malt and a very warming, roasty aftertaste.

MF - Again, a bit thin at first but fattened up as the beer warmed. Chewy, viscous, dense, a tad astringent from the roast grain and coffee.

D - A very complex and very, very assertive stout. To be honest, I was unimpressed at first with the collision of unharmonized flavors I was witnessing, but it integrated, evolved, and improved drastically as it warmed in my hand -- lesson learned: don't serve this beer too cold. It seems like pairing this ale with food (a very rich dessert like chocolate mousse, cheesecake, or trifle) would enhance it even further. Will revisit this over the course of the rest of the four pack!

mdawson, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

A huge thanks to kzoobrew for this amazing extra. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a deep, opaque black color that show absolutely NO light when I hold it directly up against my lamp. About a finger of mocha colored foam that dissipates somewhat fast but is leaving big, bubbled lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell - Instantaneously I get a rush of fresh coffee smell (other beers with coffee smells always seem to be like "day old" coffee...not this one!). Roasted malts, spicy chocolate, oatmeal, and a hint of hop bitterness on the end. This beer smells utterly delicious.

Taste - I had to take two sips to make sure I was drinking the right thing. A heavy presence of slightly bitter coffee up front which is followed by an excellent chocolate flavor which ends on a malty/sweet/milky flavor. I'm now going to force my fiancée to try a sip of this and see what she thinks. [two minutes later] Okay, not the best reaction but compared to her normally saying the craft beer I drink is the worst thing she has ever tasted, this reaction makes me think she actually somewhat enjoyed the sip she took :D

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel (honestly not as thick as I would have thought) and decently carbonated. Very creamy and ends on a slight bitter-coffee note.

Drinkability - Definitely not a session beer but a great after dinner (or after breakfast?) beer. I'm about to go have a piece of chocolate peppermint bark (from William Sonoma...so good) and see how it matches up with this. I can honestly see why this beer is ranked where it is. A very good example of the style and I'm still amazed at how "fresh" the coffee taste/smell is in comparison to the other "coffee" beers I've tried in the past.

SpdKilz, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of ProLiquorMan
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%

Looks like... a dark beer. Blacker than Wesley Snipes.

Smells wonderful. Dark chocolate/spicy coffee with some hops. You can tell this beer is going to be slightly bitter.

Tastes spicy. Has hints of dark chocolate (I'm talking about 90% real dark chocolate here) and some kind of spicy coffee.

I'm going to say this is medium bodied but on the thicker/heavier side. I really like the body of this beer.

This beer is excellent. I got it for $12(not including tax) for 4 bottles but it was worth every penny. Would be great if this was year round.

ProLiquorMan, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of likethetaste
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Wow, got this at a suggestion of a friend. While I am not a fan usually of beer with higher alcohol because of the aftertaste it leaves, this is an exception. This beer was well balance and very good. Poured a beautiful very dark color. Smells of chocolate and bread. Wonderful mouthfeel. Complex flavors from the first sip to seconds after it goes down. Highly recommended and will want again.

likethetaste, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of SiepJones
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint

Pours a deep Espresso brown, with a rich, creamy head. This beer is so dark it looks like you "turned out the lights" in your pint glass. Strong scents of roasted coffee and malt conjure images of a cup of black coffee first thing in the morning. The flavor is that of roasted coffee beans but quickly changes into a dark chocolate bitterness with a faint bite of alcohol at the end. The mouthfeel of this stout is very chewy, with little carbonation. Overall this is a deliciously drinkable stout which can be enjoyed over and over again.

SiepJones, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a dark viscous brown to black with very minimal light brown head. Retention is relatively low and eventually goes to a thick ring around the outside the glass. Surprisingly good lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas are dark roasted malts - bitter chocolate and coffee with the coffee taking center stage.

Flavors are creamy but bitter dark chocolate and espresso on a backbone of sweeter maltiness. As with the aromas, coffee is first and foremost here, almost leaving an expectation of coffee beans at the bottom of the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and a touch slick with very light carbonation. The finish is long with more bitter coffee lightening up to a cocoa linger.

Very good overall and highly enjoyable. Only on occasion did I get a hint of warmth from the higher gravity but overall it was well hidden with the heavier strong flavors in the brew. If you like chewy stouts, this one's for you!

SIRIUS2, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%

12oz bottle from 2008 poured into a Guiness pint glass.

Wakey-wakey, eggs & Bac-y... and FBS!

Pours jet black with a HUGE fluffy and creamy milk-chocolate brown head. This thing looks like a freakin desert! Nose is strong with coffee, has that sort of flat roasted nose.

Taste is Very bitter from the coffee, Has some chocolate nots as well and is very roasty. Mouthfeel is awesome, very full from the carbonation. This is an awesome 'hair of the dog' remedy!

kingcrowing, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of blackdog1101
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- Pitch black, looks like motor oil. Hard pour produced a short lived 2 finger head. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Coffee, malt, and a smell that reminds me of rum soaked fruit cake. Smells delicious.

T- Mostly coffee & malt, but some chocolate and citrus (hops?) on the finish. I'm reminded of cola too. The sweet malt is nice, and keeps it all smooth. The 8% abv is not completely hidden, but is complementary to the flavors. This all really works well together.

M- Creamy and smooth. Taste clings to the tongue and roof of the mouth. Well carbonated.

D- This is a complete delight, I really enjoy this beer. Even though this is a "big" beer, I think it is one that many new BA's could enjoy pretty easily. There's a lot going on to enjoy here.

blackdog1101, Dec 20, 2009
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,709 ratings.