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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,749
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,161
Gots: 2,552 | FT: 156
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 Popkas
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of rootbeerman
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sam adams lager glass

A: pours thick black with two finger very dark brown head. first time ive seen lacing in the shape of my lips where i took a sip!
S: caramel, chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt
T: huge coffee and chocolate flavors, caramel, sweet dark roasted malt.
M: think and syrupy like a good double imperial stout should be
D: easy to drink, almost too easy, leave myself wishing i had gotten a four pack and not just a single.

rootbeerman, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of CBlack85
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours solid black with no highlights at all, looks very thick, very substantial. This beer threatens to absorb all of the light in the room. It has a tall, thick, dark tan head. Very appealing to look at.

The smell of chocolate and coffee fills the room as soon as you begin pouring. The smell is as big as the appearance, exactly what you would expect. I can't say enough about the big aroma of this beer. Very, very nice.

The flavor does not disappoint, a huge flavor, busting at the seams. I don't know what is most noticable the dark chocolate flavor or the coffee flavor. dark roasty malts start coming through as the beer warms. there is a slight hint of hops, but they are hardly noticable. the alcohol is completely hidden by all of the complex flavors fighting for dominance. I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. It almost tastes like something you would expect to get at starbucks.

thick and silky smooth it is pleasing to all of the senses.

easy to drink, not as heavy as you would think.


CBlack85, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a goblet

Deep black pour to a rapidly plunging head that leaves spotty bubbles atop an asphalt surface

Charred coffee and chocolate attack the nose immediately along with some earthy hops

Abundant bitter oatmeal, biting coffee wrapped by vegetative hops, finishes dark chocolate, rather cutting. Not creamy dark chocolate, but rather the heavy cooking variety or specialty bar. Punchy combination of flavors that battle for harmony, but each is evident and raw in its own way.

Heavy mouthfeel, not so much from the body or carbonation, but from the weight of an onslaught of competing tastes. Beer improves upon warming.

Though less boozy and full than KBS, it's not nearly as pleasant a ride. A good beer, but one that has lost some of the original luster that I once found so endearing.

BarrytheBear, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours an oily black body with a think dark khaki head that fades. Aroma are of roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of earthy roasted malts and smooth coffee bitterness greet your tongue then lead to a subtle chocolaty vanilla sweetness in the finish. The drinkability on this one is out of this world. One of the best stouts ever.

blackearth, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of jdense
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Farm, New Bedford, MA., 12/15/09.

Pours a dark brown/black with one finger dark tan head, slow dissipation, a really nice looking beer. Huge coffee hit in the nose. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla dominate the taste, a bit chewy, not syrupy. Sticky mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Not sure I could drink to many of these, but if I can purloin bottles of this for next HOTD Dock Sale, I will make many people happy. Not a big fan of the style, but this was truly exceptional and a revelation. World Class, for fans of the style, and the adventuresome beer spirit, a must have. Very Highly Recommended!

jdense, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of keyn
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, rich black color...looks great. Smells of coffee and chocolate and wow, the taste does not let you down! This is one rich, creamy, tasty stout and deserves its reputation. Alcohol is hidden and it is not harsh at all, making for excellent drinkability. I will buy this beer again soon.

keyn, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of jillmart
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 12oz bottle in pint glass. Bought this @ Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC. Drank on Dec. 6.

A- Black with healthy head.

S- Coffee and "stouty."

T- Add in roast to the coffee, creamy taste.

M- Closer to heavy body.

D- One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. I wish this was available in Atlanta. I rank this up there with Depth Charge.

jillmart, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A pitch black pour with a nice small brown frothy head

Arom-: Smells like a top notch coffee with hints of chocolate.

Taste- Tastes like an excellent espresso roast with layers of chocolate very nicely balanced

Mouthfeel- Silky and thick. Incredibly smooth

Drinkability- A great sipper that just tastes better and better with every drink

Urbancaver, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as coffee, non-transparent, thin dark brown head with average semi-sticky lacing

S - Overwhelmingly chocolate and dark roasted coffee (I don't know what kind of coffee b/c I don't drink it). Superior malt/oatmeal sweetness in the foreground as well which helps balance out the coffee/hop bittering aroma. A hint of hot cocoa at the end as well.

T - Very much resembles the aroma but the ratio of espresso to chocolate flavors is much higher. It's a lot of coffee in the beginning and end but the chocolate flavors butt in the middle very nicely. Makes a great transition between the two and the pairing is wonderful. Even with 60 IBUs it's not present very much due to the overwhelming amount of malts used in this beer. Don't get a lot of the oatmeal sweetness but it is there in the beginning.

M/D - Pretty heavy body on this one but super smooth and velvet-like on the palate due to the very very low volumes of carbonation. Drinks as easy as can be but still a wonderful sipper...even if you're not drinking it for breakfast.

Now I know why it's called a breakfast stout...it tastes of coffee and hot chocolate and could easily be paired with a variety of breakfast foods. Bottom line, one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

VaTechHopHead, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of batty
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, december 2009.

pours straight the slightest hint of brown before black, absolutely impenetrable, and with a dark milk-chocolatey brown foam on top, which fades quickly to a webby lace and ring around the glass.

smell hits like a ton of bricks. COFFEE! great way to wake up in the morning, and the smell on this brew will certainly get you out of bed. amongst the coffee are dark roasty malts, chocolate, and just a hint of milky sweetness.

first drink follow the smell really well - a bit weak on the front, not too much sweetness here but the coffee really spreads throughout the mouth, tasting everywhere from the tip of the tongue back, flowing into the chocolate flavor. roast malts and a hint of earthy hop round out the back. all very smooth.

very smooth, slippery body. not quite as thick as would be my preference (but i do like my beers pretty thick).

drinkability could be a bit tough due to the overwhelming coffee which sticks in the throat for quite awhile. a couple of cups of coffee definitely, but more? maybe pushing it a little. overall a great beer.

batty, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Dirty Truth

Very excited to have this one on tap. Jet black with a huge tan head. Cofee, dark chocolate, oatmeal... getting soo much from this beer. Roasted feeling and very well balanced. Deep body with an almost creamy texture. Wish I could have had another but this 12 ounce pour left me feeling very nice.

DNICE555, Dec 09, 2009
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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