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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,266
Reviews: 3,269
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,208
Gots: 2,857 | FT: 174
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 malloyca
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and opaque brown black color, with nice lacing and a creamy tan head. Intense aroma of fresh ground coffee, backed by roasted malt and chocolate. Despite the prevalance of rich coffee and chocolate aromas, this still drinks like a stout, with a medium body and nice bitterness from roasted malt flavors. The coffee and bitter chocolate flavors are there, but don't overpower the essence of this as a stout. It is very drinkable, with the considerable ABV well-masked.

malloyca, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring it from the bottle, the body looked incredibly thick like mud. Brown head and completely opaque body. No light can shine through and I mean nothing! Lacing throughout the entire glass.

Mostly coffee and chocolate aromas. Smells really good.

Big time roasted malt bomb! Chocalate, oats, coffee, toffee, vanilla and a slight bitter ending from the hops. Quite tasty.

This is a medium to more on the thick side, reminds me a syrup based body but not as thick. Feels nice and smooth. It leaves the lips quite sticky.

Taste is nice, feels good going down. Alcohol was present in the beginning but faded as I continued to drink. I would love to have another one if I had another bottle.

9InchNails, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of bbkd3b
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Blacker than a cloudy night during a full moon, with a virtually nonexistent, toffee-colored head. Absolutely no light gets through this. Minimal lacing, though...

S - Raw coffee beans with traces of dark chocolate. Huge wave of scent hits the nose. Very mocha-like in character. It's a thick, rich aroma.

T - Heavy tones of coffee and roasted malts. Gives it an almost smoky, bitter character at the very end. Unsweetened chocolate hovers in the background the whole way through to give it a good, rounded character.

M - Creamy and rich. The carbonation is very laidback... Almost feels as if it floats on the tongue. Very soft... Puffy, in a way.

D - The alcohol is hidden so well that I drank two before realizing what was going on. That is all I'm going to say about his one. Drinkable to the nth degree.

Overall/notes - Does this one live up to the hype? Pretty much, yeah. There's not one aspect I can criticize about this beer. Perhaps I didn't quite the sweetness I was expecting, but I can live with that. On the whole shot, another excellent beer from Founders.

bbkd3b, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An impressive double chocolate imperial stout! Truthfully, the most predominant flavour and aroma remains coffee - from start to finish - but it's very nicely presented and balanced, and neither too bitter nor too sweet.

Unfortunately I only have the single bottle and although recently purchased, it's flatter than it should be - but the taste & aroma remain magnificent. Wow.

hopsolutely, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of zackcg
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours charred black, completely opaque with a creamy two finger tan head. Longlived head retention with thick sticky lacing that begins immediately.

S- Big vanilla and chocolate with slightly muted coffee aromas, alcohol laying in its wake

T- Aggressive chocolate and toffee malts with the suspected alcohol burn. Coffee is much more upfront as well. finishes bitter and resiny. Oatmeal doesn't come through at all.

M- well carbonated, pleasantly chalky-chewy well rounded body.

D- Not sure what to pair this beer with other than choclatey deserts. Holds up great on its own...Would have liked to have experienced more oatmeal.

Drink slowly

zackcg, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to try this beer after a year of waiting, thanks BucketBoy!

Pours black. Yup, black. Very viscous as it comes out, and it leaves a thick one finger head of tan bubbles. Lots of spotty lacing.

Smells like a coffee shop and a chocolate factory had sex. Gorgeous and effusive coffee aromas combined with espresso beans dance in my snifter and mingle with dark chocolate. Slight roastiness to it and I catch some hops when warm.

Mmmm. This is great stuff. Like the nose, potent espresso mixes with a deliciously sweet and smooth chocolate. Bordering dark chocolate but not too dark. Finishes with a nice bitter hop note that gets edged out by the roastiness. Exceptional stuff here.

Nice and smooth, thick. Honestly, I was expecting much heavier than what the 8.3% ABV would lead me to guess. Fairly medium bodied.

Drinkable? Duh. If I had the money and if it was distributed to CT I'd buy a case every year.

BranfordBound, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of BigTex
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap. The stout had a beautiful black color with a thick cream brown head. You could pick up the aroma of chocolate coffee and roasted malts. It had a wonderful blance of bitter and sweet. Velvet to the mouth. Just might be my favorite stout to date.

BigTex, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York City. Pours a pitch black colour with thick brown head. Lacing covers the glass. This looks like a thick stout. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee with a huge aroma of the roasted malt. Flavour has some bitterness, but plenty of sweetness from the malt and chocolate. Really smooth mouthfeel. One of the better stouts I've ever had.

kwjd, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of tykees88
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice coffee black, off white dark tan coffee mocha head. Great lacing as it goes down. A head that doesn't dissipate.

S- Coffee malts barley chocolate hops a total nose overload

T- Just like above the coffee and chocolate go great together with this brew. A super smooth taste

M- Smooth, thick but not too thick. Just a perfect thickness.

D- A five for sure. I could drink these for breakfast lunch or dinner. Before a meal during a meal after a meal. Anytime of day. It was great and could drink 2-3 at a sitting no problems. An ultimate quaffer

tykees88, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of mrunseen
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BobZ for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark. No light sneaking through this one. Two Fingers of light brown head composed of find and medium sized bubbles. Laced the glass throughout the session.

Nose: Very pleasing aroma composed of chocolates and coffee (pretty much what I was hoping for).

Taste: At first blush, it tasted a bit smokey. It's a very rich tasting beer with a terrific after taste. Again, coffee and chocolate characteristics are present.

Mouth: Full mouth on this one, just right for this style of beer.

Drinkability: I would love to have this available in my area. I probably couldn't have more than a few of these, however this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

mrunseen, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Drinkin4Two
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with a very nice caramel/mocha head that leaves small amounts of lace around the glass

S: Dark coffee, sweet chocolate and some roasted malts

T: Starts with a sweet chocolate and bursts of coffee and malt. Alcohol is disguised very well.

M: Thick and smooth with light carbonation. Creamy

D: Extremely drinkable for such a heavy stout. Alcohol is well masked. One of my favorite everyday beers

Drinkin4Two, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this with dinner. Poured into my DFH Snifter.

A - Black as night with a good amount of light brown head.

S - Coffee, Coffee and more.. . Dark Chocolate! Some roasted grains and a slight bit of sweetness.

T - Fantastic! Coffee and Chocolate are the predominate flavors, but there is a good amount of complexity. Nice tart finish.

M - Smooth and full. Medium to heavy bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Readily available, decently priced, good sized bottles. If only they were six packs, I would give this a five. As soon as Founders his MD, I'm sure this will become a staple.

BeerThursdays, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of AJacob81
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another backlog review, from notes.

A - Pours deep brown/black, with minimal head and lacing. Looks very thick in the glass.

S - Highly pleasing bouquet of fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, dates, licorice, and the slightest whiff of charred oak.

T - The coffee and roasted malt flavors dominate up front, with a strong supporting turn on the back end from the dark chocolate, the anise, and a pinch of molasses and brown sugar. I am beginning to understand and appreciate FBS' reputation.

M and D - Doesn't sit quite as thick as it originally appears, but does right by the style nonetheless. A simple delight to drink, this is gone long before I'd like.

AJacob81, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates into a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

The aroma is very heavily of coffee with light chocolate notes.

The taste is of strong coffee roast with sweet chocolate towards the finish. The ABV is quite well hidden, as I really didn't detect any heat at all.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and not to mention ridiculously smooth.

I really enjoyed this beer as it is one of the smoothest and easiest drinking coffee-forward beers I have tried.

vkv822, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown and thin head that dissipates quickly; lightly carbonated (in appearance)

S: Big roasted malts and oats with plenty of coffee beans shining through; lots of rich oats and that coffee aroma is so rich and pleasant; a touch of chocolate and slightly burnt malts

T: Rich dark roasted malts backed by a healthy amount of oats and loads of rich coffee beans providing a pleasant bitterness; a touch of alcohol in the back end

F: Velvety and creamy; it's a smooth even coating beer

D: Such a good beer with the alcohol well hidden; this is a rich, delicious brew

dbossman, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of JDFish
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Very dark, as expected with deep almond head and low carbonation

S: Rich unsweetened chocolate and coffee notes. Smell is almost complex as its taste

T: Simply delicious. Strong chocolate flavor on the tail end. Roasted malt and coffee on the onset. Very complex tasting and very intriguing, only a sipping beer because I did not want it to end.

M: Rich and thick, low carbonation. Very full and satisfying.

D: Slightly lower marks, only because its so rich I don't think I could do more than two. However, its drinkability for the first couple is off the charts.

Overall, it lives up to its reputation. So intriguing, so unique. Delicious good to the last dropness.

JDFish, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic stout. Chocolate, coffee - this beer is indeed a meal in a bottle. Not available in Albany, we had to special order it in advace via a travelling relative.

A - Very dark black. Thick, creamy tan foamy head of average size. Thin lacing.

S - Strong roasted smell of baking chocolate and strong, bitter black coffee.

T - Very strong chocolate flavor. Strong coffee note. Sweet on the palette, yet dry. Clean finish - not much carbination.

M - Big & bold. BIG stout!

D - a great stout. Make it a looong drink - goes great with a pipe. The more it warms up the better this beer tastes.

One of THE BEST stouts around. LOVE this beer!

ProfessorHomer, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ksimons
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours an inky brown black with a thin layer of head that quickly disappears and leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and an almost tobacco like aroma

T-coffee comes out the most with a dry bitterness, hints of roasted malts and sweetness to help balance it out. Excellent

M-full body, light carbonation, and a slight alcohol warming lingers

D-very drinkable, highly recommended!

ksimons, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mckeowbc
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter glass at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH.

A - This beer is black with a foamy light caramel color head.
S - At first the nose was very light, however once I drank a bit the glass was able to help concentrate the smell which brought out the distinct smell of coffee with some subtle hints of grape. Overall very pleasing and exactly what you'd expect out of something called "Breakfast Stout"
T - The taste is coffee all the way, dark, black coffee. There's just enough malt sweetness to offset the bitterness of the coffee, but overall the taste is dry and lets the coffee come though.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy, but lighter than you'd expect for such a dark beer. This doesn't coat the tongue like some sweeter Imperial or oatmeal stouts, and isn't creamy like Guinness. It is almost porter like. This helps it go down like a cup of coffee. If it was heavier it would detract from the coffee/beer experience.
D - This beer is very drinkable for a stout, but it's still a big, heavy beer. A couple of these would be very filing. The high alcohol content also would probably stop me from having more than one or two at a time. However, I definitely would want to drink more than my body would let me.

mckeowbc, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of sculls65
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a rich tan head. The smell is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley. This beer invites you to smell it..makes your mouth water. Taste is spectacular and follows the nose. A big beer probably designed to sip but i could finish this pint like i was drinking a glass of chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very little carbonation which adds to the thickness. Drinkability if off the scale if you love coffee stouts...For my money, one of the best available stouts out there. I wish they would brew it all year long.

sculls65, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at rattle n hum pre-phish. 2 brews in already, vut always ready for a breakfast stout, and I never had it on tap. Showed up pitch black in a chalice with no head. Looks a bit watery, but we all know it is thick as a brick. Chocolate coffee goodness on the nose and taste. So good fresh. Love it, very easy to drink and a vit surprisungly richer and fuller than the bottle.

cosmicevan, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with about 1/2 an inch of thick tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing around the glass

The smells coming from the glass are coffee notes and roasted malts

Big coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavors, with a little hop bitterness. there is also a hint of the 8.3%abv that comes through at the end as you draw ar over the sip.

medium mouthfeel with fairly high drinkability on this delicious stout.

rowingbrewer, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of SamN
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A ridiculously generous bonus bottle from amishland, again, thanks! Poured into a crystal snifter, cuz I'm classy like that.

Absolute black beer with a gorgeous, bubbly dark tan head. The foam crown in this snifter is by far one of the best I've ever seen in my 10+ years of drinking good beer. Barely visible carbonation can be seen if you look hard into the liquid. Amazing looks, utterly perfect. Smell, too, is simply perfect. Huge coffee notes, creamy dark chocolate, very dark, almost burnt malts, vanilla, that indefinable oatmeal smell, creamy, rich, decadent. I am floored by the smell. Taste is not exactly what I was anticipating, but still a world class American Imperial Stout. Flavors meld seamlessly into a big creamy, chocolaty gob of awesomeness. Not much sweetness, just hearty flavors anyone from the most naive Bud Light drinker to the most jaded beer hound can appreciate fully. Absolutely great finish of French roast coffee and bittersweet cocoa. The only fault I can find is there is a distinct tinny-flavor, which might be the hops trying their best to come to the surface under the overwhelming malt/coffee/chocolates in this. Not quite perfect, but about as close as it comes as a 4.5. Mouthfeel is exceptional, too. Very bodied and thicker than all get out. Smooth with subdued carbonation.

Wow! This is the definition of world class beer! Immensely enjoyable, each sip is a joy and abounds with flavor! Crazy good drinkability, this beer just begs to be slowly sipped savored, pondered, meditated on, analyzed and broken down, just to be built back up in time for the next sip. Wow, just...wow.

SamN, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of MamaMeier
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am currently working my way through the top 100 beers and unfortunately tried this one first - now I compare about every stout to this one - in which there is almost no competition.

A - The appearance is very dark, looks almost like you poured hershey's syrup into a glass - thick creamy foam

S - Smell of chocolate with hints of coffee - almost a cocoa smell

T - Has a very strong chocolate flavor, very thick and FULL bodied. Sort of a chalky cocoa flavor, but not too chalky. Good clean finish.

M - Bold throughout the sip

D - The only reason I rated this a 4.5 is because the beer gets heavy, you can definatley only have one or two of these before your tastebuds die of happiness. This beer is so flavorful - I will definatley buy this one time after time.

MamaMeier, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for the hookup on these...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into North Coast Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger brown head that dissipates fairly fast. A little lacing sticks to the glass, but nothing to amazing, especially conidering the style...

S - Coffee and chocolate dominate here. Smells like a good breakfast beer should...

T - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and lots of coffee. Also get a hint of brown sugar. Finishes with a coffee bitterness. Was hoping the coffee would subdue a little as it warmed, but even though it didn't, this is still a very tasty brew. Kinda like a strong mocha. ABV is very well hidden...

M - Nice and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - What better way to start the day? If you are a fan of coffee, good craft beer, or both; then this beer is for you. I am not a coffee drinker myself, but I still enjoyed this one, and am looking foward to trying again in the future...


comfortablynumb1, Dec 30, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,266 ratings.