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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,739
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,162
Gots: 2,543 | FT: 155
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 auroracrisis
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Goose Island glass.

Poured pitch black with a very thin almost instantly dissipating head. Weird, I remember this one having a bit of a head but I guess I am wrong.

The smell is big coffee with chocolate smoothed out by oat and malts in the background. Absolutely intoxicating in the smell but also very pleasant. No booze in the smell either. Nice.

Taste is just as big. Roasted coffee and malts with chocolate. The coffee beans are the most forward in the flavor while the chocolate accompanies and compliments it. Malts are there but don't play a big role, and the oat just smooths everything out. Almost perfection in a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Nice and creamy with carbonation that just tickles the tip of your tongue. Not oily like a big RIS, and not on the thinner side like Abyss. Just right and it works great for the style. This is where this beer really shines.

As far as drinkability, I believe I could drink this all night but wouldn't allow myself since I could probably only throw back a four pack of these due to how heavy it is and the higher alcohol content.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Definitely lives up to the hype that I heard about it before I could get my hands on some. Kind of disappointed in the lack of head in this bottle but I will revisit my review once I open my other bottles and probably change my score. A more aggressive pour might be needed on my part.

auroracrisis, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a completely opaque black, with three finger “waterfalling” chocolate mousse colored head. Thick and creamy with excellent retention; the head stays around forever. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Sweet and smoky as well.

Taste: The taste starts out with a very dark chocolate flavor, with coffee and smoky flavors. Roasted malts almost taste “burnt”, but in an appealing way. Molasses-like sweetness and some alcohol can be tasted, but not overally strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but a little bit thin feeling for a stout. Still, incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Excellent appearance, smell, and flavor. Smooth and refreshing; very easy to drink. I plowed through my whole beer without realizing it, its so delicious and smooth. The 8.3% is not super high for this style, and it’s hidden very well.

Buy Again? Yes, most certainly.

jonziefle, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
3.05/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown coloring with tan-colored head.

S: All coffee on the nose

T: Coffee is definitely the primary flavor here. Also, this is a bit too sweet for my liking.

M: Average

D: I honestly was shocked that I did not care too much for this beer. Everyone on this site has such a hard-on for FBS, I was expecting to love it as well. I love oatmeal and imperial stouts, but this just did not measure up for me.

rosmhuire, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of cynicgiraffe
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black. Thin brown head with lots of retention. Nose is lots of coffee, some dark chocolate, but mostly coffee. Really thick palette. Vaguely reminds me of a Dunkin Donuts Mocha Coolatta. I know it's sacrilegious to compare the two, but meh. Lots of coffee and roasted malt flavor. Overall very good, but you knew that from the other 1200 ratings. I prefer the Canadian Breakfast Stout, which I think has a more complex flavor profile.

cynicgiraffe, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of dananabanana
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: SOLID, dark black. Rim of light brown foam.

S: Sweet cream, vanilla, and milk.

T: Coffee and vanilla bean. Slight bourbon taste which is barely there, but really rounds out the flavor. Rich espresso aftertaste.

M: The carbonation bites, the mouthfeel is very much like a root beer.

D: An excellent dessert beer to end the night.

dananabanana, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish black and opaque with a cocoa powder colored head of thick dimpled foam that leaves a half inch stubborn cap.

Aroma of roasty malt and cocoa, faint notes of coffee bean.

Rich flavor of darkly roasted malt, charred bark, cocoa and espresso. Lots of other nuances like raisin, molasses, fig, bourbon, root beer, and licorice. Moderate bitterness complements. Coffee notes linger. ABV is well hidden.

Even mouthfeel, full with a thick feeling. Finishes slightly dry and tannic. Tasty beer, very drinkable. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending this gift over.

far333, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of abecall98
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a viscious dark black and a very small dissipating head. Looks great, just wish the head were bigger and lasted langer to keep the aroma alive.

S - Very coffee like. Smells like walking into the local coffee shop and having a fresh batch of espresso brewed right in your face.

T - This beeris amazing. Tastes start off high in coffee and espresso like flavors, then go into rich dark chocoalate, and finish with some dark malty goodness.

M - very lightly carbonated. A little soft, but creamy and goes down smoothly and pleasantly.

D - I love this beer, but after maybe 2 of these bad boys, I can't see myself wanting more. It is easy to drink, but the flavor can get over powering after too many.

This is one of my favorite brews. I wish Founder's was in California, so I don't have to keep paying high shipping prices for it. This is what all coffee stouts should aim for. This is the Pliny the elder of its style.

abecall98, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: Strong coffee scent dominates, but smells like a glorious morning to be sure. Hints of chocolate, with little malt or observable -OH.

A: Opaque brown to black body with a big loose head that gives way to noticeable ring lacing and a thin cover.

T: Again, coffee rules the day with a strong dose of bitter chocolate not far behind. The malt supports these tastes beautifully. 60 IBU's is masked by the intrinsic bitterness of both coffee and chocolate.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a noticeable bitterness remaining on the tongue.

D: The beer sports an 8.3 abv. but goes down so smooth and easy you would never know. Great with a meal but stands alone beyond question.

O: Exceptional. I'll be giving this away at Christmas. A must have at stout beer tastings due to its price and availability.

dpnelson1978, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of mikedepue
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black, with dark brown head. Not as much head or lacing as expected (after reading other reviews).

S - Coffee, coffee, coffee.

T- Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, the amount of hops is a nice surprise. Much more than most stouts.

M - Not as thick as I would like, hoping this changes with age. Still a nice chewy double.

D - I could drink a bunch of these, which is saying a lot for such a rich beer. Stop reading this review and find some, one of my favorite stouts ever

mikedepue, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of qchic
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I was pouring this one, I thought it appeared the color of soy sauce, a black-brown that I can't get any light to pass through. The billowy head shows various shades of light brown and leaves nice lacing. Smells like good french roast coffee beans and bitter chocolate. Some tanginess from hops and smokiness. Tastes like it smells with some toffee, citrus, and dark fruits, especially as it warms a bit. Goes down way too easy, and I would have to make an effort not to drink too many of these if I had such a supply! Alcohol isn't detected at all, and the mouthfeel shows that oatmeal slickness. I'm definitely snatching this again the next time I see it. Highly recommended to any beer/coffee lover.

qchic, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fbm115 for this gift.

A - Pitch black with seemingly no carbonation or head

S - Roasty, coffee, chocolate...awesome nose

T - First you're hit with a hint of sweetness and a little vanilla. This years is predominated by chocolate on the forefront, which I don't remember in last years. Delicious coffee bitterness mixes with subtle hop bitterness. The bitterness of 60 IBUs are cumulative paired with the bitter chocolate and coffee. Very well constructed this year. Super roastiness pairs well with the bitterness.

M - Very little carbonation and full in body with residual sweetness, bitterness, and body.

D - Extremely drinkable. Could definitely benefit from a little carbonation and some time to let the flavors meld, but both of those request might come in time. Just what I was looking for with my breakfast.

Martin2D, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of rkuhnel
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Strykzone for this superb beer. From a 12 oz bottle this poured inky black with a fat tan head that lasted a very long time and left very thick lacking rings. The nose is very rich with roasted malts giving aromas of chocolate, rip fruits and coffee. Lots of coffee. About as smooth and rich a mouthfeel as you can imagine, Flavors are dominated by the coffee, but there is still good balance leading up to a long dry bitter finish. Fantastic stuff.

rkuhnel, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of mhoudeshell
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at the Pace-Hi Carryout in Clintonville (Columbus). I have never seen a brew that stopped a nine-LED flashlight's beam completely. Not as thick as you'd think for a stout with this ABV. Lots of coffee taste but not overwhelming or bitter. Extra bonus points for the creepy spoon-waving urchin on the label. This stout will get you through even the worst CSI:Miami marathon.

mhoudeshell, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of pzrhsau
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice opaque black with a sizeable brown head at the top.
Smell: It has a nice roasted malt scent that blends into a strong coffee aroma. There is also a hint of cocoa.
Taste: The chocolate flavor hits you first and it becomes this nice chocolate coffee blend. There is also a hint of oatmeal and roasted malts that makes this beer very complex.
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: The beer has a good weight to it, it isn't too carbonated. It is great to enjoy with food.

pzrhsau, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't pour a head on it; matte black color; up to a light, no highlights are visible; very solid looking

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Taste & Body
Dark chocolate throughout; oats provide a soft, silky roundness in both flavor and texture; some nice bright hop notes in the finish to balance all the heavy chocolate; yeast seems to be providing some fruity tones as well; low carbonation and a medium body (expected a heftier beer).

Decadent dessert beer. Looking forward to my next one.

JEdmund, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of abar22
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in to a DFH Signature Glass.

Founders Breakfast Stout is completely black when held up to the light. A 2 finger caramel colored head that settle into a thin cap. Solid lacing circles the glass.
The coffee/espresso scent that dominates this beer is the best of its kind. I usually prefer hints of chocolate or some hops in my Stouts but what's here is all that is required. It's not overly strong or roasted; just smooth, deep, and satisfying.
I'm really torn on the taste. On the one hand I can't help but think there can be no better coffee dominated Imperial Stout than this. On the other hand I still prefer some of the chocolate notes I get from an RIS. While these may be listed as different styles they are just about impossible to separate. This is most definitely a breakfast stout, coffee through and through. If it were coffee it would be the best I've ever had. There's a little bitterness at the finish with a huge coffee bean aftertaste. As it warms I get a little more hop character coming through, standing up to the roasted malts.
Solid smooth body, moderate carbonation but gets a bit thin in the finish.
The ridiculously dominate coffee flavors hold the drinkability down on this one. While one 12 oz is easy enough to finish off I don't see moving on to a second one. This beer really does taste like breakfast time and is one hell of a beer.

abar22, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed after cracking open a bottle of this stout was the huge coffee aroma emanating from the bottle. Wow, lots of roasted coffee beans coated in bittersweet dark chocolate. Smells delicious.

The appearance is that of a thick dark coffee with a thin brown head on top. Even though the head is thin, lots of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass and gives this stout an elegant appearance.

The flavor is exactly what you're expecting, except that its so smooth as well. Robust coffee flavor, rich bittersweet chocolates and a pinch of earthy hops mix to give you one hell of an incredible stout.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. This is where the oatmeal really comes in, giving the body some oomph and smoothing everything out. Carbonation is about perfect. Drinkability is also quite good. Some of the more bitter, dark malts help cut out any sweetness that might try to get out of hand, making this a very sessionable beer.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer, pretty much like the rest of Beer Advocate. If you want chocolate and coffee in a super smooth stout, then you can't do much better than Founders.

sisuspeed, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

09 vintage, poured into a snifter to reveal dark espresso body and thick mocha head with nice staying power. Smells a lot and basically like a chocolate-covered espresso bean mocha milkshake... which is awesome.

Tastes thick and bitter, like Italian coffee, with serious roast and nib action on the tongue. Texture is a little rough and chewy with a nice up-front carbonation that flares up and dies. The flavors are so intense that I'd be tempted to let it sit a year and try it then, but as it is I would enjoy sipping one instead of the more traditional breakfast brew. It's some serious flavor, though, and I couldn't take more than a bottle.

Overall a formidable offering. Looking forward to having more Founders.

abuliarose, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this the other night and knew immediately that I was going to be sad that I couldn't have this on a regular basis.

Appearance: About what you'd expect from a stout. Dark brown-black pour with some tan-white crowning head. Laced pretty well, but nothing that blew me away either.

Smell: Rich chocolate notes come through with some toastiness as well, with the acidity of the coffee comes through more clearly as it warms up. Inviting, for sure.

Taste: Here is where it impressed me the most. Wow. Just a brilliant blend in just the right amounts of chocolate (both milk and dark), coffee, slight vanilla, and stouty darkness. Bitterness adds a little something extra, but this bottle has over a year on it and the hop present is just a little prickle on the front end. Totally, totally fantastic.

Mouthfeel: While creamy and nice, it felt just a little thinner than I would've hoped for. Still, finishes so, so smooth.

Drinkability: Up there with some of the best stouts. This is one of the few coffee stouts I could really see myself drinking over. And over. And over again. I need this beer in my life more regularly, say, with breakfast.

nomomentwasted, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of mcann2pu
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- dark, no see through at all, one of the darkest stout's I have ever seen, 1/4th of an inch of quickly disipating dark redish tan head, almost the color of motor oil,
s- smells lightly of oats and cocca on the nose, smell of well roasted malt is present throughout, later on it picks up a very potant smell of coffe as it warms, overall quite a mouthwatering smell,
t- great taste, malt backbone is well done and holds the bitter sweet cocca taste, the oat, and the coffee taste together, first sip exposes a very complited flavor thats a lot of fun to break down as you work your way through the glass,
m-good for a stout,
d- very high for a beer with such a strong flavor,

mcann2pu, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge nose of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate .

Appeared pitch black coffee with a tan head that was small, but soon found the edges of the glass and hung out for a bit.

Tasted extremely strong of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, burnt aftertaste. Very smooth, possibly smoother than Guiness, could it be? Bitter, almost acrid bite from the coffee, but smooth even after taking this into consideration. Chocolate really comes out with time and tastes stronger as it warms.

Dry and tasty - impressed with the non booziness of this at 8.3 percent, and ability to keep it from getting the usual sweetness of a double stout. Balanced with an abundance of black patent malt perhaps and roasted oatmeal.

alpinebryant, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours black as a moonless night with a nice 1/2 inch dark tan head. Oily in appearance.
S: Coffee and dark bitter chocolate hit first (coffee a bit more pronouced). Roasted malt. Char. Smells like heaven.
T: Bitter coffee with hint of chocolate. Mild roasted malt backbone. Disappointing after aroma.
M: Surprisingly light body. Bitter aftertaste. Smooth feel due to oatmeal.
D: I really, really wanted to like this one...but came away disappointed. It is tough to impart a true coffee flavor into a great beer, but still...

mwilbur, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of d0ggnate
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SaCkErZ9 for a great box of coffee beers. Been wanting to try this one and the description on the bottle has me even more excited.

A: Poured a rich brown/black with litte head that disappeared before I finished typing about the appearance. Visible carbonation rises from the bottom of my glass.
S: Forward coffee and chocolate notes. Very roasty, malty, and aromas laced with cocoa.
T: Stonger malt and still very coffee rich. Chocolate flavor is well balanced with the other flavors.
M: Complexity covers my mouth, as each drink hits takes you across the spectrum of flavors and aromas found in this treat. Not as viscous as KBS, but better IMO.
D: Great beer! I wish we had the ability to buy these. I love that it is a 12oz (just enough), but I want to have 3-4 on hand at all times. Great for breakfast, late night, or just when you want a solid beer.

d0ggnate, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A thick, smooth stream of blackness issues forth as a pour from on high produces a towering 3-inch head of rich, dense brown foam that sticks around forever and leaves tons of sticky, tawny lace. This beer is as dark a a black steer's tuckus on a moonless prairie night, and is simply a perfect expression of an imperial stout. As solid a 5 as I'll ever give for appearance. I can't wait to dive into this beer.

S: Huge wave of black coffee up front, which eventually mellows into a rounder expression of roasted malt: a hint of chocolate joins the party, as well as the slightest suggestion of plum. A solid hop bitterness is also present, and blends beautifully with the coffee foreground. Great, but the coffee is just a little too dominant to garner a perfect score.

T: Wow. Just wow. This is beer heaven. The coffee from the nose is still dominant, but it's much, much smoother and just as beautifully satisfying as I could ever have imagined. More dark fruit than was apparent in the aroma, as well as some chocolate make this a fantastically mellow and balanced experience for a beer of this style. So good.

M: Closer to medium-bodied than I would have expected, with solid carbonation. Not as rich as I might expect for the style, but certainly pleasant.

D: Simply incredible for both the style and strength, I could drink this all night (or all morning, for that matter). So smooth, so rich, so balanced, I can't get enough.

Notes: Hands-down the best imperial stout I've ever had (although I have to admit I've yet to experience any of the really big names - Kate, Darkness, Abyss, Dark Lord, etc). It clearly edges out my prior favorite Old Raspy (although that beer's greater availability and lower price will always give it a place in my fridge), and it greatly whets my appetite for KBS and CBS, as well as impy stouts in general. Awesome stuff.


woosterbill, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out really thick and black. Very slight bubbles but I poured it really slow. Been in the Growler for 4 days.
Smell is charred malt and coffee bean. Some chocolate but it's dark and very creamy smelling.
Taste is just mellow as it can be. Wonderful cherry and dark black bitterness with a sweet maltyness combines all at once. What is left is a bitter blackness that sticks around for a long time.
Mouthfeel is very clean at first then a sticky bitter-sweet takes over till the end.
Drinkability is just perfect here. I want to drink this whole growler.
I think this is just as good and probably better than the bottle. Glad Kane at Roof Brothers in Paducah, Ky got ahold of this keg.

peabody, Nov 06, 2009
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,739 ratings.