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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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12,339 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,339
Reviews: 3,274
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,218
Gots: 2,895 | FT: 177
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 BB1313
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice black w/ a nice foamy head and sticky lacing. Strong coffee aroma, overpowering in a good way. Tastes like coffee, simple. Lots of chocolate and vanilla in the mix. Slightly hoppy and roasty, very sweet. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, very smooth. Drinkability is good, but the sweetness can take its' toll.

Great dessert beer or just a beer to savor. Outstanding beer from Founders, extrememly enjoyable. Recommended.

BB1313, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of onefmatt
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours black w/ a tan head. Not especially viscous by the looks of it.
S: a delicious almost peety smell to it. Almost smoky, but just right. Nice deep malt aroma.
T: big dark malt taste that matches the look and smell wonderfully. No surprise with how it turns out. Oats are there giving it an earthy like tase along with chocolate malts.
M: Body is light as is the case w/ stouts. Goes down smooth w/ good carbination.
D: this is a slow drinker, only because you want to savor it. Not putting two of these back to back but wonderful on a cold winter day

onefmatt, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Extremely dark brown/black color. Only the faintest ruby highlights at the very bottom. A creamy brown/tan head was present and it has very strong retention and superb lacing. The head settled to a smooth film across the top after starting about 2-fingers thick.

Smell - What a wonderful smell of deep, dark, roasted and burnt coffee. It's like I stuck my head into a bag of freshly ground coffee beans. Some sweet chocolate notes are present and nice, but the coffee is the star of the show here. Not detecting any alcohol in the nose, which is nice.

Taste - A rich, dry, burnt coffee flavor jumps out at me with the first sip. Followed by a touch of bitterness. The chocolate is once again a role player that fits in nicely. A subtle alcohol burn right at the back of the throat. Feels great.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel that really coated the palate. Left a nice, inviting warm burn at the back of the throat. It was nicely dry and remarkably smooth for this strong a coffee flavor. I really like it.

Drinkability - I wish I had picked up a couple more bottles of this. What a super brew. Very well made. Very easily drinkable. Perfect for late night, cold weather warming. The alcohol is practically non-existent, so drinking this is a breeze. I could sip on this all night.

Shrews629, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that I'm rating better out of the bottle than on tap. This bottle is about 6 months old, for me that time has cut out a little of the raw coffee that you get in a fresh keg, and I like that.

Pours a great silky smooth but thick black with some great lacing.

Smells awesome with huge espresso notes, chocolate/fudge, charred malt, confection sugar, black licorice and more. An outstanding aroma that is so well designed.

The taste follows suit and has a beautiful chocolate covered espresso bean thing about it, like the candy choclate coating and bean melted and put in a glass, yet with a nice clean filtered water taste and some hop esters, plus a charred smoky malt character as well. Nice.

Mouth is great. The drinkability is great too. Founders does great stuff.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of tobin
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark color with a small tan head that quickly disappears and lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was big and filled with expresso and chocolate - dark malts.

The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. The first thing that hits you is a very strong dark coffee flavor, as this is the predominant thing. Next there is a bitter coffee and dark roasted malts.

Incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

4 packs do not last long enough and it's even better on tap

tobin, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick pitch black with an equally thick creamy tan head. 4 finger head. Not an aggressive pour at all, it just foamed up as if I poured it straight down.

S - First thing I smell is coffee and a lot of it. Smells like the raw bean. Chocolate comes up behind it. Lacing is amazing. It coats the glass with the same color bubbles as the head. You can't see through the glass anywhere.

T - The taste of the head is pure roasted malts. Doesn't taste like the aroma as the head usually does. The beer itself tastes similar to the head with roasted malts being the base, rich bitter dark chocolate follows it up nicely. Coffee blends with the chocolate well. Can't taste oatmeal, but the smoothness shows it's there.

M - Thick, smooth, perfect carbonation, sticks to the inside of your mouth leaving a nice coffee aftertaste. Finish is creamy and slightly sweet.

D - Extremely drinkable. Alcohol isn't noticeable. This beer is too thick to have that come through. Not a beer you could pound a few back, but so smooth you don't care.

GarrettMD, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of gps2388
3.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Perfectly opaque, not a real high head even with a down the middle pour but I don't put much into that, nice beige color

Smell- Even as this beer warms up I can't get past the spent coffee grounds smell, and not fresh coffee grounds, more like the next morning when you go to make another pot and the grounds from yesterday are still there. I can barely detect some oat/chocolate behind it but the coffee grounds are just too much. As it warms I think there's some toffee coming out too

Taste- As this beer warms up I am warming up to it, even though I started around 50 degrees it still needed to get warmer to get anything but the coffee grounds out of it. Now the oats, some cocoa and just a small bit of the lactose are coming out. The lactose sweetness is interestingly laid over the coffee bitterness for some very nice complex flavors but again, you have to really search to get past the initial old grounds taste which hurts this beer. This beer does have amazingly complex flavors but it really needs to be about room temp (64 degrees in here in the winter) to get them to come out.

Mouthfeel- Nice long, lingering finish, the coffee tannins are hanging with me almost like a good dry red wine would leave an astringent feel on your cheeks and tongue

Drinkability- High alcohol so take your time, you should want to with all of the different things to think about. Again, if you don't like tannin (like old coffee or tea) you may not like the astringent quality of this beer but it's something that I typically enjoy though don't necessarily look for it in a beer

I had really high hopes for this beer as it was rated so high by BA but I don't know that it is worth the high price tag. I appreciate all the fine ingredients but the fatal flaw is the coffee tones even though I am an avid coffee guy... I think a slower darker more oily roast of the coffee beans would help and perhaps lose the Sumatra which I have never liked much.

gps2388, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a balloon glass. Aggressive pour produces a nice mocha head on an opaque beer that is beautiful... just like me.

Smell hits you right away: super strong roasted coffee notes. Some cocoa and oats in there too, but the coffee grind scent dominates... just like the Patriots.

Mouthfeel is a bit warming and bitter at first, but if you let this one come up in temp, it is fun to spend some time with... just like you.

Only had one bottle but I wish I had a sixer, because this is a unique and phenomenal beer. One of my favorite stouts by far. Perfect for the cold winter months... just like sex.

ElGallo, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of FBS at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

Appearance is an opaque black color with a one finger mocha head. Smell is a mix of oats, coffee, caramel, chocolate. Its taste has similar characteristics and is sweet. Perhaps similar to consuming some oatmeal drizzled with chocolate syrup and some coffee. MF is medium. Drinkability is way too easy on a beer with this ABV, do remember to sip. It is a very enjoyable beer after all.

mltobin, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black. entirely opaque. i actually see my reflection in the glass when holding this beer up. beautiful dark mocha creamy head.

S: you know when you grab the spent coffee grounds from the maker when you are all done in the morning? literally smelled exactly like that when I opened the bottle. but seriously, rich, rich, rich roasted coffee. picking up on some of the lactose as well. it smells thick.

T: first sip starts and finishes with acidic coffee. lingers thick roast on the palate. coats your entire mouth. lactose reminds me of the last sip of milk after eating a bowl of cheerios. cant taste the alcohol in a solid 8.3% abv? im impressed.

M: smooth and suede. creamy carbonation that is spot on for the style. big full-bodied beer on point.

D: see how many reviews this beer has. go buy a bottle dummy.

Jimmys, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of jradams76
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review here guys, But I really enjoyed this beer.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

appearance: Dark black that poured like motor oil with no head

smell: You can tell there is a lot of coffee and a hint of chocolate

taste: Its not a sweet beer but you can taste the coffee and the chocolate.

mouthfeel: Solid mouthfeel. Not a lot of carbonation.

drinkability: The beer went down really well. I would like to compare this to the KBS. I really enjoyed this beer and will make sure I have some around to drink.

jradams76, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.3% ABV. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimple glass. Appearance is dark and thick, with about a finger of tan/light brown head. Oily and rich looking. Aroma- Loads and Loads of chocolate and coffee. Some roasted aromas are in the background, but the coffee and chocolate are definitely the dominant aromas. Amazing smelling! Taste is spot on with the smell. Coffee, Bitter chocolate as a finish, a touch of sweetness, roasted malts. Overall an outstanding taste. Awesome palate. Thick and rich. Very low carbonation, which is how a double stout should taste like. Coats your mouth and seems to stay with you for a few minutes afterwards. You've got to love coffee to fully appreciate the beer. I personally am not a coffee drinker so I cannot give it the high ratings beers like this one and KBS deserves.

CuriousMonk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black coffee in color with a deep mocha foam head that's about one finger high. Foam head fades leaving spotty lacing down the sides of my goblet.
Looks to have average carbonation but difficult to prove.
Aroma is of black coffee chocolate roasted maybe even burnt malts and a touch of vinilla creaminess Dark black coffee and chocolate are the predominate taste here, followed by smokey and roasted malts. You can pick-up a sutle vinilla flavor too.
A full bodied beer here no doubt which coats the mouth with a sweet smoothness. A bit bitter at end that leaves a coffee aftertaste.
Extremly flavorfull that would be go for chocolate type deserts of some sort.
Strong flavor would prevent me from drinking too many, but definitly would drink several.

micromaniac129, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of BrewmasterNate
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review here guys, so don't be harsh if anything is off.

appearance: Dark black with a tan head that quickly settles

smell: Freshly made coffee along with small scents of chocolate

taste: Quite bitter (but a good bitter) from start to finish. I get a lot of coffee taste out of this one with a light chocolate note hidden in there

mouthfeel: Solid mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style of beer. Thick but not overwhelming (nothing worse than a watery stout, *ahem* Fort Collins Chocolate Stout)

drinkability: I planned on having one, but I'm writing this review as I finish my third so the drinkability is there as long as you appreciate the coffee taste

BrewmasterNate, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/11/2011

A: chocolate, coffee, hops are at a minimum, some maltiness

Ap: black with a very subtle head, leaves little to no lacing.

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body

Af: coffee is most present, followed closely by chocolate, slight alcohol burn on the way down the throat, lingers, but not for long.

O: near perfection in a glass


THECPJ, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of suretolose
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass this beer is about as black as a beer can be. It leaves almost no head.
The aroma is chocolate, caramel, coffee, and malt. Very sweet as well.
The taste is great. Mocha and malt. A nice hint of burnt sugar. Heavy on the coffee on the finish.
Coats the mouth nicely I would like just a small hint of more carbonation.
Outstanding beer.

suretolose, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of wchollif
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Aggressive pour doesn't generate much head. The beer is pitch black and shows almost nothing when held to the light. The smell was not showing particularly strong on this, got little coffee, more milk chocolate. However the taste was much more upfront on the milk chocolate notes with the coffee much more in the background. The aftertaste had very little bitterness. The mouthfeel was viscous and heavy.

Later reviewed on tap. Mostly the same with muted chocolate flavors and more coffee and bitterness. I preferred the bottle only slightly.

wchollif, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I've never reviewed this gem. Definitely one of my favorite fall-winter brews.

At $10 for a 4 pack, purchased at Delock's Liquors in Munster, IN on a Thanksgiving weekend road trip, I have enjoyed two already, gave one to my nephew as part of an assorted 6 pack for Christmas, and now I've got this one to enjoy.

Poured into a chalice, aggressively poured I might add, there is a very minimal tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is my favorite part of beer reviewing. Smell on this Founders brew is intoxicating.

Taste comes next and wow, what a bitter stout -- I love cold coffee, so this one is right up my alley. This one features the coffee bitterness of a classic stout.

Mouthful and drinkability also get high marks. The breakfast stout and the porter are my two favorites from Founders. Which one I prefer is hard to say.

cadizkyguy, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of mechamifune
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to beers so i figured I ought to actually give it a proper review.

Pours pitch black from the bottle, looks to have an oily kind of body from the pour. About a half inch brown head rises up and goes away in relatively short time. A very pleasant looking stout.

Smell is strong coffee and subtle sweetness, dark chocolate notes in there is well, but this is very much a coffee beer.

The taste is in line with the smell, coffee forward in the initial tasting, but it mellows a little over time. Finishes slightly bitter but not astringently so. Just a great tasting beer, though obviously if you are not a coffee fan you will have some issues with this one.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy, and somewhat thick. Less so than say, 10-50, but more so than Brooklyn CS. For me, just about a perfect mouthfeel.

The smoothness makes this a very drinkable beer.... heavy yes, but the flavor works so well in hand with the texture that I feel I could just keep drinking it. The minimal to no sense of alcohol aids in this as well. One of my favorites, get it if you can.

mechamifune, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of jale
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep black with a moderate head

smell: chocolate and roasted coffee

taste; bitter chocolate followed by slight bitter coffee. roasted malt

mouthfeel: thick and creamy giving leaving you the feeling you were just drinking a milkshake

drinkability: just one... after another and another.

jale, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of cccarson
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(2010) 12 oz bottle aged approximately 4 months, poured into a pint glass

A - Jet black body, no light escapes through this beer; frothy cinnamon colored head, excellent lacing immediately starts to appear after the first few sips and continues throughout the entire experience.

S - Strong roasted coffee and chocolaty malts.

T - Bitter (but not too bitter) chocolate flavor washed away by coffee beans; hop presence is felt (makes sense at 60 IBUs), but is there for a reason - the hops do not overpower the wonderful malt flavors and there is just enough to complement the bitter chocolate taste. It's nitpicking, but perhaps a bit too much coffee. I would have liked the slightest bit less coffee flavor.

M - Thick, chewy and smooth - almost oil-like consistency.

O - Phenomenal American imperial stout. At the top of its class, and sets the bar for what other imperial stouts should be aiming for. The ABV is just about perfect (not too strong, not too weak) at 8.3%. A near perfect beer, and one of my favorites.

Note: This beer is even better on tap.

cccarson, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

fbs, bottled 09/03/11

a 4-4.5 smells like coffee grounds. oh wait, what it looks like--it's dark, as expected. the head is light tan. it leaves spotty lace that isn't impressive visually but does have good staying power.

s 3 smells like coffee grounds, wet coffee grounds. not coffee, but the grounds left over in the filter. there's also a little sweetness there, but really i can't seem to pick up on much else.

t 3.5-4 tastes like sweetened coffee grounds. if you like sweet and you love coffee grounds, you will find it very difficult not to enjoy this. there are hints of vanilla and dark chocolate floating around.

m 4.5 the body is between medium and full, closer to full, which reminds me there must be oats in here somewhere. the carbonation is spot on.

d 3.5 some might say a guy who generally doesn't like coffee in beers shouldn't review fbs. maybe, but i've been surprised too many times by beers i was supposed to hate (or love, for that matter). i cracked this one with an open mind, and high hopes of loving it. i hated pretty much every imperial stout i tried until throwing back an old rasputin. tonight, i thought, is the night i love a coffee stout.
fbs is very good beer, no doubt. and i'm trying to err on the side of generosity in my scoring, though perhaps that isn't necessary. fbs just doesn't wow me like i expected it would--and the coffee flavor, though bold and relentless, is not the best coffee flavor i can imagine. ah well. i still intend to try kbs, cbs, etc.

brewmudgeon, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of rand
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

Pours out a jet-black with a chocolate-brown, 1-inch head. Nice cavernous head with good retention, lots of sticky lacing. It smells of dark-roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. Nice coffee notes combine with freshly baked bread. Faint trails of alcohol linger in the backdrop.

As it hits the palate, the rich chewy mouthfeel is first noticed. Silky-smooth and viscous, this ale leaves no doubt that 'beer is food'. The taste follows the smell with roasted, bready malts up front. Smooth and not overly grainy. Oatmeal adds to the robust and expansive flavor profile, proving that this beer is aptly named. Bittersweet chocolate notes combine with slightly drying hops. Malts bend to an toasty, bread crust flavor towards the finish, as alcohol is just enough to round things out. The toasty notes really stand out as the beer warms. Flavors work in perfect balance, leaving a slightly astringent, bittersweet and satisfying finish. Amazing.

This beer has everything you'd look for in a stout - creamy and full-bodied in complexion with a hearty and balanced flavor profile. I don't usually drink beer in the morning, but with the added coffee I'm finding this a great way to start my Sunday. My hat's off to Founders, this is one of my favorite stouts.

rand, Jan 09, 2011
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
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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
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,339 ratings.