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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,868
Reviews: 3,226
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 2,617 | FT: 161
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 brewerburgundy
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, no freshness date to be found.
Edit: "Bottled 10/23/09" found on the bottle neck.

Like Ten Fidy, like dirty obsidian. At first no head formed but I poured straight down and got a lovely cappuccino head of about an inch. Looks to leave good rings of lace. We have no highlights.

My morning coffee! Better than my morning coffee because a 70 to 80 percent cacao dark chocolate square has been melted into it. Some background spicy hop behind the supple espresso, dark chocolate nose. Dark malts.

This is a taste and olfactory climax for those who love stout, coffee, and chocolate. The mimicry of a cup of coffee or mocha by this beer is astounding. The beginning and end of the sip do this, while the middle gives you chocolate milkshake, oreo, dark roasted malt, rain wetted earth, hop bitterness and earthy white pepper. I can find nothing lacking. The finish is like that of black coffee with only the addition of hop bitterness.

Here I could nitpick but the mouth is great. Unlike the Schlafly Coffee Stout from last night, it hasn't been fermented out too far. Worthy.

There is not a trace of the moderate (for an imperial stout these days) alcohol content. As it warms things only seem to tighten up, to become more consolidated, a cohesive whole. I think I could finish the four-pack tonight but I must cherish this.

brewerburgundy, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy to be reviewing this after enjoying many of these since drinking my first a few months ago.

Poured into a standard pint glass, nothing too different from other stouts here. I get a good amount of head and a standard dark brown black color. Still looks exciting. Smell is mainly of very good coffee. Taste follows the smell, and you get very tasty coffee right away. I get a perfect blend of a bit of hops, toasted malt and a hint of chocolate too. The most harmonious blend of tastes I've ever had in a stout. They blend perfectly. Mouthfeel is great. Not too thick or syrupy, but has substance. A solid dark beer. Drinkability is just right for an imperial stout. It's a big beer that I could drink all day.

pdoran10, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Man, this is a dark beer. Pours a deep, deep coffee color that seems to absorb all the light around it. A very slight, one-finger, tan head emerges, which leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Beautiful scent of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. I couldn't do it justice with just a written description. Coffee is probably the prevailing scent, but it interplays so well with the dark chocolate and burnt malts. It also has another sweet quality to it, that might be toffee or some other sweet.

Taste: This is just a superb beer. I've never had a beer that showcased each of the flavors contained within it so separately. As you was it around in your mouth, you get hit by the coffee, then the cream, the dark chocolate and the long finish of roasted malt. In the end, the bittering malts prevail, but the sweet stuff has its say, as well. This is such a complex brew and the flavors are intertwined absolutely perfectly.

Mouthfeel: This one is on the thicker side of things with a reasonably amount of carbonation. It's not chewy by any means but the body is very adequate for the style.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no trace of alcohol in this beer. All you get from this is the wonderful flavoring. The huge flavor doesn't prevent this from being a drinkable beer, either. This is a really nice drinking beer.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. For me, the two most important facets of a brew are the complexity and boldness of flavor - and how smoothly these are combined. With that criteria in mind, this is an almost flawless beer. There are so many different things going on in the smell and taste that each assert themselves boldly and clearly. When you couple that with a beer that also extremely smooth and drinkable, you have a really exceptional brew. This is a pleasure to drink and easily ranks among one of the better beers I've had.

zoso493, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/18/2009.

Pours black and opaque with thin brown head tht quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smells somewhat sweet - mostly dark chocolate and some coffee. A bit if hop presence as well and the alcohol is barely detectable at the end.

There is a nice bitter hop presence up front, quickly backed by strong dark chocolate. The finish is smooth, with more chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is very slightly detectable at the end, and the beer leaves a somewhat bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Feel is creamy with a medium to full body and good carbonation. Overall great complexity in taste and aroma, but a touch too bitter and hoppy in my opinion. Still pretty drinkable, I think it could stand to mellow out a bit.

goldbot, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of wnh
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown topped by a foamy tan head.

Aromas of earthy dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, underlying sweet caramel, and a solid dose of dry leafy hops. Hoppier than the bottle, if I recall the bottle correctly.

On the palate it's more of the same, with the addition of a malted milkball note. Seems to be drier than the bottled version, but a bit softer all around. Flavors are well integrated, and just plain tasty.

wnh, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Founders has done very well with this one being that I have not yet had the honor to try a KBS or a Canadian breakfast. This is one of my go-to beers that i always seem to have in my cellar. Believe you me this is a beer that is relatively easy to get and yet if it was as rare as some of the other beers on here it might be higher rated than it already is. Do yourself a favor if you hace not tried this and go get one.

leakyfaucet12, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Strawbs
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour reveals an inky black liquid. Very little aroma. This beer is THICK. You could almost stand up a spoon in it. Flavor is excellent- malt, chocolate & coffee flavors are all there. It's so thick & filling though, I can't see drinking more than one at a sitting.

Strawbs, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of DooMMonkey
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark, thick brown with a small mocha colored head.

S- Has a cocoa coffee smell to it with a hint of hops with a strong tinge of roasted malts, a little sweeter smelling than many stouts.

T- Not very strong, yet at the same time it is. The taste is pretty much a convergence of the smell with a nice roast chocolate coffee smoothness and bitterness with an aftertaste of those roasted malts right after it goes down.

M- Its a really smooth drinkable beer with a feeling reminiscent of a warm glass of coffee leaving the palate and it doesn't bite really hard so that one would have to force it down.

D- Just take my word for it, you could probably drink this beer all night if you wanted without a problem especially if you were in a stout mood.

DooMMonkey, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pretty unremarkable when poured into my snifter. No head whatsoever. Pours a dark black. Opaque.
S: Tons of chocolate and coffee. The booze is heavily masked. Malts are balanced nicely with some faint hop smell.
T: Hit with a lot of coffee and dark chocolate right off the bat. The malts are sweet, but it does give way to a bitterness due to the hops and dark chocolate. It is tasty.
M: Medium carbonation and not quite as thick as I thought it would be. The bitter taste at the end doesn't hang around long. It's not a crisp finish, so the tastiness stays with you. Well done here.
D: At over 8%, this is one I think you could have a couple of despite it's ABV. It's got a great flavor and it doesn't get old. Job well done here.

Infamous7100, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled Dec 2009. Pours a very dark brown/black with a one-finger brown head. Holds a light cap with a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is gourmet coffee beans, chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Flavor is very chocolaty, big time coffee, especially in the finish, along with a touch of acidity.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy thanks to the oats, a little thin compared to the competition, with low to medium carbonation.

A very, very nice coffee stout, gets a slight bump due to being the best bargain in the category. There are a few that are better, but cost twice as much or more. Founders Breakfast Stout is one I'll keep coming back to.

elgiacomo, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as can be with very little brown head. Aroma of rich dark roasted coffee beans with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor profile is pretty much the same with a bit of a roasty hop bite at the end. Good full body. If I didn't know any better I'd say this was a glass full of espresso.

punkrkr27, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Bent River Brew Pub in the Quad Cities a treat for me to find this stout on tap.In a pint glass it is black as coal with a little brownish copper head.Coffee and cocoa hit ya hard and keep coming,the coffee in this one is strong but pleasant,a little alcohol finish makes this a near perfect stout,The balance is chemist like,one of the most well balanced stouts,easy drinker unless you get tired of coffee and cocoa ya almost could add cream

jjhbrfdds, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of DanOLeary
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: First up in the aroma is a gritty cold-press coffee nose with a background of sweet chocolate. Dark roasted malt presence is subtle, but helps to round out the predominately roasted coffee notes.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a rich almond brown head. A very well retained head with good lacing sticking to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: Burnt coffee and dark chocolate flavors hit your tongue immediately with a creamy sweet backdrop. This follows with a peppery presence as well through the middle that is almost burning. This spice backs up the coffee and chocolate sweetness well. Finish is of bitter dark chocolate and is probably the only area where an earthy hop bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. While the beer has a drying and bitter quality,  the coffee and chocolate have such an intensity that the flavors attach themselves to your palate with an oily consistency.

Overall: A stouty-stout with rich body and a flavor profile that is very focused on coffee and deep 80% dark chocolate. The aroma isn't as rich as I expected from this beer and is surprisingly similar to Surly's Coffee Bender. I suspect they use the same process to add the coffee.

An excellent stout worthy of casual enjoyment or to occupy space in your cellar.

DanOLeary, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of tjd112
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Pitch black, dark tan head with little retention, minimal lacing

Smell/Taste - Chocolate and coffee abounds here, I detect a bit of milkiness, little booziness for an 8% alcohol brew

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not as dry a finish as one would expect from a stout

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - A good beer

tjd112, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a moderate brown head - hangs on for a bit before fading. No/minimal lacing. It's nice looking, but without better retention or lacing, it's short of exceptional.

The aroma and taste are phenomenal. Rich coffee notes with generous helpings of chocolate and cocoa - good malty sweetness. This is a truly delicious beer. Although I didn't pick up on it in the nose, there is an appearance of hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation is appropriate and takes a backseat. Alcohol is very well hidden - barely a hint of booziness. I generally rank stouts a bit lower on drinkability, but this thing is just so tasty and enjoyable.

Exceptional beer. Truly world class.

Mavajo, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Raftman tulip.

a: pours a pitch black color with undertones of brown. looks like a glass of molasses, with a modest tan head. a very good looking stout, indeed.

s: strong aroma. dark chocolate, roasted malts, strong ground coffee aroma and a subtle hint of oatmeal make up the most of an incredible nose.

t: flavor is similar to the aroma. huge roasted (slightly burnt) malt character, roasted coffee grounds. flavors of dark chocolate and coca powder. nice oatmeal character and a decent backbone of hops round out a truly phenomenal imperial stout.

m&d: mouthfeel is velvety smooth and a tad chewy at the same time. thick as hell, but still very silky. great stuff. drinkability is great.

this beer should be on everyone's "must try" list.

tzieser, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/14/09.

Served cool in a chalice.

Breakfast stout has a very dark brown color with good clarity evident during the pour. The creamy fine head is short lived but some lace is left behind.

Aroma has a lot of roast to it - roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, even roasted nuts. There's some bitter chocolate in the nose as well but it's in the background. Hops are evident, moreso than in most versions of this style, but they still take a back seat to the dark malts and coffee.

Flavor is simply excellent. For someone who loves coffee, beer, and especially coffee stouts, this ranks up there with the best, which for me means espresso oak aged yeti. The coffee flavor is certainly not hidden in the beer. It comes on strong right from the start and lingers through the finish. There is a lot of great bitterness. It seems to be mostly from the malts but it's fairly hoppy too, for a stout. The chocolate is not as dominant considering it claims to be a double chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation. The flaked oats are certainly a factor here and really make the beer just that much better.

I knew this was going to be good but it's truly excellent. One of the best ever.

GilGarp, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle 2009 vintage, I prefer my Breakfast Stout un-aged. Pours a moderately viscous black color with a creamy brown foam that is tight-bubbled and long lasting. Lacing is wonderful as well, stouts do not get much better looking than this.

Aroma is fairly coffee-centric but displays enough chocolate and Tootsie Roll maltiness to keep it from being one-dimensional. I like the fact that it is a very clean smelling stout, there is not much in the way of fruitiness or bready yeast to get in the way of the coffee and chocolatey goodness.

The coffee flavors are delicious and fresh...even though I do not normally drink the stuff, the flavor is very appealing. There is an oatmeal-esque smoothness and creaminess that works very well. Just enough sweetness to offset the bitter aspect of the roasty malts and hops. ABV is rediculously well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable. This is one of the best beers in the world, IMHO. I wish I had a pickline of this into my veins.

twiggamortis420, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of archiespeck
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep and dark brown with little head.

S - There is a lot going on here. Coffee and chocolate jump out the most.

T - Yes, this is indeed a breakfast stout! The coffee, chocolate and oatmeal all come off at once. It's a wonderful mixture. As others have stated, the flavors come through much more as the beer warms to room temperature, so perhaps that is the best way to serve it.

M - Creamy and smooth without much booziness.

D - This really is a lovely stout. I can drink a few of these in a session.

archiespeck, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is dark dark brown with a small tanned head that leaves some lacings.

The smell is a really tight mix of coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and subtle hop aromas.

The taste follows suit. It's somewhat sweet in the mouth with intense notes of coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It gets slightly tannic in the middle. Hints of hops. The finish is rather dry and has a nice coffee bitterness to it, and faiding notes of roasted malts and chocolate.

Smooth on palate with well balanced carbonation. A bit too dry in the finish though.

All in all, an impressive coffee beer. Not overly complex, but the flavors are integrated in a really impressive way.

ricke, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is the most opaque beer that I know of. There are a few that are blacker in hue, but none through which less light passes. Rich dark brown head tops off this monster.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee, but this beer has more of an intensely aromatic quality than simply a smell. The coffee gets in your nasal passage and lingers there.

Taste: All great stout flavors are here. Starts off with sweet oatmeal, gives way to dark chocolate, which then swirls with bitter coffee into a long aftertaste. All this is laid upon roasted, but I wouldn't call it burnt, malt.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and remarkably soft on the palette for such intense flavor. You won't find a more full-bodied stout.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, and leaves you wanting another, since the alcohol is so well hidden.

Notes: This has become one of my favorite stouts. It's great from the bottle but amazing on tap. It somehow manages to be even smoother and creamier on tap, and the coffee isn't quite as in your face as from the bottle. Talk about breakfast food being good all day!

Josievan, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick black stout with a half inch tan-brown head: pours dark and coffee like and the head vanishes quickly which leaves an attractive lacing and ring of foam around the dark center.

The aroma is predominantly of deep roast malt and coffee; there is some hop sourness and a slight bit of yeast.

The taste is a thick brew with the grassy sourness of the Sumatra coffee and Java coming through. It is exceptionally dry tasting with a bit of spice from the java and hops. The chocolate is definitely of the bitter variety; the chocolate malts add very little to no sweetness save for some very grainy sweetness in the finish. The lactose comes through very faintly like a strong espresso with the tiniest bit of cream added. There is a bit of residual floral taste presumably from the hops and yeast used. It is by far one of the most mult-faceted and complex tastes even through the heavy, dark coffee flavors.

Unlike most hops it is not a mellow, warming cushion like flavor but instead it is zingy and sharp. There is an alcohol taste

The mouthfeel is very a smooth oatsy texture plus a kind of slick thickness. The carbonation prevents it from becoming dull and flat.

It is very drinkable - smooth and flavorful despite the tangy bitterness.

Minotaur, Jan 10, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with almost no head... just a thin brown haze layer and a collar. The body was a almost jet-black, completely opaque, and did not seem to show any visible signs of carbonation.

S- Smells strongly of roasted coffee and heavy chocolate malts. There aromas are so big that they eclipse any underlying aromas that may be present. Despite it's simplicity, it smells wonderfully enticing.

T- A near-perfect replicate of the nose... HUGE roasted coffee flavors are beautifully complimented by MASSIVE chocolate malt flavors. Some mild hop bitterness emerges midway and becomes more prominent in the finish. The finish itself is roasty with a sustained moderate hop bitterness. Any way you cut it, this brew is quite tasty!

M- BIG thick body- slick and silky from the additions of oatmeal. Beautifully coats the mouth... and there's just enough soft carbonation present to pleasantly tickle the tongue.

D- Very drinkable... especially for the over-the-top flavors and the moderately high ABV. No alcohol presence detected whatsover in the aroma nor on the palte (only a slight residual buzz from drinking a few bottles!).

jgasparine, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So, I'm not exactly 100% convinced this is the greatest beer on the planet.

It is, however, a very good beer and definitely worth having a four pack around for when you feel like something different from say a Belgium tripel.

It is a complex beer and I think I could imagine replacing Kahlua in a white russian with this beer and it would taste pretty good! It's very well balanced with chocolate, coffee, an oat sweetness, and alcohol.

In fact my only complaint about this beer is the thickness of it. It definitely seems like you are eating this viscous brew and I suspect the brewery acknowledges this based on the kid eating oatmeal on the label. I had two and I don't think I could drink another one.

A+ taste and smell, I just would only order one every once in a while based on the drinkability.

OttoPeeWee, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep resiny black with a cocoa-mocha head that quickly recedes to a collar and a film of microbubbles. significant lacing.

S - Black coffee and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate - pretty straight forward, or one-dimensional depending on how you look at it.

T - Very similar to the smell. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted/smoked malts all the way on this one!

M - Very light yet frothy - probably the most outstanding aspect of this brew, that which sets it apart from many other coffee stouts. Certainly viscuous, but never too much so.

D - It would be hard to have more than 2 in a sitting, but the mouthfeel goes a long way to upping the drinkability.

NYCWheatFanSC, Jan 08, 2010
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,868 ratings.