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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,253
Reviews: 3,193
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,053
Gots: 2,355 | FT: 156
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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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4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


But before we get into that, big thanks to genog & WeisGuy who sent me bottles within days of one another, one an extra, the other part of the trade.

Popped the top & turned around to find invaluable beer foam puddling down the sides of the bottle. Quick pour produced a towering head that necessitated patience. Head is tan, beer is thundercloud-black. Head slowly collapses, but maintains a good bit of glop on top of the brew. Nose on it is surprisingly subdued; after the firecracker that is KBS I expected to be nasally assaulted. No dice.

Taste is very good. Plenty of coffee in the background of toasted chocolate on the tongue & a nice, creamy finish. Very nice! Very drinkable for a big stout, I'm having trouble typing as I have to keep sipping. As noted, creamy & silky & smooth going down.

Very, very good beer. While I love big beer, I believe this is better than KBS, which was spoiled a bit for me by the overwhelming coffee drowning out most of the other elements. This is better, more subtle, allowing the other ingredients to dazzle the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 03:02:39 | More by maximum12
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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Saucya for this wonderful extra!! Poured into a chimay goblet, this is a beautiful pitch black with the creamy coffee colored head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and espresso. Flovor is much of the same. Incredible! Tons of full flavor with a great smooth mouthfeel. That is what sets this beer apart. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, but a tad filling.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 13:07:47 | More by DrDogbeer
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of chunky mocha head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee grounds

T: Coffee, dryness & baker's chcolate up front. Semi-sweet chocolate & a bit of vanilla as this warms, plus the bottom of the coffee pot. Finished dry with baker's chocolate, iron & Folgers, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Oily, rich with moderate carbonation, just got chewier as time went by

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is very masked, the coffee taste would get to me after a few or just completely win me over, not sure. Not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is pretty nice, make me think of iced coffee with some booze mixed in. Worth the hype

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 06:38:24 | More by russpowell
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a black color with a big tan head.

S : Smells with strong oats, coffee, and chocolate aroma

T : Strong bitter coffee flavor, has some chocolate and oats flavor also. Good bitterness and really rich flavor. Excellent balance

M : Really creamy and smooth

D : This is really rich and strong but I could drink multiples of this one

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 00:23:01 | More by mhewes
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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to kryptic for this.

12 oz. bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Almost completely black, reddish brown at the edges. Thick frothy orangish tan head. Substantial rings of finely textured lace. Beautiful.

Smells rich and smooth. Oatmeal cookie, dark chocolate, light/medium roast coffee, raisins.

Tastes rich and roasty. Coffee, chocolate, grain, dark fruit, moderate acidity. Barely any sweetness. Some roasty bitterness. Well balanced. Lingering fruity coffee. Very tasty.

Smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

Very enjoyable expression of the coffee in this, and I like the acidity. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 07:52:12 | More by Beerzebub
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4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a thin foamly chocolate colored head. Looks very nice

S - Chocolate. Chocolate. Coffee. Duh.

T - Sweetness of chocolate, smooth oatmeal, bitter coffee. Bingo, bango, bongo. Didn't have the alcohol burn which I expected.

M - Smooth, yet carbonated enough to have a bite on the tongue. I expected it to be even smoother.

D - This is a rich stout. Drinkability is good though. I could have a couple.

I really enjoyed this beer. Very complex beyond the obvious coffee, oatmeal, & coffee. I will have this in the morning one day soon. Yes I will.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:01:58 | More by bbothen
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New York

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and thick looking on the pour. A small chocolate colored head formed but disappeared quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Dominate aromas of roasted coffee beans and espresso, with some vanilla and nutty undertones.

T: Starts off sweet and chocolately, then somewhat of an earthy and oat-like flavor presents itself before fading into a dry, bitter roasted coffee finish.

M: Semi-thick and velvety; enough carbonation that you can feel it tingle on the tongue after each sip. Very dry finish. A little lighter body than I was expecting, but it works.

D: Overall a pretty tasty brew. If I had to choose, I'd say I enjoy the KBS a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 22:01:30 | More by kasper
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/10/08.

Pours a very pitch black, looks very thick going into the glass. A modest pour produces a giant 4+ finger puffy tan head. The head slowly fades back down leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. Heavy aromas of roasted coffee/espresso and dark chocolate.

Oh wow the taste is amazing. It starts with swirls of sweet milk and bitter dark chocolate. Then it continues with more roasty malt goodness. I finishes with a very nice bitter coffee flavor. All of the flavors are balanced well, none dominate the palate.

This beer is so smooth. About medium carbonation, just enough to keep it from feeling flat. Doesn't leave my mouth all sticky either. And did I mention it's so smooth? Drinkability is also great. The bitterness lays low throughout, and all the flavors are awesome. If the alcohol content were a tad lower, the drinkability would be perfect.

Overall, an excellent beer. I wish it were available in my area. If you like stouts, coffee, or chocolate, definitely seek it out. And if it is available in your area, send some my way :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 02:53:25 | More by bkilpatr
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Beer was black with a very small, brown head.

Aroma was heavy coffee, oats, vanilla and molasses.

Taste was very heavy with coffee, but also had notes of vanilla, oak and chocolate.

Creamy, but not too thick mouthfeel. Very tasty. This is a great sipper that gets better and better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 02:29:31 | More by drumrboy22
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving from a 12oz bottle at a fairly warm temp

Pours with a massive tan head! Simply beautiful!
The smell is a little weak but still is great.
As for the taste...one word: WOW! Such a beautiful stout with a strong coffee taste that could scare some people away! This certainly hurts its drinkability. Lastly, lets note the mouthfell: its smooth for its coffee taste and holds on the tongue for a good while. Overall, this is a fantastic stout and if you have the means, grab more than one! :)

This is a review of this beer after almost 9 months.

The appearance is beautiful the head is very very dark. The smell is beautiful as well. It smells of coffee and chocolate. As for the taste coffee dominates this wonderful brew! It's so very tasty!! My god!! I love this beer so much. When I purchased the case I consumed a 4 pack that day! I really love this stout. It's simply amazing!!

Overall, this beer is still wonderful! I really am in love with this product! It makes me very happy!!! :-)

Newest offering!

Pours the same black brew but lacks the taste and smell of the previous year! Its not the same brew IMHO. I dont know what it takes but Im guessing age will only help this batch! IDK. its good but not the same to me!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:16:32 | More by iconoklaztor
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Sephiroth for sending this as an extra on one of my first trades.

Opened up a bottle of this next to a bottle of KBS to compare last night. Poured into a 12 oz snifter.

A - Pours black, but not think, and with a medium brown 2-finger head.

S - Not as complex as I would have expected, and not very sweet. The coffee came through, but I didn't smell the chocolate.

T - Found both the coffee and chocolate notes here, with a deep background in a wonderful stout... makes me want to try Founders IS, I wish it was still around.

M - Lighter and with a lot more bright carbonation than I would have expected for this one. It was more pleasant than the KBS, IMO.

D - Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 15:27:50 | More by tprokop7
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New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hopasaurusrex for this via trade! 2006 release. wow, as of this writing there are 520 reviews. I've wanted to try this for some time, having had a bunch of the KBS version. Well worth the wait. quite a nice stout, creamy chocolatey and very very drinkable. Pick some up indeed!

10-13-08 - better fresh than aged as I drink a current release version.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 18:03:40 | More by barleywinebrewer
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Spuyten Duyvil in brooklyn

Pours pitch black dark, frothy dark brown head.

Smells like the espresso i had earlier that morning and wet wood

Flavor of heavily roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, wood and some vanilla , nice bitterness in the finish...

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 02:48:40 | More by gregc
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stewdawg4 for this bottle by trade.

A-Black with very little rusty colored head
S-Roasty coffee flavor. Almost had cream like smell that was very pleasing.
T-Coffee roast and a bitter flavor on the finish. Mild oat flavor which added a little depth and smokey flavor. As warmed, less bitter, but started to taste like watered down coffee. Some chocolate flavor as warmed but not much. Could have used more sweet to balance the coffee. Not as complex as I thought it would be.
M-Creamy and Smooth with higher carbo expected and a little thinner than expected.
D-Very drinkable but would move on after a while.

I enjoyed this beer but it was dominated by the coffee/roasted overtones.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 19:01:23 | More by hopsleeroy
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, opaque brown just short of black with a somewhat slight tan head. Smells of maple, honey, molasses, pear and coffee grounds. The taste is very coffee forward, like the bottom of a used coffee filter. That sounds like a knock, but I like it, not off putting or acrid, just bitter and heavily roasted. That note remains prominent throughout. A touch of prune pops up, along with a decent dose of semisweet chocolate. A drop of honey crops up toward the back. Hops seem nonexistent and the alcohol's pretty under the radar - really smooth. Coffee's where all the bitterness is coming from. The relatively thin (for the style) mouthfeel works here given the surprisingly mellow profile. Reminds me a ton of Mikkeller's Black Hole, but without the burn. Lacks a certain something, perhaps the abv kick the KBS gives, along with something to balance out the slightly too dominant coffee. I prefer the KBS myself, but my significant other with whom this was shared prefers the FBS. At any rate, a really nice Imperial Stout - thanks to autumnaldave for the Founders twofer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:04:27 | More by grandq
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout pours pitch black with full dark cream colored head that dissipates to a consistency of fluffy foamed milk leaving lacing down the side of the pint glass. The smell is bursting forth with coffee, really dominating the flavor, but there is certainly a lingering presence of sweet roasted and chocolaty maltiness. As the beer rolls over the tongue, the coffee again comes bursting to the forefront along with that malt characteristic that you would expect. This is very sweet and tasty. The mouthfeel is honestly a bit thin and very carbonated. I have seen a couple coffee imperial stouts come out quite carbonated (homebrew, and Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake) and wonder if this is a direct effect of the coffee. Overall, a remarkable easy drinking imperial stout with a fantastic in your face coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 17:21:01 | More by MSchae1017
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just what I look for in an imperial stout...though I do prefer the KBS. The nose immediately shows roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. These carry into a creamy midpalate with good verve on the finish. Really well-balanced beer that is enjoyable from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 20:50:44 | More by SQNfan
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4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got Several of these from some folks I know in Grand Rapids.
Bottle poured into a snifta.

100% impermeable to light. Not even a glimmer of the shit will make its way through this glass of beer. Small head but the deep red-brown color is sick and the lacing is what I would expect of sausage gravy.

Coffee, coffee, prunes, fudge, coffee. Not overly complex but well defined and the prominent aromas take the word prominent to a whole new level. Meticulously balanced malts with a perfect amount of some citric hop character.

Coffee all the way through tis stuff. Sweet, dark fruits in the finish. Well hopped throughout. Very mellow when balanced with the malt. The oats are subtle in taste but very much evident in feel.

Oats. Yum. Like I said; not in the taste but in the feel. Very silky. Low carbanation.

Very mellow, making for a remarkably drinkable brew despite the hair on its ass.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 03:20:42 | More by cookin420
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4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't met a Founders Brew I haven't liked!! This is the second of their many brews I have drank and loved. The 8.3ABV doesn't scare me, just a robust oatmeal stout, rich, full-bodied and definitely enjoyable, for those of us who enjoy stouts. Highly recommend for all to taste and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 00:48:27 | More by thequeen711
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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of sholland119 poured into a snifter

A: Pours jet black with a minimal tan head. Very little head retention with decent lacing.

S: Serious roasted coffee aroma with chocolate complements. Got a little bit of malty sweetness in there as well. Very nice aroma just invites me into this one.

T: Big roasted coffee taste with the slightest hint of dark chocolate malts and hops. Hops and coffee lead to a fairly bitter aftertaste.

M: Oily and thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation that causes a bit of tingling on the tongue.

D: I would view this as a good, but not great stout. The heavy coffee and bitterness make it a bit less balanced than the aroma might indicate.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 02:21:23 | More by gford217
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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, want some stout with your coffee? This has a rich, deep roast of coffee with black grains and mocha around the edges in both the aroma and flavor. This feels more like a thick coffee than it does beer, but it's a good brew, not that free crap you might find at an auto shop or something. Fairly drinkable, but you've gotta love java. It was a wonderful beer, but I don't think it lives up for the hype as it wasn't complex enough for me. The coffee dominated too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:04:27 | More by tempest
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3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured a jet black color with no head into a tulip. the smell is of chocolate and coffee. it smells a bit sweet. the taste seems to be mostly coffee and the complexity i thought it would gain as it warmed never really happened. i thought the mouthfeel was great on this and it was easily drinkable, but not near as complex as i expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 15:02:53 | More by deepsouth


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer a couple of other times but this will be the first time I have done a review.

I am doing a skip year vertical with the '05 and the '07. Although I will post notes for both, I will only point score the '07.

A strong pour of both and I only get a half inch of head on the 05 but nothing but a few bubbles on the 07. Head is chocolate brown in color. Body on both is pitch thick oily black. The nose on each beer is a very different beast with the 07 you get full up front roasty coffee freshness like a fresh opened can of Folgers. On the 05 it is much more dark fruit, very over ripe and almost port like. The coffee is still there but plays a much more backround role. On first sip you get a very well balanced stout with roasty coffee intertwined nicely. Sweetness is long and topped off at the end with an even mineral based bitter. Now with the 05 once again the coffee feel is much subdued. The entire flavor profile is very mellowed out with a cleaner smooth mouthfeel. The dark fruit feel and soft sweetness are very even. Mouthfeel is textured and doughy but nice. While the mouthfeel for the 07 is a little more coffee bitter and more desireable. Overall these beers are both super drinkable. I must say I do like what this beer is fresh better though. I will make my ratings based on the fresh version.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 23:08:16 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a darker black with a small brown head.

Intense coffee aroma - it was bursting with fresh roasted coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and some faint vanilla were also there.

The flavor of the beer had a rich and creamy coffee flavor. This beer had notes of chocolate, deep roast, vanilla, and sweet caramel malt. The hops provided a sturdy bitterness that complimented the chocolate.

In the finish there was a faint touch of that boiled coffee staleness that I've found in other coffee beers. This took a little away from the beer's overall flavor.

The mouthfeel was thick, but not too heavy. The beer finished reasonably dry, which aided its drinkability.

Very nicely balanced and consistent.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 17:43:05 | More by SacoDeToro
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North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding onto this one for a few months and its now time to crack this one open. I've had this one from my first trade. Big ups to pimpp for the chance to try this brew.

Pours a thick, viscous, sticky black liquid into a Duvel tulip, forming a good finger of khaki colored head and descending into a thin layer on top. Spotty lacing is left behind. Smells of rich roasted coffee, vanilla beans, dry oatmeal flakes, fresh cocoa beans. I get this in a lot of coffee stouts, but again I get notes similar to soy sauce. This is not a turn off in any way, just eludes to the potency of the malt character (4.5, smell). Taste is quite amazing, with the coffee character initially dominating but then falling back and letting the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla flavors come forward. There is a nice bitterness in the finish that is reminiscent of the bitterness you would expect from a rich dark chocolate. Coffee character stays in the nose after a good mouth-full. The alcohol is completely masked in taste. I can only recognize the alcohol in a little heat that I get in my cheeks in the mouthfeel. The flavors really come together to give a strong contrasting, yet beautifully balanced profile. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and can't wait until the next time I get the chance to try it once again. Thank you Founders.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 04:42:42 | More by beavers
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