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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,358
Reviews: 3,357
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,310
Gots: 3,474 | FT: 197
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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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Photo of tito42
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to my Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Bottled 10/14/2011.

A: Pitch black. I mean 8-ball black. Many stouts come close but you can still see some light around the edges of the glass when you hold it up to the light. Not FBS. Cocoa head leaves nice lacing.

S: Roasted, bitter coffee grounds dominate, with rolled oats, a hint of chocolate, and a somewhat acrid vegetable aroma, like that of mashed peas.

T: Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, earthy hops. Definitely gets better as it warms. Exceptionally bold.

M: Viscous but somewhat thin compared to what I expected. A nice, lingering bitterness from the coffee and hops without drying the mouth out.

O: I was a little disappointed, as I bit on the massive hype surrounding FBS and its brethren. I'd love to get my hand on some CBS and see how it compares. I prefer the direction an Imperial Stout like Parabola goes rather than this one.

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black. 1/2 finger cocoa colored head.

S: Coffee then chocolate then mild maple.

T: Rich deep bittersweet chocolate with a heavy bitter coffee finish. Tastes like a black cup of joe. Slight alcohol ending.

M: Thin.

O: Over hyped bitter coffee stout. Wouldn't brag about this to anyone unless they asked about this specific style.

Photo of wcpmohr88
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur.

A: Great dark, dark brown- almost black- with a caramel head. As I continued to drink it, there was some decent lacing but not a ton.

S: Wow! It smelled like a cup of mocha plus some hops. Normally I prefer something less sweet and malty but the smell was enticing.

T: For someone who isn't huge on stouts/porters, this was a treat. The menu called it "liquid devil's food cake," and they were partially right. Lots of espresso and chocolate flavors with a substantial hop character.

M: Lighter than I expected, which was almost disappointing. I don't know too much in the way of mouthfeel though.

O: A great gateway to stouts. I'll drink more in the future.

Photo of robboyd
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer by every stretch of the imagination. I was fortunate enough to have a fairly regular supply so I've been drinking it steadily over the past few months and it impresses me each time I crack open a bottle. It pours black with the most invitingly attractive head that is caramel in color. The head fades quickly, almost too quickly but leaves behind some nice spots.

It smells like a stout should in my opinion. It's hearty, slightly boozy, with delicious roasted coffee, toffee, and malt notes.

The taste backs up the smell. It's so complex and yet so simple in it's presentation. All the flavors that you have on the nose greet you with every sip. There isn't anything buried here and the taste is consistent throughout every sip. It leaves you with a fine coffee finish that lingers until you take another taste. It's almost punishment at this point. You want the experience to last all night but as the glass empties I have regret in knowing my supply is diminishing.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last of my notes from a BA tasting earlier this month.

A Poured a nice black color with a mocha colored head.

S Lots of chocolate, mostly of the dark bakers chocolate variety. Not much coffee which I think was due to the fact that this particular bottle had a bit of age on it.

T The taste follows the nose with lots of chocolate but again not much coffee which seems to have faded. Still pretty good though.

M Very thick and viscous mouth feel.

Overall this one was hard to judge because the coffee had faded away.However it was still an excellent beer which I would love to try fresh.

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a hill farmstead snifter

A - jet black thick body no light getting through this one. nice brown coffee colored head that has good lacing but leaves a bit to be desired in terms of retention.

S - first whiff is like putting your head in a bag of coffee huge roasted coffee notes here. second sniff leads in chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

T - nice little hop bite hits right up front with (again) massive roasted coffee taste and a more pronounced chocolate taste.

M - full bodied with a good booze feel on the back of the tongue. some hop pucker is there as well.

O - this is the real deal. top notch stuff.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pitch black. Aggressive center pour leads to a half finger mocha colored head that disappears quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Thin spotty lacing.

S: Coffee. First and foremost. Toasted chocolate malts, molasses, brown sugar and maple (ever so subtly).

T: Follows the nose, excellent, complex yet simple flavor. The maple sweetness really stands out along with the coffee bitterness.

M: Low carbonation, smooth feel. Alcohol hidden very well. Not a huge lingering aftertaste.

O: A solid stout. Smooth, well done. Very glad I have two more to drink.

Photo of dafizzif
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: IT'S SO BLACK. Mocha head.

Smell: Loads of scrumptious coffee and luscious chocolates. May be the most potent smell of any beer I have ever had.

Taste: Bitterness up front, but not hoppy at all, just from the coffee. After getting the tongue used to the awesome bitterness, it is greeted with the sweeter coffee notes (and there is lots of coffee). Also chocolate and malty sweetness. Amazing taste.

Moutfeel: Seems weird to say, but it is a bit grainy compared to other beers. Also, very viscous and mouth coating with a full body, yet still smooth. Never had a beer that made me think so much about the mouthfeel.

Overall: Astounding brew that I would drink over and over again. Beats any other stout that I have had.

Photo of lostandwandering
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep black with a single finger of coffee colored head. Fitting for this beer.

S- Lots of coffee with some chocolate and malty undertones.

T- Coffee, lots of coffee. Also some dark chocolate bitterness tossed in there.

M- medium body, good carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

O- One of the top notch and one of my favorite stouts. Tons of flavor without being overpowering in any area. This is a must try for coffee stout lovers.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 120z bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Black with a brown head.

Smell: Coffe, chocolate, malts

Taste: Same as the smell, Chocolate, coffee and malts.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a light dry finish.

Overall: Extremely tastey brew. Everyone at the house (5) loved it. Glad I have a couple more to drink. Cheers!

Photo of HOPPYKC
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive been waiting for this to come to KC for the longest time now and its been well worth the wait.

I will say right out front that this is bar far my favorite stout ever. Excluding the CBS and to be tasted soon, KBS. This thing pours with a bit of tan head; amazing coffee and chocolate smell that lasts the entire time. It only get better as it warm. I could drink this right out of the package no refrigeration at all. The oatmeal seems to add just the right amount of feel to this stout to make this a nice slow drinker but the alcohol is just in the right proportion that i want to drink this all night. For the few bottles ive had the carbonation has been a little all over the place; some have had a bit more than other but i cant complain. Founders you keep making great beers and i will keep buying.

Photo of musicforairports
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Dirty Truth in Northampton, Mass.

Very dark. The head is that intimidating-looking brown that lets you know this isn't a light one. Great lacing.

Smells of real roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Lightly sweet.

Taste is a robust blend of espresso, chocolate and roasted, dark flavors. Very smooth and creamy. Not bitter in a burnt sort of way like some stouts. No alcohol in the flavor at all. Delicious.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Thick but not excessive.

One of the best stouts I've had to date. Heavy on flavor without being a huge, hot, sipping beer. Imperial stouts are rarely something that impress me very much, but this one definitely did.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2011 vintage

Consumed 10/27/11

Appearance: Extremely dark brown, pours with a dark tan head - fades to some lacing, and keeps a nice ring

Smell: Tons of coffee - like freshly brewed coffee, not coffee that has been sitting and burning for a while - some burnt malts and chocolate - smells nicely balanced, kind of sweet, definitely roasty - really a wonderful smell

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and rich malts - a truly delicious coffee flavor that is balanced with a great malt profile - burnt, roasty, but also kind of chewy, like a dark bread - some burnt bitterness, some cocoa, some baker's chocolate - some hints of oats - truly a treat

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth - very smooth, with a medium-heavy body - nicely carbonated

Overall: Even better than I remembered

I've had this beer in 2009 and 2010. I've loved it in the past, but I somehow forgot that it was THIS good. Perhaps I'm just enjoying the coffee more. Regardless, I would love to have this for breakfast. Presently, I actually prefer it to KBS.

Update: 6/23/12

Drinking half of another (2011) bottle courtesy of Goblinmunkey7. Still great, but the coffee loses some of its magic over time. Better fresh, unexpectedly.

Photo of afdempse
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, frothy chocolate milkshake-like head. Sticks around for a really long time.

Rich espresso, dark molasses, burnt toffee aromas.

Strong black coffee, darkly roasted barley, sweet creamy milk chocolate flavors meld together beautifully. Perfectly balanced bitterness. Hints of alcohol warmth in the throat.

Mouthfeel is luscious and creamy. Oil-slick viscosity that is beguilingly drinkable.

Superb stout from Founders, and one of my favorites of the style. Hard to improve on this one.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a stout among the best of stouts!!!!

man o' man this beer is good and i don't even like stouts....pours a rich black with little to no head,

rich coffee and chocolate taste...and o yea roasted malt...this beer is damn fine and i usually don't rave about stouts or porters....but this one takes the gold....

the alcohol isn't that high...and the bu's aren't either...this one is perfectly balanced to perfection.... this one is a good one to taste when you've had a couple beers into the night....damn fine perfection from the founders brewery!

Photo of FaustieMo
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic.

I had this on tap in Columbus, OH in a snifter. The head was a gorgeous dark tan and the body was an unforgiving black. Great lacing and some legs were also present.

The smell was packed with sweetness... coffee, milk chocolate, some vanilla. There were also some very present roasted malt notes and a slight hop presence.

Wonderful taste, wonderful mouthfeel. Everything to be expected, chocolate, roastiness, coffee. Where this beer excels is the cleanliness. It tasted so fresh and well crafted, there were no faults to be found. As the beer warmed I could really wrap my mouth around it. This is a must try.

Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Bully's on Main in Columbia, Served chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is black, it is opaque with thin tan cap w/ tiny beads. The lace clings in a spotty fashion. The aroma is full of coffee, very mild caramel with slight cocoa accents and a roasty overall nose. The feel is dry and roasty, but has a mild bitterness with slight fruitiness and silky feel that the oats give with medium body and gentle acidity.

The taste begins slightly nutty and sweet w/ mild caramel malt and launches into a roasty coffee flavor which is both earthy, spicy and slight bitter with mild burnt elements, but very mild char with the yeast giving an almost creamy and fruity tanginess which compliments the tannin from the dark grain well. The hop spice and roasted malt character is not too far to come off as harsh, just enough to let the beans contribute their delightful flavor with a very mild alcohol compliment in the semi-dry roasty finish. Overall a classic coffee stout, simple hones to goodness and you get the added benefit of a little cocoa for an all around mocha-like Imperial stout. I recommend this to anyone who likes stouts coffee or both!

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer has huge aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and it smells a little sweet as well. no hop aroma.

beer is black. solid black, even when held to the light. brown head, and fair lacing.

taste is sweet. immediate flavors of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee, just like the aroma. there is some tingly bitterness on the sides of the tongue, that may be the roasted malts or the hops, the bottle says this beer is at 60 ibus, but i dont taste much hop bitterness here. the overall taste is sweet but it is nicely balanced. no hop flavor. flavor lingers long after the finish. flavor of alcohol, of course, becomes apparent as the beer warms.

soft carbonation. soft finish. medium-big mouthfeel.

overall this beer is solid. this is the benchmark stout as far as im concerned. this is going to be the stout that i want my homebrewed stouts to taste like.

Photo of Stocean1
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger head into a pint glass, nearly black body, sudsy lacing.

Smell is coffee, burnt malt, and floral hops.

Taste is huge coffee with choclate and dark bread.

Mouthfeel is bitter but clean and crisp. The ABV is well masked with this full bodied brew with some carbonation.

This is a tremendous Imperial Stout and I look forward to finishing the rest of this sixer.

Photo of rwf08
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maduro in color with a beige head. Slightly sticky but no real lacing.

S: Cocoa, alcohol, and coffee. Roasty as well with some nuttiness.

T: Almost Irish Coffee like with the coffee roastiness and alcohol but with a hint of chocolate on the end.

M: Full and rich. The oats shine in this beer as far as mouthfeel.

O: Good beer, nothing bad about it at all. Not the greatest coffee stout though but still good.

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

Appearance is jet black with no light able to come through. Very little head (dark tan in color) with some lacing.

Smells primarily of coffee beans followed closely by chocolate. I cannot detect any hop aroma at all; meeting the style guidelines as far as I know.

Taste is dominated (like the smell) by coffee and chocolate. This is new bottle and as of right now, more chocolate comes through than any other flavor. Perhaps after some proper aging the chocolate would mellow a little and the malt to shine through more. A rounded bitterness is balanced by some malt sweetness. The 8.3% abv is unnoticeable unlike some beers of this gravity. No hop flavor presence.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Full bodied and velvety just like what we should expect from an Oatmeal Stout. Carbonation has been kept to a minimum, which prevents that acidic feeling that some higher carbonated beers have.

Overall impression. Probably the best representation of the style I have had thus far. I am drinking this as I type and can't help but wonder how this beer would be as a cask ale. I hope to age two bottles and see how it changes over time. The different elements of this beer come together to provide an exceptionally well balanced brew perfect for sipping.

Photo of heebes
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a tan foam head that leaves a tin lacing behind. Nose is coffee beans, dark robust malts, dark chocolate and toasted oats. Taste follows suit, dark malt base with strong notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, cereal and oatmeal. Mouthfeel is heavily bodied, dry and bitter into the finish.
Overall, this is probably my top beer, so well rounded, balanced and perfect, absolutely delicious. Founders brews incredible beer.

Photo of alohaspicoli
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark, chocolately brown with a nice, mocha colored head that dissipated quickly. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma is awesome - cocoa/dark chocolate with espresso.

T: I got the dark chocolate sweetness first and it gave way to a bitter espresso. Finishes very clean. Not so heavy a bitterness that you're done after a few mouthfulls. Great balance of flavor.

M: Mild on the carbonation. Super smooth and slightly creamy. Not as heavy as I thought it would be. Almost no alcohol burn. Some dryness in the finish.

O: This was an EXCELLENT stout. Once of the best that I've tried. Very impressed, across the boards. Great job, Founders. Cheers!

Photo of paxchristi
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle dated 10/14/11 into crystal snifter. Stoked I got to try this less than a week old.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black motor oil that is the deepest dark mahogany at the curves and when held up to the light. Head consists of some light khaki fizz that dissipates in seconds. Looks like a very good stout.

Nose: Wonderfully complex. Its difficult to deconstruct this one because the blend is so well executed on this one. Up front are some fairly powerful espresso and chocolate notes that intertwine quite well. In the middle are some very creamy oat notes supported by an earthy note. No alcohol and a dark roasty malt.

Taste: Yeah...this is masterful. On the front is a semi-sweet chocolate closely followed by a big, creamy chocolate coffee supported by oat flakes and dark roasted malts. On the finish is an ever so slight hint of hop bitterness. Absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. It is a perfect balance of bitter, semi-sweet, and sweetness. Chocolate sticks to the palate in the aftertaste. Absolutely the best stout I've had in my mouth.

Mouth: On the thicker side of medium body. there is a good carbonation but its just enough to make itself present without having to be noticeable.

Overall: Hey, its Founder Breakfast Stout. It is what it is; a fantastic brew with amazing balance, overwhelming aromatics, and a taste that is masterclass. Highly recommended.

Photo of zimm421
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in an 8 oz snifter on 10/21/11. Reviewing from notes.

Appears a dark, thick black color with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing. Decent staying power on the head, but doesn't stick around forever. More can easily be stirred up with a slight swirl of the glass.

Nose is full of wonderful coffee aromas. I love my coffee and this definitely does it for me. There's a nice underlying sweetness of roasted malts, but the aroma is definitely weighted towards the coffee. Taste is also full of coffee. Maybe reminds me more of coffee than the noes did. There's notes of chocolate, and those roasted malts. The alcohol is very well hidden, almost unnoticeable. One of the more complex brews I've had, and every sip keeps you thinking and looking for more.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but not quite as thick as others I've had. Average carbonation levels. Overall, a wonderful brew. Didn't notice this was on-tap until I was 2 beers in, and was kicking myself all night for missing it. The flavors are so complex and everything fits together so well; definitely impressed here.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,358 ratings.