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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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13,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,313
Reviews: 3,348
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,305
Gots: 3,440 | FT: 195
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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 ShanePB
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just hitting shelves, I found myself picking up a 4-pack of this already. Today is a surprisingly cooler day, so with dinner I cracked open the iconic 12 ounce bottle. Poured into a globe glass.

A: Deep black body with dark brown hues around the top edges. Creamy, bubbly light mocha head sits atop and leaves a thin retention ring around the perimeter. Some quite sporadic, patchy lacing is left around the glass walls. Imperial Stouts should absolutely look like this, kudos.

S: Bitter roasted coffee beans, bakers dark chocolate, dark chocolate malts, caramel and a dash of cocoa powder towards the end. It doesn't seem overdone on either the coffee or chocolate aspect, nor do the oats impart any dominating characteristic. Just like I'd hope a balanced Breakfast stout would smell like. Founders is on a roll!

T: Immediate but reserved bitter coffee notes come through, followed by a rich chocolate cake flavor. Dark chocolate cocoa nibs and a sweet butter cream frosting elements are more towards the finish of the beer. It's an interesting and really well done play on flavors, however throughout the entire sip you can sense the coffee being a bit too dominating over the other flavors. If the coffee would have receded a bit after its initial presence this beer would be nearly untouchable.

M: Well carbonated, perhaps overly so, but it remains medium bodied. It's not as thick or chewy like I like my Imperial Stouts, so overall for me this is a moderately week mouth feel for the style.

For what it is, Founders Breakfast Stout combines the oatmeal stout base with chocolate and coffee beans quite well. I'm trying not to be too jaded with KBS but I find myself almost craving that little extra something to set apartment another coffee stout from the rest. Although for what it is, this is a seriously solid beer from one of the most respected breweries in the US.

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

Enjoyed out of snifter after a nice meal. Appearance jet black almost blue. Smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste rediculously complex with coffee and chocolate being up front. Mouthfull wonderfully lush. Overall this is as good as it gets. Savor the beer as more layers evolve as it warms.

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

Finger of cocoa-cream head with both cream and foam with opaque black body. Not much lacing, but some interesting swirls in the surface memory.

Smells like bitter coffee and super-cacao chocolate, kinda earthy.

Taste has a lot of coffee as well, much more than KBS. That, and the sort of vegetal hop bitterness. Oatmeal rounds off the finish, along with alcohol warmth. Seriously-- all that's missing is bacon and eggs.

Mouthfeel is fine-grained and complementary to the style.

More bitter than its barrel-aged counterpart-- since this is out of season, I imagine it has both developed and toned down the edge of the coffee and any hop presence. Still great.

Photo of Pete0714
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured thickly into a pint glass. Back with a tan head (half inch head). Lacing resides after pour.

S: abundance of chocolate and coffee.

T: Taste as good as it smells. coffee, chocolate, rich and malty

M; Thick, syrupy, full beer, truly worthy of the name "breakfast stout"

: terrific stout, a beer to be had at breakfast or any time of the day ( the latter my personal preference)

Photo of snpub540
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a completely black hue with a small light brown head that left some delicate lace on the glass. Slight amount of carbonation comes up from the sides of the glass.

Smells are very roasted malts and coffee aromas coming up front. There is some biscuity malt in there as well.

Taste is roasted malts upfront with a nice bitter coffee tone coming next. There is chocolate in the finish and it is more noticable when this beer warms up.

Very easy drinking beer. No alcohol heat and it has an incredible velvety smooth mouthfeel. I finally see what all the buzz over this beer is about.

Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a coffee bomb. Most coffee forward beer I've ever had. This tastes of a black cup of coffee start to finish. It's almost hard to believe this is beer thin mouthfeel for a stout with virtually zero head. This goes down tremendously easy. Th 8.3 ABV is nearly nonexistent. A 16 oz pour of this is more than enough.

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

Bottled on 7/29/11

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance-It starts out with a creamy tan head that settles slowly. The beer is like a black hole in a glass because there is no light getting through it.

Smell- A glorious combination of chocolate, coffee and some dank malts.

Taste- Hit with the coffee up front which is balanced out by the chocolate and a bit of bitterness. The huge amount of taste lingers on the back of my tongue for minutes.

Mouth feel-is balanced it is thick enough for any stout but it drinks nicely.

Overall I am just in love with this beer, especially fresh the flavors out of this world. One hell of a beer from founders.

Photo of mocktm
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/27/2010, poured into a snifter. I've heard a lot about this beer, and am ecstatic to finally have a crack at it. Appropriately enough, I'm going to enjoy this reasonably early in the afternoon, but what the hell, it is called Breakfast Stout after all.

Pour is tenaciously thick, syrupy and dark. Opaque black with a finger's worth of espresso colored head that exhibits plenty of clinging ability and retention.

Nose possesses heaping helpings of bitter chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and a slight zing of wood chips. The year or so of aging on this has completely nullified any scents of alcohol that might have once been present.

A meal in a glass: creamy milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee, some smokiness, savory oats and a lingering mild citric note. All are able to coincide together, creating a complex, yet delectable balance. The favors' nuances become even more pronounced as it warms.

Monumentally thick and chewy, full bodied and viscous, velvety and buttery smooth, this is what an American stout is all about. Absolutely phenomenal!

All I can say is that I was not disappointed by this beer in the least. For a change, this is a beer that actually lives up to all the hype that has been bestowed upon it. Now I need to to hunt down some of the KBS counterpart.

Photo of mikul93
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A Poured thick and black. A healthy 2 finger dark mocha head. It's beautiful.

S Tons of chocolate, vanilla and some coffee.

T Just like the nose. Tons of chocolate, some vanilla notes, some coffee. A tinge of sweetness that is just perfect.

M Very thick but very creamy. Delicious beer!

O This is a world class beer!

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle 8,3% abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottled on: 17/09/2010

Appearance: Great pour - pitch black in the glass, with a back light showing a little red along the edges of the glass. The head is a dark tan colour and of good size. It displays good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The nose here is just fantastic. There is a ton roasted coffee, alongside dark chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, sweet dark caramel, some dark fruit and a touch of liquorice.

Taste: The flavour is not quite a full as the nose. Dark, roasted coffee beans dominate the flavour, with chocolate, cocoa and some roasted notes also present. Dark fruits, dark caramel and some molasses become apparent as the beer warms.
The finish is quite roasted, with a distinct coffee character and a light dryness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually a little disappointing - medium bodied (or just under), with a medium level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: FBS is a pretty good beer, but could certainly use a bit more body.

Photo of doughanson78
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to 67couple for this. My first Founders beer.

Edit: Looked at the bottled on date 09/03/10. So almost has a year on it already. Funny the alcohol is still so present.

A: Super black and pretty thick. Slight, maybe quarter finger, dark tan head quickly recedes to a thin pond of foam. Very sticky lacing.

S: Deep dark roasted coffee. Light notes of dark chocolate. A light smokiness. No burnt aromas which is pretty nice. Some vanilla notes. Very light oats. And yes, I do detect some freshly tanned leather.

T: Sweet chocolate upfront. Then taken over by the bitter dark roast coffee. Big roastiness, with that light smokiness. Oats and vanilla in the aftertaste. Sort of hot for only 8.3%.

M: Full bodied. Very thick and creamy, no doubt about that. The alcohol burn fades fairly quickly, leaving just a hint in the back of the throat. But the oaty, vanilla, coffee roastiness lingers for a while longer, allowing you to enjoy between sips.

O: A top notch beer, IMO. The alcohol burn is the only downfall of this one. Hopefully after some age that will mellow out and let the rest shine through.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this time from a bottle.

This brew is really the minge as it really kicks every other stout in the teeth. Unfortunately, this years batch, whatever i just got a hold of, has a bit more of a smokey flavor that I was not especially down for or enjoying..

Appears dark always with a nice head. Smell is of chocolate, oats, dark fruits, coffee, everything under the sun it seems. Taste is really a bouquet of flavors as well but as i mentioned this one had a bit too much smoked flavor for my liking. Other than that..damn, they kill it..

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

poured into my stemmed snifter. first aroma is of milk chocolate, followed by a whiff of coffee. appearance is black as night with a tan head settling down to generous lace. flavor is of bittersweet milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of toffee. as it warms, a creamy smoothness becomes more apparent. Yummy!

Photo of s1ckboy
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2 Year old bottle.

A - Very dark. Huge head for some reason.

S - Coffee, chocolate

T - Same as smell, coffee, chocolate, some roastyness. Has a very balanced profile for the style, nothing overpowering which you don't see too often. I've had it fresh and the hops are too present for me, a year or more is just about perfect.

M - On the lighter side of thick

O - Great.

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

From my trade with GraniteSkunk, much thanks! 12oz bottle born on 11/06/09 poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A: I poured cautiously, trying to reserve some of the carbonation on the older bottle. It appears healthy, jet black and opaque and heavily viscous. Alcohol legs all over the glass, with some brown head sticking to the edges.

S: Coffee and, surprisingly, alcohol are the first smells I get, followed by rich roasted malts and bitter chocolate; maybe hints of lactic cream.

T: Roasted espresso coffee and toasted dark chocolate malt. There is an underlying rich sweetness that's nice, and hints of smoke and alcohol here as well. Finishes with some hop bitterness, spices and dryness.

MF: Good carbonation, full body, viscous, sticky and chewy with hints of alcohol. Near perfect.

O: A really good coffee stout which has retained a suprising amount of coffee flavors and alcohol. Great drinkability. Thanks Jarod!

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

Pours rich dark brown, almost black into a pint glass, with a thick, pillow of off white head, capped with cocoa highlights.

The smell, oh the heavenly smell... Dark Roast coffee, slightly smokey, dark chocolate and an ever so slight hint of leather. This is what heaven must smell like.

The taste is unbelievable. So many flavors, heavy on the coffee and chocolate, with that smokiness again. There's a little black licorice in the background. Every sip intensifies the flavors as this elixir of the Gods coats the tongue.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Slightly peppery from the carbonation, but mouth-coating as any viscous RIS I've ever had.

This is hands down the best beer I've ever tasted. I've had it time and time again, and I crave it when I am without it.

This particular growler came direct from Founders Brewery moments after it went on tap.

Photo of scrizo
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a quickly dissipating head. Almost no light penetrates the Founders Pint Glass. Looks dark and welcoming.

S: I could sniff on this all day long. I pick up notes of smokiness, warm, toasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee / toffee note.

T: This one tastes very similar to the smell. Very roasty and comforting to drink. Dominant taste in definitely the oatmeal and chocolate. Finished off with a hint of coffee. Absolutely clean taste, no alcohol burn. What a nice, east drinking stout!

M: A little oily, just enough to coat the mouth in the variety of flavors this beer has to offer.

D: Very drinkable, especially at 8.3% ABV. The alcohol is so well hidden that it could really be trouble for people. The flavors are so well balanced. Could drink 3-4 of these a night.

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

Founder’s Breakfast Stout 8.3% abv

A: This beer has a great gentle coating to it with minimal lacing. It seems to impart the message that, “hey fellas, I will be here for a lil bit, don’t mind me,“ and then resigns itself to a deep cedar blackness, waiting to be beckoned. The oats in the stout gives it a great stickiness and foamy character without excessive carbonation.

S: The smell feels like a gentleman’s breakfast: initially you get some nice smoky notes from a bacon or charred grist if you are a yeoman farmer, then comes coffee with a great mild nature, it isn’t that jerk coffee from Surly, this is more understated. The coffee notes are like jokes on Arrested Development. Ultimately, the chocolate notes emerge and as your mouth forms a tight “o”, the Nickelodeon prophecy comes true: COFFEE, BACON, and CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST.

T: except you are an adult and you, hopefully, don’t drink this as your breakfast shake. If you do, don’t let me judge, alas I digress. This has an amazing silky mouthfeel with ::coughsatincough::: chocolate notes upfront nice and nice coffee notes to round it out.

M: There is a nice, albeit, mild sticky lacing with great coating and the oats give it this awesome maltiness that makes it a force to be trifled with. Get your trifle on, become trifling. But seriously, this aspect gives old KBS a serious run for his money if only for how pleasant it reclines and makes itself at home. The mouthfeel is like a Shins albums and a warm blanket wrapped around you. It is hella comfy.

D: Let’s just get right down to it. This beer has no abv present that I cant detect. Well, lets clarify, it has an incredible warming heat that is just refreshing as the day is long: LET’S CALL TODAY THE VERNAL EQUINOX. Did I mess the season up? Moving o-

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Photo of mdagnew
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle bought online from Mybrewerytap.com...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, some milk chocolate, oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some liquorice, some peppery hops, nutty, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 8.3%

Overall - An outstanding brew and up with the best of the Americans impy stouts...

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Darkness snifter.

Bottle Date: 09/24/10

A- Pours a ½ finger brown head that dissipates quickly to a bubbly ring around the glass, pitch black color, opaque, well carbonated, splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is fantastic, big espresso coffee aroma, roasted malts, oats, some cocoa and chocolate come out in the background.
T- Wow, big coffee flavor, oat presence, really roasty, the carbonation is not really apparent in the taste, some cocoa notes, bitter as well.
M- Medium/Big Mouth feel, coats the palate, bitter aftertaste.
O- This is a solid beer from Founders, love the roasty notes, and the big coffee presence, perfect winter beer.

Photo of bpw28
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger thick chestnut head, almost totally black (looks about 39 SRM), beautiful lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, Coffee, Chili, Milk, Smoky, Cinnamon

Taste: Massive Coffee, Milky, Smoky, Roasty, Dark Chocolate, Light Bitterness, Good creamy mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: Pretty good. Not as strong chocolate as I would have thought. It's almost like a cocoa accented coffee with cream. Alot of hype on this one. I don't know that it meet that hype but it still is very good. More than worth the buy.

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

Woo hoo review #100!! Received in a recent trade, thanks MarcatGSB!

Stouts are my favorite style and this one smells incredible. I have not been let down by anything I have tried from Founders.

A & S- Dark and decadent. Nice mocha colored head. The smell is outstanding with dark rich chocolate and coffee and vanilla notes.

T- Wow, this is an amazing beer. A little more coffee forward than I usually like but so well balanced that it really blends together well. Great coffee, chocolate, vanilla and tobacco. You can taste the alcohol at the end of the sip would be my only complaint.

M- Could be just a touch thicker.

O- Very nice beer indeed, one of my new favorites.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Redoak globe style glass. Massive thanks to mulder1010 for shipping this back from his recent trip to the States.

Nice silky looking pour, jet black in appearance with a tan coloured head of foam that builds up after the pour and sat at half a finger in height and settles as film pretty quickly.

Amazing ever-changing aroma, starts off which cereal and oat with even a touch of milk which made me pretty well beside myself. Coffee then comes through and chocolate is the last to make an appearance.

Taste is mainly coffee upfront with chocolate working well with it later on to balance it out well. So a bit of bite early from the coffee and the smoothness which follows is a real treat.

Booze is very well hidden in this, lovely velvety mouthfeel at the finish, while a bit of spark earlier helps ensure that this is no one-trick pony in this regard.

Overall an incredible beer, huge thanks for mulder1010 for sourcing and shipping this! Everything you could expect and more.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Jet black with one finger cola colored head. Good lacing that resides quickly.

S- Roasted malts, lots of coffee, and some chocolate.

T- Bitter dark chocolate with a ton of coffee flavor. A lot of bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Oatmeal gives it a nice creamy smooth texture. A little dry at the finish from the bitterness.

O- Good Stout. Fairly easy drinking considering it's over 8%. For a double chocolate oatmeal stout the coffee flavor is overwhelming almost.

Photo of Labonix
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as black as it gets. It was poured into a pint glass. This beer has a strong coffee smell to it. It taste amazing. Right away I taste the robust coffee flavor then followed by the chocolate and finishing off with a slight taste of oats. This beer is thick and feels great in the mouth. I’ve had this beer on tap and in bottle. I prefer this one on tap. Even after the beer is gone you are left with a pleasant taste in the mouth.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,313 ratings.