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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,775
Reviews: 3,220
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,164
Gots: 2,562 | FT: 157
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 brentk56
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a luscious obsidian with a rocky mocha head that leaves dots of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark coffee aroma with some roasted elements, too

Taste: Starts with a bittersweet chocolate and coffee burst of flavor; after the swallow, a bit of the lactose starts to peak through and the bitterness builds to a level of subtle intensity; the alcohol is well disguised

Mouthfeel: Thick and luscious with modest carbonation; creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: Right up there with Speedway Stout, this is a superbly flavored extraordinary beverage

brentk56, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

This stout poured a deep brown-black color with brown, sudsy foam that settled. The smell was very malty with the aroma of coffee and hints of cocoa, and there was a touch of sweetness as well. The taste was very malty with a strong flavor of coffee and some chocolate. There was a mild hop bitterness beneath the malt flavors as well as a light sweetness (oatmeal?). The mouthfeel was smooth with full body and low carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. The coffee and chocolate malt flavors lingered pleasantly. This was an excellent stout; very enjoyable.

UncleJimbo, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Gives abv (8.3%) and description as "double coffee chocolate oatmeal"

Aroma: I get whiffs from a good 4 feet away! Great blend of coffee, deep roasted grains, and a ribbon of hop goodness. Yeah, that's the stuff.

Appearance: Poured like liquid evil, slow and black as tar. A firm drop in the last bit trying to raise a head showed a brief flash of deep tan froth that slipped quickly back into the ooze from whence it came. My mug looks like a black hole. Bright light showed about a millimeter of clear black that a few carbonation bubbles could be seen, but not else. Stuff looks freakin' great!

Flavor: Burnt coffee bitter is quickly soothed by slightly sweet roasted malt base and dark chocolate. The flavor is simple but delicious. The back end has a wet hop light bitter to give the beer a wonderfully round profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, slick oatmeal texture, minimal carbonation. It quickly soaks into your chops to leave a dry, but lasting flavor.

Overall Impression: Wow. Deep, rich, simple, tasty: all the flavors both stand out and compliment each other in wonderful ways. A heck of a way to start a day!

Undying thanks to a most generous and upstanding BA: mattcrill.

HardTarget, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a thick opaque black with a creamy tan head.

Smell: The aroma is packed with coffee chocolate nuts toffee and many more roasted malt scents.

Taste: Take a glass and fill if half full with rich melted milk chocolate, and fill the rest up with a gourmet coffee and add a healthy serving of whole cream. mmm. Oh there is a shot of booze in it too. That is the best I can describe the creamy chocolate sensational experience.

Mouthfeel: Sheer silky velvety smooth cream, has a big feel to it but everything about this beer is extremely approachable, and divinely pleasant.

Drinkability: Give me case of this stuff. You would never know its 8.30% ABV it is so easy!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nlmartin for this trade. I've wanted this beer forever and he really came through for me with 2 bottles of it (not to mention the other goodies we traded for).

Pour was like thin mud, gorgeous looking. At first I almost thought there wouldn't be much head but I was proven wrong by a less than half inch cap of brown suds. Milky chocolate dominates the nose, along with a bit of roastiness and some chocolate syrup. I also smell a faint trace of hops.

This is one you'll want to let warm up a little longer than normal in my opinion. It's nice when it's cool but it kicks ass once it really warms. Taste is again, dark chcolate with a slightly sweet milkiness, a bare hint of tart sourness that I get in some stouts, espresso and an immense roastiness that I've never experienced in a stout before. I really like the finish ... you can definitely taste the oatmeal.

Mouth is on the medium side with carbonation that does the job quietly. I would surely buy this again and again if Founders ever saw fit sell it in WA. Excellent stout and I'm glad I have another bottle cellaring!

TheBungyo, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a godawful beer.

no, im just kidding. this is fantassstic. My buddy brought over a couple of bottles of Victory Storm King (my first taste of that one) so i decided to reveal my single bottle of breakfast stout that i found a couple of weeks ago at some hick liquor store out of town. Already happy with the SK, we opened this one up. it poured black as all hell. no light penetrating this one. nice brown head...looked fantastic. great coffee nose...sweet fresh ground beans. taste is a nice smooth hops and coffee mix. what's interesting about his beer is the mouthfeel...its like a frothy cappuchino/chocolate milkshake experience. very satisfying. mmmm. if anything, the frothyness makes it a bit thin...but only a bit. absolutely enjoyable in every way...the Kentucky breakfast edges it out for me though.

aforbes10, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a huge brown head; laces well.

S- Coffee dominates all. There is some malt sweetness and mild hop notes too, but the coffee beats it all.

T- Coffee hits first with mild carbonation. Nice sweetness to balance but like the smell, the coffee is tops. Very nice taste and very drinkable.

M- A little thin and light.

D- A good stout, easily downed on a cold night.

kirok1999, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of grub
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black colour with a thin dark brown head that disappears almost immediately. the slight ring around the glass does leave a fine lace down the glass.

aroma is awesome. rich and malty, that blends into chocolate and espresso.

taste is great. starts off nice and roasty, then changes into coffee and dark/bittersweet chocolate, and finishes with a nice bread/biscuit maltyness. the alcohol is only noticeable as just a slight hint toward the end of the flavour and a little warmth once it hits your stomach.

mouthfeel is big: thick and chewy. this beer really is a meal, but one i'm definitely enjoying.

drinkability is good. it's tasty as hell and i wish i had more than one bottle! this is a great beer that i'll be happy to have again.

grub, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed a few bottles of this heavenly brew, always for breakfast, but this time at 10pm I'm able to take down some notes. I'll start by begging: "Founders brewers...PLEASE start distributing your beers to PA. This will be a cost-effective move for you. And you'll be allowing more people to sample your delicious beers on a regular basis. I WILL buy this beer ALL THE TIME." Sorry...focus....focus...

OK so I love Founders brews, but this is the jewel. Pours opaquely black, thin wisps of carbonated lace cling to the edges of the glass. Smells of fresh, dark roasted coffee beans and bittersweet dark chocolate covered cherries. If you like coffee...or chocolate...or rich, flavorful stouts, then this is your beer. Java overwhelms the palate initially, but quickly gives way to chocolate and raisins. Undeniably smooth as it goes down, the flaked oats and cereal grain flavors making their presence known in both flavor and feel. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and more toasted coffee beans.

Without a doubt the best breakfast beer I've ever had (though I had that Kentucky Breakfast Stout once, a fleeting moment years ago it was, and that could certainly rival this if I had it for breakfast). Pretty good tonight too when I had a hankering for chocolate. It's good whenever. Founders, I implore you...send this to Philly en masse. I'm off coffee and am in need of a viable replacement.

IrishRedRock, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of artusory
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chris. Thanks man. Pours thick and black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a hazy cover. The aroma is incredible, lots of chocolate, coffee and molases. The flavor is rich and decadant, bitter dark chocolate covering espresso beans. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a long, bitter finish.

artusory, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, makes a thin layer of tanned bubbles that fade quickly into a small ring. A swirl of the glass brings back a shallow crown and leaves a viscous trail of legs on the walls. Head retention is low.

Aroma is subtle, mostly roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Rather malty and a hint of alcohol.

Rich chocolate and bitter coffee flavors, roasted malt, caramel. Toasty coffee finish, alcohol is well masked. Very tasty.

Medium to full bodied, clean smooth carbonation, finishes dry. Not overly heavy on the palate.

Quite nice, a great offering from Founders. Quite drinkable, wish I had some more.

kmcnair, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick like oil as its coming out of the bottle into the glass. Dark as night with a slight ruby maroonish tint. Half finger caramel colored head dissipates quickly with a little bit hugging the glass on the sides.
S: Aromas of chocolate ice cream dominate this offering. Also notes of coffee and oatmeal dance through the nostrils. Sweet chocoloate chip morsals. YUM.
T & M: Just took my breath away. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal blend together creating heaven in the mouth. Smooth and silky while it coats the mouth with a nice thick film. Almost like a milkshake. Smokey taste after a few gulps that hangs in the mouth towards the back. Ever so slight bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and very well balanced. Great double stout.
D: One of the best double stouts. Very drinkable. Smooth and enjoyable with an abv that isn't pronounced at all. I almost want to say this is a perfect breakfast beer, if there is such a thing. It's like grease for that stubborn engine in the morning.

bjohnson, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of GregoryVII
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is as dark as it gets with thin head. The smell is dominated by a roasted coffee aroma, perfect for waking up in the morning. While the taste is very dense, roasted malt and a chocolate flavor come to the forefront. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and very satisfactory. Just one is amply satisfying.

GregoryVII, May 31, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense dark blackwith a creamy dark tan head that slowly fades out into a a strong color. Absolutely marvelous looking rings of webbed lacing around the glass.
Smell is of some outstanding aromatics with plenty of coffee, cream, cocoa, and perhaps a bowl of fresh black grapes.
Taste is a smooth mix of the aromas. Definitely not overkill of the coffee like many of the coffee infused beers that I've had. Damn!
Super smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sugary cocoa with cocoa doused with whipped cream. F'in great, man.
8.3%, huh? I don't notice it. I probably wouldn't notice it if it were 15% either. This is seriously like a liquid dessert. Imagine tiramisu without the rum soaked lady fingers. Absolutely amazing. I love this beer.
Much thanks to trbeer for this treat.

weeare138, May 24, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coffee-brown color. Thick, chocolate look. Medium head on it. Very inviting.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Very rich.

T: Again with the coffee and chocolate dominating. Rich flavors, not overpowering.

M: Thick and creamy. One of the strong points of the brew. Very nice feeling.

D: Not necessarily for sipping, but the creaminess lets it go down easy. A very pleasant drink.

ndekke39, May 22, 2006
Photo of germaniac
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark as night, with just a halo of head. Leaves a sticky brown after image on my glass, very nice.

Smells super rich. Coffee and cream, with lots of chocolate.

Very balanced. Chocolate blends well with roasted malt, and the coffee intertwines nicely with a very nice hop bite. This a totally a topnotch beer, one of the best I've had in awhile. Drinkable to a fault, really. Words almost fail me, this brew is so good. Thanks to jpm30 for this one.

germaniac, May 21, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to like it, i really did. I actually went through the entire 4-pack of these before reviewing, in the hopes that trying different temperatures, glasses, moods, etc. would help me appreciate this beer. Well, nothing did. Pours jet black, minimal coffee colored head. Strong coffee nose and flavor - not much else. I found this beer to be one-dimensional. About the only interesting thing it had to offer was its mouthfeel, which was incredibly chewy.

I dont know what my problem is - i love coffee stouts, but this just didnt do it for me. Hopefully one day i will understand.

Lnedrive14, May 19, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigErn for this excellent beer.

This beer pours a thick black, sort of like oil, with a tan head that forms about an inch. Rich chocolate and coffee-like aromas. The balance of roasted malt with a touch cocoa and a tinge of alcohol that lingers for a bit. Not too sweet, which is a plus for me. A semi-thick mouthfeel, but something that could be very drinkable if one would care to indulge. A nice beer to have for a dessert, but I'm not sure if I could down one at breakfast time though

jhammerly, May 18, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied (similar to 80W oil). Strong coffee nose. Starts with bitter chocolate/burnt coffee flavor, hops and high ABV are not noticeable. Not a bad stout but could be a touch sweeter. $3.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 14, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown body, creamy chocolate head. looks like a 12oz glass of espresso.

S: like a bakery. espresso, baking unsweetened chocolate, milk, slight roasted malt, creme, carmelized sugar

T/M: slick mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. up front malt, chocolate, and some vanilla. espresso and roasted malt bitterness comes through strong and continues drying. a little boozy as well. tastes like it smells, a bakery in the early morning in full swing. pastries in the oven, flour on the table, coffee roasting in the back, all of it. donuts, rich cakes, chocolate, even hints of creme brulee.

D: expensive and very limited availability for now here in boston. id love to have this around more when the mood strikes. one a night for sure.

kaimcm, May 13, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick two finger, very dark tan head that fades slowly to a thin ring and cap after considerable time. I The lacing is extensive, leaving a very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell; lots of roasted coffee beans, chocolate and oatmeal. That coffee aroma really makes me think of morning time.

Taste; man, the coffee flavors really show up big time. I'm a coffee person, so this is a very good thing. The chocolate sneaks through some, as well as little bit of some dark fruits. There's a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the finish. This is one beer that I might actually consider drinking for breakfast. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth, and oh so drinkable.

RedHaze, May 13, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. ½ inch of khaki head. Black. Head recedes until it is nothing more than a thin film, but leaves amazing lacing.

S: Lots of coffee. Some oatmeal and dark chocolate, but lots of coffee. Put this in a coffee mug at work in the morning and nobody would know the difference.

T: Coffee flavor overwhelms the palate. Hints of chocolate sneak in. Bittering hops dance in and out. Becomes sweet and fruity as it warms to room temperature. Coffee aftertaste, booyah! Taste improves immensely as it warms.

M: Creamy wonderfulness. Chewy and filling.

D: Easygoing for a double stout. Can’t taste the alcohol, but can feel it after a few.

Notes: Shared this big double stout with a non-beer drinker (but a coffee fan) on New Year’s and she loved it. Maybe it can be used as an extreme intro/crossover beer for Starbucks lovers.

If I were I man of means and not a high school teacher, I would stock a fridge full of this for daily drinking. Smooth, tasty, and fun to drink. Love to surprise a friend with all of the flavors in this beer.

kdmorse, May 03, 2006
Photo of mcowgill
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this beer for quite some time and I was afraid it might have been overhyped...nope. It's tasty! It pours black as could be with a very minimal tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film on top for the rest of the duration. The nose is smoky with strong coffee and chocolate aromas. This is a damn good full bodied stout. It's very thick with a tasty oatmeal, nutty, chocolate flavor. This is surprisingly drinkable. Chalk up another successful Founders brew.

mcowgill, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice in the glass...looks pitch black, with a dark tan head that gets up to about one finger, then disappates to a thin coating. Held up to the light, it has just a thin cola aura around the edges.

The smell is mostly smoke and coffee. There's just a scant fruitiness, and just a hint of hops.

Chocolately right up front, followed by weak coffee and smoke. There's an empty woodiness on the end. It's good, but after all the hype, I expected a bit more out of this one. I still wouldn't turn one down. (Oh, and WAY after the end, there's still a bit of soy sauce flavour left in my mouth- but not that low-grade swill Kikkoman. I'm thinking GOOD soy sauce, that's not 95% salt.)

Mouthfeel is very nice. Good and thick, and the carbonation hits low and fast. Nice and wet on the end.

Despite some of the spots that weren't as fabulous as expected, this is an easy drinker. I'd have seconds and thirds!

Be well

UncleFlip, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of nflmvp
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a hazy, coffee-colored one and a half inch, dense foam head. The head only lasted a couple of minutes before fading to a trace on the glass and very light skim on my beer. Very appealing.

Smell is coffee with hints of chocolate, smoke and fruit. Taste is very nice....chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, wood? Mouthfeel is fairly thick but pleasing. It leaves a nice coating on the tongue, even after the finish.

Drinkability is nice. I'll have to continue with this one and perhaps a second, just to make sure I haven't made any mistakes. ;-)

nflmvp, Apr 19, 2006
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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