Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 13,422
Reviews: 3,373
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,321
Gots: 3,535 | 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 Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured thick, dark black with a slight tan head. Sediment visible. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Rich coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue, smooth malts and little perception of the relatively high alcohol. Thick body, but very smooth and velvety, and highly drinkable.

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

Found a year old bottle of this in a store I frequent, hidden away. Poured into a pint glass.

The color is dark brown and black, with a half finger head. Nice lacing.

The smell is intensely coffee heavy. I get more of that than anything else. The roasted malts and chocolate seep through afterwards. I picked up some booze and vanilla as well.

This beer tastes like alcoholic coffee, and I can tell there was a lot of love put into the making of this thing. The coffee gives way to a warming alcohol burn

Good beer, but not the biggest fan of coffee anything. I have to put my bias aside and give this the credit it deserves.

Photo of redsonja
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; dark black no head.

S; coffee,dark roasted malts.

T; creamy coffee,roasted malts,bitter chocolate,wood,vanilla.

M; the coffee taste stays in your mouth for a long time with hints of vanilla and chocolate and some wood.

O: good stout for the winterevenings and with desserts with vanilla and chocolate and cherrys.

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of kansascitytrader. Thanks Kyle!

Pours pitch black with a 1/2" beige head into my Coronado snifter.

Smell is heavy on the coffee up front then a subtle hue of chocolate at the end.

Taste is everything I look for in an oatmeal stout. Great roasted coffee with bittering dark chocolate notes. Leaves a great roasted feeling on your tongue. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel is fairly thin for a stout. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. It feels like you can actually feel oatmeal grain in this brew. Fantastic.

Overall, this has been my favorite stout I've come across. Extremely smooth with an exceptional flavor. Well done Founders!

Photo of Bennettrox
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Just about as black as a stout can be. Beautiful khaki head that blossomed into a nice frothy cloud. Great looking contrast on the color of the head and beer.

S - Coffee and chocolate dominate the nose. Just what a coffee stout should smell like.

T - A benchmark beer for me in regards to the style. Coffee, chocolate, a tiny bit of caramel, and a great malt forwardness. I could see myself literally having this for breakfast with a stack of Belgian waffles and maple syrup.

M - Great medium/full mouthful & carbonation. The coffee is the star and really sticks around in your mouth once consumed.

O - First time I had this I was fairly new to the beer scene and it absolutely blew my mind. Gets better each year I have it. Drink it fresh to really take advantage of the coffee.

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

A - pours a dark brown with small tan head which dissipates quickly.

S - coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. All blend together very well for a nice balanced aroma.

T - Delicious. The coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts really work perfectly together here. Just a fantastic tasting stout. The 8.3% abv is perfect as the alcohol presence is not very noticeable.

M - thick and creamy. The perfect thickness to enjoy more than one.

Overall this is a very tasty stout . Not too thin and flavorless like many low abv competitors, while not being too over the top and extreme. The balance, abv, and flavor profile is just right.

Photo of Dhren1979
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2009

Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Very rich in color all around. Silky black with 2 fingers worth of coffee colored head that holds strong. Lacing is tight and sticky.

S: Smooth roasted coffee aroma, which adds a nice bitterness to this brew. A sweet, bready oatmeal aroma that is sure to finish this stout perfectly.

T: Deep coffee/espresso roasted malts. Hints of chocolate bitterness. All the flavors are rich & full. Smooth sweet oatmeal finish on the palate.

M: Full body brew that coats the back of my throat and soothes the slightly soar throat. HAHA! Very velvety and smooth. Slight carbonation.

O: Love this! I would love to get more of this if it wasn’t so darn hard to get a hold of more than 1 when it comes out. Well, I guess I will have to wait around 4-5 months for this great stout again!

Photo of Brunite
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is black as night. Viscous as used motor oil. The mocha colored 3 finger head leaves incredible lacing around my pint glass.

S: Roasted malt...strong espresso...bitter chocolate...all there in unity.

T: As the aroma...only stronger. Starts out with a deep espresso bitterness that leads to more bittersweet chocolate notes. The finish is lingering bitter and tandem. Perfect!

M: This is so thick and feel like you could use a fork. A swirl brings about a huge creaminess to each gulp. Perfect for a big beer as this.

O: All accolades deserved. This is a great beer. Top 5-10 in the world? I'd say so. The flavor is so big and bold...yet balanced. A pleasure to drink. I'm glad I found 8 of these buried way after the release date. I'll always buy this stuff whenever I can find it.

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

Appearance: Poured a dark motor oil black with an espresso like head that dissipated after a few moments.

Smell: Roasted coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate. It was very pleasant.

Taste: Awesome! Definately has a prescense of malts and coffee that hit nicely up front. and smooth out with a smooth chocolate flavor. Has a nice taste of alcohol that is not overbearing and finishes smooth with an enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a smooth feel to it. It made for an easy drink with a nice alcoholic boost that seemed to thin it out.

I would definately like to get this beer again to share with friends.

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry, powerful black ale.

Nice dark pour in the glass with a sepia head. Lacing lasts well, decent carbonation in the mouth. Less sweet than other Imperial Stouts. Lots of dry roasted malt flavors. Cocoa seems to be the aroma. Tastes of coffee grounds and burnt sugar. Hops do not seem to be a powerful as the 60 IBU claimed on the label. Surprisingly, the aftertaste is not all that bitter.

I enjoyed several bottles of these in Chattanooga. A good dark, rich drink when you don't want overkill on either the sugar or the hops.

Photo of Fluke828
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City Snifter.
Bottled 11/05/10.

A-> Pours a deep black with a think half finger of mocha-colored head that doesn't totally go away but doesn't stick around too much either. Thing clingy ring of bubbles around the outer edge with a tiny bit of lace.

S-> Whoooosuh! Sinus clearing alcoholic dark chocolate and roasted grains with some toffee. Bouquet is rather complex and very bold.

T->Wanted to let this warm up and breathe a bit before I tried it but the first few sips are extremely dark, velvety chocolate with some bitter coffee and roasted malts/grains. Flavor really seems to linger on the tongue and throat with a slight blend of bitter burn that is by no means unpleasant. Really a lot going on here with the chocolate and malt sweetness, not too much of the flaked oats as they are likely overpowered by the coffee and bitter chocolate. Bit of warming alcohol and a slightly acidic (hop?) bite. Delicious balance of everything that is happening in here. Getting some oak-ish flavors and some molasses hints as well. Still discovering more and more as this gets warmer and warmer...

M-> Full-bodied for sure. Like bitter chocolate velvet going down with a nice coffee aftertaste that hangs around pretty extensively. Creamy, velvety, smooth, sweet, bit of carbonation but the perfect subtle amount makes this a wonderfully balanced stout.

O-> 2x chocolate + coffee + oatmeal = one amazing concoction. It's as if a new layer of flavor complexity is peeled back as this progressively breathes and gets warmer. A fascinating spectacle to experience. Curious to try this with more age on it as even after 5 + months it still is invigorating. Another job well done Founders...

Photo of output01x
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly recedes to a light clumpy dusting and thick ring around the edge of the glass. The body is an oil black with no noticeable traces of color even when held to light. Thick lacing attaches itself to the glass like barnacles to a sunken ship.

Dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean aromas jump off this beer as soon as the cap is removed from the bottle. The smell is both bold and enticing.

The flavors follow the nose well. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee jump at you first. Then a dark roasted malt comes out of hiding. A nutty, dry coffee aftertaste finishes each sip nicely.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is thick and intense. While not syrupy, it definitely coats your mouth well and leaves a bit of stickiness.

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

Beers like this make me proud my roots come from Michigan, and that I have family that can bring me some fine beers from my birth state. I got to say this is some very fine beer. The pour resulted in a medium brown two finger head with lots of clinging lace. The color of this brew is black, a 40 on the SRM beer color chart. I think this is the darkest beer I have had. Sort of looks like used motor oil, and has some of the clinging effect., almost like a chocolate bar in liquid. There are aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, and cooked oats. Flavor is intoxication at room temperature. I taste milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, toffee, malt, molasses, and chocolate... oh I said that. Mouthfeel is like heavy cream and silk. Very rich and thick, with zing. Do I want more, dumb question, this brew is the bomb.

Photo of genuinedisciple
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Put into a Duvel glass, 2 1/2 finger head was very nice, that stuck around for a decent amount of time. Lacing sticks throughout the entire drink. This beer looks beautiful from beginning to end.

S: Chocolate & Coffee...a very pleasant mixture/smell.

T: It starts off with an immediate taste of coffee and roasted malts, and then moves on to a nice chocolate flavor throughout the rest. Some bitterness, but not overpowering at all. The lingering flavor is my favorite part of this beer.

M: Creamy and Lighter than you would think when looking at it. Great balance. Perfect level of carbonation.

*One of my favorite beers. Everything about this beer is solid, and I encourage everyone to pick (at least) one up.

Photo of atlason
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date apparent on bottle ? Poured into Jever flute.

A: Big piece of sludge floating in the head very unappealing. Brownish black with a small brown head that dissipates quite fast. Decent lacing.

S: Roasted grains, chocolate.

T: Roasted, almost burned malt and coffee. Bready. Bitterness is almost completely hidden by the maltiness.

M: Highly viscous and velvety.

Photo of nataku00
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer pours a very dark and opaque brown, fairly uniform in color when held up to the light. Initial two fingers of creamy brown mocha colored head that dissipated slowly to about some small bubbles and a thin film and collar, leaving some nice lacing on the glass that sticks around for a bit.

Lightly chilled, the nose is very strong bittersweet chocolate, medium roasted coffee and malt, a bit of milk chocolate sweetness. A touch of alcohol in the aroma, but really dominated by chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Very nice.

Taking a sip, very smooth and creamy beer in the mouth, which I would expect from an oatmeal stout. More semi sweet chocolate than bitter on the tongue, slightly bitter and slightly sweet, a bit of coffee, light roasted malts. Finishes with more chocolate on the tongue and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied beer with some nice tingly carbonation on the tongue makes the beer somewhat slick. Very nice chocolate aftertaste in your mouth after taking a sip. This beer is like drinking a very adult semi sweet chocolate milkshake.

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with AleWatcher.

Pours a jet black with a two to three finger dark tan head. It takes a couple of minutes for the head to fall and leaves a small crown floating on top of the beer.

Smell is coffee and dark bitter chocolate. There is a faint roasty malt smell lying underneath, but it is difficult to detect.

Taste is much the same as the smell, roasted coffee, roasted malt, and dark bitter chocolate. The flavors blend very well together and compliment each other. The malt backbone is present, but the coffee and chocolate really come through. The finish is much the same as a cup of good black coffee.

The mouthfeel is excellent, rich, creamy, and smooth. The carbonation is there, but it is very subtle. The consistency is thick, just like a stout should be. Very nice beer to sit and sip.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Smooth, silky, creamy, coffee, and chocolate. The only downside, in my opinion, is the bitterness. I feel that the beer is a little too bitter. It's not a hop bitterness, it's a acidic bitterness from the coffee and the dark chocolate. Remove that bitterness and this is a better beer.

Photo of biggied
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty much the same as KBS with slightly paler head. The brew is completely black with no translucency. 1/4" tan/off-white head with moderate retention.

S - Unlike the KBS in which chocolate and bourbon dominate, coffee and slight chocolate undertones are at work here.

T - Very smooth for a stout. Similar to the aroma, coffee beans and dark chocolate are the stars of the show. Slight sweetness is present, but it is overwhelmed by the coffee and hoppy bitterness.

M - Uh...feels great in my mouth! The coffee and chocolate really soothe and coat the tongue in a way that most stouts don't. The aftertaste fades pretty fast making you all the more eager for more.

O - A fantastic stout and definitely one of the best I've had. Side-by-side with KBS...I prefer the KBS, but with no intention of belittling this solid brew.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitxh black with a finger of head in my duvel tulip. Leaves lots of thick lacing along the way. Nose is a quick faint with of milk chocolate quickly turning bittersweet, spiced cofee along with some mexican cinnamon and all spice. Taste is a beautiful mix of milk/dark/bittersweet chocolate in the order, very complex, dark roasted coffee beans, freshly ground cloves and cinnamon with a hint and breakfast cereal , finishing with bitter hops married to the chocolate notes. Very excited i was able to finally have this great beer.

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

12oz bottle pulled out of my cellar with bottled on date 9/17/10, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/9/11

A: Opens with a loud pop, pours pitch black with fluffy light brown head leaving some lacing on glass.

S: Coffee dominates the smell with hints of chocolate and malt. No hop aroma to be found. Slightly bitter from the coffee. Yum

T: Wow, this is absolutely delicious, sweet with lots of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt . Enough hop bitterness to keep it perfectly balanced, kudos to you Founders.

M: Velvety smooth like an oatmeal stout should be, a slight tingle on the tip of my tongue from the light carbonation. Medium-full body with absolutely no detectable shapness anywhere to be found, perfect.

O: This is so delicious, I would definitely be buying this by the case if it were available locally. Perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and malt. Founders, you really know how to make a stout.

Photo of OddNotion
3.63/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to pick up a 4 pack I saw in a dark fridge, wanted to see how it was with a little age on it. Bottled on: 9/24/2010

Appearance: Poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary bulb glass. Pours with a 1 finger frothy looking khaki colored head. During the pour the beer looks more brown and ruby than black but once it is in the glass no light can penetrate.

Smell: As soon as I popped the cap on the bottle, about 3 feet from my face I could smell the coffee! It was very pungent. Upon further sniffing I catch the chocolate. The strength of the scents is a little subdued compared to fresh Breakfast Stout, but they are really not shy here.

Taste: A lot of the coffee flavor has disappeared, as compared to it fresh. More noticable chocolate but most likely only because of how much coffee flavor has disappeared. There is a very slight sourness on the back end of the sip, I dont want to call it sour, maybe a little tart? Very subtle. I will certainly re-review this one fresh next year.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth and creamy. The creaminess is a great feeling and perfect given the style.

Overall: More chocolaty then when fresh, and I love chocolate stouts, moreso than coffee stouts. However, I think this beer is best enjoyed when fresh, or at least within the first 3 months after the brew date. I think the coffee fading provides some kind of off flavor that I am not a fan of.

Photo of match1112
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the only thing i didnt like, there was no head. other than that it had a nice moca colored ring that never went away and plenty of lacing till the end. rich coffee smells, thick yet creamy on the tongue. what is not to like about this beer? nothing i will definatley buy more in the future.

Photo of ccm414
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- Black. One finger head that disappears rather quickly. Leaves a slight lace around the glass.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted scents. Sweet malty oats with some dried fruit scents, almost like a prune.

T- Roasted coffee with some sweetness in the middle that finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste. A slight warmth from the alcohol. Oatmeal is also slightly there.

M- Expected his to be a bit heavier bodied, but still a heavy beer, with lighter carbonation. Slight warming alcohol sensation.

D- Excellent beer here. Really smooth for such a dark beer. Simple and elegant. I will definitely be purchasing this brew again. Great job here.


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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

jet black body with a 1 finger mocha colored head.

S: Wonderful notes of toffee mixed with strong coffee and chocolate.

T: big bold coffee flavor with hints of toffee in the front, finished with a rich chocolate taste that lingers.

M: thick, coating and oily, very pleasent and extremely enjoyable.

O: and excellent beer that I wish I had access to in CA.

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

Aroma: Chocolate, Coffee, Toffee and roasted malts

Appearance: Very dark brown and opaque with a thick creamy brown head

Taste: Tastes of coffee and chocolate with just the right amount of bitterness, balanced well with malty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Thick and a little chewy, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very delicious brew, and could easy drink a couple of these.

Notes: This is a seasonal brew (Sept-Dec) from Founders which I was fortunate enough to try both in the bottle and on tap. Brewed with imported chocolates along with kona and sumatra coffee, this is a coffee-lovers stout. This is a pretty easy to find brew in the South Bend-Mishawaka-Elkhart area, and certainly worth giving a try.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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