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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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13,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,691
Reviews: 3,439
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,381
Gots: 3,819 | FT: 199
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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:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.
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Photo of hdelavega
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great extra from mdfb79, your the man Dan!
Poured with vigor to a snifter glass this thick motor oil black beer generated a one inch tan head that lasted about a minute then disappeared leaving behind a very light lacing.
Lots of roasted coffee in the nose, a little bit of chocolate, not much to find as far as the oat.
Big coffee flavors, there are some oat flavors now, and the finish has a nice bitter sweet dark chocolate flavor.
Coco flavors stick around after the swallow, the body is on the heavier side of medium, with more carbonation than I expected.
That was a great stout, tons of coffee. Im now really interested in trying some of the other variations like KBS and CBS.

Photo of tko741
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like thick, viscous engine oil in the glass, with a burnt-copper head that craters and cakes in the glass.

Smells like a campfire, freshly ground coffee, and confection. Lots of toasty malt goodness floats up as well.

Initially super-smooth on the palate, with the malts hitting up front. This succumbs to a huge, delightful slap in the face with semisweet chocolate, espresso, chicory, and some delicate dairy sweetness. Continues to display these notes proudly as it warms, with perhaps a bit more coffee towards the end.

A winner, this one. If you can, save it for when it gets colder.

Photo of BlastBeats
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into my favorite snifter.. the FBS is jet black and indisputably opaque. After a minute or so there's little to no head.

Smell: this stout has a very strong coffee aroma.. smells like a fresh cup of French roast.

Taste: lots of dark roasted coffee with some bittersweet chocolate.. alcohol and oat flavors are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: like many well crafted oatmeal stouts, the mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Full bodied with a little more carbonation than I was expecting.

Overall: there's no doubt that you have to love coffee to really savor this one; thankfully I do. This is stout only gets better as it warms.. I can't wait to crack open my bottle of CBS!

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

In J'Town, PA and had a couple of night caps at the Boulevard. The first cap was a FOunders Breakfast Stout. The appearance was very dark....essentially opaque. The head was thin and tan colored with very nice lace. Smell was coffee/espresso with some sweet malt. The taste was very good....decent bodied stout with coffee/espresso taste tahe dominates. The mouthfeel was awesome... I like full bodies stouts that don not mess around. Overall this was a very good stout and I highly recommend it. Would love to drink this a an early morning tailgate.

Photo of aficionado
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smokier, cleaner, and less complex than KBS and CBS. Aroma is cocoa and coffee. Has a decent amount of coffee on the palate, but certainly less vanilla, no bourbon or oak, and minimal chocolate compared to the barrel aged versions. A tobacco flavor is present here. Very smooth and drinkable, but not too complex. Mouthfeel is moderately high to full.

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

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a near jet-black color. About a one finger, beige colored head on the initial pour that fades to a skim. Decent lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - Wow! An awesome smelling beer. The coffee aroma is dominate with a sweet aroma mixed in.

T - A top-notch stout. The coffee taste is dominate initially but as it warms up a mix of chocolate and hops come through. Really creamy. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Not a beer that you want to rush through. Just savor it's goodness.

M - A lightly carbonated beer. On the heavier side in regards to consistency. A creamy goodness coats the mouth.

O - I really liked this beer. This ranks up there with the Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, which I also loved for it's coffee taste. Founders consistently puts out outstanding beers. This one is another winner. Recommended.


Photo of Tschnab
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black pour with a milk chocolate head and good lace. The head dissipates quick.

S- No coffee at first, but once it warms the coffee really opens up. Rich dark chocolate and sweet oatmeal shine. Awesome.

T- Mostly chocolate and oatmeal, the coffe is subtle but present. Lots of char and roast, faint oat, molasses, and sweet alcohol.

O- I need a few more beefore I would decide, but this is a contender for my favorite impy stout of all time.

Photo of Lillie1128
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours the deepest of browns with a decent mocha colored head

S - Rich chocolately, mocha nose

T - I want juiceboxes of this, like instead of chocolate milk. Smooth roasted coffee taste laced with chocolate. I want to add it to hot cocoa and drink it on a blustery day.

M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated

Oh, this will keep me warm through the winter.

Photo of KDawg
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this poured an almost pure black color with a dark and frothy head

Complex and deep aromas of malts, dark roasted coffee, hot caramel, and lots of dark chocolate. Rich, but not too much

Full bodied with a really polished and smooth feel. The flavors are deep with more of a focus on the malts and dark chocolate

This was as a great beer. The feel stands out a lot as it's full, but isn't overpowering. Certainly was one of the best beers I've had this year

Photo of One2Remeber
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Tan, espresso, creamy milk like head that turns into a thin layer of bubbles on top. Body is the color of dark chocolate.

S: Rich coffee notes are extremely dominant in the nose. Very sharp aroma from a mix of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Starts off with an incredible touch of oatmeal, then sharp almost bitter chocolate taste, followed up by a lingering coffee bubbly sensation. Yummy! Bitter tasting is balanced out by a milk chocolate taste you would find in a bowl of coco puffs.

M: Wow! Above moderate carbonation makes it really easy to enjoy. Not a dark chocolate lover but can really appreciate how the taste is implemented into the beer for an overall calming balance between the oatmeal and chocolate.

O: Sad this beer is not distributed to Florida. Breakfast stout is in a class of its own. I have not encountered a beer that incorporates oatmeal, multiple chocolate notes, and coffee in such a balanced way. Only brew that comes close is Chocolate Yeti from Great Divide:)

Photo of JayAre46
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured straight into a duvel tulip, thick black body is under a finger of coarse mocha head, you can tell just from the head this one is going to be creamy, subtle retention.

A - big fresh ground coffee presence, very bold coffee at that. subtle dark chocolate. not a lot going on other than a fresh blast of coffee beans,give it a swirl wouldya. i would like to think they are not french. ha

T - if alcohol did not affect my mental and physical production levels, you can bet i would be trading in my daily coffee with this for sure. big fresh coffee flavors are throughout and then comes an amazing compliment of dark chocolate, absolutely sublime ratio. some rich, delicate, bitter chocolate lingers, lightly roasted character, cooked oatmeal dryness. alcohol is subtle and warming.

M - full and creamy,smooth and silky, velvet soft, its ridiculous what this brewery does with its stouts when it comes to mouthfeel. flows thick and heavy, so easy.

O - i waited to review this one until i was able to get some fresh. didn't want to lost what they brewed it for. this beer is just sublime. FBS awesome, KBS perfectly complex, CBS? can't wait....

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

Bought this at a small liquor store in the Capitol area of DC. Popped in to grab a decent 6er for a friend I was visiting and saw this, knew it was meant to be.

A: Rich, creamy. Very dark body with a thick, yet fluffy, white head. When people talk of Guinness as a beer-milkshake, they have clearly never encountered a FBS.

S: Coffee. Chocolate. This is an oatmeal stout, technically, but it's all coffee and chocolate. If mochas smelled like this, I would spend all my money at Starbucks.

T: Better than the aroma. It is truly a breakfast itself. All coffee to begin with, then all chocolate at the end. Honestly, this is the perfect balance for someone who loves both flavors (as I do). The coffee provides a deep roasted flavor, but no bitterness. Then the chocolate swoops in to counter that deep roasted flavor with a sweet - but not sugary - chocolate.

M: Perfect. It is thick and fulfilling, but not so thick as to prevent one from having more than one. There is a thickness in feel but a lightness on the tongue. Another perfect balance struck. It's over 8%, but there's not booze to it.

O: There isn't anything else to say about this beer. I could drink this beer at any meal, any season of the year (although, a cold morning paired with some maple syrup oatmeal would make for the perfect start of a day).

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

A: Pitch black with a thick brown colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh brewed coffee and roasted malt. Very nice.

T: A very nice fresh ground coffee flavor with some roasted malt and then a slight chocolate flavor. There is a perfect amount of hop in the finish that lingers with the chocolate and coffee.

M: About as good as it gets. So velvety smooth. Just enough carbonation to give it a little kick. I'd like to try this on a nitro tap.

O: One of the best imperial stouts I've had. So pure and balanced in flavor. Everything about this beer is amazing.

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 FBS bottle

A- Pours black with light brown head that dissipates to almost nothing after a few minutes

S- Smells like the coffee has faded considerably. More chocolate and malt comes through

T- Yes the coffee front end is considerably less than fresh. Rich chocolate and nice acidity on the back end. Not very complex, but still nice.

M- The carbonation has died down and this has become more silky. Still a medium body but very smooth

O- Although the fresh FBS is really good and is how this beer is intended to be enjoyed, I liked the aged bottle for a change. It was nice to compare it to the CBS and see the craftsman ship of taking FBS & aging it.

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

Pours black with an ample cocoa head. Fantastic looking. Holy crap this beer smells good. One of the best smelling non-hoppy beers under 9% (yeah, its a lot, just go with it). Smell is deep, rich coffee, oats, roasted malts. Yum. Taste is pretty nice, but maybe a touch below the smell. The oatmeal overpowers the coffee a touch, and it melds into a really, good, but just slightly acrid. The mouthfeel is big, but not quite as creamy as I would have hoped, but I am being picky. Solid carbonation. Overall, this is a really, really solid beer.

Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Surly Darkness Tulip

A -- Jet black..no light getting through..black at the edges as well. Cappuccino colored dense head. Head dissipates in time leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind.

S -- Did I walk into a Starbucks? Coffee, coffee, coffee. I get whiffs of chocolate as well but this is very forward on the coffee. I'm now understanding why, amongst other reasons, they call this a breakfast stout.

T -- The chocolate comes through more on the taste than in the smell which works perfectly with the coffee. There's no alcohol here whatsoever.

M -- Not syrupy like some impys but not watery either...I like the balance.

O -- This is an absolutely fantastic beer. I've had it before, and thought it was good, but having this fresh bottle makes me realize how much the coffee had faded in the older bottles I'd had the last time I had Breakfast Stout. Founders proves again why they're one of the top 3 breweries in the world.

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

A - Pitch black, with tons of tan foam and sticky lace all over my glass. Impressive!

S - Quite possibly the best smelling stout I have ever experienced. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate, it doesn't get better than this

T - Like the smell, it tastes like something from Starbucks, but much better, because of the alcohol content! Coffee coffee and coffee, and nice chocolate touches on the back end. Oatmeal adds some nice flavors as well

M - Rich and creamy, pretty well carbonated.

O - Quite possibly the best American Stout I have had. Now I know why people race to get the CBS and the KBS. I may join the races

Photo of 33nickadams
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a slight brown head that gathers at the intersection of glass and brew. Completely opaque. Strong smell of coffee. Very smooth, tastes like coffee and a little chocolate. Finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this brew. Very smooth and heavy with little carbonation. This would age great, but I really enjoy this right now. I will seek this one out every year.

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

A: Pours a viscous black that settles completely still despite a small mocha-colored head that slowly rises out of the depths.  It doesn't gain much height and settles to a thick film and ring leaving a bit of lacing behind on the edges. 

S: A really nice semisweet aroma comprised of semisweet chocolate and toffee that is balanced by ground coffee beans and roasted dark malt.  Not unexpected and pretty typical, but really well done.  

T: The coffee is certainly dominant in the flavor, but the bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt are not far behind.  It starts out slightly bitter from the coffee grounds and the roastiness, and slowly transitions to a slightly sweet finish with chocolate, toffee, and hints of dark fruit.  A touch of alcohol is evident at the very back end, but it's complementary to the flavors of the beer itself. 

M: Pretty fully-bodied.  Thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.  Really coats the mouth and tongue and leaves them slightly dry after each sip.

D: Really well made beer that shines above a lot of the rest that have the same qualities and complexity.  I imagine it is above others due to the quality of ingredients used, but also due to the balance.  Incredibly smooth and delicious beer that is always a pleasure to have. 

Photo of jm1229
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle dated 9/22/11 opened on 10/7/11 and poured into a Founders pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Pour yields 2 inch mocha head that sticks around for a while. After the head has finally come down a little, thick lacing remains as a reminder. The beer, itself, is jet black and looked like syrup when poured out of the bottle. No light is gonna pass through this one.

S- Oh man, I could smell this one as soon as I opened it. Lots lots lots of coffee and chocolate. The smell is just intoxicating.

T- The taste is amazing here. Coffee and chocolate beyond belief. Very nice bitterness, but it's still very sweet. Same with the aftertaste: slightly bitter, but it begs you to come back for more. Tastes just like an iced coffee.

M- Full bodied and creamy. The taste just coats the palate. No alcohol flavor. Amazing.

O- Certainly a favorite. While it isn't complex, this beer does everything right. It's very much like Speedway Stout in that matter: doesn't do anything revolutionary, but everything it does is done perfectly. Could I drink this for breakfast? Hell yes. The beer has no alcohol flavor, tons of coffee and chocolate aroma and taste, is affordable, and goes down frighteningly easy. What a beer.

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

12oz bottle (bottled on 09/06/11) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black - letting no light through at all. Even on the pour you can see how black it is - maybe the slightest hint of very dark brown during the pour. Dark tan head (1/8") upon pouring, which lasted for about half the glass before becoming just a ring at the edge. Tiny islands of lace here and there. May be the blackest imperial stout I've ever had.

Smell: Dark roast coffee, piney hops, espresso beans, and maybe just a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Dark roast coffee, wonderful malt sweetness to counter the bitter finish, but coffee coffee coffee is the theme of this beer. Like a iced sweetened coffee with a hint of cream, but with all of that rich coffee bitterness shouting out. If it wasn't for the malt and the fact that I poured this out of a beer bottle, I might be fooled on what this was. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, creamy, with the barest of carbonation. Oh man this stuff is smooth and good.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, maybe I should have this for breakfast some day with that very strong coffee flavor. Otherwise, a great after-dinner beer (went well with a few pieces of dark chocolate) but I would bet that this would be really good with diner food or a burger. Or...well - breakfast. Yes, I could see this beer going really well with waffles, pancakes, eggs & bacon, scones, you name it.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black opaque. Nose of freshly ground coffee, all from breakfast. The coffee used to give this flavor so special and so intoxicating comes from Sumatra and Kona. In addition to these odors so special, there are also chocolate milk and some spices.

The freshly ground coffee flavor consists mainly of beer - with also a bit of dark chocolate in the palace - and he gives a good bitterness to the beverage remains in the mouth of a nice way but without making it intrusive. Moreover, the use of oats in brewing the mixture softens and makes it smooth as desired. Making it one of the most imperial stouts easy to drink and enjoy. Really nice for a beer, so much so that we could actually drink it for breakfast.

Great beer, reputation deserved, and the perfect harmony of flavors.

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

A & S: very rich… odd… do I smell coffee? ahah, it’s a very dark coffee smell, hold the cream and sugar in this cup. Hints of dark, dark bitter chocolate. Creamy dark tan head. Dark black colored beer. Decent lacing (a mixture of specks and larger obscure shapes), head hangs around for the whole beer.

T & M: nothing super intense, its really pleasant. As advertized the overall taste is coffee, but not super complex. Like with the smell it’s a very nice black coffee bitterness but not as much toward the finish. It becomes more sweet (like a caramel sweet taste) as the beer warm. It’s a very drinkable stout. A bit warming on the way down, but not in the belly. Very rich and creamy, full bodied, low carbonation. Tastes like it should have a higher avb.

O: In the words of the great Larry David “pretty, pretty good” the best oatmeal stout I’ve ever rated but as a stout overall not as big of a fan. So much better when you let it warm.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Very dark body with an ample khaki head. A little light passes through the edges, so it's not as dark as the Imperial Stout. The head lasts forever; impressive for a stout.

Smell - Coffee, but not intense coffee, which is nice. While the coffee is dominant, I get a nice chocolate aroma and a distinctly different roasted malt. I didn't give this beer enough credit the first time I had it.

Taste - Coffee in the front, of course, followed by chocolate primarily. It has a strong coffee bitterness throughout, but finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light bodied for the ABV. 8.3% isn't that high, I suppose, but still it drinks nicely. High carbonation in this bottle. So high that it almost feels dry in the finish.

Overall - I may not be the best judge of coffee stouts. I really like stout flavors to come through. This one does a better job that most coffee stouts, but still, I like the stout more than the coffee. Nonetheless, it's a beer I would never turn down.

Photo of scout
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review after years and years of using this site to do beer homework....

Bottle stamped August 2011.

Great pour into a pint glass. Jet black, syrupy and a surprisingly-thick caramel head. The head dissipates quickly but you can get it back with a good swirl. Smell is phenomenal – heavy on coffee, chocolate and subtle hints of vanilla and malt.

Mouth-feel is unparalleled – you’re expecting a big, sticky stout but this floats on your palate like a buttery marshmallow. Extremely drinkable. Taste is coffee and bitter chocolate first and foremost then giving way to toasted oats/malt and a hint of sweet. Subtle, subtle, subtle as it lingers on your palate.

Overall, a supremely delicious stout. Well-balanced and very delicate for what is really a pretty big, complex beer.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,691 ratings.