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 welldigger888
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black with a nice dark khaki head that recedes quickly leaving ample lacing on glass.
Subdued roasty grain with some chocolate and coffee like notes,Sweet creamy like aromas as well.
WOW, SMOOTH roasty malt chocolatey coffee that gives way to a hint of pleasing bitter and very creamy balanced bitter finish!!! WOW, again!
Super smooth creamy mouthful O' goodness! The carbonation is right in the pocket!
This is one helluva decietful guzzla for sure, one after another till I hit the floor! TOO SMOOTH, stay away you will be sorry & more for me. LOL seek & drink enough said. Oh yeah, it's fat tuesday Y'all have fun & boogie!!!

Photo of sugeknight6289
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Thick, jet black motor oil with good carbonation. 1-finger tanish-brown head slowly fading as it warms. Nice brown lacing coats the glass as you indulge.

Smell: Coffee coats the nose with massive rich, dark chocolates. Aromas of a fine hot fudge sundae floating away, in a glass.

Taste: Wow! The coffee, chocolate and oatmeal all blend together perfectly with nothing overpowering the other. Very nicely balanced. Let it warm up to room temp. then you will truly appreciate the complexity and depth of this massive brew.

Mouthful: The underlying hop bite rolls in at the beginning and then gets smoothed over by the coffee and chocolate as it rolls down the tongue.

Drinkability: So damn tasty but i can drink about 2 at the max before it fills me up. Decent ABV at 8.3 so it'll creep and is deff warming going down. Do me a favor and drink it like its meant, have one in the morning for breakfast. Hell of a way to kick off the day. Cheers!

Photo of mdr4669
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours as thick as motor oil, leaves about a finger of head which just stays. And offers respectable lacing, now this is the Jessica Alba of Stouts!

Scent: Off the bat I get coffee, and lots of it. I also notice hints of wheat and grain, but the coffee is predominate.

Taste: Again coffee, maybe some chocolate soft notes but not much. I like coffee and I like this beer.

Mouthfeel: It poured like a 10W and drank like a 5W.

Drinkabilty: This is the stout that Guinness should want to be... It is absolutely delish.

Photo of websherpa
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Half finger dark brown head that lightens as it melts. Moderate lacing. Black head with just the slightest ruby red coming through on the corners.

Smell: Coffee. A touch of booze almost like it was aged in bourbon barrels. Just a little bit of bakers chocolate.

Taste: This is almost exclusively coffee flavored. It's nice, as a non-coffee drinker this is actually pretty decent. It's pleasant and somewhat rich. The bitterness is perfect, present enough to notice, small enough to appreciate it not getting in the way. The chocolate really blends with the coffee and only offers a generic sweetness. There is a grassy component early in the finish with a nice roasty coffee quality that stats for a while. I really like it when beers have a long finish and this beer delivers. Taste would be a 3.0 if not for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than expected but still full bodied. Carbonation is right on with the body, which again is more than I expected but it fits.

Drinkability: I feel like this beer is well tempered but somewhat 1 dimensional. It comes from one direction and offers little texture. It's more or less coffee front to back. That said I still enjoyed it. If this beer were available locally to me I would buy it somewhat regularly. It's tasty, approachable and for a stout rather refreshing. I could easily see myself drinking a couple of these around a campfire on a cool summer night before climbing into a tent with my lady.

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

Fills my snifter glass with a blackness that I once dreamt of during a bad flu. It was like spiraling through a field of oatmeal, coffee, chocolate and heaven.

Now I'm not sure what heaven looks like but this glass had a nice 1/2 head that faded as soon as I gulped down my first glutonous act of 2011.

OOOO tastes of pure LOVE...lots of oatmeal and coffee with hints of chocolate that are less than what I expected after smelling the elixir of the gods...Still a top ten beer as far as I'm concerned.

This beer has a great thickness but not so much so to over power your throat and choke you....

I can have about 3 of these before I'm looking for some water...

Photo of dizknee24
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes this is a damn good beer.

A- Motor oil here folks but with a very thin brown coffee head.

S- Coffee coffee coffe very awesome if you guessed it coffee

T- chocolate and coffee with burnt nuts but in a good way of course

M- not think but nicely creamy

D- all day i wish i could drink this. I feel spoiled that i can pick this up almost year round where i live. Now when will the same be said for KBS....

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

Poured into a 16oz. tulip.

A: Extremely dark color, cannot be penetrated by light when held up. 1/2'" creamy colored head with good lacing.

S: Very strong coffee/cappuccino nose with strong bitterness. Almost no discernible hop presence. Limited malty sweetness.

T: Very smooth coffee/toffee flavor. Caramel sweetness balanced nicely by the coffee bitterness, I can see why it's a breakfast stout.

M: Very viscous but smooth, limited carbonation.

D: For the style, extremely drinkable. Have always loved this beer.

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

12oz bottle from 2005.

Pours oily black with mahogany edgework and a whisp of tan foam on the surface. Zero head with a few dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with bakers chocolate, baked oaks, kona-roast coffee, and brownie bits. Hints of char and a faint vineousity follow through.

Full bodied with a tacky, chewy mouthfeel. Velvety and lush with decent gription.

Fudge batter, espresso, chocolate-drizzeled oats, and Oreo shells start the palate. Drying notes of biscuit ends and brown bread follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, chocolate, and coffee.

Way too drinkable. After six years the beers a bit faded but pretty lush in exchange.

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown into a tulip glass with a limited head.

The aroma is sweet, malty, and coffe like.

The taste is heavy on the coffee, roasted, very dark malts, and just a little sweetness.

The mouthfeel is not too heavy, and the alcohol is barely discernible.

A really tasty brew, not the best stout I've had, but certainly a worthy example of the style.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. No bottled on date. Purchased from The Pines Gas Station in Baraga, Michigan.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful black color with a nice brown/cream 1 finger head. Lacing is all over this glass. Looks amazing, but nothing compared to the smell...

Smell: Even the nose is creamy. Lots of coffee, mocha, roasted malt, oatmeal, and a creamy finish. It's a great nose, honestly. One of the better noses out of any variety I have experienced in a while.

Taste: The taste is amazing. Hints of vanilla follow a great roasted mouth, and coffee front.

Mouth: This beer is lovely...and lively. The mouth is explosive. Lots of flavor, and a great feeling. Not oppressive, just right.

Drink and overall: Great beer. Very drinkable for the style, and as much character as you can pack into the bottle. Probably my favorite of the style, makes the Nightstalker look overbearing.

Photo of PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage on tap in December 2010 in a shaker pint. Appropriately dark body with a modest head and a bit of lacing.

A nice beer, but also a decent argument that coffee stouts aren't meant to be aged. While the nose is quite pleasant, the coffee flavor has faded to the point of staleness. It makes for an odd marriage with the also faded, yet smooth chocolate and roasted malts. The body is thinner than expected. Honestly, not a beer I'd recommend aging based on this sampling. It seems to be at its peak fresh.

Photo of dnolan36
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz. bottle into New Belgium Globe.

Pours a dark brown, almost black head with a off white head that fades fast. Very little lacing with this beer.

Smells of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and espresso.

This beer pretty much tastes exactly as it smells. There is a dark malt/dark chocolate tasted up front that is quickly followed by the dark roast coffee and espresso. Low carbonation and not much hop presence. Slight alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous.

This is a very nice beer.

Photo of ryantho00
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured black opaque into a snifter.

A deep inhale gives me smells of coffee, chocolate, cocoa,slight hops, and a caramely malt smell. Perfectly blended smell.

Coffee and chocolate hits me instantly and then some mocha flavors and a small taste of hops. Has a slight oak hint to it and then the oatmeal takes over....then gives way to a maltiness that hides the alcohol very well. Nicely balanced.

Awesome full body of coffee and chocolate....really close to drinking a chocolate milk...which is dangerous considering the high octane of this wonderful beer. This one is up there with dragons milk for me. Really really delicious in my humble opinion.

I could literally drink this beer for breakfast it is that good.


Photo of dciBA
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Khazadum for this awesome extra.

Bottled 8/27/10. Thanks for the dating Founders

Pours jet black into a Brooklyn snifter with about a finger of caramel colored head that fades quickly. A small amount of lacing as it goes down.

Smell is of equal parts coffee and chocolate. Coffee smell comes through in the form of roasted coffee beans. Milk chocolate with a slightly bitter edge form the other half of the nose.

No surprises on the palate. Coffee and Chocolate. It's not the flavors in this brew that are surprising, it's the way they are perfectly balanced and so easily palatable while still being quite strong. Milk chocolate on the front of the tongue transitions perfectly into bitter coffee and roasted beans on the back. Some residual hop bitterness on the sides.

Body isn't the thickest of the style but is more than adequate. Flavor coats your palate nicely after each sip. Flavors of chocolate and coffee seem to linger forever allowing you to really enjoy this one for a while. Absolutely no hint of the higher %ABV makes this very drinkable. All around a very well executed coffee/chocolate stout.

Photo of zrab11
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a think dark syrup...2 finger cream colored head

S-Has a very Nice Ground coffee aroma with a hint of roasted malts and chocholate

T-Begings with coffe flavor with some oatmeal notes..then moves onto the sweetnees of chocolate and finishes with a nic roasted malt taste

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Love this beer. Smeels ad tastes soo heavenly..gets better as it gets to room tempature! Will enjoy this many more times im sure!

Photo of patm1986
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

from my notes, 1 Jan 2011

breakfast stout and spelt pancakes 10am

a- oil. black abyss with an outer bronze head/ring.

s- coffee, burnt toast, caramel, dark chocolate. brown biscuits after a swirl--biscuits with brown butter and brown sugar, try them!

t- i'm not a coffee drinker at all. at all. this is SUPERB. it tastes like a glass of burnt chocolate, black coffee, and un-sulfured molasses.

m- smooth. oh, it's smooth. at room temperature or outdoor chilled--as we did--it's so creamy and warming. this stout coats the mouth fully, leaving a loving amount to encourage the next sip.

d- actually incredible. actually incredible. didn't think you could have several 8oz glasses of this, but with pancakes upon rise, this is a pleasant beverage to mini-session.

this is an elite beer. elite with food, too.

Photo of Brewbro000
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DannyKelly for this extra!

Pours a viscous black with almost no head despite my pouring, but what i did get (about a quarter of a finger dark brown head) leaves lacing on the edges of the glass with a very thin ring. Smells very strong of coffee despite being a 2009 bottle (i would have expected the coffee to taper off). Coffee, burnt and toasted malts that make the chocolate flavor apparent. Tastes like exactly what the bottle describes, smooth, smooth, smooth dark chocolates, roasted malts bind together to form a very ominous delicious beer. No hop flavor or aroma really apparent, makes sense considering it's age but man is it good, and not too sweet. Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is sticky and viscous but not too sweet making this beer much easier to drink, considering it's alcohol you would never know it. A perfect way to start any day.

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

Pours completely black with a thin tan head and little lace. Nose is delightfully intricate blend of freshly roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt. Taste is also interwoven with grainy chocolate, malts, coffee, and slightly earthy notes. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly sweet and bitter, full and thick. Overall, so good this is a must. Keep em coming. Very well done.

Photo of zeledonia
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 bottling, reviewed from notes (January 2011). Pours thick and black, no light at the edges, with a solid brown one-finger head that lingers and leaves a nice layer that persists. Smell is heavy on the chocolate malt, with some coffee in the background and a whole jumble of niceness. The smell is really one of the highlights of this beer. Taste is awesome; this is one of those beers where the flavors come in waves. Chocolate roasted malt and coffee up front, with some richness and sweetness behind it, and a nice gentle bitter hop finish. Just a really complex, delicious flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, just a bit too syrupy for my tastes. An absolutely fantastic stout. Best enjoyed in small quantities; it's heavy and strong, so I found it tough to even finish a 12 oz. bottle!

Edit: just had a 2009 bottle, a year and 5 months old, and it didn't measure up to the fresher 2010 described above. A lot of the subtler flavors (from the chocolate, oats, and hops) were missing or weak, so that the flavor didn't have that "full" feeling. I didn't have the 2009 when it came out, so I can't be sure if it's variation between years or the age of the bottle, but I suspect that, as others have said, this beer does not get better with age.

Photo of Janderson91
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 08/12/10. Enjoyed on 02/23/11. Very excited to try this one.

A - Pours an absolutely opaque pitch black with a one finger tan head. Light doesn't stand a chance of getting through this thing. A very thin head remains for the duration and leaves very little lacing.

S - Wow, this has to be the best smelling stout I've encountered. A very natural, freshly ground coffee aroma. Roasted malts and chocolate as well. Fantastic.

T - Incredibly complex taste. Begins roasty with a slight coffee flavor and some oatmeal sweetness. Gives way to some dark chocolate. Finish is a great coffee and roasted malt flavor that lingers for a bit. Some coffee stouts have a somewhat synthetic coffee flavor but this is so natural, it's great.

M/D - Mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, nice and thick yet somehow I'm downing this 12 oz bottle rather quickly. It tastes too good to put down!

This is definitely one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of sampling, if not the best. A great offering from Founders.

Photo of kellertrumpet
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black. Can't even see highlights when held directly up to light in my Ommegang chalice. Very thin chocolate milk like head that dissipates quickly. I think the small head was due to a rather weak pour. My bad.

Despite the weak pour the smell is fantastic. Great coffee aromas as well as dark roasted malt. Some nice sweet lactose notes and a hint of hop bitterness. What a great smelling beer. I would gladly wake up to this every morning.

Wow. Just wow. Just as amazing as I remembered it to be. Huge chocolate taste mixes with a hint of med-dark roast coffee. The most impressive taste is the coffee as it does not taste like a cheap ground coffee like many other coffee stouts I have had. Nice vanilla and lactose tones make the whole thing sooo smooth and then there is a generous aftertaste of fresh ground coffee. Almost like the last few sips of my morning coffee when I use my french press. Without any of the grounds of course. There is a slight hop bitterness but it is hidden very well with the roasty bitterness from the malt which is how I prefer my stouts. I am trying to drink this slower so that it has time to warm up but it is really hard to stop drinking.

The mouthfeel might be my favorite part of this beer. It is so thick it is almost milkshake like. Why can't all stouts possess this viscosity. Just coats your mouth with wonderfulness.

I can see myself getting full drinking a few of these in a row but now as I am almost finished I am really wishing that it was not my only one in the cellar. If you ever get a chance to have this beer please do.

PS. It gets even better as it warms.

Photo of arktos
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

02/22/11 - A few month's late in reviewing this, but hard to find in the local area. Born on date of 08/24/10

12oz to Snifter

A: Black with a nice compact, pillow-like, finger thick tan head and decent lacing.

S: Yup, this is what I want to wake up to from now on. Freshly brewed dark roast coffee (could be biased as I love real Kona coffee), a nice chocolate creaminess and a good dose of oats. This one is quite easy and delightful to describe.

T: Taste follows the nose and I am thankful it does. Starts off with a nice big dose of dark coffee upfront overlapped quickly by semi-dark chocolate and finishing with a bit of nice roasty and slightly smokey dryness

M: Dirty as it may sound; I am in love with this mouthfeel. Leaving a tingle on the tongue, it's a perfectly carbonated, thick & creamy, silky smooth, big sipper... the upfront bitterness fades seamlessly into a belly warming bit of well hidden alcohol candy.

This needs to be put on a stick. I would skip down the sidewalk with a lollipop of this in my mouth and wouldn't give two sh*ts what anybody said. This is so good I want to punch something.

Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***Note*** I'm currently sipping a fresh bottle, and I'm getting a little more coffee than I did in the original review. Still, after reading through it as I sip on this, I pretty much stand by the review below. Cheers!

Poured an opaque pitch black color. No light gets through this one...period. Topped with a golden-brown head that stands about one finger tall following a med-aggressive pour. Head has settled to a mere ring around the outside of the glass, yet the beer still leaves some nice lacing behind as you drink it.

Coffee comes through nicely in the aroma. Some roasted malts and dark chocolate in there as well. Overall, it's a little more mellow than I had anticipated.

Coffee comes through in the taste as well. Not so much that one forgets that he's drinking a beer though. There's also a nice smoothness that I usually associate with Oatmeal Stouts. I get a bit of chocolate towards the middle, but it's in the background for sure. Coffee leaves a pleasant bitterness on the back-end of this one.

Medium pushing towards full-bodied mouthfeel with a low lying carbonation level that allows you to taste all of the flavors that this stout has to offer.

Goes down incredibly easy for the style and alcohol. I could do 4 no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good stout without question. I'm not quite sure that this lived up to it's reputation for me though. It's my first time having it, and this isn't a super fresh sample either, but I expected just a bit more. That being said, I will definitely buy some next year and try to get it a bit on the earlier side.

Photo of Penguin3200
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours oil thick and dark. Great. Nose is outstanding! Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is darn nearperfext balance of coffee and stout with a chocolat undertone. Just love this from founders. KBS still my fav but FBS is a close second.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but still great. So drinkable, whether with pancakes for breakfast, or with roast beef and mashed potatoes.

Photo of 321jeff
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. 2010 batch.

Pours a deep dark nearly black, like a cup of coffee with about a finger of mocha colored head. The head quickly fades to a thin layer and a thicker ring around the top.

Right of the bat the aroma is bitter burnt coffee and dark chocolate. There is also an almost creamy milky smell and some hints of hops in there, but the coffee is what dominates.

The taste follows suit and is quite chocolately mixed with a very earthy coffee that was just a little over-roasted. There's also a sweet creamy taste that really is reminiscent of an creamy cup of coffee.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and viscous, it's not the thickest beer I've ever had, but it's noticeably thicker than the average brew. There's also a good bit of prickly carbonation, almost too much so for a heavy stout like this. Overall, another great beer from Founders that I look forward to tracking down every Fall. It's another one that would fade into the background for me if it were available year round, but since it is seasonal, I can look forward to it every year.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,422 ratings.