Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 14,405
Reviews: 3,599
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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
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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a stiff one-finger tan head of a viscous black body - it even pours slow like a thick, viscous fluid. A trong malty aroma of roasted, bitter and dark chocolate, coffee and possibly some oak malts. Thsi beer is everything a double stout should be: medium-to-full bodied, smooth and creamy like butter, sweet with chocolate notes and yet has a dry backbite thanks to the roasted and coffee notes. Mixed well and also has some chewiness to it from some bread malt. Even has some minor molasses and/or maple syrup notes as it can get sticky at times. Great finish with a hint of fruity hop bitterness. ABV hidden well and slightly pricks the tongue - beer gets smoother the longer you drink. A meal in a bottle, as they say.

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

Poured this into a pint glass. Looked like oil in the glass, no light passing through. There was somewhat of a head, about a half inch. From the nose, I got burnt toast, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. I could really taste the oats and burnt coffee with each sip. When the beer warmed a bit the flavors hit me even harder. The mouthfeel was great, really smooth and creamy. Overall drinkability was damn good. I will definitely be drinking this again.

Photo of theghost3
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. It looks like oil when poured out of the bottle. Pitch black with a very thin dark brown head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is coffee, coffee, coffee with toasted malts, oats, hardwoods, chocolate, and maybe some dark fruits. The taste is bitter, which I expected from the toasted burnt coffee, but there is a slight hop bitterness as well. Oats, brown sugar, and dark chocolate are also present. Strong coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, slight carbonation.

This is a drinkable stout. Breakfast Stout is the perfect name for this because it tastes like strong burnt coffee, oatmeal, burnt toast, and brown sugar were put in a blender & liquified. Delicious!

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

On tap and poured into a snifter this beer produced a midnight black color with a nice 2 finger espresso colored head. The smell is of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor consists of chocolate and bitter coffee/oats on the follow through. The beer is very thick, filling, creamy and satisfying. I would order this again and again.

Photo of beerman207
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a friend of mine. Thanks for the hookup! I recently sampled the KBS so I was curious to see how this would compare. All in all, I think they're both amazing beers. Obviously, the KBS has better fanfare but this one holds it's own

A - Black - darkest beer I have ever seen. The head looked like frothy coffee. If you put this next to motor oil, you would probably get them confused - very dark

S - Coffee, chocolate, oats, hops - very inviting

T - Very complex - every sip seemed to bring some new flavors - tasted alcohol, vanialla, chocolate, oats, hops

M - This is where it gets good - the mouthfeel is extraodinary. That's about all I can say - fantastic.

D - I think this has high drinkability but is definately not one that I could drink very fast.

Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, no light whatsoever. Decent head that disipates quickly, decent lacing. Smells of strong roasted coffee, chocolate, smokiness, tobacco earthiness. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front followed by a pronounced roasty bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, but not detrimental. Nice moderate carbonation.

A great double stout, very bold flavors. Big roasted flavors without being cloyingly sweet, just how i like my stouts. Fantastic.

Photo of abfraser
3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours completely black with a thick-looking dark brown head. The head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Very strong coffee aromas. Roasted malts.

T/M: Malts are really roasted, almost burnt; roasted coffee; bitter chocolate; chewy oatmeal. The mouthfeel is disappointing. It's thin, almost a bit watery. Also not a fan of how bitter this is on the finish. There's just something missing here.

D: A sipper for sure

Overall, I'm clearly against the consensus as I don't think this one lives up to the hype. I appreciate it's well integrated coffee flavors, but the weak mouthfeel (I want an imperial stout to be more intense) and lingering bitterness puts this a notch below most of the highly regarded IS. A solid beer but not one that I'll be seeking out that often

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

A: poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass. Came out like black ink and stuck to the glass like tar. Small head is almost as dark.

S: burnt grains, coffee, bitter chocolate

T: surprising amount of sweetness given the dark smells. Still dominated by roasty flavors though. Bitter finish.

M: ultra smooth, leaves a thick coat on the tongue. finish is not too dry, with only the slightest hint of ABV bite.

D: superb for an 8.3%, or for any beer frankly. Weighty, substantial, and utterly worth it.

Photo of happygnome
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: pours a very nice and very expected oily black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears not too fast but not too slow. When the head is gone there is sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: sweet roasted and chocolate malts, oatmeal and hints of alcohol which is surprising given the 8.3% abv
t: sweet roasted chocolate and roasted malts
m: full body beer with lettle carbonation

overall, this is a great brew i loved every drop of it

Photo of mirish72
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer and it lives up to the hype surrounding it. Even the artwork on the label is cool.

It pours black, with almost no head. The malty chocolate coffee smell is amazing. You can see why it is called breakfast stout. The taste is malty and bittersweet at the same time. The taste of the beer lingers, even 15 minutes after the last sip I can still taste it.

Overall, an amazing beer and the only thing I think may top it is the fact that the Armsby Abbey has a keg of Kentucky Breakfast Stout waiting to be tapped.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Black sludge from the bottle, and is completely opaque in the glass. The huge, healthy, 2 fingered mocha brown crown its sporting is gorgeous! It's very thick & creamy with outstanding retention. As it sinks, it reminds me of whipped root beer float foam. Very appetizing!

A: Damn! The aromatics just burst out like a genie who couldn't wait to be freed! The huge dark chocolate presence is only matched in strength by the coffee. There's also some oatmeal, roasted malts, and a hint of alcohol.

T: This tastes even better than it smells. Bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts greet the palate with the warmest of pleasantries, while oatmeal creeps in to perception, but prefers to lend some background flavor rather than stealing the spotlight. The coffee flavors are fantastic! It's sweet like espresso, but also has a slightly bitter edge that pleases. I also get some molasses and wood notes that are blended in as well. Finally, the hops. They're buried deep and stay pretty subtle throughout, but they do contribute some citrusy, slightly herbal notes that add great depth and complexity to what was already a great beer. The alcohol is masked just enough to lend some flavor without crashing the party. This is unbelievably tasty!

M & D: Maybe I'm nitpicking here, but Founders Breakfast Stout is not quite as full as I would have expected. It's still just a notch below being truly full-bodied. But, the velvety smoothness, luxurious richness, and supremely slick texture almost makes up for it. The drinkability is fantastic! It goes down so damn easily, and the everlasting aftertaste just nags you to fill your mouth with its goodness once again.

Notes: This is excellent, and I mean excellent brew! While I do find myself wishing it were a tad fuller and more chewy, it's a minor complaint for such a great beer. I wish to hell that Founders would distribute to SoCal. If they did, I have a feeling I would go broke drinking this all the time. Highly recommended

Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is perhaps one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. I've never described a beer as "black," but there you go. There is a 1/2 finger of coffee colored head that doesn't last long.

Oh, what a smell. Heavy on the coffee and chocolate, with a little bit of nutty scent in there. Yeah, I can tell by the smell this is going to have strong flavor.

No subtlety here. Dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and just the right touch of hop bitterness. Liquid dessert.

The mouthfeel is one if the best I've ever had. Viscous, like 10W30 viscous. Rich, creamy, and chewy. The name "breakfast" stout just about sums it up better than I can.

Definitely a sipper. The alcohol is easily detectable and has a slight burn. Also, the richness and thickness makes me take it slow. As delicious as Founder's Breakfast Stout is, unfortunately this is more like a one and done for me. Don't get me wrong, overall this is a superb brew, but in the future this will be one that I go into knowing that it's probably going to be my only beer of the evening... or at least my last.

Photo of JonMich13
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

A = Jet black with a finger of dense creamy tan head.

S = Bold coffee and malts with hints of chocolate

T = Great stuff here. An equilibrium of coffee, various nuts, a little chocolate, then with just the right kick of hop in the finish.

M = The greatest trait of this beer. Absolute black velvet on the palate. The creaminess of this beer is phenomenal. Thick and hearty throughout.

D = More like edible. Called breakfast stout for a reason. This beer should be included as part of a well balanced diet.

Photo of marvin213
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks great. It's thick and black--indicative of the chocolate and coffee it features. Nice head, nice lacing. It looks like breakfast. The only thing preventing me from the perfect 5 is the syrupy pour--looks like it might be too thick.

Smell is great. Great coffee. Great chocolate. Great oatmeal. I'd like to try the coffee they make this with, eat oatmeal with the baby on the bottle label, and bite the chocolate bar from whence this beer came. This beer could be a Yankee Candle.

It tastes great. Everything it promises. I think the coffee makes perhaps the biggest impact, so maybe I question the double chocolate claim relative to everything else, but...who cares? I could drink this with eggs and grits at sunrise, eggs benedict at noon, steak and eggs at supper, you get the picture. Not that eggs would be an oh-so-appropriate food pairing, but this beer is appealing at any time like breakfast. AND it tastes like dessert.

The mouthfeel combines the beer's individual elements, but holding it within my mouth makes me lose that wonderful smell and I get a bit of a burnt roasted malt in the aftertaste that also provides a bit of an alcohol burn. I like it, but it's not as smooth as the beer's other characteristics.

I experience some difficulty rating the drinkability of a stout. Like good coffee, good chocolate, and (to a lesser extent) good oatmeal, you can enjoy them only to a certain extent. Like coffee, I most like the start of this beer. Like chocolate, the middle is so fulfilling. But like oatmeal, the best part is not at the end and the end doesn't really make it memorable and enjoyable like the initial experience.

This beer is great and available enough for folks to keep on hand. I don't think there'll be many claims that it's the best ever, but I don't think there'll be much disagreement about the Founders Breakfast Stout being a genuinely great beer.

Photo of Wheelinb
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

y wife actually deemed this a "destination beer" because it is not available in St. Louis. Thankfully, you can take a short trip across the river into Illinois and pick some up. As the name implies, you could drink it for breakfast. It is almost like a glass of coffee with some chocolate if your coffee was 8.3% ABV. It has more body than a lot of stouts. While you won't sit and drink a lot of these at one sitting, you will want to start off with this truly amazing beer.

Photo of TK5150
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: Had the 2007 last fall, and just recently the 2008. This is an averaged review between the two.

A- Pours black with a light brown head.

S- Smells of huge roasted coffee. Roasted walnuts and almonds also are quite prevalent. Dark chocolate plays a smaller role but is still there.

T- Lots of coffee. Black coffee, walnuts, almonds, dark chocolate. Lingering dark chocolate/coffee bitterness. Nice. The 2007 featured more chocolate than the 2008.

M- Quite smooth for a coffee stout, thanks to the addition of oatmeal. Full bodied, nothing heavy, but acceptable.

D- Drinkability is nice, but this is an imperial stout remember.

Overall a nice beer, fans of peche mortel will like this; as the two beers are quite similar. I think the 2007 was considerably better, but it was aged about a year and everything came together better than the fresh version. I probably would have given that a score of somewhere between a 4.4, and a 4.5.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Manny Brown's in Newtown PA(mailing address says Langorne)

Anyway pours an black cloudy color with a coffee colored heading thick with some nice to that ass.

Nose is immediate of a ridiculous amount of coffee and very rich chocolate's.A nice big bite of maltiness stays with you throughout. Unlike any beer I've ever smelled.

Taste is just simply awesome very smooth,slick with a great deal of coffee goodness and some caramel,also a slight spicy hoppiness to it.Unlike anything I've ever tasted.

All and All a great beer.Did I say Unlike anything I've ever tasted before in my life. I am glad I bought this.

Photo of johnmichael712
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly enough before I ever tried this beer I tasted some ice cream a friend of mine had used Founders Breakfast Stout in that he was touting as "stout ice cream". After trying it I told him it didn't taste anything like a stout, it only tasted like coffee ice cream. The other flavors had faded when mixed with so much else, but the coffee flavor stayed strong. After tasting and reviewing this beer I can see why!

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. This beer pours a dark, dark black that even when backlit with a lamp allows no light to pass though. There are absolutely no highlights in the glass, and this beer is blacker than any other I've had. It requires quite a vigorous pour to achieve a head from this beer, but when one does form it's a beautiful dark brown color (almost like cinnamon), with a soft, pillowy texture. The appearance of this beer definitely signifies to any stout lover that "something delicious is in store for you".

Smell: The nose of this beer hits like a truck, smelling of dark chocolate and, of course, coffee. Perhaps "smell" isn't a strong enough word for the coffee aroma, because there's enough coffee smell in this nose to make even the strongest cups of coffee feel a little self-conscious. Needless to say this is a coffee lovers beer, and I love coffee. I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

Taste: This beer starts off very sweet and tasting of chocolate, moves to a strong espresso taste, and finishes with a moderate amount of hop bitterness. Founders claims this beer is only 25 IBU's, but I would have guessed it at much higher. This beer tastes like the lovechild of a strong espresso and a sweet, smooth mocha; and Founders has done an incredible job of drawing every ounce of coffee flavor from those Sumatra and Kona beans.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is big and full-bodied and feels heavenly smooth on the tongue. It's a sign of a great beer when it manages to have such a full body and so many rich flavors and yet remain so incredibly creamy, and Founders Breakfast Stout is definitely in that category.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no taste of the 8.3% alcohol the bottle claims this beer has, and I could definitely see myself getting into trouble with this one. The flavors, the body, the nose, and the smoothness of this beer combine to make for one incredibly drinkable stout.

Notes: At the time of my review this beer is sitting at number sixteen on the Best of BA list (it's been moving back and forth between fifteen and sixteen for a few weeks now) and it definitely deserves to be up there. My only complaint is that this is a seasonal release, but God knows I'll be buying even more of it next year than I did this year. A phenomenal beer and a must try for any stout lover and especially any coffee lover!

Photo of Jekster
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours an oily opaque onxy black with a thick beautifully dark brown luscious head.

Smell: Forward on the aroma of this beer is fresh brewed espresso and dark roasted coffee deans. There is a definite note of dark bitter chocolate and sweet caramel. There is a creamyness and fullness to the aroma of this beer. Something like I would associated with a fresh brewed and mixed cappuccino. There is a light ashy roast (think awaking to a snuffed camp fire in the morning) that comes across in the finish.

Taste: This beer has a heavy dark charred burnt bread component that is balanced nicely by notes of bittersweet chocolate. You get a slight hint of fresh brewed coffee, but this is highly overshadowed by the deep rich roasted flavors. There is an interesting caramelized dark fruit flavor along with a rich bread pudding component. The beer ends with a satisfying malt sweetness, slight notes of aged tobacco, and an ashy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer is fulled bodied and coats your palette. It is thick and vicious, but amazingly finishes clean due to the medium carbonation. It does not overwhelm your palette for being such a heavy beer.

Drinkability: It would be an injustice to do anything but sip this wonderful beer. That being said, it's perfectly drinkable as a slow sipper. Yet, I could still be content to drink through 2 or three of these in an evening.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Founder's really steps it up with their stouts and this is no exception. There is a wonderful balance between bitter roastyness and sweet malt character to make a wonderfully complex beer. The aroma and flavors are deep, complex and intriguing bringing me back sip and sip excited for what I might find. This is a fantastic beer and a must try for anyone who appreciates craft brew.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slater1313 for the trade!

Pours a thick oily black with about half a finger of head, good color but nothing remarkable for the style.

I have to say that the first couple times I'd try FBS I wasn't super impressed, but for some reason this last bottle really upped the ante. Right from licking the bottle cap (a habit of mine) I could taste the awesome cocoa & coffee flavors. The beer conveyed the same great smells, like unsweetened cocoa powder.

The taste was great too, to say the least, adding to the complexity: dark chocolate, roast coffee, bitterness from the hops and the roasty-toasty malt, some pepper.

Maybe I'm buying into the "breakfast" motif too much, but this has a kind of milky aftertaste & mouthfeel (a good thing). Thick mouthfeel, chocolate stays on the tongue, dancing carbonation. Could definitely put away a few of these, especially on a cold winter evening, & curl up in the happy warmth. Yum!

Photo of endincolorado
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Thick, like oil- opaque black with light brown head and thick sheets of lacing

Smell- Strong on coffee, cocoa and what smells like pleasantly burnt toast, almost a campfire-like smokiness

Taste- Well balanced coffee and toasty malt, cocoa, burnt crispness, bitter finish, full of breakfast-like smoky flavors; overall, a pretty complex beer.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body that's nearly chewy. Good carbonation

Drinkability- Though I personally feel like I could have quite a few of these, that could just be the 8.3 ABV talking. Definitely at least one with my eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Photo of jkendrick
3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark with just a touch of light at the edges. The thin brown head disappears quickly.

S: Medium strength aroma of roasted malt and espresso, some oatmeal and a touch of chocolate. Not as much chocolate as I was expecting.

MF: Medium-bodied at best and a bit watery. Very light on carbonation.

T: The taste isn't big, but roasted malt is the predominant flavor with the oatmeal next and the coffee in the finish. For a "double chocolate" stout, I tasted very little chocolate. The bitterness is only in the finish and very coffee-like. The alcohol is mostly well-hidden, but a little hot in the finish.

Overall: I like a bit bolder flavor and thicker mouthfeel from this sort of stout, but it is far from bad.

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

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Looks syrupy on the pour! Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head. For an aggressive pour, the beer didn't agitate much... Head has decent retention. Opaque black liquid.
S: Coffee, chocolate, I'm reminded of a frappuccino. A small amount of alcohol is there, but it is pleasant and fruity.
T: Bitter chocolate, rich and very forward malt, a tad of alcohol. Delicious. A little sweet stab down the middle of my tongue becomes apparent halfway through.
M: Silky opening which transitions into a warm pleasant alcohol. Ends a tad hot, but very nice.
D: Way high for an Imperial Stout. This is one of the best of the style that I've had. This is tasty and brings me crawling back for more. Very enjoyable.

Photo of grayburn
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate sweetness that leaves a heavy lace on the glass. A light tan foam that sticks around to play for a while.
Smells of bakers chocolate and coffee. A perfect breakfast in my humble opinion.
Sweet chocolate with some coffee to bitter things up, just a touch of hops and a nice strong malty finish. A very well rounded beer. All of the flavors mix together perfectly.
The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, complimented by moderate carbonation.
Easy to drown oneself in a few of these, thanks yet again Founders.

Photo of discovolante65
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a recent road trip through North Carolina.
Poured into my Duvel Tulip.
Black viscous pour with a reddish/brown head. I jammed a maglite on the side of this to see what I could find. The only thing I could find were some small bubbles choking their way to the surface. Thin head that yielded a small ring of little bubbles and had gorgeous lacing all the way down.

Smells of delicious dark chocolate, or cocoa nibs, and COFFEE. not just coffee, but good Sumatran coffee being brewed right under my nose. Sometimes, I go into my local coffee shop and they're making chocolate chip cookies and brewing strong, rich coffee and it smells like this. I have dreamed about beer smelling this good, but never realized it could.

Taste is dark roasted chocolate and strong coffee. I'm not sure if the oats lend to this or not, but it's a little bittersweet with something of a turkish fig flavor to it. I love the bitterness. There is a vanilla-bready sweetness to this which may also be the oats mixing with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Not overly thick, but damn near chewable. It sticks to your ribs. Barely carbonated at all, which is fine with me.

Drinkability- This is truly a perfect representation of it's name. The name is carried in the smell AND the taste to precision. I am in love with this beer. It smells like a bakery and blows me away with every sip. I may have a new favorite on my hands, luckily, I bought a few four paks!!

Another fine beer from Founders!

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 14,405 ratings.