Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 14,411
Reviews: 3,602
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,625
Gots: 4,420 | FT: 228
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 yourefragile
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz 2007 bottle poured into a snifter. Just reviewed a KBS last night so figured I should break out one of this for a comparison.

A: Pours a syrupy very dark chocolate brown color and settles into the glass a still near pitch black liquid. Hard pour leaves a bubbly two finger thick head, dark tan, mochaish. Not quite as retentive as KBS, dissipates to a very thin head with a large clump of medium sized bubbles. Nice, thick web like lacing.
S: Not quite as overpowering or rich as KBS but pretty amazing regardless. My first thought is baskin robbins jamoca almond fudge ice cream and this definitely has a much stronger chocolate presence along with the coffee ground aromas. There is also a slightly stronger bitterness to this than the KBS and mild dark fruit smell. Not much of an alcohol presence anywhere.
T: It's very obvious drinking these two side by side that the KBS isn't just a barrel aged version of this beer. There is a very strong, slightly bitter black coffee/ground taste that persists throughout this beer. However that is balanced with a strong sweet, milk chocolate like presence in the beginning. Near the finish is an oatmeal stout taste that balances the coffee grounds. The taste of this beer is incredibly persistent, just like KBS, that is very pleasant and leaves you wanting more of this.
M: Thicker side of medium bodied, but not quite as thick as KBS. Still, very creamy, smooth. slight bitterness from the coffee and finish is like drinking a cup of coffee. Finish is not as clean or crisp as KBS, but still very pleasant. I always enjoy drinking this beer slightly cooler than room temperature and letting it warm up as the coffee and chocolate flavors will alternate dominating the taste.
D: Only place that I rate this above KBS, as much as I enjoy the bourbon/oak flavors in the KBS that makes it more a special occasion beer and for me there's really nothing here holding me back from wanting more of this all the time. Great to sip on and I'm always left wanting more. My favorite of the coffee/breakfast stouts I've tried, far ahead of Terrapin wake'n'bake, Bell's java, Southern Tier Jah-va, etc.

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

12oz bottle, no bottling date avalable. Poured vigorusly into a Duvel tulip.

A- Opaque, Pours thick and black. Wonderful creamy light chocolate head, that really sticks around and retains a healthy lace. Nice clinging to the sides of the glass.

S- Dark roasted coffee, rich chocolate, faint lactose, and some smoke. Very nice aromatics.

T- Coffee,chocoate,dark roasted malts. Mid palate astringency most likley from the malts and not the hops. Dry and Slightly bitter finish with a lingering coffee and chocolate taste left on the palate.

M- Oats really shine, creating a ultra silky and creamy feel on the palate. Somewhat chewy but not thick. Fantastic palate.

D- This drinks like a 5% abv stout. As drinkable as any Imperial stout I have had. Throughly enjoyable.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to both Blanchette and DavidEddie for the opportunity to try this.

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

A: Pitch black... huge tan head... infused with moderate carbonation... sticky lacing is left behind

S: Yumm... Bitter chocolate, smoke, coffee, malts and oatmeal

T: The roasted malts take on the wonderful characteristics of coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice... The flavor profile has a nice hearty earthiness too it... a dash of hops and char toward the end

M: Thick, creamy... full bodied and mildly carbonated

D: Not quite as drinkable as some of the other Imperial Stouts prove the style can be.

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

Pours nearly opaque. Dark brown head - decent lacing as consumed.

Nose of espresso, hop flower and alcohol.

Initial mouthfeel is lighter than expected from nose and alcohol level. Big espresso blast - some hop flavors, a hint of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel builds nicely.

Nice balance of sweetness and hop bittering. A complex beer.

Tough to rate - if I compare to an Imperial Stout - this is below many - particularly Founders. I guess I like my IS without the shot of espresso! If compared to Coffee beers - at the top of what I have had.

This is one strong coffee beer, a double espresso with hop resins squeezed in. Well done.

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

Bottle courtesy of PHawk. Poured into my Darkness goblet.

A: pours really thick, exceptionally dark head, small

S: bittersweet chocolate with a powdery quality, hickory smoked flavor, then coffee mixed with alcohol

T: again, smoked chocolate, incredibly smooth, aftertaste is of coffee grounds, dark ripe fruit towards the end as well

M: very smooth and creamy, almost no bitterness, low to moderate carbonation

D: very complex, but it was just so tasty and smooth I could have several. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Aged about four months. Looking forward to seeing how it matured. Pours a dark brown with no head whatsoever into a large snifter.

Smell is unbelievably intense. Very strong coffee aroma. Reminds me of a convenience store in the morning, the coffee aroma is so strong. Taste is crazy good. Of course the coffee flavor dominates, but there is also chocolate and a good solid alcohol burn at the end.

This is one of my favorite beers. Looking forward to the release of the KBS later this year.

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

This 12oz bottle, courtesy of Jw347.

Pours black with a mocha colored head and plenty of lace.

Smells of really dark roasted grains, coffee, and dark chocolate. Warm and dark all over, with light smoke, burnt wood, and earthy roots.

Taste is loaded with malt, blackened bread, bitter chocolate and of course, coffee. Hardly sweet at all, with traces soft vanilla and tobacco wrapping the strong dark roasted flavors. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, nice for the style. Not at all syrupy, rather smooth and a tad chewy. Good moderate carbonation isn't overdone.

A very drinkable beer if you like coffee stouts. Very nicely balanced and bodied for the style. Strong without being intimidating. Flavors aren't overdone, resulting in a very nice double stout. ABV is always a limitation in bigger beers, but this one handles nicely.

Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Stone Levitation glass (cause why not).

A-beautiful jet black, even when held up to the light. Thin tan head but nice lacing and stickiness.

S-very strong coffee aroma, with some bittersweet chocolate.

T-Uh, yummy is the best word. Coffee with some chocolate all the way through, some roasty malts also.

M-Very viscous, the coffee bitterness lingers, in a good way.

D-If you like coffee and chocolate you could drink it all long as you had a DD or a walkable commute home.

One of my favorite non-Russian Imperial stouts. Tasty, drinkable, like dessert in a glass. Or maybe breakfast!


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

Much thanks to CBA for this tasty brew.

The 12oz bottle opened with an incredibly loud bang. A very slow pour still produced a five finger whipped tan head overtop of a deep, opaque black body, that surprisingly allowed some light through the edges of the glass. Finely and mildly carbonated, after the initial burst had a chance to subside. Big and sticky clumps of lace formed fluffy little clouds that graced the inside of my beer glass.

Creamy oatmeal, treacle, black coffee, a slight metallic twang, hints of char, smoke, and milk chocolate greeted my nose.

Good stuff! Oatmeal creaminess is almost lost in the profound depths of roasted and charred flavours of coffee, anise, and flavours of milk chocolate. A touch of amaretto also managed to escape from the pronounced roastiness of this brew. A mild and earthy bitterness of decaying leaf gave way to a slight puff of smoke at the finish.

Full bodied, and a touch overcarbonated, especially initially. Smooth and almost velvety, although this effect was muted due to the active carbonation. Nice balance between creamy and charred grains. Coffee takes a backseat to the other flavours, but certainly lets its presence be known, much like the hops.

A big, tasty, and deeply flavourful brew. Some alcohol heat makes the 8.3abv apparent, but this is pretty damn drinkable for what it is. Highly recommended to fans of the style, may be too much for a newbie. Really has me looking forward to my bottle of KBS!

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

Bottle sampled in a snifter at 55*F.

Pours a viscous inky jet black with virtually no head to speak of.

Exquisite, up front aromas of freshy ground dark roasted coffee beans and semi-sweet baker's chocolate with some licorice and molasses lingering in the background.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect for this style; round, slick, smooth and slightly oily.

Intense, rich flavors of espresso coffee, dark chocolate and black malt come agressively to the forefront, supported nicely with hints of vanilla, caramel, molasses and charcoal. Very well balanced overall, starting out slightly sweet but quickly finishing with a moderate, but long charred oak, hoppy bitterness with the alcohol warming the finish up admirably.

I wish I did indeed have another one of these for my breakfast tomorrow morning! Great stuff!

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

Thanks goes out to a few great traders who have sent me this one
The bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a large two fingers worth of tan head on top of a thick jet black body

Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and oats with a nice background of caramel and vanilla this has one of the best smells of any stout I have tried

These tastes like you are eating a big dark chocolate bar while drinking a great cup of espresso with just enough caramel sweetness
To keep things from being overly bitter

It poured like molasses nice and thick in the mouth as well with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting

One a night would be my max on this one, but I wouldn't mind drinking this a few nights in a row. A great all around stout

Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with Jw347.

Dark black with a 1 finger brown head that lingers for a short time. The smell is off the charts. Tons of coffee chocolate and oatmeal in the nose (big surprise). If I couldn't smell the alcohol and oatmeal I might mistake this for cappuccino. The initial taste is of freshly brewed coffee with some bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is very noticeable. The taste of oatmeal is subtle but is a welcomed guest. The finish is mostly alcohol at the back of the tongue and lingers for a bit. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. It's drinkability is attenuated by it's noticeable alcohol presence.

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

Got this from a trade with Alexgash so a big thanks to him and I poured it into my crystal snifter.

A - wow now this is what a stout should really look like. The body is a clear, non hazy deep, chocolate brown/black. Does indeed remind you of that cup of black coffee coming out of the pot. The head is very thick and dense as one can see layers upon layers of carbonation lying on top of each other which makes this one sturdy head that refuses to go away. The color is a chocolate creme and it is big, puffy and leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Love it

S - first hit I get mostly a roasted coffee flavor attacking the nostril; however this is not a bitter coffee but rather it is sweet because there are also notes of chocolate and caramel coming up along with the coffee. There is also a slight hint of vanilla in there as long with some hints of the oats lingering around as if someone poured a ton of caramel and coffee over a packet of oatmeal before putting it in the microwave.

T - First impression is that the taste is rather sweet as I was immediately hit with vanilla and caramel flavors. After these faded away, the taste went more toward the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors as the aftertaste reminded me of chewing a piece of dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. There is a dark roastiness as well left in the mouth that goes along with the reminder of the dark chocolate flavors. Overall, have to say that the taste profile is along the lines of a bitter chocolate mostly with a bit of the coffee roastiness mixed in. Not to say that this beer is bitter as it is not by any stretch of the imagination but rather to say that you have to like that aspect of dark chocolate to appreciate and fully enjoy this one.

MF- has a decent body that seems to go along with the rest of the beer and kinda reminds you of the body of a coffee drink; there is only a light carbonation as one would expect and hope for in a nice stout and the mellow mouthfeel goes well with the more mellow flavors that lie within the brew.

D - overall a good stout that everyone should try. I think it does a job good at being nice and mellow and sneaking up on you out of nowhere. This is a beer that you could definitely have with breakfast and also as a dessert. Don't even taste or notice the high ABV as they do a good job at hiding it and the body does not make it a stout that is so thick that you can only have one. Defintiely worth picking some up if you have the chance.

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

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, creamy chocolate, oats and dark malts.

T: The taste is exactly what you would expect, creamy, malty and full of flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and toasted oats. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a touch of coffee & chocolate bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stout to relax with and drink a few.

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

Pitch black - no light is making its way through this one. Incredibly thick, deep-tan head which hangs out for a long while, and leaves a good lacing.

Burnt woody, acidic smell. Extra bold coffee, with black licorice, and bittersweet chocolate. Very complex!

Taste starts off similar to eating a straight coffee bean - bitter - but fortunately this beer is very well balanced with a sweet, malty richness in the finish. Chocolate sweetness particularly comes thru as it warms.

Sharp, slightly bitter bite on the front and sides of the tongue, with a rich coating overall.

Wonderfully unique stout, with so many interesting nuances - definitely worth exploring.

Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours absolutely pitch black as expected. A small coffee head rises from the brew after is has been poured and seeps back into the murky abyss.

S- The dominate smell here is roasted malt, coffee and a lingering sweetness. The coffee tones permeate the nose and immediately take control.

T- There is an out of control coffee and burnt malt taste going on here. Taste begins sweet and moves into deep coffee which melds with an understated hop bite and some lingering acidity on the back end.

M- Thick with quite a bit of carbonation. Coats the tongue and sticks to the palate.

D- This particular Double Stout is definitely for coffee lovers. While I don't drink coffee I did enjoy and appreciate this brew.

Photo of srandycarter
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark as night, thick mocha head and small bubble thin lacing.

S - Wow. HUGE coffee and chocolate. It won't be denied.

T- Creamy, coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, nice finishing bitters. Surprisingly balanced for over the top taste.

M - Full, heavy, med carb, very coating, very balanced.

D - High quality beer. Too heavy and strong to drink all night, but one is AWESOME.

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

12 oz bottle, from tayner

A: Pours a deep black under a small, creamy looking brown head. Good retention, some spotty lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee and sweet chocolate, roasted malt and light cream. Very nice.

T: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hint of alcohol, oats, very excellent. Good roasted bitterness in the finish along with some residual sweetness.

M/D: Smooth and creamy, full bodied, very little carbonation, alcohol is masked well. Really good drinkability. Could down a few more of these before the 8.30% set in.

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

12 oz bottle.
judging by the notch location, this was bottled sometime in the last third to quarter of the year.

Great pour. Black in color, very little light evident at the edges, and a great slow-forming and equally slowly-receding dark brown head. The near absence of lace is the only minor negative, and I'm really stretching to ding it for that.

I like to think I have a pretty good nose, and that my palate can discern a lot of different flavors, but this beer defies my ability to do either. It smells like coffee - rich, fresh, with a little chocolate behind. Likewise the flavor is java-heavy, with chocolate again noticeable but less than the aroma. Delicious, and I'm not even a coffee drinker.
I like it, I like it a lot. Near absence of any harsh acidity, and very smooth across the palate - I'm going to give the oats some credit here. I've had a few other coffee-stouts lately and I think this is my favorite mouthfeel.

This is one of those beers that won't get a very high score from me if I'm not in a certain mood for it, but knowing what to expect they are a welcome occasional treat.
I find myself unable to help comparing to some other coffee-infused stouts. The alcohol is hidden as well as Bell's Java if not better, and both have a great intense coffee-ness with the Founders being even stronger. Body isn't as big as some but I think I actually prefer the incredible smoothness of this beer to Speedway. Speaking of which, I still prefer Speedway as it is wonderfully drinkable for the strength and has a more complex, interesting flavor and aroma. Not by a lot though, and if both were available I'd buy the cheaper Founders beer a lot more often. Drinkability is as high as Bell's and Speedway and just short of the tasty but thin Schlafly coffee stout.
One of these is really, really drinkable. But after two I've had my coffee fix for the week. Recommended!

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the Grey Lodge Pub In Philadelphia, PA. during their Groundhog's Day event.

A- Deep black, can't see thorugh the glass. 1-2 fingers of brown, lingering head. Sticky light brown/ tan lacing.

S- Earthy roasted malt. Coffee and dark chocolate.

T- Like the smell, Dark roasted malt full of coffee and dark chocolate.

M- Full bodied. Rich and chewy. Very smoothe.

D- The best beer I've had to date.

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

P: 12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Monsone in the Black Booty BIF, Thank you Eric!

P: Poured a pitch black pour with a vibrant two fingers of intense chocolate milk foam head that grudgingly lowers to a cover with spider web lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark grains.

T: Smooth and creamy chocolate that settles with slightly roasted coffee at the finish.

M: Really well balanced and great from start to finish. Really savored this and was rewarded to find a more intense taste as it warmed to room temperature.

D: Really liked this, but it needs to be sipped and savored as it warms. Would have another but might get into the hazy zone if one were to go for three!

Photo of kajerm
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from (surprisingly vivid) memory and old notes, I'll re-rate the next time I have this so it's more complete.

On tap at Map Room, pours completely black with a thin but respectable tan head.

The aroma is coffeeish, and no, I don't mean that the way I do when I write it for every other stout-- this is seriously coffeeish, the smell of roasted coffee beans stands out strongly from the background of more typical dark malt character. Very little sweetness in the aroma; a hint of hops is detectable.

Tastes like it smells, like thick, carbonated coffee-- in a good way. Some sweetness is present early and mid-palate, but it reminded me of a bar of 93% cocoa dark chocolate I had once-- the sweetness was just enough to remind me that I was eating chocolate. Hops come in on th finish, which is bitter without being chalky. I was expecting a much sweeter beer, but for what it is, this is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, but I guess it's "only" 8.3%ABV. I'd have preferred this to be a little thicker.

Drinkability is extremely good, owing to all the things that make it a really lousy style example-- light mouthfeel and dry flavor.

But as lousy a style example as it may be, it's still a damn good beer.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MuenchenerKindl

Appearance is a dark brown hue, thin head of tan thick condensed foam mostly sustains, minimal lacing

Smell is reminiscent of bitter coffee grounds, some burnt roasty malts, and a touch of sweetness, possibly the strongest coffee aromas I have experienced in a stout

Taste is a big bitter coffee/espresso blast, so strong and dominant that I would peg this as a coffee, not beer, in a blind taste test, the roasty malts suppress most all other flavors, but some slight bittering grassy hops peak through, slight hints of chocolate, nuts, and oatmeal

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and slick texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, higher if you are a coffee fan (which I am not), this is possibly the most coffee-forward stout I have had (which reminds me of ST's Choklat, the most chocolate-forward stout I have had), this typifies a "breakfast stout", I wouldn't think twice about having this in the morning with some eggs and biscuits, definitely unique and a must-try for any fan of the style

Photo of tayner
3.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle.

black with a nice head, laces well

smells of coffee, roasted/burnt malts, bitter chocolate.

tastes like it smells times three, heavy bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, ash, burnt malts, and a small hop finish, very small.

chewy mouthfeel, thick, oily.

this one was hard for me to drink, it was like trying to drink bitter motor oil. i could barely get through one.

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

pours a thick opaque black with a single finger of dark brown head. appearance screams rich and filling.

aroma is huge on the coffee, with chocolate, black, and roasted malts. very bold in the nose, with a distant hop character, adding a bit of spice.

taste is more of the same, with a more pronounced coffee character. suprizingly smooth on the finish, with lingering coffee and chocolate.

mouthfeel is heavy bodied, with a creamy and thick texture. finish is smooth with a slick feel.

drinkability is decent. brews like this beg the question: is the brewer exercising craft here or just packing as much of certain ingredients in the brew and calling it extreme? however, i digress. cheers!

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 14,411 ratings.