Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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Reviews: 3,428
Hads: 14,495
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,656
Gots: 4,464 | FT: 225
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 3,428 | Hads: 14,495
Photo of stompilator
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, poured into a chalice.

A - Poured a very dark brown, nearly black. Not even a finger of head.

S - Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Slight notes of coffee and oats.

T - Very heavy chocolate flavor on the front, with the oats and coffee settling in gradually. The flavor components seem to balance the best in the aftertaste.

M - Oh so thick, oh so heavy, but not to the point of being syrupy. For me, perfect mouthfeel.

O - Would have loved for the chocolate to be toned down just a tad to let the other great flavors in this guy shine. Other than that, excellent imperial stout and certainly lives up to the hype. (640 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: One-finger head; dark and thick like motor oil with 3,000 miles on it.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Chocolate and coffee with a little oatmeal. Much more robust than your typical stout.

M: Strong. Not for the weak of heart or faint of big-beer flavor.

O: The bottle says 'double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout' and they weren't kidding. Not necessarily strong in alcohol content, but very strong in terms of flavor. I could only handle one in a single sitting and I'm used to multiple stouts and porters at a time. (529 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby stem glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan head. Some carbonation visible. Leaves some spotty lacing. Head recedes to a ring of tan bubbles that sticks around for the duration.

Aroma: Cocoa, dark chocolate, black coffee and roasted malts. Inviting nose.

Taste: Delicious, slightly sweet stout that is full of exploding chocolate flavor against a coffee-like background. Some faint alcohol burn as it warms. Full of flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is a big, sturdy stout with a lot of body to it, but it's also viscous and smooth, possibly owing to the oatmeal. Perfect depth for a big stout.

Overall: A triumph! That's hardly an overstatement. This beer rules. (716 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into duvel tulip. First time I've seen this in the UK. Have seen it so often on WBAYDN thread that I had to buy it.

Jet black with a thin head leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is of leather, coffee and roasted malt.

The taste has hints of bitter chocolate, coffee and lots of sweetness. There is some black treacle and toffee in there. This one really coats the tongue and the taste lingers for quite a while. It a very complex and strong tasting beer. There is some warming alcohol and the 8.3% makes its presence felt. This reminded me of Great Divide Yeti - pretty much the only other American stout of this type I've tried.

The feel is very creamy and rich. The oatmeal may be responsible for this.

Overall this is really an outstanding beer. It's very tasty and could have you appreciating different elements of its quality every time you try it. Truly satisfying.

94/100 (892 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle marked "Bottled 09/02/2014". Sampled and reviewed on March 6, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fizzy 1 finger head of light brown foam. Head quickly dissipates into a streaked film across the top of the beer. Smells of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, ginger, and caramel. Nice, heavy body on this one. Feels very thick and creamy. I get chocolate, maple syrup, grapes, butterscotch, and loads of malt. Very sweet and smooth all the way through. Aftertaste is pretty much the same as the initial taste. This beer lingers for a while.

Overall..f'ing amazing brew. As delicious as anything I've ever had. This beer has everything and everything you could ask for in an imperial stout. This is tied with Blot Out the Sun for the best beer I've ever had. They taste very similar so I can't decide which is better. But this beer is far easier to get, for me at least. I'll be buying these every chance I get and cellaring quite a few to enjoy next winter. (1,020 characters)

Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- It has a crazy bakery smell to it. very enticing.
Appearance- It is like looking into the abyss! it is pitch black. with a small tan head.
Taste- Wow, I am a novice venturing into the stout arena but this is incredible. A mix of coffee, cappuccino and hops.
Palate- A heavy beer body wise with moderate carbonation.
Overall- I am loathe to follow the beer snobs and call this awesome. . . but it truly is. (463 characters)

Photo of ViSCiD
3.59/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On point with the bitters, delicate sweetness, smooth creaminess, but the metallic finish really interrupted my enjoyment— it felt like a sudden shift in a different direction. Certainly unique, but what makes it unique is something I just don't care for. (257 characters)

Photo of nsg_beer_doc
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional. Sweet but not too much. Strong but not too strong. Great balance between a beer with flavor and one with a strong alcohol content. It's a brew that never let's you forget you're drinking a beer but never let's you forget it's one of a kind. (257 characters)

Photo of tumblingpenguin
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love everything about this beer except the metallic aftertaste. I thought maybe it was just me but I've seen others mention it as well. If it weren't for that I'd give it a five. (180 characters)

Photo of Stewsbrews24
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at 60 degrees. Nice creamy froth without a uniform lacing. Stronger coffee aroma then with subtle oat. Taste is rich but smooth coffee with slightly metallic after taste. Mouth feel is smooth followed by a short tingle. After taste is sparse but warm for the alcohol content. It quickly fluxes from strong coffee to slow dissipating warm. A fun experience but not what I would consider a true oat meal stout. More of a coffee porter with darker coloring. (461 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into chalice. Deep opaque brown with minimal tan head. Think I was too gentle with the pour. Aromas are chocolate, coffee, roasty, woody, bordering on burnt. A light sweetness comes late after a medium strong coffee bitterness. Acrid and astringent flavors are hard to overcome though they mellow as the beer reaches room temp. Medium body, yet a thin velvety feel. Soft cola-like carbonation. (412 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh my. A 100/100? Had to try this.

It looks : used motor oil coming out of the sump, or crude oil even, just beautifully black and obsidian. The head is a measles 1 finger but has a nice almond color to it. The body is completely a black hole, no light escaping.

It smells : fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, French silk pie, oatmeal cookie dough, mint Andes, mocha latte, almond roca. Judging by the aroma, if beer were dessert this would be the Royal chocolate french silk pie.

It tastes : good lord. Imperial stout flavors abound, coming out in a chocolatey malt body. Coffee ground, mocha, light earth, and cappuccino flavors swirl around. The hop is very subdued but serves a simple purpose to add bite and balance to the beer. That's all it needs to do here and is right on key. Aftertaste is so incredibly fresh and roasted, it's like a Starbucks mocha frappucino.

It feels : medium to heavy bodied but still easy to drink. The carbonation is buzzing and alive, but is still kept in check by the heavy roasted malt body which provides the creamy backbone.

Overall : this stout is a win. I didn't taste the oatmeal, but I smelled it. It's not overpowering - it's just polite and delicious. Imperial due to the flavors, because the hop isn't really that strong in flavor, but serves a nice purpose to balance and tame the malty character of the beer. This could be a meal. Or dessert. Will have again if I ever find it. (1,434 characters)

Photo of schad
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful black liquid with minimal coffee-colored head. Smells of delicious coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is decadent, very smooth to begin with, later warming up to chocolate and coffee with a hint of booze. Very smooth mouthfeel. Slightly bitter finish.

I'm sold, one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had. (316 characters)

Photo of GDrew93
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very hearty stout with a coffee and Oat forward taste and a slight bitter dry finish form the chocolate. I can't think of a better beer in this style. (152 characters)

Photo of AuntBea
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Stout, wasn't sure how it would taste. It was a strong at first taste but, enjoyed it. I tasted my coffee than chocolate - no complaints. Anxious to try more Stouts. (186 characters)

Photo of nokeefe
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost like a mocha milkshake, smell is only second to the taste. This is not only one of the best stouts I've ever had, but one of my top beers for sure. On top of the normal stout maltiness, this beer sets its self apart from other coffee/chocolate/oatmeal stouts. These flavors both stand out individually and mix well as part of the whole. Very little head in my case but still highly carbonated, which I enjoyed. Little to no alcohol taste. Drink it! I'll be having one for breakfast tomorrow morning. (506 characters)

Photo of marieli
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Very dark brown to black. Nice tan head. One of the best smelling stouts I've had with very inviting coffee and chocolate. the taste is a little heavier/stronger than the aroma leads you to think, but still very good. Coffee seems to win out over the chocolate. I assume the manageable bitterness comes from roasted coffee rather than chocolate. Medium feel. Wish it was a bit creamier and a little mellower lingering on the tongue. A very good beer worthy of its high rating. (493 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour with creamy brown head. Nose is heavy coffee, the most I've ever encountered in a beer! I love stout and I love coffee, so this thing is kind of a no-brainer. The flavor doesn't disappoint. Found myself thinking I should add cream and sugar. This is one serious coffee stout! (291 characters)

Photo of tjcapture
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big taste and a great beer that is widely available. Had one at The Radler in Chicago served in a over-sized Founder's coffee mug. Great go to beer if selection is limited. (172 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founders makes great beer. Although I do like this beer think I like founders porter more. The middle taste i get from this is a tad off. But......i am just being picky. If you want to try this beer then go for it. You won't regret it at all. Has a good chocolate coffee taste. (278 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

A huge robust stout that is well rounded. Has massive notes of coffee upfront and dark mocha like chocolate on the finish. Very silky smooth and pleasant to drink. It's no shock that this is one of my all time favorite beers. Coffee, Chocolate and Beer are great things~ (459 characters)

Photo of barfootbandit
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer. Very dark color and sweet chocolatey oaktsmell. Chocolate and oat are also very prelevant tastes with a hint of alcoholish aftertaste. Very smooth despite the heavy flavors and high ABV. Plan to let this beer age and hopefully let some flavors open up. Perhaps not worthy of a perfect score but definitely a phenomenal beer. Oh and I really really freaking hate the bottle/ label artwork. Are they trying to market baby food or something?! It even turns me off on the beer a little bit because I'm half expecting flavorless grey sludge to pour out of the bottle. Ok I'm getting off my soapbox now. Can't wait to re-review this beer 8 months to a year later after some aging. (698 characters)

Photo of boshzordof
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Did I have a different beer than some of the other people on here? The mouth feel for me was not even close to medium or full, it was very light. But it paid off, because I was able to note a strong depth of flavors and varying subtleness, like a rabbit hole. The exact opposite of their Imperial Stout. (303 characters)

Photo of galwayjoyce
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is not worthy of a perfect score, guys. Let's be real.
That being said, this is a DAMN good stout. The best beer with the "Breakfast" title on the market. Wonderfully balanced, yet all flavor profiles present themselves individually and boldly. World class beer from a world-class brewery...but JUST shy of "White Whale" status...
This is NOT the "Heady Topper" of Stouts...but it is a lot closer than any of the "Bourbon County" offerings, to deserving the cache that they enjoy. (490 characters)

Photo of Lomac4
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such an amazing beer, it just has everything going for it. I love the aroma, the feel, the taste. Very rich and creamy, a beautiful thick black color and hearty beer. Everyone and their mother should drink a glass of Founders Breakfast Stout. (242 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,428 ratings.