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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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3,439 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,439
Hads: 14,571
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,681
Gots: 4,550 | FT: 231
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: 3,439 | Hads: 14,571
Photo of kbwalters
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brought up from the cellar and put in the fridge for about 15 min. before pouring into a spiegelau stout glass. Bottled on 9/2/14 and consumed over 9 months later.
Look = 4.5 Pours a deep brown into an opaque black with 4 fingers of frothy, dark brown head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Coffee dominates the aroma, still intense despite the age. Light chocolate notes can be found too along with some roasted malt character and some booze.
Taste = 4.25 Coffee dominates the taste too, still a very strong coffee flavor. There are also mild dark chocolate notes and mild grainy oatmeal taste. There is a moderate bitter finish with some roasted malt character and a linger coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Some booze character too.
Feel = 4.5 Really nice medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, thick and smooth.
Drinkability = 4.0 Coffee stout for sure, probably higher if you’re a big coffee fan.
Overall = 4.3 Second time around the score improved a lot! Not sure if it was the age, the glass or if I was just in a coffee stout type of mood this time around - earned it’s reputation for being the best coffee stout around. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Smelly
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Off on a tangent here, but hopefully it will help someone else. I drank this cold(fridge temp) in the past and thought...meh...it's ok. Then had 1 at cellar temp. Totally different experience. Opened my eyes to how good this stout really is...WOW. Now I'm drinking all my stouts, barleywines, etc at cellar temp. Wrong all these years and didn't even know it. (365 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really solid beer. The coffee and dark chocolate are both noticeable in the taste. Strong but not overly bitter. Got a good deal on a 4 pack for $9. yb (151 characters)

Photo of oregonduck
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout. This is not too sweet which I like in a stout. I think I would probably go with Founders Imperial Stout as I remember it being just as good, maybe better, which is impressive at a higher abv. It would be interesting to try them side by side. But can't go wrong with FBS. (289 characters)

Photo of dboon
3.67/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. I love almost everything by founders. This stout however is just too hoppy for me. The taste is huge coffee, bitter hops, and roasted malt. (153 characters)

Photo of babybeluga
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with soap sudsy dark brown head
Smell: freshly ground coffee & dark chocolate
Taste: rich/full-bodied with a balancing bitterness

I really, really like it. I've even poured it into a (clear) glass coffee mug with breakfast. (242 characters)

Photo of RumDude
3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was an aged bottle (about 2 years old). Couldn't read the date (why do they make it so the date disintegrates?).

Look: A stout. Poured with little to no head.

Smell: Dry wood coffee/chocolate. Slight alcohol essence. Grape-ish.

Taste: Lighter than expected body/mouthfeel. Black malt cola with moderate sweetness - slightly sour licorice (I could say hint of orange but I won't).

Afterthoughts: My guess this would be better balanced and more flavorful without the age. Still pretty good. (497 characters)

Photo of BigH75
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in my home bar. As good as it gets. Black as night with a perfect brown head. Smell is of iced coffee and semisweet chocolate. Flavor is roasted but not such that it over powers your palette. Sip it slowly because it gets better as it warms. Make sure to pour into a glass that allows a good whiff with every sip. (333 characters)

Photo of Keystrokegraffiti
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This was my first real stout. I had always been under the impression that stouts were going to be super heavy, very bitter, and generally taste like espresso beer. I was pretty wrong and this was the perfect beer to shatter my misconception.

Absolutely full of flavor. You get everything on the bottle and more. Coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and I personally tasted caramel as well. Smell goes right along with it. Like a stout is supposed to be, it was dark and very filling. This will definitely be one of my staple beers when I need a stout. (543 characters)

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)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,439 ratings.