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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,870
Reviews: 3,226
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 2,618 | FT: 161
Brewed by:
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 Jesse14
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 4-pack today. First time trying this beer. The bottles are dated 9/6/11. I don't typically go for a stout but had to jump at the chance to try a highly rated beer.

I don't know all the nuances of a great stout but I know a good beer when I drink it. This is lived up to the hype. It has a strong coffee flavor up front then fades to the chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness and lingering flavors. All the flavors are well balanced making it very drinkable.

As you would expect the flavors got richer as it warmed up. I would definitely drink it slow and enjoy how it changes. Whether you're a big stout fan or not this is worth trying. I'll look forward to trying to get my hands on some every year.

Jesse14, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4pk for ~13. Bottled date of 9/06/2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep velvety brown from bottle. Sits a dark brown in glass. A little mocha head starts to form, but leaves only a slim ring of tiny bubbles. A very gentle whispering of foam stays around.

S- Lots of freshly brewed coffee upfront. Some roasted dark malts and smokey notes give it depth and more substance. A crisp aroma of bittersweet chocolate is in the background. The coffee aroma is quite bold and smells better then what I often drink in the morning.

T- Heavy roasted dark coffee & bittersweet chocolate upfront. A solid smokey quality. The coffee quality is in great harmony with the other flavors. A slight burnt note peaks through in the finish. The flavors really linger well and still have some complexity.

M- medium- big bodied. Robust, but not overpowering. Strong roasted quality and some mellow bitter that lingers on the tongue. Wet, until the very end, then dries. A good feel for a 8.3% stout. Some tingly fizzy feel. Could have a bit more depth.

O- A great coffee stout. Another solid offering from Founders. Been waiting a year to try this brew. Really great!

busterthecat, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This beer pours a solid black, with no edges, and one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves a nice array of layered hanging lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of big bitter coffee, milk chocolate, and earthy hops. The taste is biittersweet chocolate, earthy, less bitterly smooth coffee, leafy, and more earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and quite smooth, with a hint of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, with a Coffee Crisp finish, tinted by lurking edgy hops.

A lovely coffee-centric eye-opener of a stout, this practically calls for another. 9%? - really? Good god!

biboergosum, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of MidnightWatch
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Motor oil black, head is very thin, almost non-existant.

S - Coffee, chocolate.

T - Interesting the taste proceeded to get creamier as I got farther along in the beer. It wasn't until the final 4 or 5 sips that I finally understood this beer's genius. Taste was extremely flavorful, yet those final sips felt heavenly. ROASTED malts throughout.

M - This is a sipper. Very thick on the body, as is this style.

O - Now is the season to try this beer, great exchange and change as the beer progressed. Complex, yet satisfying.

MidnightWatch, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of freewheelinbob
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First experience with FBS, way over due. Dated 9/6/11. Pretty thick and heavy on the tongue, but the carbonation is still there. The taste and smell are really consistent. It gives you exactly what it promises, a lot of chocolate and a lot of coffee. I'm a fan of stouts, but oatmeal stouts are not my first choice. Obviously this is a whole different ball game, though. Wish I had more than 4.

freewheelinbob, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My real first attempt at trying a stout (besides a guiness.) I did some research on the forums here and found this one would be a good one to start with. I am glad I took the advice. This beer was amazing.

Ap- Looks thick. Motor oil (used) in color. Nice thick creamy head about 1.5 fingers thick. Nice creamy light brown color on the head. This beer looks freaking tasty...can't wait to dive in.

Ar- Coffee and toffee. Some chocolate too. Smells sweet.

T- Sweetness, I am assuming from the oats. Mild chocolate flavor and lots of coffee flavor, especially at the end. Delicous and wonderfully creamy.

M- A little thicker than a medium body but not too thick. Good carbonation.

O- Wow, amazing beer. Delicous, creamy and smooth. Almost makes we wonder how a FBS float would taste with vanilla ice cream??? This beer makes me an instant fan of stouts. Can't wait to try more.

BeerNutz324, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of pagejohn
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black, very hard pour gets a one-finger amazing looking mocha head.

Coffee, coffee, coffee, chocolate, a bit of roasted malts. Fantastic smelling stout.

Chocolate up front with a very strong coffee aftertaste. A tad bitter but if you are a coffee lover there will be no other beer you want to drink. Scary good.

A little thin, but the taste really makes this beer so no problems.

I wish it was a tad sweeter, but I really shouldn't complain. This is the best beer I've had. I have had KBS & CBS but couldn't get used to the bourbon flavor. To me this just combines coffee and chocolate in an extraordinary way. I'm gonna be drinking this until January. :)

pagejohn, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of jaheussner
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Even with a hard pour, only 1/2 to 1 finger head forms, pleasantly cafe-au-lait in color. Deep black color. No light comes through whatsoever. No lacing to speak of.

S: Coffee overwhelms everything. Small, small amounts of chocolate, but dark chocolate if anything. A perfect smell for a stout.

T: Again, a ton of coffee with a slight sweetness coming through. Hops are prevalent, but not overwhelming, as is alcohol. The flavor lingers, burnt malt and coffee most of all.

M: Thick, creamy, but pleasantly drinkable. Definitely covers your tongue, targeting the taste buds toward the back.

O: Fabulous. As a Michigander, I'm ashamed to say that this is my first time experiencing this beer. A revelation, truly a gold standard for stouts produced today. If one drawback, the chocolate doesn't come through quite enough, but I suppose I'm just nit picking. So glad I have 3 more for the weekend.

jaheussner, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The 2009 version.

Appearance: As served the beer has a ¾” light brown creamy head that leaves sheets of foam on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Sipping produces some patches of lacing but most of the side of the glass is covered with a sticky layer of foam. By midway through the beer all the foam is gone and the only lacing on the glass is the speckles and legs left behind as the head receded.

Smell: The aromal is filled with the dark chocolate and coffee smells I expected from the name and style.

Taste: The flavors are dark chocolate, dark molasses, and some strong black coffee, all intertwingled with none of them truly dominating the blend.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full bodied and smooth with light persistent carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium and begins with the bitterness of the coffee and dark chocolate fading away to nicely dry bitter ending that fills the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: As for drinkability this is definitely a sipping beer which one wants to spend time with and savor. Each sip follows easily from the last gradually the level of the liquid lowers with never a moment during which one thinks, “I’ve had enough of this one.” My overall impression is that this beer deserves its recognition as an outstanding example of the class. That said, however, I must confess that I’m coming to prefer my stouts with just a touch more sweetness to add to the complexity. I'm also not 100% sold on strong coffee flavors in a stout.

drtth, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with 8/5/11 (I think, not quite certain of the 8) stamped on the bottle. This beer has had a lot of hype...had it in the past, but don't remember it very well...

A: Dark, opaque beer with minimal head from a fairly agressive pour. What little bit that's there is tan/mocha in color and there are some legs on it from the alcohol.

S: massive aroma of coffee...black bitter coffee with plenty of bittersweet chocolate to go along with it. Minimal hoppiness and even less of an alcohol presence.

T: Man, VERY tasty beer...high on the coffee/espresso taste...ends dry with a nice bitterness. Good amount of hops actually, but they're nice. This is a phenomenal tasting beer. That coffee/dark chocolate bittersweet taste lingers forever at the end...so pleasing on the palate.

M: full bodied beer, well carbonated for the style...very creamy and frothy...coats the mouth nicely and hugs your taste buds.

O: Awesome beer. definitely lived up to the hype. The hopping in this was actully quite noticable and surprisingly added a lot to the overall enjoyment for me. It complemented that bitterness in the coffee tastes so well. While the sweetness from the chocolate and malts balanced it out perfectly. Other than the average appearance, this was a top notch beer for me...would definitely drink again...now I have to find the KBS and CBS.

kbuzz, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing, Kgristoff!
Thanks for sharing, NoSignsOfPain!

Black on black with a thick, persistent brown head. This beer looks thick and heavy.

Powerful aroma of coffee, roasted malts, and some mild chocolate. I was actually expecting far more chocolate as the bottle describes this is as a "double chocolate...stout," but that's not to say I'm disappointed in the slightest with this aroma. It's wonderful.

The coffee flavors and delicious roasted malts present again and the chocolate is far more accessible in the flavor than the aroma. This stout is creamy, rich, slightly bitter, full of coffee, and rich melting chocolate. Divine.

Medium to thick bodied. Hearty.

An incredible coffee (chocolate) stout. Not to mention, it went great with breakfast!

ehammond1, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thick creamy chocolate head.

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Rich dark chocolate, roasted malts and strong dark roasted coffee.

M: Creamy and smooth with a slight carbonation

O: Living in Grand Rapids, its hard to not take this beer for granted, but it is really a great simple/yet complex stout.

monitorpop, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque black and medium tan head and virtually no lacing on tap

S: coffee, bitter chocolate, oatmeal, some caramel

T: no caramel here, awesome show of oatmeal, chocolate, coffee. Very true to the breakfast style. Not a great beer for a sampling, only because the flavor is so progressive, that it stays with you for an extended period and difficult to refresh your pallet, not that you'd want to

M: sticky on-tap, very small warmth from alcohol

O: best regular drinking beer i've had.

YumYumGumGum, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tapped into a mug.

Appearance - Medium to deep brown head with solid retention. black body. Good stick.

Smell - Cappuccino. Cinnamon. Coffee. Maybe a mocha. Complex and delicious.

Taste - Explosion of complexity. Iced coffee mocha/cappuccino all the way.

Mouthfeel - Explosive effervescence. No astringency. Somewhat creamy head.

Overall Drinkability - No off flavors whatsoever. Best imperial stout I've had since The Abyss. Maybe even better.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of homebrewer88
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this today after looking for it for what seems like forever!
pours black with a nice looking brown head and leaves a nice lacing.
the first thing i smell is coffee, alot of coffe and then a nice chocolate scent
WOW! the first sip was amazing. coffee flavor up front and can def taste the chocolate. like the smell but better.
the mouthfeel is great very smooth with a noticeable carbonation.
i was very impressed with this beer and will be stocking up on it. it really lives up to its reputation.

homebrewer88, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Look: black as night with a thick carmel colored head. Nice lacing is left from the top of the glass all the way down.

Smell: coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts

Taste: rich chocolate, coffee next and roasted malt with a touch of hop crispness.

Mouthfeel: a rich full bodied stout that coats the mouth and leaves a pleasant coffee/chocolate aftertaste

Overall: great looking, smelling, and tasting. definetly a beer that could be taken with breakfast or at the end of a cold rainy night. I will buy this again.

JCaweinstein, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz glass into a nice chalice.

A) Comes out like motor oil. It's jet black with a brief half a finger of tan head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S) Fantastic... Like Gloria Jeans chocolate covered espresso beans.

T) Dark roasted malt and coffee. A nice blend, maybe Kona. There is ample dark chocolate and some hops on the finish.

M) Full bodied and lightly carbonated. This beer is rich and has a nice creamy suppleness.

O) A true sipper, and certainly a beer appreciated more and more with each passing sip.

RoamingGnome, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Badbobx
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A - There was little tan head following an aggressive pour. Nice lacing was seen.
S - Nice aroma with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A good roasted malt impression was sent to the nose.
T - The taste was very enjoyable. One of the best stouts I have had. Lots of dark roasty malt with big coffee and chocolate flavors. Very nice indeed.
M - This was a very full mouthfeel. Not much carbonation evident, but the crew mouthfeel was evident.
O - As I started to drink this beer, it was about 5 degs too cold. I was called away for a minor family emergency and returned about 20 min. later. The beer had changed character. The coffee and especially the chocolate flavors came out front. It was extraordinary.

Badbobx, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Bogforce
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with a mocha colored head. Not much head, and it dissipates quickly. Good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet malt. Has a great smell to it.

T: Coffee up front in tune with the smell, then gets to the sweet chocolate part. Great balance.

M: Very smooth, doesn't kill your tongue but it is a very smooth beer.

O: A great seasonal coffee stout, not too much coffee but the right amount. Very good and drinkable.

Bogforce, Sep 20, 2011
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a sniffer

Appearance : this beer is dark black in color. A aggressive pour yeilds a two finger brown head with good retention that fades to a brown ring with minimal lacing.

Smell : Very strong roasted coffee aromas abound. Dark bittersweet chocolate aromas also dominating the nose. This beer is the most aromatic stout I've ever had.

Taste : huge coffee taste and dark chocolate dominant the flavor profile. It is more like a high quality black in coffee than a beer. I cannot detect any alcohol is this brew. I just want to drink more and more of this beer. There is alot of hop bitterness in the finish although I did not smell any on the nose

Mouthfeel : full body beer with a thick stickiness, just wonderful! Not much carbonation just the right amount

Overall :this is the first 5 I have given out and I believe that founders has earned it. It is definitely as perfect a beer as anyone could ever brew. It is so well done if you have acess to this beer please seek it out and enjoy :)

BUNZILLA, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours black, deep, dark coffee, middle of outer space black. pours very thick, no light makes its way through. pours with a thin layer of milk chocolate brown head that is silky and dissipates quickly.leaves spotty lacing.
S: coffee and java hit the nose first and then it ends with a nice sweet chocolate scent.
T: woah! just so complex and smooth and...and...and wonderful. chocolate, very malty, dark chocolate and coffee beans, has the nice thickness and mellowed complexity from other oatmeal stouts ive had. everything just melds together so well its really just incredible.
M: small carbonation tingle, smooth and just slides across the tongue, really kinda awakens all of the taste buds across the tongue, they feel like theyre just sitting there now begging for another sip
O: now, i had expected greatness from this beer from everything i had heard but this is over the top, the complexity is like nothing ive ever seen before, just off the charts. PHENOMENAL!

BigPlay1824, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I had this beer back in December it was a religious experience. I hadn't read much about the beer and didn't know what to expect. My mind was simply blown. I ran around town trying to find as much as I could and was able to stock up on three four packs, and I just recently finished off my last bottle in time for the new batch that just came out. I always kept putting off writing this review until I was able to try a fresh bottle.

The bottle I am writing this review off of is dated September 6, so this bottle is only 11 days "young". I poured this one into my DFH snifter to find a body that was black as night with nice one inch tan colored head. The aroma was just outstanding with coffee, semi sweet chocolate and roasted malts, did I mention more coffee and chocolate???

The taste is just exceptional chocolate & coffee upfront balanced well with malt but the chocolate has the upper-hand over the two. The balanced flavors mellow out to a nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great, this one is on the heavy side but it is smooth with the right amount of carbonation as well.

I don't know what else I can say about this beer that hasn't been said already. Its just a fantastic beer, very well made, and one of my all time favorites.

Dan3279, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Oily, thick, jet black, and beautiful. It's so dark that it's almost like a mirror in a well-lit room. Opaque even when held to light. Very little tan head. No visible sediment.

S: Coffee, molasses, and some more coffee. It's very roasty and somewhat oily smelling. Coffee beans, grinds, and fresh-brewed coffee. You get the picture...

T: Not nearly as bitter as something like Peche Mortel, but it's still very coffee-forward. Some dark malts help balance it out, but it's definitely not a sweet stout. Bittersweet chocolate and molasses undertones, with coffee as the center stage.

M: So silky and smooth. Not ridiculously thick like BORIS, but still quite dense, as you can see from the moment you start pouring it. Good level of carbonation - above average for the style.

O: One of, if not my all-time non-BA coffee stout. Glad I finally got around to reviewing it after 3 years of enjoying each time it's released.

jnn4v, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #150

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cervoise goblet.

A: Pours a jet black with a very dark brown bubbly head. Dissipates into thin film that leaves a great lace down the glass.

S: Big coffee upfront with a nice sweet chocolate. Roasted malts and a nice toasted cracker taste.

T: Again with the coffee and I love it. Coffee grounds with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate and toasted malt throughout the middle. There is a little bitterness from the hops at the backend, but it finishes very sweet.

M: Very smooth and delectably creamy on the finish. Little bitter chocolate on the finish that mixes with the coffee. Perfectly carbed as well.

O: Why must these be so good and only sold through the fall? Just like KBS this is an amazing beer and I can't wait two weeks until the CBS release. I'll just leave it at the notes I made when I was finished. "Yeah, awesome."

Treebs, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of richalexander78
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. When people say stout this is the American stout they speak of. Lots of roasty coffee! This does NOT much chocolate comparative anything with chocolate flavor. This is definitely for coffee lovers. I think this is a very well done stout and that's it. I would prefer the tiniest bit more sweetness. Great brewery and quality.

richalexander78, Sep 18, 2011
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,870 ratings.