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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,616
Reviews: 3,211
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,129
Gots: 2,509 | FT: 156
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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 cadizkyguy


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

I cannot believe I've never reviewed this gem. Definitely one of my favorite fall-winter brews.

At $10 for a 4 pack, purchased at Delock's Liquors in Munster, IN on a Thanksgiving weekend road trip, I have enjoyed two already, gave one to my nephew as part of an assorted 6 pack for Christmas, and now I've got this one to enjoy.

Poured into a chalice, aggressively poured I might add, there is a very minimal tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is my favorite part of beer reviewing. Smell on this Founders brew is intoxicating.

Taste comes next and wow, what a bitter stout -- I love cold coffee, so this one is right up my alley. This one features the coffee bitterness of a classic stout.

Mouthful and drinkability also get high marks. The breakfast stout and the porter are my two favorites from Founders. Which one I prefer is hard to say.

01-11-2011 09:14:35 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

This is one of my go-to beers so i figured I ought to actually give it a proper review.

Pours pitch black from the bottle, looks to have an oily kind of body from the pour. About a half inch brown head rises up and goes away in relatively short time. A very pleasant looking stout.

Smell is strong coffee and subtle sweetness, dark chocolate notes in there is well, but this is very much a coffee beer.

The taste is in line with the smell, coffee forward in the initial tasting, but it mellows a little over time. Finishes slightly bitter but not astringently so. Just a great tasting beer, though obviously if you are not a coffee fan you will have some issues with this one.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy, and somewhat thick. Less so than say, 10-50, but more so than Brooklyn CS. For me, just about a perfect mouthfeel.

The smoothness makes this a very drinkable beer.... heavy yes, but the flavor works so well in hand with the texture that I feel I could just keep drinking it. The minimal to no sense of alcohol aids in this as well. One of my favorites, get it if you can.

01-10-2011 15:55:47 | More by mechamifune
Photo of jale


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

appearance: deep black with a moderate head

smell: chocolate and roasted coffee

taste; bitter chocolate followed by slight bitter coffee. roasted malt

mouthfeel: thick and creamy giving leaving you the feeling you were just drinking a milkshake

drinkability: just one... after another and another.

01-10-2011 00:44:32 | More by jale
Photo of cccarson


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

(2010) 12 oz bottle aged approximately 4 months, poured into a pint glass

A - Jet black body, no light escapes through this beer; frothy cinnamon colored head, excellent lacing immediately starts to appear after the first few sips and continues throughout the entire experience.

S - Strong roasted coffee and chocolaty malts.

T - Bitter (but not too bitter) chocolate flavor washed away by coffee beans; hop presence is felt (makes sense at 60 IBUs), but is there for a reason - the hops do not overpower the wonderful malt flavors and there is just enough to complement the bitter chocolate taste. It's nitpicking, but perhaps a bit too much coffee. I would have liked the slightest bit less coffee flavor.

M - Thick, chewy and smooth - almost oil-like consistency.

O - Phenomenal American imperial stout. At the top of its class, and sets the bar for what other imperial stouts should be aiming for. The ABV is just about perfect (not too strong, not too weak) at 8.3%. A near perfect beer, and one of my favorites.

Note: This beer is even better on tap.

01-09-2011 03:00:43 | More by cccarson
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.55/5  rDev -21.5%

fbs, bottled 09/03/11

a 4-4.5 smells like coffee grounds. oh wait, what it looks like--it's dark, as expected. the head is light tan. it leaves spotty lace that isn't impressive visually but does have good staying power.

s 3 smells like coffee grounds, wet coffee grounds. not coffee, but the grounds left over in the filter. there's also a little sweetness there, but really i can't seem to pick up on much else.

t 3.5-4 tastes like sweetened coffee grounds. if you like sweet and you love coffee grounds, you will find it very difficult not to enjoy this. there are hints of vanilla and dark chocolate floating around.

m 4.5 the body is between medium and full, closer to full, which reminds me there must be oats in here somewhere. the carbonation is spot on.

d 3.5 some might say a guy who generally doesn't like coffee in beers shouldn't review fbs. maybe, but i've been surprised too many times by beers i was supposed to hate (or love, for that matter). i cracked this one with an open mind, and high hopes of loving it. i hated pretty much every imperial stout i tried until throwing back an old rasputin. tonight, i thought, is the night i love a coffee stout.
fbs is very good beer, no doubt. and i'm trying to err on the side of generosity in my scoring, though perhaps that isn't necessary. fbs just doesn't wow me like i expected it would--and the coffee flavor, though bold and relentless, is not the best coffee flavor i can imagine. ah well. i still intend to try kbs, cbs, etc.

01-09-2011 02:02:21 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of rand


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

Pours out a jet-black with a chocolate-brown, 1-inch head. Nice cavernous head with good retention, lots of sticky lacing. It smells of dark-roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. Nice coffee notes combine with freshly baked bread. Faint trails of alcohol linger in the backdrop.

As it hits the palate, the rich chewy mouthfeel is first noticed. Silky-smooth and viscous, this ale leaves no doubt that 'beer is food'. The taste follows the smell with roasted, bready malts up front. Smooth and not overly grainy. Oatmeal adds to the robust and expansive flavor profile, proving that this beer is aptly named. Bittersweet chocolate notes combine with slightly drying hops. Malts bend to an toasty, bread crust flavor towards the finish, as alcohol is just enough to round things out. The toasty notes really stand out as the beer warms. Flavors work in perfect balance, leaving a slightly astringent, bittersweet and satisfying finish. Amazing.

This beer has everything you'd look for in a stout - creamy and full-bodied in complexion with a hearty and balanced flavor profile. I don't usually drink beer in the morning, but with the added coffee I'm finding this a great way to start my Sunday. My hat's off to Founders, this is one of my favorite stouts.

01-09-2011 01:24:42 | More by rand
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

Rich and opaque brown black color, with nice lacing and a creamy tan head. Intense aroma of fresh ground coffee, backed by roasted malt and chocolate. Despite the prevalance of rich coffee and chocolate aromas, this still drinks like a stout, with a medium body and nice bitterness from roasted malt flavors. The coffee and bitter chocolate flavors are there, but don't overpower the essence of this as a stout. It is very drinkable, with the considerable ABV well-masked.

01-08-2011 21:59:47 | More by malloyca
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%

When pouring it from the bottle, the body looked incredibly thick like mud. Brown head and completely opaque body. No light can shine through and I mean nothing! Lacing throughout the entire glass.

Mostly coffee and chocolate aromas. Smells really good.

Big time roasted malt bomb! Chocalate, oats, coffee, toffee, vanilla and a slight bitter ending from the hops. Quite tasty.

This is a medium to more on the thick side, reminds me a syrup based body but not as thick. Feels nice and smooth. It leaves the lips quite sticky.

Taste is nice, feels good going down. Alcohol was present in the beginning but faded as I continued to drink. I would love to have another one if I had another bottle.

01-08-2011 06:44:40 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of bbkd3b


4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Blacker than a cloudy night during a full moon, with a virtually nonexistent, toffee-colored head. Absolutely no light gets through this. Minimal lacing, though...

S - Raw coffee beans with traces of dark chocolate. Huge wave of scent hits the nose. Very mocha-like in character. It's a thick, rich aroma.

T - Heavy tones of coffee and roasted malts. Gives it an almost smoky, bitter character at the very end. Unsweetened chocolate hovers in the background the whole way through to give it a good, rounded character.

M - Creamy and rich. The carbonation is very laidback... Almost feels as if it floats on the tongue. Very soft... Puffy, in a way.

D - The alcohol is hidden so well that I drank two before realizing what was going on. That is all I'm going to say about his one. Drinkable to the nth degree.

Overall/notes - Does this one live up to the hype? Pretty much, yeah. There's not one aspect I can criticize about this beer. Perhaps I didn't quite the sweetness I was expecting, but I can live with that. On the whole shot, another excellent beer from Founders.

01-08-2011 03:53:27 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

An impressive double chocolate imperial stout! Truthfully, the most predominant flavour and aroma remains coffee - from start to finish - but it's very nicely presented and balanced, and neither too bitter nor too sweet.

Unfortunately I only have the single bottle and although recently purchased, it's flatter than it should be - but the taste & aroma remain magnificent. Wow.

01-08-2011 01:01:58 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of zackcg


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Pours charred black, completely opaque with a creamy two finger tan head. Longlived head retention with thick sticky lacing that begins immediately.

S- Big vanilla and chocolate with slightly muted coffee aromas, alcohol laying in its wake

T- Aggressive chocolate and toffee malts with the suspected alcohol burn. Coffee is much more upfront as well. finishes bitter and resiny. Oatmeal doesn't come through at all.

M- well carbonated, pleasantly chalky-chewy well rounded body.

D- Not sure what to pair this beer with other than choclatey deserts. Holds up great on its own...Would have liked to have experienced more oatmeal.

Drink slowly

01-07-2011 23:07:59 | More by zackcg
Photo of BranfordBound


4.93/5  rDev +9.1%

Got to try this beer after a year of waiting, thanks BucketBoy!

Pours black. Yup, black. Very viscous as it comes out, and it leaves a thick one finger head of tan bubbles. Lots of spotty lacing.

Smells like a coffee shop and a chocolate factory had sex. Gorgeous and effusive coffee aromas combined with espresso beans dance in my snifter and mingle with dark chocolate. Slight roastiness to it and I catch some hops when warm.

Mmmm. This is great stuff. Like the nose, potent espresso mixes with a deliciously sweet and smooth chocolate. Bordering dark chocolate but not too dark. Finishes with a nice bitter hop note that gets edged out by the roastiness. Exceptional stuff here.

Nice and smooth, thick. Honestly, I was expecting much heavier than what the 8.3% ABV would lead me to guess. Fairly medium bodied.

Drinkable? Duh. If I had the money and if it was distributed to CT I'd buy a case every year.

01-07-2011 22:19:05 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of BigTex


4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Had it on tap. The stout had a beautiful black color with a thick cream brown head. You could pick up the aroma of chocolate coffee and roasted malts. It had a wonderful blance of bitter and sweet. Velvet to the mouth. Just might be my favorite stout to date.

01-07-2011 17:55:44 | More by BigTex
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York City. Pours a pitch black colour with thick brown head. Lacing covers the glass. This looks like a thick stout. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee with a huge aroma of the roasted malt. Flavour has some bitterness, but plenty of sweetness from the malt and chocolate. Really smooth mouthfeel. One of the better stouts I've ever had.

01-07-2011 15:28:13 | More by kwjd
Photo of tykees88


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

A- Nice coffee black, off white dark tan coffee mocha head. Great lacing as it goes down. A head that doesn't dissipate.

S- Coffee malts barley chocolate hops a total nose overload

T- Just like above the coffee and chocolate go great together with this brew. A super smooth taste

M- Smooth, thick but not too thick. Just a perfect thickness.

D- A five for sure. I could drink these for breakfast lunch or dinner. Before a meal during a meal after a meal. Anytime of day. It was great and could drink 2-3 at a sitting no problems. An ultimate quaffer

01-06-2011 22:56:34 | More by tykees88
Photo of mrunseen


4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to BobZ for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark. No light sneaking through this one. Two Fingers of light brown head composed of find and medium sized bubbles. Laced the glass throughout the session.

Nose: Very pleasing aroma composed of chocolates and coffee (pretty much what I was hoping for).

Taste: At first blush, it tasted a bit smokey. It's a very rich tasting beer with a terrific after taste. Again, coffee and chocolate characteristics are present.

Mouth: Full mouth on this one, just right for this style of beer.

Drinkability: I would love to have this available in my area. I probably couldn't have more than a few of these, however this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

01-06-2011 22:01:25 | More by mrunseen
Photo of Drinkin4Two


4.6/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours a deep black with a very nice caramel/mocha head that leaves small amounts of lace around the glass

S: Dark coffee, sweet chocolate and some roasted malts

T: Starts with a sweet chocolate and bursts of coffee and malt. Alcohol is disguised very well.

M: Thick and smooth with light carbonation. Creamy

D: Extremely drinkable for such a heavy stout. Alcohol is well masked. One of my favorite everyday beers

01-05-2011 23:34:46 | More by Drinkin4Two
Photo of BeerThursdays


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

Had a bottle of this with dinner. Poured into my DFH Snifter.

A - Black as night with a good amount of light brown head.

S - Coffee, Coffee and more.. . Dark Chocolate! Some roasted grains and a slight bit of sweetness.

T - Fantastic! Coffee and Chocolate are the predominate flavors, but there is a good amount of complexity. Nice tart finish.

M - Smooth and full. Medium to heavy bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Readily available, decently priced, good sized bottles. If only they were six packs, I would give this a five. As soon as Founders his MD, I'm sure this will become a staple.

01-05-2011 15:52:14 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of AJacob81


4.43/5  rDev -2%

Another backlog review, from notes.

A - Pours deep brown/black, with minimal head and lacing. Looks very thick in the glass.

S - Highly pleasing bouquet of fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, dates, licorice, and the slightest whiff of charred oak.

T - The coffee and roasted malt flavors dominate up front, with a strong supporting turn on the back end from the dark chocolate, the anise, and a pinch of molasses and brown sugar. I am beginning to understand and appreciate FBS' reputation.

M and D - Doesn't sit quite as thick as it originally appears, but does right by the style nonetheless. A simple delight to drink, this is gone long before I'd like.

01-03-2011 20:59:10 | More by AJacob81
Photo of vkv822


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle into snifter.

Pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates into a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

The aroma is very heavily of coffee with light chocolate notes.

The taste is of strong coffee roast with sweet chocolate towards the finish. The ABV is quite well hidden, as I really didn't detect any heat at all.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and not to mention ridiculously smooth.

I really enjoyed this beer as it is one of the smoothest and easiest drinking coffee-forward beers I have tried.

01-03-2011 05:16:33 | More by vkv822
Photo of dbossman


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Black with a dark brown and thin head that dissipates quickly; lightly carbonated (in appearance)

S: Big roasted malts and oats with plenty of coffee beans shining through; lots of rich oats and that coffee aroma is so rich and pleasant; a touch of chocolate and slightly burnt malts

T: Rich dark roasted malts backed by a healthy amount of oats and loads of rich coffee beans providing a pleasant bitterness; a touch of alcohol in the back end

F: Velvety and creamy; it's a smooth even coating beer

D: Such a good beer with the alcohol well hidden; this is a rich, delicious brew

01-03-2011 02:48:31 | More by dbossman
Photo of JDFish


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Very dark, as expected with deep almond head and low carbonation

S: Rich unsweetened chocolate and coffee notes. Smell is almost complex as its taste

T: Simply delicious. Strong chocolate flavor on the tail end. Roasted malt and coffee on the onset. Very complex tasting and very intriguing, only a sipping beer because I did not want it to end.

M: Rich and thick, low carbonation. Very full and satisfying.

D: Slightly lower marks, only because its so rich I don't think I could do more than two. However, its drinkability for the first couple is off the charts.

Overall, it lives up to its reputation. So intriguing, so unique. Delicious good to the last dropness.

01-02-2011 21:42:49 | More by JDFish
Photo of ProfessorHomer

New York

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

A fantastic stout. Chocolate, coffee - this beer is indeed a meal in a bottle. Not available in Albany, we had to special order it in advace via a travelling relative.

A - Very dark black. Thick, creamy tan foamy head of average size. Thin lacing.

S - Strong roasted smell of baking chocolate and strong, bitter black coffee.

T - Very strong chocolate flavor. Strong coffee note. Sweet on the palette, yet dry. Clean finish - not much carbination.

M - Big & bold. BIG stout!

D - a great stout. Make it a looong drink - goes great with a pipe. The more it warms up the better this beer tastes.

One of THE BEST stouts around. LOVE this beer!

01-02-2011 02:11:57 | More by ProfessorHomer
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.43/5  rDev -2%

A-pours an inky brown black with a thin layer of head that quickly disappears and leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and an almost tobacco like aroma

T-coffee comes out the most with a dry bitterness, hints of roasted malts and sweetness to help balance it out. Excellent

M-full body, light carbonation, and a slight alcohol warming lingers

D-very drinkable, highly recommended!

01-01-2011 23:15:59 | More by ksimons
Photo of mckeowbc


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

Served on tap in a snifter glass at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH.

A - This beer is black with a foamy light caramel color head.
S - At first the nose was very light, however once I drank a bit the glass was able to help concentrate the smell which brought out the distinct smell of coffee with some subtle hints of grape. Overall very pleasing and exactly what you'd expect out of something called "Breakfast Stout"
T - The taste is coffee all the way, dark, black coffee. There's just enough malt sweetness to offset the bitterness of the coffee, but overall the taste is dry and lets the coffee come though.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy, but lighter than you'd expect for such a dark beer. This doesn't coat the tongue like some sweeter Imperial or oatmeal stouts, and isn't creamy like Guinness. It is almost porter like. This helps it go down like a cup of coffee. If it was heavier it would detract from the coffee/beer experience.
D - This beer is very drinkable for a stout, but it's still a big, heavy beer. A couple of these would be very filing. The high alcohol content also would probably stop me from having more than one or two at a time. However, I definitely would want to drink more than my body would let me.

01-01-2011 17:20:48 | More by mckeowbc
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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