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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,881
Reviews: 3,228
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 2,626 | FT: 166
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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 agomega
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a large light brown head and good lacing. This is my second bottle from the 2010 four pack and this one seems much more carbonated with a significantly larger head.

Smell: The coffee aroma is front and center with hints of dark chocolate in the background.

Taste: The taste is dominated by a strong roasted coffee flavor. The finish is slightly bitter like a bite of good dark chocolate. The hops are there, but the bitterness of the coffee and dark chocolate dominate. The bitterness and carbonation combine to leave behind a warm and satisfying sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body with a good level of carbonation. (The last bottle seemed much less carbonated - may have been a bad seal since these are screw on bottlecaps.)

Overall: This is a great beer and is definitely one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

agomega, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black in color. No light getting through this one at all. The head a medium brown color and had damn fine retention. There is lots of soapy bubbles at the top but then they condense finely further down. I would have liked to see more lacing though. Aroma is ridiculously good. Tons of roasted coffee, toasted grains, dark chocolate, and a sweet milky background. Not really picking up any alcohol in the nose. Sweet caramel and roasted bittersweet coffee up front. Getting more toasted grains and some bitter dark chocolate through the middle. Finish is chocolaty and has a nice touch of warming alcohol. Mouth feel is excellent. Drapes over the palate like a silk sheet. Carbonation is spot on. Extremely happy I got to try this. This is staying up on my wants list for all time.

depechemode1983, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very good stout is very dark with a dark tan head with some lacing on the glass. This beer has excellant aroma of espresso. This syrup like beer has tastes of coffee, burnt caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Had it at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY.

angelogarcia3, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for try this for a while. Pleasant surprise to see this in the shelf!
Pours a deep brown/black, suprisingly dinky amount of head.

Smell is a serious uppercut of coffee, slightly burned, but endearingly slow. Smells like Joe in the process of roasting. Delicious.

Coffee also carries the day in terms of taste, supported by oatmeal and malt. Chocolate is a little hard to pick up on.

As with most Founders beers, the consistency is a bullseye. Smooth, bordering on viscous and syrupy.

Another great drinking experience from Founders. Must get hands on CBS and KBS.

EDIT: Had another Breakfast Stout. Apparently when I said I couldn't pick up on the chocolate I had my dental dam in. Plenty of chocolate. I said goddamn. Awesome.

lurpy1, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, tulip glass

A: Disappointed in the lack of head on this, sort of looked like old iced coffee in a tulip glass...

S: Coffee and dark chocolate, some syrup. Smells very sweet and desert like.

T: Really good tasting coffee stout here. I was a bit surprised by the lack of hoppiness in this as I am more familiar with their RIS. This tastes like a bit watered down and sweeter, less hoppy version, I suppose it was a tad disappointing due to the excellence of their RIS. However, it isnt quite fair to make the review a critique based on another Founders brew. Overall, a very sweet coffee based stout. It is very tasty but to me a bit sweet and flat.

M: Syrupy , medium bodied, a tad light and watery compared to what I expected. It really could use some more carbonation to liven it up.

O: Overall, a little flat and sweet for my tastes, but still, a very good beer. A wonderful brunch companion I am sure. It is a testament to Founders greatness that I grading this a bit low due to how wonderful their other stouts tend to be. Surely, this is a pleasant stout!

Avantyawn, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of todisht
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a small light brown ring around the head.

Aroma has strong coffee accents. Smells very nice :)

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Coffee flavors come through in the taste as well as the malts but not overpowering. Easy drinking beer despite the higher ABV.

todisht, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of mcomben
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass 8/26/2011.

A: Poured a deep, dark brown. Nice tan head, about 2 fingers tall.

S: Smells of chocolate and coffee.

T: Begins with the strong taste of coffee, then chocolate. Parts of it are bitter, but in a pleasant way. Roasted flavor comes through strong and adds a nice complexity.

M: Coats the tongue w/o being unpleasant.

O: 2011 batch is just as i would've hoped it'd be. Great beer to sit down and enjoy. I've had my fair share of these, so every session isn't a full on tasting for review. I will return to thie beer time and time again through the fall.

mcomben, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour yields little if any head, just a thin layer atop a completely opaque dark brown/black head. Modest lacing with some cling. Smells nice, a mix of roasty notes with the anticipated chocolate and coffee.

Top notch flavors..again, a vivid mix of roast, chocolate and coffee. Just enough bitterness. Fairly dry finish, carbonation higher than expected. Has a bit of snap to the mouthfeel. Nicely balanced, not sweet. More like a good bar of bittersweet chocolate and a black cup of dark roast coffee. Alcohol is there but it's well hidden.

This is, obviously, a top notch stout. Highly recommended.

tobelerone, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of elephantrider
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: No surprises, poured black. Nice tan head.

S: Pretty much smells like coffee. Very roasty, little bit of chocolate but the coffee dominates the profile. Very nice.

T: This is one of my favorite stouts. Lots of coffee in the flavor, some roast and finishes chocolatey.

M: Full bodied, not alot of carbonation

O: This is a great beer. Very well made. An overdoes of coffee and chocolate but in a good way. Always make sure to have this one in my fridge during the months it is available.

elephantrider, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of jtingue
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 08/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Pitch black. Pours with a half finger of head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass. Lacing is great, just sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Smell. Huge burst of coffee right up front; the coffee itself is very earthy in nature. Below this there is a nice roasted malt character that gives the smell a nice sort of body. In addition there is an underlying sweetness to this all.

Taste. Starts with a long, lingering, sweet bitterness, that is very similar to a cappuccino. After this there is a burst of sweetness that is kind of like a nice fresh sugar cookie, but still with the coffee overtones. Just before the finish there is a slightly tart element that is added to the sweetness and bitterness. This lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel. Quite possibly the creamyest beer that I have ever tasted. The mouthfeel melds so well with the flavors that it feels like you are, very literally, eating a full breakfast.

Quite possibly the most accurately named beer that I have ever tasted. Each flavor builds on the palate and becomes the course in your breakfast in a bottle. Amazing!

jtingue, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of FourKicks
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 8.7.11 poured into my Founders snifter.

Pours a dark, deep expresso brown with a thin layer of taupe head that dissipates quiclky, leaving behind minimal lacing.

Aroma is a coffee explosion in your face. Dark chocolate and roasted malts are also well represented. I also pick up hints of vanilla and caramel.

The taste is dominated by coffee up front. Chocolate and roasted malts show their faces in the middle with vanilla tagging along. The finish is almost all chocolate, lingering around well after the swallow.

Its a thick and creamy stout with light but perfect carbonation. A very smooth beer.

This is an amazing combination of coffee and chocolate that is very easy to drink. The alcohol is non-existent. A really outstanding beer and one of my favorites.

FourKicks, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to klikger for *2* of these bad boys. Poured into a stone nonic!

A: Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Solid lacing.

S: Like a coffee oatmeal mush with cocoa powder lightly sprinkled on top. Coffee and oatmeal come through much more definitively than anything else. Some black pepper also lays in the background.

T: The nose is pretty much exactly what I get. None of the flavors are as sharp as the nose, though. I'm surprised by how oatmeal dominated this is, I really expected to get a big chocolate punch. Regardless, all of the flavors slide between one another effectively and I find myself frequently reaching for the next sip.

M: Full bodied for the ABV, but the carbonation is less than creamy. Theres a tad of coffee bitter burn on the inner sides of the tongue and the beer seems to hang around a bit in the mouth but I dont find it unpleasant.

O: I searched for this when I went to NY and couldnt find it so I'm very glad to try it now. I think KBS is the better brew but this one has its place. For people who enjoy good oatmeal character in a potent stout, this is for you.

Klym, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into imperial glass. This is a special review and a beer Ive wanted to get ahold of for quite some time.

Poured a motor oil black with a one-finger mocha-colored head. Totally opaque...no light penetration whatsoever. Poured very smooth, as expected.

Aroma is that of black coffee up front with hints of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and oat. Smelled absolutely immaculate.

Wow! The taste follows the nose. Black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some oatiness. Little bit of bitterness too on the back end. This is just amazing. At 8.3% ABV, there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever. If you like coffee, this is right down your alley. Breakfast in a bottle...

One word...rich. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and velvety smooth going down. Definitely a full-bodied brew, but it offers superb drinkability. I had to stop myself from drinking this heavenly nectar too fast so I could savor it, but its just that friggin' good!

Overall this is the best stout, and to date, the best beer I have ever had, period. I have never given a perfect score to a beer on here before, but this one gets it from me. Very refreshing to see a much ballyhooed beer live up to its enormous hype. If you like stouts, drink this. It will change your life forever. Its that good. Thank you to Founders for this amazing take on an imperial stout. Now if I could only score some KBS and CBS...

BeerFiend2002, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black. Head is tan/brown with mild retention and decent lacing around the glass.

S: Miles of malt, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Wonderful toasted sweet and rich character. A little leather in there.

T: Carob chips and roasted malts are prominent. There's a bright, but subtle coffee flavor. Fine leather and clean malts on the finish. This beer would go very well with a complex cigar like a Padron or a La Flor Dominicana.

M: It's full bodied and rich. It's not chalky or over bearing though. There is a distinct stout aftertaste on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue.

D: It's about as drinkable as an 8.3% abv beer can be. Smells and tastes great, but will catch up to you after a few rounds. I love it though.

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts by far! Love to drink this for breakfast. (surprise surprise)

A - Pours black with a nice little head.

S - Smells like the perfect breakfast (Without the bacon). Coffee heavy and chocolate notes.

T - Thick, chocolatey taste. Loads of coffee and subtle oatmeal flavor.

M - Perfect stout feel. Nice and Creamy!

mattboyer182, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, with moderate amount of chocolate colored head. Good amount of lacing.

smell: primarily chocolate with hints of coffee.

taste: very rich, deep dark chocolate taste with the oatmeal texture coming out more as the beer warms up. good carbonation that fuels the mixture of wide palate of tastes. Specifically, the combination of coffee and chocolate is done perfectly.

mouthfeel: can start to feel a little soapy (I imagine because of the strong chocolate presence). for a high-alcohol stout, this is a mild complaint as the beer goes down very gently.

overall: excellent beer all-around. hard to imagine this plays third fiddle to KBS and CBS.

Ehrnstrom, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this a million times. Finally got around to reviewing it with the new batch. Bottled 8/5/11. Poured at room temperature into my Founder's snifter.

A: After the beautiful mocha colored head recedes this looks like cold coffee that has been sitting out since I made it in the French press this morning.

S: Fresh brewed coffee.

T: Just as the beer is described: double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout. Nothing more needs to be said.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: An old, good friend. One of my annual favorites. You know it is that time of the year for great beer in MI when this one hits shelves.

camil1mj, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a while ago and now I'm revisiting it. My original thoughts of it were that I wasn't overly impressed for some reason. Perhaps it was my mood. I just opened a bottle that could possibly had some age to it. The pour is a beautiful black as night color with a thick brown colored head. The lacing is very nice on this beer. The smell is roasted and super chocolatey! The coffee kind of blends in with the malts and chocolate. The taste is so nice, the flavors are just balanced so well. Chocolate, coffee, sweet dark roasted malts and oats. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a really nice thickness with a subtle carbonation. Overall it's a fantastic beer, there really isn't much to bitch about with this one. Buy this beer!

Knapp85, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Founders snifter. A match of pure genius.

Pours an opaque black with a fingers worth of mocha head. Recedes rather quickly. Lacing is clinging for dear life. Full on roast coffee. It's making love to my face. I keep diving in for more. Bakers chocolate is present. A nice sip. Chocolate and oatmeal rounded out with a large amount of roast coffee notes. The chocolate has a bitter finish. A lovely touch.I find myself sipping over and over to keep the flavors in my mouth. I guess my true knock is that I wish it was a bit thicker. Not thin, but it's borderline.

I need to stock up on this.

TheDudeRules, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Founders breakfast stout is probably the best readily available affordable stout on the market.

Very dark beer. Pours with a bit of head and leaves some sparse lacing. Very attractive beer. The aroma is huge coffee up front with coco. Mocha coffee aroma on this beer. Could be a little bigger, but I'm not complaining. The beer tastes like a coffee chocolate mild caramel beer. The alcohol lightens the flavors a bit, which is not the greatest, but I am really just nitpicking here. This beer tastes great. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth and viscous. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing affordable delicious beer. Founders does an amazing job making widely available delicious beers. This beer was the reason founders became my favorite brewery.

Agold, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful black color. It's thick and syrupy looking with a nice brown head that stays with the glass until the end.

S: smells like a chocolate covered coffee bean. I imagine that's how it tastes.

T: I don't get the oatmeal much, but a tiny bit. Dominated by coffee and chocolate, but some malts come through.

M: incredibly smooth, even with 60 IBUs. Pretty awesome. Very creamy and thick.

O: unbelievable beer. I had this years ago and just got my hands on it again.

Holland, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of mobius387
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance: pours black like tar but smoothly. forms no head at first then a small 1/2 inch brown top appears, not very foamy, full of bubbles.

Aroma: coffee and chocolate. not very strong, but subtle enough to pick it up.

Palate: sits with medium density in the mouth. taste spreads all over.

Taste: rich coffee with a slight burnt taste that is pleasant. the alcohol isnt as noticeable as the KBS. consistent taste as you move it around your mouth. chocolate comes out a bit later.

Overall: great taste and has a bit more "drinkability" than the KBS. one of the best stouts ive had for flavor. heavier than others, but not so heavy its overwhelming. one of the best seasonal beers around.

mobius387, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for sharing this.

Black with a heaving dense coffee-coloured head. Great retention.

Clean and nicely refined roasty aromas of brewed coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of sweet esters.

Much the same but better. Sweetened dark chocolate, used coffee grounds and a Tia Maria liquer character (kudos to bluebetty for nailing that).

Divinely creamy but not at all heavy. Great.

Great stuff. The additions are proportioned so that they complement the base beer without hogging the limelight.

Only had a 100mL sample of this so will certainly do a re-review when I can hook up some more.

spicelab, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, verging on black. Poured with virtually no head, just a small ring of brown bubbles.

Aroma: Fresh coffee, maple and dark chocolate. I'm not sure I pick up on the Kona, but the Sumatra is pretty evident.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate blended with robust coffee and roasted malt. Interestingly, I think the Kona is more evident in the taste. I can't taste the hops but they bite my tongue at the finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer has creamy, thick mouthfeel making for a good sipping beer.

Overall: Breakfast Stout is one of my very favorite stouts. I look forward to it when it comes out each season and I buy enough to last a while.

Eis Igian,

cosmonick, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of polisanl
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso type dark with thin tan lacing around the glass edge. Smells of pure coffee. In the taste you find more coffee and the usual supsects found in oatmeal stouts. The after tatse is huge. I think this is where this stands alone from other coffee stouts that are one-dimensional. A mix of bitter-sweet dark chocolate and espresso style (darker roast) coffee comes out it in the back of the palate. Decent carbonation throughout. Medium mouth on the mouth.

polisanl, Aug 19, 2011
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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