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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,317
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 2,381 | FT: 155
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 Zraly


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter an opaque black/dark brown with a "cinnabark" colored head. Rich smell of coffee and the smell of a freshly opened chocolate bar. Quite nice.

Oily, rich, decadent -- very full-bodied chocolate and coffee flavors. Very faint alcohol. Molasses. Smooth and silky, as the flaked oatmeal in the mash makes its presence known. Nice bitter finish, like a good piece of high cocoa content chocolate. Simply wonderful. And deceptive! So delicious and smooth, the alcohol is hidden well.

Grab your dessert spoon because the final course is served! Or this is dinner. You take your pick.

One smooth-ass sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 21:58:08 | More by Zraly
Photo of bundy462


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, no light shining through. Nice frothy mocha head.

S: Tons of rich dark chocolate malt. Slightly boozy.

T: Perfect. Very much a treat. Dessert in a bottle. Huge chocolate burst with a great hop balance. Slight black coffee-like dry finish. Really well crafted.

M: Slightly thin for the style, but smooth and silky.

O: I can drink these all day, it's so well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:50:00 | More by bundy462
Photo of KAP1356


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated November 6, 2009 into a snifter...

A - Pours a deep black with a nice half a finger mocha colored head that quickly dissipates to a nice mocha lacing

S - Coffee and chocolate. There is no doubt about what this beer has to offer. The background is roasted malts and some slight, slight vanilla presence there as well.

T - Delicious mix of chocolate and dark chocolate. Nice bitterness from both, but it is nicely rounded out from the hops and the oats that are present. Some brown sugary flavor as well that adds a little needed sweetness to a bitter beer. Extremely well rounded beer.

M - Silky smooth on the palate. Slightly carbonated which makes it a nice smooth, silky feeling. Nice and robust feeling and flavor that is quite perfect.

D - Does a serious number on the palate but it is a tremendous beer to end the night with. Not too heavy in the ABV department, but the flavors and ingredients slow this one down to a sipper for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:23:27 | More by KAP1356
Photo of rudzud


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up two bottles of this while at Russell's Liquors in Amherst, MA. At $3.50 I'm really glad I did!

A - Midnight black pour with a nice healthy chocolate head that fades into a thick lacing. Everything a stout should look like.

S - As soon as I began the pour I was overwhelmed by the amount of chocolate I could pick up. The mocha smell, combined with deep coffee and carmel sweetness.

T - Really, really picking up on the chocolate and coffee. The balance between bitter and sweet is great. I personally would like a little less bitter and little more sweet chocolate though.

M - Coats the mouth with a silky feeling that only a stout can do. Just superb.

D - So, so good. The aromas, the mouthfeel, and the taste all work together on this. Cant stop drinking this. Forget coffee, I'd like to start every morning with a snifter of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 15:49:19 | More by rudzud
Photo of dandrews74


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark! Great head retention and contrast.

Smell - Wow...unsweetened dark chocolate, molasses, a bit of coffee and a lot of oaky-bourbon.

Taste - This is a complex beer and its taste is temperature sensitive... 52+ degrees wakes this beer up. Alcohol, bourbon, burnt dark brown sugar, coffee, are the flavors I detect.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability - Coats the glass and your mouth very well. Balanced by the sweetness of the sugary and syrupy notes and the bitterness and alcohol flavors. A sipping beer, yes, due to its many dominant flavors - but not one to miss!

Other - Server in a snifter to help separate the complexity. Also, this is a filling beer, but one not to pass up (best on tap).

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 02:34:09 | More by dandrews74
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast stout for breakfast, wonderful way to start the day...probably one of my favorite beers.

Pours black with a half finger of mocha head. this fades quickly and leaves a lacing down the glass.

Smell is decedent. Coffee, chocolate, caramel and subtle oats.

Tastes is like smell. Coffee and chocolate bitterness balanced out with caramel and oat sweetness.

Mouthfeel is gently carbonated and thick. Its what an imperial stout should feel like.

I wish i could have a few of these every morning...enough said.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 17:18:41 | More by bs870621345
Photo of SuperNova777


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Dark rich color with a small tan head that quickly resides with not much lacing

S:A lot of cocoa and coffee going on here, maybe also some vanilla in the mix there

T:Here comes that coffe, very tasty chocolate and malts really coming together, not really tasting much oatmeal there but still very delicious brew with fairly well hidden alcohol that leaves nice coat on the palate

M:A nice fuller bodied brew

D:Another great offering from Founders, I really don't think these guys can make a bad brew, Enjoyed this and look foward to many more from them

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 05:12:24 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of DeutschesBier


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a great thing when a world-class beer like this is readily accessible and also (relatively) cheap. Looks like it doesn't need a limited release party to be a quality beer.

The chocolate/coffee balance in this beer is almost perfect. The 60 IBUs really balance the sweetness and make this a dangerous brew.

I can't get enough of it, and I love being able to drive to the local beer store to get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:24:24 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of Naerhu


4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small dark chocolate colored head on pitch black body.
Smells of ultra dark chocolate and absurd amounts of delish coffee.
Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasty, full-bodied goodness. A nice beer to keep you company when up late, as the higher alcohol will help put you to sleep. But its so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:16:44 | More by Naerhu
Photo of HosP


4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A- Poured dark brown, almost black. Very dark, with nice head.

S- Good aroma of coffee with hints of chocolate. Nice roasted malt smell.

T- At first lots of coffee flavor. Like the smell chocolate hints sneak in. Good mocha finish. Surprisingly it has more bitterness than I would have thought, still pretty subtle though.

M- Full body. Little carbonation. Smooth, creamy drink.

D- Very good stout. I could easily pick these up on a weekly basis. Not a huge fan of stouts, but this was very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:53:16 | More by HosP
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast stout poured very slowly a black color, with a small tan head. It had s strong sweet smell to it. It had a very strong taste, with lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. It wasnt too difficult to drink, but a non stout drinker would disagree. Overall a fantastic stout, not the best stout I ever had, but very close.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 03:31:30 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Pdiddey3d

New York

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thin mocha head that doesn't stick around long. Man this looks thick as sin, lives up to it's meal in a bottle moniker.
What a great aroma. One of the best chocolate scents I have ever smelled in a beer. Rich milky chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, just a delicious smell.
The taste is somewhat the reverse of the scent. Strong coffee upfront, somewhat bitter with a rich chocolate backbone. You can pick up some of the bitterness from the burnt malts in the backend of the palate. Great balance and not a hint of the 8.3 ABV.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not as thick as I would have expected but very nice.
I would say if I had regular access to this it would be my go to IS, just so drinkable and balanced. I could really enjoy several of these in on sitting if the weather was right. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 03:13:56 | More by Pdiddey3d
Photo of Swill5786


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful. Opaque black, one finger brownish mocha head. Fades rather quickly but I can't hold that against this amazing little Coffee Stout.

S - Alcohol with sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and an almond-liquor-like essence. Coffee and chocolate undertones. Can't wait to taste!

T - Chocolatey start is quickly joined by an alcohol kick intensified by a brilliant coffee bitterness. I lose the rich, smooth Kona flavor altogether in the blend of the alcohol and powerful Sumatra. It is fantastic, however - nearly as strong a coffee flavor as the brew from a pound of unadulterated, full-strength Sumatran coffee a friend brought me directly from Aceh, Indonesia - traditionally prepared by filtering through a sock. Awesome flavor!!

M - Super heavy in a good way. Close to the famed Rochefort 10. Dryish finish.

D - Just one will satisfy... Could get too mug of this good thing. But worth drinking right up to that line!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:55:19 | More by Swill5786
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Deep opaque black, very faint ruby highlights held up to the light. half finger dark khaki head that settles quickly. Lacing is there but not clinging to the glass like most Imperial's do.

S- Dark roasted coffee, just shy of burnt roasts. Brown sugar, vanilla, oak earthy smell, raisins, caramel and a hint of molasses.

T- Roasted coffee, vanilla, raisins not reallygetting the chocolate out of this one. I know it's there but not nearly as prevelant to deem it a "Double chocolate stout" the bitter coffee lingers on the palate for a while which makes you start craving the next sip.

M- It's thinner than you would come to expect in a Imperial Stout which is kind of a nice change of pace. Makes the idea of having more than one in a night a possibility

D- If your a coffee lover like me you'll be craving every single sip. When the bottle is gone, you'll wonder why you haven't cracked a second yet.

Excellent beer glad I got 8 of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:37:11 | More by korguy123
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black into a snifter, with nearly three fingers of brown head, visibly modest carbonation, good head retention, and very good lacing. The nose revealed coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. The taste was even more pronounced, beginning on a coffee note, then progressing to a woody slight-chocolate note, and then finishing on a dry roasted note. Very nice flavor progression. Surprisingly very thin...probably the only glaring knock that I have on this beer. If I really feel like being picky, I'd say maybe a little more chocolate would be cool, but again that's being picky. This is a great (session?) stout as it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 20:54:52 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of CHL


4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very amusing beer to pour. Tall, thick, smooth brown head over a viscous opaque black body. The head persists for some time, clinging to the glass.

The smell is heavy coffee with noticeable hops, and a dark fruit kind of punch.

It's an outstandingly thick beer with some complexity. It has coffee, of course, and velvety dark chocolate (presumably smoothed by the oats), there are noticeable hops rounding it out as well, although the bitterness comes through heavy roasted notes.

Feels thick and satisfying in the mouth--about as thick as they come--but too rich for me to drink more than one of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 15:57:31 | More by CHL
Photo of JackieTH


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Right away, this is an excellent brew.

I really enjoy the Founder's bottle artwork, excellent as usual.

Pours a rich, smooth, dark chocolaty brown almost black into a chilled pint glass with a finger of deep thick looking mocha brown head. Where's my spoon when I need it?

Inhaling deeply over the rich brown foam brings inviting wafts of chocolaty infused oatmeal, roasted malts, and coffee.

The first mouthful is spectacular. Creamy thick velveteen texture is just right. Chocolaty. Oatmeal and roasted malts. Robust coffee but not espresso strength. More rich chocolate following. Perfectly balanced with a bit of bitterness. The second pull quickly leads to a third, and then an empty glass this brew is simply fantastic. Again, wow! More please.

Is there any alcohol in this? Drinkability is off the charts.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 15:09:38 | More by JackieTH
Photo of djmichaelk


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Courtesy of BucketBoy (thanks, Joe!)

A - Dark brown to black pour, with a milk-chocolate colored head that rises a couple fingers high. It died down pretty quickly, leaving a solid cap that's thicker toward the edges. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S - This won't be a shock, exactly, but COFFEE!! I love coffee beers, and this one doesn't let me down. There's some chocolate and cocoa, and hops are in the background just enough to let me know.

T - Coffee and vanilla are the dominant flavors up front. Creme brulee and cake-iness are there midpalate, followed by a bit of dark sugar and the bitterness of the hops. Nice, but not overwhelming.

M - Thick and velvety, but the carbonation tends to make it fade a bit too quickly. The coffee gives it a dryness that I wasn't expecting.

D - It's actually a pretty high abv, although for the style it's average or less than most. I could see me having a few of these every morning.

O - How do I get more of these out here? I'd love for this to be an everyday/morning beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:34:44 | More by djmichaelk
Photo of Shakesbeere


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma of coffee with light chocolate and a hint of vegetable spice. Flavor is of coffee beans, chocolate, and hazelnut with a distinct roasted character. Palate is thick. Thick finish with some extent of bitter chocolate and breakfast food (a slight sense of hot sauce and omelet). A complex flavor and a very good beer. It's a rough n' ready yet sophisticated waking meal. An anorexic would have this for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:54:43 | More by Shakesbeere
Photo of beerhan


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I mention that this is my favorite beer of all time? Its perfect in all ways. It smells and tastes like my favorite beverage (coffee) it is easy to find in a bottle and on tap. It is inexpensive and has a good abv so that it does not get you too drunk. This beer tastes like heaven. It smells and tastes just like coffee. I have had this beer so much and it has never disappointed me. It has a nice thick jet black body with a brown head. Medium carbonation and is oh so drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 03:56:20 | More by beerhan
Photo of DovaliHops


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark jet black color with an impressive dark tan/brown head that just looks SO Thick and tasty. The smell on this is just like I was hoping. So chocolatey and so much coffee. The beer smells absolutely delicious and just so robust and flavorful. Hints of burnt malts...but just mainly coffee and dark chocolate. This beer tastes SO WELL BALANCED. I love it! Initially, I get such a soothing taste of espresso, followed by a very tasty chocolate that just makes my palate extremely happy. I then get some very sweet notes that linger on my palate (kinda like sweet coffee ice cream). I must also add, that as this beer warms up, the scents sort of blend together to make a sort of chocolate cake scent. The alcohol is scary how well hidden it is. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. So smooth and velvety. Drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 06:36:59 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of newk340


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FBS was allowed to warm for 15 mins following refrigeration before tasting:

A: very dark, nearly opaque when held to the light with a quickly dissipating head.

S: initially a strong coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T: a distinct coffee taste, nearly overwhelming the chocolate, though it lingers during the aftertaste, reminded me of eating chocolate pancakes at breakfast with black coffee to wash it down.

M: begins with an initial sizzle with a relatively smooth aftertaste, smoother as the beer warmed.

D: a very good breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:38:43 | More by newk340
Photo of NDZonie


4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a pint glass, it appears oil-like as it glug-glugs into the glass: thick and black. A thin wisp of brown head appears on top of an opaque black body. That film of a head disappears quickly, however, likely a victim of the 8.3% ABV. No lace left behind.

S: First impression, not surprisingly, is of the coffee. Roasted coffee beans and just plain coffee. As it warms I get more of a chocolatey smell, but coffee is the dominant scent throughout.

T: Roasted, even slightly burnt, coffee. Husky roasted cereal grains. As I drink it more, the roasted acidity subsides and I begin to get more chocolate -- both dark chocolate, with the commensurate bitterness, and milk chocolate, with its sweetness. The chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms, though the coffee and roasted barley-like bitterness never entirely subsides. Bitterness on the finish and lingering afterwards. ABV not even in the picture.

M: Definitely full-bodied. Chewy, creamy and smooth all at once, if that's possible.

D: 5.0 all of the way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 14:58:44 | More by NDZonie
Photo of Dubber55

New York

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/18/09

Pitch black with half finger of dark mocha colored head

Smells like lots of coffee, a little chocolate and a little vanilla

Taste like lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some hops, and the slightest bit of alcohol. The finish is roasty and a little bitter from the hops. There is also a slight sweetness that helps to balance out the roasted character of this beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick. Slick, creamy, oily with a medium amount of carbonation.

The drinkablility of this beer is really good. I barely can taste the alcohol. It's almost like a chocolate milkshake. The coffee is nicely integrated into this beer. It's not overly bitter or acrid like many other coffee stouts I have had. Really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:45:15 | More by Dubber55
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A - Black as night with a small circle of dark tan head

S - coffee with vanilla. A sweet smelling beer.

T - vanilla coffee with a little bitterness at the end. Good balance of flavor with sweet and bitter flavors.

M heavy body with light carbonation

D - not a fast drinker but easy for the style. Full flavored. What I would want in a coffee beer. Best beer in our tasting of coffee beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:07:26 | More by jpmclaug
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