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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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10,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 10462
Reviews: 3163
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%

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 SweetChicken


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured to a snifter. Black as night, very slight browning at the edges. Little to no head, settled to a khaki ring. Nice lacing

S - Wowza. Sweet heavy chocolate and oatmeal undertones. Reminded me of Grant's Perfect Porter circa 1996. My saliva glands started to weep waiting to taste.

T - Surprisingly not as sweet as the smell. Super dark chocolate and a forward roasted oatmeal grain taste. The finish is all bitter coffee. Slow to mellow

M - There was an interesting play here. Creamy and toothy like a stout, but more carbonated than expected. With little to no head at pour, I was not expecting much carbonation, yet there it was

O - It was as advertised. A great beer. Unlike my everyday breakfast coffee, this is not a daily drinker. Great for a treat or to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:52:09 | More by SweetChicken
Photo of OMills


4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black with light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing. This is a good looking beer.

S- Coffee aroma is strong upfront. Chocolate are there in the background, with brown sugar or molasses faintly there. Smells great!

T- Follows the nose. Very strong coffee notes at first and chocolate follows. Nice and roasty taste, although I find it to lean more towards the bitter side i feel as if it use a bit more sweetness. Overall it's fantastic.

M- Light carbonation with decent amount of body. Almost perfect here.

O- This beer is phenominal. Id say if the body was a bit more heavy and just somewhat sweeter this would be perfect. The strong coffee taste is amazing with the chocolate playing as a supporting role. I find this an almost impeccable beer. I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 05:08:31 | More by OMills
Photo of BeerZombies1


4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing

Imperial stout
8.3% ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured a deep dark, day old coffee black. Very little head appeared what was there dissipated into a mocha halo pretty quickly.

AROMA: Like fresh ground coffee beans sprinkled with dark chocolate chips. Very in your face aroma, under that first layer the alcohol is present with some nice earthy graininess.

TASTE: Truthfully the first taste I was disappointed. I felt like all I got was huge coffee and bitterness. I actually went back to smell a bit more and let it sit. When I went back for the second taste I really got to taste more of the layers hidden, chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation body I felt was a bit thin. It did have a lingering finish that was interesting.

OVERALL: It took me about a quarter of the beer to really start to enjoy it. Once it warmed and I got into it, it was very solid.

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:55:42 | More by BeerZombies1
Photo of ajramirez1


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

Purchased a 4pack in North Carolina. At Airport, damn TSA douches stole 3bottles of FBS. F u TSA bastards.

Anyways, poured bottle into a 6oz taster. Initially cold it was decent. Let it warm up, its truly awesome. Not as good as KBS, but its pretty decent. Need to get my hands on more and I'd like to try it aged.


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:20:08 | More by ajramirez1
Photo of bradb717


4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic, and complex beer.
I would encourage anyone to try it.
I'm kinda going off memory here, cause it was a few weeks ago, but a couple aspects of the
beer you truly will not forget.
Pours dark with thin creamy head that stays and sticks to the glass.
I would encourage it to not be served too cold because the flavors burst as it warms.
Thick oat, complex coffee almost chocolate. Hard to put your finger on all flavors.
Warms the throat down but alcohol well masked.
Delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:41:02 | More by bradb717
Photo of GinjaSlice


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black beer with thin caramel colored head and decent lacing
S: really good smelling with some chocolate coffee and a little oak
T: Very good beer with some light chocolate taste and a lot of coffee bitterness. Its well balanced and leaves a great after taste on the tongue
M: Great mouthfeel for such a dark and strong beer very impressed

O: of of the best stouts I've ever had close with ten fidy

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:22:25 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of Uanof


4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: jet black with steady foamy khaki head.

S: roasted coffee shines the brightest with chocolate and vanilla in the race for se ond place and heavy malts and grains in third.

T: more like coffee with alcohol. The coffee is not too overpronounced and the bittersweetness from the chocolate balances nicely any spikes in flavor that the coffee might bring. There's a great amount of balance and harmony going on in between these two ingredients and together they are making this an even better beer.

M: full bodied with some astringency, light carbonation as to be expected, no lingering flavors expect for the harshness of the roast bite which is incredibly subtle compared to other brews, but it washes down silently and adequetly.

O: i actually don't have any complaints expect that i would enjoy seeing the vanilla a bit more present in the palate, aside from that it's another excellent world class beer from Founder's!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 08:05:40 | More by Uanof
Photo of Patricksmith88

New York

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was one of my staples when I was done with work. Always a good drink thick head and smooth going down. I liked that they didn't try a hoppy with it. Haven't had a bad beer by them yet. Full body, dark. You could smell the malts right when they put it in front of you.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 19:30:04 | More by Patricksmith88
Photo of ARWatson


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

The perfect example of a breakfast stout. If you love coffee, you'll love this. It has a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate, but isn't too bitter or sweet. It has a heavy feel, like a good stout should (in my mind). I've tasted a few that were just a bit too light. Good work, Founders!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:53:58 | More by ARWatson
Photo of N_Schleret


4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a motor oil color with a one finger chocolate head that dissipates quickly, light lacing.
S: Molasses, burnt chocolate, light coffee. ABV is well hidden.
T: Light coffee, light chocolate, and sweet malt.
M: Very dry and medium heavy body.
O: Another good offering by Founders. I love the light coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:47:40 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Abysmal, and I don't mean that in a negative connotation. I mean it in the sense that this brew absolutely resembles the abyss. All semblances of color are shrouded by the blackness. All traces of light devoured. There aren't even highlights along the sides as it's held up to direct sun. This beer is black; I'm talking the depths of the Mariana Trench black. As for the head... admittedly, my pour was pretty weak and it still resulted in about an inch and a half of toasted caramel colored creamy excellence. The retention leaves a little to be desired, but there's currently still a nice creamy cap sitting afloat the blackness and some respectable traces of khaki lacing scattered along the sides of the glass.

S: Gourmet roasted coffee (bordering medium and dark roast) and rich pure cocoa. Coffee tends to dominate here, as it squelches out the cocoa towards the end of the sniff. A simple aroma, but it's oh-so-satisfying. It smells like waking up to a fresh pot of coffee brewing.

T: A bit too chilled, initially... Taste was exclusively pure cocoa and some oaked alcohol. After leaving it untouched for about 20 minutes to warm up, the flavors have finally come out to play. The dark chocolate notes lose their bitter characteristics and begin to resemble semi-sweet chocolate chips. A huge roasted profile resembling some of the finest black coffee ever brewed. Underneath the coffee and cocoa are some real complex notes of molasses, oak barreled booze, and burnt caramel. A little bit of an herbal flash comes through in the finish that doesn't linger, but certainly makes itself apparently. A bit of alcoholic burn in the finish that warms the throat. Aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee. Superb.

M: A huge body! The texture is thick, creamy, and moderately chewy—all thanks to the oatmeal, one would assume. Velvety smooth and is a pure delight on the tongue. 8.3% you say? Strange... I'm not feeling it.

O: FBS' reputation honestly speaks for itself. There's nothing I can say here that hasn't been said a thousand times (or 3,100 times...) before. This is surely stout perfection in a bottle and you'd have your work cut out for you trying to find a better example. Without a doubt a masterpiece and an absolute joy to sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:04:35 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of digitalflood

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black body with wet mouthfeel. Good head reduces to good lacing. Smells of coffee and cream. Front palate is all Kona coffee beans and some bitter stout. Creamy in the mid-palate with milk, chocolate, and some more coffee. On the back palate it's all bitter coffee, hops, stout, and some toasted oats and barley. Beautiful balance. Very nice traditional breakfast stout taste. On the verge of excellence. 4.25 out of 5. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 02:57:32 | More by digitalflood
Photo of tomgoehring


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout is one of my go-to beers (I always have some on hand) - beautiful dark color and great balance (not too flat) so you get a little "ping" with each sip. A really terrific blend of coffee and chocolate so neither dominates. This is a heavy beer - three is enough for me!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:25:48 | More by tomgoehring
Photo of BigMurph


4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black with a thick head.

S- Blend of chocolate and coffee.

T- Lives up to it's smell a rich coffee/chocolatey flavor. The oatmeal smooths out the former flavors and it tastes amazing.

M- Very smooth. Very small amount of bitterness that stays with you for a bit after you've finished.

O- Absolutely beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee, in both smell and taste. One of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:54:51 | More by BigMurph
Photo of MikeB20


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours completely black with a nearly two finger creamy brown head. The head dies down quickly but lacing is solid and it sticks down the glass.

S: Lots of coffee up front along with dark roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. You can almost smell the creaminess of the beer through the aroma. It's hard to explain but you'll know what I mean with one good whiff.

T: Everything present in the aroma is present in the taste and that's no small feat. A slight bitterness from the dark roasted malts is probably the most pronounced flavor but you also get a nice touch of coffee and hint of chocolate in the finish. There's nothing not to like here, very well balanced and expertly crafted. At 8.3% ABV is deceptively drinkable as it invites you back for just another sip.

M: Very smooth, very creamy, very full bodied and very good. Carbonation seems to be on the low side but it could just be the insane amount of body over-powering it and that's not a bad thing at all.

O: I'm super impressed with this beer. The aromas and flavors are fantastic, pull no punches and leave no questions on the table. What you smell is what you taste and that, to me, is the sign of a well crafted beer. Easy to drink, enjoy and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 20:26:37 | More by MikeB20
Photo of lochef81


4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having one for breakfast today just for fun. This ale pours a deep dark almost black color with a very slight tan head that quickly dissipates to a light film and very little lacing. The nose is packed with coffee notes highlighted by some burnt dried fruits and cacao. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer. It is so silky and creamy and smooth; an utter delight to swirl around your mouth and slowly swallow. The flavor is quite simple for a beer of this caliber. Lots of coffee, a little dark chocolate, a pleasantly bitter bite towards the end, and just a little sting and taste of alcohol on the tail. Simple and awesome. This offering from one of my favorite breweries is so simple in its flavors and craft that it is simply brilliant. They always say that if you are going to make something simple then it has to be done perfectly to be great and Founders has nailed it perfectly and simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 13:35:57 | More by lochef81
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: almost pitch black; minimal head, colour of milk chocolate

Aroma: sharp and strong dark roast coffee, touch of high % dark chocolate; burnt, kind of smoky aroma; clean and precise, seems not for the weak-hearted

Taste & Mouthfeel: bit of a slow build to this, quite mild at first, like a standard (but good) coffee, then drawing to an intense, cutting acidity of dark roasted coffee; it's deep and rich, without the tart bitterness, fairly remarkable considering heavily roast and likely significant amount of coffee used in the brew; pure cocoa flavour plays a bigger part over time; good carbonation, clean feel, and medium body

Overall: if the review seems short and not overly exciting, it's because this is a very focused and simple stout - and as a result absolutely great; everything reeks of precision and purity

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 14:08:42 | More by BGDrock
Photo of tmbgnicu


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is very very close to a perfect beer. It pours very dark in a goblet. The aroma is enchanting, notes of chocolate, coffee, oats. The coffee and chocolate stood out to me most in taste, with each sip almost alternating the intensity of the two building block flavors. I enjoyed this one after a big dinner and it was the perfect dessert. As so many others have written, this truly tastes like a "breakfast" stout and seems to be almost made for the morning hours. It works great as a dessert too!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:31:04 | More by tmbgnicu
Photo of BeernerdJeff

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy a good stout and was truly looking forward to trying this beer after reading all of the reviews and seeing the high ranking on BA. Finally had the opportunity to try it...

I'm not sure if the hype set my expectations too high or if I just had a weaker batch, but I found this stout to be quite plain. The rich, dark color and the head are great after pouring from bottle, as expected from a stout-but the rich, bold flavors I expect from a stout are just not there. There is a coffee, oatmeal flavor with very slight hints of chocolate, but none of these flavors are strong. The flavors are good and are balanced, just not much there.

Overall, this is probably a great introductory stout for those just starting with stouts or who don't usually like them as it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 12:02:52 | More by BeernerdJeff
Photo of schris


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On principle, I am hesitant to rate a beer as perfect. This is the tastiest stout I have ever had. Is it the best? I am not sure, and the only reason I'm not sure is that there are still other beers out there in the world that I haven't tried. It pours heavy, no head and minimal lacing, into a tulip glass (next time I'll use a snifter). It tastes sweet, and bitter, and chocolatey - I sense coffee, but on my palate the chocolate is more present - and heavy. Like I really could have it for breakfast. And by God the next time I don't have to work and my kid is already at daycare, I will have one for breakfast, and by then maybe I'll decide it truly is the best stout ever.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:41:42 | More by schris
Photo of Cerebrum


4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark black with a decent head.

S- A nice blend of chocolate and coffee beans. The smell dissipated rather quickly in my snifter, but agitating it brought it all right back.

T- Lives up to it's smell wonderfully, a rich coffee and chocolate flavor. Can't say I really pick up on the oatmeal as well as the former flavors, but it tastes amazing nonetheless.

M- Very smooth, non intrusive aftertaste. Minimal amount of bitterness that stays with you for a bit after you've finished.

O- Absolutely beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee, both in terms of smell and taste. One of the best beers I've had and my favorite stout to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:14:56 | More by Cerebrum
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black and thick. Nice brown head. Smells like dark coffee with a bit of chocolate. Taste is spot on coffee and just a hint of sweetness. There is no taste of alcohol. All I can say is that if you love coffee you will love this beer. It hits the mark straight on.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:47:51 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Jnashed


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: black with a little brown, thin head and slight lacing on glass. I let it warm up a bit post pout and thin head went away quick. Not much carbonation.

S: Wow.... Coffee, but not burnt nice roast (like a lightly roasted breakfast blend). Chocolate smells of course too. Then a slight bit of grain smell. So you know it's a beer not a warm cup of Joe. Alcohol finish on smell too.

M: I can let it sit in my mouth for an eternity. Full heavy thick feel, and hear you get some more carbonation.

T: yep it's awesome. Perfect balance of coffee, malt, slight hops, and chocolate. So well balanced. Nothing is overwhelming. Other coffe stouts are too burnt or too roasted. Not this. I like the light roast like Costa Rican coffees and it hits that taste with a light chocolate background and a slight alcohol finish. 8percent? Really....

Overall. Perfectly balanced coffe/ chocolate stout. as BCBS is the gold standard of bourbon barrel stouts of Sam Smith Porter is The British Porter standard taste So is this the gold standard.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:17:20 | More by Jnashed
Photo of smptenor


4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance- a beautiful dark black with a malty little head

smell- a beautiful malty, chocolaty and oatmeal smelling beer. God it is a perfect smelling stout. It smells just like a stout should.

taste- wow. You get everything in this taste. It starts with a malty taste and goes right into the chocolate. The finish creeps in gently and is indeed an oatmeal flavored finish. The oatmeal comes a little bitter at the very end but its nothing horrible what so ever.

Mouth feel. it is perfect. it is creamy, smooth and gentle all at the same time. It is like heaven in the mouth.

This beer is outstanding. I had been begged by my friends to try this stout and this is now one of my favorite stouts and yes my beer of choice is a good stout. This is a must try. exceeded my expectations. Even though it is a bit heavy I could definitely make this a session beer but yes it has a high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:05:47 | More by smptenor
Photo of tedstriker


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

I don't drink coffee, not a chocoholic, yet this beer has transformed me like a goddamn werewolf or something. I'll forego the play-by-play of pouring the beer and staring at it before I drink it, Bob Costas, but I will tell you how it tastes.

It tastes like jumping in a fully-equipped Delorean, hitting 88 mph to go "Baaack in tiiime", and french kissing a 1940's Playboy pin-up girl just before brunch. It tastes like someone secretly replaced my ordinary stout with the love child of Juan Valdez and Betty Crocker after an all-weekend long brownie bender.

If you love beer, and you love things that taste good and (spoiler alert) make you feel just plain awesome, then...hey....try it!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:17:57 | More by tedstriker
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,462 ratings.