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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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99
world-class

3,439 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,439
Hads: 14,576
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 1,681
Gots: 4,552 | FT: 230
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU
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Reviews: 3,439 | Hads: 14,576
Photo of MTLDOG
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep wonderful black color with light brown head. About 1 finger, goes away fast and has no lacing. Smells fantastic. Chocolate, mostly dark chocolate or cocoa nibs. Some molasses and like a sweet tobacco with heavy coffee. Tastes like chocolate and strong coffee with a sweetness like molasses just like the smell. What isn't evident in the smell is the good bitterness that gets through and some hops. Well balanced, medium mouthfeel fairly creamy. Very solid overall stout. Good product. Nice artwork on the label, pours nice, deep black look, great smell and great taste. (601 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, heavy coffee flavor with mild dark chocolate that starts off malty and sweet and due to heavy coffee has a slightly acidic finish. At 8.3% alcohol is well hidden by flavors. Not the best but one of the better coffee stouts around for sure. (251 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very heavy, creamy mouthfeel...the coffee is complimentary but not overwhelming...it is extremely well balanced with the bitter chocolate and roasted malted, with a faint cream note...not an envelope pusher but probably one of the most elegant & exemplary stouts out there (272 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours an almost pitch black color, with a 2 finger tan head that stuck around for a while
S: roasted coffee, chocolate, with a tad bit of vanilla??
T: a perfect blend of chocolate and coffee, this beer nails it! No alcohol taste at all
F: creamy, smooth and delicious.
O: just about perfect, IMO. Even better is that it is so easy to find (344 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Very dark with only traces of red and brown light getting through at the very edges when held up to the light. The light brown head is stronger than expected, rising to a full finger and staying intact for a good 30 seconds. When it falls, though, it falls hard and leaves only a few traces; a ring of foam around the edges and a small mound that will not go away right in the middle. The etching on the bottom of the glass is enough to keep a bubble geyser flowing strong enough to keep a little lump mid-glass.

SMELL: The roast is apparent immediately and it overwhelms the hints of dark chocolate, tobacco and dark fruit.

TASTE: That roast is still all over this beer, but it is not overwhelming. Some aggressive hopping adds to the bitterness, but as the beer warms a big and delicious dark chocolate flavor becomes evident, as does a lot of caramel.

MOUTHFEEL: This is not a complex beer. It is a straight forward, in your face, big stout…and it is delicious. I can’t quite say this is medium in body, but it is on the lighter side of big than most stouts in this category. There is very little sparkle, but that adds to the creamy, smooth feel that allows it to go down incredibly easy.

OVERALL: What more can be said about this beer that hasn’t been already? As far as Imperial Stouts that have not been barrel-aged go, how do you beat this? (1,384 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice

A: Deep black with about half a finger of beautiful light brown head. Head dissipates to some wisps on the surface and a ring

S: Rich dark chocolate, with a hint of malt and caramel sweetness. Very appealing, very inviting. No discernible hop aromas.

T: Chocolate, malt sweetness, no hops taste, except some balance from the bittering hops. Absolutely delicious

M: Creamy, full mouthfeel.

O: An excellent beer. Tastes amazing, looks amazing, and smells amazing. A winner. (523 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily jet black. Forms a finger of dark tan head. Whispy lacing left behind.
S - Tons of black coffee, even goes so far as to have the smokiness associated with coffee grounds or fresh ground Haitian and Arabic coffees. Some sweet milkyness and tons of malt. No hops present.
T - Absolutely amazing. Flavor development is sweet cream, caramel and chocolate, this fades into bittersweet baker's chocolate, finally, this fades into bitter, smokey malt and coffee. Fantastic.
O - An absolutely amazing, 5 star stout. One of my all time favorites and a must try for fans of stouts.
V - Available in four packs of bottles. High value! (645 characters)

Photo of GFM
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pitch black with a dusting of tan foam as the head. Pronounced coffee aroma (like taking a whiff of freshly ground coffee beans). More carbonation than I expected, which detracts from its smoothness. The sweetness of the chocolate flavor helps neutralize the bitterness of the coffee, but the bitterness wins out. Overall: A special beer and a great stout. My hat's off to somebody who starts his day with this one; for me, I'll save it for after dinner. Drink at closer to room temperature. (9.5) (531 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A very dark shade of brown, basically looks black unless you hold it up to the light in just the right way. Basically no head.

Smell - 4.5/5
Strong smells of coffee and cherry-flavored chocolate. Perhaps a tiny hint of alcohol and/or hops. Slightly sweet aroma.

Taste - 4/5
Earthy coffee, chocolate, hints of smokiness and hoppiness. A little bit of alcohol taste as well. I was expecting an amazing taste from this beer, and while it's very good, I think it may be a bit overhyped (but aren't most things in life?). I appreciate the discernable and possibly primary earthy coffee flavor (Sumatra coffeee tends to be more earthy if I remember correctly).

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium to full bodied. Very smooth, fairly creamy. There is a light to moderate amount of light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
Given all the hype, I wanted to like this more that I actually did. I wanted this to be a phenomenol beer, one of the best that I'd ever had. It probably wasn't, but it was still pretty damn good. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Morganser
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottles aged for 1 year....in utter darkness between 45 and 60 F. Best at cellar temp vs. Chilled. Best for breafast with buttered croissant. Best representation of style I've encountered. Patience Danie San. (208 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As I was strolling down the aisle of my local package store I was startled when I came across this beer. I am a big fan of coffee porters and knew that Founders Breakfast Stout was rated as #1 and had a perfect 100 score.

I poured the beer into a 12 ounce glass and could observe no visible light pass through as it is completely black. Swirling the liquid around the glass it has a red amber like color on the bottom. There is a coffee tan in color lace around the edges.

Upon smelling it I detected traces of coffee and some notes of chocolate.

It tastes like a Doppelbock as it has a very full bodied flavor. I was expecting stronger coffee notes, but I was left somewhat disappointed. I can detect a slight coffee aftertaste with a hint of chocolate. One thing that immediately struck me was the alcohol as it left me feeling warm and wanting to dive in for another sip.

The beer is very smooth and almost silk like. There wasn't that much carbonation which made it easier to drink.

UPDATE: I've had this beer a few times since my original review and I have to bump it up a few points. It seems to be one of those beers that grows on you. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very excited about this one! Pours dark brown with a foamy, one finger beige head. Smells of dark chocolate and oats. The first sip was loaded with flavor– very dark & bittersweet chocolate with oats in the background. A nice, subtle use of bready/doughy malts. Wow, there's a dark roast coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated. Overall, I like the bitter and creamy qualities of this stout– a contrast to the many syrupy/sweet stouts out there. The control of the coffee flavor is incredible. In my opinion, much better than this year's BCBCS. Go Founders! (575 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass and enjoyed with breakfast. The nose is all chocolate and coffee....big, roasted coffee notes that fill the senses. It is a beautiful looking deep red to black beer with a creamy looking tan head that makes this even more coffee like in appearance. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a creaminess and full body that is extremely inviting. Light enough not to be overwhelming. There is a slightly acrid, toasted bitterness present which plays well with the lively coffee accent. A classic, make no mistake. (536 characters)

Photo of mschipper
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured aggressively into a pint glass, gives about a finger and a half of tan head lacing very minimal lacing. Black in color, not allowing any light to pass through. S: Amazing to say the least. Smells very chocolaty with hints of coffee and maple syrup with subtle notes of dark fruit. Not any hints of oatmeal. T: Immediately taste chocolate and coffee, and after it goes down it leaves very very strong oatmeal flavor with hints of maple syrup. F: Moderate carbonation, I was expecting it to be smoother, like a milky froth, but does not take away from the quality of the beer. O: 4.25. Great treating beer. Would not recommend drinking with breakfast, as this is a heavy, strong tasting beer, but perfect for a winter night, or summer of you're like me and enjoy stouts all year round. (793 characters)

Photo of Beerando
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout. Very dark on appearance with little mocha brown head. Smells of toasted chocolate (not sure how to describe, but it's pleasant to the nose). Taste is absolutely excellent. Smooth with little to no alcohol presence. Hints of coffee comes to mind while sipping which smooths out to a subtle chocolate-y flavor. In conclusion, very good beer. Smooth, full bodied, and full of taste. If it's on tap, ask for a glass. (429 characters)

Photo of RStaff4
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into big wine glass.

Smell: Coffee right away, alcohol, dark chocolate, some nuts, burnt sugar

Look: Completely black, not much head at all from the pour, dissipates pretty quick.

Taste: Coffee is the star here with some dark chocolate. Let it sit a bit and got some dark fruits, with a small spicy finish, roasted nuts of some variety.

Feel: Coffee and beer mixed together. Creamy, sticky like syrup.

Overall: A good go to stout becoming more available in the Midwest. Coffee is strong here, but its a good beer to sip over a period of time to get the other subtle flavors. Really draws out the sweetness. (620 characters)

Photo of 71ADub
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

was well into my session when I had a bottle of this stuff...so i'll follow the KISS method:

A -black
S-roasted coffee, toasty, chocolate
T- off the chizzle! tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasty,
F - low carbonation, thick body - awesome silky mouthfeel, with some minor astringency
O- I need to have this when I am sober....but it still was one of the best uber stouts I have had. (383 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

- From chilled bottle in store to car, to pint glass, then let sit for about 5 minutes.
So beer temp about 65F.

A
Dark - Opaque with a quickly dissipated tan head. Looking down at the top of the glass while banging at the keyboard, the liquid moves easily - as if very watery; not viscous.
Lacing remains on glass wall like webbing.

S
Malty and musky with a whiff of sweetness.

T:
Malty, slight dark chocolate bitterness.

M:
Surprisingly full bodied; thick, soft and smooth with a very light fizzle.

O:
Baby's got back. The smooth character and flavor profile goes down way too easily. It is a bit filling though so that tempers the craving a bit. The 8.3 ABV is also well hidden at this temp. Also, the label is marked as having 60 IBU's but it didn't seem that bitter at all - just an echo of a dark chocolate bitterness.
This one went down way too fast. I'll keep a few around for the upcoming cold winter months.
Definitely recommend. (945 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black. Creamy tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - espresso, lactic acid, and cocoa powder.

T - focus is mainly on the espresso and espresso bitterness. vanilla and molasses hints. also a hint of lactic and chocolate with some grassy hops.

M - heavy and viscous. finishes somewhat dry.

O - Very good thick stout. Flavorful as well as drinkable. Somewhat bitter but not overly so. (393 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a stout tulip, this brew's head is two fingers thick and tan ,with lateral lacing, and a very dark brown body.

I can pick up the dark chocolate and very roasty malts. A very rich, yet smooth aroma.

This beer's taste is quite similar, along with the oat characteristics coming to life. I can't get over the bold,yet soft balance to the taste. This is living up to my prior expectations.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up is smooth and very masking of the higher abv of the brew.

Overall, I'm giving Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company a 4.75. This is an easy drinking flavor bomb of a stout. Delicious and, again, smooth. I will certainly buy this again!! (784 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was pretty stoked to find this as I've been on a mission to find the best stout for me... when drinking craft beer everyone's palate is different so try em all.... this is a solid stout the smell is immediately chocolate up front with sutle coffee in the background the taste follows suit with chocolate dark and milk dancing on your tongue then the coffee kicks in and lends a nice bitter.. the mouthfeel is exquisite oh so creamy... now the downside no head and almost no lacing what so ever and the alcohol is not very well hidden which I don't mind but it takes away from the coffee and cocoa nibs bitter finish... so as a whole this is a truly great stout but it hasn't ended my search for the best stout , when buying this don't over hype it like the 100 world class rating has done but be happy in knowing you've chosen a delicious double chocolate stout with a superior mouthfeel and well crafted flavor...I would also recommend north coast's old Rasputin if your new to the stout game... also let a bottle warm on the counter and give it a go stouts become so much more complex as they warm you'll find flavors you've missed when it's cold... (1,153 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled November 24, 2014) into a wine glass.

A-A thin brown head caps a nearly black beer. The head drops to a film but never disappears entirely. The beer is still looking in the glass and the head leaves a stray bit of lacing.

S-The aroma is smooth and roasty with lovely chocolate flavors, oats, some barley, and mild coffee hit. The mildly acrid flavors of the coffee play nicely against the smoothing quality of the oats.

T-The taste tracks the smell. The beer opens with dark chocolate and roasted flavors and a mild bitterness. There is a little hit of smoke and acrid flavor on the finish, but any harshness is mellowed by the oat flavors, which give the beer a bit of creaminess. The alcohol is well-concealed, but effective.

M-The feel is smooth, but heft is on the lighter side of average.

O-I had been wanting to try this beer for a while and it did not disappoint. Unlike some coffee stouts, this one drinks smoothly. But it still provides that hit of smokiness from the coffee and it never becomes cloying. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side for me, but the smooth carbonation paired well with the flavors. (1,156 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Though a little smudged, I'm reading the date as "09/22/2014" I think.
Well, anyways, I had this poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking motor oil black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a nice thirty seconds. Light lacing graces the glass nicely at the lower end of the snifter.
The smell had a super nice coffee aroma with a superb roasty cocoa to light coffee bean-esque sort of awesomeness.
The taste was roasty to sweet with a nice coffee to chocolate goodness leaving a light sticky sweet to moderate great feel rolling over my tongue.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. The carbonation was pretty smooth.
Overall, I'd say this was a really good breakfast stout that I got as a Christmas present. It makes me wanna move to Michigan to partake in more of this stellar brew and possibly more of this company. (915 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Black with a Khaki Head that didn't stick around. No lacing.

S: Malty and caramelly. Bit of coffee and chocolate with some floral hops at the end.

T: Dark smokey malts with coffee. Heavy handed and bitter in the best of ways.

F: Not a lot of carbonation, but heavy and creamy.

O: All the things I love about dark beer. (325 characters)

Photo of shabbtastic
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with dark brown head. Smell is of rich dark coffee with cacao nibs. First taste is of fresh brewed coffee with slight toffee overtones. The finish is silk and that's when the chocolate makes its appearance. Mouthfeel again is smooth and carbonation is slight but very nice. Overall job well done, my favorite stout by far. Bought at local price chopper supermarket for $10.99 for a growler. WELL DONE! (421 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,439 ratings.