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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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3,439 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,439
Hads: 14,558
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,675
Gots: 4,539 | FT: 231
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: 14,558
Photo of danielharper
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfect black. Opaque to hell and back. Tiny head that dissipates immediately, not exactly unexpected given the high alcohol.

Smell: Very malty. Notes of dry oats, slightly sweet. Caramel malts predominate. Very interesting, very enticing.

Taste: Sweet, clean, malty. Strong flavors of oatmeal, very grainy and bready. Slightly hoppy in the middle. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Thick, low carbonation, low hops. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability: A very nice double stout. I'm not sure I'd consider it one of the best in the world (as per the BA ratings), but it's amazingly well-balanced and makes for a great drinking experience. (643 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from tasting notes:

Pours black with hints of brown/dark red at edges, light tan foam.

Aroma: roasted ground coffee beans, dark bitter chocolate, light sweetness

Taste: All coffee in the flavor, light chocolate, burnt caramel, dry, light sweetness

Nice, viscous MF, tick and chewy, silky smooth

Combination of oatmeal and coffee makes this brew silky sooth and delicious. Coffee flavor is great but would make drinking more than 2 of these would be hard.

Very good. (480 characters)

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

Pours oily and pure black. A rocky mocha head has great retention and leaves a lot of lace behind. Cocoa, fresh ground coffee, licorice, and roasty black malts fill the nose. hot chocolate sweetness, hop bitterness, pine, toffeeish malts and mildy acrid roasted barley add to the mix in the taste. The mouthfeel is extremely viscous and mouthcoating. It seems as though the carbonation is actually slowed down, having difficulty moving through the density. The finish is robust with espresso and chocolate lasting a long time. Alcohol is impeccably hidden for the strength.

This may be the thickest beer Ive ever had. Its fantastic stuff, with loads of rich flavors and a fullness that makes it seem as much a food as a beverage. (730 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black viscous (motor-oil) pour with a deep brown mocha colored head. Ample lacing with thick rings all the way down the glass

S: huge roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose with a tinge of alcohol notes. overall a great fragrance

T: boasting a massive coffee flavor, rich chocolates, and flaked oats. Oats supply a rich creamy character that is sweetened by fresh cream that is mixed with cooked oats drizzled with a touch of sugary molasses. This is a followed up by a lingering bitterness/dry character. Absolutely a huge beer! I am speechless with this beer...an outstanding amalgamation of flavors in great harmony

M: creamy, silky goodness! Maintains a zap of carbonation. A certain zest in the finish, slight spiced feel

D: hot biscuits! Had it on draft and had to have it from the bottle...My head about blew clean off my shoulders! (846 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with a large inch and a half mocha colored head. Excellent retention and some nice lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent. Loads of bitter black chocolate are the highlight, with a nice dose of chocolate in the background.

The taste is very nice. Again, big black coffee note up front with a slightly bitter finish. A load of dark chocolate comes through on the back end. Slightly milky as well.

Mouthfeel is just shy of full bodied. It's fairly creamy, and has relatively low levels of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's great tasting, and very drinkable for just over 8%. Always happy to revisit this one. (651 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark with virtualy no head. Aroma cannot begin to describe the coffee hit. I want to find the coffee they put in this to make for my morning brew.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not too much so.

Finish is slightly of cinammon and bitters, with a chocolate note.

Delicious! (286 characters)

Photo of lamarr04
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Very dark, with thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly

S: Coffee (a lot of it), dark chocolate, plum/dark fruit

T: Again, a lot of coffee, some chocolate notes, malty sweetness, finishes with a nice bitterness

M: Medium body, not a whole lot of carbonation, a bit slick

D: Given its intense flavor, and its style, all and all I would say its pretty drinkable (402 characters)

Photo of dondeez21
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poured a dark, black beer with a thin dark/orangy head

Smell: The smell of coffee really overpowered any other aromas on this beer.

Taste: Same as smell.

Mouthfeel: The beer was nice and thick.

Drinkability: I would say this is a desert beer. Although very tasty the overpowering taste of coffee leave me only able to drink this beer very slow and only enjoy one a night. (398 characters)

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

First off, I absolutely love the label. Actually this is probably the best beer label I have ever seen.

Appearance: Pours extremely black, blacker than night. Very little head, maybe an 8th of an inch or so during a heavy handed pour. What little lacing produced was almost sheet like with cohesion. Nice!

Smell: The nose of this beer is very complex. Beides the coffee and chocolate malts I noted the alcohol - a fruity estery smell, looming smoke, and hints of burnt bread.

Taste: There is no doubt about it, coffee is the underlying flavor of this brew. A smokey coffee, almost Sumatra like (I decided to look it up, Sumatra and Kona). I impressed myself on that one. There was a distinct flavor that I had a hard time placing, I'm still swaying on this one, but I want to say graphite.

Mouthfeel: Much more carbonation than I was expecting. It is a medium bodied beer, which was very surprising - during the pour I just knew this was going to be one dense viscous treat. It also has a dry finish, enjoyable, keeping me going for another sip.

Drinkability: I think the amount of carbonation and the acidity detract from the drinkability of this well crafted beer. I would love to try this beer off nitrogen.

I like an early morning beer just as much as the next, but this may be a little too much for me at dawn. (1,324 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

To start, this is probably the best stout that I have ever had and certainly since being on BA.

A: Poured an opaque, black body with an thick dark tan head that took its time dissipating, ultimately leaving a nice ring once gone.

S: Reminded me of when I used to walk into my favorite coffee shop in Philly. The coffee aroma was practically spilling out of the glass. The aroma was dominated by the coffee, but followed with a hint of sweet chocolate.

T: Like I stated above, probably the best stout that I have ever had. Again, the coffee dominated the beer, but balanced really well with a very light hint of the chocolate and subtle malt flavors.

M/D: I was prepared for an overly thick beer, but was really surprised when it was not as thick as expected. Don't get me wrong it is thick but very easy to drink, smooth and the alcohol was not noticeable at all. I am not so sure that I would won't to drink more than one at a setting, but I would give it a shot. Top Notch beer I would recommend to anyone. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this past winter when I went home to Grand Rapids. Could say it was worth the drive. Pours black with a thick brown head. Every flavor in great balance , roasty coffee, cocoa, oats. Pleasant lingering of these at the finish, but clean. Would never even guess it is a RIS style brew. A great brew and one of the more drinkable top dogs. (339 characters)

Photo of falcon1
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Breakfast Stout is a really good Imperial Stout. I paired it with a Cubao No.3 Lancero and the combination of the stout and cigar was unbelievable.

Appearance - Very opaque.

Smell - The aroma of chocolate and coffee!

Taste - Outstanding to say the least - COFFEE.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and silky.

Drinkability - Founders Breakfast Stout is very easy to drink, maybe too easy to enjoy without moderation. (414 characters)

Photo of midaszero
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black with half finger of tan head

S - Lots of coffee and some dark chocolate

T - Just like the nose. Some coffee and chocolate bitterness and some roasted malts.

M - Medium thick body with medium carbonation. Very amazing.

D - Pretty easy to drink and damn enjoyable. (283 characters)

Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black oil body with a thin tannish head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, big time coffee and chocolate as well as light floral. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolate with a light roasty component. Finishes long and bitter. Texture is very creamy with light carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got to pour this at the Charlotte Oktoberfest for about an hour. What luck, too made 98% of the patrons never heard of it. Absolutely loved it, but now take it a little for granted since I got enough of it to last me a while. Can now find it in NC for about $2.25 a bottle, so I'm definitely spoiled. 2nd favoite for the style, just within reach of Bell's Expedition. (367 characters)

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

Thanks to petes99 for the bottles! (I promise to share the other one).

Pours pitch black with very little head that leaves a minimal lacing. Has strong chocolate and roasted coffee scents (reminds me a lot of chocolate covered espresso beans). Tastes amazing - like chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very minimal alcohol flavoring.

This certainly cracked my Top 5 favorite beers. The Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a bit sweeter with more chocolate flavor, but this beer is more well balanced and drinkable.

My only complaint is its availability. I wonder how much a keg would cost. (594 characters)

Photo of eagles22
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter..
nice black color with a tan head

Smell: of coffee lots of coffee and also hints of dark chocolate and toffee

Taste: wow that is some good shit...just like coffee with chocolate ending...wonderful

Mouthfeel: wonderful like sex in your mouth haha..but it is really nice..you get hit with all flavors at first the ending very smooth and nice

Drinkability: for a 8.3% beer i can easily drink this..i love this beer

this is a must try beer!!! (479 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout is poured into a pint glass.

The look of this beer is awesome. Big, solid black body under a two finger light brown head that slowly pops and releases smells of coffee, dark chocolate brownies, and a strong roastiness.

First sip says chocolate sweetness then moves to dark roast coffee with a strong roastiness in the finish. Mouthcoating malt leaves plenty of time to sit back and let the flavors really shine. This really is breakfast in a glass, assuming breakfast involves a cup of coffee.

The 8.3% isn't noticable at all. A thicker body and just enough carbonation creates a pretty good feel to this beer. However, at this abv this is a sipper. But that's a good thing because you'll want to really take your time enjoying this stout. (787 characters)

Photo of Bubslang
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark thick brown with a Small, dark brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, with nice lacing. Aroa is extremely potent with the smell off freshly roasted black coffee, chocolate, and dark malts. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with expresso flavor throughout,as well as bittersweet chocolate with a mild hop bitterness at the finish. Nice big chewy mouthfeel, a thouroughly enjoyable and fantastic brew. (424 characters)

Photo of mcfatty23
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours an almost opaque black with very little head, the head appeared a little bit later with a golden brown color.

S - major aroma seamed to be coffee, with a hint of molasses and chocolate. However, no sensation was overpowering.

T - A very good, complex flavor. Very difficult to pick out all of the flavors, but coffee, chocolate and molasses. seamed surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout which added a nice contrast to the immensely heavy brew.

M - For as dark and as heavy as this beer was, it was incredibly smooth and lcreamy. Low carbonation and rich feel.

D - pretty sure I would have no objections to drinking an entire truck full of this, only problem would be when my stomach became too full. There was also almost no hint of alcohol despite the relatively high ABV. (790 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a smallish tan head. Smell is of black roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Not much carbonation. Flavor was very complex, consisting of dark coffee, sweet roasted malts, and subtle chocolate. (250 characters)

Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a monster of a double stout with chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. honestly its complex enough that picking out the individual flavors is a bit daunting. it has alot of coffee on the nose; much more so on draft than out of the bottle. it also has a surprising smooth biscuit like richness thats probably thanks to the oatmeal. among double stouts founder's breakfast isn't the strongest at a mere 8.3%. in fact bell's expedition is 2% beastier... but this is where founder's breakfast shines. unlike the expedition which is delicious at first but nearly unbearably harsh after drinking 2/3's of a snifter, this stout becomes more smooth and more palatable as it warms. despite its 6$ price tag i often find myself drinking 2 of these and lusting after a third. that being said its definitely a palate crusher. once you've gone this dark and strong the only place to go is expedition or bourbon. (900 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this 12 oz bottle in a 4-pack from some liquor store in Chicago as I can't remember which and it's been at most of the stores I've been to around here in recent weeks. Original bottle I bought was from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL as a single.

A: Pours DARK black like motor oil into my pint glass with little head as it pours. The head developed slightly after the pour as a dark chocolate & copper color, then reduced to just a rim around the top of the brew. Lacing looks good around the glass.

S: Major coffee and roasted scents present. Couldn't tell if I was drinking beer or smelling the inside of a cafe.

T: Taste is similar to the smell; lots of coffee and roasted flavors along with a slight bitterness and bitter chocolate finish if you are looking for it.

M: Somewhat thick and heavy as expected, thin carbonation with small bubbles that made it very smooth to drink.

D: I could drink a lot of these, or just put a straw in a keg. Only reason to stop is that the coffee flavor became too much over time.

I'm a big fan of this brew and would keep it stocked at all times! (1,103 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a thick India ink black with very little head, even with a pretty vigorous pour. As this beer resided it left no lacing. The aroma is of strong coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and just a bit of cream. The flavor reminds me of coffee that has been sitting on for a couple hours and boiled down to a really strong concentration. The flavor follows suit with coffee dominating the flavor profile but honestly it's not a good coffee flavor. This beer is really astringent and the astringency drowns out the milk chocolate and molasses that are slightly detectable in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. It definitely has that nice oatmeal-y mouthfeel. While I'm generally a person that absolutely loves coffee stouts, this one just doesn't really do it for me. I would much rather have a Schlafly coffee stout or a Peche Mortal. (945 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In the past few years, I've had a few "hyped" type of brews....and I was let down. Last night, I had the opportunity to try Founder's Breakfast Stout....and I was blown away!!

S = Wonderful nose of cocoa, chocolate, and roasted coffee beans.

T = Dry cocoa upfront, bitter dark chocolate in the middle, and a slight hop character near the end. The finish was incredible with roasted coffee bitterness mixing with semi-sweet cocoa flavors. In addition, the finish lasted forever. Alcohol was not detected at all in the taste.

MF = Very rich and thick body with low carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy.

Overall, this stout was balanced amazingly well and has shot to the top of my fave list. Good thing I stocked up on this one since it's not distributed in my area. (768 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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