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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

3,662 Reviews
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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

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

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Reviews: 3,662 | Ratings: 15,808
Photo of jim102864
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why oh why does Founders insist on twist off caps on everything they produce? Not a good idea but quite the enjoyable brew.

A massive nimbus, fluffy, tan, cloud in my nonic on St Pats day. Pours sludge-like. A suprisingly mild nose, but I get chocolate and molasses. More chocolate as it warms and after a few swirls. Thick mouthfeel and also tastes like a chocolate shake. Mild coffe grind bite in the finish. This is thick and chewy like a fat slice of bread. A deliciusly drinkable treat. A little milder than expected, but I like that. Porterish and enjoyable double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout.

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Photo of olmatty
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained thru trade with Gibby in PA. Thanks.

Appearance- Pours a thin brown head with poor retention and next to no lacing, bubbles dissipate much like soda. Beer is an opaque black.

Smell- Bitter chocolates and roasty coffee

Taste- First coffee than lots of bitter chocolate and a finally roasty bitter malt flavor that carries on.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, yet the bubbles have too much fizz for stout. Palate coating flavor.

Drinkability- Lots of bitterness and alcohol tamp down drinkability.

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Photo of Brent
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some beers are love at first sip - and this was one. Big and bold, without being cloying or overpowering. Strong coffee flavor backed up with a hefty, slightly sweet malt. Makes no apologies for the RIS heritage and takes it on to a new level with the coffee note twist.

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Photo of Risser09
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black right from the pour to the glass. The head is a slight 1/8" tall brown color, with little retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Wow. This is a whole new realm for me. It literally smells like a sweet cup of fresh coffee. Roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, and some roasted malt. Wow.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and plenty of coffee flavor. This beer really does pay homage to coffee. Quite a roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Roasty like coffee with a nicely dry/sweet balance. The beer isn't cloying with sweetness. Slight boozy finish.

Drinkability: A very fine RIS. It absolutely screams with coffee, so you'd better enjoy it. I could drink a bunch of these, even in the morning for a quick pick-me-up. Awesome

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A--Pours pitch black that when held to the light only reveals any highlight at the very top. Almost no head with a standard pour.

S--Smells like you just walked into a Starbucks. Heavy coffee bean scent invades the nostrils, but there are small hints of chocolate and caramel in the background. Perfect smell for the style.

T--Tastes exactly like coffee that has been sitting cold in the pot for 8 hours. And I hate coffee. But you want to know what is weird? I love this beer. I love this style. It might be my favorite style. How can a guy who hates coffee love coffee beer so much, especially a beer that tastes like stale coffee? Its like I have the twilight zone of taste buds. Maybe I actually do like coffee but just haven't had a brand that I like yet. Perhaps I am akin to someone who says they hate beer but have only tried macro lagers. Who knows. This is great though, the only thing keeping it from a 5 is the one dimensional flavor. A great one dimension.

M--Medium to heavy bodied, absolutely delicious balance of creaminess and carbonation.

D--This is very easy to get down for 8% ABV and the alcohol is well hidden, but two bottles would surely be enough and its such a blast of coffee that I probably would only want it once a month, tops.

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Photo of ahurd11085
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a bottle aged approx 7 months.

A: Total inky blackness. Thick viscous pour that results in zero head. Just what I wanted to see...

S: All sorts of good stuff coming up from this one! Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, touches of alcohol and no hops whatsoever.

T: Oh man! I see why this bad boy is rated so highly! A beautiful blend of roasted oats, coffee, and baking cocoa up front that melds into a slight noble hop presence and finishes with a seemingly endless coffee aftertaste. As the beer warmed up I started to taste a bit of dark fruit, like chocolate covered raisons. Magnificent.

M: Upon the first few sips I was a bit thrown off by the carbonation level, which seemed a bit too much, but as the beer sat for a while it smoothed out into a nice creamy, thick brew.

D: Surprisingly high for the amount of flavor packed in. If it wasn't for the rarity of this beer in my area, I could put them down with no trouble. Guess I will have to stick with the Wake n' Bake though.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When cracking open this beer, I instantly put my nose to the opening, and thought to myself, "wow." That's all I could think about because of the huge coffee notes that come through along with hints of bitter dark chocolate and some malty bready flavours in the background. It also has a hint of sweetness, like lactose or something. The beer is black as pitch, with a centimeter brown/tan head that dissipate rather quickly. I wanted it to stay around longer because it looked so god damned beautiful. So remember how I said wow when I smelled it? Well, fuck, it's just as much as a wow for the flavour. When I took a sip, there were loads and loads of flavours that jumped into my mouth, coffee, chocolate, oats, and roastiness. The flavour is absolutely stunning, it's balance and complexity are through the roof; at first there is a coffee flavour with a nice chocolate burst after, then after they started to linger off my tongue a slight oily slickness and oat flavour came through. There is also a nice bitterness that follows. The only downfall is that the coffee flavour is a bit to much in the front, but I'm assuming it fades when it ages.

The mouthfeel is fucking perfect: it's thick and creamy. I could also drink quite a few of these because I just love the taste of coffee.

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Photo of duke1258
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Thin tan head completely opaque with great retention, ideal at slightly below a cool temperature 45-50.

S- After a sifter of the KBS, I found the Breakfast to have mostly Chocolate aromas, with some roasted/coffee coming through as I drank it.

T- Complexity improves as it warms. Liquid Breakfast, I actually had malted pancakes before drinking this. I would even recommend trying it over vanilla ice cream or with a piece of apple crisp. It tastes roasty and chocolatey at the beginning with the dark fruit and bitterness of an imperial at the end. Worth the drive if you are within 100 miles of a distributor.

M- Definitely an oatmeal feel with the malty sweetness on the sides of the tongue. It surprised me once again how subtle any alcohol feel/dryness are left afterword. They could amp up the ABV even more and it wouldn't be turned down.

Serving type: on-tap at Founders

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An aggressive pour of this jet black liquid into an imperial pint glass produced a large brown head that stuck around for a while and left some nice lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted barley, coffee and burnt toast are the most powerfully aromas in this beer. Sneaking through the roasted malt are some molasses, oats and and dark fruit aromas.

T- Some mild sweetness of dark fruit and brown sugar up front. Then some bitter coffee bite leads into a nice roasty flavor Like a thick piece of toast that is charred on the outside but has nice roasted nuts and barley on the inside. Drys out in the end and leaves your mouth with some mild sweetness and dry bitterness.

M- Thick chewy mouth feel with some nice alcohol warmth and bitter bite. Some people say Guinness is a meal... give them this beer to try.

Overall this is a very good stout. Great mouth feel and nice smell. There may be to much going on in the flavor to get everything but still very good.

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Photo of thehand
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Smith pint glass. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Solid black in the glass, no light coming though. About 1/2" brown head. Leaves a nice foamy cap after settling. Some spotty lacing. Aroma is very complex with lots of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. More of the coffee comes through on the taste, which is also nice and complex with dark chocolate and roasted dark malt. Finish is dry, roasted malt, with some hoppy bitterness. A little alcohol is present on the finish. Feels full and slick in the mouth, low carbonation adds to the smoothness. Very much a sipper, but a delicious one.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

I was super pumped to find this beer and the Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout at my local beer store.

Pours a jet black, completely opaque with a rustic brown head on top. Medium sized head, but unbelievable trails and just a great looking beer. Reminds me of dark ink.

The aroma here is awesome - whiffs of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Roasted, mellow campfire notes in there too. A complex nose to say the least.

What we got here is a wonderful double stout. So good in fact that this beer just prompted me to change my favorite style in my profile.

A thick, yet chewy mouthfeel with a rich chocolate syrup that boasts a silky smooth blast. Burnt coffee and espresso notes with a speciality dark chocolate profile. A touch of dark fruit as well, perhaps cherries dipped in milk chocolate.

Gotta love the serious presence of quality hops on the finish. The hops are biting and acidic, but greatly help to balance out the beer.

An excellent beer - highly recommended.

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Photo of photomike
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured insanely aggressively into my Orval chalice. I literally held the bottle a foot and a half over the glass and just let it fall in. Barely pulled out a half inch head. But I was kinda expecting this. It is a deep, deep brown which looks black except for the little ring of light showing around the edge when held to the light. Bubbles of all different sizes appear on the top of the beer after the head dies down (which it does in 30 seconds or so). Cool looking swirls and patches of bubbles of similar size. Kind of intimidating looking, but inviting when you know what to expect.

Smell is surprisingly un-coffeelike. I had heard all this talk about how coffeeish this beer is, and was expecting more on the nose. All I seem to be detecting is chocolate and licorice. Maybe a hint of cold coffee.

Taste: Ahhhh. Theeere it is. Big, big, big time coffee. Really, this tastes more like coffee than beer. I am getting all kinds of black coffee flavors here. I almost want to pour my standard touch of cream in there. Looking deeper, though, I detect that licorice and chocolate from the nose, more so the former than the latter, and that unmistakable bitter finish of hops. I catch a bit of alcohol as well, that melds well with the oatmeal flavors, chocolate and hops.

Mouthfeel is good for a stout of this size. This is a very smooth beer, and the ever so slight burn of alcohol makes for a nice touch, and a good reminder that this little guy has quite a bit of booze for a breakfast treat. My mouth is coated with velvety deliciousness. Quite chewy.

Drinkability, too, is pretty high, but who would want to session a beer like this? Savor this guy, and make that breakfast into a brunch.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was served in a pint glass from the bottle. It's color is an opaque black with a short brown head. Looked syrupy and viscous as it poured.

Smells strongly of coffee. Also roasted malt, and oats.

Tastes of black coffee and then roasted malt. Some chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth. Minimal carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little smell
thick tan head
head fades quick
Coffee and chocolate bitterness
Light alcohol aftertaste
Odd oatmeal aftertaste (same as Ten Fiddy)
Goes down easy
You can sip if you like or drink normally (depends on your mood)
Smooth effervescence
Very little smell...faint alcohol, oatmealiness and chocolate malts

This is a hugely enjoyable beer for me, but in small amounts. Not much of a noes which is concerning.

EDIT: I know that "odd" taste now (after reading some other reviews) - liquorish. I say odd because I'm not terribly fond of liquorish (I hate it on it's own), but I know w/o it the entire flavor profile would change. So although I say odd, I'll have it no other way.

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Photo of strangebrew52
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick black with and leaves about an inch of chocolate brown head that does not last log.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts are what stands out to me

T: Make sure you let this beer warm up a little to get the most flavor. First taste I get is coffee and then a nice chocolate flavor. Hops are noticeable at the end and provide a nice balance.

M: Full bodied with slight carbonation but smooth.

D: Great stout, one of my favorites at this time.

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Photo of tim9887
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: A 1/2" of darker brown, milk-chocolatey colored foam sits on top of this pitch-black, completely see-through brew. The head quickly fades into a very thin lacing.

Aroma: Espresso & bitter chocolate aromas dominate the nose initially. Fainty boozy and malty-sweet aromas are present as well.

Taste: Bitter chocolatiness with a hint of hops. Very complex flavor. Sweeter, coffee-like flavors become more present as the beer warms closer to room temperature. The bitterness lingers on long after you finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, almost chewy. Viscous, kinda looks like motor oil when you pour and if I had to guess what motor oil feels like if you drink it, it'd be very similar to this although nowhere near as tasty and quite frankly it'd probably be disgusting but I digress... Very light carbonation enhances the creamy quality. Very easy to drink for a beer of this complexity and alcohol level.

This beer is truly wonderful. I recommend it to any stout drinker. So many different aromas and flavors are present... it's a very delightful beer. Go get some NOW!

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" tan colored head. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are easy to detect. Some bitterness comes through too.

Taste: follows the nose as the roasted malt and chocolate malt base are big and meaty. Some soft burnt coffee tones, prunes, and a heart bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: one of the tastier beers in the style made today. Easy to quaff this one.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Coffee, chocolate, sweet maltiness and a hint of hops.

Appearance - Dark, dark pour with little carbonation and a thin brown head.

Taste - Bitter hop finish with a coffee flavor that caries the beer across the palate. As a coffee stout this beer fits the bill.

Mouthfeel - Slightly carbonated with a nice medium to heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - After the first few sips this beer turned into a decent coffee stout. Not exactly my kind of thing but still enjoyable. Not to sure how many you drink for breakfast.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a stiff one-finger tan head of a viscous black body - it even pours slow like a thick, viscous fluid. A trong malty aroma of roasted, bitter and dark chocolate, coffee and possibly some oak malts. Thsi beer is everything a double stout should be: medium-to-full bodied, smooth and creamy like butter, sweet with chocolate notes and yet has a dry backbite thanks to the roasted and coffee notes. Mixed well and also has some chewiness to it from some bread malt. Even has some minor molasses and/or maple syrup notes as it can get sticky at times. Great finish with a hint of fruity hop bitterness. ABV hidden well and slightly pricks the tongue - beer gets smoother the longer you drink. A meal in a bottle, as they say.

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Photo of BigBoochDaddy
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint glass. Looked like oil in the glass, no light passing through. There was somewhat of a head, about a half inch. From the nose, I got burnt toast, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. I could really taste the oats and burnt coffee with each sip. When the beer warmed a bit the flavors hit me even harder. The mouthfeel was great, really smooth and creamy. Overall drinkability was damn good. I will definitely be drinking this again.

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Photo of theghost3
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. It looks like oil when poured out of the bottle. Pitch black with a very thin dark brown head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is coffee, coffee, coffee with toasted malts, oats, hardwoods, chocolate, and maybe some dark fruits. The taste is bitter, which I expected from the toasted burnt coffee, but there is a slight hop bitterness as well. Oats, brown sugar, and dark chocolate are also present. Strong coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, slight carbonation.

This is a drinkable stout. Breakfast Stout is the perfect name for this because it tastes like strong burnt coffee, oatmeal, burnt toast, and brown sugar were put in a blender & liquified. Delicious!

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Photo of ROBORB
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and poured into a snifter this beer produced a midnight black color with a nice 2 finger espresso colored head. The smell is of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor consists of chocolate and bitter coffee/oats on the follow through. The beer is very thick, filling, creamy and satisfying. I would order this again and again.

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Photo of beerman207
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a friend of mine. Thanks for the hookup! I recently sampled the KBS so I was curious to see how this would compare. All in all, I think they're both amazing beers. Obviously, the KBS has better fanfare but this one holds it's own

A - Black - darkest beer I have ever seen. The head looked like frothy coffee. If you put this next to motor oil, you would probably get them confused - very dark

S - Coffee, chocolate, oats, hops - very inviting

T - Very complex - every sip seemed to bring some new flavors - tasted alcohol, vanialla, chocolate, oats, hops

M - This is where it gets good - the mouthfeel is extraodinary. That's about all I can say - fantastic.

D - I think this has high drinkability but is definately not one that I could drink very fast.

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Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, no light whatsoever. Decent head that disipates quickly, decent lacing. Smells of strong roasted coffee, chocolate, smokiness, tobacco earthiness. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front followed by a pronounced roasty bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, but not detrimental. Nice moderate carbonation.

A great double stout, very bold flavors. Big roasted flavors without being cloyingly sweet, just how i like my stouts. Fantastic.

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Photo of abfraser
3.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours completely black with a thick-looking dark brown head. The head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Very strong coffee aromas. Roasted malts.

T/M: Malts are really roasted, almost burnt; roasted coffee; bitter chocolate; chewy oatmeal. The mouthfeel is disappointing. It's thin, almost a bit watery. Also not a fan of how bitter this is on the finish. There's just something missing here.

D: A sipper for sure

Overall, I'm clearly against the consensus as I don't think this one lives up to the hype. I appreciate it's well integrated coffee flavors, but the weak mouthfeel (I want an imperial stout to be more intense) and lingering bitterness puts this a notch below most of the highly regarded IS. A solid beer but not one that I'll be seeking out that often

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.