Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

14,403 Ratings
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Ratings: 14,403
Reviews: 3,599
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,620
Gots: 4,405 | FT: 227
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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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Photo of JimboHD2005
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, tar colored beer poured into a Sam Adams glass. Left a half inch head of thick dense foam. Has a strong smell of roasted malts, coffee. Taste the coffee and oatmeal with a rich malty flavor and left a bitter aftertaste. Feels thick but goes down smooth as water. Overall a great beer.

Photo of andylipp
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - A vigorous pour yielded two fingers of mocha-colored spongy head which hangs respectfully for many minutes in my tulip. Viscosity is apparent as it is poured. Lots of spotty lace on the sides of the glass as I sip.

Smell -Milk chocolate, strong coffee with some dried dark fruit notes. Roasted malt, a bit of toffee-like sweetness and a bit of alcohol (but not at all boozy). Oatmeal is certainly in there, too!

Taste - Chocolate sweetness with a roasty Kona Coffee-like center. Much roasted flavor continues through the finish. A hint of bitterness from the roasted grain is kept in check with the smooth chocolate sweetness. Hops are there, but unobtrusive (unlike some over-hopped American stouts). The oatmeal comes through to help live up the the "breakfast" name. The alcohol is largely hidden from the palate, yet a bit of warmth is apparent as it goes down, even more so as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel -Excellent carbonation and viscocity. Creamy on the tongue. No discernable alcohol burn on the tongue.

Drinkability- Just great. The balance of the sweet chocolaty malt and the roasted grain astringency is just about perfect. While I'm not a "beer for breakfast" guy, I could be persuaded if this stuff was about.

Comments- One of the best stouts I've ever had. Beautifully balanced roasted malt flavor along shines while delivering the coffee/chocolate punch. I'm so pleased that this beer seems to be in better supply lately.

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

Pours very dark opaque black, dark creamy tan head, lacing on the glass

Smells like chocolate espresso and malts, caramel and alcohol

Tastes like dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee, sweet malts countered with alcohol and a bitter hop finish - delicious

Mouthfeel is viscous, creamy and the bitterness lingers

Drinkability is good for the

Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. If you like coffee, stouts or both, you have to get your hands on this!

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

Had this while on vacation. It is called breakfast stout so I had it at around 10 in the morning after eggs.

A: Poured thick and jet black with a half a finger of coffee colored head.

S: Hints of chocolate and coffee. Some roast as well. Really just a great smelling beer. You get a hint of the oat in the back as well. Very strong nose.

T: Tons of coffee up front. You can really taste the oatmeal. Bitter in the finish from all the roasted malt.

M: Nice full mouthfeel. Really covers the tongue well.

D: All day. Specifically it probably is better before noon.

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

This was poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

The pour was extrememly dark with minimal head and lacing. Getting some brown hue when held up to the light.

The nose is simply perfect: coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

The taste is superb. Creamy mouthfull and wonderful coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Robust body but extremely smooth. No hint of alcohol.

Overall, an excellent offering. I could drink these all night.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Jet black pour with a caramel colored 1 finger head which sticks and leaves good amount of lace

Smell: A lot of coffee here, chocolate/caramel undertones

Taste: For a coffee lover it's near perfection, also a smokey chocolate taste with even more of a coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what an imperial should feel like, thick as motor oil but smooth as water.

Drinkability: Dangerous, this is as smooth as drinking your morning wake-up cup.

Notes: Wow this is awesome, definitively one of the best I've had. Only one question...should I add milk or half and half...lol

Photo of Voonder
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one!
Pours prettymuch lack color with thin tan head. Smell is better - chocolate and coffee, roasted malts. Taste - oatmeal is there for sure, as well as chocolate, I'm not sure about double thugh. It's solid, bitter, tasty huge brew. One of the best Double IS's I ever tried. Rich and thik, perfect carbonation. Drinkable for the style. Alcohol is vell hidden. Great stuff! Another gem from Founders.

Photo of MPLS
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a 22 oz imperial pint glass.

A: An oversized glass didn't detract from this beer, I was expecting a large javaeque head, but this wasn't the case. The beer did come from an extremely cold cooler and might have something to do with it.

S: Big whiffs of coffee, sweet chocolate, and cannot detect any alcohol. Not a super warming smell, but really inviting.

T: Less coffee upfront than I was expecting, but a damn good dark bite. The roasted malts begin the journey, we make a stop at the coffee shop, and finish with a bittersweet symphony.

M: Lighter than it looked when I poured, nice semi syrupy feel that doesn't stay stuck on your palate like the stubborn oil stain on your driveway.

D: Drink this whole 4 pack? How persuasive of you. High ABV hidden with this breakfast of champions.

Photo of twbrewer
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown/black color,thin dark brown head.No lacing seen.

S-Smells of rich dark roasted coffee.If you try hard enough you can pick out some dark fruit aromas but the coffee still wins.Slight alcohol scent as it warms.

T-First taste is dark malts but quickly gives way to a nice dark coffee flavor then a bitterness similar to a dark chocolate.Great coffee aftertaste that blends well with both hops and malts.

M-Silky smooth,low carbonation.I was expecting a full body but was much lighter than that.

D-Never would I have thought that coffee and beer could blend so well together.I could sip on this all night and as the name implies all morning as well!

Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast Stout, on tap at the Flying Saucer, Charlotte, NC. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A solid black abyss of a beer surging underneath one tan finger of foamy head of indeterminate retention - not sure whether to blame that upon the beer or the somewhat slow bartendress/hostess (in a rather revealing schoolgirl outfit, though I'll try not to let that influence my review). The lacing is sparse, speckly, and erupts occasionally from the surface to creep up the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Smoke (or is that the bar?), toast, and wholesome malt notes, with sweet cocoa emerging upon agitation. Coffee becomes more prominent as it warms. "Breakfasty" sums it up in about word. Definitely improves as it warms, with toast and coffee coming through more strongly.

Taste: Slightly milky coffee, toast, wholesome oat notes, and cocoa come through strongly up front, very pleasantly balanced. Truly, each component here is about on equal footing, they're all pungent, authentic, and make for a great combination with one another.

Mouthfeel: Medium to big effervescence out of the keg, with a very medium-thickness body, though perhaps light for the style. The carbonation makes this one fluffy, smooth, and remarkably even. Best aspect of this beer, and the one improvement over the bottled version.

Drinkability: A little better out of the bottle, I think, which is unusual as I've heard this one is best fresh, straight out of the keg. Previous observations stand - alcohol is nowhere to be detected and isn't prohibitive for the style, and the flavors are nice and well-balanced, but there just seemed to be something lacking here.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with twist off cap...the label's awesome, it's got a kid with a massive bowl of oatmeal on the front and informs me that this is a double-chocolate stout with oats and coffee.

Appearance: Pitch black, utterly dense and viscous liquid with a thin dark tan soapy film on top.

Smell: FRESH brewed coffee, backed with light chocolate notes.

Taste: Fresh bitter coffee, sharp grainy roastiness, and notes of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth from the oats.

Drinkability: HIGH for the abv.

Conclusion: This is a GREAT coffee stout...but there's not as much of the oats or the chocolate as I would have liked...that alone keeps this from being world class.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Penn Pilsner imperial pint glass. The label depicts a ugly child with an eating problem, he may need to hit the gym in a year or two though.

A- Founders Breakfast Stout pours out of the bottle with a mixture of jet black, and reddish/light brown highlights. Once fully in the glass, a pitch blach body is present with no light able to come through. The head is nothing much (1/2 finger) as dots of tan head are seen in the middle with a thin 360 degree circle around the glass. No lace.

S- Mucho coffee up front followed by more coffee. Once I got around that I smelled bittersweet chocolate and some oatmeal grainy goodness. some sweet chocolate is there but is masked by the scents.

T- I'm not a big coffee guy but FBS sure packs it in the taste with what I am sure to be many different coffee types. Good coffee too, not the cheap stuff in my lunchroom at work. Very pungent. To get the maximum chocolate from this, wait till warm temp and taste, as it melds seamlessly with the coffee. Much oat is also detected and a added bonus to this bouquet. A milky creaminess follows while the malt/hop factor is there but almost non existent. A nice change from a lot of beers i've had recently.

M- Thin in the beginning, thick towards the tail end. Not much carb. As FBS warms the mouth feel begins to become more pronounced. FBS feels like drinking a cold coffee in the beginning to me, but as it warms the chocolate and malts that are present remind me that i am in fact drinking beer, with a very slight alcohol burn, again very slight.

D- This is a very drinkable coffee stout and I could of had 30 oz in a sitting. I'm going to pour two into a huge glass next time. I can see this brew being very accessible to unsuspecting people at a party.

My 2nd favorite coffee stout right under Canada's Peche Mortel. A bit tastier on tap. I could drink this at any time during the day and come to think of it, I have, I think i have a problem !!!

Photo of mrandypandy
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe, in Philadephia.

A- Pours jet black with a thick dark brown head that laces my glass. Very opaque, and no light escapes.
S- Coffee. Lots of coffee with a bit of toffee sweetness. Smells just like breakfast, but better.
T- More coffee and a lot of milkly sweetness. A bit of chocolate shines through as well. Very tasty.
M- Silky smooth, almost creamy and lush. Not sure what else to say.
D- Dear lord give me more. I could drink this all night long. I really wish I could get this in Georgia.

Overall, one of the better coffee Imperial Stouts I've had. I highly recommend this if you stumble across it.
5, 4.5, 5, 4, 5
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EDIT
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After having an aged (6-8 months) bottle of this I feel the need to re-review. What was a delectible beer fresh, has now turned into a rather stale and bitter version of it's former self. Appearance is similar, but now with less head. Smell is not as sweet and the coffe has died down a bit. Taste has gown down quite a bit, and I get a pronounced coffee bitterness that wasn't there before. Mouthfeel isn't as creamy and smooth as it was before. Overall, a great fresh beer that hasn't aged gracefully.
4.5, 3.5, 3, 3.5, 3.5

***I've updated my score to reflect an "average" of the two ratings.***

Photo of sonicdescent
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to vwcraig for the opportunity to try this.

Appearance is a thick, oily, viscous liquid. Dark as night. The head was about one finger, mocha colored, and thin, disappating into a few islands. When swirling the glass a little this liquid looks extremely thick.

The nose is roasted coffee up front and a creamy scent. No trace of alcohol. Very nice.

Taste is accurate to the name, a nice sip of a great amount roasted coffee beans, milk, and a medium sweet malty sensation in the background. Leaves a fantastic coffee aftertaste; I wish I had a real coffee that tasted this good.

Mouth is good, this isn't nearly as thick as it looks when pouring it. Carbonation is medium, body is medium. No heat feeling. Very creamy.

Drinkability is phenominal, I wish this were easier to get around this area.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I had already reviewed this so when I realized I hadn't I dipped into my stash for this one.

Poured into a Duvel glass FBS pours a deep jet black with a dark full tan head. This beer looks much richer and thicker than it feels in the mouth.

The aroma is off roasted coffee, oats, and general roastiness. Smells like breakfast alright!

The taste is amazing. The coffee is first, there is little in the way of hops, but then an extremely rich malt background comes forth. Massive creaminess not felt in the mouthfeel sneak up and deliver a great finish.

The mouthfeel is very light compared to the appearance - at least until the finish. In the finish you can feel a much richer body. Also, as this beer warms from 45 to 55 degrees the body thickens and becomes much hardier.

I would call this very drinkable for the style. It is exactly like an oatmeal stout despite its potency this beer is very smooth (alcohol is very well hiden) and I think I could at least try to drink this all day. Excellent brew.

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick dark coffee-colored head into a goblet. poured thick and block like motor oil. left a nice ring and lace throughout.
s - coffee and oatmeal.
t - coffee, oatmeal and dry chocolate.
m - thick and coating with a slight bubbly feel yet was really clean.
d - unbelievably good. top notch beer.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding. Finally got ahold of some from Marty's in Newton, MA. Dan is The Man there. Founders BS is everything I expected it to be. A dark pour, good foam, deliciously complex nose, excellent taste with multiple undertones of fruit, nuts, and coffee. And a brickhouse of a body. Not something you could drink in a session, so I gave it a lower drinkability score, but otherwise a prime choice for a winter brew.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Ultra thanks to eddiebo for the hook-up with this one!

Black. Totally black. Slight touch of dark crimson at the extreme edges, when backlit. No head to speak of, just a slight filmy covering of loose, tiny bubbles. Lacing is actually okay, despite the lack of a head.

Fresh ground, fresh roasted, dark coffee beans. Nice notes of dark chocolate. Deep, dark roasted maltiness. Hints of vanilla sweetness.

Sweet maltiness out front. Dark chocolate in the middle. Finishes with the taste of ground coffee beans. Slight sweetness of vanilla and maple syrup.
If you don't like black coffee, stay away.

Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and almost oily. Not quite as 'big' as I was expecting, though. Not quite creamy enough, for me.

Taste wise, this is totally drinkable. The body is a minor letdown, as I'd gladly drink many more of these.
The very well-hidden 8.3%ABV will sneak up on you, though.

Photo of slowhead
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in November

A-Black,opaque appearance with a tan head. Good head retention.

S-Initial coffee aroma followed by some roast malt. I picked up a hint of vanilla. No hop aroma.

T-Initially malty sweet, with a big up-front java flavor. Malt backbone comes through along with moderate bitterness. No hop flavor.

M-Medium body with low-med carbonation. Minimal warming.

D-Great beer and smooth...A bit too much coffee for my taste, but still a good drinker...

Photo of kimcgolf
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite its kin "Kentucky Breakfast", but a damn fine beer. Pours to a burnt coffee black, with thick tan head hat dissipated fairly quickly and left decent lacing. Immediate nose of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and toffee, all blended together. As the beer warms around mid-glass, the 8.3 abv rolls nicely into the mix as well. Mouthfeel is full and sweet, with a hint of spiciness. Taste is truly a pleasure, as each of the ingredients in the nose take turns dancing ont the tongue, with the alcohol rounding them all up for a long warming finish.

Most enjoyable.

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

One of the best stouts on planet earth. Pours black with a tan head that hangs on all the way through. The mouthfeel is sublime: silky and full bodied. And with an aroma and tasting notes of coffee and milk chocolate, the high alcohol content hides until the very end. Truly one of a kind!

Photo of nsmartell
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass. Paired with some vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce and a chocolate cookie with Oreos.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a very small brown head. Not much light gets through this beer.

Smell: Coffee and sweet chocolate. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, an excellent coffee and milk chocolate taste with a bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth and silky. Coats the mouth and throat nicely.

Drinkability: Excellent beer and very drinkable. As good as advertised and one of the best beers I've tried in quite some time.

Photo of LOCAL
3.11/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black with no light passing through. Forms a faint coco head that disappears almost immediately.

Aroma: Faint oat, coffee, and bitter chocolate notes... not too much to be honest.

Taste: Similar to the nose with oats and roasted malt up front. The "double chocolate" and coffee seemed like an after thought in the taste profile.... strange considering the name.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side. Sticks to the tongue.

Overall: Its OK. The alcohol is very well hidden given the ABV. I was really expecting a lot more from this brew. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee in this one, at least not with the name tag it comes with.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a near black colour with a mid-sized to small tan head that has a bit of creaminess to it and quickly settles in to a thin lace that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is amongst the best that I have ever come across in a beer: it's a mind-bending mix of semi-sweet chocolate, subtle but powerful coffee notes, bits of oatmeal and general roasted malt. Awesome.

Flavour continues the onslaught of the aroma with coffee coming in first and quickly blending with the sweetness from the chocolate, all the while also giving off a sharp bitterness at the end of each sip, where it also blends with a bit of burnt/toasted malt. The coffee burps from this one are a nice bonus as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and not as chunky as expected but still pretty damn good. There a bit of smoothness here as well and a slight touch of hotness from the alcohol, although said alcohol is fairly well masked throughout overall.

This beer is well worth the price tag and certainly comes as advertised. I could enjoy this one all day every day and not grow tired of it. Hopefully we'll see this one in NJ on a fairly consistent basis. Simply amazing overall. Get some. Now.

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

A; Very dark from the bottle quickly yielding a two finger head. Some minimal lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like coffee and chocolate balanced with mega roasted malts.

T: Similar to the aroma; beautiful blend of roasted chocolate and coffee on the tongue and in the nose. A touch of bitterness from the hops on the back of the tongue and down the throat.

M: Nice thing and well carbonated mouthfeel. Very comforting.

D: Obviously not a session beer due to it's ABV, but very tasty and easy to drink. The alcohol is well masked in this beer.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 14,403 ratings.