Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3,426
Hads: 14,491
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,655
Gots: 4,459 | FT: 224
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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 daftafne
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Appearance resembles oil though with a tinge of brown. Poured with vigor, it produced no head. Zero clarity and almost black with tan lacing on top and at edge. Smells of chocolate, coffee beans, and a bit of vanilla. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with a hint of sweetness followed by a very pleasant bitter. Surprisingly light mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, and if I didn't know any better I'd say it was NA. Medium body. Nice and bitter but leaves the palate quickly. Highly drinkable and delicious! (535 characters)

Photo of UA8
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick, opaque mahogany. Heads a bit lacking might be because of the viscosity of the beer or just my bad pour still a nice light cocoa color and whats there is dense.

S- Smells like a rich deeply roasted cup of cafe mocha. I can practically taste the coffee beans.

T- Breakfast in a glass. Leads with dark roasted chewy espresso bean flavor with hint a bitter-sweet chocolate and a slightly sweet malt backing.

M- Thick and viscous a bit of a chocolate milk texture.

D- This quite the tasty stout. One of the best Ive tried thus far. It has a lot going on and the name is befitting I could definitely sit back on a fall evening with a few of these. (663 characters)

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

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Pours black with a thin khaki head. Settles to a ring around and whispy layer. No real lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee.

T - Coffee. Slightly bitter linger.

M - Smooth. Thick. Creamy. Medium carbonation.

D - Yes. (254 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours a black-hole, Stygian onyx, as featureless as a "2001" monolith. A finger of khaki tan head, fluffy and mousse-ish, sinks to fuzzy surface froth. Berms of lacing curb the inside of the glass.

In order to incorporate all that's there, this aroma demands a laundry list: charred malt, burnt sugar, black coffee, baker's chocolate, soy, crisp esters, dried sloe, black molasses, and alcohol, all in various and varying degrees.

Upon sipping, (and with great anticipation, I might add) roasted malt is dark with heated sugar, singed grain, and dark molasses, all granting an ensuing bitter bite. Rich espresso, sharp and of the earth from whence sprung the beans, melds with unsweetened chocolate. Dark dried fruit, soy, cocoa, and an understated spiciness move into an airy, warm wash of alcohol. Dusky grain is very slightly residually sweet, but esters are quite crisp and join the dark roast character to dry it promptly. The finish is bitter, crisp, dry, and exceptionally clean, which is quite an undertaking considering the flavor's density. It's rich, well-blended, and wonderfully complex, but not inextricably so.

Full bodied, it's thick, full-weight, oozing presence, with a sharp dry glow in the end that leaves the tongue wagging like a happy dog's tail.

The only thing that stops me from actually enjoying this for breakfast is the fact that I'm always in a rush early in the day, and not taking the time to reverentially savor this richly complex and artfully pieced-together brew would be a zymurgical sin. And the ABV be damned, an AM buss just makes this all the more worth experiencing. I'd only had a sample at a fest some months ago, so I had an idea what I was missing. Bliss is knowing I don't have to miss it any more. (1,755 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Breakfast Stout just got to NJ!
Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a jet-black, motor and engine oil dark-black hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing...
Smell: Bursting with Kona Coffee, Deep, dark chocolate, and rich, roasted malts...
Taste: Flavor strongly resemebled the aroma, literally inundated with strong, assertive nuances of rich, deep, dark, roasted chocolate, dark cocoa powder, espresso, and thick malts...
Creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel
For an 8.3% ABV, this went down very easily without the slightest hint of alcohol...
Excellent stuff...
Highly recommended... (646 characters)

Photo of drxandy
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz to standard pint, pours an oily black opaque - mocha head fades

smells of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee

tastes of chocolate followed by delicious coffee, oats, slight bitterness in the finish, sweet but not overtly, good flavors and balance, very drinkable, yum! - compared to fresh the hops have die down, in a very good way.

mouthfeel is creamy smooth, amazing, coffee lingers in the finish, one of my favorite stouts - mmm (435 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a stingy tan head that laces all the way down. Aroma is roasted coffee on top with some bittersweet chocolate, faint dried fruit, and a bit of ash in the background. Taste is more of the same coffee and chocolate. Bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky creamy smooth. Full bodied brew, medium to low carbonation. Awesome brew, in fact one of favorite, especially fresh. I'd drink this one even if it wasn't breakfast time :) Don't tell anyone, but I prefer this to the KBS (506 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakfast stout pours a very dark black with slight brown highlights at the edges with a thin mocha colored head on it. The nose on this beer is an assult of rich and complex bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted grain, oats, and wood. This is truly one of the best noses you will find on a stout. The flavor profile is a perfect match for the nose with a rich wave of bitter coffee at first quickly followed by a rush of bitter chocolate. The roasted grain also makes an appearance as does cherry and vanilla, but those flavors are lingering in the background when compared to the coffee and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as one would probably expect, but it is medium to full bodied and velvety smooth. I don't get a great deal of alcohol on the mouth, but I do feel the warming alcohol in my stomach. The drinkability is really fantastic on this brew, but I wouldn't have to many of them in one sitting, and would be best in moderation. (959 characters)

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

Poured jet black into a Piraat tulip, thin brown head that leaves an oily film and polka dot lacing.

Thick aroma that consists of dark chocolate, espresso roast beans, wood, cinnamon oatmeal, & honey. A very pleasing and relaxing smell to say the least with a farewell shot of booze...

The beer hits the palate with a surprising crisp and slams the taste buds with bitter french roast coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, heavy roasted malt, and a piney hop finish that leaves the mouth very dry. The finale is a warmth of alcohol down the esophagus.

Calling the overall flavor bold would be the understatement of the year and after a few sips it really evens out. One of the best Iimperial Stouts I have had and a must try for any advocate. (745 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Brews Cafe in Grannville. Served in a tulip.

A- Pours a black in color with a nice tan head.

S- Wonderful roasted malts and coffee. Chocolate, faint vanilla, and a touch of oats.

T- Tastes of roasted malt, bitter unsweeted dark chocolates and coffee. Slight bitter after taste - may be some hops in there.

M- Thick and creamy. coats the mouth. oily with minimal carbonation.

D- Incredibly rich and wonderful. A pleasure to drink. Highly recommended. (475 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe it when I walked into the liquor store this afternoon and there was one lone four pack of this stuff sitting on the shelf. I'm stoked to try this stuff. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a very dark and opague black with a half inch dark tan head that sinks down to a thin coating. It can easily be revived with a little swirl though. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is wonderful. Loads of deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood, and the lightest touch of caramel. A bit of alcohol is noticeable in the background.

Taste is even better than the aroma. At first there is a big burst of coffee. Then the chocolate flavors come out. They are strangely delicious, bitter and sweet at the same time. On the finish the coffee comes back to leave a lingering aftertaste. If there's any hop bitterness in here, the roasty flavors cover it up.

Mouthfeel is medium, but very smooth. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker. Really the only downside to this beer.

I was not let down by this one. If the mouthfeel was a bit thicker this would be even better. If you are lucky enough to have the chance to get your hands on some of this, don't pass it up. (1,220 characters)

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

Pours with a layer of mocha foam , some lacing.

Aroma is predominantly coffee , some roasted grains are apparent.

Getting a lot of chocolate tones on tasting . Coffee , roasted barley, and some residual sweetness . Not hop profile. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than expected but still medium to heavy. Decent carbonation.

Overall a treat I'd like to drink everyday. (381 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Raleigh, NC. Served in a tall snifter.

The beer goddess sets before me a godly beer. The body is an inky, seal brown hue and capped by a creamy brown head. The foam shows no hints of receding, but slowly does minutes later, etching remnants of its bubbly goodness to the insides of the glass. The aroma of FBS is heavenly, with sweet espresso roast blended with dark chocolate smoke, and fresh hops. However, it came off as bit muted when compared to the best of the best american double stouts.

I expected a phenomenal taste to this beer and was far from disappointed; Breakfast Stout is delicious. Rich, bitter chunks of baker's chocolate give way to milky espresso, caramel, roasted grain husk, and hops galore. I was surprised by the level of hoppiness in this one--enough to bitter up the palate but not overpowering the more delicate chocolate malt complexities. I'd give the mouthfeel a "6.0" if possible, with its slick, creamy body and perfect carbonation level that wakes up the tongue and finishes strong. Overall, I can't say enough about this Founder's brew except "Welcome to NC!!!" Keep the good beer pouring, gents. (1,186 characters)

Photo of abankovich
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense dark black with faint hints of brown at the edges. A great tan head compliments the blackness perfectly. Tightly laced bubbles cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is the richest, bitter coffee smell I've ever experienced with a rich chocolate aroma following right behind.

The bitter chocolates and coffees are amazingly prominent with a mild alcohol burn throughout. The oatmeal keeps the smoothness intact the whole way through. There is also a great hop presence that works well. It's not dominant by any means, but it is there.

My only wish is that the mouthfeel was a little more full. It is definitely medium to full bodied, but I could stand it a little thicker. That said, this is a delicious beer that I would sip on all night and finding any fault in it at all is very hard to do. (817 characters)

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

Judging by the number of reviews on-tap I am very lucky to get to try this one on-tap, thanks are due both to Flying Saucer and Tryon Distribution for blessing us with this at Founders NC launch! Served a dark opaque black with a nice tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a wonderful blend of fresh ground espresso and bitter chocolate. The taste is also a great blend of espresso and chocoalte, with hints of burnt caramel and dried fruits in the back. The beer is fairly heavy, but a very endurable sipper. Having had Kentucky Breakfast and abosolutely loving it, I have to say this one certainly stands up on it's own merits. Welcome to NC Founders, keep the great times pouring! (727 characters)

Photo of association330
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, opaque black with a thick, fluffy, mocha head. This is how a proper stout should look, to be sure.

S - Incredible waves of bitter chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, oatmeal, coffee, and a slight alcoholic twang. This is truly one of the best beers I've ever laid my nose to, but the taste?

T - Equally impressive, though it starts and finishes very sweet, with rich flavors of cherry, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and molasses. Alcoholic presence and overall flavor increase as the beer warms, so enjoy this one slowly for sure. The taste of bitter, roasted coffee grounds lingers.

M - Thick, oily, viscous and wonderful.

D - Half a point for alcohol content and half a point for sweetness. This is a fabulous brew, but it's best when consumed in heavy moderation.

To be honest, this is a dessert beer for me due to its very sweet and chocolatey profile, but it's certainly a new favorite of mine. Highly recommended, if you can locate it. (957 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout"... I approve.

Into an imperial pint, pours jet black with no hints or hues, a lovely, fluffy tan head and lacing sticks in arches and blots. The head sticks around till the very end, and the lacing is left on the glass in varying intervals.

The aroma is heavenly, and every bit its billing. Lots of coffee espresso, chocolates are lovely, oatmeal, all playing together like good kids.

The taste, even better, brilliant really. Comes in smooth with light coffee notes and sweeter malt, chocolate, then the bitterness hits just like with coffee, only roasted malts joined hand and hand, sits there and tingles for a bit, then smooths out for a long, drawn out finish thats chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, stout. Imagine that. Smooth, full, velvety, creamy, a dreamy mouth, with hardly a hint of the ABV.

Perhaps even more remarkable, its so easy to drink, I could perfectly see sitting down to this beer for breakfast, joined by some eggs and bacon, some hash, some oatmeal, some fruits. My breakfasts will seem incomplete with out this beauty. Absolutely marvelous. I loves me my big full stouts, and this one is the class of a select few. (1,180 characters)

Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note, Ive had this sitting quite a while.

Not ready to rate the pour. I think "lots of head" is an over statement. Give me a minute for this to calm down so I can pour the rest of it.
5 minutes later ...
Gosh, this head is dark and thick
10 minutes later. Whole bottle is poured, but I have a solid 4 fingers of foam. Not head, foam. Boy is this beer dark. Not sure ive seen a liquid darker than this.

Roasted coffee. I dont smell any hops, not really any malt.

Like a nice roasted coffee bean flavor. Almost like a cold, alcoholic coffee. Very rich, feels heavy and syrupy at the end. In a good way though. ABV is hidden VERY well. I cant tell there is alcohol, though its yummy. The 8.3 is not noticed one bit.

Awesome. Sits almost syrupy. Yummy, not full on sweet. Long lasting flavor. Reminds me of Saturday morning coffee at breakfest.

I definately want more of this. I could drink maybe 4 of these, any more my face would probably fall off, though in a good way. (985 characters)

Photo of JoeMayo
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very thick with a small cap of head

S- Slight smell of alcohol and a very pungent coffee aroma

T- The coffee is very much in the foreground. The two blends can be distinctly tasted and are well-balanced. The Kona coffee imparts its distinct flavor and a certain brightness, while the Sumatra coffee imparts a slight bitterness and certainly a roasted flavor. The chocolate comes through in the aftertaste.

M- Thick and smoothed-out by the oats

D- In spite of its thickness, it is very pleasant and goes down easy (525 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to newtony for the opportunity to try this beer. 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Per the trader, this is an 08 vintage.

Pours a highly viscous drak brown/black with a small dark tan head that doesn't stick around long. A small ring of foam remains around the edges.

Smells of rich chocolate, alcohol and heavily toasted grains including barley.

The taste is wonderfully rich and moderately complex. Mixes of heavily toasted malts, grains, and chocolate on the front. Cherry mixed with chocolate and rich coffee on the finish. Light to medium bodied and masterfully crafted.

There's no wonder this is a highly rated stout. This is a rich and flavorful brew that's highly drinkable. Outstanding for its' style. Highly recommended - I really enjoyed this one. (773 characters)

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to guezelover for this one. I think its a 2006 bottle.

Now I don't think I have given many 5's for appearance but man this one was awesome. Just an absolutely pitch black beer that poured like motor oil and had one of the darkest, longest lasting heads I have seen on an Imperial Stout. Great to look at.

Smells of light chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, oatmeal, and a slightly odd spiced alcohol smell that rubbed me the wrong way. I think the smell might come from stale coffee.

The weird smell doesn't transfer to the taste. Its a nice chocolate and coffee dominate with a really pleasant lingering bitterness and other subtle flavors that translate form the smell.

A nice thick beer from the oats. It definitely coats the mouth and its very big bodied and still pleasantly carbonated.

That one smell was sort of off putting but otherwise this was a really great breakfast stout. I think I would like to try it again fresh. The ABV sort of hits hard after a while too. (1,000 characters)

Photo of turbine2475
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a large spongy head that disipated slowly into a heavy lace.

S - Heavy coffee, mocha, roasted oats, vanilla, and a touch of toffee....Very Nice!!!

T - Lots of espresso and vanilla. Oatmeal is present to add balence. Hops are present, but take a backseat....Nicely done!

M - Thick with a good carbonation.

D - Great Brew. Explosive head with every pour that more then backed up the impressive flavor...This is an all around awesomely crafted brew. (532 characters)

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

2006 vintage compliments of Jw347(thanks for opportunity to review this beer)

poured into an ommegeng tulip glass...

A - initial pour reveals a veryd ark beer with a thick coffee colored head that quickly disipates leaving just a thin head that mostly clings to the sides of the glass. Upon further inspection this beer is pitch black, so black that zero light passes through it even when held up to a light, wow.

S - the smell presents mild coffee flavors with a strong backing of chocolate, but very well balanced even in the nose. very nice, and very inviting.

T - I anxiously dive into this beer and I'm blown away by how amazingly balanced this beer is. This beer is so well balance it almost seems impossible to pick out individual flavors, but I'll try. The coffee flavors are there but definitely not in the foreground all the while a slight sweetness from the chocolate mingles with the coffee and just blows me away. On top of this the flaked oats add a smoothness that adds so much depth to this beer that I can't put it down long enough to get all my thoughts out.UNREAL

M - creamy, creamy, and creamier oh yeah and velvety. the body is medium with just enough carbonation to open the taste buds again

D - I can't say enough about this beer; it's amazing. If I could ever get a stash of this stuff it would definitely be put away for at least a couple years.thanks again Jw347 (1,404 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


But before we get into that, big thanks to genog & WeisGuy who sent me bottles within days of one another, one an extra, the other part of the trade.

Popped the top & turned around to find invaluable beer foam puddling down the sides of the bottle. Quick pour produced a towering head that necessitated patience. Head is tan, beer is thundercloud-black. Head slowly collapses, but maintains a good bit of glop on top of the brew. Nose on it is surprisingly subdued; after the firecracker that is KBS I expected to be nasally assaulted. No dice.

Taste is very good. Plenty of coffee in the background of toasted chocolate on the tongue & a nice, creamy finish. Very nice! Very drinkable for a big stout, I'm having trouble typing as I have to keep sipping. As noted, creamy & silky & smooth going down.

Very, very good beer. While I love big beer, I believe this is better than KBS, which was spoiled a bit for me by the overwhelming coffee drowning out most of the other elements. This is better, more subtle, allowing the other ingredients to dazzle the palate. (1,077 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Saucya for this wonderful extra!! Poured into a chimay goblet, this is a beautiful pitch black with the creamy coffee colored head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and espresso. Flovor is much of the same. Incredible! Tons of full flavor with a great smooth mouthfeel. That is what sets this beer apart. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, but a tad filling. (397 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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