Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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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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Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow, i've never seen a liquid so black, its darker than oil. the head is a very dark brown which doesn't seem to bulge after it is done growing, doesn't even look like a beer. smell is very malty, has alot of chocolate aroma to it as well, even some bacon aroma. taste is crazy, each sip has something different in it, vanilla, sweet malt, chocolate, the smoke aroma also comes through in the taste. the alcohol content is present but not overpowering. mouthfeel is nice and thick, full and rich. a really unique beer, and a really really good one aswell

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is coffee, molasses. Flavor is oustanding. Unbelievably thick and complex. Loads of coffee. Good amount of molasses. Massive malts. It's like a meal in a bottle. Feel is smooth on liquid and with a minimal carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Simply amazing and much better than I recall it being on-tap.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed Backwoods Bastard and decided to branch out and see what else Founders had to offer. Found myself with this brew because it sounds so good. Oatmeal Stout - the breakfast of champions (and young children apparently).

A: Brown black with a tiny hint of ruby on the edges against the light. Without a very aggressive pour, I got a nice half finger dark coffee stained head. It dissipated to a thin ring, a gentle dusting and developed some artistic spotty lacing.

S: Very deep bready, oaty, roasted malt - kinda smokey with very strong freshly ground coffee turned up to 11. I almost felt like I picked up a slight sweet lactose type creaminess too.

T: Bold decadent espresso malt flavor. Smooth up front with a hint of sweetness but it falls headlong into an incredibly bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish. Hardly a hop in sight. Toward the end of the drink, it definitely took on more of a malt and smokey profile - really nice way to end the pint. I love it when a drink unfolds. Hard to believe the ABV on this one because the alcohol is incredibly well masked.

M: Medium carbonation added a slight prickliness to what would have otherwise been a very smooth mouth. Medium/full bodied.

D: A very tasty brew. I love coffee but the sheer power of the bitter coffee acidic aftertaste got to me a little at first. When the drink warmed up and the flavor profile balance changed, it all made more sense. My word, the folks at Founders know how to deliver a massive taste with masterful balance.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured very dark into a small Samuel Smith glass, great head with fair retention.

Tons and tons of cofffee, the sumatra stands out. A little alcohol is also present.

Tons of bitter coffee. Very roasted taste, with some hops in the mix. A little chocolate and a bitter roasted aftertaste.

Not as much carbonation as I would like due to the oats, but the mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy.

Excellent beer due to its bold characteristics and complexities, But one beer is alot to handle.

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Photo of RThomas436
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit this is incredible. Pours black and looks like thick syrup - saying it looks like oil is an understatement.

The nose has coffee some slight chocolate and more coffee.

Drinks like velvet - like literally drinking a glass of velvet smooth slightly bitter with a coffee finish.

This is a great beer for a chilly evening but not so heavy that you don't want to have any more.

This is what Willis was talking about i.e. What you talkin 'bout Willis?

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to wolfsblood for this beauty.

Poured from the bottle a thick opaque black with a huge cocoa-colored head.

Big aroma of roasted malts, espresso, tobacco, and dark chocolate.

The taste presents dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit, vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, and oatmeal. Finish is a bit like burnt chocolate. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Heavy bodied, thick and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

This was my first Breakfast Stout from Founders. A great drinking Impy. I'm hooked. Good thing I bought a couple of four packs.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i won this in a lif, poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured thick and black like used moter oil, a dense tan head rised and quickley became a ring around the rim. the flavor is bitter in the begining, it is hops some coffiee, rich dark malt, and some bitter choclate, the middle is some tosty oats more hops and the first hint of alochal, and the taste you are left with at the end is a rich bitter coffiee aftertaste. this is a beer that i wanted from day one on this site and it lived up to its hipe. wish i had more than the one

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Photo of eweneek83
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is not as sweet as I thought it would be. Smells great like a sweet coffee-like mocha. Pours dark dark brown, almost black. No light gets through. Very burnt coffee like taste. chocolately stout also... very basic. But still good. Leaves a good lacing, and very interesting mocha aftertatse that sticks around for a while... Definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't pay $16 for it again.

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Photo of stewart124
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a tan head that leaves bits of lace around the glass.

Strong roasted/burnt malt nose with hints of coffee/toffee and dark chocolate. Slight notes of earthy/noble hops.

This is a thick beer to say the least. Huge creamy mouthfeel. No doubt from the oatmeal used in this. There are lots of chocolate tastes left on the tongue and a burnt feel that is no way unpleasant. Everything is so smooth and appealing.

The aftertaste is soothing and a bit spicy. There is a slight alcohol presence in the nose and taste as the beer warms. The chocolate and coffee become more apparent and the taste become smoother than I thought possible. Very, very delicious.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 9.16.08 at home - poured from bottle into a wide mouth glass.

i am just going to start off by saying, WOW. this thing is amazing. it looked like i was pouring oil into a glass. dark brown almost black in color. great dark tan head, dissipated pretty quickly, but left a fabulous lacing on the glass. i could smell this beer even before i smelled this beer. immediate coffee mocha smell, a little alcohol. chocolate shines through as well as the oatmeal - which was a bit more subtle. fantastic smelling beer.

chalk this up as one of the best tasting beers to have ever hit my lips. beautifully balanced, coffee upfront, chocolate in the back. slight smokey flavor as well which was a nice surprise. super smooth mouthfeel - a thin and wet taste, spreads throughout the mouth. surprising nice mouthfeel - flavors runs amuk in your mouth and then slowly evaporates.

no wonder everyone has this on their 'wants' list. amazing beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as soon as I found out that this was back in stock in my neck of the woods. I heard a lot of good things about this beer, and have never seen, let alone tasted, a breakfast stout. After nearly downing most of my pint glass, I'm not sure if I'd have this for breakfast, but I'm sure that this is one of the most unique and delicious beers that I've had in quite some time!

This had a dark pour but not as thick as a Russian Imperial Stout. There was a little bit of head and practically no lacing to go along with this. The smell was a wonderful blend of dark chocolate, toffee, and of course, oatmeal, with the mouthfeel combining all of those notes with the thickness of the oatmeal and the alcoholic taste of fermented chocolate. It's basically a cross between the old Troegs Oatmael Stout and the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Yes, the alcohol can be felt here, especially in the aftertaste. Nevertheless, it's not overpowering and the roasted, espresso-like consistancy that wonderfully holds everything together!

This is a strong beer, but the alcohol is never overpowering. I don't think I'd specifically have this for breakfast, but there wouldn't be a time of day where I'd pass this up! This was well worth the wait and effort to find - Founders has carved a very unique niche with this beer.

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

Pours out very thick and dark, and forms a creamy mocha colored head. Leaves a pretty good sheet of lacing.

Smells like milk chocolate. Some oat character. Smooth roastiness.

I really like how this one starts, but it falls apart at the end for me. Roasty flavors lead, backed by sweet and bittersweet chocolate. Coffee is inconspicuous, which is disappointing consider that's supposed to be a calling card of this brew. The back end and finish is messy. Acidic and surprisingly bitter with too much leafy hop. Finishes dry and more bitter than I would hope. Not a lot of alcohol presence, but it shows up from time to time.

Smooth body, with a nice amount of fullness. Not as smooth as Souther Tier Oat, probably the benchmark for mouthfeel for a stout. Carbonation is pleasantly low.

Drinks alright. I can't muster up all that much excitement about this. Did not meet my expectations, and is really not a very good value. Not something I'll run out to buy anytime soon. Lack of coffee was a major disappointment. Best enjoyed when I just took a few sips and didn't think about it.

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

A: snifter. pours dark brown that appears pitch black with a nice espresso foam colored head with a low retention rate as the head dissipates rather quickly. moderate lacing.

S: massive aromas of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, some burnt toffee. strong hop aroma.

T: huge roasted malt flavors, coffee and chocolate mostly. hints of black cherries in the back of the palate. definitely pulling some oatmeal, due to the smoothness of the beer.

M: very smooth and full bodied. major roasted malt palate. dead on carbonation.

D: very nice brew and an excellent Imperial Stout. Another fine brew from Founders, and its seriously good for breakfast.

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Photo of DLtheMD
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased from Joe Canal's RT 1 in NJ.

Appearance: Black, poured like viscous motor oil. Almost no head.

Smell: coffee is predonimant, chocolate, little burnt nuts.

Taste: chocolate becomes more prominent when tasting and the coffee becomes less. Full flavor and not that bitter, though not sweet at all.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and viscous.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable though > 8 ABV. Though the taste and flavor profile is fantastic, it smells even better.

Looking forward to trying other Founders beers.

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Photo of abrand
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter

A- This pours as dark as oil. Even into direct light, it is completely opaque. A nice foamy, dark tan head about 1/2 inch that dissolves rapidly. Good lacing along the glass.

S - mostly smells of chocolate and coffee and is quite pleasant. Also plenty hints of roasted malts.

T - I think I stared at this beer for 10 minutes before I took my first sip. Initial taste is predominately burnt coffee. After taste is bitter and lots of chocolate. Some hints of malts that aren't as noticeable as coffee and chocolate.

M - Oh man is this a thick beverage. Not that I have ever had car oil in my mouth, but if I had to guess I would compare to this. I was actually T-Day stuffed after I finished.

D - Fairly high ABV that limits drinkability although the alcohol is well hidden with the other great flavors. Overall this is an amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of currysage1
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a Imperial Pint.

Look is dark, as dark can be, two finger khaki head, good lacing.

Smell is chocolate, wierdly it has a vegetable smell to it, honestly its like the canned peas I ate while growing up. Definate espresso.

Taste is where the hype comes in, this is some good shit! Espresso without a doubt, chocolate up the yin-yang. Some fruit presence as well. All of these are complete flavors and not little subtle pieces, this is the real deal.

All I have to say is that this is a Sundried Tomato to a stryofoam fleshed stop+shop tomato.

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Photo of LordofTime25
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The blackest stout I have ever seen. Thin cream tan head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smells of strongly of chocolate and coffee.

You taste a strong coffee taste up front then it transition to a strong chocolate taste that finishes with a slight bitterness. Complex!

A creamy full bodied delight to your mouth.

Yummy! Delisous! Great! What else can I say! Try it!

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Photo of sethmeister
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a snifter.

Frothy dark taupe head on fully opaque motor oil body. Practically leggy when swirled. Lovely dark lace rings the glass.

Chocolate, coffee, and strong roasted notes. Earthy. There's even a tobacco note here. Damn that's nice.

Taste is very strong dark roast coffee. Chocolate. A hint of vanilla. Nowhere near as sweet as I anticipated. There's a strong earthy tobacco-like note that sticks around on the finish. Fantastic.

Mouth is milky, oily and voluptuous.

Drinkability is nothing short of amazing. 8.3 abv is completely undetectible and were I not aware of the alcohol content I could probably put back a few of these.

This is a real knockout. Like nothing I've had before. Frighteningly easy to quaff yet bold and complex. Damn. Just damn.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a thick, rich chocolate and coffee scent along with a bit of oatmeal dryness. The taste is awesome. Just like the KBS, it's loaded with malt complexity and tremendous mouthfeel. The chocolate and coffee character is huge up front and finishes with a bit of oatmeal mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This stuff is the nectar of the gods. The KBS is still my favorite, but this is one hell of a beer as well.

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Photo of HopHead1982
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - As dark as any stout as you will find.

S - perfect combination of chocolate and coffee. Simply perfect

T - See smell. Its as good as it gets.

M - Great flavor, texture and overall feel.

D - Better than its "big" brother KBF. If you read that post, you will know that I don't care for "liquor" aged beer and therefore will rate this beer above that one.

This is by far one of the most mesmerizing I have ever had. Easily one of my most favorite beers.


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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is aviscous, motor oil like brew. The tan head is very thin, and very sticky. The smell is an overpowering aroma of roasted coffee beans. The taste follows the nose, which I do not enjoy as much as I had hoped. It leaves a pleasant enough coffee after taste, but something seems missing. The beer is definitely a full bodied sipper. Breakfast stout is a decent enough beer, but it is not for me. I normally drink 3 cups of coffee a day, but maybe I want something different in my beer.

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

This is one incredible looking brew. Big reverse cascading head, after a hard, creamy thick pour. The smell is Coffee up front with strong chocolate presence. Smooth, smooth, smooth. wow, what a great mouth feel. So velvety on the tongue. Wonderful coffee and chocolate smells translate into even better tastes. This is one brew to savor.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well in honor of the great masterpiece that is beerfest i cracked open this beauty tonight.

pours black with a half finger of chocolate brown head. rich black color. dark like midnight. light couldnt get through this if it tried.
little to no lacing. kinda sad. lack of head and lacing hurt the look for me but looks arnt everything right?

smell is robust coffee. some nice malty hints. smells like sunday breakfast...if it was cold...and made of coffee not meat...or hashbrowns...ok...just coffee. but fucking great coffee none the less.

taste is great. a very complex beer. i get a ton of malty goodness. bittersweet chocolate/ caramel malts hit me up front that lead into an awesome coffee middle. bitter and comforting. i am left with a great aftertaste.

although this beer is great i dont think i could drink more than one. great beer. yet another awesome contribution from the folks at founders.

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

Total black body, no highlights. One finger deep, level, dark tan head. Good lacing.

Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma. Big burst of chocolate.

Big shot of dark roasted coffee wrapped in dark chocolate. Maybe a little burnt around the edges. Very rich.

Smooth, slick, oily. A mix of oatmeal and imperial mouthfeels.

Dangerously drinkable with well dampened alcohol.

A terrific chocolate-coffee-oatmeal stout.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this one at Vintage Wine and Estates in Boardman, OH.

A- Has a cloudy dark brown, nearly back body that pours with a 1 finger or so mocha colored creamy head. Head eventually fades to <1/2 finger but leaves traces of lacing all the way down the glass.

S-Rich dark chocolate malts and toffee balanced with a nice roasted malt character. Nose is on the sweet side but rich and balanced.

T-The roasted malt notes come through much more in the flavor and are actually the highlight. Roasted dark chocolate malt upfront with some accents of bitter coffee and sweet caramel. The finish is a balance of roasted bitterness and characters mentioned in the nose. What lingers is a big roasted dark malt bitterness and hints of coffee, toffee, and a caramel sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and thick, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. As expected for a imperial stout.

D-The ABV is not detectable at all in this brew. Actually the roasted character is definitely the highlight. The smell is immaculate but the taste is more roasted than I like but still good. Overall a solid, good imperial stout. i would still love to try Kentucky Breakfast Stout and compare these offerings.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,655 ratings.