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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 ATPete
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

Lets just say that this is one of the most incredible beers ive ever had. Pitch black in color with very thin slivers of ruby brown color shine in the light. Tight and slightly vocal brown head. The coffee and chocolate aroma is dead on. Not too bitter, perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. Much is the same with its taste. The oatmeal used makes for an extremely light body for its style and adds a mellowing bitterness to the sweet and high quality chocolate malts. The slightest of grassy hop twangs just before the finish adds to the overall greatness. I cant say enough about this one. The only problem i have about this beer is that i drink it too fast. My highest recommendation.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a hold of this one from the Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA.

A: Black. A thick brown head developed on an easy pour. Sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: Smokey sumatra coffee, oatas roasted malt with some milky sweetness present.

T: Deept espresso flavor. Smooth with some sweetness with a sumatra mocha coffee finish.

M: Medium carbonation for this full bodied brew. Perfect.

D: OK. Fantastic brew, but you don't see the high abv coming at you. Along with that, you can have maybe one or two cups, er I mean pints before moving to something else.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy coffee bean turns bitter, dark chocalate. No head out of an oversized wine glass, faint aroma of burnt bean. Pleasant balance on the tongue pairing expresso and non sweetened cocoa. Creamy with a finishing tang. Mild carbonation and well hidden booze. A perfect eye opener.

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Photo of icebergfat
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer last month it completely surprised me it was so drinkable not much carbonation so it went down smooth almost to smooth, the only reason it didn't recieve a 5.0 in drinkability is that it was so smooth it scared me and probably deserved a 10.0 I hope this review explains to other how incredibly delicious this beer is if you can find it drink it and enjoy I know you will.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick almost clumpy darkness that would make a dark moonless night jealous. The froathy/creamy slightly cinnamon colored 2 finger head fades into a nice thin layer on the top and a slightly thicker ring along the sides.

The direct keg version of this fine brew has more of a lactose flavor than the same brew out of the bottle. Nice SUPER dark and deep roasted coffee and slight mocha notes. No presence of chocolate in the aroma that is distinguishable from other aromas.

This, like many [or all] FOUDNERS beers are GARGANTUEN. If Dark Lord is a Gargantuan Imperial Russian Stout than this is the same for coffee & oatmeal. The flavors are so strong that I feel like I'm drinking an Ice Coffee (but obviously much better than mere coffee). There are really nice bittersweet chocolate notes that seem to intermingle with the lactose. The coffee and oatmeal aftertaste is so big is tends to sit so long that you actually want an ice java (black)!!!!

I loved this brew bottled and I love this brew even more on tap! This brew is hearty and full of everything the claim to be full of (oatmeal, coffee and some chocolate)!

This beer is just plain old delicious!!!


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Photo of albern
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout is for coffee lovers, and if you're not one, like me, this will leave you a bit disappointed. The beer is about as inky black sludge as you're likely to find. This is just inpenetrable to light. There isn't a huge head on this beer and it pours a little sludge like as well. The nose is deep, thick, prodigious coffee and some raisiny dark chocolate notes, and roasted dark sweet grains. The nose is mostly coffee as is the taste.

This beer is creamy and smooth as can be, and there are loads of complexity to it, but it is the coffee flavors which predominate. This is clearly an oatmeal stout and the consistency, mouthfeel, and milky underneath are dead ringers for the style. But then we return to that coffee flavor ... yes, there are some other items in there such as deep dark chocolates, some deep raisiny notes, maybe a touch of heavy fruits. I just can't get beyond the cold coffee taste. If you can, you'll love it; if not, you'll be left wanting a different experience. I'm in the latter fold.

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

A nitro-tap pour at the new Brass Rail Deli. Served in one of the special Sam Adams glasses.

A: The stout is pitch black with a gorgeous off-white head. The head filled several fingers of the glass and retained a thick consistency throughout.

S: The nose is coffee, thick and acrid with a sweet chocolate undertone.

T: The nitro pour has added a distinct smoothness to the ale, softening the blow of the imperial stout. The result is chocolatey with an overroasted quality. The coffee, strong as it is, has also been toned down. The flavors are sharp, concentrated like a cup of Starbucks.

M: The creamy foam takes a great deal of the edge off of the ale, making it much more enjoyable even if some of the dominant coffee flavors have subsided.

D: Quite drinkable, I prefer the beer on a regular tap but it was interested to see what nitro did to it.

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