Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3,425
Hads: 14,489
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,655
Gots: 4,458 | FT: 225
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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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Reviews: 3,425 | Hads: 14,489
Photo of Subvette
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sum more than the parts on this one. Interesting aroma consisting of jalapeños and coffee. Perfect medium to heavy mouthfeel with a chocolate and spicy finish. The alcohol is hidden in the finish. (197 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Doherty's Ale House; served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Obsidian black body, with a finger-width caramel colored head. Head faded quickly, leaving lacing across the glass throughout.

Aroma: STRONG coffee and chocolate, with a little toffee mixed in. Smell definitely previews the taste.

Taste: Wow, has a very mocha, coffee taste with no alcohol present. Didn't taste any dark fruit flavors, almost completely dark chocolate and strong espresso flavor. A powerful beer, but drinks very smoothly.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but velvety-smooth with not much carbonation. Goes down easy and leaves a strong after-taste of sweetness and coffee.

Overall: a fantastic stout that would make for an excellent after-meal drink. I'll be drinking much more of these now that they've become much more readily available in four-packs around my area. (846 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/25/13.

Chocolate flavor dominates. Very well balanced. Not too sweet, not overly bitter. I was expecting a 500 ft. blast into the upper deck. I got more of a line-drive that just snuck past the left field foul-poll... Less dramatic but, a homerun nonetheless. (275 characters)

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a beautiful brew!!! If youre new to imperial stouts this is a good starter. Most imperial stouts have an extra heavy ABV, this one isn't that overwhelming at 8.3. If you like stouts and haven't tried this yet, make it a priority........this might be my favorite. It has a heavy feel....but i think thats a definitive trait of a I think the thicker the better. When it comes to taste, they knock it out of the park.
I don't care what it looks like (as long as it looks like beer....right?)
As far as the olfactories are concerned.....smell ya later!
It does smell wonderful drink up!!!!!! (623 characters)

Photo of PaleAleSean
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Black as the night sky with a light caramel head

S- strong coffee, notes of soy, mocha, and alcohol

T- coffee , espresso, strong alcohol taste

F- tingly on the tongue, thick and creamy (193 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - really opaque black, quickly fading caramel head that leaves lacing, a few carbonation bubbles.

Smell - loads of cocoa/chocolate, irish car bomb, sweets, coffee

Taste - heavy dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, ever so slight tobacco spicy kick. Nothing abrasive or polarizing about it, I can see why a lot of people like it. Isn't really challenging. I wish it was slightly more nuanced for the price. Don't get me wrong though, it is delicious.

Feel - tingly on tongue, feels very heavy but not creamy,

Overall - I'd take the SN Narwhal over this, but this is one damn good beer. I wish I got some more dark fruity nuance out of it though. Expectations are very high at the price level. (701 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey84
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Living in MI this is a great everyday stout. Great fresh ground and brewed coffe taste. My absolute favorite readily available stout. No question,hands down the best available stout around. (189 characters)

Photo of Trombone69
3.87/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a stemmed stout glass.

Looks like a Stout, extremely dark, half a finger of head, dissipating quickly, but leaving some light lacing.

Not strong smelling, compared to the taste. Taste of bitter coffee, and unsweetened chocolate. I don't really like coffee. It's bold and extreme. I would never order a second one.

Mouth-feel is fine.
I don't really understand the ultra high rating. (411 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition (fresh), 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and brown sugar, with a touch of maple syrup. Some subtle chocolate notes too, as well as some cream.

Taste: Delicious! Roasted malt up front, imparting notes of roasted coffee beans, a touch of smoke, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, followed by some pronounced brown sugar-like sweetness, and some subtle hops. As previously stated, delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, I’m surprised at how little a presence of alcohol there is on the palate.

Overall: This is another fantastic stout, and another great beer from Founders! Great flavors of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, beautifully balanced with some brown sugar-like sweetness and hops. Delicious! (1,055 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep black with about an inch of fine dark tan frothy head that settles to a film and lacing.

Smell: Complex; organic (topsoil?), roasted malt, chocolate, vaguely metallic (iron oxide?), boozy

Taste: Following the smell, complex and mysterious. Moderate sweetness with roasty malt, metallic, murky chocolate, boozy, with bitter background that doesn't linger too long. Thick body with smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not the straightforward coffee and chocolate stout I was expecting. Rather it is a very distinctive and perplexing brew, with flavors that go beyond its breakfast ingredients. Earthy and pungent, sweet and smooth, it is certainly delicious. A beer to ponder over. Also I would note that I much prefer this to the Founders Imperial Stout, which suffers from excessive sweetness and bitterness. (817 characters)

Photo of BerBen
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

half inch tan head, deeeep purple/brown nearly black.
smells very roasted, almost burnt coffee
taste is coffee up front with a metallic tone, and finishes with dark chocolate
abv is slightly apparent
mouthfeel a bit thin for my taste. (234 characters)

Photo of Chris-1911
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If there was a value rating option (which there should be), this beer would be top ten. Sure, a couple Lagunitas bombers will get you drunk, but a 4-pack of breakfast stout is world class. (189 characters)

Photo of Magbas
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got one of these in a glass. I might of had expectations to high, due to hype and just my love of a good oatmeal stout. Overall, if it was available in Oregon, I'd pick it up sometime, but having had the KBS and Backwoods Bastard....I'd say this is less dynamic. I am fortunate to have a few more, so I will revise if I find that the problem is me. (356 characters)

Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best breakfast stout I have drank so far. It's like hot oatmeal and pancakes and coffee in the morning. Taste is just a little to bitter to me and price for 4 is like 10 bucks lil high. But I love it not to pass it up (217 characters)

Photo of MTLDOG
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep wonderful black color with light brown head. About 1 finger, goes away fast and has no lacing. Smells fantastic. Chocolate, mostly dark chocolate or cocoa nibs. Some molasses and like a sweet tobacco with heavy coffee. Tastes like chocolate and strong coffee with a sweetness like molasses just like the smell. What isn't evident in the smell is the good bitterness that gets through and some hops. Well balanced, medium mouthfeel fairly creamy. Very solid overall stout. Good product. Nice artwork on the label, pours nice, deep black look, great smell and great taste. (601 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, heavy coffee flavor with mild dark chocolate that starts off malty and sweet and due to heavy coffee has a slightly acidic finish. At 8.3% alcohol is well hidden by flavors. Not the best but one of the better coffee stouts around for sure. (251 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very heavy, creamy mouthfeel...the coffee is complimentary but not is extremely well balanced with the bitter chocolate and roasted malted, with a faint cream note...not an envelope pusher but probably one of the most elegant & exemplary stouts out there (272 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Very dark with only traces of red and brown light getting through at the very edges when held up to the light. The light brown head is stronger than expected, rising to a full finger and staying intact for a good 30 seconds. When it falls, though, it falls hard and leaves only a few traces; a ring of foam around the edges and a small mound that will not go away right in the middle. The etching on the bottom of the glass is enough to keep a bubble geyser flowing strong enough to keep a little lump mid-glass.

SMELL: The roast is apparent immediately and it overwhelms the hints of dark chocolate, tobacco and dark fruit.

TASTE: That roast is still all over this beer, but it is not overwhelming. Some aggressive hopping adds to the bitterness, but as the beer warms a big and delicious dark chocolate flavor becomes evident, as does a lot of caramel.

MOUTHFEEL: This is not a complex beer. It is a straight forward, in your face, big stout…and it is delicious. I can’t quite say this is medium in body, but it is on the lighter side of big than most stouts in this category. There is very little sparkle, but that adds to the creamy, smooth feel that allows it to go down incredibly easy.

OVERALL: What more can be said about this beer that hasn’t been already? As far as Imperial Stouts that have not been barrel-aged go, how do you beat this? (1,384 characters)

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

Poured from bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice

A: Deep black with about half a finger of beautiful light brown head. Head dissipates to some wisps on the surface and a ring

S: Rich dark chocolate, with a hint of malt and caramel sweetness. Very appealing, very inviting. No discernible hop aromas.

T: Chocolate, malt sweetness, no hops taste, except some balance from the bittering hops. Absolutely delicious

M: Creamy, full mouthfeel.

O: An excellent beer. Tastes amazing, looks amazing, and smells amazing. A winner. (523 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily jet black. Forms a finger of dark tan head. Whispy lacing left behind.
S - Tons of black coffee, even goes so far as to have the smokiness associated with coffee grounds or fresh ground Haitian and Arabic coffees. Some sweet milkyness and tons of malt. No hops present.
T - Absolutely amazing. Flavor development is sweet cream, caramel and chocolate, this fades into bittersweet baker's chocolate, finally, this fades into bitter, smokey malt and coffee. Fantastic.
O - An absolutely amazing, 5 star stout. One of my all time favorites and a must try for fans of stouts.
V - Available in four packs of bottles. High value! (645 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pitch black with a dusting of tan foam as the head. Pronounced coffee aroma (like taking a whiff of freshly ground coffee beans). More carbonation than I expected, which detracts from its smoothness. The sweetness of the chocolate flavor helps neutralize the bitterness of the coffee, but the bitterness wins out. Overall: A special beer and a great stout. My hat's off to somebody who starts his day with this one; for me, I'll save it for after dinner. Drink at closer to room temperature. (9.5) (531 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A very dark shade of brown, basically looks black unless you hold it up to the light in just the right way. Basically no head.

Smell - 4.5/5
Strong smells of coffee and cherry-flavored chocolate. Perhaps a tiny hint of alcohol and/or hops. Slightly sweet aroma.

Taste - 4/5
Earthy coffee, chocolate, hints of smokiness and hoppiness. A little bit of alcohol taste as well. I was expecting an amazing taste from this beer, and while it's very good, I think it may be a bit overhyped (but aren't most things in life?). I appreciate the discernable and possibly primary earthy coffee flavor (Sumatra coffeee tends to be more earthy if I remember correctly).

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium to full bodied. Very smooth, fairly creamy. There is a light to moderate amount of light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
Given all the hype, I wanted to like this more that I actually did. I wanted this to be a phenomenol beer, one of the best that I'd ever had. It probably wasn't, but it was still pretty damn good. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Morganser
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottles aged for 1 utter darkness between 45 and 60 F. Best at cellar temp vs. Chilled. Best for breafast with buttered croissant. Best representation of style I've encountered. Patience Danie San. (208 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As I was strolling down the aisle of my local package store I was startled when I came across this beer. I am a big fan of coffee porters and knew that Founders Breakfast Stout was rated as #1 and had a perfect 100 score.

I poured the beer into a 12 ounce glass and could observe no visible light pass through as it is completely black. Swirling the liquid around the glass it has a red amber like color on the bottom. There is a coffee tan in color lace around the edges.

Upon smelling it I detected traces of coffee and some notes of chocolate.

It tastes like a Doppelbock as it has a very full bodied flavor. I was expecting stronger coffee notes, but I was left somewhat disappointed. I can detect a slight coffee aftertaste with a hint of chocolate. One thing that immediately struck me was the alcohol as it left me feeling warm and wanting to dive in for another sip.

The beer is very smooth and almost silk like. There wasn't that much carbonation which made it easier to drink.

UPDATE: I've had this beer a few times since my original review and I have to bump it up a few points. It seems to be one of those beers that grows on you. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very excited about this one! Pours dark brown with a foamy, one finger beige head. Smells of dark chocolate and oats. The first sip was loaded with flavor– very dark & bittersweet chocolate with oats in the background. A nice, subtle use of bready/doughy malts. Wow, there's a dark roast coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated. Overall, I like the bitter and creamy qualities of this stout– a contrast to the many syrupy/sweet stouts out there. The control of the coffee flavor is incredible. In my opinion, much better than this year's BCBCS. Go Founders! (575 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,425 ratings.