Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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14,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 14,407
Reviews: 3,601
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,623
Gots: 4,411 | 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 philipquarles
3.01/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to rmasen for this one; I had been looking forward to it ever since I'd tried Péché Mortel.

Pours a completely opaque black with a small ochre head that recedes to leave some nice lacing. Smells of thoroughly roasted malt; so roasted in fact that there's no real conventional malt taste. It's essentially all bitter coffee with faint chocolate notes. Burnt, bitter flavors dominate the taste with gobs of coffee and some dark cacao. Earthy character with an astringent finish. As hard as it is for an RIS to be unbalanced, this one is; a dry stout beefed up with spent Folger's grinds. It does have a thick feel, but it's too oily to be a real positive. Definitely a sipper. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this was disappointing.

Photo of Gtreid
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, consumed 8:30 am Saturday morning.

A: Black as night. When back lit, no light shines through. A smooth pour only produces about a half finger of deep brown head. Some lace, but does not "stick" around long.

A: Strong roasted coffee, just like popping open the coffee grounds in the morning. Some chocolate, but not as strong as I was expecting. I also get molasses, some spiced gingerbread, and nuts.

T: Big coffee and espresso. Cocoa and oats are big as well. This is probably the best Double oatmeal stout I have come across. The roasted malts are huge, but you do get some earthy hop flavor also. The only downfall I can see is the slight watery hint on the back end.

M: Silky smooth, full bodied stout. Again just a touch watery when it finishes, but that does not distract from the overall greatness of this beer.

D: I am having this for breakfast, so that coupled with the 8.3% ABV, I wouldn't be having too many of these. But overall, this is one of the best beers I have had to date. Will be picking this one up whenever I can. Great! Skal.

Photo of bhalter8
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After my third bottle of this, I decided I needed to review such a highly regarded brew. Pours very thin dark brown head, resulting in little to no lacing. The stout itself is black as night. A very enticing aroma, strong coffee, maybe the most intense, but deliciously so, coffee aroma I have encountered. The is also a sweet chocolate background. Taste follow the aroma in a perfectly balanced, but strong, coffee & chocolate blend. The is a slight bitterness, as well. A surprisingly light feel in the mouth, even with apparent carbonization. This stout is a delicious treat, I had one in line to buy Sexual Chocolate at 7 am, and contend it fully lives up to its name, an excellent brew.

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

Thanks to OlieIPA for giving me a bottle of this beer.

A- Poured into a New Belgium snifter, this beer pours solid black with a thick head that's dark tan in color. Some great looking lacing clings to the glass.

S- Bold notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, and anise. There's a great creamy quality to the smell of this beer.

T- The taste is primarily of coffee and chocolate with a finish that leaves pleasantly bitter flavors of espresso and burnt malts.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied but with watery edges. I expected a thicker texture, but it still has a nice velvety-smooth feel.

D- I found this beer to be surprisingly drinkable. The ABV is 8.3% but it's hidden very well.

A great beer. I prefer this regular breakfast stout over Founder's bourbon barrel-aged version.

Photo of n0315
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy coffee colored head and poured a nice deep brown color. Head sustains itself for quite some time. looks promising before even tasting it. A nice coffee taste to it with a touch of chocolate. Alcohol taste subdued. A nice and filling brew. I recommend.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like overused motor oil. Dark as looking at a moonless night with a blindfold on. Slim cappuccino colored head, slow building, fast leaving. I was promised a voluminous head, maybe it was just this sample, I'll be sure to amend in the future if necessary.

S: Dark coffee aromas, dark chocolate, slightly smokey and ashy, wet tobacco, and a sweet milk-like lactic note.

T: First wave of bitter coffee-- straight espresso, Turkish, French-pressed for too much time. Second wave--chocolate milk, fudge, caramel. Ends with a slightly sweet malted milk ball character.

M: Dense, viscous, oily.

D: Definitely a tasty little number. Don't know if I could have multiples of this beer in a sitting given it's ABV and coupled with it's overall profile. Very drinkable per the sample.

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

12 oz bottle pouring into a tulip...

After reading about this beer, I was anxious to give it a try. Thanks to the web - I now have a 4 pack in my hands (well 3 as the first one's almost gone).

A good 1/2 inch head on the brew. Smell of coffee, bitter chocolate, etc.

Very smooth upon the first drink. Mouthfeel was about right. I'd love to try this on tap.


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

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours out of the bottle as a pitch black sludge with a respectable 1/2 inch toffee colored head that rests nicely. Laces well, but falls fast. Opaque.

S - Strong roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavors, with hints of roasted espresso. A nice woody alcohol scent presents itself as well. Sweet molasses. Big, expressive nose on this beer.

T - Starts sweet with molasses and brown sugar flavors, then the extra bitter dark chocolate takes over. Similar to the scent in its roasted balance and inclusion of espresso. Some alcohol spice plays a role.

M - Heavy, slightly viscous body. Oatmeal smooths things out a bit, but its still very bitter.

D - An impressive stout with highly roasted flavor and a decent alcohol content. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of Stockfan42
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black body with an good coffee colored head. Great roasted coffee bean smell, with some dark chocolate in there.

Tastes of coffee and oatmeal, very chocolaty with a bitter hop bite to it. A little spicy in a way but evens out to a greatly balanced stout. Cant leave out the malty flavour that tastes a little darker than usual.

Incredibly smooth, can easily sit down to a 4 pack and pack on a pretty good buz. only 8% which is the lowest abv i've had in a stout but flavour fullfils in every way and is one of the best stouts i've had period.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough beer to review, but it was such an excellent beer I figured it was certainly worth trying.

It pours pitch black with a large tan head that lasts throughout and leaves lacing down the entire glass.

Smells strongly of coffee and toasted malts. After taking two or three sniffs I could also get the dark chocolate smell that I was looking for. This is a great smelling beer.

Tastes like strong coffee that has been left on the burner for a little bit too long, but it isn't unpleasant by any means. The burnt coffee flavor balances excellently with the toasted malts, oats, and chocolate flavors. All of these flavors balanced together perfectly. Has some alcohol added to the mix at the end of the sip.

Full bodied, and super smooth. As it got warmer it got better too.

This is an excellent stout that I am glad that I had the privledge of tasting. It smelled great, and tasted even better. This would be the first beer that I would recommend to anyone that is a stout fan.

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

This is one of those world class brews that I just couldn't wait to get my hands on. Props to Big Tony (wvbeergeek) for the bottle he sent.
Love the Founders artwork, this pours an incredible blackness with a very fine (almost nitro-looking) head.

Aroma is toasty burnt malt and espresso. Not getting a large chocolate presense, but getting some smokey wood.

Taste I immediatly get the smoothness of the oatmeal, with some syrupy burnt coffee flavors. This was the last brew in the flight and thus got to warm up for about 15 minutes. Yum!

I do get some chocolate in the later taste and the aftertaste for sure, but I was surprised that it appeared secondary to the burnt coffee. It is a thick brew...not up to DarkLord or Abyss, but pretty chewy. The alcohol is a bit fusal and has a bit of a bite, surprising for a beer with an abv no more than 8.5% It's a slow drinker, and very much enjoyed!

Photo of cagocubs
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautful midnight pitch black. Immediate lacing around the edges with a nice tan head. The smell was complex, immediate rush of coffee and chocolate. Roasted mixture of pure bliss for the nose. The taste was great as chocolate and coffee emerged first with nice roasted malt. I was a little upset I didnt get a better taste of oatmeal. The mouthfeel left perfect coating and smooth flow. Very nice and thick stout that is very drinkable. Believe the rating, this is one solid stout.

Photo of Yesac
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwinship83 for the trade

A - Solid jet black in color, small chocolate brown layer.

S - Dark roasted coffee beans

T - Smooth java roasted malts and chocolate richness.

M - Frothy palate coating, thick bodied, low carbonation

D - Easy drinker here if you can handle the java. Smooth and rich.

Photo of remllof
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally time to review this one.Poured from a bottle. Pours with a decent brown head. Color is just plain jet black, light isnt excapting from the color of this. The carbination is fairly low. The smell is of coffee and a bit of chocolate which is just great. The taste at first is of cofffe and some chocolate. Followed up by a nice little bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel isnt as thick as i would thought this would be. but it has great smoothness to it. Overall this is a great beer which does a great job balancing out all the flavors it has going on.

Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Founders Breakfast Stout is an oily pitch black with a dark, bronze tinged tan head that leaves scattered, foamy lace. Served around 55-60F.

Smell is bitter bakers chocolate, over roasted coffee and dark crystal malts, light alcohol vapors, sweetening as it warms.

Taste is on the boozy side, more bitter chocolate, some acrid coffee grounds lingering on the finish. As it warmed, the sweetness of the dark crystals starts to come out more, but they have tanginess that I never care for.

Mouthfeel is fantastically smooth, a bit on the drier side, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is ok, this isn't really my favorite style, and this one is to acrid and hot for my tastes. Nice mouthfeel though.

Photo of chriskozma
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black with almost no head to speak of. Subtle coffee smell but the taste is packed with coffee up front but it seems to be a little more subdued towards the finish. Slight alcohol burn. The alcohol isn't as hidden as other big flavored stouts. The drinkability is good, not great.

Overall, this is a pretty good coffee stout.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Pitch black. And oh so tasty looking. Sometimes I feel appearance is an overrated attribute, but it's something worth noting this time.

This beer is a perfect blend of all my favorite flavors. Dark chocolate dominates, with near perfect balance between bitter and sweet flavors. Roasted coffee and toasted breads fit in nicely. This beer is starting to sound like it literally is for breakfast.

The aromas aren't quite as dominate as the flavor, but compare nicely.

Smooth, creamy, full mouthfeel. It hits every node on you tongue and lingers until your next sip. Very easy drinking Imperial Stout.

Photo of taylor714914
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a recent trade with BrewerB

A- Great appearance. Dark and thick, with about a finger of tan/light brown head. This is looking quite delicious.

S- Loads and Loads of chocolate and coffee. Some roasted aromas are in the background, but the coffee and chocolate are definitely the dominant aromas. Amazing smelling!

T- The smell is right in line with the taste. Coffee, Bitter chocolate as a finish, a touch of sweetness, roasted malts. Overall an outstanding taste.

M- Thick and rich. Very low carbonation, which is how I prefer a double stout. Coats your mouth and seems to stay with you for a few minutes afterwards.

D- While the flavors, appearance, and aromas are exquisite, I find it a bit too rich to drink more than 1, two TOPS.

For those who love the bold rich flavors of coffee/chocolate stouts, this is a brew for you.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from psunate in PA. Thanks again, Nate!

This beer pours a thick, viscous black, with a nice brown khaki head, which retains fairly well. Excellent lacing all around the glass as you drink this bad boy. Smell was quite interesting: once again I utilized my mom's nose to better distinguish it and she nailed it: smells smoky, but it has a distinct Greek olive smell. Those big Greek olives you get on your salad. Since I don't really like that smell, I had to knock it down a bit. Taste was fantastic - chocolatey, smokey, raisins, and black black coffee. Definitely not a taste for the faint-hearted. Mouthfeel was the strongest feature - creamy, smooth, and soft all the way down your throat. This isn't a session beer, but with its abv, I'd probably order two or three, especially on tap. Don't pass this one up, gents.

Photo of MillySox
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a rounded, stemmed beer glass. Solid dark body. Near black with shades of brown on the edges. Creamy dark brown head the sticks to the glass the whole way down. The aroma was sweet with a lot of coffe tones. Heavy and smooth with a big coffee taste. Some bitterness gets through but the lasting flavor is a toasty, chocalatey and overwhelming coffee one.

Photo of darklordlager
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black in colour, pours very thick with a light brown head that sits for a minute and then decides to duck underneath the liquid.

Smell is of a big French Roast coffee press that sat too long, extracting some bitterness-chocolate, nuts, and a lingering acidic smell. Light fusel alcohol smell lies in the background.

Taste is of slightly bitter coffee, roasty malts, dark chocolate. Roasty flavours and bitter coffee dominate this as it warms. (Not as complex as I was expecting) Alcohol still remains elusively hidden.

Mouthfeel- is creamy, not syrupy like the pour led me to believe.

Drinkability- Rich, to be taken one at a time.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in trade. This is one of my favorite beers to date. Loved everything about it. It poured a dark brown almost black body with a 1-2 finger sandy brown head that had good retention and fair amounts of lacing. The smell was phenomenal, huge coffee, chocolate, roasted oat smell. The taste was just as good if not better, I take that back it was better. Again with the coffee and chocolate, more coffee than chocolate for sure though. Medium to full bodied . Overall this is an amazing beer. I just wish it was available around here. I would drive hours to buy this beer in bulk and drink it for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Photo of colts9016
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kels for this bottle.

This the beer that started my quest for finding craft beer 2 years ago. I have been trying to get this beer to see what the rave was about. Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown almost black color beer. There is a 3 finger head that is rocky and foamy, the head is a dark tan color. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is a lot of lacing on the pint glass.

Nose: A rich roasted coffee, and dark malt. There is a nice bitter sweet chocolate, oats, molasses, burnt sugar, and vanilla. There is a floral esters in the background and it is very subtle.

Taste: A rich dark malt and a wonderful coffee flavor followed by a very nice bitter chocolate. There is a nice oat, molasses, burnt sugar, and a subtle floral esters. There is a touch of vanilla to finish this beer off.

Overall: The mouth feel is chewy, full body, and richly intense. The finish lingers wonderfully long on the palate. This beer is insanely wonderful. There is a great balance in the beer between the hops and malt and the other ingredients. The bitter sweet chocolate kicked it into overdrive. It is more than I could have dreamed. There is a slight burnt character in the beer that border on a slight harshness.

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

A: Thick Dark and Oily... Not a lot of head at all, but what is there is a nice deep brown..

S: Rich Roasted Coffee and Chocolate.. Like a well made mocha.. Sweet and rich.. You can smell this guy all the way across the table, and it is a good thing...

T: Rich and malty.. bitter coffee flavor kicks in a bit later.. Chocolate notes, and a great aftertaste..

M: Oily and thick, sticks with you..

D: Overall a very good beer. Is is it the best I have had.. No. But quite exceptional.. A great stout to go with food, or as a night cap.

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Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - Really deep brown in color, like old motor oil to reuse the worn out comparison. 1-2 finger head from a very aggressive pour. Chunky head subsides pretty quickly to a thin film. Leaves nice chocolate colored lacing.

s - Bitter chocolate comes through more than the coffee for me, though it is there too. Really a unique smell.

t - Chocolate and coffee. Really would be drinkable for breakfast, though I doubt I'll ever manage that one. Call me crazy, but something like hot sauce comes through at the end in addition to bitter, almost harsh dark chocolate. No hop bite. Alcohol taste is not huge but there. Chocolate is real dark. Not bad, but a little heavy on the chocolate and roasted malts to the point that it's overpowering the coffee and this is a pretty fresh example.

m/d - Light feel but flavor covers the mouth. I feel like it should be thicker for the style. Carbonation is low, like I suspect it should be. Smooth. Drinkable for the style, complex and tasty. Of course at 8% it's a sipper and not a session beer. I'll consider putting some of these down for a year or two, I hear they do very well but I'm glad I only got one. The harsh end really ruins what could be a very complex and enjoyable brew.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 14,407 ratings.