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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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10,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 10457
Reviews: 3163
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 10,457 | Reviews: 3,163 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Abysmal, and I don't mean that in a negative connotation. I mean it in the sense that this brew absolutely resembles the abyss. All semblances of color are shrouded by the blackness. All traces of light devoured. There aren't even highlights along the sides as it's held up to direct sun. This beer is black; I'm talking the depths of the Mariana Trench black. As for the head... admittedly, my pour was pretty weak and it still resulted in about an inch and a half of toasted caramel colored creamy excellence. The retention leaves a little to be desired, but there's currently still a nice creamy cap sitting afloat the blackness and some respectable traces of khaki lacing scattered along the sides of the glass.

S: Gourmet roasted coffee (bordering medium and dark roast) and rich pure cocoa. Coffee tends to dominate here, as it squelches out the cocoa towards the end of the sniff. A simple aroma, but it's oh-so-satisfying. It smells like waking up to a fresh pot of coffee brewing.

T: A bit too chilled, initially... Taste was exclusively pure cocoa and some oaked alcohol. After leaving it untouched for about 20 minutes to warm up, the flavors have finally come out to play. The dark chocolate notes lose their bitter characteristics and begin to resemble semi-sweet chocolate chips. A huge roasted profile resembling some of the finest black coffee ever brewed. Underneath the coffee and cocoa are some real complex notes of molasses, oak barreled booze, and burnt caramel. A little bit of an herbal flash comes through in the finish that doesn't linger, but certainly makes itself apparently. A bit of alcoholic burn in the finish that warms the throat. Aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee. Superb.

M: A huge body! The texture is thick, creamy, and moderately chewy—all thanks to the oatmeal, one would assume. Velvety smooth and is a pure delight on the tongue. 8.3% you say? Strange... I'm not feeling it.

O: FBS' reputation honestly speaks for itself. There's nothing I can say here that hasn't been said a thousand times (or 3,100 times...) before. This is surely stout perfection in a bottle and you'd have your work cut out for you trying to find a better example. Without a doubt a masterpiece and an absolute joy to sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:04:35 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of digitalflood

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black body with wet mouthfeel. Good head reduces to good lacing. Smells of coffee and cream. Front palate is all Kona coffee beans and some bitter stout. Creamy in the mid-palate with milk, chocolate, and some more coffee. On the back palate it's all bitter coffee, hops, stout, and some toasted oats and barley. Beautiful balance. Very nice traditional breakfast stout taste. On the verge of excellence. 4.25 out of 5. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 02:57:32 | More by digitalflood
Photo of tomgoehring


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout is one of my go-to beers (I always have some on hand) - beautiful dark color and great balance (not too flat) so you get a little "ping" with each sip. A really terrific blend of coffee and chocolate so neither dominates. This is a heavy beer - three is enough for me!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:25:48 | More by tomgoehring
Photo of BigMurph


4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black with a thick head.

S- Blend of chocolate and coffee.

T- Lives up to it's smell a rich coffee/chocolatey flavor. The oatmeal smooths out the former flavors and it tastes amazing.

M- Very smooth. Very small amount of bitterness that stays with you for a bit after you've finished.

O- Absolutely beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee, in both smell and taste. One of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:54:51 | More by BigMurph
Photo of MikeB20


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours completely black with a nearly two finger creamy brown head. The head dies down quickly but lacing is solid and it sticks down the glass.

S: Lots of coffee up front along with dark roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. You can almost smell the creaminess of the beer through the aroma. It's hard to explain but you'll know what I mean with one good whiff.

T: Everything present in the aroma is present in the taste and that's no small feat. A slight bitterness from the dark roasted malts is probably the most pronounced flavor but you also get a nice touch of coffee and hint of chocolate in the finish. There's nothing not to like here, very well balanced and expertly crafted. At 8.3% ABV is deceptively drinkable as it invites you back for just another sip.

M: Very smooth, very creamy, very full bodied and very good. Carbonation seems to be on the low side but it could just be the insane amount of body over-powering it and that's not a bad thing at all.

O: I'm super impressed with this beer. The aromas and flavors are fantastic, pull no punches and leave no questions on the table. What you smell is what you taste and that, to me, is the sign of a well crafted beer. Easy to drink, enjoy and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 20:26:37 | More by MikeB20
Photo of lochef81


4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having one for breakfast today just for fun. This ale pours a deep dark almost black color with a very slight tan head that quickly dissipates to a light film and very little lacing. The nose is packed with coffee notes highlighted by some burnt dried fruits and cacao. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer. It is so silky and creamy and smooth; an utter delight to swirl around your mouth and slowly swallow. The flavor is quite simple for a beer of this caliber. Lots of coffee, a little dark chocolate, a pleasantly bitter bite towards the end, and just a little sting and taste of alcohol on the tail. Simple and awesome. This offering from one of my favorite breweries is so simple in its flavors and craft that it is simply brilliant. They always say that if you are going to make something simple then it has to be done perfectly to be great and Founders has nailed it perfectly and simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 13:35:57 | More by lochef81
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: almost pitch black; minimal head, colour of milk chocolate

Aroma: sharp and strong dark roast coffee, touch of high % dark chocolate; burnt, kind of smoky aroma; clean and precise, seems not for the weak-hearted

Taste & Mouthfeel: bit of a slow build to this, quite mild at first, like a standard (but good) coffee, then drawing to an intense, cutting acidity of dark roasted coffee; it's deep and rich, without the tart bitterness, fairly remarkable considering heavily roast and likely significant amount of coffee used in the brew; pure cocoa flavour plays a bigger part over time; good carbonation, clean feel, and medium body

Overall: if the review seems short and not overly exciting, it's because this is a very focused and simple stout - and as a result absolutely great; everything reeks of precision and purity

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 14:08:42 | More by BGDrock
Photo of tmbgnicu


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is very very close to a perfect beer. It pours very dark in a goblet. The aroma is enchanting, notes of chocolate, coffee, oats. The coffee and chocolate stood out to me most in taste, with each sip almost alternating the intensity of the two building block flavors. I enjoyed this one after a big dinner and it was the perfect dessert. As so many others have written, this truly tastes like a "breakfast" stout and seems to be almost made for the morning hours. It works great as a dessert too!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:31:04 | More by tmbgnicu
Photo of BeernerdJeff

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy a good stout and was truly looking forward to trying this beer after reading all of the reviews and seeing the high ranking on BA. Finally had the opportunity to try it...

I'm not sure if the hype set my expectations too high or if I just had a weaker batch, but I found this stout to be quite plain. The rich, dark color and the head are great after pouring from bottle, as expected from a stout-but the rich, bold flavors I expect from a stout are just not there. There is a coffee, oatmeal flavor with very slight hints of chocolate, but none of these flavors are strong. The flavors are good and are balanced, just not much there.

Overall, this is probably a great introductory stout for those just starting with stouts or who don't usually like them as it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 12:02:52 | More by BeernerdJeff
Photo of schris


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On principle, I am hesitant to rate a beer as perfect. This is the tastiest stout I have ever had. Is it the best? I am not sure, and the only reason I'm not sure is that there are still other beers out there in the world that I haven't tried. It pours heavy, no head and minimal lacing, into a tulip glass (next time I'll use a snifter). It tastes sweet, and bitter, and chocolatey - I sense coffee, but on my palate the chocolate is more present - and heavy. Like I really could have it for breakfast. And by God the next time I don't have to work and my kid is already at daycare, I will have one for breakfast, and by then maybe I'll decide it truly is the best stout ever.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:41:42 | More by schris
Photo of Cerebrum


4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark black with a decent head.

S- A nice blend of chocolate and coffee beans. The smell dissipated rather quickly in my snifter, but agitating it brought it all right back.

T- Lives up to it's smell wonderfully, a rich coffee and chocolate flavor. Can't say I really pick up on the oatmeal as well as the former flavors, but it tastes amazing nonetheless.

M- Very smooth, non intrusive aftertaste. Minimal amount of bitterness that stays with you for a bit after you've finished.

O- Absolutely beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee, both in terms of smell and taste. One of the best beers I've had and my favorite stout to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:14:56 | More by Cerebrum
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black and thick. Nice brown head. Smells like dark coffee with a bit of chocolate. Taste is spot on coffee and just a hint of sweetness. There is no taste of alcohol. All I can say is that if you love coffee you will love this beer. It hits the mark straight on.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:47:51 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Jnashed


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: black with a little brown, thin head and slight lacing on glass. I let it warm up a bit post pout and thin head went away quick. Not much carbonation.

S: Wow.... Coffee, but not burnt nice roast (like a lightly roasted breakfast blend). Chocolate smells of course too. Then a slight bit of grain smell. So you know it's a beer not a warm cup of Joe. Alcohol finish on smell too.

M: I can let it sit in my mouth for an eternity. Full heavy thick feel, and hear you get some more carbonation.

T: yep it's awesome. Perfect balance of coffee, malt, slight hops, and chocolate. So well balanced. Nothing is overwhelming. Other coffe stouts are too burnt or too roasted. Not this. I like the light roast like Costa Rican coffees and it hits that taste with a light chocolate background and a slight alcohol finish. 8percent? Really....

Overall. Perfectly balanced coffe/ chocolate stout. as BCBS is the gold standard of bourbon barrel stouts of Sam Smith Porter is The British Porter standard taste So is this the gold standard.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:17:20 | More by Jnashed
Photo of smptenor


4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance- a beautiful dark black with a malty little head

smell- a beautiful malty, chocolaty and oatmeal smelling beer. God it is a perfect smelling stout. It smells just like a stout should.

taste- wow. You get everything in this taste. It starts with a malty taste and goes right into the chocolate. The finish creeps in gently and is indeed an oatmeal flavored finish. The oatmeal comes a little bitter at the very end but its nothing horrible what so ever.

Mouth feel. it is perfect. it is creamy, smooth and gentle all at the same time. It is like heaven in the mouth.

This beer is outstanding. I had been begged by my friends to try this stout and this is now one of my favorite stouts and yes my beer of choice is a good stout. This is a must try. exceeded my expectations. Even though it is a bit heavy I could definitely make this a session beer but yes it has a high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:05:47 | More by smptenor
Photo of tedstriker


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't drink coffee, not a chocoholic, yet this beer has transformed me like a goddamn werewolf or something. I'll forego the play-by-play of pouring the beer and staring at it before I drink it, Bob Costas, but I will tell you how it tastes.

It tastes like jumping in a fully-equipped Delorean, hitting 88 mph to go "Baaack in tiiime", and french kissing a 1940's Playboy pin-up girl just before brunch. It tastes like someone secretly replaced my ordinary stout with the love child of Juan Valdez and Betty Crocker after an all-weekend long brownie bender.

If you love beer, and you love things that taste good and (spoiler alert) make you feel just plain awesome, then...hey....try it!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:17:57 | More by tedstriker
Photo of BrewThru_29


4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black. Thin film of a head that dissipates quickly. No lace.

Smell: Amazing. Coffee, chocolate, lots of coffee. Maybe a little vanilla?

Taste: Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate up front transitions into a slightly bitter coffee taste. Outstanding.

Mouth feel: Smooth, thick, creamy.

Overall: I'm just starting to get into stouts, but this is really good. Prob the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:42:18 | More by BrewThru_29
Photo of RhinoBrew


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just love this Stout. Always very good. It is not sold in NH (due to picture of child on the label) so I have to buy outside of the state and bring it home. Neighbors also like the taste and I have to buy for them also, a good time for all in the neigborhood!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:37:31 | More by RhinoBrew
Photo of Cory_Brown


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm still a little new to stouts and the craft world in general but this is amazing. Has to be one of the best beers I have ever had. For sure the best stout, but I still need to try Goose Island Bourbon County. The chocolate and coffee in this beer are so balanced. Just enough of each. And its just enough bitterness to complement. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 08:22:20 | More by Cory_Brown
Photo of JFrenette112


4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing stout. Not too heavy but you can tell it is a stout. The chocolate and coffee aroma that it produces makes it a great beer for anyone that enjoys coffee or chocolate (even if they say that they don't like beer). Overall this is a go to stout from novice beer drinkers to well experienced tasters. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:24:37 | More by JFrenette112
Photo of peacemakers48


4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a step below the Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts but it is an excellent beer. Not as strong in alcohol but just as smooth. It has a nice aroma and a strong but smooth flavor. Maybe the 3rd best stout I have had behind the coffee and regular bourbon county.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 20:19:34 | More by peacemakers48
Photo of schoolboy


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this near perfect stout many times and it never fails to satisfy. It works in a bottle on tap or in this case in my mini-growler jar, and it is always outstanding.

What could be better. It looks like the ideal stout with loads of lacing. The aroma is pronounced and enticing. The taste is out of this world. The bitterness offsets the malt perfectly. The balance is perfect. The aftertaste is more like an afterglow.

This is a great brew. It is very close to perfect, and defines the style. You could say it is a little understated compared to many over the top American stouts that have followed, but it has a refinement that keeps it ahead of the rest.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2014 20:35:25 | More by schoolboy
Photo of msf1cnc


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The "gold standard" of coffee stouts. perfection. Coffee on the nose, but not too overpowering that the the toasted malt disappears. The taste is simply everything you expect from a balanced stout. The malt characteristics of the stout are nicely balanced with the maltiness of the stout. For anyone looking to brew a perfect breakfast stout, this is what should be used as a guideline (IMHO).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:55:44 | More by msf1cnc
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottled 11/26/13 at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of roasted malt and burnt coffee, no chocolate
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing
Lacing – some, but spotty, misshapen
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins roasted malty, slightly bitter, with only a touch of oatmeal smoothness;
no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, no chocolate
Flavor ends quickly with no aftertaste nor lingering bitterness
Palate full-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation

Not a coffee fan (It keeps me awake) so the flavor is not to my liking. That said, this is a very good stout, a little light on the oats, but still very drinkable. Was unable to detect either chocolate aroma or flavor, but there may be just enough to reduce the coffee bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 13:09:08 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of silverblaze540


4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured with a thick head which held well. Completely pitch black in color.

S - Chocolate and strong coffee smell with hints of hops and maybe something slightly fruity.

T - Front is a very powerful roasted coffee taste, which is followed by a semi-sweet chocolate taste. The finish is a bit bitter and hoppy, which lingers for a while.

M - Heavy and very smooth. Don't really feel the 8.3 abv.

O - A very nice stout. Excellent smell, and the taste is pretty balanced. The bitter aftertaste holds for a while, which is not my favorite taste, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:22:23 | More by silverblaze540
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a foamy off-white head. Strong, satisfying taste from start to finish that leaves you wanting more. Feels full-bodied and smooth, with a semi-sweet chocolate taste at the start and a tasty coffee finish that lingers long after you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:02:14 | More by brutusmuktuk
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,457 ratings.