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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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10,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 10449
Reviews: 3163
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%

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: 10,449 | Reviews: 3,163 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of younger35


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this brew along with a bevy of other beauties in a trade with ClockworkOrange. I’ve had the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and it was about the best brew I’ve ever had, can’t wait to try this one. This one is notched for September. Drank out of a Washington State Cougars pint glass while watching the USC vs. California game.

Appearance- Pours black as black with a decent one finger brown head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves a lily pad like cap and a very thin collar. Leaves moderate lacing, not bad, not great.
Smell- Holy Starbucks! The best part of waking up would be Founders Breakfast Stout in your cup! Oodles of dark roasted coffee shines along with some lightly bitter chocolate. A bit of roasted malt and a slight nuttiness round out the nose.
Taste- Starts with a hint of bitter chocolate and lots and lots of sweet roasted malty goodness. After the smell I was expecting a huge blast of coffee but it’s a bit more subtle than the nose. The coffee is more in the background and semi bitter. A nice milky creaminess is also present with a hint of vanilla. Finishes with a nice bit of citrus hop that somehow manages to peak its head through. The 8.30% doesn’t show one bit through all the goodness.
Mouthfeel- Nice and rich with a bit of a milky and chewy feel. Medium to low carbonation that is perfect.
Drinkability- Couldn’t be better. This beer is a hair behind its big brother from Kentucky but only slightly. Those boys over at Founders know how to put together a tasty brew. Thanks again to ClockworkOrange for this awesome treat!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 02:57:16 | More by younger35
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this fall i have been blessed with the opportunity to try many stouts. all have been really good so far, but this one took the cake. huge thanks to mk for sharing this with me. i owe you one buddy!!! beautiful. super dark with no highlights and a milk chocolate colored head that was as thick as bread pudding. amazing retention and amazing lace. smelled like milk duds and coffee. taste was very complex... different things showing themselves every sip... chocolate twizzler? hershey kiss? fresh roasted coffee? i was really in heaven with this one. velvety and creamy. i could drink this all day and all night 365 days of the year. thanks mk, pc and gumpy g!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 05:05:38 | More by timtim
Photo of dedrinker


4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll spare you the visuals - it looked like a lot of other stouts. Nose was powdered dark chocolate and oatmeal with an edge of roast. The flavor is like a chocolate coated malted milk ball, but it finishes dry, so you can keep going. Very delicious, maybe the best yet, but I'm not sure. I'm definitely impressed, and every breath I take is a deep inhalation of this beer. It finishes with more roast, oats, dark chocolate and warm milk. Breakfast stout indeed. Definitely one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 05:23:36 | More by dedrinker
Photo of phrygian68


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured thick black,with a nice tan head!
great aroma of coffee and roasted malts!
first sip was of heavy coffee and roasted malts! also oats and vanilla! a very complex and powerfull beer! a great breakfast meal! very thick and chewy! the best imperial stout i have had yet!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 02:48:21 | More by phrygian68
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours like motor oil. Looks a tad disappointing, all that fine black liquid and virtually no head to go with it. But like magic, the head materializes all at once, creating a 2-finger cap of creamy, cratery mocha. The glue-like lace sticks all over.

Aroma - monstrous amounts of roastedness, wonderfully intense coffee and chocolate syrup. A heady layer of alcohol floats underneath it all, pushing the flavors, enhancing them.

Taste - roasted malt to the point of char. A grassy element picked up also. Some elements of coffee and chocolate are fighting to get through, but the overbearing malt roast/burnt flavors ultimately prove to be too much. Spicy, herbal swallow, like jalapenos but not hot. If I wait, there is some better roast coffee and cocoa flavor on the downward side of the aftertaste. I would like more balance to the coffee/chocolate side. This is tasty but too one-sided toward the charred grain.

Mouthfeel - silky, velvety, very smooth. The carbonation is lively and mouth-filling.

Drinkability - I'd like to think the burnt character will mellow over time and some of the rest of the flavor profile can come through. As it is, this beer isn't one I'd go after for myself, but certainly for trades, unless the char eases up over time, then I would put several down for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 16:04:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of beermanbrian


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with some ruby edges. Thin tan head foams up and then dissapears entirely. No lacing. A swirl of the glass releases some carbonation and causes a thin ring to form around the edge but it's gone almost before you can notice.

The smell is where this one really starts to show it's true colors. Tons of coffee smell with some chocolate in the background and great roasted malts.

Taste is right in line with the smell, coffee with a nice bitterness and some smooth cocoa in the background. Roasted malts and some of the alcohol start to show as it warms. Yum.

This one didn't disspoint, other than the appearance not being any thing to write home about. But really, the taste is what this is all about right? And that is where this one really shines. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 01:35:22 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of fitzy84


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

When the drink was poured, it almost was like staring into a black hole. It had a nice, coffee-colored top, making apparent the flavors of the drink. A strong caramel/chocolate aroma was extremely strong. It had a great roasty punch to it. A very hearty drink indeed: all its flavors were well executed and very strong. Like any stout, it was a pretty heavy drink, but it had a creamy-sugary finish that let it come down smooth. Overall, stout and chocolate/coffee lovers would adore this beer, while people on the light side of things might want to try something not as heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:33:59 | More by fitzy84
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this after what seemed like a forever and a day wait. Poured a thick dark black, pretty much opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick. I could easily have one on any cold night, this was just a super nightcap. Defintly lived up to its hype, one of the best coffee stouts I have ever tasted and I would love to have it again. If you get a chance, I would seek this one out, this was outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 02:24:19 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of GRPunk


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a jet black with a thin red/brown head that turned into a lace that left a tan stick on the side of the glass.

S- It had a fairly sweet scent of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts thrown in for good measure.

T- Much as the aroma suggested. Roasted malts with the flavor of chocolate and coffee. Light hops in the end dry the finish a bit, but there is a lingering aftertaste.

M- Little carbonation help make this a velvety smooth drink.

D- A nice slow sipper.

Overall- I actually preferred this version over the Kentucky Breakfast Stout, which I found a bit too sweet. I like the straight-forward chocolate and coffee offered up in this tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 01:30:40 | More by GRPunk
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Appears a dark fully opaque brand of oatmeal stout, unlike anything I've ever seen before. Pretty incredible full mocha tan head envelopes the dark astringently filled dark body that simply eats all light. No ruby highlights here to note just a full jet black zone of color spectrum absorption, that is a thing of beauty my friends. Head dwindles slowly with even bands of evenly dispersed lacing. Aromatics full of deep grains meaning oats and other cereal supplements that are simply remarkable when it comes to beer components. Dark roasted chocolate malt out does all other spectrums when that is all my senses are receiving, quite easily the most amazing beer aromatics I've come across since day one in the beer hunting I've embarked since age nineteen. Flavors come off full of deep dark coffee notes without any cream or sugar straight up just the way us "old timers" like it. If we were playing a gracious round of kegs and eggs I would be winning with this dark baker's chocolate dryness and roasted coffee goodness this beer has to offer what can I say, "I'm licking my bowl". Yes I know that doesn't sound to manly but when in the moment there's no power higher here on earth. Pure coffee grounds are repeated for me in a beet formula, did I mention I feel this position alone is bliss. Mouthfeel is one of the fullest in the land, with malt outweighing most comprehension of body this beer is fuller than it's custardized midwestern friend that can't be mistaken. Drinkability is great and will repeat in all it's fullness, I have a bottle aging here in the fridge that I won't forget too soon, wonderful stuff not overrated in the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:02:07 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of dwilkins


4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color of a stout, what more can you say? Head was rather thin.

S - Holy smokes. i've got a bad sniffer, but it was clearly a nice dark chocolate and coffee aroma, and I could distinguish the two - really very good.

T - Not very bitter, but rich, coffee and chocolate. Really very nice!

M - perhaps a little thinner than it should be, but good

D - excellent! This beer grows on you. It seems like it's a lot less alcoholic than Guinness, and yet it's certainly not a weak beer. If you expect the bitter bite in a classic, then you'll be disappointed. If you want a rich, darkly flavored tasty stout, this is very good!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 21:14:23 | More by dwilkins
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a very dark color with a head that looks more like chocolate milk, due to being brown and silky. Aroma is rich and creamy with a nice whiff of coffee. Lacing is minimal. Taste is very smooth and creamy with a beautiful chocolate aftertaste. So rich, so beautiful. Nice and chewy. Would make a great breakfast stout, hence the name. The aftertaste is excellent and the delivery totally rules. There's even a hint of oats in the taste.

While not as strong as Worldwide Stout, this beer is still a great sipping beer. Both are probably the only stouts that I've had so far that deserve their ratings.

In regards to Founders, you cannot improve a beer like this. I haven't had the Kentucky variant but this one alone is what a stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 03:16:41 | More by Brad007
Photo of jackorain


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

I absolutely love the label on this bottle.

A-Pours like used motor oil. This stuff is so thick it glugs. It is pitch black with absolutely no possibility of light getting through. After the fairly aggressive pour into my Dvel tulip, a 3/4 inch coffee with lotsa cream colored head erupted. This head fell rather quickly to a thickish coat and tall collor. The coat and collar hung around for quite a long time during the imbibbing. There was only a modicum of lacing.

S-Dark roasted coffee, creamy iced latte made with dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate galore, Roasted Barley, grain, hint of molases.

T-Intense coffee flavor translates to a nice coffee flavor, dark and bittersweet choclate. Roasted grains, graininess. the molases from the nose presetns itself a little more asertively. There is a sour twang from the roasted grains or even the molases notes. The finish is long and bitter with a drying, astringent quality.

M-This is where this beer shines. Full body is an understatement. Creamy, chewiness throughout. Carbonation compliments the creaminess.

D-The initial, almost overwhleming coffee flavor hurts the drinkability for me on this one. Also hurting the drinkability is the lasting astringency on the finish. Don't get me wrong this beer is a fine, fine product that I will seek and out surely have again. But it is most likely a beer I could have only one or two (maybe) of before shelving for the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 16:59:36 | More by jackorain
Photo of sfoley333


4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle in duvel snifter. Poured a a dark black with a rich chocolate head that foamed about two fingers big. Smell of coffee and smoky roasted malts dominate the aroma. Taste of rich espersso with bitter dark chocolate, almost kalhua like taste makes it deliciously sweet with just enough bitterness to compliment the flavors. But in the end the coffee is whats on in the main stage. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth but full and chewy. One of the best with no doubt, a stout lovers wet dream.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 07:29:39 | More by sfoley333
Photo of becktone


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At a bar on a scrap sheet of paper:

Eye: Jet black in color with a tan head and some okay lacing and poorer than I expected head retention. Though I can't fault the head retention and lacing as so much of that depends on the cleanliness of the glassware. It could be the glassware, and most likely is in this case, as it is a glass from a bar that really only gets dipped in sanitizer solution, not much washing to go on to clean grease or other residue from the glass.

Nose: Massive chocolate and coffee aromas in this brew, not much to hop aroma. The largeness of the aroma makes it apparent that this is an American Double/Imperial Stout. Roasted aromas as well. Excellent aroma, couldn't stop smelling this one, just smelled so good.

Tongue: Here I find a nice roasted malt flavor, perhaps some black malt and chocolate malts are in there. Coffee flavors and chocolate flavors meld nicely with the roasted flavor. It is really easy to see why this one is called "Breakfast Stout." Seems to me that this would pair very nicely with breakfast just as coffee does, or I could even see this being a brew that would break one's fast in a very full and complete way.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: On the palate this brew is very thick and has a long lasting flavor that is of almost burnt, but not quite that harsh, roasted, toasted grain flavors. The brew is very smooth on the palate with medium, and appropriate levels of carbonation. This is a great beer to drink, not one to session though, 8.3% is a little high. As I said I could see drinking this with my breakfast, it is appropriately named. You can believe me when I say that the first time I see this is a bottle I'll be grabbing a sixer of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 19:26:55 | More by becktone
Photo of vwcraig


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Michael Jackson snifter back as can be and was really thick. Some head was there at first and was the color of brown sugar. Head reappears if you swirl the glass around and slowly runs back down the inside of the glass. Coffee smell is the first thing that jumps out along with some appetizing roasty and burnt malt smells. Great roast coffee flavor along with a sweetness in the middle of a mocha-ish flavor. There is a light booziness when it warmed up noticeable only in the smell, not taste. Oily mouthfeel and little carbo. Extremely drinkable and complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 20:17:53 | More by vwcraig
Photo of tpd975


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2006 version that I got in a trade awhile back. Now that the new batch is out I figured I would give this one a try with a year under its belt.

A: Pours an Obsidian black, darker than a moonless night. It pours with a huge thunderous head with tons of tiny bubbles that get foamy on top, like sea foam in the gulf on a warm September afternoon. The head dies down to a nice cap but some of the foaminess is left behind sticking to the top of my snifter.

S: Wonderful smelling stout. TONS of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. There are hints of vanilla and perfectly roasted malt. This reminds me of my favorite cafe mocha which I happened to sip at a sidewalk café in Paris.

T: I really like great stouts and this is one of them. The flavors are off the scale. BAM in your face. Tons of rich creamy chocolate. Reminds me of the cocoa my grandmother (god rest her soul) used to prepare for me on a cold Indiana morning as a child. So chocolaty, sweet, and warming. All of that is then overtaken by a coffee taste as good if not better than the best espresso known to man.

M: Medium bodied and a creaminess that is off the scale.

D: Man wish I had some more of this one. As I finish this one my brother is in an Indiana beer store trying to hunt me down the 2007 version. Let's hope he scores!

Overall: Founders make some of the greatest stouts in the world. Hands down, no doubt about it. This one is so rich and creamy, and the taste and aroma is out of this world 5 star no doubt about it. If you like cafe mocha this one will leave you hankering for more. As for me I am awaiting a phone call with my fingers crossed, hoping my brother came thru with some more!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 19:43:14 | More by tpd975
Photo of bradford


3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired via trade with NJpadreFan
Had for breakfast on 10/16/07
Looked good. Sticky black lacing on the glass. Very little light penetrating through
Smelled good. A lot of coffee in the nose. LOTS of coffee. This beer reminded me a lot of the KBS which reminded me of a homebrew failure I made about a year ago. The coffee is just overpowering and then the bitter chocolate comes through and makes for a bit of a mess for me. Obviously I am not in the majority as this is, at time of review, #12 on BA's top 100.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, not watery, but with all these conflicting tastes in my mouth, I expected the malt to help balance a bit more, which for me means a thicker, maltier beer.
This is a good beer and I am glad I have another bottle waiting for me, just doesn't live up to the hype for me

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 17:42:25 | More by bradford
Photo of seaoflament


4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I need to send mad props to Jay23 for this beer, thanks!

This is from the most recent batch. Poured at cellar temp.

Pours a dark chocolate color with some light brown foam.

Oh man the smell! You can smell this one as it pours. There is some sweet chocolate, powdered cocoa, coffee, vanilla bean, roasted malts, and oats; easily one of the best smelling stouts I've encountered. The aroma is, dare I say, orgasmic. I'm just taking my time with this one, letting it warm up a bit more to get some more aromas before I take my first sip. This is one of the most chocolate smelling stouts I've had in front of me, very nicely done.

Fist sip is pure bliss. The taste really holds up well with the aromas. Chocolate and coffee flavors upfront with some slight burnt barley and chocolate malts in the finish. Some oats also detected towards the end along with some bitter chocolate. Big aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, rich and thick. This is a chocolate and coffee elixir. The slightest hint of alcohol is present to remind you that this is an alcoholic beverage.

The drinkability is very good but it could start to feel a little too sweet after one glass.

I could eat this stuff for breakfast. Screw Starbucks coffee, gimme some Breakfast Stout in the morning.


Thanks to Jay23 for this extra. 2008 edition.

Great looking beer, as always has been my experience with Breakfast Stout. Pitch black color with more than an inch of foam with some lacing and very good retention. (4.5)

A blast of coffee and chocolate at first but once I finished pouring, the smell coming from the glass was a little underwhelming. The coffee aroma doesn't seem as bold and robust, or even fresh as it has in the past. More chocolate and roasted malts with hints of vanilla and sugar cookies. Some whiffs of alcohol too. Has a somewhat acidic coffee aroma. (3.5)

The taste is similar to the aroma and also not as great as I remembered, or at least not as good as the 07 and 06 release. Faint chocolate, coffee, roasted barley flavors. Baker's chocolate in the finish. Roasted bitterness in the aftertaste as well as some cocoa powder. (3.5)

Feels a tad thin and watery but good overall. (4)

Quite easy to drink but I'm in no need of a spoon this year and that kind of sucks. (4).

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 04:12:51 | More by seaoflament
Photo of DavidEddie


4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Most recent batch. A thanks to Jim from Glen Ellyn Binny's for the hook up!
Poured a very vicious black dirty motor oil liquid into my Delirium tremens glass. Head was a thick khaki beige.
The smell is of strong freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and burnt/smokey malts.
Taste of black roasty coffee, dark bakers chocolate, and burnt toast. (This would make a great dessert beer!) Some slight tart hops comes out in the finish. It seems to balance everything out.
Mouth feel is thick, very creamy, lot of carbonation, coats your mouth, sticky. Flavors stay around awhile. A slow slipper for sure!
If it wasn't for the extremely difficult availability, I would be enjoying this truly outstanding fine oatmeal stout on more occasions.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 03:05:12 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of garbercury


4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes, you did read that right, I got this on tap. Thanks to Ron at Vintage Wine and Beer in Boardman, Oh, I had the rare pleasure of having this fresh from the tap!

First, I have to say this is not normally my favorite style of beer, I enjoy it but dont go out of my way for heavy stouts. Having this one will make you quickly change your mind about beer style allegiances.

A--Deep black with reddish tints in the generous and full head. Plenty of lacing, really a terrific looking beer.

S--You can smell the oats, barley, coffee. Hints of chocolate and definitely some hints of alcohol...

T--Wow, this is terrific. To me it blows away the Speedway due to the smooth finish and flavor. Outstanding.

M--Practically chewy. Just unbelievable.

D--This is great in the morning, I gave it a shot. There is no way you could drink more than a couple of these without feeling the heavy effects of this beer. If you dig this style, go out of your way to get it. Incredibly complex, tasty, and worthwhile, nice job Founders and thanks Ron...

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 15:07:01 | More by garbercury
Photo of Homerbag


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect black. No light can make it through this one. Thin caramel color head that laces wonderfully down.
Smells of chocolate and dark espresso, perfect breakfast flavors.
The sweetness of the chocolate is balanced perfectly by the bitter chocolates and the espresso. I wish my breakfast tastes this good. The alcohol is there, just not in the taste.
This has the perfect mouthfeel. This coats the tounge from one side to the other letting all the flavors soak in.
I understand why there is a some hype behind this beer. It's just that good.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:18:53 | More by Homerbag
Photo of zdk9


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

A- Pours an obsedian black. I search in vain for lighter highlights only to find an impenatrable wall of tar. Half a finger of dark cocoa foam resides briefly on the surface, dissipating to leave spots of thin residual lacing.

S- Coffee and espresso are the delicious forerunners in the nose. Quick on their heels follows sweet fruit- cherries, a delicious suprise. With more snifting a hint of alcohol comes out, refined and whisky toned.

T- There is a wonderful balance to this beer in which the espresso is strong but not dominating. There is more fruit here- cherries again, and also blueberries and sweet manderin orange. The chocolate flavor is faint; perhaps I can detect it in the sweetness of the beer, but that might just be malt, and I certainly can't pick out bittersweet chocolate over the bitterness of the coffee. Playing the beer over the back of my tongue reveals the touch of hoppiness which borders between Christmas Holly, and earthy mulch. Later the hops are strong in my burps.

M- A wonderful silkiness, getting better as the beer warms, and a true mouth coater. I also enjoyed that the bitterness of the beer didn't clench onto my tastebuds, but relaxed its hold and made way for sweetness to come forth, bringing a similar but new wave of flavor with it.

D- The alcohol is barely noticable, the taste is great- what more could you want out of this beer?

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 06:39:42 | More by zdk9
Photo of umustdrink


4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in one of my first trades from Vancer, early last spring

2006 edition

A - Pitch black, no signs of any color. Medium brown head, faded to a thick ring. Sheets of lacing.

S - INTENSE smell of toasted, near burnt, malts. Grainy dark chocolate is a dominant smell here. Bitter coffee here as well and the faintest hint of a light creaminess.

T - The taste begins with a light tickling carbonation and a bitter coffee taste. The taste remains light and bitter for a good while, the dark toasty maltiness finally comes in, creamy this time. The aftertaste is really an amalgamation of all the flavors tasted here, but more bitter than creamy.

M - The consistency is actually pretty thick here, which I prefer in a stout.

D - Excellent beer and very unique. Definitely going to be looking to trade for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 01:48:07 | More by umustdrink
Photo of box299


4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was wild!
I don't drink much stout other that Guinness, but I really liked this one. The Coffee taste is so strong in this one I might actually be able to get my girlfriend to try it. The beer was a black as any beer I have seen... the head was foamy but also a chocolaty color.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 01:40:15 | More by box299
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,449 ratings.