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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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10,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 10444
Reviews: 3162
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: 10,444 | Reviews: 3,162 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of shroompod


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

Pours with a layer of mocha foam , some lacing.

Aroma is predominantly coffee , some roasted grains are apparent.

Getting a lot of chocolate tones on tasting . Coffee , roasted barley, and some residual sweetness . Not hop profile. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than expected but still medium to heavy. Decent carbonation.

Overall a treat I'd like to drink everyday.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:15:49 | More by shroompod
Photo of wagenvolks


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Raleigh, NC. Served in a tall snifter.

The beer goddess sets before me a godly beer. The body is an inky, seal brown hue and capped by a creamy brown head. The foam shows no hints of receding, but slowly does minutes later, etching remnants of its bubbly goodness to the insides of the glass. The aroma of FBS is heavenly, with sweet espresso roast blended with dark chocolate smoke, and fresh hops. However, it came off as bit muted when compared to the best of the best american double stouts.

I expected a phenomenal taste to this beer and was far from disappointed; Breakfast Stout is delicious. Rich, bitter chunks of baker's chocolate give way to milky espresso, caramel, roasted grain husk, and hops galore. I was surprised by the level of hoppiness in this one--enough to bitter up the palate but not overpowering the more delicate chocolate malt complexities. I'd give the mouthfeel a "6.0" if possible, with its slick, creamy body and perfect carbonation level that wakes up the tongue and finishes strong. Overall, I can't say enough about this Founder's brew except "Welcome to NC!!!" Keep the good beer pouring, gents.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 19:13:09 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of abankovich


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense dark black with faint hints of brown at the edges. A great tan head compliments the blackness perfectly. Tightly laced bubbles cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is the richest, bitter coffee smell I've ever experienced with a rich chocolate aroma following right behind.

The bitter chocolates and coffees are amazingly prominent with a mild alcohol burn throughout. The oatmeal keeps the smoothness intact the whole way through. There is also a great hop presence that works well. It's not dominant by any means, but it is there.

My only wish is that the mouthfeel was a little more full. It is definitely medium to full bodied, but I could stand it a little thicker. That said, this is a delicious beer that I would sip on all night and finding any fault in it at all is very hard to do.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 15:32:06 | More by abankovich
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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

Judging by the number of reviews on-tap I am very lucky to get to try this one on-tap, thanks are due both to Flying Saucer and Tryon Distribution for blessing us with this at Founders NC launch! Served a dark opaque black with a nice tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a wonderful blend of fresh ground espresso and bitter chocolate. The taste is also a great blend of espresso and chocoalte, with hints of burnt caramel and dried fruits in the back. The beer is fairly heavy, but a very endurable sipper. Having had Kentucky Breakfast and abosolutely loving it, I have to say this one certainly stands up on it's own merits. Welcome to NC Founders, keep the great times pouring!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 20:19:41 | More by atsprings
Photo of association330


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, opaque black with a thick, fluffy, mocha head. This is how a proper stout should look, to be sure.

S - Incredible waves of bitter chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, oatmeal, coffee, and a slight alcoholic twang. This is truly one of the best beers I've ever laid my nose to, but the taste?

T - Equally impressive, though it starts and finishes very sweet, with rich flavors of cherry, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and molasses. Alcoholic presence and overall flavor increase as the beer warms, so enjoy this one slowly for sure. The taste of bitter, roasted coffee grounds lingers.

M - Thick, oily, viscous and wonderful.

D - Half a point for alcohol content and half a point for sweetness. This is a fabulous brew, but it's best when consumed in heavy moderation.

To be honest, this is a dessert beer for me due to its very sweet and chocolatey profile, but it's certainly a new favorite of mine. Highly recommended, if you can locate it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 22:39:21 | More by association330
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout"... I approve.

Into an imperial pint, pours jet black with no hints or hues, a lovely, fluffy tan head and lacing sticks in arches and blots. The head sticks around till the very end, and the lacing is left on the glass in varying intervals.

The aroma is heavenly, and every bit its billing. Lots of coffee espresso, chocolates are lovely, oatmeal, all playing together like good kids.

The taste, even better, brilliant really. Comes in smooth with light coffee notes and sweeter malt, chocolate, then the bitterness hits just like with coffee, only roasted malts joined hand and hand, sits there and tingles for a bit, then smooths out for a long, drawn out finish thats chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, stout. Imagine that. Smooth, full, velvety, creamy, a dreamy mouth, with hardly a hint of the ABV.

Perhaps even more remarkable, its so easy to drink, I could perfectly see sitting down to this beer for breakfast, joined by some eggs and bacon, some hash, some oatmeal, some fruits. My breakfasts will seem incomplete with out this beauty. Absolutely marvelous. I loves me my big full stouts, and this one is the class of a select few.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 03:16:30 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of JasonA


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

Note, Ive had this sitting quite a while.

Not ready to rate the pour. I think "lots of head" is an over statement. Give me a minute for this to calm down so I can pour the rest of it.
5 minutes later ...
Gosh, this head is dark and thick
10 minutes later. Whole bottle is poured, but I have a solid 4 fingers of foam. Not head, foam. Boy is this beer dark. Not sure ive seen a liquid darker than this.

Roasted coffee. I dont smell any hops, not really any malt.

Like a nice roasted coffee bean flavor. Almost like a cold, alcoholic coffee. Very rich, feels heavy and syrupy at the end. In a good way though. ABV is hidden VERY well. I cant tell there is alcohol, though its yummy. The 8.3 is not noticed one bit.

Awesome. Sits almost syrupy. Yummy, not full on sweet. Long lasting flavor. Reminds me of Saturday morning coffee at breakfest.

I definately want more of this. I could drink maybe 4 of these, any more my face would probably fall off, though in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 02:09:11 | More by JasonA
Photo of JoeMayo


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

A- Pours very thick with a small cap of head

S- Slight smell of alcohol and a very pungent coffee aroma

T- The coffee is very much in the foreground. The two blends can be distinctly tasted and are well-balanced. The Kona coffee imparts its distinct flavor and a certain brightness, while the Sumatra coffee imparts a slight bitterness and certainly a roasted flavor. The chocolate comes through in the aftertaste.

M- Thick and smoothed-out by the oats

D- In spite of its thickness, it is very pleasant and goes down easy

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 12:54:59 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of beachbum1975


4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to newtony for the opportunity to try this beer. 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Per the trader, this is an 08 vintage.

Pours a highly viscous drak brown/black with a small dark tan head that doesn't stick around long. A small ring of foam remains around the edges.

Smells of rich chocolate, alcohol and heavily toasted grains including barley.

The taste is wonderfully rich and moderately complex. Mixes of heavily toasted malts, grains, and chocolate on the front. Cherry mixed with chocolate and rich coffee on the finish. Light to medium bodied and masterfully crafted.

There's no wonder this is a highly rated stout. This is a rich and flavorful brew that's highly drinkable. Outstanding for its' style. Highly recommended - I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 22:27:50 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of thickerfreakness


4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to guezelover for this one. I think its a 2006 bottle.

Now I don't think I have given many 5's for appearance but man this one was awesome. Just an absolutely pitch black beer that poured like motor oil and had one of the darkest, longest lasting heads I have seen on an Imperial Stout. Great to look at.

Smells of light chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, oatmeal, and a slightly odd spiced alcohol smell that rubbed me the wrong way. I think the smell might come from stale coffee.

The weird smell doesn't transfer to the taste. Its a nice chocolate and coffee dominate with a really pleasant lingering bitterness and other subtle flavors that translate form the smell.

A nice thick beer from the oats. It definitely coats the mouth and its very big bodied and still pleasantly carbonated.

That one smell was sort of off putting but otherwise this was a really great breakfast stout. I think I would like to try it again fresh. The ABV sort of hits hard after a while too.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 22:21:37 | More by thickerfreakness
Photo of turbine2475


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

Thanks to Mhewes for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a large spongy head that disipated slowly into a heavy lace.

S - Heavy coffee, mocha, roasted oats, vanilla, and a touch of toffee....Very Nice!!!

T - Lots of espresso and vanilla. Oatmeal is present to add balence. Hops are present, but take a backseat....Nicely done!

M - Thick with a good carbonation.

D - Great Brew. Explosive head with every pour that more then backed up the impressive flavor...This is an all around awesomely crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 04:51:58 | More by turbine2475
Photo of israel

New York

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

2006 vintage compliments of Jw347(thanks for opportunity to review this beer)

poured into an ommegeng tulip glass...

A - initial pour reveals a veryd ark beer with a thick coffee colored head that quickly disipates leaving just a thin head that mostly clings to the sides of the glass. Upon further inspection this beer is pitch black, so black that zero light passes through it even when held up to a light, wow.

S - the smell presents mild coffee flavors with a strong backing of chocolate, but very well balanced even in the nose. very nice, and very inviting.

T - I anxiously dive into this beer and I'm blown away by how amazingly balanced this beer is. This beer is so well balance it almost seems impossible to pick out individual flavors, but I'll try. The coffee flavors are there but definitely not in the foreground all the while a slight sweetness from the chocolate mingles with the coffee and just blows me away. On top of this the flaked oats add a smoothness that adds so much depth to this beer that I can't put it down long enough to get all my thoughts out.UNREAL

M - creamy, creamy, and creamier oh yeah and velvety. the body is medium with just enough carbonation to open the taste buds up...wow again

D - I can't say enough about this beer; it's amazing. If I could ever get a stash of this stuff it would definitely be put away for at least a couple years.thanks again Jw347

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 20:44:13 | More by israel
Photo of maximum12


4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


But before we get into that, big thanks to genog & WeisGuy who sent me bottles within days of one another, one an extra, the other part of the trade.

Popped the top & turned around to find invaluable beer foam puddling down the sides of the bottle. Quick pour produced a towering head that necessitated patience. Head is tan, beer is thundercloud-black. Head slowly collapses, but maintains a good bit of glop on top of the brew. Nose on it is surprisingly subdued; after the firecracker that is KBS I expected to be nasally assaulted. No dice.

Taste is very good. Plenty of coffee in the background of toasted chocolate on the tongue & a nice, creamy finish. Very nice! Very drinkable for a big stout, I'm having trouble typing as I have to keep sipping. As noted, creamy & silky & smooth going down.

Very, very good beer. While I love big beer, I believe this is better than KBS, which was spoiled a bit for me by the overwhelming coffee drowning out most of the other elements. This is better, more subtle, allowing the other ingredients to dazzle the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 03:02:39 | More by maximum12
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Saucya for this wonderful extra!! Poured into a chimay goblet, this is a beautiful pitch black with the creamy coffee colored head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and espresso. Flovor is much of the same. Incredible! Tons of full flavor with a great smooth mouthfeel. That is what sets this beer apart. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, but a tad filling.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 13:07:47 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of russpowell


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

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of chunky mocha head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee grounds

T: Coffee, dryness & baker's chcolate up front. Semi-sweet chocolate & a bit of vanilla as this warms, plus the bottom of the coffee pot. Finished dry with baker's chocolate, iron & Folgers, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Oily, rich with moderate carbonation, just got chewier as time went by

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is very masked, the coffee taste would get to me after a few or just completely win me over, not sure. Not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is pretty nice, make me think of iced coffee with some booze mixed in. Worth the hype

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 06:38:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of mhewes


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a black color with a big tan head.

S : Smells with strong oats, coffee, and chocolate aroma

T : Strong bitter coffee flavor, has some chocolate and oats flavor also. Good bitterness and really rich flavor. Excellent balance

M : Really creamy and smooth

D : This is really rich and strong but I could drink multiples of this one

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 00:23:01 | More by mhewes
Photo of Beerzebub


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

Thanks go to kryptic for this.

12 oz. bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Almost completely black, reddish brown at the edges. Thick frothy orangish tan head. Substantial rings of finely textured lace. Beautiful.

Smells rich and smooth. Oatmeal cookie, dark chocolate, light/medium roast coffee, raisins.

Tastes rich and roasty. Coffee, chocolate, grain, dark fruit, moderate acidity. Barely any sweetness. Some roasty bitterness. Well balanced. Lingering fruity coffee. Very tasty.

Smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

Very enjoyable expression of the coffee in this, and I like the acidity. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 07:52:12 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of bbothen


4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a thin foamly chocolate colored head. Looks very nice

S - Chocolate. Chocolate. Coffee. Duh.

T - Sweetness of chocolate, smooth oatmeal, bitter coffee. Bingo, bango, bongo. Didn't have the alcohol burn which I expected.

M - Smooth, yet carbonated enough to have a bite on the tongue. I expected it to be even smoother.

D - This is a rich stout. Drinkability is good though. I could have a couple.

I really enjoyed this beer. Very complex beyond the obvious coffee, oatmeal, & coffee. I will have this in the morning one day soon. Yes I will.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:01:58 | More by bbothen
Photo of kasper

New York

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and thick looking on the pour. A small chocolate colored head formed but disappeared quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Dominate aromas of roasted coffee beans and espresso, with some vanilla and nutty undertones.

T: Starts off sweet and chocolately, then somewhat of an earthy and oat-like flavor presents itself before fading into a dry, bitter roasted coffee finish.

M: Semi-thick and velvety; enough carbonation that you can feel it tingle on the tongue after each sip. Very dry finish. A little lighter body than I was expecting, but it works.

D: Overall a pretty tasty brew. If I had to choose, I'd say I enjoy the KBS a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 22:01:30 | More by kasper
Photo of bkilpatr


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/10/08.

Pours a very pitch black, looks very thick going into the glass. A modest pour produces a giant 4+ finger puffy tan head. The head slowly fades back down leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. Heavy aromas of roasted coffee/espresso and dark chocolate.

Oh wow the taste is amazing. It starts with swirls of sweet milk and bitter dark chocolate. Then it continues with more roasty malt goodness. I finishes with a very nice bitter coffee flavor. All of the flavors are balanced well, none dominate the palate.

This beer is so smooth. About medium carbonation, just enough to keep it from feeling flat. Doesn't leave my mouth all sticky either. And did I mention it's so smooth? Drinkability is also great. The bitterness lays low throughout, and all the flavors are awesome. If the alcohol content were a tad lower, the drinkability would be perfect.

Overall, an excellent beer. I wish it were available in my area. If you like stouts, coffee, or chocolate, definitely seek it out. And if it is available in your area, send some my way :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 02:53:25 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of drumrboy22


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Beer was black with a very small, brown head.

Aroma was heavy coffee, oats, vanilla and molasses.

Taste was very heavy with coffee, but also had notes of vanilla, oak and chocolate.

Creamy, but not too thick mouthfeel. Very tasty. This is a great sipper that gets better and better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 02:29:31 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of iconoklaztor


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

Serving from a 12oz bottle at a fairly warm temp

Pours with a massive tan head! Simply beautiful!
The smell is a little weak but still is great.
As for the taste...one word: WOW! Such a beautiful stout with a strong coffee taste that could scare some people away! This certainly hurts its drinkability. Lastly, lets note the mouthfell: its smooth for its coffee taste and holds on the tongue for a good while. Overall, this is a fantastic stout and if you have the means, grab more than one! :)

This is a review of this beer after almost 9 months.

The appearance is beautiful the head is very very dark. The smell is beautiful as well. It smells of coffee and chocolate. As for the taste coffee dominates this wonderful brew! It's so very tasty!! My god!! I love this beer so much. When I purchased the case I consumed a 4 pack that day! I really love this stout. It's simply amazing!!

Overall, this beer is still wonderful! I really am in love with this product! It makes me very happy!!! :-)

Newest offering!

Pours the same black brew but lacks the taste and smell of the previous year! Its not the same brew IMHO. I dont know what it takes but Im guessing age will only help this batch! IDK. its good but not the same to me!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:16:32 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of tprokop7


4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Sephiroth for sending this as an extra on one of my first trades.

Opened up a bottle of this next to a bottle of KBS to compare last night. Poured into a 12 oz snifter.

A - Pours black, but not think, and with a medium brown 2-finger head.

S - Not as complex as I would have expected, and not very sweet. The coffee came through, but I didn't smell the chocolate.

T - Found both the coffee and chocolate notes here, with a deep background in a wonderful stout... makes me want to try Founders IS, I wish it was still around.

M - Lighter and with a lot more bright carbonation than I would have expected for this one. It was more pleasant than the KBS, IMO.

D - Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 15:27:50 | More by tprokop7
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

thanks to hopasaurusrex for this via trade! 2006 release. wow, as of this writing there are 520 reviews. I've wanted to try this for some time, having had a bunch of the KBS version. Well worth the wait. quite a nice stout, creamy chocolatey and very very drinkable. Pick some up indeed!

10-13-08 - better fresh than aged as I drink a current release version.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 18:03:40 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of gregc

New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Spuyten Duyvil in brooklyn

Pours pitch black dark, frothy dark brown head.

Smells like the espresso i had earlier that morning and wet wood

Flavor of heavily roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, wood and some vanilla , nice bitterness in the finish...

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 02:48:40 | More by gregc
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