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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3,439
Hads: 14,569
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 1,679
Gots: 4,545 | FT: 231
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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 BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with twist off cap...the label's awesome, it's got a kid with a massive bowl of oatmeal on the front and informs me that this is a double-chocolate stout with oats and coffee.

Appearance: Pitch black, utterly dense and viscous liquid with a thin dark tan soapy film on top.

Smell: FRESH brewed coffee, backed with light chocolate notes.

Taste: Fresh bitter coffee, sharp grainy roastiness, and notes of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth from the oats.

Drinkability: HIGH for the abv.

Conclusion: This is a GREAT coffee stout...but there's not as much of the oats or the chocolate as I would have liked...that alone keeps this from being world class. (698 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Penn Pilsner imperial pint glass. The label depicts a ugly child with an eating problem, he may need to hit the gym in a year or two though.

A- Founders Breakfast Stout pours out of the bottle with a mixture of jet black, and reddish/light brown highlights. Once fully in the glass, a pitch blach body is present with no light able to come through. The head is nothing much (1/2 finger) as dots of tan head are seen in the middle with a thin 360 degree circle around the glass. No lace.

S- Mucho coffee up front followed by more coffee. Once I got around that I smelled bittersweet chocolate and some oatmeal grainy goodness. some sweet chocolate is there but is masked by the scents.

T- I'm not a big coffee guy but FBS sure packs it in the taste with what I am sure to be many different coffee types. Good coffee too, not the cheap stuff in my lunchroom at work. Very pungent. To get the maximum chocolate from this, wait till warm temp and taste, as it melds seamlessly with the coffee. Much oat is also detected and a added bonus to this bouquet. A milky creaminess follows while the malt/hop factor is there but almost non existent. A nice change from a lot of beers i've had recently.

M- Thin in the beginning, thick towards the tail end. Not much carb. As FBS warms the mouth feel begins to become more pronounced. FBS feels like drinking a cold coffee in the beginning to me, but as it warms the chocolate and malts that are present remind me that i am in fact drinking beer, with a very slight alcohol burn, again very slight.

D- This is a very drinkable coffee stout and I could of had 30 oz in a sitting. I'm going to pour two into a huge glass next time. I can see this brew being very accessible to unsuspecting people at a party.

My 2nd favorite coffee stout right under Canada's Peche Mortel. A bit tastier on tap. I could drink this at any time during the day and come to think of it, I have, I think i have a problem !!! (1,963 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe, in Philadephia.

A- Pours jet black with a thick dark brown head that laces my glass. Very opaque, and no light escapes.
S- Coffee. Lots of coffee with a bit of toffee sweetness. Smells just like breakfast, but better.
T- More coffee and a lot of milkly sweetness. A bit of chocolate shines through as well. Very tasty.
M- Silky smooth, almost creamy and lush. Not sure what else to say.
D- Dear lord give me more. I could drink this all night long. I really wish I could get this in Georgia.

Overall, one of the better coffee Imperial Stouts I've had. I highly recommend this if you stumble across it.
5, 4.5, 5, 4, 5
After having an aged (6-8 months) bottle of this I feel the need to re-review. What was a delectible beer fresh, has now turned into a rather stale and bitter version of it's former self. Appearance is similar, but now with less head. Smell is not as sweet and the coffe has died down a bit. Taste has gown down quite a bit, and I get a pronounced coffee bitterness that wasn't there before. Mouthfeel isn't as creamy and smooth as it was before. Overall, a great fresh beer that hasn't aged gracefully.
4.5, 3.5, 3, 3.5, 3.5

***I've updated my score to reflect an "average" of the two ratings.*** (1,264 characters)

Photo of sonicdescent
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to vwcraig for the opportunity to try this.

Appearance is a thick, oily, viscous liquid. Dark as night. The head was about one finger, mocha colored, and thin, disappating into a few islands. When swirling the glass a little this liquid looks extremely thick.

The nose is roasted coffee up front and a creamy scent. No trace of alcohol. Very nice.

Taste is accurate to the name, a nice sip of a great amount roasted coffee beans, milk, and a medium sweet malty sensation in the background. Leaves a fantastic coffee aftertaste; I wish I had a real coffee that tasted this good.

Mouth is good, this isn't nearly as thick as it looks when pouring it. Carbonation is medium, body is medium. No heat feeling. Very creamy.

Drinkability is phenominal, I wish this were easier to get around this area. (807 characters)

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

I thought I had already reviewed this so when I realized I hadn't I dipped into my stash for this one.

Poured into a Duvel glass FBS pours a deep jet black with a dark full tan head. This beer looks much richer and thicker than it feels in the mouth.

The aroma is off roasted coffee, oats, and general roastiness. Smells like breakfast alright!

The taste is amazing. The coffee is first, there is little in the way of hops, but then an extremely rich malt background comes forth. Massive creaminess not felt in the mouthfeel sneak up and deliver a great finish.

The mouthfeel is very light compared to the appearance - at least until the finish. In the finish you can feel a much richer body. Also, as this beer warms from 45 to 55 degrees the body thickens and becomes much hardier.

I would call this very drinkable for the style. It is exactly like an oatmeal stout despite its potency this beer is very smooth (alcohol is very well hiden) and I think I could at least try to drink this all day. Excellent brew. (1,019 characters)

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

a - poured a one finger thick dark coffee-colored head into a goblet. poured thick and block like motor oil. left a nice ring and lace throughout.
s - coffee and oatmeal.
t - coffee, oatmeal and dry chocolate.
m - thick and coating with a slight bubbly feel yet was really clean.
d - unbelievably good. top notch beer. (318 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding. Finally got ahold of some from Marty's in Newton, MA. Dan is The Man there. Founders BS is everything I expected it to be. A dark pour, good foam, deliciously complex nose, excellent taste with multiple undertones of fruit, nuts, and coffee. And a brickhouse of a body. Not something you could drink in a session, so I gave it a lower drinkability score, but otherwise a prime choice for a winter brew. (415 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Ultra thanks to eddiebo for the hook-up with this one!

Black. Totally black. Slight touch of dark crimson at the extreme edges, when backlit. No head to speak of, just a slight filmy covering of loose, tiny bubbles. Lacing is actually okay, despite the lack of a head.

Fresh ground, fresh roasted, dark coffee beans. Nice notes of dark chocolate. Deep, dark roasted maltiness. Hints of vanilla sweetness.

Sweet maltiness out front. Dark chocolate in the middle. Finishes with the taste of ground coffee beans. Slight sweetness of vanilla and maple syrup.
If you don't like black coffee, stay away.

Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and almost oily. Not quite as 'big' as I was expecting, though. Not quite creamy enough, for me.

Taste wise, this is totally drinkable. The body is a minor letdown, as I'd gladly drink many more of these.
The very well-hidden 8.3%ABV will sneak up on you, though. (961 characters)

Photo of slowhead
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in November

A-Black,opaque appearance with a tan head. Good head retention.

S-Initial coffee aroma followed by some roast malt. I picked up a hint of vanilla. No hop aroma.

T-Initially malty sweet, with a big up-front java flavor. Malt backbone comes through along with moderate bitterness. No hop flavor.

M-Medium body with low-med carbonation. Minimal warming.

D-Great beer and smooth...A bit too much coffee for my taste, but still a good drinker... (466 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite its kin "Kentucky Breakfast", but a damn fine beer. Pours to a burnt coffee black, with thick tan head hat dissipated fairly quickly and left decent lacing. Immediate nose of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and toffee, all blended together. As the beer warms around mid-glass, the 8.3 abv rolls nicely into the mix as well. Mouthfeel is full and sweet, with a hint of spiciness. Taste is truly a pleasure, as each of the ingredients in the nose take turns dancing ont the tongue, with the alcohol rounding them all up for a long warming finish.

Most enjoyable. (566 characters)

Photo of DousedInStout
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best stouts on planet earth. Pours black with a tan head that hangs on all the way through. The mouthfeel is sublime: silky and full bodied. And with an aroma and tasting notes of coffee and milk chocolate, the high alcohol content hides until the very end. Truly one of a kind! (289 characters)

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

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass. Paired with some vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce and a chocolate cookie with Oreos.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a very small brown head. Not much light gets through this beer.

Smell: Coffee and sweet chocolate. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, an excellent coffee and milk chocolate taste with a bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth and silky. Coats the mouth and throat nicely.

Drinkability: Excellent beer and very drinkable. As good as advertised and one of the best beers I've tried in quite some time. (678 characters)

Photo of LOCAL
3.11/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black with no light passing through. Forms a faint coco head that disappears almost immediately.

Aroma: Faint oat, coffee, and bitter chocolate notes... not too much to be honest.

Taste: Similar to the nose with oats and roasted malt up front. The "double chocolate" and coffee seemed like an after thought in the taste profile.... strange considering the name.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side. Sticks to the tongue.

Overall: Its OK. The alcohol is very well hidden given the ABV. I was really expecting a lot more from this brew. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee in this one, at least not with the name tag it comes with. (708 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a near black colour with a mid-sized to small tan head that has a bit of creaminess to it and quickly settles in to a thin lace that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is amongst the best that I have ever come across in a beer: it's a mind-bending mix of semi-sweet chocolate, subtle but powerful coffee notes, bits of oatmeal and general roasted malt. Awesome.

Flavour continues the onslaught of the aroma with coffee coming in first and quickly blending with the sweetness from the chocolate, all the while also giving off a sharp bitterness at the end of each sip, where it also blends with a bit of burnt/toasted malt. The coffee burps from this one are a nice bonus as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and not as chunky as expected but still pretty damn good. There a bit of smoothness here as well and a slight touch of hotness from the alcohol, although said alcohol is fairly well masked throughout overall.

This beer is well worth the price tag and certainly comes as advertised. I could enjoy this one all day every day and not grow tired of it. Hopefully we'll see this one in NJ on a fairly consistent basis. Simply amazing overall. Get some. Now. (1,197 characters)

Photo of BeTheBall
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Very dark from the bottle quickly yielding a two finger head. Some minimal lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like coffee and chocolate balanced with mega roasted malts.

T: Similar to the aroma; beautiful blend of roasted chocolate and coffee on the tongue and in the nose. A touch of bitterness from the hops on the back of the tongue and down the throat.

M: Nice thing and well carbonated mouthfeel. Very comforting.

D: Obviously not a session beer due to it's ABV, but very tasty and easy to drink. The alcohol is well masked in this beer. (547 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No snifter around unfortunetly.

A- Jet black. Thick. Looked like squid ink. Small tan head. No lacing. So dark that I could not see the carbonation bubbles.

S- Strong aroma of roasted coffee beans. Espresso. Colombian coffe in particular. Big malt presence. Sweet and raw.

T- The first thing that you notice is the coffee. If you do not like black coffee or coffee in its most pure form, don't drink this beer, you will hate it. Chocolate, coocoa, sugars, bold malts. Bitter and sweet. Some hop bite in the end but not much.

M- Silky smooth. Medium to full bodied yet oiloy and sleek. THe mouthfeel was extremely pleasant and a great aspect of this beer.

D- Perfect after dinner beer, heck, perfect morning beer. I loved this one and it is a MUST TRY for all coffee flavored stout lovers. (833 characters)

Photo of brewintheLou
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a small ligh brown head, but stuck around.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Wonderful smooth, creamy, roasted malt taste. The after taste has a dark chocolate flavor. Has a chewy mouthfeel, and is a very smooth delicious drinkable beer. Surprisingly smooth for the 8.3% ABV. (309 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from Early December 2008.

Dang....my buddy Karl lives in Michigan just 20 minutes from the Founders brewery...Spoiled Rotten Brat!!!! He drinks this all of the time.

A - Dark Black with brown bubbles. Thick and excellent. Can't see through.

S - Coffee. Dark Burnt Sugar. No Alcohol smell.

T -- WOW!!! Dark coffee. Bitter chocolate. SMOOTH!!! Fantastic. If this was available in Minnesota, I would be in trouble. Breakfast in a bottle. All of nature's intended ingredients. The best liquid cereal bar I have ever had...period.

M - Smooth, thick and excellent. Much better than their Kentucky Stout in my opinion.

D - Lower because it is not in Minnesota. Higher because I love this beer. (713 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a snifter and it poured like a black silky syrup. There was no head which had me worried. It is pitch black, one of the darkest beers I have ever had. It smells like espresso, dark chocolate, and alcohol. At first this beer seems very espresso like as I taste mostly cofee notes. As it warms the chocolate notes are more pronounced. I think it gets better as it warms. It becomes more creamy and tastes much better. It is somewhat strong but I plan on having one more before the night is done. It is a good beer and I am glad I was able to try it. (566 characters)

Photo of jstilwell
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted a 4 pack sitting on the shelf and made a mad dash right to it. Getting more into Stouts these days, so have had some comparables recently. With that said, they are hardly comparable. Either this is the best Stout I have ever had or my liking for Stouts is on the increase, or...Both perhaps?:

A: A nice thick black pour that blocks nearly all of the light. Perfect size white head appears sharply contrasting the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing and glass hugging. Was drooling before I tasted.

S: Some stouts smell overly bitter, this does not. Warm coffee overtones and smoky chocolate. Mocha cappucino comes to mind.

T: Blown away by the initial lack of bitterness. Insant taste of oatmeal, nuts, chocolate, followed by delayed alcohol with slightly bitter aftertaste, very smooth. Mouth swishing reproduced the whole cycle.

M: Exceptional mouthfeel, chewy, smooth, creamy.

D: Great drinkability for a stout. I could drink up to 3 of these in a sitting, but I will choose to use this as the dessert for future tastings. Only one per sitting for me.

Overall excellent representation of the style! (1,113 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle obtained at Capone's Restaurant. I have had this beer before on draft a couple of times as well.

The color is black. Opaque. Tan-colored small head present with makes the beer look very royal in my tulip glass. There is a little bit of lacing. I can barely detect a few carbonation bubbles..but they're there.

Aroma is bitter dark chocolate and a hint of booze. The aroma could be more pronounced..kind of weak.

Taste is dark bitter chocolate, an oaty creaminess, and coffee. Very smooth, goes down easy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: this beer acts like its going to finish clean, but then there is an unexpected delayed bitterness left on the tongue. 8.3%. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied...which prevents this from being a session beer.

I would definitely drink this for Breakfast on the weekends or on days off. (859 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit63. Been looking forward to this one for a while. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Poured a pretty nice and dark black. Very little light gets through but that which does comes out in the form of a very dark and deep red. A very thin line of mocha head develops and turns into a lasting ring. The ring creates some nice lacing that leaves some nice waves on the glass. The brew also leaves a this brown film on the glass as well. Very nice.

S: Smell is mostly of coffee, nicely roasted coffee beans. Chocolate comes out as well. Nice roasted caramel malts come out as well in the nose. Although it only has a few notes in the nose, they are very appetizing and enjoyable.

T: The first thing that comes out is the coffee in the taste as well. There are some really nice oatmeal notes as well. Kinda shocking how much oat comes out. Chocolate is rich and smooth. There is also some really nice lactose notes as well along with some really nice nuttiness. This brew is very well rounded and damned tasty.

M: Full bodied brew that is oily and thick. Really coats the mouth and leaves a lot of malt an oats in the aftertaste. ABV is not noticable at all.

D: This brew is great in the nose, taste and appearance. The crazy part about this beer is how easily it goes down for the style and ABV. This is truly a great beer and I am most thankful for getting the chance to drink this one. Just amazing. (1,442 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a really nice dark reddish brown with an offwhite head
S- french toast, coffee, toffee, nuts
T- really nice, the coffee def sticks out, some cinnamon and french toast (weird i know..), very pleasant and palatable for a double stout
M- really nice, im very suprised how smooth this beer is considering its relativly high abv and im not a coffee drinker and yet it still works for me
D- really nice, a little high on the abv but it works really nice (456 characters)

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- poured an opaque black with a thick mocha head. good lace also
smell- bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, and oats
taste- same as smell + some caramel/toffee sweetness and some hops
mouthfeel- full body rich and creamy mouthfeel
drinkability- excellent American double stout. a must try. (295 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a huge brown head (I think the size will vary depending on when it was bottled, most Founders beers are bottle conditioned and though I can't see it I assume this one is no different). The head lasted the entire time, even though I was drinking slowly. There's some good lacing. The beer itself is black and very beautiful. The smell is primarily coffee, but you get quite a good roasted scent, dark malts, some sweetness, but it's limited by the coffee. The taste is smooth, a bit bitter from the coffee, but backed up well by a roasted sweetness. The taste is really hitting on something nice, a bit more tolerable than pure bitter black coffee. The mouthfeel is good, with a decent rush of carbonation. The aftertaste does not have as much of the acrid coffee taste, especially after a couple of months. It's pretty easy to drink for an 'imperial' stout, though many beers in the category have similar ABVs which are lower than a RIS, but they have pumped up flavors. This beer is really great, and I could have another. I can say that in the future, I will probably purchase more. (1,096 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,439 ratings.