Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3,430
Hads: 14,502
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,662
Gots: 4,469 | FT: 225
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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 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. 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)

Photo of Atlas1
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a long time to try this one. Let's hope it lives up to the hype. Great label; not a bad way to start off.

Poured into a snifter, the Breakfast Stout is pitch black with a thin dark tan head on top that doesn't last very long. Nice enough to look at, but nothing exceedingly special. But the aroma! Oh the aroma. The nose is dense, strong coffee, with a malty chocolate backup. Seriously, this is a phenomenal smelling brew. I almost get a buzz just smelling this beer. The taste follows suit accordingly, delivering delicious notes of milk chocolate and coffee, accented by dark cherry, oatmeal, malted milk balls, and a dry coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky soft with a super dry finish.

This beer has met every expectation and possibly exceeded a few. I hoped it would be good, but the aroma really gives this beer a leg up on other rich stouts I've had. The coffee presence, which I love, is so well pronounced it really adds so much to the overall character of the beer. This would go great with some vanilla ice cream for dessert. The relatively high ABV is masked well. Muy delicioso. (1,129 characters)

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

Purchased a bottle at Rozzi's Wine House in Lakewood, OH.

A: This beer pours out like motor oil. Dark, tan head. Dark brown-opaque.

S: The aroma is full of fresh tobacco character with notes of chocolate and coffee - not espresso but regular joe. Full and rich. Some hop character. Booziness is noticeable.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness balances out the heavy malt sweetness. Malt is chocolate (dark) some vanilla character. Dark fruits - plum. Coffee but again not espresso like. Quite good all around.

MF: Thick, smooth. Slightly dry. Surprisingly, no alcohol warming.

D, notes: This beer totally lives up to its hype. Well balanced - bitterness is done particularly well. (681 characters)

Photo of Gish
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and oily, not much of a head. Smells absolutely delicious! Rich roasted coffee, bits of sweet cocoa.

Hearty roasted malts and brewed coffee dominate the taste. Has just the right amount of bitterness, simply oustanding! Not as creamy as similar beers, it has more of a black coffee/dark chocolate taste. Thick body, very smooth from the oatmeal.

A delicious and addictive beer that's incredibly easy to drink. It's one to sip and savor but there is nothing holding me back from wanting another immediately after I finish one. (539 characters)

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

Dark brown where no light passes through. Modest beige head that leaves a thin but continuous layer of lace throughout the glass.

Dark chocolate and oatmeal are the predominant smells. This is not as harsh as some Stouts, there's seems to be less black patent malt.

The flavor is something special: it is more "dark" than the smell would lead you to believe. Here, the black patent malt shows up in spades. The burnt flavors last throughout the taste long after the swallow. This is not a chewy beer; I'd describe it as rather thin for the style, but the carbonation is low, so it doesn't seem "off" to me. It's a dry stout with a lot of ground coffee and bitter chocolate flavor. (683 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first sample of this highly touted stout.
This pours thick and syrupy - intensely black and completely opaque. A firm, dense brown head forms and stubbornly recedes to an ever present film leaving sheets of lace around the glass.

(By style guidelines, it CAN'T look better so 5 for appearance tho here on BA, 20% for appearance is far too high a % of an overall score IMHO and the reason why many of my scores are higher than they would be if judged by BJCP standards where appearance counts for approx. 6% of the overall score)

Aromas are all RIS - ripe fruit and chocolate - coffee and molasses with hints of baking bread and cherry Kool Aide. Very subdued scents and no trace of alcohol this beer doesnt "wow" me as it's just a bit too mellow - very nice just not amazing.

Flavors are rich and chewy - BIG coffee character with strong chocolate cake yumminess and great grain and oat flavors. Warm roasty notes and earthy hop bittering slide in towards the finish leaving a long, lingering hop/coffee aftertaste.

Body is doughy and full up front and then slips away at the end, dry and chalky. Just a little thin all around which makes this even more dangerously drinkable, forcing bigger mouthfuls.

An exceptional stout indeed - possibly even better than Rasputin in its complexity and equal in its drinkability at 8+%. (1,339 characters)

Photo of MeanGene
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella Artois stemmed beer glass. Dark, dark color with a dark tan, brown, thick head.

Smells like coffee up front with some dark chocolate and oatmeal in the background

Tastes similarly to the smell. Reminds me a bit of Rogue's Chocolate. Sweet up front with a little bitterness towards the a good way.

Quite drinkable for a double stout...could easily drink two or three of these but with the high ABV (8.0ish), I may pay for it!

I've heard quite a bit of good reviews for Founders. This is the first of their brews I have tried and I'm eager to try a few more! (600 characters)

Photo of dakid618
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with almost no head. Smells like mocha coffee. Tastes like a sweet coffee with chocolate in it. Simply an amazing beer. Surprised that it was a twist off bottle, but had no affect on the taste. The mouthfeel is really light for a stout. Definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. I don't think I could drink more than two in a session, making drinkability the only not perfect score. I don't think I'll ever be able to rate a beer higher.

Side note- out one night drinking with some buddies and used it in place of guiness in an Irish car bomb, absolutely amazing( but instantly drunk). Really kinda felt bad wasting such good beer in a shot. If in a real drinking mood I would definitely recommend trying this. (734 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Agressive pour yielded little to no head, almost as if there is no carbonation in this beer. After swirling i developed a small half finger mocha colored head that dissapated quickly. Very dark brown, almost black and opaque.

Smell: Smells of burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso and caramel. I also get a hint of toasted marshmallow on the back end of the aromas.

Taste: Booze is very present, but in a good way as this beer is meant to be drank rather slowly. Tastes like espresso mixed with some dark chocolate and a touch of butterscotch. Not totally knocking me off my feet, but interesting and balanced.

Mouthfeel: very little carbonation to the eye is present, but on the mouthfeel, im getting a lot of carbonation and prickly sensations on my toungue.

Drinkability: this is definately an occaision beer for me. I wouldnt session this beer ever, but im glad I tried it and I believe its my first imperial stout. Its a good way to kick things off for me, but I would drink 1 and 1 only a night. I would try again, but I would only drink 1 at a time.


After letting it sit for about 20 minutes and a couple of sips here and there, the second half of this is simply amazing!

The alcohol burned down a lot, the taste is much smoother with less of the burnt espresso taste and more of a mocha cappicinno taste. I get a little bit of cinnimon and some faint oatmeal flavors now.

first review:
A -4

Second review:

D-4 (1,548 characters)

Photo of rmmm16
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the beer that got me into imperial and double stouts, I didn't realize what I was missing. The aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, caramel, a hint of cinnamon, and many other notes. The taste is intense, but not overpowering. Very multi-layered, and each layer is excellent. Cocao and coffee flavors give it a perfect bitterness at finish. There is a hint of alcohol warmness. This is definitely a beer for savoring, no more than two a day are necessary. It is one of Founder's several truly beautiful beers. (509 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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