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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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3,439 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,439
Hads: 14,579
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,681
Gots: 4,557 | FT: 230
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 3,439 | Hads: 14,579
Photo of mcfatty23
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours an almost opaque black with very little head, the head appeared a little bit later with a golden brown color.

S - major aroma seamed to be coffee, with a hint of molasses and chocolate. However, no sensation was overpowering.

T - A very good, complex flavor. Very difficult to pick out all of the flavors, but coffee, chocolate and molasses. seamed surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout which added a nice contrast to the immensely heavy brew.

M - For as dark and as heavy as this beer was, it was incredibly smooth and lcreamy. Low carbonation and rich feel.

D - pretty sure I would have no objections to drinking an entire truck full of this, only problem would be when my stomach became too full. There was also almost no hint of alcohol despite the relatively high ABV. (790 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a smallish tan head. Smell is of black roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Not much carbonation. Flavor was very complex, consisting of dark coffee, sweet roasted malts, and subtle chocolate. (250 characters)

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

this is a monster of a double stout with chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. honestly its complex enough that picking out the individual flavors is a bit daunting. it has alot of coffee on the nose; much more so on draft than out of the bottle. it also has a surprising smooth biscuit like richness thats probably thanks to the oatmeal. among double stouts founder's breakfast isn't the strongest at a mere 8.3%. in fact bell's expedition is 2% beastier... but this is where founder's breakfast shines. unlike the expedition which is delicious at first but nearly unbearably harsh after drinking 2/3's of a snifter, this stout becomes more smooth and more palatable as it warms. despite its 6$ price tag i often find myself drinking 2 of these and lusting after a third. that being said its definitely a palate crusher. once you've gone this dark and strong the only place to go is expedition or bourbon. (900 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this 12 oz bottle in a 4-pack from some liquor store in Chicago as I can't remember which and it's been at most of the stores I've been to around here in recent weeks. Original bottle I bought was from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL as a single.

A: Pours DARK black like motor oil into my pint glass with little head as it pours. The head developed slightly after the pour as a dark chocolate & copper color, then reduced to just a rim around the top of the brew. Lacing looks good around the glass.

S: Major coffee and roasted scents present. Couldn't tell if I was drinking beer or smelling the inside of a cafe.

T: Taste is similar to the smell; lots of coffee and roasted flavors along with a slight bitterness and bitter chocolate finish if you are looking for it.

M: Somewhat thick and heavy as expected, thin carbonation with small bubbles that made it very smooth to drink.

D: I could drink a lot of these, or just put a straw in a keg. Only reason to stop is that the coffee flavor became too much over time.

I'm a big fan of this brew and would keep it stocked at all times! (1,103 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a thick India ink black with very little head, even with a pretty vigorous pour. As this beer resided it left no lacing. The aroma is of strong coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and just a bit of cream. The flavor reminds me of coffee that has been sitting on for a couple hours and boiled down to a really strong concentration. The flavor follows suit with coffee dominating the flavor profile but honestly it's not a good coffee flavor. This beer is really astringent and the astringency drowns out the milk chocolate and molasses that are slightly detectable in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. It definitely has that nice oatmeal-y mouthfeel. While I'm generally a person that absolutely loves coffee stouts, this one just doesn't really do it for me. I would much rather have a Schlafly coffee stout or a Peche Mortal. (945 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In the past few years, I've had a few "hyped" type of brews....and I was let down. Last night, I had the opportunity to try Founder's Breakfast Stout....and I was blown away!!

S = Wonderful nose of cocoa, chocolate, and roasted coffee beans.

T = Dry cocoa upfront, bitter dark chocolate in the middle, and a slight hop character near the end. The finish was incredible with roasted coffee bitterness mixing with semi-sweet cocoa flavors. In addition, the finish lasted forever. Alcohol was not detected at all in the taste.

MF = Very rich and thick body with low carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy.

Overall, this stout was balanced amazingly well and has shot to the top of my fave list. Good thing I stocked up on this one since it's not distributed in my area. (768 characters)

Photo of beckje01
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black color with some activity, a thin tan head with small bubbles.

S- Nice coffee smell with a hint of chocolate.

T- Bitter sweet chocolate flavor but very smooth. It's a very nice flavor of the bitter sweet in a great balance. There is also a dryness in there as well.

M- Very creamy feel, nice.

D- A nice sipper and very enjoyable, as drinkable when it warms up as it was cold. (387 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very silky in nature from the bottle producing a dark roasted bean color. A dark nutmeg colored head sits atop but dissipates rather quickly without so much of a trace of lacing.

S: The nose yielded a dark roasted coffee bean scent that was very dominant with some dark ripe fruit. Simple in execution yet very rich, fresh and aromatic.

T: very rich, smooth and refined with a dark roasted coffee bean nature accompanied by a dark chocolate helping. A nice earthy hopping (soil) with a dark bitterness was also well noted, but again was very smooth and refined. A light burnt woodiness finishes things out.

m: medium full with a very silky smooth texture. A extremely soft carbonation only adds to the slick and smoothness of the mouthful while it leaves a strong roasted coffee bitterness that lasted a good solid before finishing with a smooth charred fade.

D: very good, rich, dark and goes down very easily and smooth with a beautiful silkiness. A meal in every bottle and sure to satisify. (1,012 characters)

Photo of kbeals
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer pours out like motor oil, and looks like it too. Extremely opaque with a bit of creamy brown head. Bitter chocolate and coffee dominate the smell, very malty. Taste is chocolatey, with a slightly bitter finish. This beer is pretty thick and very smooth also, makes for a nice velvety feel. An excellent beer overall. (331 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great, this is a beautiful beer from top to bottom. Soullessly dark, I can't see anything that resembles light coming through this murk. The java colored head is a thick mix of big bubbles suspended in a fine mesh of foam. Nice lacing too.

The smell is of crushed coffee beans and dark bittersweet chocolate. Lush, rich and full of robust roasted flavors. To say that this is a dark beer would be the understatement of the century.

Taste is a whole lot of wow. Deep sweetness with a smooth chocolate flavor. It has a feel of a bar chocolate that you hold in your mouth until it's melted. Thick and coating in the mouthfeel this big beer is heavy on the coffee tones, roasted dark malts, dried dark fruits and did I say chocolate. Damn this is a tasty beverage.

8.3%... really? The alcohol never surfaces, it's just an easy drinking beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a light touch of carbonation. Fantastic all around. (925 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from my Wisconsin trip.

Pours absolutely back, even on the stream from the bottle to the black. Very dark brown head as well.

Smells like dark coffee. Very powerful nose that stays until the last sip.

The taste is like strong coffee, dark malts and some bitter chocolate. Because this is an oatmeal stout, it has a creaminess to it that I also like. Mouth feel is very good as well but not highly carbonated tasting.

This is absolutely one of the best stouts I have had. It appears this brewery makes quite a few beers worth trying. (561 characters)

Photo of yossarian14
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy Thanksgiving 2008
I'm having a Breakfast Stout for breakfast. This is my 21st review and my first all 5, A+ rating. I can't say enough about this beer. A black hole lets more light through and i want to bury my nose in that coffee foamed head. Smells like good dark chocolate melted into great dark roast coffee perfectly blended into a creamy smooth stout. I have to calm down. Nowhere to go but back down the quality chain from here. Its got to be a sin for an 8.3% ABV to be sooo easy to quaff. (503 characters)

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, solid black. No light getting through it. Creamy, powdered cocoa colored head.

The aroma has a nice roasted malt odor. Not too overpowering.

Semi-sweet chocolate, mixed with bitter day old coffee - this doesn't make it sound good - but somehow it is. There is a lot more going on for this brew than I am qualified to describe, but the mouthfeel is near perfect, the taste is truly unique, and the drinkabilty is dangerous.

I was afraid all the talk about this brew would leave me feeling underwhelmed, but it certainly is worth all the fuss. (559 characters)

Photo of Dalem
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/almost black in color with very little head and frosty lacing. Big French roast coffee aroma up front with whiff's of chocolate and, with a swirl or two in glass, hazelnut and vanilla character as well. The flavor is huge on the coffee tip. The flaked oats stand shoulder to shoulder with that and also pull together the semi sweet chocolate flavors in line. Every little flavor character in this brew compliments and bring a balance to each. It's finishes just a robust as it starts never once giving you the impression that this it's an 8.3% cuz it's crafted so well. Full and filling in texture this is a slow sipper but on a cold and windy winter night it's something great to spend some time enjoying while keeping warm. (736 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours jet black with thick, creamy, 1/2 finger brown head. Impressive retention. Minimal lacing

S - Coffee jumps out in front. Notes of chocolate, but coffee smell is huge.

T - Sweet taste of chocolate with bitterness of hops, followed by a coffee-like aftertaste. Another flavor that I can't really put a finger on...going to guess oatmeal? Very complex and very interesting. Definitely can taste the alcohol in this one as well.

M - Very lightly carbonated, very creamy.

D - Very good. Incredible taste and smoothness is a great combo...could certainly see this going great as dessert, or even with breakfast as the name suggests.

A great stout, highly recommended - especially if you love the flavor of coffee! (759 characters)

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

After a year on BA and probably a thousand or so beers under my belt, I decided to start reviewing.

Appearance: Black, thick, minimal dark brown head.

Smell: Smells of coffee primarily.

Taste: Like it should, somewhere between a coffee stout and an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: minimal carbonation

Drinkability: Far too easy for the style. Really an overall enjoyable oatmeal stout. (385 characters)

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

Poured into my trusty dfh snifter.

A: Agressive poor yeilds a solid finger or two of smooth brown head, but it dissipates rather quickly. Im starting to think my glassware is the reason my beers dont hold a head for very long. lace is too thick to stick for long, but i like that about this beer so I wont take away for that.

S: Smells like coffee, burnt coffee, and coffee grinds. sweet alcohol.

T: Sweetness hits the tongue first, but dryness on the back of the palate balances it very well. Bitterness comes more from the roasted malts than the hops, very well done. Notes of dark chocolate, very bitter chocolate. Something very strange in the aftertaste, cant put my finger on it, could be the oatmeal?

M: Creamy, lightly carbonated, sweet then dry.

D: I certainly want another, good thing I have more. roasted coffee bitterness would be the first thing that would overpower the palate, but very well done for an imperial stout. (938 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I almost feel like it's pointless to review this beer since mine will not really vary from the others... But it is so damn good, I feel that this particular beer deserves all of the kudos that it has received.

Appearance: Thick, dark brown/near black and viscous -- "glugged" out of the bottle. I didn't get much of a head, despite trying to pour a little harder to see what I would get -- a very thin layer on the top that is dark brown and looking back at me as I type this. Even though it's thin, it just looks thick and chewy.

Smell: Nothing shy of amazing. Heavy chocolate, mocha; almost like a White Russian. A friend of mine says it smells/tastes like Hershey's syrup with alcohol, and that's a pretty accurate way of putting it.

Taste: Outstanding. Just like it smells -- chocolate, coffee, mocha -- all right up front just smacking you in the face. Also a strong presence of alcohol, which makes sense considering the ABV. I had it on tap a couple of months ago, and it's largely like I remember it right out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Coats your mouth so heavily. Even when you're finished with it, you tend to carry it with you for a while.

Drinkability: Well, I wish I could say that I could sit and drink these all night, but it's heavy and it packs a punch. It is by far one of the most amazing beers going. I don't think a lot of people can effectively argue that. Even my friends who don't like beer like this beer. (1,443 characters)

Photo of keepersj12
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really good from an exceptional brewery. Pours almost black with a nice brown head that laces the glass. Very full mouth feel but not a bit heavy. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, sweet fruit. Finishes nice and smooth wanting more. This would go great with dessert. (269 characters)

Photo of crazeddaffy
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer everyone has to try straight from the bottle first then poured into a glass. Straight from the bottle all the flavors are more intense.

Poured into an oversized wine glass:
A: Extremely black but with a bit of brown when held up to the light. One finger frothy brown head which fades quickly leaving behind a paper thin brown head that remains

S: Espresso, chocolate, vanilla, milk, but mostly coffee

T: Light espresso with a sweetness from a milk type flavor, roasted something, then some hops at the end.

M: Light carbonation, medium body, extremely drinkable

D: Too tasty and easy to indulge, especially when a bit warmer (644 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours black with a dark tan head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of coffee predominantly, followed by roasted malt, nuts, and rich sweet malt. Flavor of coffee roast, peanuts, some burnt malt. Solid body. Great beer (it didn't awe me though). 8/4/7/4/16

Rerate 11/23/08. Growler. Pours black with a small tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and roasted nuts. Flavor of sweet roasted malt and lots of coffee and nuts. Tasty and very drinkable for an imperial stout. Nice coffee presence. Lots of chocolate peanut butter. Yum!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 16/20
4.0/5 (655 characters)

Photo of calise1122
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with thick four finger coffee ice cream colored head. Good carbonation, really nice looking beer

roasted chocolate, coffee,

bitter chocolate, molases, oatmeal and coffee ice cream.

really nice beer... easy to drink, very well made. (252 characters)

Photo of jojox
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from The Drafting Room, review from notes.

a - not much CO2, probably because of the growler. Super black. 1 molecule thick head but stable! Very black in color

s - coffee, chocolate, raisins, red fruit, molassis. Smells delicious. Toffee. No hops, not a hint.

t - rich and bitter coffee stout. Very good. Solid flavors, very rich and strong, but not very complex or complicated (although it's pretty cold). Bitter from coffee.

m - not smooth, more rough from bitterness, but not unpleasant.

d - let's see: I've got a whole growler!

Great! - drank *6* glasses! (575 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable on tap, first time I've ever seen it around my parts so I had to gobble it up.

A: Pitch dark, black as night. Very appealing. Head was almost nonexistent, but it wasn't a big deal for me. The beer made up for it threefold.

S: Coffee, Coffee? Never smelled a beer that reminded me so much of my morning cup. My buddy almost couldn't drink it because he's not a coffee fan. Roasted coffee beans, such a good smell.

T: Do I even have to describe the taste? World class beer. Smoky, roasted oats with a touch of chocolate. This aint your mama's cup of coffee.

M: Not too creamy and full of malty goodness. Not too thick, just right for a stout.

D: One or two at the local pub is the perfect amount, pair with a nice filet or porterhouse and you're in heaven.

Absolutely phenomenal beer, try it and tell others. (828 characters)

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

A - pitch black with almost no head. tiny amount of tan foam clings to the edges of my glass. no bubbles in the body of the pour.

S - smells of burnt coffee beans, little whomp of alcohol behind it, soy sauce works its way in the mix too.

T - flat black coffee, smokey burnt malt and hearty roasted oats, dark chocolaty finish, sweet with sour creeping in at the edges. almost as if someone took a really nice brewed cup of black coffee, imbued it with a little more sweetness, a good dollop of alcohol, and chilled it.

M - flat, not at all as creamy as the description of the beer might lend one to believe.

D - I would have easily been able to down my growler in one night if I weren't really taking it slow and steady this evening. This is a beer to be savored.

Bottom line is that Founders is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. (839 characters)

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