Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Photo of rdilauro
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

01/26/15 Tasting:
Right before the alleged snow storm of the century for the Northeast. While I prepared our house for heavy snows, potential electrical outages, I decided to sit down with the Breakfast Stout.
I've been tasting so many different states this past month and have been loving them!. But just one aroma, one sip of Breakfast Stout and I was up in heaven again! The Sweet, but too sweet burnt chocolate taste blended amazing with coffee, strong, smooth, rich, powerful

So you get these two intense flavors blended together with a full bodied stout.
Here is when I would vote 10 even when 5 is the highest.

It didnt take much more than holding the bottle. Right then I knew I was in for a total great experience. Once the cap was taken off, the chocolate, the coffee, the mocha, everything just filled the room.
The pour was this jet black magic OIL.... Sliding down the glass with just enough of a white creamy head.
Once my nose was into the glass, all of my senses started to kick in. The aroma, the hops, the malt, everything you can possible think as being good or better was there!
Then the TASTE. Better than the smell or look. It was rich, it was full, it was balanced, it had chocolate, it had enough hops, it had enough carbonation, it held up to the very end.
The finish was almost as GREAT as the Start.

If you have read some of my other reviews, you will know I am a big fan of stouts, even more so with chocolate stouts. I have been fortunate to taste a number of them, but this one will remain at the TOP.

Another tasting of the Breakfast Stout. After tasting many other really super stouts, this one still shines at the top. Right from the start its hard to find fault with this stout. The glassy oil like pour with its relatively small, but not the typical light brown head looks so inviting in the glass. Coffee, or almost espresso is the dominant nose before tasting. Closing my eyes , taking real deep whiffs from the glass, it could really be a cup of espresso. The taste is real big and bold, but soft and round. The espresso decreases a little here and I start to pick up hint of chocolate along with a roasted malt flavor. I really appreciate the little carbonation here, to me it helps balance this one. The mouth feel of this one reminds me of a big California Red Zinfandel, ones around 15% alcohol. Rich, full coats your entire mouth and just slides down your throat for the perfect finish. This Founders does pretty much the same.
Left on a deserted Island with only allowed to have 3 different beers, this one would surely make it.

Had a 10/05/13 brewed Breakfast Stout. Can it get any better. I am beginning to think so

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Photo of Hereforbeer92
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The rumors are true. Truly one of the best brews availible today. Impressed since the first one and I look for it every time I go... Nothing wrong with having one of these for breakfast either...

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a motor oil black with a nice tan head, very nice.

Smell is strong roasted coffee and chocolate, straight forward but strong!

Taste is so good, just as the nose taste is strong roasted coffee, malts, a bit of vanilla, oats and bitter creamy chocolate, some woody smoke. One of the best, or probably the best tasting beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, nice very full bodied thick and creamy beer.

Overall, to me this beer is perfect for me...such a well balanced great tasting brew. I'm giving this all 5's across the board.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours rich dark brown, almost black into a pint glass, with a thick, pillow of off white head, capped with cocoa highlights.

The smell, oh the heavenly smell... Dark Roast coffee, slightly smokey, dark chocolate and an ever so slight hint of leather. This is what heaven must smell like.

The taste is unbelievable. So many flavors, heavy on the coffee and chocolate, with that smokiness again. There's a little black licorice in the background. Every sip intensifies the flavors as this elixir of the Gods coats the tongue.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Slightly peppery from the carbonation, but mouth-coating as any viscous RIS I've ever had.

This is hands down the best beer I've ever tasted. I've had it time and time again, and I crave it when I am without it.

This particular growler came direct from Founders Brewery moments after it went on tap.

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Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's really, really hard for me to find something about this beer that I don't like! Definitely my favorite stout if not my favorite craft brew.

A: Fairly vigorous pour into a snifter. Creates a very dark head. Closer to a light brown rather than just tan. The beer itself is very dark. It holds almost an oil-like quality in its color.

S: It smells of coffee, chocolate, and malty goodness. Although this beer is 60 IBUs, I feel like the hop presence is not as strong as the two coffee blends and chocolate that are brewed with this beer. I would love to try these coffees individually as I am a coffee drinker.

T: This epic Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout tastes, well, EPIC. The coffee notes are easily recognizable first, followed by a smooth finish thanks to the coffee and oatmeal. This beer is very smooth and pretty drinkable for an 8.3% abv brew.You can also get the hops out of this beer towards the end of each sip. I like hoppy stouts and this one seems to utilize the hops well. Not too overbearing of course, but nonetheless, this beer certainly packs some hops.

M: The mouthfeel is very solid! Very creamy and smooth in nature. Not too much bite to this beer. Of course the hoppiness adds some bite at the end, but overall, this beer is creamy and gentle in its mouthfeel.

O: Like I said at the beginning, this is definitely my favorite stout, if not my favorite beer. Really well balanced with the ingredients and very uniform and smooth in its taste and mouthfeel. I would highly recommend this brew to all. Cheers!

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Photo of Skull40
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Totally black with a creamy beige head that looks like some nice hot oatmeal.

S - Roasty and malty with chocolate and significant coffee.

T - Roasted malt with a slight bitterness. The chocolate and coffee flavors are a significant part of the taste. Hints of port in the warming alcohol. A slight sweetness.

M - This is a very thick beer. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy.

O - This is one of my favorite beers of all time. It's truly a benchmark for any other beer of this style. One thing that will increase your enjoyment of it is to drink it when it is just a pinch colder than room temperature.

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Photo of MichaelT86
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, this beer and you are going to have a good relationship if you both go into it with a good understanding of what each is bringing. This is not a beer to pound back on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn, it is not hoppy, it is not light nor bright. Those things are at times great, and if that's what you're looking for you're going to likely hate this beer. HOWEVER, if you want a thick cloudy, unctuous stout that packs a ton of flavor, then you're in for a good time. It's thick, velvety on the tongue and incredibly flavorful. It's at that "border-line meal replacement" level for a beer.

If you're doing breakfast for dinner it makes a nice replacement for a cup of coffee. That should give you a good idea of the intensity of the drink.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- It has a crazy bakery smell to it. very enticing.
Appearance- It is like looking into the abyss! it is pitch black. with a small tan head.
Taste- Wow, I am a novice venturing into the stout arena but this is incredible. A mix of coffee, cappuccino and hops.
Palate- A heavy beer body wise with moderate carbonation.
Overall- I am loathe to follow the beer snobs and call this awesome. . . but it truly is.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a dark black, opaque and almost thick with a coco powder color head. Nose is coffee and roastiness. Taste is amazing. Coffee, chocolate, and roast. Flavors come out even stronger as it warms. Terrific and outstanding stout.

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Photo of dedmiston33
5/5  rDev +11.9%

This is simply the best beer I've ever had! Im not even really a fan of stouts, but nothing compares to the balance and flavor of this beer. Find it, pick it up pay whatever you have to pay and cherish every sip.

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Photo of beerhan
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I mention that this is my favorite beer of all time? Its perfect in all ways. It smells and tastes like my favorite beverage (coffee) it is easy to find in a bottle and on tap. It is inexpensive and has a good abv so that it does not get you too drunk. This beer tastes like heaven. It smells and tastes just like coffee. I have had this beer so much and it has never disappointed me. It has a nice thick jet black body with a brown head. Medium carbonation and is oh so drinkable.

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Photo of Bmonster
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Phenomenal beer. This is about as good as a stout gets, which says a helluva lot. Excellent mix of dark malts, coffee, chocolate flavors, with no one quality overwhelming the overall taste.

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Photo of jmerloni
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Thick pour. Jet black, a bit hazy looking. Looks like oil. Huge tan frothy head that sticks like a mofo. Pillowy. Incredible looking.

S - Oh my lord. Coffee and chocolate. Roasted and smoky. Robust smelling. You can smell the alcohol a bit. I can't imagine this smelling better.

T - Everything on the nose and more. Lives up to the excitement that had built on seeing and smelling this beer. A nice bourbon'ish alcohol tinge on the end that makes it the most pleasantly warming beer I've ever encountered. This is perfect.

M - Thick, thick. Dry as can be. Creamy and chewy.

D - Very drinkable. I wish I could drink this all night, though it might mean I end up destroying things. This is my 100th beer review and this is the best beer I've tried to date. If only it were more findable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.30% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Founders Breakfast Stout, is rich with coffee, chocolates,grains, malts, and hops. There is alot going on in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with coffee flavors and chocolates. The taste of this brew is as good as it smells. You also pick up on rosted malts and grains in this brew. Now if you are not a coffee drinker you will not like this brew. However if you are a coffee lover this is the brew for you. The mouthfeel of Founders Breakfast Stout is Bold, rich, and flavorable. I have not had a brew with so much going on in it. Founders Breakfast Stout has a nice balance to it, ther is nothing really overpowering about this brew. I can see why they call it a Breakfast Stout. You also really can't pick up on the 8.30% in this brew. This is on smooth brew. Overall I'm giving Founders Breakfast Stout a soild 5 out of 5. Founders Brewing Company, did a real Nice job with this one. This is a brew I have been wanting to try for sometime now. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of nortmand
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep, rich brown with some tan foam and a bit of lacing.

Smell is a cacophony of bright, acidic coffee, chocolate, oatmeal. Somewhat fruity and nearly indescribable, other than to say: good.

Taste lives up to the delicious smell. Rich, malty carbs support sweet cream coffee flavors. Ends with a perfectly slight bitter bite.

Gummy, thick mouthfeel.

Big huge and surprisingly drinkable. I could most definitely drink this all of the time. Wow.

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Photo of cmistre
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happened upon this little treasure at my local beer spot and jumped on it, as I had it on good authority that this was one to try, and boy is it!
It pours a thick viscous black with little to no head and very slight carbonation.

The first taste is an explosion of rich coffee and caramel, followed after a brief swirl around the mouth by more subtle chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy and the minimal alcohol taste lends to this stouts exceptional drinkability and enjoyment. Going in for number two is a must.

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Photo of StoutAar
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, it's always in my top 5 favorite beers. I wish it was available year around. It's probably a good thing it isn't because I wouldn't drink anything else. Lol

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Photo of heebes
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a tan foam head that leaves a tin lacing behind. Nose is coffee beans, dark robust malts, dark chocolate and toasted oats. Taste follows suit, dark malt base with strong notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, cereal and oatmeal. Mouthfeel is heavily bodied, dry and bitter into the finish.
Overall, this is probably my top beer, so well rounded, balanced and perfect, absolutely delicious. Founders brews incredible beer.

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Photo of mfunk9786
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is almost as good, if not better, than Kentucky Breakfast Stout. The fact that it's easier to find and about half the price, well... that seals the deal in making this Founders' best beer, period.

A: Completely opaque, pitch black. There's about a finger of chocolate mousse head that laces nearly as nicely as a sticky IPA throughout. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Doesn't get any better than this.

S: The oatmeal character is immediately noticeable in the form of a roasty grain aroma, and the finish is a big-time coffee punch. Chocolate is definitely there but it doesn't assert itself (as it shouldn't). Smelling this beer is one of its joys - it really does live up to its name. I could easily see waking up from a particularly nice weekend sleep to a glass of this and a grand slam breakfast.

T: Tastes absolutely delicious. Bittersweet chocolate, gourmet coffee, and roasty, toasty oatmeal. It's not missing anything. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick and tongue-coating. There's nothing about this beer that is remotely compromising, and for a beer that's less than 8.5% alcohol, it is remarkably full-bodied. Absolutely lives up to its delicious name and intriguing label. Founders should always consider this to be its flagship beer and should never take it for granted, it's all right there in the taste.

M: The mouthfeel is thick, the thing that a lot of rookie beer drinkers complain about when it comes to dark beer. Each of those people should be handed a glass of this - I'd like to hear someone's explanation as to why this should be any thinner than it is - it's got a lot of body to jive with a lot of flavor and a lot of character.

D: I would dock this beer for being so BIG, but if price and self-esteem weren't an issue, I could easily down about six of these a day. This is how Slim Fast should taste. It's the sort of thing that feels like a meal in and of itself, that completely defies logic when you remind yourself that it's still beer.

Another perfect beer from Founders. Still holding out hope that I'll be able to try Canadian Breakfast Stout one day.

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Photo of drcarver
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer and brewery that changed my life and my view of beer. This beer shows that you don't have to do anything crazy, you just need to do something really well inorder to succeed.

A - Pours like motor oil, a deep black color. The deep brown head was small and faded quickly.

S - Burnt roasted nutty aroma with heavy coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - Smokey and burnt flavors. Finished with the bitterness of coffee. The heartiness of the oatmeal is evident in taste and body. The is a slight metalic flavor as well.

M - Full bodied with a smooth dry finish.

D - Probably more drinkable than it should be. Smooth and creamy they go down smooth. And absolutely fantastic brew. Congrats Founders.

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Photo of RyFikes
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Jet black color. Thin beige head, looks like frothy chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell- Mocha, coffee, toffee, milk chocolate.

Taste- Milk chocolate and peanuts, tiny bit of alcohol. After taste is a bitter coffee taste with lingering mocha sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation. Fills your mouth up with a warm alcohol taste that is gone as fast as it arrived, replaced with smooth and creamy chocolate.

Overall- I was ready to be disappointed given all the hype around this beer. After tasting it I am happy to say that the hype was totally validated. I'm not a big stout drinker, but this is just a terrific beer. It's like chocolate milk for grown men!

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Photo of BuccoFan
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma--roast, coffee, small hint of chocolate.

Taste--in concert with aroma, with chocolate much more detectable. So delicious.

Mouthfeel--thick and hearty. Very cliche to say, but really, REALLY has almost light milkshake texture.

Overall--This is a pleasure to review, because I have nothing but superlatives for this beer. Seriously, I was not a stout fan at all until, after hearing so many rage about the Founders (almost to an ad nauseum degree), I bought myself a four pack, sat down with a pour, and just savored every single drink. I've branched out to stouts since, and love them now, and owe it all to this one. Truly delicious. This beer is a champ.

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Photo of dogma46an2
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was absolutely the best beer i tasted, the smell was phenomenal, the mouthfeel was exactly what i expected, the taste was beyond what i thought it would be. this beer is the best ive tasted in a while, and the best stout i have had in a very long time.

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Photo of tvl89
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle at around 55 degrees. This is my first founders breakfast stout so my expectations were really really high. Oh god I wasn't disappointed at all! The appearance is just like a typical imperial stout; pitch black with a decent head that dissipates in about 3 minutes. The smell is just awesome, coffee, heavy chocolate, roasted malts and more chocolate. The taste is just like the smell very delicious, very creamy. The first flavor you palate detects is the rich coffee, followed by tons and tones of dark chocolate, ending in a pleasant bitterness. This could be perhaps the best Russian stout out there. I highly recommend!

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Photo of Illmaticzx
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark chocalate, nearly black, good cascading, very little head.

Smells wonderful, chocalate and coffee notes are immediate

Great chocalate and coffee blend where the two flavors battle it out to a draw
Hard to believe this is an 8% beer as the alcohol melds with the other flavors to be nearly undetectable. Sweet chocalate after taste lingers on the pallet

Great mouth feel, not too thick, just right amount of sturdiness

I've had other coffee flavored beers and was always underwhelmed, this one gets everything right, its just flat out delicious.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,410 ratings.
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