Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 xShoWTeKx
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cola brown with a medium sized brown head, doesn't leave to much lacing.

S: A lot of oats and chocolate on the nose with a faint alcohol presence.

T: Huge amounts of roast/coffee, chocolate, and oats with a hint of dark fruit. Also a light alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Meduim/Full bodied, with light carbonation.

O: A nicely balanced beer, don't really see the hype but it is a very good beer.

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Photo of wafers
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Jet black coloring, coffee brown foam that clings to the glass, opaque, no light penetration
S: Notes of fresh coffee, some nutty malts
T: Bold, again very coffee-like up front, taste transforms into a deep dark chocolate towards the middle, some roasted bitterness at the end
M: Thick, syrupy, taste lingers in the mouth for some time
O: Awesome, definitely a sipper to just relax with and enjoy slowly, very rich and creamy, would definitely seek out again when in the mood for a stout

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Photo of Marius
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour, with a creamy and untidy espresso-coloured head. Smells like cold brewed coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like coffee - cold coffee, bitter and roasty - and dark chocolate, roasted malts and not much else. Super smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a dark chocolate bitter finish. A simple imperial stout, excellently crafted, but lacking something.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a trade with Alexgash so a big thanks to him and I poured it into my crystal snifter.

A - wow now this is what a stout should really look like. The body is a clear, non hazy deep, chocolate brown/black. Does indeed remind you of that cup of black coffee coming out of the pot. The head is very thick and dense as one can see layers upon layers of carbonation lying on top of each other which makes this one sturdy head that refuses to go away. The color is a chocolate creme and it is big, puffy and leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Love it

S - first hit I get mostly a roasted coffee flavor attacking the nostril; however this is not a bitter coffee but rather it is sweet because there are also notes of chocolate and caramel coming up along with the coffee. There is also a slight hint of vanilla in there as long with some hints of the oats lingering around as if someone poured a ton of caramel and coffee over a packet of oatmeal before putting it in the microwave.

T - First impression is that the taste is rather sweet as I was immediately hit with vanilla and caramel flavors. After these faded away, the taste went more toward the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors as the aftertaste reminded me of chewing a piece of dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. There is a dark roastiness as well left in the mouth that goes along with the reminder of the dark chocolate flavors. Overall, have to say that the taste profile is along the lines of a bitter chocolate mostly with a bit of the coffee roastiness mixed in. Not to say that this beer is bitter as it is not by any stretch of the imagination but rather to say that you have to like that aspect of dark chocolate to appreciate and fully enjoy this one.

MF- has a decent body that seems to go along with the rest of the beer and kinda reminds you of the body of a coffee drink; there is only a light carbonation as one would expect and hope for in a nice stout and the mellow mouthfeel goes well with the more mellow flavors that lie within the brew.

D - overall a good stout that everyone should try. I think it does a job good at being nice and mellow and sneaking up on you out of nowhere. This is a beer that you could definitely have with breakfast and also as a dessert. Don't even taste or notice the high ABV as they do a good job at hiding it and the body does not make it a stout that is so thick that you can only have one. Defintiely worth picking some up if you have the chance.

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Photo of ebby82
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown into a tulip glass with a limited head.

The aroma is sweet, malty, and coffe like.

The taste is heavy on the coffee, roasted, very dark malts, and just a little sweetness.

The mouthfeel is not too heavy, and the alcohol is barely discernible.

A really tasty brew, not the best stout I've had, but certainly a worthy example of the style.

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Photo of jamiesessions
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly deep, black colour with a tan head that holds quite well. Smells very strongly of coffee, it finally dawns on me that breakfast stout makes total sense. The Coffee is strong, but i do also set hints of chocolate, as if i'm about to drink a mocha beer-ccino. The taste is overpoweringly coffee, the chocolate that i smelled is now also fairly prevelant. The beer is also very heavy, to the point that after I had drank half of it, i no longer wanted to eat. This is the definition of "meal in a glass". It took me a while to finish it, and i couldn't have another, not because of my dislike of the beer, but simply because i was full. Certainly worth this price of admission

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black. Huge fluffy cloud of dark tan head pours two fingers thick and lingers throughout the sample. Fine sticky lacing as well.

S: The smell of roasted coffee intermingled with dark chocolate dominates the nose. A slight smell of earth is followed by the smell of brown sugar oatmeal.

T: Fine roasted coffee beans followed by a bitter baker's chocolate taste. A slight hop tingle on the tongue is followed by caramel malts and the sweet taste of molasses and oats. Finish is clean.

M: Silky Smooth. Very thick and rich. Slight carbination.

D: A fine stout indeed. Well balanced and rock solid in every catagory. In spite of the high alcohol content I could drink this beer all night long! Well worth the wait! Enjoy!

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful near black with a nice fluffy cappuccino head. Head last forever and excellent lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate and alcohol jump out of this one.

T: Taste is coffee, 90% cacao dark chocolate, maple syrup sweetness and a malty backdrop.

D: So smooth and creamy! I could drink these for hours. The alcohol is well balanced, but you can definitely taste that this is a heavy brew.

Overall: Such a great beer. It hits all the notes for an American Imperial Stout and truly helps define the genre. Its a big beer and it doesn't try to hide that, but it has a certain silky smoothness that others in its style lack. Recommended!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Bottle purchased in early January, 2016, poured into Guinness stout glass.

L: Very dark brown, almost black. Two finger head with decent retention, leaves slight lacing and a cap.

S: Coffee, cocoa, malt but can't really pull oats out of it.

T: Taste tends to follow nose: Coffee is dominant, followed by unsweetened chocolate. Malt backbone. A tiny bit of alcohol at end, but not offputting.

F: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Neither sticky nor overly dry. Very well balanced.

O: As always, this is very, very solid. I think it is overrated *a bit* but you can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of levifunk
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an '08 and '10 side by side.

a - black like oil, small thick head. looks heavy.
s - smoke and coffee
t - bitter, roasted coffee. very smokey.
m - heavier body, still good carbonation.
overall - good flavor, but has a bitterness that lingers. too smokey.

a - same
s - much less smokey, much more caramel. coffee.
t - much cleaner flavor with age. bitterness dies down. still strong in coffee.
m - same
overall - IMO its a lot better with age.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown.Good sized head and fading to a light,thin lace.

The aroma of coffee,roasted malt and a chocolate hint.

The taste begins bitter with a sweetness that follows hand in hand. Some alcohol warmth and taste of coffee and oatmeal.
The feel was full bodied with a well balanced carbonation. Syrup feel was not sticky and it was very easy to drink. Great balance overall.

Notes: Great way to start the day,but I had one with pumpkin pancakes and maple sausage lightly coated with maple syrup.

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Photo of BronYrAur
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pitch black, not even a sign of any highlights around the edges. A dark tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice rings around the edges. The perfect look?

S. Wow, this is the most coffee and chocolate I think I've ever smelled in a beer. The mocha scent is deep and very rich.

T. Unbelievably, this may be the weak point of this beer. It is labeled as an oatmeal stout but I'm not sure I get that. The bittersweetness of good oatmeal stouts like St. Ambroise, Barney Flats, and Sam Smith's is absent. It still tastes great, but just not quite like a proper oatmeal stout. Perhaps it's the absence of this that makes me slightly disappointed in the flavor. Still, this is a very nice tasting brew. Initially the mocha/chocolate flavors dominate. Very rich, dark, and quite good. The finish is marked by a drying bitterness that is much more reminiscent of the coffee than beer. Add that to the fact that the high alcohol content(8.3%) is hidden better than any other beer I've tasted of this strength and you really do have a fantastic "breakfast stout."

M. Thick, chewy, and almost devoid of carbonation. Not quite as creamy as I would've liked.

D. As mentioned, for such a strong beer in terms of alcohol, it is amazingly drinkable. I mean, I can't even perceive it. The roasted bitterness is also restrained just enough that it doesn't take a toll on your taste buds. Quite amazing to see a beer like this that is so drinkable.

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Photo of obrike
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh yea...another delicious offering from Founders. This is certainly one of my favorites of theirs and definitely a favorite stout of mine.

A great, clean stout...a bit of coffee, chocolate, and a great smooth finish.


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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast Stout is great. It is an extremely dark beer, maybe the darkest I've seen. The chocolate and coffee smell is very overwhelming. This beer tastes pretty much like black coffee with some dark chocolate flavor. I didn't find it too overly bitter, and the high level of alcohol is hidden nicely. I'm a pretty big fan of oatmeal stouts so I expected that I would like this. It is also very similar to Bent River's Uncommon Stout, if you get the chance to try it.

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Photo of lokizan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S-Coffee, coffee, coffee.....thats pretty much all I smell and thats not a bad thing!
T-Bitter roasted coffee upfront, subtle dark chocolate notes, more bitter coffee on the finish
F-medium bodied and decent carbonation
O-If you enjoy coffee beers this is a must, I get it every year. this year seems to be more coffee forward than last year. That being said Go Get This Beer!

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Photo of ndekke39
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coffee-brown color. Thick, chocolate look. Medium head on it. Very inviting.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Very rich.

T: Again with the coffee and chocolate dominating. Rich flavors, not overpowering.

M: Thick and creamy. One of the strong points of the brew. Very nice feeling.

D: Not necessarily for sipping, but the creaminess lets it go down easy. A very pleasant drink.

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Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an extremely dark creamy brownish/black with a thickly carbonated head of tan nearly a half inch. Enticing aromas of coffee, choclate, roasted oats, vanilla, espresso, choclate malt,and heavan.

Beer has been decanting for nearly 25 minutes with still the same half inch head as the initial pour. Very bold freshly roasted coffee flavors. Intense choclate espresso. Roasted oats, with an slight hint of pure vanilla extract hiding on the finish. Even a little bit of dark fruits in there prune maybe. Oh and that choclate roasted malt. Very satisfying and true to the name.

A good minute long finish with bold hard tannins. This is the first I've tried this beer and have had the Kentucky Breakfast twice. This one has more boldness and masculinity, although the Kentucky has much of the same the bourbon barrels have cut some of the in your face black coffee flavors back a little, made them a little tamer, and made that beer slightly more drinkable than this.

Still a terrific satisfying stout.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as coal with a thick tan head. Scent is roasted coffee with chocolate undertones. Taste is similar with a creamy mouthfeel. Last year I drank this too cold, despite knowing better. When cold the flavors are unsubtle, but let it warm a bit and the coffee and chocolate strike a better balance and the subtleties of the coffee really come out,

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Photo of dfuller
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful opaque black with fairly well retained thin, dark head.

Nose: morning coffee, maybe a bit sweetened

Taste: The coffee notes up front seem to dominate this beer. It bites like an oatmeal stout, but doesn't really taste like one. The coffee hits early and sweet chocolate dominates late. This bottle came from the fridge, where it came out too cold. An increase in serving temperature (even to the 60s) definitely improved the complexity and taste.

Mouthfeel: Sharp as an oatmeal stout and gets smoother as the brew warms. Very heavy -- this probably shouldn't be your first brew of a session.

Drinkability: A thick, silky smooth brew once it's warm enough. The 8.3% ABV is obvious but not overwhelming.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Thick, dark black. Thin tan head recedes but leaves a very thin patchy film across the top and a ring around the edge. Lacing is good.

Dark roasted grains, coffee, a hint of balancing sweetness. Intense at first, but the boldness dissipates quickly. Later, catching some chocolate. Sweetness stronger and overall aroma more balanced late in the sample.

Bitter chocolate and dark roasted grains taking the lead, but coffee also present. A hint of sweetness balances. There must be some hops adding to the bitterness, but none identifiable to me. Damned smooth and balanced, though definitely more bitter than most stouts.

Carbonation is low but perfect. Texture is smooth and creamy, with mild warming.

Lovely, to me, but a sipper. One to savor and share. Overall, a great beer. Surely some will find this one too bitter or bold generally, but to me this a great stout. One to emulate.

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Photo of cptierney
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a North Cast Nonic pint glass. A little scared to review this one, seeing as I'm not much of a coffee drinker.

Pitch black motor oil into my glass. Not much head on the pour- about one finger of light brown foam that quickly yielded to a stick-to-it ring that never left.

My nose is overwhelmed by coffee- I feel as if I'm about to drink some of my dad's favorite bottom of the pot farmer brothers joe. I hope there's more to this beer than this one flavor.

Great, thick and viscous mouthfeel. Almost reminiscent of drinking chocolate if not for the minimal carbonation.

What a truly enjoyable flavor. While there is an abundance of coffee notes in the brew, there's wonderful hints of bitter chocolate, hops, and heaps of toasted- no burnt- malts. This beer is also interesting in the sense that it starts big and finishes smooth, a quality I really appreciate in the world of big bodied stouts.

I sure couldn't drink too many of these, and as a matter of fact this one took me fifteen minutes to down as I wanted it to warm a little before finishing. With that in mind, there is absolutely no clue that this beer carries with it a 8.3% ABV punch. What a joy to drink!

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Photo of DannyDan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a black hue with a tan head that leaves some really beautiful looking retention and lacing. The smell is a nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is a very strong roasted bitter chocolate with some hints of coffee and molasses throughout. The oatmeal keeps it from becoming too bitter while making it chewy and smooth at the same time. The mouthfeel is very smooth, thick and sticky at the end. Overall this is a chocolate lovers dream come true. A yummy winning beer with a good quality chocolate taste.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with about 1/2 an inch of thick tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing around the glass

The smells coming from the glass are coffee notes and roasted malts

Big coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavors, with a little hop bitterness. there is also a hint of the 8.3%abv that comes through at the end as you draw ar over the sip.

medium mouthfeel with fairly high drinkability on this delicious stout.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky enough to pick up the last 4 pack at my local package store.

A - Black as night with a very, very frothy brown head. Excellent head retention and alot of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Smells primarily of chocolate. Can definitely smell the coffee too. At times I thought it smelled strongly of hops, but perhaps that was just the coffee. What I smelled was great, but a little more muted than I expected. Some cinamon notes in there as well.

T - Flavors are big, bold, and very rich. Just like with the smell, the chocolate is the big player here but the coffee undertones provide some nice contrast. Sweetness from the chocolate is balanced off nicely with bitterness from the coffee and roasted barley.

M - Full bodied and very creamy. Very similar to the mouth feel from a chocolate milkshake. Perhaps a little too sticky/syrupy though.

D - Wow this is so rich I think I could only drink one of these in a session. But I would like to have one every day, preferably at breakfast.

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Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tevering99 for the trade.

Mammoth pour, with a black, viscous substance coating the entire glass. A preposterously dark head settled down quickly to about a half an inch of carbonation. Great lacing throughout. I don't know if this was bottle conditioned, or what, but the head was gigantic.

The smell, and taste, are powerful and flavorful. Big, roasted chocolate (no surprise) abounds, with plenty of espresso, some dark fruits, and a smoky aftertaste. Delicious, heavy, and packs a wallop.

Not to be missed.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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