Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,530 Ratings
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 ChadQuest
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man let me say this first off.

I am REALLY picky when it comes to coffee stouts. As a huge coffee nerd, when the coffee profile is off, i notice, and i am harsh on it. Java Stout is one example, Surly Coffee Bender is a bit lesser example.

And then as soon as i rethink the entire style(withholding the mighty Peche Mortel), Founders comes out and makes a fantastic brew like FBS, and i no longer need to lose faith in the style.

With a beautiful balance off surprisingly well done roasty coffee flavors, strong Coco, earthyness, and vanilla, this one doesn't have that offensive stale coffee taste so common to the Coffee Stout style. The finish lets some of the coffee flavors linger a bit longer, and stand out just a bit more from the coco it shared the stage with at the start, but never reaches that cloyingly annoying level.

This one has quality flavors balanced with an excellent mouthfeel.

Yea, an excellent mouthfeel, i think this is one of the real keys of this beer, and partially how it tromps the others of same style. The Oatmeal gives this one a fantastic creamy and smooth palatte coating mouthfeel, that is essential for the style and unfortunately often goes overlooked. Thankfully Founders knows what they are doing, they are ever impressive and sometimes make others look like amateurs.

With as balanced and rewarding as this beer is it would be so easy to reach for another. The lingering brown lacing of the glass once full just begs for another, and the still present coffee notes kissing the palette whisper out to continue.

Aside from Dieu Du Ciel, Founders has been the only brewery able to make a Coffee Stout i've been able to highly recommend. Bravo.

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Photo of Mcwill51
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of akokandy
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours dark black with a significant, attractive, brown head.

S- Smells like fresh, dark roasted coffee.

T- Starts with a sweet, malty deliciousness and transitions into black coffee with a subtle dark chocolate flavor and finishes with a roasty flavor.

M- A little thicker than your average stout, but I wouldn't call it syrupy.

D- The flavor is good enough that I have no trouble finishing a 4-pack!

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark. Epic tan colored head.

S: Some coffee notes. Roasty. Some fruit notes in there as well.

T: Tastes like a good light coffee. Some fruit notes, good coffee notes. Alcohol is warming and gives a good sweetness.

M: Sits with a full body. Lots of flavor development. Carbonation is perfect.

Sadly I had a bottle of this rather than on tap but it was still solid. Of course it's better on tap but it's great beet and you should grab it for sure!

For a stout this really shows some unique characteristics. The coffee flavor is light but it has that acidity that really helps to drive it. That's really the key for me here. It brings the acidity from coffee but not the brewed too long coffee notes that are so common in coffee stouts.

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Photo of asquiressr
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A - think layer of brown foam fades quickly, nothing else to report. the beer itself poured very thick and syrupy, a touch below being pitch black.

S - coffee, coffee, coffee. sweetness from milk chocolate comes in, slight bitterness again near the end from hops and...more coffee. i love coffee so this is mouth watering for me.

T - bitter chocolate flashes first, then loads and loads of fresh black and strong coffee (how i like it). bitterness sticks around for a long time, joined by some more dark chocolate and bittering hops. oatmeal ads a nice underlying sweetness (and more toastiness).

M - very strong carbonation for the viscosity and higher ABV. i like to let it sit and warm, and also let the carbonation die a little to prevent distracting the impressive flavors.

D - one of those meals in a bottle. i'm a huge coffee fan so this is right up my alley. perfect sipper for a sunday football marathon. KBS and CBS are a distinct level ahead of this.

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Photo of jp62099
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black, brown one finger head sticks to the glass.
Smell is unreal, don't want to take my nose out of it, coffee, coffee, more coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is big in your face roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, oatmeal, slight hop kick in the finish. It has a very smooth, rich, and chewy feel. I could drink a few of these in a sitting, and have. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms, but doesn't take away from the drinkability at all.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely pitch black as expected and a nice mokah colored creamy head which unfortunately did not last as long as I would have liked.

Aroma is outstanding, permeating the entire area around me at first. Coffee is upfront with just the right amount of wonderful roasted aromas. The chocolate also comes through with a nice sweet aroma but it is mostly overpowered by the coffee

After an outstanding aroma, the taste was almost disappointing at first. However, as it warms a bit, it opens up more. Aptly named Breakfast Stout, with all this coffee and unlike some other coffee stouts, the coffee seems to be the right blend in the recipe. Not a bitter burnt coffee flavor, but a nice java-lovers flavor.

Plenty of body to carry this much flavor without being to alcoholic. Overall, this beer deserves just about all the praise it gets.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black in the tulip glass with a nice tan head

Smell - It smells like an sugarless cup of coffee. very deceiving but I like it. tons of roasted malt, coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose perfectly. its hard to say this is a beer when it taste like your drinking coffee. so good! tons of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate

Overall - No wonder its called breakfast stout, I could drink this with my cereal ever morning.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually do not like a stout, but based on the consistantly good reviews, I had to try.
Poured from bottle into tulip.
I gave the Appearance a 4 not higher because it just looked flat.
Smell is probably one of the best ever. Coffe/espresso is obvious and amazing. Vanilla is also present.
Taste is fantastic. Smooth, chocolatey and coffe, vanilla undertones. You can barely notice the high ABV.
I think I should start re-thinking my take on stouts. With a stout this good, there are bound to me more.

Oh, and you really could have this for breakfast!

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer and at under 10% for an imperial stout, extremely drinkable. BA has it listed as year-round, but according to Founders website it is only available from Oct-Dec. For a non-barrel-aged, moderate ABV, reasonably priced Imperial Stout, I can't think of a better one. Very balanced and rich. Bell's Expedition comes close. Of course, I'm Midwest biased.

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Photo of mrunseen
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BobZ for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark. No light sneaking through this one. Two Fingers of light brown head composed of find and medium sized bubbles. Laced the glass throughout the session.

Nose: Very pleasing aroma composed of chocolates and coffee (pretty much what I was hoping for).

Taste: At first blush, it tasted a bit smokey. It's a very rich tasting beer with a terrific after taste. Again, coffee and chocolate characteristics are present.

Mouth: Full mouth on this one, just right for this style of beer.

Drinkability: I would love to have this available in my area. I probably couldn't have more than a few of these, however this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of Riff
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a shaker glass. Pitch black brew with a coffee brown head about a half a finger thick that rapidly dissipated. Smell changes from whiff to whiff, sometimes coffee, sometimes chocolate, and sometimes like a freshly opened feed bag of oats. Taste hits first with black coffee and bitterness, rolls into the sweet oats and finishes with a dark chocolate flavor with a hint of booze. Flavor does linger for quite a while afterwards. Feel is creamy and rolls about nicely with virtually no carbonation.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled on 11/14/11, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours midnight black with a 1/2-finger tan head. A tiny bit of light gets through the edge showing dark brown tint. The head retention is decent and there is a little bit of lacing.

S - Boom! Espresso! This is probably the freshest FBS I've had, and the coffee aroma is slammin'. There is a definite cocoa aroma and roasty malt behind the coffee.

T - Just like the nose, the coffee is intense in the flavor as well. Coffee dominates the front, with subtle molasses and chocolate sweetness showing up a bit later. The roasted and slightly smokey malts are present in the finish. Mostly roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

M - A medium bodied beer that is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Pleasant carbonation that is on the lighter side. Slight alcohol warmth.

O/D - This is the freshest FBS I've had, and the coffee character of the beer in this state is amazing. I could easily drink this for "breakfast".

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Photo of Beerando
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout. Very dark on appearance with little mocha brown head. Smells of toasted chocolate. Taste is absolutely excellent. Smooth with little to no alcohol presence. Hints of coffee comes to mind while sipping which smooths out to a subtle chocolate-y flavor. In conclusion, very good beer. Smooth, full bodied, and full of taste.

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Photo of cooperla1
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown almost black in color with a nice tan colored head

S: chocolatey, coffee aroma. smells fantastic!

T: bitter chocolatey with some coffee flavoring

M: bold and creamy, very heavy feel

O: very good, bitter, chocolatey. would recommend!

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super dark, with a creamy, partially retained neck. The aroma brings toasted coffee notes, chocolate, licorice, and a slight acidic idea. The body is viscous, bringing the elements of the taste and a persistent bitterness stemming from roasted barley/malt. The alcohol is present, warm, and hop bitterness, although present, is completely dominated by the toasty character of this beer. Great beer indeed - despite my skepticism.

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Photo of Frothboss
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Darka darka darka small thin dark brown head that just sits there hanging around, doesnt seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Looks yummy. Interesting lacing sticks where it wants to but quickly falls away where it does not.

S - Strong smell of coffee, roasted malts loitering, woody earthy smell throughout.

T - Rich, robust, flavorful, complex. Coffee and roasted malts are pretty strong, earthy taste in the background, alcohol is apparent throughout but not to strong.

M - Consistent, not to thick but just right, definitely nice consistency for a stout. More carbonation than some stouts but nice.

D - Lets just say i am definitely glad i got a 4 pack. This is up there on my list. I will definitely be enjoying this one again and the price is not to bad either. I am excited to drink this one for breakfast to see if it lives up to its name. Will i be hungry by lunch? We shall see.

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Photo of sgudino
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaypaul522
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a tan thick head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts - very pleasant aroma. Taste doesn't disappoint - the chocolate and coffee come through, and the alcohol doesn't overpower the drink. This is one of the best readily available stouts!

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Photo of Rast
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle watching Iowa St. v. Ohio St. Cyclones 'n' Buckeyes.

Superior stout: full solar eclipse in the glass. Head performs the beautiful downward cascade I've seen in so many a glass o' Guinness, altho the Breakfast cascade has a chocolate-brown tint, whereas Guinnes is more of a medium-tan. Which colour is stouter? Come on now.

Nose is full and aromatic: roast malt, coffee, toffee, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not flat. Taste hits all the right buttons: rich, bitter cocoa, roasty toasty delicious. Goes down smooth too, with a café of flavor and aroma left in the mouth. Best stout for the breakfast time, the winter time, and any time.

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Photo of ndaniels3
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BJB13
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/29/16 printed on label.
12 oz. bottle poured into shifter.

Poured thick and dark like black gold, with 2 fingers of lasting, reddish brown, cinnamon colored bubbly head that is quick to build with a swirl of the snifter. Smells and tastes of coffee and chocolate with slight notes of roast and a hint of booze. Moderately bittersweet and well balanced. Finishes clean with semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Mouth feel is full bodied, smooth and creamy with low carbonation. This one lives up to the hype and is great for breakfast! Pairs well with breakfast sandwiches and chocolate covered raised or cake donuts.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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