Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,515 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 artoolemomo
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which doesn't seem to have much retention. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black.

Nose- Very heavy on the coffee. I hope the flavor profile doesn't reflect it too much but there are lots of roasted malt notes here. They don't hide the chocolate and the small amount of fudge but it pretty much obscures any other aromas.

Taste- Plenty of coffee but it is much more seductive and accessible than that of the nose. Some chocolate but this really is a breakfast stout- even more than KBS which I like better. This is a coffee drinker's delight and one that I enjoy as well. The dry finish makes for a very neat and clean flavor profile. Some chocolate and oatmeal but coffee really is the star of the show. A bit simplistic but still pretty good because coffee used is very well rounded to the extent that it's almost exquisite. The chocolate, while not very explicit, helps to smooth it so that it has none of those woody or sour notes you get with some coffee stouts. I wish I could say more but this is just a really good beer that doesn't muck it up with a lot of complexity. Presence, balance, and integration- it's got all of those but complexity? Not so much.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Very deceptive despite its lack of nuance. Rich but smooth coffee. I think I could dump this on ice and a coffee drinker wouldn't know the difference. The 2.50 to 3 bucks it usually goes for seems like a bargain. What I paid for it, is not.

Overall- Really good beer that is almost great. A little too simplistic for my tastes. This is not to say that the coffee used isn't complex, just that other notes aren't prominent enough. Definitely worth a try but you probably already know that. Not as amazing as advertised and I won't be going through the trouble to get this again. I would drink it all the time if it were easily accessible and around 3 bucks a bottle. But I'm on the West Coast and that ain't happening. And I'm okay with that.

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Photo of harrymel
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Czoch75 for this one!
Poured from 12oz to NB Globe. 55F.
Bottled 08/27/10

A: Small, mocha head recedes within the minute and subsequently leave small film of lighter, albeit still light mocha sheeting across surface. Deep, timeless black. Only when tilted 60 degrees can I even sense the passage of light through this one, and when it does, it looks like coffee (brownish translucent). Scattered bubble lacing.

S: And now I understand why they named it breakfast stout! Thick, luxurious coffee spearheads the nose only to be accented with notes of dark cocoa beans, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, dates and even a slight touch of licorice.

T: Again, coffee dominates this beer. As I regain attention to the matter at hand, I begin to taste the cocoa, and it is bitter cocoa, have no mistake. I can feel the heat of the ABV on this as well. The hops take a backseat, but the kind of a polite child: reserved, but ever present with a kick of bitterness to remind you we are still no there yet!

M: Viscous like a filtered Turkish coffee, this beer resonates in the mouth and fills the palate with a velvety structure to negotiate during the sentence of enclosure.

D: Very drinkable, I feel like I ham happy to say I got a good size bundle of this beer to help me share and also age. I imagine the coffee will recede in the beer over a year and will help engage the malts here. Good stuff, if you can, get your hands on it!

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Photo of bcrossan
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Midnight black and completely opaque with a one-inch dark brown head. Moderate retention, light lacing.

S: Intense smell of espresso, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, and some oatmeal starch. Highly aromatic.

T: Bold flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts are quickly usurped by deep coffee and espresso. Chocolate tastes switch intermittently between bitter dark chocolate and sweet creamy milk chocolate flavors. Coffee flavors turn a little acidic and bitter, but in a pleasing way. Nutty tastes pull through at times, along with cocoa powder and just a hint of earthy starchiness. Hops add bitterness, but no real flavor. Long, drawn out finish showcases espresso and semi-sweet dark chocolate.

M: Thick, rich, creamy, luxurious, and velvety smooth. One of the greatest mouthfeels I've ever encountered.

D: You bet your ass I'd like another.

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Photo of MikeVW
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of yarnbomb
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bauzen
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, thick as motor oil. I've heard it thins over time. Probably would have enjoyed it more if I waited for that to happen. Thick beer in the dead of summer isn't the best choice.

Smells of Coffee and Chocolate - much like you'd expect.
Tastes like Coffee and Chocolate - much like you'd expect.

Leaves bitterness on the palate on the finish. Not sure how much of that is the density of the beer.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of stouts on a regular basis - but when I do drink them, I prefer KBS or Bourbon County. This would be good for someone that wants a more reasonable ABV than those two options, though.

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Photo of adamranders
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hanselmerchor
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanackerman
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

wow, what a beautiful pour, black as night with a thick taupe colored head that does not dissipate.

aroma is dark coffee with alcohol and a hint of chocolate.

taste is a chocolate explosion - rich dark chocolate accented by deep coffee, a nice touch of bitterness and then more chocolate. maybe the most complex beer I've ever tasted.

mouthfeel is absolutely perfect - smooth, creamy, low carbonation, everything I'd want from a stout.

This is a very fun beer, i will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of Bleer
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first love. This was my gateway stout 8). So many great flavors, booze, chocolate, and coffee. Smells incredible... For a beer than you can easily find for half the year, it's really a must have.

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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle from 9.15.15
Consumed: 9.29.15

A: 4.75 Looks exactly like a stout should. Pitch black with a uniform, tan head that that leaves some lace on the glass.

S: 4.5 Aromas on this beer is very nice. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brownies, liquorish, chicory, and earthy, grainy, malt. The coffee smells mostly of French roast, but there is a slight berry element that works its way in.

T: 4 Taste is pretty similar to the nose. However, roast dominates a bit more on the palate. The roast is balanced out nicely by mild sweetness, but comes back with fairly strong, lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.25 Carbonation is spot on. I almost feel like the body could be a bit more substantial, but the beer’s relatively light feel makes this beer super drinkable.

O: 4.25 FBS is a really nice coffee stout. The chocolate elements help balance things out very well – much better, in my opinion, than the vanilla in victory at sea. Maybe not the best coffee stout, but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of xILevelerIx
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Nipitato
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid black beer, completly blocks out the light. Has a big foamy brown head. A rich coffee character rises up from the glass with a promising cocolaty background. The coffee and chocolaty notes play back and forth in your mouth. With a silky bittersweet chocolate character taking over on the finish.

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Photo of HillsboroughBeerSnob
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Poloplaya
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheChadWasGood
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SirHarrie
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agriverbear
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akeiii
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of OGdirty
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CapCollector16
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmandrick
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RevereBeer
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Jet black. Pours sort of thick and slow into the glass forming a thick, tan head. Leaves little lacing.

Smell: Wow. Smells like sticking your nose into a box of chocolate covered coffee beans. Smells sweet and very roasty. The nose on this really blew me away.

Taste: Bitter coffee is strongest, and chocolate is almost as powerful. Both are intense flavors. The oatmeal adds something real nice. The alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel: I could eat (not drink) this for breakfast. Oatmeal adds a lot to thicken the beer, and its ultra creamy and thick.

Drinkability: Good, but with a high ABV and such a huge body, not great - I expect that from an imperial though.

Coffee, chocolate and oatmeal are three items I eat just about every day. This brew combines them in the best of ways.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,515 ratings.
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