Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

16,532 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of chilidog
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!! Breakfast in a bottle. In fact, I made it a point to try these ( as a four pk., one at a time.) in the morning as a breakfast beer. The beer pours a black as black can get with a small for a stout head. It dose cascade quickly, so its a short show and she's ready to go. Lace is alittle thin and wispy.
The aroma is of expresso like coffee bean and oatmeal. The taste carries the oatmeal in the taste as well as the coffee, bakers chocolate and alcohol.
The beer is very drinkable, thick, and chewy but not intrusive. The mouthfeel is smooth, sweet but with a burnt dryness left behind.
Overall breakfast in a bottle? You Bet!!

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As good as everyone says and the standard bearer of the style. Pours a bottom-of-the-ocean black with a thin nutmeg-colored head with minimal carbonation. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted oats and wood. Taste follows suit with a pronounced coffee bitterness mellowed by the chocolate sweetness...which is just fantastic. The alcohol is there both as a source of warmth and a light kick in the waning moments of the sip. World class beer that always comes to mind whenever I try a new (or highly touted) stout and I'm left looking for just a little more...can't help but compare all comers to this gem.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Smokin' Joe's on Pittsburgh's Southside. I have to say, after one taste, this was the best tasting Stout I have ever had.

A: Pours a thick black color, with a moderate one finger foam head that sticks around for most of the taste. There is sufficient lacing as well.

S: Lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a small amount of alcohol. Extremely sweet smelling.

T: The malt sweetness is tremendous. The coffee flavor blends nicely with the chocolate and vanilla so that sweetness is not as overpowering. Great balance! This was extremely delicious.

M: Leaves a semi sweet thick creamy feel on the palate.

D: This beer is extremely easy to drink. Despite an 8% ABV, I could enjoy several quite easily in a sitting.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/19/11
Mild carbonation after a year age in the cellar. Poured very dark very rich, thick. Really nice looking.
Smells like coffee with creamer with some nice cocoa.
Taste is just outstanding slight bitterness but a fresh coffee taste. I think that the bitterness is coming from the bittersweet cocoa tones i got in the smell. No alcohol burn at all.
Mouthfeel is just right, perfect richness. Creamy you can feel that this beer is loaded with flavor.
All in all, so worth the wait. Really seemed to bring alot of qualities out. I would age this one again for just a year.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow BA Stonecrusher for this one. Pour was ultrablack, and I was rewarded by a luscious coffee-crema style head. Coffee was present in the aroma, and my notes indicate some hazelnuts as well. Mouthfeel was thick but pleasant. Tastewise, I enjoyed the chocolate and coffee notes (does anything go better together?). I did notice some acridity in the finish, much like one can with coffee. Good Stuff.

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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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4.32/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of slim2043
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: a 12oz bottle mid 40s temp poured into a stout glass.
C: she pours dark as night. Deep dark black. No matter how thin it gets its still black.
H: a thin head the color of lite brown sugar sticks to the glass a bit
A: first thing that hits the olfactory is coffee. Roasty and robust. Then it's a bitter dark chocolate scent. There's an earthy scent too and some maltiness and a bit of sweetness and licorice but very withdrawn.
B: it's so smooth. Like a cup of iced coffee but less watered down. Just slick smooth and beautiful w the nice carbonation to keep it flowing smoothly on the tongue.
F: wow! Chocolate! Coffees! Oatmeal! Breakfast! Breakfast indeed. Hand me some flapjacks and I'll pair it w this beer. It's sweet. It's bitter. It's malty. There's a hop profile. It's earthy. It's toasty. It's roasty. The flavors linger and the alcohol never even crosses your mind. I can drink this all day everyday.
O: a stout that stands alone. Drink it anytime any day. If u see it on the shelf, buy it. It's that good.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jondeelee
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout opens to a heavily ashy aroma, full of black malt, ash, tobacco, fresh-ground oily coffee, cocoa, and roasted pecans. These are countered by a runnel of heavy cream and toffee, mixed with blackstrap molasses. Dark fruit esters, including prune, date, and black cherry, add nuance to the sugars. An earthy base of blackened toast crust, yeasty wheat dough, and heavy brown breads keeps everything grounded. Only a slight touch of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops. As a whole, this is a fantastic aroma, offering almost everything that could be desired in a stout, lacking perhaps only a barrel-aged bourbon overtone. Not that it really needs the latter, however; there’s already more aroma in the bottle than seems possible, and it practically oozes from the open mouth.

On the tongue, the beer starts out with a double shot of fresh ground oily espresso and baker’s cocoa, quickly followed by tobacco ash, black malt, blackened toast crust, and deeply roasted pecans. The dark fruit esters from the nose are still present, but less noticeable against the black onslaught, but there are touches of molasses, toffee, heavy cream, and vanilla bean to add a bit of texture and sweetness. Thick black breads and rising wheat dough add further texture, joined by a few lighter grains as well, including Grape Nuts cereal and fresh wheat, the latter providing a nice fresh counterpoint to the blackness. Only faint touches of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops; they’re mostly here to add bitterness, not flavor. The flavors are strong enough that they continue largely unabated in subsequent mouthfuls, though the ash and black coffee ground notes are slightly larger, and the sugars slightly smaller. The ashy notes grow as the beer is held on the tongue, and largely dominate the aftertaste, though some of the lighter grain notes and small bits of sugar do stay around to help counter things, and at least the ash lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is an oily medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout, and offers almost everything one could expect and hope for. Only a bit of barrel aging, or perhaps a larger cream and toffee presence, could improve the flavor, and a slightly more viscous mouthfeel would be nice. These are, however, picky notes, and should be largely disregarded; the beer is excellent as-is. Well worth trying.

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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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