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 RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is coffee, molasses. Flavor is oustanding. Unbelievably thick and complex. Loads of coffee. Good amount of molasses. Massive malts. It's like a meal in a bottle. Feel is smooth on liquid and with a minimal carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Simply amazing and much better than I recall it being on-tap.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Village Draft House on 11/18/11.

Arrived in a small chalice. Poured pitch black with a thin lacing of cappuccino colored head that didn't last long. The nose has notes of chocolate and coffee. The intense coffee definitely has me thinking breakfast. The taste is rich, deep roasted malts with incredible chocolate and coffee flavors too. After a few sips I notice a little anise or licorice as well. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes noticeable, but it only warms and doesn't detract from flavor. The mouthfeel is rich, full bodied, and well carbonated.

This is a robust, rich, delicious stout. The flavors are complex and well balanced. It's a slower drinking due to it's full body, intense coffee, and ABV, but it's a beer you'll want more than one of.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In J'Town, PA and had a couple of night caps at the Boulevard. The first cap was a FOunders Breakfast Stout. The appearance was very dark....essentially opaque. The head was thin and tan colored with very nice lace. Smell was coffee/espresso with some sweet malt. The taste was very good....decent bodied stout with coffee/espresso taste tahe dominates. The mouthfeel was awesome... I like full bodies stouts that don not mess around. Overall this was a very good stout and I highly recommend it. Would love to drink this a an early morning tailgate.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a snifter at ChurchKey DC. Listed as brewed with Chocolate, Sumatra and Kona coffee (Aug 2011).

A foamy dark brown dark chocolate big head is produced that sits on a jet black body. It sits... and sits.. and sits. There it is with big retention and aggressiveness in all it's creamy glory. While drinking giant circular sticky rings of lace just coat the glass, leaving a few chocolate looking marshmallow caps in the middle. Just a fantastic looking beer.

Nose just gives the goods. Giant fresh ground ripped coffee beans with dark chocolate notes. Intensely coffee forward, cream, and other glory. Blurs the line for beer, just a mix of impressive creation and hint of greatness to come.

Taste is all that and still a bag of chips. Morning ritual espresso with typical silky texture and creaminess. Chocolate maintains some dark bitter hints that flow without the beers malt, but gets whipped up, almost frothy. Malt backbone almost completely masked in a frenzy of milky thick coffee and chocolate.

I just love this beer to death, and it is more coffee dominant on tap it seems than its bottled brother. If I could borrow a cheesy line, it goes "it doesn't get any better than this." (or does it?). Cheers to Founders!

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with slight lacing.

Smell - I get a strong whiff of coffee grinds.

Taste - Again with the coffee taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth but not really like any other RIS.

Drinkability - It's hard to think of drinking more than one of these in a session but this beer is not to be missed.

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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny, pitch black with a thin, lasting brown head that leaves lines of lacing going down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate and coffee - great selections of each - with some mollasses. There's an underlying earthiness and vague fruitiness.

The taste is of rich, roasted coffee, rich chocolate - bittersweet. Light roast and bitterness balance sweetness. A touch of milk seems to come through as it progresses. Rich and complex with a slight acidic touch.

It has a rich, creamy full-body that is silky smooth.

Rich and complex, yet so drinkable - dangerously so - esp. for abv. Nice way to start or end the day (or both!) Great selection of coffees and chocolates that come out and work with each other well!

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Photo of Billolick
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wish I coud have brought more of this nectar of the gods back from Michigan! Only one 12 ouncer made it with me. Pours Black , expresso head, tiny bubble left in a film, respectable lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, heavanly. Super smooth, light and fluffy mouthfeel. Great gobs of flavors and more flavors, complexity baby. Tastes like a chocolate soaked expresso marshmellow. So flavorful, yet very light and silky on the palate. Fine stuff, stout lovers heaven. Go get some of this stuff.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm having this bottle with leftovers from dinner, but it is 4:30 am, so that's close enough to call it breakfast, right?(Funny how what began as a common joke, "Oatmeal stout? You should have it for breakfast!" is now coming into it's own as an individual style.)
Enough with the whimsy, time for the beer!

This one is just what I need now, as the sub-zero wind-chill and the weather in general puts that witches teat to shame, and summarily lays waste to the well-digger's bum. I need something warm, rich and this it?

Pours out a thick, impenetrable blackness, solid ebon, with slight ruby highlights at the foot of the glass. Head is mighty, massive, twisting slowly down to a most 1/2 ",burnt-toast brown, like chocolate shavings mingled with coffee grounds.

Aroma is right on for the style and then some! Espresso is featured first, then chocolate, roasty all the way, gritty and earthy, rich and thick...a coffee stout that nears an Imperial. Almost like what happened the last time I mixed Bell's Java Stout with Expedition ...almost.

Velvety feel on the tongue, almost magical the way this warmed-up stout lightly lays over the senses, drifting it's wonder throughout the mouth. Hops up front, rich coffee texture, tangible in the mouthfeel, a little hot and spicy, backed up by prodigious malt. Full-bodied, with a long, cocoa-coffee finish, plays delicately on the tongue, but lingers long.

This is a very satisfying stout, one that meets almost all of my expectations. I have had coffee stouts with bigger coffee flavor, though, and oatmeals that are smoother and more richly rewarding, as well as chocolate stouts that bring that flavor in full force...this is a very accomplished blend of the three sub-styles of stout, it succeeded in it's mission quite well, which is to make me consider having this in my coffee cup every morning, inside of the usual dark roast Columbian!

Damned good!
Another impressive offering from Founders, and another very attractive label, even if it does suggest that a child has been consuming the for for the Grand Rapids Board of Health and Human Services, guys!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up some of the new batch at Lakeview Binny's. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Three fingers of medium-dark mocha foam that dissipates very slowly and leaves some patchy lacing. Black body with the tiniest sliver of dark brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Dark roast coffee, baker's chocolate, roasted malts, light floral hoppiness, hint of tobacco and smoke, a little bit of dark fruits and vanilla. Pretty complex - it's what a coffee stout should taste like!

T - The taste has some pretty intense coffee bitterness, with more of a dark chocolate vibe happening. It's nicely balanced by sweet dark malts, vanilla, and a hint of fruit. Not as complex as the amazing smell (the light tobacco/smoke element is gone).

M - Low carbonation, super smooth and oatmealy, with a medium-thick body that's actually a little thinner than I remembered. It's like a slightly melted milkshake. Roasty and dry finish that I really like.

D - Damn, I put down most of this one in record time. The intense roastiness and slight coffee acidity might prevent me from having more than a few bottles, but this is super drinkable stuff.

This is one of those beers that I totally take for granted. I actually like this and KBS a lot more the Canadian Breakfast Stout.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is an extremely dark molasses coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy, tan colored head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, extremely rich dark chocolate/cocoa nibs, and a touch of smoke. Flavors are rich and heavy coffee forward, with smokey and chocolatey undertones that smooth out the bitter characteristics. Extremely smooth and rich in mouth, with a roasted, bitter aftertaste. The finish is clean and smooth. Great beer, amazingly smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/06- Purchased via mail order with Archer Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Has been aged for at least 6 months. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Blacker that soot pour. Closest to motor oil I have ever seen from a beer. Thick and viscous. Smaller 1/2 inch head and leaves light lacing.

Smell- Huge and I mean huge amounts of roasted coffee bean smell with a deep dark malt background. A touch of bitterswwet chocolate underneath all that. Reminds me of the smell of a ski lodge coffee shop.

Taste- I'm not one for coffee as a normal thing, but I do love it in beer and in ice cream. This beer is loaded to the brim with coffee flavor. Once you get past the coffee fix, the heavy fire roasted malt comes in and even deeper a dash of dark chocolate. After your taste buds are assulted by by all that the nice bitter hop blast comes in to finish you off.

Mouthfeel- Only, if only this beer was a bit more smooth. Carbonation level was a bit steep for a beer this thick and viscous. My only complaint about this beer.

Drinkability- This is one incredible tasting beer. My version of heaven would be a 50 tap beer bar with this on cask....if that even exists.

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Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch thin mocha head on a dark brown body. Relatively good head retention, cap and collar left throughout. Spider lacing quite apparent.

S- Initially coffee notes but then come the sweet chocolate undertones.

T- Cocoa and java in the reverse order of the smell. First you're hit with chocolate and then a long lasting coffee bitterness as an aftertaste. Would guess in the 8 to 9% range. Tasty.

M- Smooth, medium-thick mouthfeel. Low, tiny-bubbled carbonation. Overall mouthfeel on Breakfast Stout is just great.

D/O- One of my first true craft beer loves. After over a thousand craft beers, this still is top tier for it's style. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT for this long time ago had but never review!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this multiple times in bottle and draft. Absolutely love the chocolate/coffee smell and flavor. Deep body. I have a few bottles that I have aged a couple of years and they are only more delicious. This is my go to stout, so when its released, I grab as many cases as I can.

The only thing better from Founders are KBS and CBS. Great job guys!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at RFD, served in a pint glass. Beer is black, like a stout should be. Brown head, small tight bubbles, head falls away but diffuse head remains, lots of lacing on the glass. Smells sweet, chocolate, some coffee. Dry tasting, iminimal smoke, coffee is forward, chocolate second, slight aftertaste. Good beer overall, high drinkability, mouthfeel is full, good body. Aftertaste build on you as you drink though.

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

Appearance: jet black, came out a little thick but not too thick, slight khaki head, lacing the glass

Smell: great coffee aroma indicative of an imperial stout, some chocolate too, some malt, slight alcohol

Taste: great coffee flavor as if it were right out of the coffee mug, a little bitter, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation, full bodied

Drinkability: probably the most drinkable imperial stout I've ever had, tastes great and finishes great

a must try

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Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just hitting shelves, I found myself picking up a 4-pack of this already. Today is a surprisingly cooler day, so with dinner I cracked open the iconic 12 ounce bottle. Poured into a globe glass.

A: Deep black body with dark brown hues around the top edges. Creamy, bubbly light mocha head sits atop and leaves a thin retention ring around the perimeter. Some quite sporadic, patchy lacing is left around the glass walls. Imperial Stouts should absolutely look like this, kudos.

S: Bitter roasted coffee beans, bakers dark chocolate, dark chocolate malts, caramel and a dash of cocoa powder towards the end. It doesn't seem overdone on either the coffee or chocolate aspect, nor do the oats impart any dominating characteristic. Just like I'd hope a balanced Breakfast stout would smell like. Founders is on a roll!

T: Immediate but reserved bitter coffee notes come through, followed by a rich chocolate cake flavor. Dark chocolate cocoa nibs and a sweet butter cream frosting elements are more towards the finish of the beer. It's an interesting and really well done play on flavors, however throughout the entire sip you can sense the coffee being a bit too dominating over the other flavors. If the coffee would have receded a bit after its initial presence this beer would be nearly untouchable.

M: Well carbonated, perhaps overly so, but it remains medium bodied. It's not as thick or chewy like I like my Imperial Stouts, so overall for me this is a moderately week mouth feel for the style.

For what it is, Founders Breakfast Stout combines the oatmeal stout base with chocolate and coffee beans quite well. I'm trying not to be too jaded with KBS but I find myself almost craving that little extra something to set apartment another coffee stout from the rest. Although for what it is, this is a seriously solid beer from one of the most respected breweries in the US.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a one finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, molasses and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, baking chocolate, drip coffee, light hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent creamy body with obvious oat contribution. A rich, coffee forward stout with a dry profile that is more like a foreign export stout than an American one. Good chocolate flavor in the high cacao style, drier and more bitter. If I actually drank beer for breakfast, this would be one I would want quite often.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a jet black with a very thin head and hardly any lacing left on the glass.

S: lots of roasty malts and coffee aromas with oats, chocolate, and molasses with hints of toffee.

T: huge coffee flavor with chocolate accents and roasted malts that balance out the coffee quite nice. There is also hints of bready oats, molasses and slight hop bitterness.

M: full body with moderate carbonation that had a sweet creamy finish.

D: this is definitely a beer you can drink for breafast and a great stout that goes down really well. I will for sure seek out some more along with the KBS.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" tan colored head. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are easy to detect. Some bitterness comes through too.

Taste: follows the nose as the roasted malt and chocolate malt base are big and meaty. Some soft burnt coffee tones, prunes, and a heart bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: one of the tastier beers in the style made today. Easy to quaff this one.

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Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders 15th Anniversary party, into a pint glass.

Black with a beige-brown head, light retention and fantastic lacing. Nose is super chocolate-y, coffee and roast with a creamy quality to it. Taste is just pure roast, milk and dark chocolate, with a very subtle creaminess. Full feel and carbonation achieves a perfectly lower medium level following a few swirls of my glass. Exceptional coffee and body here, one of the best coffee beers I've ever laid lips to. Crazy tasty.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, want some stout with your coffee? This has a rich, deep roast of coffee with black grains and mocha around the edges in both the aroma and flavor. This feels more like a thick coffee than it does beer, but it's a good brew, not that free crap you might find at an auto shop or something. Fairly drinkable, but you've gotta love java. It was a wonderful beer, but I don't think it lives up for the hype as it wasn't complex enough for me. The coffee dominated too much.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours dark black, with a small mocha colored head. Very thick lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and roasted malt.

Tastes incredible. Strong, bitter, slightly astringent coffee, sweet chocolate (cocoa powder and brownie batter are what I get), and oats. Making this a coffee oatmeal imperial stout was genius- the oats give this an incredibly smooth, velvety, silky mouthfeel. Absolutely amazing. Low carbonation.

One of the best for sure. Look forward to it yearly.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a thick jet black with a finger of coffee-coloured head.

S - The nose is bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

T - A massive espresso flavour dominates up front along with bitter dark chocolate . Some sweetness from the oatmeal comes though as well. The roast profile is present too, but is overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is dry with bitter coffee notes lingering. A complex and amazing palate.

M - Medium body. Chewy & smooth. Light carbonation

D - An exceptional imperial stout. This will definitely be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one.

Pours a thick black color, some carbonation, nice little tan fizzy head which leaves quickly, some islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, hops, lots of coffee, some chocolate. The taste is sweet malty, big coffee flavor hits you in the face, slight bitter/dry finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, true to style ADS, thanks Founders.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a very small head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is also coffee up front, some malts, a bit of oats, just a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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