Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast 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 jdoncbus
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black into a Piraat tulip, thin brown head that leaves an oily film and polka dot lacing.

Thick aroma that consists of dark chocolate, espresso roast beans, wood, cinnamon oatmeal, & honey. A very pleasing and relaxing smell to say the least with a farewell shot of booze...

The beer hits the palate with a surprising crisp and slams the taste buds with bitter french roast coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, heavy roasted malt, and a piney hop finish that leaves the mouth very dry. The finale is a warmth of alcohol down the esophagus.

Calling the overall flavor bold would be the understatement of the year and after a few sips it really evens out. One of the best Iimperial Stouts I have had and a must try for any advocate.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Brews Cafe in Grannville. Served in a tulip.

A- Pours a black in color with a nice tan head.

S- Wonderful roasted malts and coffee. Chocolate, faint vanilla, and a touch of oats.

T- Tastes of roasted malt, bitter unsweeted dark chocolates and coffee. Slight bitter after taste - may be some hops in there.

M- Thick and creamy. coats the mouth. oily with minimal carbonation.

D- Incredibly rich and wonderful. A pleasure to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe it when I walked into the liquor store this afternoon and there was one lone four pack of this stuff sitting on the shelf. I'm stoked to try this stuff. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a very dark and opague black with a half inch dark tan head that sinks down to a thin coating. It can easily be revived with a little swirl though. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is wonderful. Loads of deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood, and the lightest touch of caramel. A bit of alcohol is noticeable in the background.

Taste is even better than the aroma. At first there is a big burst of coffee. Then the chocolate flavors come out. They are strangely delicious, bitter and sweet at the same time. On the finish the coffee comes back to leave a lingering aftertaste. If there's any hop bitterness in here, the roasty flavors cover it up.

Mouthfeel is medium, but very smooth. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker. Really the only downside to this beer.

I was not let down by this one. If the mouthfeel was a bit thicker this would be even better. If you are lucky enough to have the chance to get your hands on some of this, don't pass it up.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a layer of mocha foam , some lacing.

Aroma is predominantly coffee , some roasted grains are apparent.

Getting a lot of chocolate tones on tasting . Coffee , roasted barley, and some residual sweetness . Not hop profile. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than expected but still medium to heavy. Decent carbonation.

Overall a treat I'd like to drink everyday.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Raleigh, NC. Served in a tall snifter.

The beer goddess sets before me a godly beer. The body is an inky, seal brown hue and capped by a creamy brown head. The foam shows no hints of receding, but slowly does minutes later, etching remnants of its bubbly goodness to the insides of the glass. The aroma of FBS is heavenly, with sweet espresso roast blended with dark chocolate smoke, and fresh hops. However, it came off as bit muted when compared to the best of the best american double stouts.

I expected a phenomenal taste to this beer and was far from disappointed; Breakfast Stout is delicious. Rich, bitter chunks of baker's chocolate give way to milky espresso, caramel, roasted grain husk, and hops galore. I was surprised by the level of hoppiness in this one--enough to bitter up the palate but not overpowering the more delicate chocolate malt complexities. I'd give the mouthfeel a "6.0" if possible, with its slick, creamy body and perfect carbonation level that wakes up the tongue and finishes strong. Overall, I can't say enough about this Founder's brew except "Welcome to NC!!!" Keep the good beer pouring, gents.

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Photo of abankovich
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense dark black with faint hints of brown at the edges. A great tan head compliments the blackness perfectly. Tightly laced bubbles cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is the richest, bitter coffee smell I've ever experienced with a rich chocolate aroma following right behind.

The bitter chocolates and coffees are amazingly prominent with a mild alcohol burn throughout. The oatmeal keeps the smoothness intact the whole way through. There is also a great hop presence that works well. It's not dominant by any means, but it is there.

My only wish is that the mouthfeel was a little more full. It is definitely medium to full bodied, but I could stand it a little thicker. That said, this is a delicious beer that I would sip on all night and finding any fault in it at all is very hard to do.

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Photo of atsprings
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Judging by the number of reviews on-tap I am very lucky to get to try this one on-tap, thanks are due both to Flying Saucer and Tryon Distribution for blessing us with this at Founders NC launch! Served a dark opaque black with a nice tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a wonderful blend of fresh ground espresso and bitter chocolate. The taste is also a great blend of espresso and chocoalte, with hints of burnt caramel and dried fruits in the back. The beer is fairly heavy, but a very endurable sipper. Having had Kentucky Breakfast and abosolutely loving it, I have to say this one certainly stands up on it's own merits. Welcome to NC Founders, keep the great times pouring!

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Photo of association330
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, opaque black with a thick, fluffy, mocha head. This is how a proper stout should look, to be sure.

S - Incredible waves of bitter chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, oatmeal, coffee, and a slight alcoholic twang. This is truly one of the best beers I've ever laid my nose to, but the taste?

T - Equally impressive, though it starts and finishes very sweet, with rich flavors of cherry, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and molasses. Alcoholic presence and overall flavor increase as the beer warms, so enjoy this one slowly for sure. The taste of bitter, roasted coffee grounds lingers.

M - Thick, oily, viscous and wonderful.

D - Half a point for alcohol content and half a point for sweetness. This is a fabulous brew, but it's best when consumed in heavy moderation.

To be honest, this is a dessert beer for me due to its very sweet and chocolatey profile, but it's certainly a new favorite of mine. Highly recommended, if you can locate it.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout"... I approve.

Into an imperial pint, pours jet black with no hints or hues, a lovely, fluffy tan head and lacing sticks in arches and blots. The head sticks around till the very end, and the lacing is left on the glass in varying intervals.

The aroma is heavenly, and every bit its billing. Lots of coffee espresso, chocolates are lovely, oatmeal, all playing together like good kids.

The taste, even better, brilliant really. Comes in smooth with light coffee notes and sweeter malt, chocolate, then the bitterness hits just like with coffee, only roasted malts joined hand and hand, sits there and tingles for a bit, then smooths out for a long, drawn out finish thats chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, stout. Imagine that. Smooth, full, velvety, creamy, a dreamy mouth, with hardly a hint of the ABV.

Perhaps even more remarkable, its so easy to drink, I could perfectly see sitting down to this beer for breakfast, joined by some eggs and bacon, some hash, some oatmeal, some fruits. My breakfasts will seem incomplete with out this beauty. Absolutely marvelous. I loves me my big full stouts, and this one is the class of a select few.

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Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note, Ive had this sitting quite a while.

Not ready to rate the pour. I think "lots of head" is an over statement. Give me a minute for this to calm down so I can pour the rest of it.
5 minutes later ...
Gosh, this head is dark and thick
10 minutes later. Whole bottle is poured, but I have a solid 4 fingers of foam. Not head, foam. Boy is this beer dark. Not sure ive seen a liquid darker than this.

Roasted coffee. I dont smell any hops, not really any malt.

Like a nice roasted coffee bean flavor. Almost like a cold, alcoholic coffee. Very rich, feels heavy and syrupy at the end. In a good way though. ABV is hidden VERY well. I cant tell there is alcohol, though its yummy. The 8.3 is not noticed one bit.

Awesome. Sits almost syrupy. Yummy, not full on sweet. Long lasting flavor. Reminds me of Saturday morning coffee at breakfest.

I definately want more of this. I could drink maybe 4 of these, any more my face would probably fall off, though in a good way.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very thick with a small cap of head

S- Slight smell of alcohol and a very pungent coffee aroma

T- The coffee is very much in the foreground. The two blends can be distinctly tasted and are well-balanced. The Kona coffee imparts its distinct flavor and a certain brightness, while the Sumatra coffee imparts a slight bitterness and certainly a roasted flavor. The chocolate comes through in the aftertaste.

M- Thick and smoothed-out by the oats

D- In spite of its thickness, it is very pleasant and goes down easy

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to newtony for the opportunity to try this beer. 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Per the trader, this is an 08 vintage.

Pours a highly viscous drak brown/black with a small dark tan head that doesn't stick around long. A small ring of foam remains around the edges.

Smells of rich chocolate, alcohol and heavily toasted grains including barley.

The taste is wonderfully rich and moderately complex. Mixes of heavily toasted malts, grains, and chocolate on the front. Cherry mixed with chocolate and rich coffee on the finish. Light to medium bodied and masterfully crafted.

There's no wonder this is a highly rated stout. This is a rich and flavorful brew that's highly drinkable. Outstanding for its' style. Highly recommended - I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to guezelover for this one. I think its a 2006 bottle.

Now I don't think I have given many 5's for appearance but man this one was awesome. Just an absolutely pitch black beer that poured like motor oil and had one of the darkest, longest lasting heads I have seen on an Imperial Stout. Great to look at.

Smells of light chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, oatmeal, and a slightly odd spiced alcohol smell that rubbed me the wrong way. I think the smell might come from stale coffee.

The weird smell doesn't transfer to the taste. Its a nice chocolate and coffee dominate with a really pleasant lingering bitterness and other subtle flavors that translate form the smell.

A nice thick beer from the oats. It definitely coats the mouth and its very big bodied and still pleasantly carbonated.

That one smell was sort of off putting but otherwise this was a really great breakfast stout. I think I would like to try it again fresh. The ABV sort of hits hard after a while too.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a large spongy head that disipated slowly into a heavy lace.

S - Heavy coffee, mocha, roasted oats, vanilla, and a touch of toffee....Very Nice!!!

T - Lots of espresso and vanilla. Oatmeal is present to add balence. Hops are present, but take a backseat....Nicely done!

M - Thick with a good carbonation.

D - Great Brew. Explosive head with every pour that more then backed up the impressive flavor...This is an all around awesomely crafted brew.

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Photo of israel
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage compliments of Jw347(thanks for opportunity to review this beer)

poured into an ommegeng tulip glass...

A - initial pour reveals a veryd ark beer with a thick coffee colored head that quickly disipates leaving just a thin head that mostly clings to the sides of the glass. Upon further inspection this beer is pitch black, so black that zero light passes through it even when held up to a light, wow.

S - the smell presents mild coffee flavors with a strong backing of chocolate, but very well balanced even in the nose. very nice, and very inviting.

T - I anxiously dive into this beer and I'm blown away by how amazingly balanced this beer is. This beer is so well balance it almost seems impossible to pick out individual flavors, but I'll try. The coffee flavors are there but definitely not in the foreground all the while a slight sweetness from the chocolate mingles with the coffee and just blows me away. On top of this the flaked oats add a smoothness that adds so much depth to this beer that I can't put it down long enough to get all my thoughts out.UNREAL

M - creamy, creamy, and creamier oh yeah and velvety. the body is medium with just enough carbonation to open the taste buds again

D - I can't say enough about this beer; it's amazing. If I could ever get a stash of this stuff it would definitely be put away for at least a couple years.thanks again Jw347

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


But before we get into that, big thanks to genog & WeisGuy who sent me bottles within days of one another, one an extra, the other part of the trade.

Popped the top & turned around to find invaluable beer foam puddling down the sides of the bottle. Quick pour produced a towering head that necessitated patience. Head is tan, beer is thundercloud-black. Head slowly collapses, but maintains a good bit of glop on top of the brew. Nose on it is surprisingly subdued; after the firecracker that is KBS I expected to be nasally assaulted. No dice.

Taste is very good. Plenty of coffee in the background of toasted chocolate on the tongue & a nice, creamy finish. Very nice! Very drinkable for a big stout, I'm having trouble typing as I have to keep sipping. As noted, creamy & silky & smooth going down.

Very, very good beer. While I love big beer, I believe this is better than KBS, which was spoiled a bit for me by the overwhelming coffee drowning out most of the other elements. This is better, more subtle, allowing the other ingredients to dazzle the palate.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Saucya for this wonderful extra!! Poured into a chimay goblet, this is a beautiful pitch black with the creamy coffee colored head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and espresso. Flovor is much of the same. Incredible! Tons of full flavor with a great smooth mouthfeel. That is what sets this beer apart. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable, but a tad filling.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of chunky mocha head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee grounds

T: Coffee, dryness & baker's chcolate up front. Semi-sweet chocolate & a bit of vanilla as this warms, plus the bottom of the coffee pot. Finished dry with baker's chocolate, iron & Folgers, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Oily, rich with moderate carbonation, just got chewier as time went by

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is very masked, the coffee taste would get to me after a few or just completely win me over, not sure. Not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is pretty nice, make me think of iced coffee with some booze mixed in. Worth the hype

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Photo of mhewes
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a black color with a big tan head.

S : Smells with strong oats, coffee, and chocolate aroma

T : Strong bitter coffee flavor, has some chocolate and oats flavor also. Good bitterness and really rich flavor. Excellent balance

M : Really creamy and smooth

D : This is really rich and strong but I could drink multiples of this one

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to kryptic for this.

12 oz. bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Almost completely black, reddish brown at the edges. Thick frothy orangish tan head. Substantial rings of finely textured lace. Beautiful.

Smells rich and smooth. Oatmeal cookie, dark chocolate, light/medium roast coffee, raisins.

Tastes rich and roasty. Coffee, chocolate, grain, dark fruit, moderate acidity. Barely any sweetness. Some roasty bitterness. Well balanced. Lingering fruity coffee. Very tasty.

Smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

Very enjoyable expression of the coffee in this, and I like the acidity. Great beer.

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Photo of bbothen
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a thin foamly chocolate colored head. Looks very nice

S - Chocolate. Chocolate. Coffee. Duh.

T - Sweetness of chocolate, smooth oatmeal, bitter coffee. Bingo, bango, bongo. Didn't have the alcohol burn which I expected.

M - Smooth, yet carbonated enough to have a bite on the tongue. I expected it to be even smoother.

D - This is a rich stout. Drinkability is good though. I could have a couple.

I really enjoyed this beer. Very complex beyond the obvious coffee, oatmeal, & coffee. I will have this in the morning one day soon. Yes I will.

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Photo of kasper
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and thick looking on the pour. A small chocolate colored head formed but disappeared quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Dominate aromas of roasted coffee beans and espresso, with some vanilla and nutty undertones.

T: Starts off sweet and chocolately, then somewhat of an earthy and oat-like flavor presents itself before fading into a dry, bitter roasted coffee finish.

M: Semi-thick and velvety; enough carbonation that you can feel it tingle on the tongue after each sip. Very dry finish. A little lighter body than I was expecting, but it works.

D: Overall a pretty tasty brew. If I had to choose, I'd say I enjoy the KBS a bit more.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/10/08.

Pours a very pitch black, looks very thick going into the glass. A modest pour produces a giant 4+ finger puffy tan head. The head slowly fades back down leaving beautiful lacing around the glass. Heavy aromas of roasted coffee/espresso and dark chocolate.

Oh wow the taste is amazing. It starts with swirls of sweet milk and bitter dark chocolate. Then it continues with more roasty malt goodness. I finishes with a very nice bitter coffee flavor. All of the flavors are balanced well, none dominate the palate.

This beer is so smooth. About medium carbonation, just enough to keep it from feeling flat. Doesn't leave my mouth all sticky either. And did I mention it's so smooth? Drinkability is also great. The bitterness lays low throughout, and all the flavors are awesome. If the alcohol content were a tad lower, the drinkability would be perfect.

Overall, an excellent beer. I wish it were available in my area. If you like stouts, coffee, or chocolate, definitely seek it out. And if it is available in your area, send some my way :-)

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Beer was black with a very small, brown head.

Aroma was heavy coffee, oats, vanilla and molasses.

Taste was very heavy with coffee, but also had notes of vanilla, oak and chocolate.

Creamy, but not too thick mouthfeel. Very tasty. This is a great sipper that gets better and better as it warms up.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving from a 12oz bottle at a fairly warm temp

Pours with a massive tan head! Simply beautiful!
The smell is a little weak but still is great.
As for the word: WOW! Such a beautiful stout with a strong coffee taste that could scare some people away! This certainly hurts its drinkability. Lastly, lets note the mouthfell: its smooth for its coffee taste and holds on the tongue for a good while. Overall, this is a fantastic stout and if you have the means, grab more than one! :)

This is a review of this beer after almost 9 months.

The appearance is beautiful the head is very very dark. The smell is beautiful as well. It smells of coffee and chocolate. As for the taste coffee dominates this wonderful brew! It's so very tasty!! My god!! I love this beer so much. When I purchased the case I consumed a 4 pack that day! I really love this stout. It's simply amazing!!

Overall, this beer is still wonderful! I really am in love with this product! It makes me very happy!!! :-)

Newest offering!

Pours the same black brew but lacks the taste and smell of the previous year! Its not the same brew IMHO. I dont know what it takes but Im guessing age will only help this batch! IDK. its good but not the same to me!

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,042 ratings