Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American 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 lynx1245
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split one of these with my friend Nick (ThreeWiseMen) who got it in a trade. Mucho thanks for letting me try this one Nick!

Appearance: Pitch black. Beautiful bubbly yet subdued head.This beer just looks like it tastes good.

Smell: Reminds me of chocolate chips and coffee which is a plus. However, the alcohol doesn't seem to be masked very well. Might just be because I had a big night of drinking and alcohol is not very appealing right now. Might have rated the smell higher under different conditions.

Taste: Oats, chocolate and coffee. It really does taste like breakfast. While I could smell the alcohol, there is very little alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy and almost no burning from the alcohol at all.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. It looks a little daunting at first but there is no unpleasant aftertaste and the mouthfeel is excellent.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap at Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA. Im not a big fan of stouts, but this one surprised me. Poured a thick coffee black with a brown head. Very strong coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee with chocolate undertones. A very nice solid full bodied beer. Willdefinitely try again sometime.

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Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had lunch recently at Ted's Butcherblock in Charleston, SC. There are very few tables in this place, so I grabbed one as soon as I walked in. You can get sandwiches here, and enjoy a beer. My beer of choice was Founders. Poured into a stylish crystal wine glass. Color was black as tar. Not much carbonation. Decent sized head that faded quickly. Smell was of delicious roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste was fantastic. Tons of deep, dark flavors of wood, cocoa, and coffee. Nice and thick mouthfeel too, which is the way all Imperial Stouts should be. This is not a beer that you can drink quickly, though. It was a nice and slow brew to savor with a nice sandwich and to sip on long after I was done with my meal.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black. Old oil isn't even this black. Brown head, the color of coffee with a little bit of cream; decent retention for over 8%. Exactly what I expected.

Smell/Taste: Freshly ground coffee that you can smell if you are within 2 feet of this beer. Wonderful rich coffee aroma...maybe a more citrusy variety of coffee, maybe its just the hops. Dark chocolate. A touch of sweet aromas. Decadent. Coffee is still amazing in the taste. Nothing artificial tasting anywhere in this beer. I can't even imagine how much coffee they used to brew this. Chocolate is semi-sweet in the taste, and blends perfectly with the deep roasted flavors, which get a little help from the coffee. Soft citric notes come through a bit too...I think they are actually from the hops. I could make this my breakfast every day.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy. A little bite on the finish from the bitterness and roasted flavors contributed by the coffee...and maybe a little from the hops. Thick and chewy. Just what I was looking for.

Drinkability: A sipper, but what else could you expect. Do it justice. Still surprisingly easy to drink for what it packs.

The perfect breakfast beer. One of, if not THE best stout I have had. The caffiene from the coffee is noticeable, which I also like. I plan on keeping this in my regular rotation.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this one--I've been looking forward to it for awhile. Poured an oily black with just the slightest remnants of a darker brown head. It smells deliciously of coffee and chocolate. It doesn't feel too thick-bodied and the flavor is wonderous--an explosion of cappicino, coffee, and chocolate, wit an aftertaste that lingers. This is a very drinkable and delicious imperial stout and I would highly recommend this one. I'll have to make sure I grab a 4-pack before they sell out for the season!

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Photo of bound4er
3.48/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first Founders - very excited that it's Breakfast Stout. This stuff pours black - it doesn't let any light shine through it either. A hard pour produced about 1/4" light brown head that fades fairly quickly. Some light wispy lacing remains.

It smells great - lots of roasted malt, coffee (with vanilla creamer added) and a caramelized brown sugar note.

The taste is a pretty big let down from the smell and appearance. Lots of bitterness - the detracting upfront kind that doesn't allow much flavor through. The bitterness hangs around on the finish too along with a hit of C2H5OH.

The beer does redeem itself with a thick, rich mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

The bitterness keeps its drinkability down - I am not looking forward to my next sip - a bad sign for any beer.

Maybe this beer does need aging - I am not impressed at this point. I will revisit in a month or two.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a few bottles of this thanks to eyncognito and tburkhart, Thanks Ian and Thanks Tim!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - thick and black with a creamy tan head that left sheets of lacing on my glass.

S - the roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma is wonderful.

T - rich, roasted coffee flavor, hints of dark chocolate, delicious!

F - thick and creamy, very smooth.

D - it doesn't get any better than this for the style.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to fogdog for hooking me up with this beast!

Appearance: Pours a heavy and slick, very earthy-colored black with a slow-forming brown head. This pour reminds me a lot of Ten Fidy. The head seems crawl from the murky depths, then breed and multiply. After reaching it's peak of about a quarter inch, the head dies back down leaving a skin of lace where it once was.

Smell: I can smell the dark chocolate and coffee from several feet away. As I approach, that same smell intensifies. Oats, butter, toffee, and burnt toast add to the mix. 'Breakfast Stout' seems to be a very suiting name.

Taste: Keeping with the breakfast theme, this taste seems to go from chocolate chip pancakes, to black coffee, to fudgesicles (not breakfast, but I definitely taste it). There's a great buttery-toffee flavor that seems to cover everything, yet it's nowhere near dominant. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter, with a pretty strong oat character.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and very smooth. Carbonation is mild. Great warming. Somewhat slick. Really, really, enjoyable!

Drinkability: I want another, but I don't know if I have any more room in my belly. I was starving when I cracked this thing open, and now, three-quarters of the way through, I'm getting full. But the flavor is sooo good. I don't know what to do. This beer is fantastic! Great taste! Yet, filling!

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Photo of Auslander
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle at Piccolo's Wine Shop for $4.25. Pours thick and black with a dark brown head. Very strong coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee with chocolate undertones. Nice solid mouth feel. I enjoyed this stout. I certainly lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage served in my DFH snifter. Poured an opaque black with a half inch mocha-colored head that quickly settled into a soapy swirl. A band of foam coalesced around the shoulders of the glass. Some lacing present during the tasting, but weak legs. Nose is coffee beans, brown sugar, malt and a grapefruit sweetness (weird and out of place, but I picked it up nonetheless). Taste follows nose as well as oats. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly effervescent. Could have had a little more body for the style. Finish was also a bit chalky. All and all, easy drinking and flavorful without being overly sweet. Alcohol was well-hidden. I'd make this a staple if it were more readily available. This beer definitely lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely black, oil color. There is very little carbonation that creates a thin, brown colored lace atop the crew.
Smell has a very strong coffee bean smell to it. There is also a good amount oats in the smell and a bit of chocolate also.
Taste is very strong with the fresh coffee beans and oats. Chocolate malts are prevalent with a good hop taste at the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel has a nice smoothness with a very thin liquid. Leaves a bit of a chewiness in the mouth.
Drinkability is very nice for such a complex beer. There is a good amount of coffee and oat and chocolate, but the subtle hop flavors are what keep the malts from overpowering your tastebuds. Very nice combination of tastes and a beer that would be great for any occassion, especially on a nice cold weather day.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with 2" of milk chocolatey head; very fluffy and pillowy. The lacing is very thick down the sides of my large snifter. The perfect glass to welcome the expected outstanding beer in. I have had a lot of stouts but this one looks exceptional the way it threw up the nice head.

S- Very sweet from the malts. Chocolate malt, coffee malt, light black patent. Very creamy, caramel like, roasty, smoky, and a nice scent of brown sugar spiced oatmeal. The alcohol warms you if inhaled deeply, but well hidden if you are not digging so deep. This is one of the most amazing, welcoming smells I have ever witnessed in a beer.

T- Following closely to the nose with all the same malts. The smoke is a little more pronounced in the taste and is quite welcome to add to the balance of the sweetness. Very milky and creamy, like coffee that has been sweetened and a splash of creamer thrown in. The coffee lingers around in the end adding to the complexity. No alcohol to speak of in the taste; super well hidden for sure.

M- Thick and creamy like a bowl of oatmeal. The carbonation is quite high for the style, but I like it just fine.

D- Off of the charts for me. This is one amazing beer. I seriously could drink this beer all day on a cold, winter day. However, I think you would not make it very long with the punch this baby hits you with. Absolutely AMAZING!

To be fair, I matched this beer with dinner this evening; breakfast food. It consisted of: Biscuits and Gravy (an old Southern thing), scrambled cheese eggs, sausage, and bacon. Whether or whether not it was the food making this beer taste so damn good, I don't know, but I will say the pairing was PERFECT and I recommend it to anyone on a cold fall or winter evening.

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

Conservative pour into Grand Marnier snifter produces a very tiny head which vanishes quickly leaving a coffee ice cream colored ring around the edges which seems to last throughout the entire glass.

A- Pitch black color with a quality consistency. I attempted to shine a keychain flashlight through the liquid, But just as I thought there was no shining through whatsoever.

S- Coffee! And tons of it. No this isn't your typical supermarket crap or Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks etc. This is some super kick ass coffee!!! I am starting to pickup a mild Mocha smell but the chocolate is very subtle, which harmonizes quite nicely with the exteme Java smell. Grinds and a touch of alcohol round out the nose of this tasty elixir.

T&M- Bitter dark chocolate, molasses, powdered cocoa & oats all match up well with the extreme Java rush. Mouthfeel is a little thick. Brief sweetness mid palate leaving a roasted creamy finish.

D-Quite good actually. It wouldn't be a problem consuming two of these consecutively.

I was lucky enough to find this the other day, So i picked up a couple of four packs.
(Glad I DID!!) An all around exceptional beer and well worth picking up if you haven't tried it.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 400th review.

A pair of bottles, as shown, courtesy of shbobdb: one from 2005 and one from 2007. Side-by-side.

Upon pouring, the difference was obvious: the 2005 produced a huge head -- I couldn't get the whole 12-ounce bottle into my pint glass -- while the 2007 produced only a small cap. Both left ample lacing, however, bespeaking a pretty thick beer. Both had absolutely opaque brown-black body. Head was the same color: dark tan-yellow and tight.

The foundational aroma was pretty much the same for both: espresso, molasses, hoar-hound drop, rich oatmeal-cookie-dough. The 2007 had a sharper smell, however, with more citrus and pine hops evident, and a bit of ripe olive. The 2005 was notably more mellow, with softer and sweeter chocolate in evidence.

Taste was a bit of a let-down for both. Not as strong as the aroma. Espresso was there, along with molasses, and mild chocolate. The 2007 naturally had more hop presence than the 2005, but very little rich-oatmeal-cookie dough. The 2005 was much smoother.

Mouthfeel was also thinner than I was expecting for both, with the 2005 being marginally richer than the 2007.

Drinkability was good on both.

Overall, a worthy beer for review #400. Not nearly as good as the Kentucky Breakfast Stout, but still pretty fine. Thanks again to shbobdb for the mini-vertical. Fascinating experience.

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

Pitch black. Chocolate-colored head fades to a long-lasting ring.

Smells strongly of coffee, dark chocolate, and burned wood.

I am not a coffee drinker, but this is nice. Dark chocolate, coffee, wood, and burned wood. A delicious stout.

Silky mouthfeel coats the mouth a bit, and furthers the impression of a finely-crafted brew.

Wow, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer exploded out of the bottle. Could only pour half of the beer in the glass due to the HUGE head. Pours black with that huge brown head. Tons of lacing. Great head a brown marshmellow sitting on top. Amazing to look at.

Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Certain sweetness comes through.

Taste is of chocolate and coffee. Light bitterness. Very tasty combo. Light bitterness at the end. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing, smooth and creamy.

Overall, an outstanding beer. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of drnknmnky
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark as night. thick head dissipated after a minute or two

S - Smell's strong of coffee. Roasted Barley.

T - Roasted Barley, bitter Coffee, Caramel, light hoppy flavor

M - Coats well good beginning carbonation head settles quickly,

D - I feel its too much for more than drinking a bottle at a time. Love the beer. Great beer, I feel its over powering and abit too much drink more than one.

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Photo of leif86
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night. Thin light brown head. Leaves a thin lacing.

S: Roasty. Coffee. A litttle malty.

T: More coffee but not as strong as you'd expect. Baker's chocolate. Lingering bitterness at the end. A little nutty as well.

M: Slight fizz at the beginning but still a little creamy.

D: More please. Delectable. My only regret is that I didn't have it for breakfast. I could drink this at anytime.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.91/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip. Served at cellar temp. 2008.

A - 2 finger tan head, super black with ruby twinges wherever light can think about passing through. Tons of lacing.

S - Stale coffee. Slight hints of chocolate. That's about it.

T - More stale coffee, light coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate, powdered cocoa, slightly bitter coffee finish.

M - Creamy, thick, medium carbonation.

D - Pretty nice in the drinkability dept. It goes down easy, but it's also pretty unremarkable. I'm sorta dissapointed in this years batch.

Notes: 2008 is like FBS-light. The 2007 that I've had recently is pretty much double this, at least in terms of flavor and smell. While this isn't a bad brew at all, the 2008 just doesn't hold a candle to last years batch.

Sadder than that is the fact that, numbers wise, I rated DOAB quite similarly, when DOAB beats this with a stick. Fuck that, an aluminum baseball bat. On fire.

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

Poured from a 12-oz bottle

A: Pours a thick black-brown, with an orange-brown head that laces well. When swirled, the brew actually clings to the glass and stains it.

S: Rich sweet aromas of chocolate and coffee for sure, as well as cinnamon. Delicious.

T: This is a damn good stout. Malty chocolate initially, finished with bold coffee bitterness. The taste lingers around, mellowing out the bitterness.

M: Light carbonation allows for full absorption of all the rich flavor.

D: A heavy hitter, though the coffee adds a little caffeine kick. Probably 2 or 3 would do me right, but a little expensive as well.

So far, probably my favorite stout I've tried, I'm more of a Pale Ale and IPA drinker, but I'll down this anytime.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12-ounce cellar-cool twist-off topped stubby, poured into a large tulip glass, yields an opaque brown-black body with a cap of fine-bubbled mocha foam. Held against the growing morning sunlight, not a single solar photon penetrates the edges of the elixir, and the head recedes slowly into a thick sheet that leaves swatches of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is potent and roasty, with acrid burnt notes, winey, dark roasted black coffee, dry black malt, and an undertone of baker's chocolate. Black coffee smells less coffee-like than Founder's Breakfast Stout does.

The taste is sweetly malty with dark, powdery cocoa and oily espresso. Husky oatmeal provides heft to the body, even as tangy notes of burnt barley and fine coffee bitterness play off the soft malty backbone, smacking it to the side, eventually dominating the drink. Sweeter, softer, and more mocha-milk-chocolatey as the drink warms.

Breakfast Stout is silky-smooth and full-bodied with light carbonation and the feel of a cool café au lait with just a bit of hearty grittiness from the oats. Succulent.

After waiting so long for Founders to arrive here in NC, I must admit my expectations for the goodness of this so-called 'Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout' were most likely unrealistically high... but the funny thing is that this big fat coffee-bomb of a brew happily blew those high-hopes and pie-in-the-sky expectations away. Outstanding drinkability. The penultimate brunch beer!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz received in my recent trade with aqsprint... huge thanks Jon. Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

beautiful dark brown frothy head... the pour was also very pretty with a nice reverse cascade going on... brew is of course black.

aroma is rich coffee and a little bit of chocolate... doesn't smell overly burnt, which I like.. sooo good.

massive amount of coffee flavor helped out immensely by a smooth velvety mouthfeel.. a little acidic from the coffee but doesn't distract too much... creamy.. a little bit of sweetness ties it all together and more chocolate comes out as it nears room temperature... this brew is very very good. I know I've had it once before, but this is a sipper and one to savor... I've got to get some more.

Jon thanks a bunch, a proper trader for sure.

4.5's and worth it.

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Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer right down the center of the glass, there was a little head that disappears quickly. This stuff is THICK. This is my second one today, I let this one warm up to room temperature and I am very glad I did. Smell is huge coffee and chocolate. Taste is huge coffee flavor and chocolate. The mouthfeel is super thick and creamy which might be my favorite part of this beer. Drinkability is huge for such a high ABV brew. An all around excellent beer!

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

Been waiting to try this. Long day ends, and this bad boy opens.

Aggressive pour yields a cute little beige head. This stuff looks thick as hell. Oh yeah, it's black.

Big, big coffee scent. Big chocolate scent. Very nice.

Wow, big, big coffee flavor. Like straight coffee beans. Chocolate flavor is lagging far behind the coffee stampede.

This stuff IS thick as hell. One of the thickest brews I've had the pleasure to have in my limited career.

Very, very smooth. Drinkability is ridiculous. I could literally have six of these. This is one good ass beer.

Overall: any-friggin-time

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this extra off my wants list.

Pours a dark dark brown/black color with no light being able to penetrate, small head that fades fast and no lacing.

Smell is fairly complex but it's the coffee aspect that takes the lead, strong roasted presence.

Taste is a rush of coffee with a roasted bitter aftertaste, not as strong as the KBS since this beer has less of a burning in the mouth, chocolate is slightly noticeable but I would have preferred a bigger role.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,131 ratings