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 kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a huge brown head; laces well.

S- Coffee dominates all. There is some malt sweetness and mild hop notes too, but the coffee beats it all.

T- Coffee hits first with mild carbonation. Nice sweetness to balance but like the smell, the coffee is tops. Very nice taste and very drinkable.

M- A little thin and light.

D- A good stout, easily downed on a cold night.

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

pours a deep black colour with a thin dark brown head that disappears almost immediately. the slight ring around the glass does leave a fine lace down the glass.

aroma is awesome. rich and malty, that blends into chocolate and espresso.

taste is great. starts off nice and roasty, then changes into coffee and dark/bittersweet chocolate, and finishes with a nice bread/biscuit maltyness. the alcohol is only noticeable as just a slight hint toward the end of the flavour and a little warmth once it hits your stomach.

mouthfeel is big: thick and chewy. this beer really is a meal, but one i'm definitely enjoying.

drinkability is good. it's tasty as hell and i wish i had more than one bottle! this is a great beer that i'll be happy to have again.

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

I've enjoyed a few bottles of this heavenly brew, always for breakfast, but this time at 10pm I'm able to take down some notes. I'll start by begging: "Founders brewers...PLEASE start distributing your beers to PA. This will be a cost-effective move for you. And you'll be allowing more people to sample your delicious beers on a regular basis. I WILL buy this beer ALL THE TIME." Sorry...focus....focus...

OK so I love Founders brews, but this is the jewel. Pours opaquely black, thin wisps of carbonated lace cling to the edges of the glass. Smells of fresh, dark roasted coffee beans and bittersweet dark chocolate covered cherries. If you like coffee...or chocolate...or rich, flavorful stouts, then this is your beer. Java overwhelms the palate initially, but quickly gives way to chocolate and raisins. Undeniably smooth as it goes down, the flaked oats and cereal grain flavors making their presence known in both flavor and feel. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and more toasted coffee beans.

Without a doubt the best breakfast beer I've ever had (though I had that Kentucky Breakfast Stout once, a fleeting moment years ago it was, and that could certainly rival this if I had it for breakfast). Pretty good tonight too when I had a hankering for chocolate. It's good whenever. Founders, I implore you...send this to Philly en masse. I'm off coffee and am in need of a viable replacement.

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

Bottle from Chris. Thanks man. Pours thick and black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a hazy cover. The aroma is incredible, lots of chocolate, coffee and molases. The flavor is rich and decadant, bitter dark chocolate covering espresso beans. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a long, bitter finish.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, makes a thin layer of tanned bubbles that fade quickly into a small ring. A swirl of the glass brings back a shallow crown and leaves a viscous trail of legs on the walls. Head retention is low.

Aroma is subtle, mostly roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Rather malty and a hint of alcohol.

Rich chocolate and bitter coffee flavors, roasted malt, caramel. Toasty coffee finish, alcohol is well masked. Very tasty.

Medium to full bodied, clean smooth carbonation, finishes dry. Not overly heavy on the palate.

Quite nice, a great offering from Founders. Quite drinkable, wish I had some more.

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

A: Thick like oil as its coming out of the bottle into the glass. Dark as night with a slight ruby maroonish tint. Half finger caramel colored head dissipates quickly with a little bit hugging the glass on the sides.
S: Aromas of chocolate ice cream dominate this offering. Also notes of coffee and oatmeal dance through the nostrils. Sweet chocoloate chip morsals. YUM.
T & M: Just took my breath away. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal blend together creating heaven in the mouth. Smooth and silky while it coats the mouth with a nice thick film. Almost like a milkshake. Smokey taste after a few gulps that hangs in the mouth towards the back. Ever so slight bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and very well balanced. Great double stout.
D: One of the best double stouts. Very drinkable. Smooth and enjoyable with an abv that isn't pronounced at all. I almost want to say this is a perfect breakfast beer, if there is such a thing. It's like grease for that stubborn engine in the morning.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is as dark as it gets with thin head. The smell is dominated by a roasted coffee aroma, perfect for waking up in the morning. While the taste is very dense, roasted malt and a chocolate flavor come to the forefront. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and very satisfactory. Just one is amply satisfying.

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Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense dark blackwith a creamy dark tan head that slowly fades out into a a strong color. Absolutely marvelous looking rings of webbed lacing around the glass.
Smell is of some outstanding aromatics with plenty of coffee, cream, cocoa, and perhaps a bowl of fresh black grapes.
Taste is a smooth mix of the aromas. Definitely not overkill of the coffee like many of the coffee infused beers that I've had. Damn!
Super smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sugary cocoa with cocoa doused with whipped cream. F'in great, man.
8.3%, huh? I don't notice it. I probably wouldn't notice it if it were 15% either. This is seriously like a liquid dessert. Imagine tiramisu without the rum soaked lady fingers. Absolutely amazing. I love this beer.
Much thanks to trbeer for this treat.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coffee-brown color. Thick, chocolate look. Medium head on it. Very inviting.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Very rich.

T: Again with the coffee and chocolate dominating. Rich flavors, not overpowering.

M: Thick and creamy. One of the strong points of the brew. Very nice feeling.

D: Not necessarily for sipping, but the creaminess lets it go down easy. A very pleasant drink.

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Photo of germaniac
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark as night, with just a halo of head. Leaves a sticky brown after image on my glass, very nice.

Smells super rich. Coffee and cream, with lots of chocolate.

Very balanced. Chocolate blends well with roasted malt, and the coffee intertwines nicely with a very nice hop bite. This a totally a topnotch beer, one of the best I've had in awhile. Drinkable to a fault, really. Words almost fail me, this brew is so good. Thanks to jpm30 for this one.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to like it, i really did. I actually went through the entire 4-pack of these before reviewing, in the hopes that trying different temperatures, glasses, moods, etc. would help me appreciate this beer. Well, nothing did. Pours jet black, minimal coffee colored head. Strong coffee nose and flavor - not much else. I found this beer to be one-dimensional. About the only interesting thing it had to offer was its mouthfeel, which was incredibly chewy.

I dont know what my problem is - i love coffee stouts, but this just didnt do it for me. Hopefully one day i will understand.

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Photo of jhammerly
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigErn for this excellent beer.

This beer pours a thick black, sort of like oil, with a tan head that forms about an inch. Rich chocolate and coffee-like aromas. The balance of roasted malt with a touch cocoa and a tinge of alcohol that lingers for a bit. Not too sweet, which is a plus for me. A semi-thick mouthfeel, but something that could be very drinkable if one would care to indulge. A nice beer to have for a dessert, but I'm not sure if I could down one at breakfast time though

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied (similar to 80W oil). Strong coffee nose. Starts with bitter chocolate/burnt coffee flavor, hops and high ABV are not noticeable. Not a bad stout but could be a touch sweeter. $3.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

A: dark brown body, creamy chocolate head. looks like a 12oz glass of espresso.

S: like a bakery. espresso, baking unsweetened chocolate, milk, slight roasted malt, creme, carmelized sugar

T/M: slick mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. up front malt, chocolate, and some vanilla. espresso and roasted malt bitterness comes through strong and continues drying. a little boozy as well. tastes like it smells, a bakery in the early morning in full swing. pastries in the oven, flour on the table, coffee roasting in the back, all of it. donuts, rich cakes, chocolate, even hints of creme brulee.

D: expensive and very limited availability for now here in boston. id love to have this around more when the mood strikes. one a night for sure.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick two finger, very dark tan head that fades slowly to a thin ring and cap after considerable time. I The lacing is extensive, leaving a very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell; lots of roasted coffee beans, chocolate and oatmeal. That coffee aroma really makes me think of morning time.

Taste; man, the coffee flavors really show up big time. I'm a coffee person, so this is a very good thing. The chocolate sneaks through some, as well as little bit of some dark fruits. There's a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the finish. This is one beer that I might actually consider drinking for breakfast. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth, and oh so drinkable.

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

A: Black. ½ inch of khaki head. Black. Head recedes until it is nothing more than a thin film, but leaves amazing lacing.

S: Lots of coffee. Some oatmeal and dark chocolate, but lots of coffee. Put this in a coffee mug at work in the morning and nobody would know the difference.

T: Coffee flavor overwhelms the palate. Hints of chocolate sneak in. Bittering hops dance in and out. Becomes sweet and fruity as it warms to room temperature. Coffee aftertaste, booyah! Taste improves immensely as it warms.

M: Creamy wonderfulness. Chewy and filling.

D: Easygoing for a double stout. Can’t taste the alcohol, but can feel it after a few.

Notes: Shared this big double stout with a non-beer drinker (but a coffee fan) on New Year’s and she loved it. Maybe it can be used as an extreme intro/crossover beer for Starbucks lovers.

If I were I man of means and not a high school teacher, I would stock a fridge full of this for daily drinking. Smooth, tasty, and fun to drink. Love to surprise a friend with all of the flavors in this beer.

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

I've been waiting to try this beer for quite some time and I was afraid it might have been overhyped...nope. It's tasty! It pours black as could be with a very minimal tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film on top for the rest of the duration. The nose is smoky with strong coffee and chocolate aromas. This is a damn good full bodied stout. It's very thick with a tasty oatmeal, nutty, chocolate flavor. This is surprisingly drinkable. Chalk up another successful Founders brew.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice in the glass...looks pitch black, with a dark tan head that gets up to about one finger, then disappates to a thin coating. Held up to the light, it has just a thin cola aura around the edges.

The smell is mostly smoke and coffee. There's just a scant fruitiness, and just a hint of hops.

Chocolately right up front, followed by weak coffee and smoke. There's an empty woodiness on the end. It's good, but after all the hype, I expected a bit more out of this one. I still wouldn't turn one down. (Oh, and WAY after the end, there's still a bit of soy sauce flavour left in my mouth- but not that low-grade swill Kikkoman. I'm thinking GOOD soy sauce, that's not 95% salt.)

Mouthfeel is very nice. Good and thick, and the carbonation hits low and fast. Nice and wet on the end.

Despite some of the spots that weren't as fabulous as expected, this is an easy drinker. I'd have seconds and thirds!

Be well

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Photo of nflmvp
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a hazy, coffee-colored one and a half inch, dense foam head. The head only lasted a couple of minutes before fading to a trace on the glass and very light skim on my beer. Very appealing.

Smell is coffee with hints of chocolate, smoke and fruit. Taste is very nice....chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, wood? Mouthfeel is fairly thick but pleasing. It leaves a nice coating on the tongue, even after the finish.

Drinkability is nice. I'll have to continue with this one and perhaps a second, just to make sure I haven't made any mistakes. ;-)

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Photo of carln26
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep black in color with mild mahogany highlights. It’s topped by a thin tan head that showed good retention. A lot of bitter chocolate in the nose, and you can pick up the coffee, more of a cappuccino in the finish. Just a little bit of black cherry there too. The flavor has a big coffee flavor all through the drink. Wow much more coffee than I expected from the aroma. Light chocolate, dark berries. The bitterness seems to come more from the coffee than then the hops. Hops, are there hops in this beer? Just a touch a bit of a citrus pinch on the finish. Full, thick, rich mouth feel. Good drinkability. It hides the alcohol well.

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

Beer pours dark black with a reddish tan head that quickly dies away. Mmm, the smell is like walking into a nice coffee house; rich dark roasted coffee beans. The beer has a medium to heavy body with a nice low level of carbonation that just tingles on the tongue. Tastes of more roastiness, a little dark chocolate with a slight cola sweetness and a sour/acidic (not unpleasant) finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an extremely dark creamy brownish/black with a thickly carbonated head of tan nearly a half inch. Enticing aromas of coffee, choclate, roasted oats, vanilla, espresso, choclate malt,and heavan.

Beer has been decanting for nearly 25 minutes with still the same half inch head as the initial pour. Very bold freshly roasted coffee flavors. Intense choclate espresso. Roasted oats, with an slight hint of pure vanilla extract hiding on the finish. Even a little bit of dark fruits in there prune maybe. Oh and that choclate roasted malt. Very satisfying and true to the name.

A good minute long finish with bold hard tannins. This is the first I've tried this beer and have had the Kentucky Breakfast twice. This one has more boldness and masculinity, although the Kentucky has much of the same the bourbon barrels have cut some of the in your face black coffee flavors back a little, made them a little tamer, and made that beer slightly more drinkable than this.

Still a terrific satisfying stout.

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Photo of wingman14
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. It pours jet black with a small dark tan head. It smells like freshly roasted coffee. A few other sweet tones but the coffee smell dominates. The taste is unreal. Mostly coffee flavor, but has so many small flavors that dance around you mouth as you sip. This beer goes so fast because it is so tasty. The mouthfeel is a exceptional, good carbonation with an excellent balance. I could drink these at any time of day and at any occasion. A bit more in price but so worth it. It took me awhile to buy this beer but I will always have one ready for any special occasion. This stout is now the new standard for all stouts that I will drink. Absolutely increadible, my highest recommendations for this beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, thin foam ring. Overwhelming coffee dominates the smell. Also dark roasted malty aromas. Taste is loads of coffee. Very appealing coffee flavor even though it may be a bit overdone. Also tastes of bitter burnt malt, hints of chocolate. Very smooth but also cloying mouthfeel-not bad for a huge stout though. Loved this at the Extreme Beer Fest, and it's just as great out of the bottle. Sessionable..I think not. But very delicious. Definitely a unique and tasty beer. Cheers to Founder's! Especially on New Beer Sunday. :-o

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

Poured from the bottle with a great picture into a snifter. Pitch black body with a very dark brown head. Even while pouring it, I can smell the coffee with a sweet hint of chocolate. Going down even closer I can smell strong coffee, it smells like cold coffee, but not coffee that has gone bad, more iced coffee. Chocolate hides in there as well, with a big grainy, beer smell. It tastes outstanding. Coffee is what first hits your mouth, but then chocolate comes in to share it. You don't get a dominant flavor, more like they begin to meld together until the coffee, chocolate and creamy flavor of the stout come together. The only complaint I have is that cold coffee sometimes can taste sour, and this has the sour coffee taste. All in all, I love this beer. I split one bottle amongst a few friends just so they could try it, and all agreed it was one of the best.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,132 ratings