Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout

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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 feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Rastacouere
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour without much head, but what is there is intimidatingly dark brown. Strong roasty aroma. Overwhelming dry coffee flavors (seek this one out if that’s your thing), grainy/oatmeal-ish, cocoa abundance. Rich dark malts components. More of the same on the tongue. Well developped sweet/bitter balance. Roastiness is deep and expressive over a small hints at green oily hops. Smooth going. Very dryish mouthfeel, powdery like the cocoa it includes which make it feel almost chalky. Firm and enjoyable medium to full body. Remarkably good. Among the good stouts available I’d say, I’d even rack this among the imperials, as a smaller and less desserty Péché Mortel.

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Photo of walleye
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a dark brown with garnet around th edges, with a medium sized brown head. aroma roasted malts, coffee, plums, chocolate and a nice sweetness. flavor. coffee, more like coffee beans,dark fruits, brown sugar, raisins, roasted malts, and a smokey, molasses on the back of the tongue. this is a very good beer, I am glad I got my hands on this one. It looks like I was lucky to get to get this 4 pack. went back and got another 4 pack to hold on to for some future use

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Photo of proc
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer.

I don't hand the "5's" out in any category very easily, but this one deserves it in the "taste" category.

Pours out to a dark-as-night black in the glass with a decent-sized, light brown head, that reminded me of foaming brown sugar. The aroma is that of roasted malt goodness and licorice. The taste is superb, and in my opinion, perfect. There is a wonderful chocolate presence that is accompanied by anise and pumpernickel bread. This beer finishes very nice with no hint of its 8% ABV.

Excellent. Outstanding even.

A meal in a glass.

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

This is an impressive beer. Pours very thickly into my pint glass. A creamy head that actually hangs out for a while, given the ABV of this brew. Taste is an exposion of coffee up front, followed by a following of chocolate, then some english hops in the aftertaste. Smells sweet and slightly nutty-roasty. This is a thick beer in the mouth and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. stubby into a pint glass. The color is jet black with a nice brown head. The smell is a strong rich dark chocolate with a bit of oatmeal in there. The taste is a wonderful mix of a nice coffee bitterness, a good rich dark chocolate flavor, and a bit of the oatmeal sweetness, along with a slight touch of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with a good creamy body. As for drinkability, this is an amazing beer, so rich and flavorful that
I could only have a few!!

Thanks to deejaydan....err, Santa...for this amazing beer!!! I remember the recent thread about how Founders had just passed Kalamazoo, and after this one as well as the Devil Dancer I absolutely see why. This is so beautiful, literally breakfast in a bottle with so many of the flavors that makes breakfast so wonderful. Just as you can't live without breakfast, neither should you live without Breakfast Stout, and this is one of the ones I'll seriously try to use to get Founders distributed in PA (though for now can fortunately go to Ohio), and this is one I'll certainly have again!!!

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

Pitch black body, very appealling mocha head with excptional retention and lacing. Aroma of freshly brewed black coffee with very little hop aroma. Flavors of coffee and chocolate with a hint of fruitiness and smoke (just a hint). Low to moderate carbonation very thick rich body.

I've been looking forward to this stout for a long time, and I am not at all disappointed. The name Breakfast Stout is earned by its substantial body, but I think I'll drink this to end my nights, rather than start my days.

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

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

8.3% ABV. 25 IBU.

Pours out to a tenaciously thick pitch black, forming a large very dark brown frothed milk head with superior retention and solid sticky sheets of lacing. Wonderful looking brew. The aroma is absolutely with tons of coffee (like a cold Frappucino), real chocolate, deeply roasted malts, black walnut, burnt marshmallows, chalk, limestone...very intense. The mouthfeel is silken smooth with a very dense body and rich finish. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The taste is really an impressive echo of the aroma, however it begins with some abundant herbal hops which display themselves more towards the middle with a green, oily flourish. There is a distinct touch of alcohol and metal in the middle as well, and a strong chalkiness in the finish.

The metal and alcohol twang kinda hurts it's otherwise excellent profile...this is a huge beer and I celebrate Founder's willingness to push the envelope and craft such amazing brews. These guys just blow me away with their excellence, and this is no exception. One hell of a beer...this is an entire meal in a bottle. Try it!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no date. Pours a black liquid, that seems fairly thick. Thick creamy dark tan head that remained for a good time. Good lace on the glass. Smells of dark roast coffe, maybe even espresso. Maybe some chocolate in the nose as well. Roasty sweet flavors, followed by coffee. Sweet milk chocolate, carmel. Silky and creamy, with low carbonation. This is one spectacular brew. I am a fan of coffee, and coffee flavors in beer, and this has it and more. Drink your breakfast!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep jet black color with three fingers of dark tan head. Great lacing. The smell is all coffee baby. Rich roasted malt and lots of coffee, I'm buzzin' already! The taste is about the same, all about the coffee. Some caramel and molasses sweetness up front, but lots of fresh ground espresso bean flavor takes over. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and it's pretty smooth. The drinkability is good for an 8% brew too. An awesome brew!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a deep tan head. Head quickly disappears after the pour but leaves streaks of lace on the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and roasted nuts.
Flavors of milk chocolate, very dry roasted coffee, a hint of honey and oatmeal. Incredibly rich and deep flavors.
Mouthfeel is very lush and full-bodied. Definitive roasted coffee in the middle and finishes with a burst of bitterness.
Drinkability is high and at 8.5 ABV tough to call a session brew but it tastes so could and goes down so easily it could be. Richness makes it a very filling but great beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a cool name and idea. A breakfast beer. Described as a double chocolate, coffee, oatmeal stout. I'm intrigued. Pours a very dark color with a small tan head that quickly disappears and lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was big and filled with expresso and chocolate - dark malts. The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. The first thing that hits you is a very strong dark coffee flavor, as this is the predominant thing. Next there is a bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. Incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. If I liked coffee a little more, I would drink this one all night long ... or at least until I passed out, because it's got some alcohol in it. Great beer!

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

This beer is now available in a four pak for people outside of Southern Michigan to enjoy. This beer poured pitch black with no light getting through this one. If formed a nice dark tan bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A heavy aroma of coffee, chocolate (or mocha coffee if you will), malts and some smokiness. The flavor was of malt, and very heavy on coffee, particularly a burnt aspect of it. Not as much chocolate comes through in the flavor. A slightly creamy body with a bit of a burnt finish. A heavy beer that leans towards an imperial style and gives Java Stout a run for it's money.

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Photo of Loki
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 64oz growler.

Appearance: Completely opaque, solid mass of blackness that builds a healthly cocoa colored head. The head is a bit unique in that from the side it looks like layered bubbles, yet from the top it is smooth for just a few depressions and looks like a brown sponge.

Smell: Rich coffee, creamy smooth chocolate, rich malts, and hints of smoke. Smells like a fancy coffee house iced latte with something extra. I could wake up to this every morning.

Taste: Coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. At first I thought it tasted like a cold cafe mocha coffee, without the cold coffee taste; but it almost exactly like chocolate covered expresso beans. Simply fanstastic. It makes me long for a cup of good, fresh java.

Mouthfeel: creamy and cold beginning with a slightly bitter finish. Maintains a refreshing wetness and finishes increadibly smooth. I was amazed that my mouth felt this wet with some of the coffee and chocolate bitterness.

Drinkability: Fantastic, impressive, somewhat unique. I could have this at anytime of the day and may try it tomorrow with breakfast!

Thanks granger10 for the wonderful beer!

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Photo of granger10
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap this was one incredible coffee stout brewed by Founder's! This beer poured a super dark black color with a really dark tan head that was frothy in texture. Lots of lacing. Smell has an intense roasted coffee note to it, like opening a package of Starbucks whole bean coffee. The flavor on this baby was really, really intense. I you like coffee, you'll love this! Even though roasted coffee was the main flavor there was good balance here. I noticed some malts and some cream flavor and maybe some bittersweet chocolate in the finish. This wasn't a beer one could drink a whole lot of, even though I did have quite a few, because of the intensity and alcohol content (I don't know what it is but it must be somewhat high). This is the most flavorful coffee stout I have had as of yet, and I don't think it could get much better than this. Better than Bell's Java Stout IMO.
original rating: 4.85 (all 5's except drinkability was a 4)

Review edited:
After having this about a gazillion times at the brewery and going through 5 four packs of this since it's been released in bottles I have realized that this is my beer and only straight 5's will justify my love for this beer. I love the roasty flavors mixed with the rich coffee experience then milky chocolate, bitter chocolate, creaminess and smoothness in a thick body. I thought that maybe I would get sick of it but it appears I need it more and more the more I drink it. Just an amazing beer and one that I can get nearly all the time at the brewery. Thanks Founders.

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