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 DeaconBluez
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to northertimber for this sampling

pours pitch black night color. very thick looking. nice brown head that stays for while. nice lacing as well. it smell like you just walked into your local coffee shop. huge coffee aromas, with dark chocolates kicking in the background. very lovely. that taste is amzing. so complex. the coffee is the main man in this brawl. the bitter chocolate is not far behind though. and you can definitely taste hints of oatmeal. you can even taste notes of hops. and for some reason, as it warms, i can taste hints of cinnamon. i let mine warm up to almost room temp, and it brought so much out this brew.

this is highly drinkable, and a true joy to down. this is wake n bake's cousin on crack. what a beer

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- There is something that seems to appeal to me when I see a beer like this. So dark, no highlights at all. JUST BLACK. The only thing that isn't black is the deep brown head the pour yields. Not only the color, but the viscocity. Thats right viscous. When I hear viscocity, I think motor oil. And this beer could be easily compared to motor oil. I like that this beer looks like something, that most people would not touch, yet alone drink.

Smell- Dark, dark bakers chocolate mixed with spent coffee grinds from your home coffee maker. Another anamoly in tasting in that I don't like the smell of cleaning out my coffee maker, but in this case I enjoy it.

Taste- Coffee, dark roasted coffee. This beer is flavored the same way I like my coffee. You know what More like a shot of espresso, at room temp of course. Also hints of some very dark European chocolate. A light hint of cream to give it a little sweetness. Only faint bitterness that I would associate with hops.

Mouthfeel- Very very heavy bodied and oily feel to this beer. Coffee dominates the overall palate with a bitterness I know and love from coffee, not hops. It just flows over my tongue like motor oil.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nearly jet black with a thick caramel brown head that left tons of lace behind.

Smell was of fresh roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, some more coffee, and some roasted malts.

Taste was heavy on the coffee, just the way I like it! Had hints of bittersweet chocolate, burnt malts, and a slight bitterness in the middle and a lingering coffee and chocolate aftertaste. No sign of the alcohol in this.

Mouthfeel was thick, creamy, velvety smooth and utterly amazing!

This baby goes down with the best of 'em. Very drinkable. A simply stunning brew!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is every bit as exceptional as I was expecting! Thanks to jpm30 for the trade.

This is easily the darkest beer I've ever seen. Pours black as midnight and thick as molasses. Excellent. Oozes down the side and forms only a little mocha head that doesn't last long.

Smells like spent coffee grounds. Awesome. Also some chocolate in there for good measure. Tastes just as great, though more complexity is more evident. Tastes like black coffee with hella roasted chocolate and sweet malt with a light touch of hops.

The body is amazing. I've never tried such a chewey beer. I absolutely love it. Very, very drinkable for a heavy stout with such bold flavor.

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

Well, at $12 a four pack I was skeptical..but not anymore. Jet black appearance...a great head that dissipates into a sticky lace.
Smell is a delight to the nostrils.. I picked up coffee, chocolate, distinct malt and a few others I can't quite pinpoint...very complex. The taste is very much like a slightlty tamed espresso with bits of chocolate. I don't know whether to drink or chew this brew. Is it a beer or a chocolate pudding laced with coffee...outstanding. Although this brew has a higher abv, it coats the palate so nicely it's hard to notice, so you may have to be careful when having more than one. An absolutely great brew!

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Photo of PeatReek
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

[The EBF reviews roll on!]

Super roasty aroma with a deep brown head. The roast also comes through in the flavor, with virtually no hop taste or aroma. Very malt-oriented. Fortunately, the malt profile is sublime... chocholate and coffee overtones, balanced with a prominent but pleasant CO2 bite. Reminds me very much of Kalamazoo Stout; is it something in the water over there?! Bell's Kalamazoo is one of my favorite stouts; now along with Founders Breakfast, it is one of my 2 favorites.

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

grabber 'er at the hudson acme

blacker 'n black with a brown head that fades, but not without some good brown sugar lacing
chococoffee aroma with deep dark roasted smells. smells great

heavy chocolate flavor with some bitterness (from the roast). it's a thick brew but not an intensely malty one. very smooth—from the oats i imagine—with a dry coffee/hop finish

i keep loving these coffee beers, but i've never thought i liked coffee. maybe i should reasses

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been longing to try this beer since I first read reviews of it upon my joining BA. Was dissappointed to find out it was not distributed to Mass. but elated when I found out Bauer had a limited stock of it. I was fortunate enough to aquire a four pack and am very glad I did.

Poured from the stubby black bottle into a pint glass the beer was a pitch black color with a half-finger of light brown head that is quick to fade and left little lacing. No other outright signs of carbonation.

The smell is of dark roasted malt, burnt black coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, chicory, alcohol, and whiskey.

The taste is very robust and roasted with malt flavors screaming through the palate. A bitter blast of dark chocolate and chicory flavored coffee follows. Some soft dark fruits like figs and plums. Bitterness stays through the entire sip but the beer is suprisingly smooth but heavy to the finish. Very sturdy and malty and the alcohol is readily apparent.

Super thick and heavy on the palate with a thick, creamy, robust mouthfeel. Low levels of carbonation.

Wow! This was worth the wait and lived up to the hype for me. Thick and creamy this beer was not meant to accompany breakfast, but rather to BE breakfast. So hearty and rich that it fills you up and the alcohol warms you all over. An excellent stout when sipped and savored properly. Very drinkable if consumed accordingly, but not a beer to session by any stretch of the imagination.

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

Looked like black molasses pouring outa the bottle, this is the thickest brew I’ve seen to date. Completely black and opaque – no looking though this one. Thin mahogany head, but nice lacings all the way down the glass. One nitpick – no bottle date.

Intense coffee and chocolate aromas, just as the label states – along with that 8.3abv

Powerful coffee taste (duh, breakfast stout), and just hints of chocolates. In fact, you can taste coffee several minutes after each quaff. Thick and creamy brew, this one does make quite an impression on you.

I’m having this one with Sunday golf, it’s really enhancing the afternoon. Just a dazzling breakfast frosty.

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

This could possibly be the greatest beer I have had to date. Beers pours a non translucent black with an ever so small hint of dark creamy head. Coffee aromas are detectable in both smell and taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smootj. Just an all around great beer and big thanks to Nick at Bauer for getting this one.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

pitch brown with a quarter inch of brown foam that dies quickly.

aroma is thick with roasted malts, sweet chocolate and burnt espresso.

heavy thick mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. sweet fudgy flavors balanced by a cleansing coffee-like bitterness. absolutely no hint of alcohol. incredibly rich aromas and flavors but it comes off as very balanced, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of dick783
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch Black with a caramel head. Good lookin beer.

S: Bitter baking chocolate and coffee. Very aromatic beer, you can smell it from far away.

T: Delicious. Good roasted flavors with lots of chocolate. Some bitterness in there but nothing overpowering. Its like drinking liquid chocolate.

M: Thick body, real creamy feel it to.

This is an incredible beer. I wish I could get it here in Rochester. Definitly have to keep an eye out for it when Im out of state.

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Photo of stouty1
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muddy black with nice caramel head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is exceptional with a slight bitter after taste. The bittertness is not overpowering just enough to make you know its there. Not a very dry stout either. It didn't leavneeding a drink to wet my whistle, which is a nice feel from a stout. For a 8+ ABV it hides it well, more in the smell than in the tatse. This is one of the better Stouts I have ever had. Nice job, Founders!

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Photo of mentor
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stopped in to see my buddy trbeer while on holiday and got this beer in trade. Thanks so much! Pours syrupy thick. Hard pour to get a three-finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid (even when held to light). Smells richly of dry coffee beans. Fresh ground, like when rounding the corner into that aisle of the local Whole Foods store (I don't drink coffee, so I can't describe the smell as any fresher than that). Beneath the coffee is a wet sweet. Way beneath. Tastes of coffee upon the draw and then a potent fresh groudn coffee bean flavor. Potent. Dry. Grutty mouthfeel, like there's tiny ground-up coffee bits stuck to my tongue. THe coffee has a bitter, but is isn't coffee bitter. It;s more like the kind of bitter you get from a dry chocolate candy. Beneath this is a wet malt sweet that may have some chocolate character. It's tough to tell, as the coffe is such a strong characteristic of this beer, The finish is simple and dry.

This beer is not as complex as I recall. It's more focused on the coffee than coffee intermingled with other flavors. Still enjoyable, but not the stunner that I was expecting. Thick thick body and modestly carbonated.

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

This is an amazing silky smooth stout with strong overtones of espresso. Brewed with impecable balance and elegant strength, Founders Breakfast Stout is an ale for the ages!

The beer's appearance of motor oil carries a creamy visual weight, complete opaqueness, and a lush volumptuous quality. A delicate creme of foam muddles about in a thin sheet that skirts the glass and shows more legging than lace which further reinforce the viscous overall demeanor

Espresso, heavy cream, cocoa, heavy toast and roast all help to define the nose. Background notes of scorched molasses, walnuts, and charred woods all play into the roasty aromas.

Espresso also dominated the flavor. Stout characteristics of deep caramel, toffee, vanilla, and rudementary malt all play on the mouth with a succulent and savory taste that doesn't introduce endless complexity, but rather puts the coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and cream flavors in bold display.

Viscous, nearly chewy textures have a mouth-coating, creamy, thick mouthfeel that proved unwaivering until very late in finish. Bitterness from hops, roasted grains, and coffee give a strong rebuttal from the malts and accompany a moderate astringent seemingly of spent coffee grounds.

Any fan of strong brewed coffees are sure to fall head over heels in love with this beer.

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

This offering from Founder's is all that I expected and more. It pours onyx black leaving a creamy tan head that is sticky, and clings to the glass. The nose is fantastic roasted coffee beans, creamy vanilla under tones, and a warm inviting presence of alcohal. The taste on the palate is very nice, creamy, milky, it starts bitter, roasted espresso is very present. You can taste a toffee sweetness, also some bittersweet chocolate is infused in this brew, it then finishes syrup thick that coats the tongue. I love this brew it just solidifies my love for the American Stout.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.62/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I hate to be the guy who disses a top rated brew, but I guess today I am that guy. Maybe I'm just sick of beers like this, but I feel like once you've had one double-imperial-chocolate-coffee-espresso-mocha-java-extravaganza stout you've had 'em all. The coffee and chocolate flavors are too much for beer, or too at least too much for this beer. I love a nice stout that has a more subtle coffee or chocolaty flavor that's imparted by the kind of malt they used, but this straight up infused flavor is too syrupy for me in general. Don't get me wrong, it is delicious, it's just not something I like in my beer I've decided.
Appears a dark pitch brown color, a wimpy head that dissapears quickly. Smells extremely roasty and sweet, but with a ton of nice bitterness in the form of coffee and bitter chocolate. Maybe even from the hops but I can't really detect any. Taste could be full of complex flavors, and the potential is there, but the palate is really overrun with the intense coffee bean chocolate party that's going on in this beer. I've already talked about that part... The real saving grace of this beer is the mouthfeel. Soft and pillowy, it's so smooth and just velvety on the palate with a slight chewyness. If I had no tastebuds even I would drink this just for the texture. To finish up, it could just be me or a stylistic sort of preference thing, but the strong coffee flavors don't work for this beer I hate to say. Check out the Black Rye from Founders, there's a killer beer for ya.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours blacker'n hell with a consistency like motor oil, with rich dark brown head that lasts for a while.
the smell is almost quite literally like smelling a cooled cup of expresso, bitter and hugely coffee-like, there is chocolate underneath that, with a smell almost like fresh split firewood, but not the traditional "wood" aroma. really incredible.
the taste is more of the same. the expresso character is huge and imposing with chocolate taking a back seat at first and then getting sweeter and more predominant at the back of the mouth accompanying the bitter coffee flavors. i can't tell if any bitterness is from the hops and not just all dark roasted coffee. there is a little tang at the end. sort of mocha-ish too.
full, rich and smooth as hell in the mouth, with delicate carbonation. the body perfectly matches the flavors and character of the beer. relatively dry too... bonus.
awesome drinkability for such a big beer. breakfast lunch or dinner, this beer is going to impress. it's funny, in thinking about the breakfast theme, this seems like one of the few beers that i could drink "the morning after."

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

Just a wonderful beer in every way. Its chocolate and coffee flavors are virtually unsurpassed. Thick as a milkshake and black as obsidian, this one looks the part as well as it tastes it. Perfectly balanced oatmeal and brown sugar sweetness with chocolate bitterness, creamy smoothness with oaky acidity, a velvety chewy front with a dry sherry finish. This is one top notch beer and well worth the hefty price it commands.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an opaque black like day old coffee with a miniscule brown head that fell away quickly to a light glass coating lacing. Aroma is just like a rich, inviting cup of dark roasted coffee, only smells a hint sweeter but still bitter, and has some undertones of malt present as well. Taste starts creamy and sweet, then lets the the bitter coffee/dark chocolate flavors take the helm. Leaves an appreciative bitter aftertaste like a good coffee or beer would, in this case, this seems to be both mixed into one. Mouthfeel is heavier bodied, moderate to light carbonation, feels creamy and silky smooth on the tongue, goes down nice and easy. Very drinkable beer, hardly hints towards it's unbelievably well hidden 8.3%. Would seek out again, this is my first yet far from last Founder's offering.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I get to try this! Here it goes...poured into a Magic Hat tulip glass ever so slowly. Appearance is thick black and velvety, with absolutely no light getting through and a dark tan head that doesn't last long. Smell is of burnt day old coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. Taste is even more impressive, with huge coffee flavors and shots of can literally taste the coffee beans. There are also traces of vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel is thick and robust, but still easy to drink. Finished up with a mocha character and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well after all of the anticipation, I wouldn't say I was blown away, but still very very satisfied. If it were up to me, this would replace my daily cup of coffee. Thanks to Battlekow for the sample. Cheers

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

Huge aroma of strong espresso and expensive dark baker’s chocalate. DAMN this smells good. Deep black with a mocha colored pinky thick head. An enormous blast of coffee and choclate syrup are followed by a creamy smooth transition into a strong and firm hop bitterness. This is phenemonal.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick opaque dark brown with a thin dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a collar.

The aroma is tons of bitter roasted (almost burnt) coffee with a touch of sweet creaminess.

The flavor is slightly sweet cream, some oak and a bitter (slightly acidic) coffee that pervades it throughout. It has a very crisp finish. The sweetness and the coffee are well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden but it sneaks up on you. The mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy.

Wow, this is nicely done! I'm just getting into coffee, so this is a treat.

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Photo of jj21
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Black w/dark brown head. Good lacing

S:Hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel

T:Wow! Bitter chocolate taste with caramel and a powerful espresso flavor.

M:Thick full beer.

D:Very drinkable.

Suggestion: I ate a chocolate covered caramel candy while drinking this and it was incredible. The best Stout I've had yet.

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

Pours an impenetrable black colored beer with a reddish brown head.

Smell is sharp strong black coffee. Lots of deep roasted aromas and a touch of smoke. Light fruit scents ride on the alcohol fumes mostly the aroma of cherry. Fairly strong acid scent in the tail end.

Taste is very thick with mellow chocolate and coffee flavor with a wine like tart snap in the finish. Later on a faint sweetness appears in the taste. Fruity flavors in the finish but it is difficult to identify them separately. This is very much a coffee flavored stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and velvety smooth.

Very nice drinkability with little hint to the high alcohol content. A great stout I will try again.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,220 ratings