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 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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Photo of unclederby
3.68/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight down the middle of my Smithwicks imperial pint glass. Very little head which promptly disappeared. Pitch, opaque black... no lacing.

Smells of dark roasted coffee and vanilla. That's right, vanilla! I give it a few swirls and a faint whiff of cocoa makes it's presence known. A little sweet smelling... hazelnuts? wheat toast? I just can't quite put my finger on it. Vegetative - that's it - smells vegetative too...

Taste like burnt, dark roasted coffee, smoked almonds, licorice and green hops. Drier really than i anticipated it would be, with a bitter middle and finish. Chocolate is subordinate to the coffee. Like it's the coffee that has notes of chocolate...

Medium bodied mouthfeel, with some chewiness. A notch below creamy but oily for sure. Coats the mouth and throat.

It's easy enough to drink if your a fan of dark roasted, black coffee. I almost forgot i was drinking a beer.

Underwhelmed. I would choose many a stout over this one, especially for the price tag... maybe it's just too bitter for my taste in stouts. That being said, pairing this with a rich dessert i think would serve to greatly highten it's drinkability...

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Photo of Brian700
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black with a real dark brown head on it that stuck around for quite a while.

The aroma was of burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee.

The flavor was amazing the burnt malt hits you first, then major chocolate, and in the finish the coffee is most present leaving a little bit of bitterness. Very complex.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with full body.

This is a very drinkable beer that I have been searching for for a long time. My friend had one for me one night and man was I excited to try it. I highly recommend this one if you can find it.

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

Pours dark, dense black, with a tiny brown head. Only average retention. Not much lacing; I expected a bit more head and lacing; 8.3% is above average but not so much to keep it down this much.

Smell is baker's chocolate and espresso. Taste starts out coffee, followed by chocolate and a touch of oats, though not as much as an oatmeal stout. On some sips a slight twinge of hops is noticable. Finish sweetens somewhat (a little bit of lactose?) and continues the coffee/chocolate.

I love the mouthfeel on this beer. Just enough carbonation to keep the viscosity from being overpowering. Still it's a thick beer that coats the tounge with flavor.

This beer is almost dangerously drinkable. The alcohol isn't noticable either in taste or in warmth in the mouthfeel, and there are no vinous qualities like other double stouts. I would love to have this for or with breakfast but I'm not sure about drinking it on an empty stomach! A stout-lover without some discretion could get into a lot of trouble with this beer. But it would be some of the most delicious trouble a person could have.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a 1” dark red-tinted mocha head over an impenetrably black body. Good head retention and chunky waves of lace cling to the glass the entire way down. Aromas of citric and floral hops, coffee and roasted malt—a nose full! Tastes of espresso, chocolate, sweet malt and a substantial citric hop backbone. Full-bodied and low carbonation. Creamy and smooth in the mouth with a nip of hop bitterness at the end. Slightly drying finish.

An incredibly rich and complex nose, doesn’t mislead about the equally amazing flavors that follow. The coffee notes are well-balanced by the sweetness and mild bitterness. Drool worthy.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impenetrable black body with a solid finger of thick brown head. This stuff is easily as dark as Stone RIS.

Nose is fresh ground coffee beans.

Flavor is more fresh ground coffee, bitter chocolate, creaminess from the oatmeal. It's definitely different than any stout I have had to date. really great stuff!

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. A creamy, thick, chewy treat.

Drinkability is probably really good for a fairly big stout. I won't be finding out today, though. I had to drive to Michigan to get this stuff and it's $9.99 a 4 pack, so the remaining three will be rationed carefully.

Overall, a great specialty stout. If you can find it, it's worth the price.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can only imagine what this beer is like fresh. Because as it is this brew is rocking my world. Dark as a blackhole. I held a candle up to the pint glass and cannot even get the slightest shimmer through the beer. Thick black, creamy head on top. The glass was coated in lace that slowly oozed into a stringiness. Nose is loaded with dark chocolates, burnt malts and coffee.

Flavor is not so much complex as an intense wallop of coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee flavor is similar to when the pot is left a bit too long on the burner and the beer sours and bitters. Not too bad, but enough to notice. Also, if it is possible, I swear that in addition to the dark chocolate there is also a bit of white chocolate dribbled in the flavor. Not much in the way of any hops. Maybe a bit towards the end but I think I have that confused with the bitterness from the coffee and chocolate. Heavy and thick body that just clings to the cheeks like a nice dark roast. Quite relaxing and soothing too. Extremely smooth drinking, but just make sure you don't mind the taste of coffee in your beer.

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

12oz. stubby bottle with no date on the bottle and with an old time picture of a kid eating cereal and with a description of the beer on the bottom. It says it's a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout at 8.3% ABV. I poured this beer into a snifter.

Appearance: The best way I can decribe the color of this beer is motor oil and like motor oil, no light coming through it what so ever. When I poured it, I got no head of foam, but did leave some tan colored rings around the glass though.

Smell: When I first popped the cap I got an aroma of hops but when I poured it, it had a strong aroma of dark roasted coffee up front and with some dark chocolate and roasted malt in the background.

Taste: When I first tasted this, I was surprised that this was even beer. It tasted exactly like dark roasted coffee with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Bascially it tasted like it smelled. If your a coffee addict, you'll love the taste of this beer. I didn't notice any oatmeal in the taste like it said in the description, but I don't care. Very Good!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, thick, and with a slight bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall an excellent coffee beer, but is something good once in a while and is not an everyday kind of beer due to the strong taste and the price.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/06- Purchased via mail order with Archer Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Has been aged for at least 6 months. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Blacker that soot pour. Closest to motor oil I have ever seen from a beer. Thick and viscous. Smaller 1/2 inch head and leaves light lacing.

Smell- Huge and I mean huge amounts of roasted coffee bean smell with a deep dark malt background. A touch of bitterswwet chocolate underneath all that. Reminds me of the smell of a ski lodge coffee shop.

Taste- I'm not one for coffee as a normal thing, but I do love it in beer and in ice cream. This beer is loaded to the brim with coffee flavor. Once you get past the coffee fix, the heavy fire roasted malt comes in and even deeper a dash of dark chocolate. After your taste buds are assulted by by all that the nice bitter hop blast comes in to finish you off.

Mouthfeel- Only, if only this beer was a bit more smooth. Carbonation level was a bit steep for a beer this thick and viscous. My only complaint about this beer.

Drinkability- This is one incredible tasting beer. My version of heaven would be a 50 tap beer bar with this on cask....if that even exists.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fat Founders bottle into Stone IPA glass. Deep dark black color with reddish-brown foamy head (I'd never seen a beer head look like this before).

Smelled intensely of coffee, so I was nervous. I didn't like the Speedway stout at all, and it had a coffee component to it. But this was different... or 1 year between tastings is no way to compare. Anyway this tasted so good I couldn't stop sipping it. Kind of malty coffee.

I couldn't have this too often, but it seems like a great once-a-month beer.

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

12 oz. bottle served in a large Bordeaux glass.

A black-ass beer. Zero light penetration. Caramel red head and lace.

The smell is entirely fresh brewed coffee.

Excellent coffee flavor marbled with dark chocolate and rolled oats. Full of black coffee bitterness.

The full mouthfeel is rounded out a polished light creaminess.

This is a hospitable brew that is very much like drinking coffee with just a touch of heavy cream.

Very straightforward and oh so delicious.

Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout. Oh Yeah!

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

Poured black with a tan head that told me this was getting most of its color form something other than roasted barely. Indeed from the frist sniff it is nothing but concetrated coffee and some lingering sweet smell of malt. The taste and the mouthfeel here interact to create a drinking pleasure. THe slight bitterness of the coffee and the smoothness of the proteins oats or otherwise add a nice combo. Overall the flavor is not horribly complex mostly coffee with some sweetness and a bit of nutty oats rolled in chocolate in the aftertaste. The drinkability is hurt a little by the fact that the flavors are so strong as I don't think I would want more than one at a time, but a nice beer and worth finding.

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

Breakfast stout? Hell's all coffee.

Poured black as coffee, with a dark reddish-tan head that dissipated but left great lacing all the way.

Huge coffee aroma, strong like espresso, with toasted oats in there as well; hugely roasty like really good restaurant coffee. Hints of nut and maybe prune, just like breakfast!

Great oaky taste, big mealy taste like oatmeal. Coffee right up front, bitter like cappuccino. Definite heavy fruit, like prunes. Cocoa-powder bitterness eases you into the finish.

Full bodied mouthfeel, but not oily at all. Very drinkable, though not session beer according to the new (and right-on) BA definition of a sesison beer. I did have a few when I was at the brewery, though.

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Photo of hero27
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the art on the label..a kid eating breakfast (or is it a kid eating Breakfast Stout out of a bowl?)...i guess we can't be 100% sure. Listed on the bottle as a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout..that's a mouthful. Pours a very deep, dark (nearly black) color...head is dark khaki and very creamy. The aroma is something to behold..very rich chocolates blend with the potent coffee-ish smell..yikes. Tastes are similar, with an oatmeal complexity that comes out and a bitterness that struck me a bit off-guard. A very good stout from a brewery that is gaining more and more respect from me with every beer I try from them.

Px2GrafX deserves some extra beer karma for providing me with these two delicious bottles.

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

The first thing I do whenever I open a bottle up is smell it. Wow was this coffee or beer, rather espresso or beer? Poured out a thick almost syrupy stream of black and burnt copper. I was laughing a bit as I poured, not knowing what I was getting into. I slowly filled my glass trying to get a head. I managed to get a 1 finger but it quickly disapated. the espresso aroma is a little overwellming but I could still smell malt, burnt carmel, and molasses. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick with mild carbonation. The taste is definitely coffee and bakers dark chocolate. Has a small bit of Alchol burn right after it goes down. What I liked the most was the aftertaste. It just stayed there tempting me to have another sip. Thats what I did for close to an hour, was sip. A very unique; in the tradition of Founders, good stout.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,256 ratings