Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
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 webmanspidey
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a chalice.. dark dark brown and black colors with tan lacing. There's a lot going on with the smell: semisweet dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, oak, a subtle smokiness, and loads of rich black coffee. The taste is similar.. it is very sweet with a lot of vanilla and a little nuttiness. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I was expecting, very carbonated and a little on the fizzy end. This isn't over the top extreme and sports awesome drinkability.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque with a rich, two-finger dark brown cap that leaves tree ring-like lacing. Fantastic.

S - Smells like Starbucks does in the morning.

T - Mocha Java! Splendid roasted malts that aren't burnt with some nice hoppiness; no scorched tree bark with this creamy delight.

M - No ABV-inspired heat for this dense and creamy delight.

D - Yup.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, the acclaimed Breakfast Stout makes its way to my glass. Let's do it!

Poured into my Stone imperial pint kinda lazily. Thin head, requisite darkness.

I give it a few sniffs. Hell yeah. This is what I'm talking about. F'ing chocolate, hazelnut and of course coffee, with a minimum of roastiness.

Every now and again, it's great to have an imperial stout that isn't roasty to all hell. Indeed, the dark roast coffee flavors are at a minimum...hell, it's like drinking slightly less-sweetened coffee ice cream. Whatever coffee they use for this, it seems like a light, bright roast...dare I say it, a breakfast blend. OK, obviously there is a shitload of coffee in here, but the underlying beer isn't half bad either. Very smooth drinking, kinda creamy yet with a reasonably lively mouthfeel.

Name be damned, I honestly don't think I want this with my oatmeal at 7AM. It is 8%, after all. That said, for an 8% stout, I don't think you can get much better drinkability, as long as you like coffee. Reminds me of the Terrapin Wake N Bake. I have become a coffee stout fan, actually....yeah, Mr. Farmhouse Ale likes to cross over to the dark side every now and again, for sure.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Dark brown, or I suppose it's pretty much black beer, quite opaque. Topped with a couple cm of dark brwon head off the pour. The head receded relatively quickly to a thick collar.

S-Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, fresh-pressed coffee. The aroma was rich and inviting, but perhaps a bit one-dimensional.

T-Rich, heavy-roasted coffee *SMACK* right off the bat, and it keeps flying for the whole flavor. It doesn't give up. Earthiness appears in the middle and lingers into the finish. Roasty astringency pairs with a firm hop bitterness to keep things in line. Sweet, dar fruitiness emerges near the finish, providing some additional depth. The chocolate seemed absent in the flavor.

M-Medium to medium-full body, making a good presence on my palate. Medium-low carbonation is smooth, appropriate. Nothing spectacular, but surely above average.

D-For its size and ABV, this beer seems to be surprisingly drinkable. I'm glad that Founders is now in the Twin Cities, and that I have the opportunity to drink this scrumptious brew. Could be dangerous as a viable replacement to my morning coffee :D

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle.
A - 1 finger tan head with good retention. Black as any other stout.
S - COFFEE, hiding behind the coffee I got roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.
T - COFFEE, tasted same as smell.
M - Needed more carbonation IMO. Very creamy smoothness that I did enjoy. Very silky going down like an oatmeal stout, but didn't have a whole lot of chewiness to it.
D - One is fine for me thank you.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Completely opaque. Beautiful thick, thick foamy brown head. Careful or it will escape. The head never leaves except for the part that sticks to you glass.

Smell: It smells very strongly of old-coffee-pot coffee. Bitter and roasty. Lots of dark roated malt and some chocolate hints. I could go for more chocolate and less coffee, but thats being too picky. It smells intense and delicious.

Taste: Like the smell, dominated by bitter coffee. If you really like the bitterness of plain iced coffee like I do, this is for you. The chocolate is again more subtle than I'd like, and I miss it more in the taste than I did in the smell. On the other hand, this is breakfast stout, not dessert stout. There's also some spiciness and some real hoppiness too. The finish is practically eternal and some nice sweetness comes through here too.

Mouthfeel: Quite full and smooth. A little foamy in your mouth. Almost chewy. It could be fuller, I guess, but not much.

Drinkability: This is awesome stuff. Intense coffee flavor. At 8%, you can still get away with having 2 for yourself when you're in the mood. Would be good after dinner too.

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Photo of spartanfan
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

fresh 12 oz bottle from this year's brewing
a: pours a dark black with nice tan head
s: smells of dark roasted coffee, perhaps a faint note of alcohol as well
t: taste is rich with roast coffee, roasted malts , and some chocolate as the beer warms. a nice bitter finish.
m: very creamy, full, mouth coating mouthfeel. light carbonation
d: not bad considering the alcohol content i could drink a couple of these

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Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours practically solid black with a menacingly dark tan head. Even with a vigorous pour the head doesn't amount to much and fades quickly but the lacing really sticks to the glass and doesn't budge.

S: very smoky, if I was into cigars or "fine tobacco" products I think I could be more descriptive....I have friends that are...I should have them take a whiff of this...dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, hint of dark fruits

T: This really does taste like breakfast...I'm a coffee drinker...and I could totally imagine me replacing this with my morning cup-a-joe...I've had a few coffee stouts and it seems a lot either have just a hint of coffee or they taste like they have artificial coffee flavors added...this beer hits the mark for me...other than coffee...bitter dark chocolate and smokiness the beer warms up the flavors start to take over my mouth...nice bitter finish

M: medium carbonation...slick, but not quite as thick as I'd like it...but it still carries the richness very does get better as it warms

D: for how rich this beer's very drinkable...and it gets better and better as it warms...

Overall very excellent...I figured the name "breakfast stout" was just a gimmick...but I really wouldn't be surprised if I'm craving one of these in the morning..

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Photo of hargettf
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best part of theis wonderful beer is the strong, strong coffee smell. I have some bottles from last year and that part is gone, so drink fresh. Pours black as night. Thick mouth feel, with a bitter coffee taste. This is my favorite of all the coffee beers and I am trying to taste them all, so i have had a few.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade, twice. Need to keep track of my trades better so I'll know who to attribute these beers to.

A - Pours black with a nice tan head.

S - Real nice coffee aroma, along with roast and cocoa.

T - Somewhat bitter with lots of coffee, roasted malt, oats, and chocolate. This really would be a nice breakfast beer, and I'd drink it every morning if I didn't mind being a raging alcoholic.

M - Nice and full but a little more astringent and less over-the-top syrupy than something like Dark Lord or whatnot. Some hop/coffee bitterness lasts on the palate.

D - High for an imperial stout.

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Photo of Heferwiezer
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as a single bottle at discount liquors in milwaukee, wi. this beer already has my mouth watering as the label read "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout"

As I pour I can tell this stuff is very viscous, reminds me much of motor oil looks sticky and syrupy. Black black black, not hint of ruby whatsoever. Head is thin but very creamy looking, very suiting for the chocolatey mess im getting myself into.

Smell- wahwahweee coffee! nose is all coffee to me with lots of sweetness and subtle chocolate notes.

Taste much like the nose. This beer is very distracting from my review, i want to just stop typing and keep drinking. Chocolate upfront with a definite coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky, creamy just the right amount of carbonation.

Easily quaffed.

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Photo of JoePat
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Poured a dark black with absolutely no light making it into the beer.
Dark, Rich, Roasted malt smell. Hints of coffee but nothing really strong.
Roasted malts and chocolate taste up front with coffee not far behind. Coffee taste gets better and noticable as it warms.
Creamy mouth feel with a bit of dryness at the finish.
Over all a great beer. Can wait to have one of these on a cold afternoon...or morning.

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Photo of jbone78
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third or so Founders Breakfast. I think it is time for a review.

A- Pours a nice black stout color with a pretty tan head. Perfect lacing.
S- Full of esters with a slight smell of chocolate.
T- As I have had a few of these, I have had consistant experiences. Overrated and not all that super. The taste to me is too hoppy and chalky for a Breakfast Stout, but this is my palate.
M- Light to medium carbonation with that same chalky aftertaste.
D- Overall, I would order it at a restaurant (if there were Founders around here), but would reccomend something different for someone who is looking for a Great Breakfast Stout.


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Photo of BigJim5021
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the liquor store hoping to see some fresh 4-packs of BS for sale. No luck. I did, however, find a year-old bottle hiding amongst a bunch of Old Curmudgeon and Cerise. Score!

I hard-poured the shit out of this stuff and was still only able to put a tiny head on the fucker. Even when served too cold it poured like motor oil with a small, brown head. There's not a drop of light shining through. Brilliant.

The smell is roasty-toasty malts, dark chocolate and coffee beans.

Oh, momma. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate and massive malts. FBS ain't nothin' to fuck with.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and borderline chewy. Just like I like my stouts.

Drinkability is dangerously high given the abv. This is just a ridiculously delicious stout.

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Photo of BierFan
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks very thick. Pitch black with a dark cappucino-colored head. Good head retention.

Smell: Lots of fresh ground coffee. Some bitter chocolate.

Taste: Great blend of coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee is experienced first and once those flavors fade you get the dark bitter chocolates. Very smooth.

Overall this is an exceptional brew and well worth the hype.

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Photo of ballenc
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've heard a lot of good things about this brew and I've been impressed with the Centennial IPA so I'm looking forward to this one.

A - A slow pour from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Very little head - cocoa brown head that recedes quickly with minimal lacing. Beer is pitch black - probably the darkess stout I've seen. A few swirls bring back a 1/2 finger of the dark tan foam.

S - Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee beans with a hint of chocolate and even a bit of anise and molasses. Toasted, bready malts also.

T - Mirrors the aroma - coffee and cocoa beans with a bit of licorice

M - Thinner on the tongue than I expected. A little carbonation but not much. Dry finish

D - Even with the 8.3% ABV, this is a highly drinkable stout. Excellent on the nose and tongue with no sweetness or stickiness that sometimes detracts from bigger stouts.

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Photo of argock
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased as 4-pack at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.25.

A: Totally opaque black with tan edges and short cap of tan head with a few spots of lace.

S: Plenty of dark chocolate and coffee but a ton of leafy, tobacco-ish hops come through with big toasted malts

T: The taste is very bitter but cut nicely with more sweet than bitter chocolate. The leafy hops still play a huge role in the slightly but not unpleasantly acrid finish.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth generally except that the finish is a bit astringent. Carbonation is really low and it has a really nice coating, viscous quality that is good but not too much.

D: Deadly good drinkability and superior quality. Not a surprise given the huge love this brew gets, but I still think I like Expedition Stout and Ten Fidy a little more.

12/5/2009: At 3 months, the tobacco nature of the hops has faded and the chocolate and coffee character is gaining some steam.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle from the August 2009 release...

Appearance: Vigorous pours yields a pitch black, opaque sludge with a finger of mocha brown head that slowly disappears leaving a thing film along the top of the beer, and tons of gorgeous lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: From far away, toasted malts of chocolate and grains reigns supreme. As the glass moves closer, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and cream all make an appearance. Toasted oats are very faint, but the sweet malts are the most prevalent notes in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Sweet, chocolaty, malty, coffee goodness. At first, this beer seems like it's going to be a coffee stunner, but as it moves to the middle of the tongue, the bitterness recedes and the chocolate and toffee flavors jump forward. The finish is all sticky, toasted oats and grain malt flavors. There's a slight alcoholic taste that lingers as well, but the sheer variety of flavors and the smoothness of the transitions is amazing.

Mouthfeel: This beer has it all. Initially, the beer is perfectly carbonated, and slightly crisp. At the end, the beer is surprisingly sticky, coating the tongue with sweet, molasses yumminess.

Drinkability: This beer is frighteningly drinkable. The 8.3% ABV is well-hidden, but the beer still manages to pack a little bit of a punch. It certainly doesn't help that the beer is so tasty that you find yourself taking sip after sip just to enjoy another kaleidoscope of flavors. This beer is meant to be savored, but it's so damn good that sometimes, that just might not be possible!

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer pours an amazing midnight black with a medium sized coffee colored head. Dark and delicious in appearance, looks top notch.

The smell is of cold pressed coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate, very heavy aromas.

Taste is delicious, the first sensation is of coffee followed by a dark unsweetened chocolate flavor. Lots of coffee, lots of chocolate, these flavors are so strong none of the others have a chance. Extremely delicious, the flavors here are incredible.

Thick viscous mouthfeel, definitely a great beer for a cold winter's night, perhaps I will save some for such a time. Low carbonation in this beer as most double stouts feature.

Very drinkable, you may not be able to enjoy more than a few in one sitting though, as it is very thick and filling.

Very damn good beer, definitely worth purchasing.

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Photo of bsp77
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with thin tan head that leaves slight spotty lacing.

Smell: Espresso beans, dark chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Some noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Not quite as coffee dominant as it smelled. Tastes like a fantastic mixture of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, with light fruitiness and licorice detected. Unlike some coffee beers, I can actually taste the Stout underneath. Nice bitterness at the end, which seems to be due to hops as much as burnt, roasted malts.

Feel: Liquid velvet. Very, very smooth rich full body with low carbonation. Slightly warming.

Drinkability: Great sipping brew, but I have never been compelled to drink a lot of coffee beer at once. That said, this may be the most drinkable one I have had.

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Photo of fropones
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with very little tan head. Smelled of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste was slightly acrid, coffee, chocolate, oats, some molasses. Maybe some dark fruits. Mouthfeel was creamy and lightly carbonated. Drinkability was high, especially drinking it with breakfast. Alcohol not even noticeable. Had to double check the bottle that it was over 8% abv.

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Photo of TLove
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A deep brown/black, viscous liquid that could be mistaken for motor oil, until you see the soft, brown head beginning to form. A little bit of lacing. The smell is laden with Kona coffee and espresso, with a touch of oats and wheatberry. There is a strong chocolate presence in there, as well as the beer begins to warm. Exceptional flavor with an intense, rounded coffee/chocolate flavor, a touch of nuttiness, and a bit of earthiness as well.

I don't feel that the hop structure is overwhelming, as many of my colleagues claim, largely because the temperment begins to round out on the back end. Certainly not thin in the mouth, but it does possess a softness reminiscent of the oats that balances the beer remarkably well. Again, the beer seems to come into its own and develop a more full-bodied structure as it warms. Very drinkable, even at 8.3% ABV, as the alcohol and carbonation are cleverly hidden.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

About time this one showed up in our area...

A: Pours black with a light tan head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is amazing.

S: Coffee dominates the nose, with some hints of dark chocolate. Toasty malt aromas linger behind the intense forerunners.

T: Freshly roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and burnt bread are predominant. There is also an earthy quality to this beer. Hops are faintly present in the backround, giving it a very clean finish. One of the most balanced coffee stouts I have ever tasted.

M: Full-bodied, viscous, and very lively. This beer has a finish that stays for what seems to be like eons between each sip.

D: This is truly a breakfast brew. Forget pairing it with anything. One of these and you are ready to start the day. This beer will be joining me in the upcoming deer hunting season. It's scary how easy to drink this elixir is.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a willy from the bottle

Pours thick and black as a starless moonless night, blocks out even direct light. Head is minimal but laces nice and sticky down the glass.

Coffee, chocolate and rich roasted malt dominate the nose, upon a big sniff you will pull some alcohol out as well as just a subtle hint of vinilla.

This is hard to describe everything comes out from the nose rich roasted malt and coffee, the very bitterest of dark chocolate blend together to create a flavor so thick and rich its not even possible to imagine that founders improved on this beer. Also some traces of vinilla bean mixed in. Roasted bitter chocolate finish leaves a dry fantastic finish.

Mouth is thick and viscous very silky smooth on the palate and going down. Carbonataion is right where it needs to be.

Easy to drink, maybe to easy its like candy going down but still tastes like beer which I love.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with very little cocoa head but decent retention. light cocoa lacing along the sides of the glass

first up was coffee with faint hints of chocolate. a slight roasted scent was there as well.

very bold with a nice hop presence. sweet flavors like toffee and fig give way to big chocolate and finish with a large coffee kick. very bold and flavorful all of the way through. quite sweet as well. a slight bitter hop aftertaste.

carbonation has a little to much bite, kind of sharp in a way. very full and very slick feeling. coats your teeth.

this is amazing and its very fresh. such huge scents and flavors really let this stand out. unlike KBS, this is just too amazing fresh. now that its available in our area, i plan to test out some age on this. i tried last year but it never happened. these are just too good.

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