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 kiddynamite920
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable on tap, first time I've ever seen it around my parts so I had to gobble it up.

A: Pitch dark, black as night. Very appealing. Head was almost nonexistent, but it wasn't a big deal for me. The beer made up for it threefold.

S: Coffee, Coffee? Never smelled a beer that reminded me so much of my morning cup. My buddy almost couldn't drink it because he's not a coffee fan. Roasted coffee beans, such a good smell.

T: Do I even have to describe the taste? World class beer. Smoky, roasted oats with a touch of chocolate. This aint your mama's cup of coffee.

M: Not too creamy and full of malty goodness. Not too thick, just right for a stout.

D: One or two at the local pub is the perfect amount, pair with a nice filet or porterhouse and you're in heaven.

Absolutely phenomenal beer, try it and tell others.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with almost no head. tiny amount of tan foam clings to the edges of my glass. no bubbles in the body of the pour.

S - smells of burnt coffee beans, little whomp of alcohol behind it, soy sauce works its way in the mix too.

T - flat black coffee, smokey burnt malt and hearty roasted oats, dark chocolaty finish, sweet with sour creeping in at the edges. almost as if someone took a really nice brewed cup of black coffee, imbued it with a little more sweetness, a good dollop of alcohol, and chilled it.

M - flat, not at all as creamy as the description of the beer might lend one to believe.

D - I would have easily been able to down my growler in one night if I weren't really taking it slow and steady this evening. This is a beer to be savored.

Bottom line is that Founders is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark with a small head.

Smell: Coffee, Regular and Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal and slight alcohol. Great aroma!!

Taste: Starts with a great coffee flavor. Moves on to a roasty oatmeal flavor. Ends with a great bitter chocolate flavor. This a great flavor that is not too complex but delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting. This is a great and delicious beer but the high alcohol content can catch up quickly.

Another awesome beer from Founders. Great for a cold, snowy night. Keep up the great work!!

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with foamy coffe -colored head. Aroma dominated by roasted coffe chocolate maltiness. Also, hints of toffee and roasted nut. Very drinkable considering how complex and heavy it is. Dry roasted coffee flavor that lasts throughout. Lots of dark chocolate and toffee with sweet alcohol warmth. Very dry finish.

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Photo of dippy
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love beer for breakfast so this is a beer after my own heart. Enjoyed at Coda in the south end in Boston.

Looks perfect pitch black with a chocolate milk colored head. Great lacing on the glass.

Not an abundance of scent for me. Accrid like most porters ( i know this is a stout).

Taste was less like coffee and more like coffee grounds. A little more harsh. Some sweetness settles on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Smooth beer. I could drink a dozen for breakfast. this is a good time. But i was expecting more coffee taste, perhaps because I had just had some great coffee porters in HI.

I will buy again

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

Impenetrable black body, dense as a moonless night, with a sliver of mocha-berry colored head that, for so little froth, left ample lacing on the Yankees pint glass; a fabulous first impression. Espresso coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and oatmeal jockey for position in the smell, truly one of the best noses on any beer I've ever enjoyed. I regularly grab coffee on campus and, while what I grab is unfailingly good, those don't hold a candle to the aroma of Breakfast Stout--no lie.

Really delicious taste, one that improves as it warms--which I'd recommend. The coffee taste has a definite hazelnut flavor, and the dark chocolate tastes like a rich, fudge mocha brownie. Just wow. The mouthfeel is no letdown, so smooth but conveying the duel between sweet and sour waged in every sip of Breakfast Stout. As it warms, it takes on a moderately sour flavor, but not in an overbearing way. That the drinkability is very good yet not one to quaff is for the best in various ways, including allowing the beer to warm a bit to allow all the flavors to breathe, to illustrate the complex genius of Breakfast Stout.

Yet again, Founders has created a masterpiece. This is every bit as good as the brilliant Red's Rye. Nothing short of outstanding, and is one of the very best Imperial Stouts around, hands down. It belongs in the class of Avery's Mephistopheles and Goose Island's Bourbon County. A tremendous accomplishment.

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Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Flying Saucer, Columbia.

The inattentive dark-haired waitress wearing her "I'm not getting paid enough to wear this ridiculous outfit in a warehouse full of frat" expression plunked down a 10 ounce North Coast (??) goblet filled with the magic Founders BS.

A. Pitch-thick black, a lumpy 3cm dark red-tan head caps it. Sticky lace clings as I down this.

S. Huuuuge roast grain and coffee notes. Very earthy and "raw". Mexican cocoa, smooth, bitter, a little salty sea tang, earthy, dirty, mild sweetness peeks out but is lost in the big dark notes. Delicious and hearty smelling.

T. Massive mild espresso roast, earthy and oaty. Hard to believe this is 8.3%, drinks like a 6.5%. Thick and dense, but never cloying -- it's actually not even that sweet. Lingering coffee-dirt and bitter chocolate finish is pleasing and perfect for the cold night it was drunk on.

M. Adequate carbonation, semi-thick and manly. Not oily, but dense. Hop bitterness is restrained and complements the finish - cocoa, bitter-yet-smooth roast notes - nicely.

D. Not great, but boy is this easy going down. I think a few hairs just sprouted on my chest. Like I needed any more.

You actually COULD drink this in lieu of coffee for breakfast. Masculine and delightful. Founders has a winner here.

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

Served on nitro at The Brass Rail Deli into a Sam Adams Uber glass.

A-Deep black with a fantastic, pillowy light tan head. Head reduced very slowly and left gobs of ringed foam behind. Gorgeous!

S-Being tough to inhale through the cap like head notes of dark coffee and a sweetness from chocolate waft up.

T-rich, bitter, dark chocolate with a nice combo of espresso roast coffee and roasted malt.

M-The nitro pir makes this so smooth, luscious and creamy. Such a treat. Like a coffee/chocolate milkshake!

D-Magical! This beer, as good as it is on draft or out of the bottle, becomes a work of art on nitro. Simply decadent and intoxicating.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured into my new tulip glass, as black as a magic 8 ball, very opaque in the body with some brown around the top edges. Patches of head, which was a slight dissappointment.

S. Lots of bold coffee and roasts coming through, that makes it smell like a freshly brewed pot of coffee, good bitter and sweet chocolates, some caramel, vanilla, and oats

T. Really creamy all the way through, tons of bitter roasts attack the palate in a very pleasing way, some chocolate gets latched in the middle of the sip. Really smooth all the way through, I'm getting a little smokieness in the after taste. Overall very good.

M. Creamy, smooth, but not as thick as I was expecting. Little to no carbonation.

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Photo of ATPete
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

Lets just say that this is one of the most incredible beers ive ever had. Pitch black in color with very thin slivers of ruby brown color shine in the light. Tight and slightly vocal brown head. The coffee and chocolate aroma is dead on. Not too bitter, perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. Much is the same with its taste. The oatmeal used makes for an extremely light body for its style and adds a mellowing bitterness to the sweet and high quality chocolate malts. The slightest of grassy hop twangs just before the finish adds to the overall greatness. I cant say enough about this one. The only problem i have about this beer is that i drink it too fast. My highest recommendation.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a hold of this one from the Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA.

A: Black. A thick brown head developed on an easy pour. Sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: Smokey sumatra coffee, oatas roasted malt with some milky sweetness present.

T: Deept espresso flavor. Smooth with some sweetness with a sumatra mocha coffee finish.

M: Medium carbonation for this full bodied brew. Perfect.

D: OK. Fantastic brew, but you don't see the high abv coming at you. Along with that, you can have maybe one or two cups, er I mean pints before moving to something else.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy coffee bean turns bitter, dark chocalate. No head out of an oversized wine glass, faint aroma of burnt bean. Pleasant balance on the tongue pairing expresso and non sweetened cocoa. Creamy with a finishing tang. Mild carbonation and well hidden booze. A perfect eye opener.

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Photo of icebergfat
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer last month it completely surprised me it was so drinkable not much carbonation so it went down smooth almost to smooth, the only reason it didn't recieve a 5.0 in drinkability is that it was so smooth it scared me and probably deserved a 10.0 I hope this review explains to other how incredibly delicious this beer is if you can find it drink it and enjoy I know you will.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick almost clumpy darkness that would make a dark moonless night jealous. The froathy/creamy slightly cinnamon colored 2 finger head fades into a nice thin layer on the top and a slightly thicker ring along the sides.

The direct keg version of this fine brew has more of a lactose flavor than the same brew out of the bottle. Nice SUPER dark and deep roasted coffee and slight mocha notes. No presence of chocolate in the aroma that is distinguishable from other aromas.

This, like many [or all] FOUDNERS beers are GARGANTUEN. If Dark Lord is a Gargantuan Imperial Russian Stout than this is the same for coffee & oatmeal. The flavors are so strong that I feel like I'm drinking an Ice Coffee (but obviously much better than mere coffee). There are really nice bittersweet chocolate notes that seem to intermingle with the lactose. The coffee and oatmeal aftertaste is so big is tends to sit so long that you actually want an ice java (black)!!!!

I loved this brew bottled and I love this brew even more on tap! This brew is hearty and full of everything the claim to be full of (oatmeal, coffee and some chocolate)!

This beer is just plain old delicious!!!


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Photo of albern
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout is for coffee lovers, and if you're not one, like me, this will leave you a bit disappointed. The beer is about as inky black sludge as you're likely to find. This is just inpenetrable to light. There isn't a huge head on this beer and it pours a little sludge like as well. The nose is deep, thick, prodigious coffee and some raisiny dark chocolate notes, and roasted dark sweet grains. The nose is mostly coffee as is the taste.

This beer is creamy and smooth as can be, and there are loads of complexity to it, but it is the coffee flavors which predominate. This is clearly an oatmeal stout and the consistency, mouthfeel, and milky underneath are dead ringers for the style. But then we return to that coffee flavor ... yes, there are some other items in there such as deep dark chocolates, some deep raisiny notes, maybe a touch of heavy fruits. I just can't get beyond the cold coffee taste. If you can, you'll love it; if not, you'll be left wanting a different experience. I'm in the latter fold.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nitro-tap pour at the new Brass Rail Deli. Served in one of the special Sam Adams glasses.

A: The stout is pitch black with a gorgeous off-white head. The head filled several fingers of the glass and retained a thick consistency throughout.

S: The nose is coffee, thick and acrid with a sweet chocolate undertone.

T: The nitro pour has added a distinct smoothness to the ale, softening the blow of the imperial stout. The result is chocolatey with an overroasted quality. The coffee, strong as it is, has also been toned down. The flavors are sharp, concentrated like a cup of Starbucks.

M: The creamy foam takes a great deal of the edge off of the ale, making it much more enjoyable even if some of the dominant coffee flavors have subsided.

D: Quite drinkable, I prefer the beer on a regular tap but it was interested to see what nitro did to it.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow, i've never seen a liquid so black, its darker than oil. the head is a very dark brown which doesn't seem to bulge after it is done growing, doesn't even look like a beer. smell is very malty, has alot of chocolate aroma to it as well, even some bacon aroma. taste is crazy, each sip has something different in it, vanilla, sweet malt, chocolate, the smoke aroma also comes through in the taste. the alcohol content is present but not overpowering. mouthfeel is nice and thick, full and rich. a really unique beer, and a really really good one aswell

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is coffee, molasses. Flavor is oustanding. Unbelievably thick and complex. Loads of coffee. Good amount of molasses. Massive malts. It's like a meal in a bottle. Feel is smooth on liquid and with a minimal carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Simply amazing and much better than I recall it being on-tap.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed Backwoods Bastard and decided to branch out and see what else Founders had to offer. Found myself with this brew because it sounds so good. Oatmeal Stout - the breakfast of champions (and young children apparently).

A: Brown black with a tiny hint of ruby on the edges against the light. Without a very aggressive pour, I got a nice half finger dark coffee stained head. It dissipated to a thin ring, a gentle dusting and developed some artistic spotty lacing.

S: Very deep bready, oaty, roasted malt - kinda smokey with very strong freshly ground coffee turned up to 11. I almost felt like I picked up a slight sweet lactose type creaminess too.

T: Bold decadent espresso malt flavor. Smooth up front with a hint of sweetness but it falls headlong into an incredibly bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish. Hardly a hop in sight. Toward the end of the drink, it definitely took on more of a malt and smokey profile - really nice way to end the pint. I love it when a drink unfolds. Hard to believe the ABV on this one because the alcohol is incredibly well masked.

M: Medium carbonation added a slight prickliness to what would have otherwise been a very smooth mouth. Medium/full bodied.

D: A very tasty brew. I love coffee but the sheer power of the bitter coffee acidic aftertaste got to me a little at first. When the drink warmed up and the flavor profile balance changed, it all made more sense. My word, the folks at Founders know how to deliver a massive taste with masterful balance.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured very dark into a small Samuel Smith glass, great head with fair retention.

Tons and tons of cofffee, the sumatra stands out. A little alcohol is also present.

Tons of bitter coffee. Very roasted taste, with some hops in the mix. A little chocolate and a bitter roasted aftertaste.

Not as much carbonation as I would like due to the oats, but the mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy.

Excellent beer due to its bold characteristics and complexities, But one beer is alot to handle.

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Photo of RThomas436
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit this is incredible. Pours black and looks like thick syrup - saying it looks like oil is an understatement.

The nose has coffee some slight chocolate and more coffee.

Drinks like velvet - like literally drinking a glass of velvet smooth slightly bitter with a coffee finish.

This is a great beer for a chilly evening but not so heavy that you don't want to have any more.

This is what Willis was talking about i.e. What you talkin 'bout Willis?

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to wolfsblood for this beauty.

Poured from the bottle a thick opaque black with a huge cocoa-colored head.

Big aroma of roasted malts, espresso, tobacco, and dark chocolate.

The taste presents dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit, vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, and oatmeal. Finish is a bit like burnt chocolate. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Heavy bodied, thick and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

This was my first Breakfast Stout from Founders. A great drinking Impy. I'm hooked. Good thing I bought a couple of four packs.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i won this in a lif, poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured thick and black like used moter oil, a dense tan head rised and quickley became a ring around the rim. the flavor is bitter in the begining, it is hops some coffiee, rich dark malt, and some bitter choclate, the middle is some tosty oats more hops and the first hint of alochal, and the taste you are left with at the end is a rich bitter coffiee aftertaste. this is a beer that i wanted from day one on this site and it lived up to its hipe. wish i had more than the one

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Photo of eweneek83
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is not as sweet as I thought it would be. Smells great like a sweet coffee-like mocha. Pours dark dark brown, almost black. No light gets through. Very burnt coffee like taste. chocolately stout also... very basic. But still good. Leaves a good lacing, and very interesting mocha aftertatse that sticks around for a while... Definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't pay $16 for it again.

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Photo of stewart124
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a tan head that leaves bits of lace around the glass.

Strong roasted/burnt malt nose with hints of coffee/toffee and dark chocolate. Slight notes of earthy/noble hops.

This is a thick beer to say the least. Huge creamy mouthfeel. No doubt from the oatmeal used in this. There are lots of chocolate tastes left on the tongue and a burnt feel that is no way unpleasant. Everything is so smooth and appealing.

The aftertaste is soothing and a bit spicy. There is a slight alcohol presence in the nose and taste as the beer warms. The chocolate and coffee become more apparent and the taste become smoother than I thought possible. Very, very delicious.

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