Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 originalsin
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to shuajw for another really great beer!

A: This beer pours almost jet black- opaque, with a nice tan head that formed very slowly. It was nice to watch.

S: It smells heavily of chocolate and flaked oats- it smells goood for a stout, that's all I can really say here. Maybe a little bit more subdued than I'd like but it's quite nice, really.

T: I've been drinking this over the past ten minutes or so and one thing I'll make note of- the alcohol notes in this brew start to come through as it warms. Those alcohol flavors only materialize as an afterthought, so they're very bearable and provide some depth here. The flavors that really show with this one are an amazing bittersweet chocolate flavor the I'm falling in love with and some notes of coffee and flaked oats.

M&D: The mouthfeel is a somewhat light for what I'm used to with stouts but I'm really loving it. It's lightly carbonated and, as a result, goes down very easily- drinkability is just about perfect. I may crack open the second bottle when I wake up in the morning (that's really not going to happen as I have to crawl out of bed into the shower and to the car lately but if I were half the morning person I used to be I might...). I'm really looking forward to getting myself on the Canadian and Kentucky Breakfast Stouts--from what I've heard they're a whole lot better than this one and isn't that exciting.

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Photo of Shaon94
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance Outstanding Appearance, Jet Black with Amber head about 1-2 fingers thick. Sticky lacing left behind throughout session.

Smell - Initial is coffee / toffee with a hint of spice. As it warmed the smell just kept getting better. Finally after about 30 minutes it leveled off with a nice coffee with a hint of liquor smell. The spices were more prominent when it warmed as well. This is a good smelling beer!

Taste - Coffee, roasted Oats, and just a hint of a alcohol in the back end to give it a nice warming flavor. As it warms the carbonation really brings out the alcohol flavor more. It brings out more flavors, now I am not tasting the oats anymore and it is giving way to a creamy, but dark, chocolate. All in all a great tasting beer. I like the hint of alcohol in this one. Much better than beers that just dump it in to increase the ABV.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is more than I would like for a stout, but for some reason it works with the tastes in this beer. I usually server beer cool, and let the room naturally warm it as I drink. This beer has a better mouthfeel cool than warm. The warmer it gets the more the carbonation is released it seems, So I would recommend drinking this one cold / cool if you are not a fan of the carbonation. While cool it coats well, as a stout should, but warmer the carbonation takes over and does not do so well for me, but I am far from disappointed. Slight warming as you drink it down.

Drinkability - Kind of a strong beer, but definitely could have a couple of these in a sitting. There are some better stouts in general out there, but this one is a good one, and is something I like to keep on hand. (as long as it is available)

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for providing me with this in a trade.

A: The deepest jet black with a creamy dark mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing, but nothing especially impressive.

S: Rich chocolate and coffee aromas. Fudge brownies, some vanilla/butterscotch, rich coffee and espresso. Excellent aroma--bold, complex, rich.

T&M: Explosive and complex flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, some light citrusy hop flavor to keep things interesting. There's a slightly dry cereal flavor from the oats, as well. Body is full and the feel is incredibly creamy and velvety. If it was a tad bigger it'd merit a 5, but still no complaints here. Well done, a delicious beer.

D: Very drinkable for such a big stout. I've taken this one down rather quickly. It's a bit filling obviously, but it drinks easily and the 8% ABV is totally hidden.

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Photo of Fartknocker
3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a globe glass.

A-thick, almost tar-like, very dark.
S- very nice sn=mell, primarily that of the coffee, but some toasted malt as well.
T- Very little of the malt comes through, but strong on the coffee. Basically a fermented and fizy cup of coffee.
M- Feels almost like a syrup.
D- A hearty beer, good for a few at a time.

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Photo of aewinte1
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to GREGER for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

A- Poured a thick 3 inch head into weizen glass. Head took about 4 minutes to dissipate, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Very frothy for any type of beer, but especially a stout.

S- Smelled like a cup of black coffee. Was hard to detect any chocolate in the head, likely due to the very strong coffee aroma.

T- Of all the stouts I have had, this was the best tasting to me. Chocolate covered coffee beans. Very rich, but definitely lacking that smokey, woody flavor that many stouts have (speedway). I liked the sweet, but not smokey flavor. However, some stout lovers might miss the true smokey flavor typical of stouts.

M-Mouthfeel was incredible. The oatmeal stout characteristics really came through, making it velvety smooth and creamy

D- I could drink this all day. The smoothness from the flaked oats makes this beer just slide right down your throat.

Overall this beer is excellent, I am officially depressed that I cannot get this on the west coast. If you have access to this you will have to try it for sure.

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Photo of strengthdoc
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this and after rating it wished I had bought more. The aroma had components of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. The color was very black. There was a nice coffee bitterness in the taste that comes on gradually and intensifies in the finish which is a combination of coffee and chocolate with an alcohol warmth.

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Photo of ReynardenBrew
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, rich, stout coffee aroma. I was anxious to taste this beer after picking up its nose.

Good mouthfeel. Possibly a little thin, but not enough to detract from the overall impression

Breakfast Stout is the perfect moniker. The dark roasted coffee maltiness was evident without being overwhelming.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thin brown head. The beer is darkers than cola in the

Only a hint of chocolate in a nose that's dominated by coffee.

The taste is very complex with notes of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal before giving way to a slight bitter.

Actually feels like coffee in the mouth, though it's a bit creamy.

Even the finish is complex as the warming of the alcohol takes place well into the aftertaste.

You have to have a taste for coffee to like this beer. All the flavors worked nicely together and made this highly drinkable, even with its high ABV.

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Photo of dismal
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick black color with a big tan colored head leaving pretty decent lacing down the glass. Just the way an Imperial Stout should look. Smells really great. Lots of chocolate, and lots of coffee! Pretty much exactly what I was expecting, very nice. Taste, wow! Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Roasted malts, and some chocolate pierce through the strong coffee taste as well. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Great beer. Not a high ABV but not low either, but it's very drinkable. I really enjoy this one, I would love to start my day off with this one everyday.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*Note: I am not a huge Imperial Stout fan but I have been wanting to try this one for a while...

A- Pours a jet black motor oil style body with a creamy coffee colored foam head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Wow...this is one of the best/most aromatic coffee noses that I have ever come across. Roasted coffee (java or mocha?) and sweet chocolate scents completely dominate the nose. A light toasted malt and oatmeal can be detected as well. I could sit here smelling this all day. I wonder if Founders and Glade would team up to make a Breakfast Stout air freshener?

T- A huge rush of coffee taste initially with a roasted/burnt flavor of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. A sweet malt backbone helps to balance the bitterness of the cocoa and coffee (definitely not a hoppy bitterness). Toasted flavors of grain and oatmeal are more apparent with warming. A fairly substantial alcohol presence can be detected as well.

M- Big and bold with a full body and velvety smooth feel. Medium/low carbonation but it works well with the style.

D- This is a palate smasher of a stout with tons of roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is fairly noticeable and turns this into a sipping beer. A fantastic brew that won't easily turn into a session.

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Photo of m2paulun
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours medium thick with a dark black color. A half inch toffee colored head appears that looks very inviting.

S - First thing I notice is obviously coffee. As an avid coffee drinker this makes me very happy. There is also a subtle sweet oatmeal smell in the back. As the name implies, all I can think of is breakfast.

T - Coffee. Nice black coffee, the way it should be drank. As it sits for a while it becomes sweeter. The oatmeal makes a presence, not that is a bad thing by any means. Again, breakfast comes to mind.

M - Nice and creamy.

D - A great beer to drink. Plan on having more than one. I drank it at noon; not quite breakfast. Would have no problem waking up to this stout for breakfast any day.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing the Third Unorganized Invitational is a beer I have longed for for a long time: Founders Breakfast Stout. It's not sold in SoCal, but I know a special store which carried a few bottles. And yes, I've going to have this beer with breakfast, so on to the beer:

It pours thick and black into a pint glass, where an espresso tanned head a 1/2 inch thick sits on top. Needless to say, the body is darker than night. The aroma is a good one, but very dominant in coffee. Lots of coffee with a little bit of chocolate and lactose.

This is damn tasty, it tastes like breakfast. Like the aroma, the taste is coffee dominantat first, but it slowly sweetened up, tasting like mocha. It certainly doesn't feel like it's advertised ABV of 8.3, pretty mellow if you ask me. Being a little light on the malt is the only thing that keeps this beer out of a higher score. The bitter coffee and chocolate linger long into the aftertaste.

This is a very good double coffee stout, but it's no Péché Mortel. Those who like coffee stouts will no doubt love Founders Breakfast Stout. Try it for breakfast like I am right now, trust me.

Anyway, that's another beer out of the queue in the T.U.I. More to come later.

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Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired via trade from heliosphann. A strong beer with a lot of following so here is my review.

A - Dark with a tan head

S - Dark Chocolate, with dark chocolate coffe notes

T - Coffe dark, chocolate very good.

M - Low carbination, frothy chocalety

D - Very drinkable yet not dinkable as this is stong. Looking at the big picture if some one offered me one I would drink it !!

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Photo of Jerico
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - real real dark one here, no mistaking it. The head on my lightish pour isn't too large but it is dense and the carbonation leaves bubble marks on it that look like craters on the moon. I'm holding this one up to the light and there's not a whole lot coming through! It sticks nicely to the sides of the glass too.

S - a bit nutty, with that toast, mild coffee and chocolate smell that I love so much.

T/M/D - thick and dense after a few swirls around the gullet, with tastes of toasty and bitter chocolate and coffee (like biting a coffee bean or cocoa bit). It hides the alcohol well though. I can taste just a hint of oatmeal as the beer warms up a bit, but subtle.

After leaving the beer to sit for a few minutes and warm up, its character really comes out, and the subtle tastes become more noticeable yet the blend well, and the bitterness backs off a bit. A darn good beer.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small one finger head.

Dark Brown, so dark that light cannot pass through it. The darkest brown can be before it becomes black. Very interesting, when the glass is tilted slowly back and forth, the bubbles cascade up and down the glass like shimmering gold dust. This beer is alive and unlike any other beer I have seen (appearance).

Nose is of roasted supreme coffee. It smells like a very complex coffee/chocolate stout. I can separately smell the oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee. Very powerful aroma. The kind that made me look weird because i continued to smell the beer before each sip.

Taste is of chocolate coffee, almonds, cocoa nibs, fudge and vanilla oatmeal. The oatmeal was a very nice touch and definitely helps complete the beer. Imagine a carbonated Triple Bock with Oatmeal and coffee at a 8.3 abv. No sediment of course.

Mouthfeel is silky-not chewy-hence the 4.5. (nitpicking a little)
Bold bodied.

The alcohol isn't covered very well but I appreciate the way it comes together in the finish.

This came in the mail so it may not have been tasted under the best circumstances. Still gets high marks and even though i drank as a nightcap I can see how it would go well with a breakfast. Very tasty, complex and unique. Really everything I look for in a beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by photomike. Coffee stouts scare me because they can go so wrong depending on the quality of the coffee. This one definitely delivered. The darkest (almost) dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is a blast of coffee and dark chocolate, with some oats and roasted malt underneath, but mostly coffee goodness. Less sweet than many big stouts, with lots of coffee, light roasted malt, chocolate, and mild hops. Medium-full body with smooth texture. Nice balance of coffee and chocolate that isn't sticky or sweet. Very drinkable for an imperial stout. Great stuff.

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Photo of horshack7
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Being released from a twelve ounce bottle is a black as night nicely opaque. With a dark caramel color head that is about one finger thick. The color alone looks evil that's so wonderful.

Aroma: Massive dark chocolate notes. Incredible dark roasted coffee and big wonderfully maltiness. The aromas from this beast attack the nostrils with lethal force.

Taste: The mouthfeel is remarkably silky. Huge dark roasted malts and dark roasted hops. The chocolate notes have a very big presence. The espreso and coffee flavors caress the palate so very well it's like a coating.

Notes: Wow what a stunning beer dark, sinister it's incredible. Cheers

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Photo of BZero007
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up at the Piggly Wiggly at Common Market in Myrtle Beach, SC!! Great Store and will be back.

Poured from bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip glass. The brew pours a motor oil black with no light penetrating the brew when held up to the light. The head is very minimal and I had to pour straight in to the glass and slap it around to get it. The aroma is good and carries strong coffe flavors with roast as well. The taste I had to say for me was mainly a roasted something flavor...I really could not put my finger on what it was. I could taste the Coffe easily and the sweet malt but to me there was something off a bit. Had this beer with my breakfast this morning and it complimented it very well. Drinkability was good for me as after breakfast I felt like I could keep drinking..evil.
I enjoyed this brew but would probably pass on purchasing this in the future for my self. I will probably stick with the KBS for personal use.

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

On tap at Capone's on 5/23/09. Served in a shaker pint.

A - Deep, dark coffee brown body with thick, one-finger burnt mocha head that retained fantastically and laced up extremely well.

S - Fresh ground coffee aroma with bittersweet chocolate notes. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes emerge eventually, as well as some subtle earthy hop notes. Simple yet effective, but one of the best coffee stout aromas ever.

T - Wonderful blend of fresh coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and subtle earthy hop notes that gain momentum as the liquid warmed up a bit. Alcohol is virtually undetectable.

M - Thick and luscious body with a smooth, creamy texture and subtle carbonation. Pretty assertive bitter finish with a touch of residual sweetness on the palate.

S - Possibly the best coffee stout out there. I can't imagine anything topping this phenominal beer. Breakfast Stout is definitely my benchmark for the style.

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Photo of mhatters
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TND

Pours a jet black with a tan head of frothy delight.

A front of chocolate and roasted coffee and malt in the nose with a hop note intertwined.

A subtle mixture of roasted malts, thick but not too thick, a creamy feel that is extended with a good carbonation - more than a typical stout.

Dry coffee roast in the finish. A delightful beer.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer in five weeks and I just got laid off so I decided to fall off the wagon for a day. Screw it.

Poured into your standard pint glass, viscus black body with a milk chocolate head that fades almost on pour. Lacing seems good initially, spores on the reminates of the faded head. Deep chocolate aromas, some coffee, just barely, defiantly a malt bomb. Chocolate attacks my starved tongue and rapes the pores, bringing this beer geeks lips to a smile. Great body and mouthfeel on this beer, it drinks well, almost like chocolate milk with a kick, hops are there, alcohol is too, but not in your face. Balanced well for the imp stout style. Tasty.

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Photo of mjl21
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 8.3%.

A-Light sucking black with a one finger sandy head that receeds to a ring and an island of sandy foam. Nice streaks of lace are left on the glass.

S-Coffee, as expected, dominates. This one wins the prize as having the most coffee aroma out of all of the coffee stuts that I have tried. Roasted malt is definitely noticeable and as it warms a tad bit of sweet malt is also present. The oats used are noticeable towards the end of the glass.

T-Coffee is very upfront, along with the roasted malt, and dark chocolate. There is a nice level of hop bitterness that is detected.

M-Medium bodied and not as thick as I expected. It is creamy and smooth. It leaves a dry and roasty feel on the palate.

D-The higher abv is very well hidden. It is very drinkable for a big guy.

As someone who drinks way too much Peet's coffee everyday, I really enjoyed this one. They delivered on the promise of coffee.

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

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a tulip glass.

A: A jet black color with no light showing through. Minimal head on the tap pour and minimal glass lacing.

S: Coffee, dark coffee with chocolate and roasty flavors. Some mild sweetness.

T: More of the nose. Dark coffee flavors, sometimes tasting almost burnt, or burnt chars of wood. A nice creamy chocolate flavor stands up next to the coffee with roasted flavors. A bit of sweet fruits, maybe dark cherries with some sweetness. A bit of hops at the finish leads to a creamy but slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

M: Creamy smooth with a bit of alcohol detected.

D: Good, they go down easily for the abv. Still, you can't pound these all ngiht, but one or two is perfect.

Overall another great beer from Founders. This is not up to par with KBS, but what other stout really is? Not many. Still, this is a great drinkable coffee oatmeal stout that was very enjoyable on tap. Would drink anytime I see it.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.72/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this one. Always nice to receive a Founders. This one pours a dark brown with a minimal head. I practically dumped the last half of the bottle and was able to generate a quarter-inch head. It smells mildly of coffee and chocolate, and tastes mildly of coffee, chocolate, a bit of roast, and not much more than a hint of oatmeal. The flavors are surprisingly mild for a stout, though they are a nicely balanced mix. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout--this one actually reminds me of Deschutes Black Butte porter. Very drinkable and well worth trying, but not as impressive as some of the other Founders beers.

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

Pours a black color, with a dense chocolate milk looking head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of mocha, moderate coffee and milk chocolate, some charred wood and hints of smoke. Big roasted malt flavor, bitter chocolate and strong coffee, some wet wood and smoke, a bit ashy, as well as some vinous flavors. The feel is starts off chewy but seems to get lighter towards the end, seems to tail off. Soft carbonation leads to a creamy feel; finishes bitter. A very flavorful stout, good range of roasted malt, chocolate, and wood.

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