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 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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Photo of caskstrength
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward.

Bottle is pretty funny, toddler spooning up something, hopefully not 8.5% ABV beer. (unless mom and dad are supervising and cultivating a young craft beer palate)

Nice stout poor, brown head, nice carbonation, pretty dark. Looks like I want/expect it to look.

Smell is coffee and bitter chocolate. Some roasted character too.

Taste is coffee up front, some more toasted stout flavors follow. Creamy feel, not syrupy. not that sweet. Good balance, typical stout roast, with coffee and bitter chocolate dominating. Maybe could have been a little thicker.
Tried to find some sweetness, dark fruits, leather/tobacco, spice, etc, but didn't find much. Which is ultimately OK in this coffee dominated tasty beverage.
If you like coffee stouts, I could see this being a favorite.

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Photo of chaz410
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this on draft of ONLY 2 DOLLARS at Duckworths in Charlotte NC.

Pours black as tar. Very thick caramel colored head. Looks like rootbeer float.

Smell is full of coffee and oaky bourbon flavors. Slight hop pressence at the end that helps lighten the coffee notes. Some chocolate hints as well.

Taste smooth with chocolate mixed with mocha coffe and roasted malts. Tart bitterness at the end but mostly from the roasted malt and coffee and so much hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth an dcreamy. There's a little bite at the end if not savored.

Good to store and good for any malt crazy person. Not very everyone.

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Photo of natasharai
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with some foamy sticky brown head that dissipates to a thin layer leaving a lot of lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is black in color and lets no light through.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, some coffee, burnt marshmallow, and a small amount of alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet roasted marshmallow, bitter burnt toast, with a nice malty flavor afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation, leaves mouth dry.

Overall: Good drinkability, nice roasted flavors, very good basic stout! Nothing too exciting, but just what I want in a stout. The only down side is the alcohol in the flavor, but it is not too overwhelming.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ The Rotten Apple in Grafton, IL.
Poured into a pint glass.

A - Black with a cream-colored head which vanishes leaving some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, coffee/expresso, oats, nuts. Really melds together well and is very pleasing.

T - Like dessert. Chocolate, coffee, expresso, roasted nuts, oatmeal, creamy sweetness.

M - Nice and rich. Medium-full in body. Little to no carbonation.

D - This is a great stout that I really love. A must-try!

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Photo of cmistre
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happened upon this little treasure at my local beer spot and jumped on it, as I had it on good authority that this was one to try, and boy is it!
It pours a thick viscous black with little to no head and very slight carbonation.

The first taste is an explosion of rich coffee and caramel, followed after a brief swirl around the mouth by more subtle chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy and the minimal alcohol taste lends to this stouts exceptional drinkability and enjoyment. Going in for number two is a must.

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

If I knew oatmeal and coffee tasted so good as a child I might have not drank Oj and ate cookie crisp.

Beautiful black pour with an excellent aroma of coffee/chocolate.

Taste is awesome ....Mouthfeel is excellent with a near perfect carbonation for me.

Drinkability...Hmmmm I know that I have to buy it by the case....doesn't last long at all.. Especially as soon as buddies realize what they have been missing.

One of my top 5 beers ever.

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

A: A huge head explodes out of nowhere. Super creamy light brown foam isn't going anywhere for a while. I can't see many more hues beyond the black. There's mountainous retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet malt on the pour. Roasted coffee and dark (bitter) cacao. Dark fruit malts and berry esters are also in the game.

T/M: Everything I expected from the aromas. I've heard a lot about this beer being huge on coffee, but it definitely has a great balance that holds its own against other big RIS names. Dark chocolate alternates with sweet milk chocolate. Carbonation bordering on crisp brings out spicy characteristics in the beer. There's something dark and interesting in the back of the aroma and flavor but I can't quite name it. Medium-bodied (one of the thinner imperial stouts I've had), but still great complexities and subtleties. The oatmeal also really comes out with warmth. The last sip ends in bitter chocolate oatmeal. It really holds up 'til the very end!

D: This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Dangerously drinkable. I highly recommend it to ALL.

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

Pours a chocolaty blackness with dark brown think, glass rimming head.
Smells strongly of coffee, beans, chocolate, and roasted malts.
Tastes strongly of coffee and roast. Maybe some chocolate with some tingly toasted malt on the very back end.
Finish is crisp and long lasting, giving me a coffee/chocolate taste that is delicious.
Exceptionally drinkable given the flavors and finish.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As this is one of the best reviewed beers on BA, I did not hesitate at all to buy it when I saw it at the package store. Bottle came as part of a four pack and was reasonably priced, considering how hyped it is. Onto the beer.

Poured from the bottle into a glass with a dark brown, one finger head that quickly settles into a nice lacing. Lacing coats the glass for a few seconds after each sip. The aroma is strong with notes of sweet bourbon, vanilla, expresso, and chocolate all balancing quite well. The flavor is also exceptionally balanced. Sweet bourbon notes begin each sip and slow transition into a nice smokey, roasted flavor from the malts. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee/expresso notes all become apparent as well. The oatmeal does a really good job at offering a sweetness that this beer needs. Completely balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is thick. The first couple sips leave a dry, sticky mouthfeel that subsides soon after. The drinkability is good for this heavy a stout with this high an ABV. Actually makes you want more rather than getting bored of the flavor.

Overall, just a great stout with loads of flavor that is nicely balanced throughout the brew. A great start to the day if you so choose, but good at anytime. Just an enjoyable beer in every way. And a good value to boot.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black as night and almost looks like a cup of pure black coffee. Ever so thin layer of coco powder colored head shot up after pouring, but settled into a tan almost glowing ring.

Smell - So gentle and caressing that it's hard to believe. Coffee notes are so soft yet so bold, and it's all mixed together with a pinch of swirled vanilla. A brush of chocolate is dropped in to sweeten things up.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Oh my goodness, this tastes like a cup of coffee in beer form. The only thing that makes it different is that instead of the bitterness that overwhelms each sip of coffee, a sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor is there to take the edge off. This beer is blended to perfection. The aftertaste bursts with coffee bitter until it fades away. Not thick and big, but soft and gliding in the feel. The sweet creamy taste just helps it slide down the tongue. Unlike most big stouts the burn from the alcohol is nowhere to be found, and makes it dangerously drinkable.

Drinkability - I like this one even more than the KBS. Sublime to drink and maybe my favorite big stout out there. Easily one of the most drinkable stouts brewed today.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a creamy light brown head two finger lengths thick.

S - Hints of chocolate and espresso. Smell seems well balanced and tasty

T/M - thick and viscous, slightly oily. Taste likes dark chocolate with some pleasant coffee beans. I'm not a fan of coffee but it balances this brew in a remarkable way.

D- Its very enjoyable. No real notice of a boozy flavor. Its awesome.

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

I have been looking forward to trying this, unfortunately, it is as an after dinner quaff, and not a breakfast brew. Nonetheless, this is one tasty beer.

It pours a deep dark chestnut brown with a beautiful wisps of tan foam. The aroma is mocha coffee and chocolate. Slightly earthy hops are mingled in to provide some depth.

O so smooth and velvety, full bodied. A deep roasted coffee flavor with a nice bite. Waves of bittersweet chocolate are interspersed with the coffee. Smokey, dark and bitter without being overly astringent; that is the beauty of this beer.

It closes out smooth, with a ghost hint of hops and an alcohol warming.

A quality brew to say the least. And paired the coffee-chocolate cake with mocha mascarpone frosting that I just made, it cannot be beaten.

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Photo of drcarver
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer and brewery that changed my life and my view of beer. This beer shows that you don't have to do anything crazy, you just need to do something really well inorder to succeed.

A - Pours like motor oil, a deep black color. The deep brown head was small and faded quickly.

S - Burnt roasted nutty aroma with heavy coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - Smokey and burnt flavors. Finished with the bitterness of coffee. The heartiness of the oatmeal is evident in taste and body. The is a slight metalic flavor as well.

M - Full bodied with a smooth dry finish.

D - Probably more drinkable than it should be. Smooth and creamy they go down smooth. And absolutely fantastic brew. Congrats Founders.

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