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

A - Dark pour, no light penetration, a finger of dark tan head.

S - Coffee, dark roast malts, chocolate, tobacco.

T - Nice balance of coffee and chocolate with subtle roasted malt sweetness. Ends with a pleasing chocolate coffee bitter note.

M - Smooth, creamy and meduim bodied, slippery feel from the oatmeal

D - A non-boozy easy drinker that is a definite try for this style.

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

On tap at the Flying Saucer (Charlotte, NC) on 1/17/09. Served in a balloon style cervoise.

Pours a dense pitch black with a 1/2 finger of smooth and creamy burnt mocha colored head. Retention is quite awesome, with a most excellent flareup that leaves just a huge cascade of lacing and brown oils behind. I'm just loving the way this looks in the glass. Fantastic! The aroma is just lush with roasted coffee and espresso notes. Sweet supportive notes of chocolate and lactose balance out the nose. Some floral hops and light heat pull up the rear.

The taste starts with a nice roasted coffee bitterness that just blasts the palette. A thick tasting mix of chocolate and caramel sweeten things up some underneath. Finishes, well, bitter, bitter, and more bitter. I love the nice dry lingering bitterness this puts on the palette. Good stuff. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big creamy feel that just loads the mouth with flavor and substance.

No matter how this is served, this is a certificable classic coffee beer. I never pass up a chance to try this on draft. Great stuff!

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

a. A proper, hard pour provides a stout grainy yet rocky/milky mocha head. Little white star bubbles are noticed glistening off of the noon day light. Lacing is abundant.

s.Huge black coffee and espresso aromas, chocolate and malt, but Im pretty sure they are separate aromas, and not simply chocolate malt, though I am sure that was used too. Coffee and Barley aromatize the room.

T. A small sip yields an overwhelming complexity of delight. Chocolate is the first nip to the palate, quickly chased by some cappachino like coffee. Oatmeal is certainly here lending a subtle flavor. The earthy hop mingles with some bitter unsweetened chocolate to provide a mineral/bitter edge. Finishes chalky with a whiff of alcohal.

M. Mouthfeel is semi-vicious, semi-smooth. Oatmeal provided the smooth factor to the palate, the hop would add to the viscousity. The only room for improvement would be a nitro tap/cask to add to the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D. This strong, meaty beer is a solid A+ stout. Any time of day one of these will be all you need. I plan to keep these in stock at all times, and wish it were more widely available.

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

Pours jet-black, thick like motor oil. Cocoa powder colored head, starts off thin but quickly billows out. Looks like chocolate milk, sticks to itself but still leaves some cool lacing. Smells like harsh instant coffee, coffee extract personified. Kind of a bran smell also, if bran had a real distinctive smell.

First impression: Lots and lots of coffee. When I burp it still tastes like coffee. Dark chocolate also is present, except it's not a real bitter dark chocolate, it's very in tune to the rest of the beer. A lot sweeter than I had imagined it would be. Just the barest hint of hops at the end, but this still trends towards the sweet side (for a big stout). has an oatmeal like smoothness to it, smooth but still a little sticky, doesn't quite have that velvety feel. Big, slick yet coating, without a ton of carbonation. In this case, it works. Maybe a little thin, not quite as all-enveloping that I had hoped. But it had big expectations to live up to. Super smooth and infinitely drinkable. Not hands down the greatest stout I've had so far, but it lives up to the hype. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick and creamy dark tan colored head. There is good retention and lots of lace on the glass. Fresh coffee dominates the aroma along with a touch of dark chocolate.

There is some fruit flavor up front in this one along with a touch of dark chocolate, sort of like a chocolate raspberry creme candy. That gives way to fresh roasted coffee then giving way to more chocolate, this time much sweeter than whats up front. Mouthfeels is great. Smooth, perfect carbonation, and full-bodied. The 8% alcohol is virtually undetectible. This is a great coffee stout and just a great beer period. Second in my book only to Peche Mortel(my highest rating of any beer) as far as coffee beers go.

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

12 oz single purchased from Jungle Jim's by a friend during Thanksgiving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A picture of this beer is perfection for me when it comes to stouts. Completely pitch black. No light comes through this one at all. A frothy thick brown head with excellent retention that leaves clumps of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass with each sip. Absolutely perfect appearance.

S: Coffee dominates the nose. There are hints of chocolate as well. I'm starting to wonder if it was a good idea to drink this one at this time of night. It smells nice, but would like a bit more depth than just the coffee bomb aroma.

T: The taste follows the aroma. It is a coffee bomb with hints of chocolate to add a little bit of balance to the bitterness of the coffee flavor. It is quite smooth compared to other beers I have had in the style. I really like this one, but would like just a bit more balance to give it a 5.

M: It is very thick and incredibly smooth. The word creamy doesn't do it justice.

D: This one is scary drinkable for a huge stout like this. The only reason I do not give this a 5 is because I have had a sample of COAST Blackbeerd to know there is another level of drinkability for big stouts.

I now understand why Founder's gets so much credit. An amazing beer.

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Photo of uno99
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at slows BBQ in detroit. I didnt feel like being a total beer nerd and taking notes, so this review wont be too detailed.

A: one of the best looking/unique beers I've seen. Definitly the best stout. Pitch black, and a dark toffee colored 2 finger head with good retention

S: I remember lots of chocolate on the nose.

T: Chocolate up front, with coffee middle and a nice smooth powdery finish. The best stout I've ever tasted by a large margin

M: Smooth - not much carbonation which I think works well for this beer. not too sweet or sticky.

D: I only had 12 Oz of this, because I had to drive later on. I would love to make the drive back sometime and drink a couple pints of this.

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Photo of TStandley13
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - very dark pour, oily appearance, not see through at all

s - smells like alcohol and chocolate, as well as a smokey barrel taste

t - amazing! dark chocolate, coffee, smokey barrel flavor

m - nothing notable, leaves a dry feeling

d - delicious beer, could see myself putting a few away (slowly)


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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a vigorous pour yields a meager ruddy brown head sitting atop a murky near-black body. Mahogany and garnet shine through when up to the light. The head fizzled away, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma is purely blissful. Rich coffee beans mixed with freshly brewed coffee and rich bittersweet cocoa. Dark chocolate and pepper mix with vanilla and caramel. A bit of roasted malt to remind that this is beer.

Taste is solidly roasted malt with roasted coffee. Some heavy bitter coffee and twangy hop bittering follows the sweet coffee opening. Caramel and a bit of pepper stay through the finish, intermingling with the pine hops that become more powerful as it warms. A solidly roasty, coffee, oatmealy and pleasantly bitter brew. Maybe a bit high on the bitter, and a touch less chocolate than I was hoping for, but all in all a solid brew.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin given the flavor profiles. Carbonation as well is just a touch thin, yielding a slightly watery and slightly slick brew. smooth and fairly easy to drink.

Definitely a solid brew. the aroma is purely incredible. I wish the taste and mouth followed as closely to the aroma. Not bad, an interesting mix of bitter coffee and roasted cocoa. A bit more sweet to mellow out the bitter coffee, and a touch more carbonation and this one would be perfect. Definitely worth trying... and I'm going to have to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Impenetrable black with the slightest brown head. Creamy foam on top but no retention and only light lacing.

S - Big nose of freshly roasted coffee with hints of chocoalte. Very sweet aroma. A very faint earthy spiciness lingers underneath.

T - Initial sweetness dominated primarily by the taste of coffee. Big, fresh roasted coffee. A little bittersweet chocolate provides just a little balance to the coffee. The faintest spicy hop taste lingers but is no match for the other tastes in this beer. A coffee lovers dream.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little thinner that expected. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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

Appearance: Poured a nice black color, with great head and lacing. Awesome.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate throughout, a nice roasted smell.

Taste: Unbelievable. Like the smell, coffee and chocolate was dominate...sweet but not too sweet, and finished off smooth. Couldn't wait to drink more!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, delicious.

Drinkability: Without a doubt, one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. If you haven't had one are really missing out.

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Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, good head and lacing.

Smell: Pretty strong coffee.

Taste: Some mild oatmeal and chocolate sweetness gives way to a strong bitter coffee finish.

Drinkability: A little pricey to have often, and I'd like a little more sweetness to it.

Picked up a four pack over in Wiscoland to try this one out. Very coffee intense, not too heavy for a big stout though. Pretty good stuff.

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

wow. stouts are not my preferred style but this shit kicks ass. poured black of course with a minimal brown head. chocolate and coffee in the nose with a bit of dark dried fruit. taste was big but not overly so, sweet dark malts perfectly balanced by a smooth roastiness. minimal hop presence. a great showcase of dark malts without being over the top. somehow finishes dry and so smooth. coffee and chocolate noted in the taste as well. medium to full in body, again big but not too big. long, complex finish but not overpowering. overall a big but drinkable beer. this shit is phenomenal and a must-try. alcohol is very well-hidden. go get you some!

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Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is fantastic and could even set the standard for the style. It has coffee, chocolate, cream, burnt malt, hops, and molasses. The appearance is black with a small but nice tan head. The flavor is way to burnt and bitter with a acidic burnt coffee after taste. The palate is actually a little thin for the style. Overall its a beer worth having but in the end its not fantastic.

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Photo of bainard
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- i've had problems with this one gushing from time to time, but normally it pours burnt sienna with a 1" tan head.

s- big on the coffee and oatmeal, a little boozy with a hint of chocolate and caramel.

t- this is one of the smoother-tasting, harmonious stouts i've had. burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee make this one like the kindest mocha you've ever had on a day not unlike this one (-16 deg. F in chicago right now). the bitterness is all coffee-based in this one, little to no hops. a marvelous symphony.

m- almost as smooth as silk, little carbonation once it settles down, but overall tremendous.

d- light on the alcohol compared to most big stouts, you can have one of these and feel relaxed, but not snoggered. perfect for a winter night, like i said earlier.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is good.

The 12 oz. bottles that I have are going to be a very good addition to my fridge. Just a great experience, considering I cannot get this on the west.

The appearance is really nice for a Stout, the only reason that I did not give it a perfect five is because it was not thick consistency wise. It poured dark brown, and held up to the light nothing comes through, but doesn't look like motor oil. Poured a great three finger head that had a caramel-brown color.

The smell is great, all I smell is overwhelming coffee with an incredibly bitter cocoa.

The taste is so crazy. It tastes like chocolate coffee, there is not doubt in that. It also has a really light mouthfeel, I cannot tell if it is the carbonation bouncing on my tongue or someother ingredient, maybe the yeast. I kind of wonder what this would taste like warm. Probably awesome.

The mouthfeel is really trippy because it almost seems "light" or really bounces on the palate like an IPA or overhop beer would. I am really enjoying it, would buy more if I could. I am going to have one when I wake up tomorrow morning.


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

A huge head that fills two thirds of the glass and takes forever to settle enough for me to get the rest of the bottle in. Dark and opaque this glass is like a black hole. No light gets in or out. Lacing doesn't come close to describing what is on the sides of my glass it's too thick.

Smell is strong coffee, mild bitter chocolate. Somewhere in there are dark roasted malts and burnt dark sugars.

Taste is just plain exceptional. Is this beer or sex in a glass. Strong mocha, no mocha on steroids. The coffee hits the sides of the mouth while the chocolate wraps around the tip of the tongue. Healthy oatiness holds it together and mixes with a chocolate malt profile. Hops are like a muted dry Irish stout. Clean and mellow. A lingering coffee bitterness that hangs with a toasted pumpernickel. Alcohol is so well incorporated as to be invisible.

Feel is thick and viscous. Light carbonation dries the mouth and lends a quenching touch.

Drinkability is superb. You really could have this for breakfast instead of a mimosa. It's smooth, easy drinking and refreshing. It'll also get you hammered so watch out!

Wow! I am going to have to have my next bottle with a special breakfast because this is an unbelievable way to start special day.

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

appearance -- dark. looks very viscous when poured. creampuffy tan head is nice, but doesn't last. belgian lace. burnt mahogany color.

smell -- coffee definitely hits you. followed by chocolate. fruity hoppiness is there, just stepped on by roastiness and chocolate.

taste -- delicious. roasted coffee chocolate milkshake! Just when you think it's too sweet, the bitterness hits you in the form of coffee and hops. It's hard to put down. That's the magic -- it's just so heavy and sweet, but like a true imperial stout, there's a fine share of bitterness.

mouthfeel -- thick, viscous. carbonation is on the lighter end. It's hard to imagine the yeast keeping up with the heavy alcohol of this brew!

drinkability -- for me, this is a once a day night cap beer that can be enjoyed on its own...or with/after dessert.

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

Pours thick, dark, delicious. Very, very dense, coffee colored head thats about a finger in thickness. Its not my breakfast but looking at this beer makes me think that if this replaced my morning coffee I'd be okay with that.

Smell is dark chocolate powder, sweet condensed milk, freshly ground coffee, some alcohol notes but overall an absolutely lovely smelling pour.

Taste is exquisite. Very roasty, very very roasty. Lots of bitter chocolate, black coffee, dark roasted malt, burnt toast and brown sugar flavors. So much flavor and taste in this beer. Its a sipper that makes you want a lot of free time to sip about 3-4 of these.

FBS is very smooth drinking. Its high alcohol is hardly noticeable through the rich, flavorful tastes of this stout. I've had this on tap and I'd say out of the bottle its not much different. Both are amazing.

I hope to see more of this on the shelves as I bought the last 4-pack I've seen in the area and 2 of those 4 are going to my bro as a housewarming gift.

Founders, you kick ass!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a thin dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, espresso, and burnt coffee.

T: Starts with rich milk chocolate and fades to lots of coffee and bitter espresso. Some bitter chocolate in there as well. The oatmeal adds a creamy mix to all of it.

M: Mouthfeel is great; it's rich, smooth, viscous, and very creamy.

D: A top-notch breakfast stout. Bursting with chocolate and coffee that all blends together very well.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Many thanks to the Trion for serving this on tap.
Poured as black as night, hold this up to the light and you won't see anything, this is a black hole. A nice little coffee w/cream head finishes off a darn good looking beer.
The smells take me to a Costa Rican plantation that grows both chocolate and coffee, this beer smells awesome. Better then awesome, they should bottle this smell and make a perfume out of it.
The chocolate and coffee thunder through in the taste as well, yeah the alcohol is there, but it doesn't offend you at all. As the beer warms, the two notes of chocolate and coffee still dominate but they do make room for hints of spice and oatmeal to meander across your taste buds. I think I would drink this stuff through a straw I enjoyed myself so much.
Typical stout in that it looks really thick but once you get it in your mouth it is pretty light. I wouldn't have more then 2 in an evening but that barely detracts from this beer.
I used to hate stouts, then I started to like them as an occasional treat, then I started to appreciate them as an after dinner delight . . .this beer marks my transition to a full on lover of stouts. This has to be one of the best beers in the world, it is fantastic.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A breakfast beer? I guess you can't drink all day unless you start in the morning.

Poured black with a large, dark and thick mud brown head. Great retention and mud splatter lace all over.

Smells like coffee grounds and vanilla.

More coffee than chocolate but both flavors complement each other well. Oaty smoothness, but very, very strong. I love this beer.

Is caffeine from the coffee carry over into the beer? After I drank this I had a ton of energy did an hour of cardio at the gym.

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Photo of JimboHD2005
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, tar colored beer poured into a Sam Adams glass. Left a half inch head of thick dense foam. Has a strong smell of roasted malts, coffee. Taste the coffee and oatmeal with a rich malty flavor and left a bitter aftertaste. Feels thick but goes down smooth as water. Overall a great beer.

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

From a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - A vigorous pour yielded two fingers of mocha-colored spongy head which hangs respectfully for many minutes in my tulip. Viscosity is apparent as it is poured. Lots of spotty lace on the sides of the glass as I sip.

Smell -Milk chocolate, strong coffee with some dried dark fruit notes. Roasted malt, a bit of toffee-like sweetness and a bit of alcohol (but not at all boozy). Oatmeal is certainly in there, too!

Taste - Chocolate sweetness with a roasty Kona Coffee-like center. Much roasted flavor continues through the finish. A hint of bitterness from the roasted grain is kept in check with the smooth chocolate sweetness. Hops are there, but unobtrusive (unlike some over-hopped American stouts). The oatmeal comes through to help live up the the "breakfast" name. The alcohol is largely hidden from the palate, yet a bit of warmth is apparent as it goes down, even more so as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel -Excellent carbonation and viscocity. Creamy on the tongue. No discernable alcohol burn on the tongue.

Drinkability- Just great. The balance of the sweet chocolaty malt and the roasted grain astringency is just about perfect. While I'm not a "beer for breakfast" guy, I could be persuaded if this stuff was about.

Comments- One of the best stouts I've ever had. Beautifully balanced roasted malt flavor along shines while delivering the coffee/chocolate punch. I'm so pleased that this beer seems to be in better supply lately.

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

Pours very dark opaque black, dark creamy tan head, lacing on the glass

Smells like chocolate espresso and malts, caramel and alcohol

Tastes like dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee, sweet malts countered with alcohol and a bitter hop finish - delicious

Mouthfeel is viscous, creamy and the bitterness lingers

Drinkability is good for the

Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. If you like coffee, stouts or both, you have to get your hands on this!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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