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 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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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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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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