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 jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a tulip.

This stour poured very thick, no carbonation, and dirty motor oil black. Not even a hint of brown in the light. It has very tan head, but it isn't very high or last very long. Lacing is really strong.

The smells very strongly of black coffee, and bitter chocolate. Very strong smell.

The taste is strong and a big mouthful. You taste it all over your mouth and throat as you swallow. It tastes very bitter and my biggest thought is cold coffee the whole time. I think this is very good but its just one note through and through. Its not a complex flavor which is a little disappointing.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Normally I would talk about pouring the beer into my glass. Well this beer is so thick I placed in my glass not poured. It's like motor oil coming out of the gate. Black as night. A trace of head. No lacing. The aroma is wonderful. Dark chocolate and coffee. So spot on with those two scents it's freaky. The flavor is intense smoked malt with chocolate coffee. It's like a mocha malt was melted and put in a bottle. Obviously this full bodied and robust. It's like a meal in a glass. Breakfast to be exact.... wait maybe that's why they call it... oh you know. Great Imperial stout.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Sonicdescent

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head, body is pitch black and opaque. Head retention is above average and lacing is good

Smell is of bittersweet chocolate and fresh coffee grounds. The coffee and chocolate really overpower anything else in this beer. Hops and alcohol aren't detected at all, this smells like desert!

Taste is pretty similar to smell, first there is the bitter chocolate, then the bitter cold coffee taste is there. Hops are also present in the after taste, not like IPA hoppy, but just that bitterness of IBUs

Mouth feel is good, carbonation is well balanced. Body isnt as thick and rich as I was hoping for. Thats about the only downside I see to this beer. There isnt that thick creamy head I love from Imperial Stouts. It goes down pretty smooth though.

Drink ability is good. The 8.3 ABV is barely detected and this beer isnt really session able but I could easily go through 2 of these at a time. Bitterness from coffee and chocolate was definitely the main flavor in this beer and I didnt mind it one bit. I only wish it was a little thicker and richer, still very good beer, worth trading again

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

A - poured like motor oil out of the bottle into my snifter. Jet black in appearance with a very minimal head.

S - the smell was kind of all over the place - there is a lot going on in it. Dark, roasted malts, a boat load of burnt malts/coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, and booze.

T - Taste of dark chocolates, which were followed by burnt malt that dominates the palate on the finish and leaves a lingering coffee taste. Usually stouts can get kind of watery throughout its taste - this was full of flavor and very interesting throughout.

M - decently full and smooth. The high abv is very well-masked. I smelt the booze but didn't taste it.

D - excellent stout. I have been wanting to try this for a while now and was glad that I finally got to try it. I have a couple more calling my name, and I am very much looking forward to indulging in them. With a description that says, "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout," how can one go wrong - especially when it is brewed by Founders.

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

Finally got a chance to try this, here goes.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. At first the head is medium brown, almost toffee colored, but as it settles, it turns more of a beige color. The head, while unspectacular to begin with, shrinks to a small ring around the outside of the glass. There is some sticky lacing leaving patterns on the glass.

The nose is very strong towards the coffee. Bakers chocolate and bitterness take a back seat to the Espresso in this one, and it's mouthwatering. Roasted malts and almost a chocolate milk like sweetness.

Coffee and earthy bitter hops. Bakers chocolate and malts. The alcohol isn't noticeable, but there is a friendly warming presence hidden amongst the intense flavors. This stuff is the consistency of chocolate milk, with the bitterness of iced coffee, and the velvety smoothness of a malt.

Creamy and smooth. Thats it. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but other than that, I can't imagine it being more velvety smooth and creamy. Drinkability is excellent.

Definitely deserving of the spot in the Top 100. Excellent brew.

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Photo of glib
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I very much enjoyed this beer. I enjoy stouts, but often have to be in a particular frame of mind for them. This stout lived up to its "breakfast" moniker, with robust and sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. The initial taste and feel is intense and crisp, laced with bitter hops and a hint of sweetness. This almost immediately gives way to a softer, more velvety feel, with huge flavors of chocolate. The warm aftertaste of chocolate and coffee makes this beer exceptionally drinkable, although it is definitely a sipping beer.

I would have given it nearer perfect marks, except that initially the overwhelming and overlapping flavors are a bit much for my palate. Others may enjoy this intensely.

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

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. This beer is as dark as dark gets! Opaque black with a thick frothy tan head that sticks around forever! Excellent lacing. A beautiful brew!

S - Coffee and roasted malts stand out above all. Also an undertone of bitter chocolate.

T - The taste mimics the nose. Roasted malts and coffee with some bitter chocolate on the swallow. The alcohol is superbly masked. Some hoppiness as well...this is a tasty little number!

M & D - Thick, almost viscous mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable. As hefty as this one is, I think I could drink it all night. Kudos to the brewmasters over at Founders...this is one to be proud of!

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Photo of bbeane
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a snifter... No head, black in color with no transparency. Leaves little lacing

S- Lots going on. Has a sweet malty caramel smell with strong chocolatey aroma and even stronger coffee overtones

T- Delicious. Slightly sweet malt start with the chocolate becoming more prominant as the beer hits your entire mouth. Finishes with great coffee overtones

M- Slightly chewy with very little carbonation. Leaves lots of linger flavor in your mouth after swallowing

D- Very. Would drink as many as there are available. I imagine the very undetectable high abv starts to catch up with you after a few


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

had on tap 7/18 at The Dirty Truth
I didn't think that one of my favorite beers could get any better... and then I had it on tap. Sweet baby jesus...
This beer poured an opaque black color with a thick, frothy, dark tan head. Great head retention with tons of thick sticky lacng that coated the glass. The coffee nose on this is far more intense on tap than in the bottle, some bitter chocolate and roasted malt notes dance in the background but it's all about the coffee with this one. The first go 'round I rated this beer as a 5 on the taste and having it on tap only solidifies the 5 stance. Insane coffee flavoring. It's prominent and in your face but not over the top. Roasted malt flavoring evens it out a bit in the middle and and creamy flavoring mixed with a deep bitter chocolate round this out at the end. The flavor on this baby was really, really intense. I you like coffee, you'll love this! Even though roasted coffee was the main flavor there was good balance here. I noticed some malts and some cream flavor and maybe some bittersweet chocolate in the finish. This is a full bodied, low carbonation, rich, silky and creamy body with a thick sticky finish to it. In this case, my 5 drinkability lends more to simply sitting and enjoying rather than sessionable. Though... in bottle form I've put a few back. I've always known draft was better but I didn't think FBS could be improved.

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Photo of capra12
3.35/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviwed with the help of speedwayjim served out of a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 finger dark tan head dark and nearly opaque in color.

Smell: There are dark roast malts, coffee beans and burnt dark chocolate.

Taste: The opening of this brew nothing but ordinary. The taste of slightly charred chocolate and heavily roasted coffee beans are present throughout this brew, The sweet ness of the chocolate comes through towards the end as this brew warms up.

Mouthfeel: this brew is medium bodied but is in no way smooth. The bitterness from the roasted coffee really lingers long after my sip.

Drinkability: this brew is very complex yet my palate is unable appreciate the complexity of this concoction.For me this brew is one which I would not have again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick appearance, it looks like molasses with a nice dark brown head standing about a half inch tall but it fades quick.

S - Perfect chocolate aroma with a super coffee accent. This is fixin' to be a winner.

T - An array of flavors cross my tongue in the first sip. So many in fact that I can't place them all. Let's see what I find in pull number two... it moves from a rich coffee start to a bitter hop-coffee middle. The finish is thick and chocolaty.

M - This is a super smooth stout that has a soft and silky feel.

~ I recommend to anyone that likes beer, they must have this. No question about it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler.

A: Poured a deep, dark brown color with a half finger dark tan head that I've come to expect from these types of beers. The head dissipated rather quickly to form a film around the side of the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and malts.

T: The taste of coffee was a little overpowering in this brew though I could definitely get the hints of chocolate.

M: Medium to heavy bodied and surprisingly dry. Mouthfeel was also rather course though I thought it would've been a bit silkier.

D: 3. Glad I had this though I probably wouldn't try it again. Drinkability is a little low compared to other chocolate and oatmeal stouts I've had.

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

Out of a bottle I stumbled across randomly in Myrtle Beach, SC, with the gorgeous Russian girl I was dating (*sigh*) this uber-famous beer was an opaque black color. The head was one finger of mocha-colored foam that displayed good retention and consistent bands of lacing. The aroma was rich and delicious, chocolate, pipe tobacco, roasted malt, molasses and alcohol. Totally on-point. The flavors were equally apropos to the style, lots of roasted malt and chocolate, both milk and dark along with some smoked notes and earth. The alcohol was surprisingly well-concealed yet the flavors still robust and rich - complex but dangerously drinkable! Oh my! The body was full, the carbonation perfect and the mouthfeel smooth. This one, in some ways, is easy to sum up. If you can find it, buy it.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger thick/full mocha colored tan head. Doesn't last very long. Some very little lace manages to stick thinly to the glass. Color is a pure dark brown, basically black.

Aroma: Coffee, cocoa, chocolate. A big malt taste. Some type of nuts. Main smell is the coffee. Slight booze. I am loving the smell.

Taste: Coffee and coffee beans. Chocolate and cocoa. Some nuts. Taste is just like the smell. Big malt flavor, slight booze, earthy hops are a little present. A very great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Full bodied. Seems like a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat boozy. Leaves a a pretty dry, coffee taste of an aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Very drinkable stout. Went fast from the start to the end, making me want more. I could easily drink another.

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black body(somewhat coca cola-ish) with a small almost non existent head.

Nose is an extremely intense freshly cracked bitter coffee or espresso bean and extremely dark chocolate. Very faint touches of the oatmeal, but honestly this thing just screams coffee/chocolate without any sweetness at all. Dark and SUPER BITTER coffee or chocolate.

Taste is full bodied and immediately hits with the dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. It's strange because both the dark bitter unsweetened chocolate and extremely bitter espresso are equally present and yet sort of shuffle back and forth so you're never quite sure which one is the flavor you're experiencing at the moment. Bitterness isn't overly deadly, at least not when it comes to the hops. You can taste it's there, but it works perfectly in step with the bitter coffee and choclate flavors. Hop taste, again, it's there with some mild floral or even citrus notes, but for the most part it's just a compliment to the big burnt coffee. Ends with a beautiful long boot leather, coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate bitterness.

Founder's can't make a bad beer. I hate calling this a one trick pony. It's sooo coffee and unsweetened chocolate to the max, but... it works. I like the KBS a bit more, but this is damn good.

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Photo of kegger22
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks, pours and feels like used motor oil but in this case, its a good thing. Remember, this is breakfast and it is rich, rich, rich. The aroma is a good, strong coffee with a whiff of chocolate. The taste is coffee, but the chocolate becomes more prominent as an aftertaste on the back of the tongue. The feel is heavy, but hey, its a stout and it should. If you drank this all day, it would kill you, but you'd die happy.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start by saying this...if you could drink this for breakfast every morning, you would never need to drink coffee again.

A: Pour is extremely smooth. The beer flows viscously in a creamy black stream. There is a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Smell has a ton going on in it. Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt malts, and some maple syrup/molasses that makes this 100% inviting.

T: Just like a Colombian dark roast. The molasses sits in the background and complements the roasted malts. There is a big coffee taste (obviously) to go with it. No sign of alcohol at all. I also make out some hazelnut-like notes in the finish.

M/D: Tingly light carbonation, extremely smooth finish. Great after dinner, where it replaced my coffee, and could be great in the morning with my bagel and eggs too. The aftertaste is better then that of my morning coffee. A great all-around beer. I could drink a few of these, even though it might take an hour or two...

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Photo of sweemzander
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours thick, and black as night. Very little head formation, but had some serious light brown bubbles. Some lacing.

(S)- Lots of coffee and oatmeal! Combined with some sweet chocolate and molasses. Some bread nuances.

(T)- Super rich roasted malts. Tons of coffee within. Slight bread component from the oatmeal. Finalized by some cocoa.

(M)- Thick stuff in the mouth. Seriously roasted to the point of almost being bitter, yet the sweetness balances that out really well! Good carbonation level. Where is the 8.3% abv? Pretty damn smooth if you ask me! Incredible balance!

(D)- If I could get away with drinking this at breakfast every morning, I would ! It really reminds me of that early morning cup of coffee with some well-done toast spread with milk chocolate ! A sipper, yet an incredibly enjoyable one at that. If you let this get up to almost room temperature, it only gets better! One of the best and unique Stouts out there along with their CBS and KBS !

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Photo of dude
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother Brian for the surprise. I have been craving this one for a while. Plus I got to enjoy it during a phils game with a 1st inning grand slam! This pours like old motor oil, opaque and brown to black in color. No head formation and not much in the way of carbonation noted. Aroma is of coffee, some chocolate and a porterish bitter roasted maltiness. Taste is bitter sweet, chocolate, vinous fruit and tasty alcohol. Mouthfeel is syrupy, disappointing I guess as it was the only below average characteristic. Drinkability is good for double stout standards, whatever the hell that means.

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Photo of briman
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, essentially black, opaque, with a moderate dark brown head that retains well.

Aroma is moderate to strong ground coffee, with some dark chocolate lingering in the background.

Flavor falls right in line with the aroma, ground coffee, dark chocolate, with a roasty finish. Bitterness characteristic of what you might get after eating a square of premium dark chocolate fills the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Slightly thick, a bit chewy. Alcohol evident only in the warming, as it is very well hidden in the aroma and taste. I think this is an outstanding beer, but can't help wondering what it would be like if it were a touch fuller in terms of body. Certainly one you want to drink again and again.

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Photo of bfields4
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate with a thin tight beautiful mocha head.

Dark bitter sweet chocolate malts rule the smell. A nice roasted coffee eske smell to boot.

Bould breakfast espresso tastes fade into a beautiful bitter velvet chocolate so smooth and well balanced nothing too overpowering.

as stated above a nice velvety smooth light carbonation. Founders brewed a beautiful one with this guy. wish I had the willpower to store this guy.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from... Somebody. Thanks!

A - Opaque black with dark brown edges. Tight, half finger brown head has medium retention, leaving a thin collar. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - The expected coffee rush hits first. Big, huge coffee aromas. Honestly smells more like coffee than beer. But in a good way. Some chocolatey and licorice aromas break it up.

T - Equally coffee-soaked, with the same chocolate and licorice background. Some plummy fruit flavors in there too.

M - On the softer side, but too prickly to be higher than a 4.

D - Very high. One of the most drinkable coffee stouts I've had.

Solid for sure, but lacking somewhat in depth. Perhaps if I had it a bit fresher, I'd get more complexity out of the coffee itself. But even without the depth I expected, it's still a fine beer.

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black like motor oil and lets no light pass through. Has a small tan foamy head. The smell is of dark chocolate, molasses, alcohol, raisins, and coffee. Same for the taste. The taste has a nice balance between coffee bitterness and sweetness from the malt. The two strongest flavors are the coffee and the chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation, and very drinkable. I could drink this again and again.

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Photo of hike20
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half-finger head that doesn't linger, though the lacing clings nicely. Exceptional aroma with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Wow, the flavor is intense and unique. Complex flavors with strong notes of dark roast coffee and a touch of chocolate. Very well balanced. Mouth feel is luxurious. This is absolutely the best stout I've tried yet.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Kegatron for trading me a bottle. Poured from a 12oz bottle at 50 degrees into a plain old snifter.

Poured it pretty darn quick in order to muster a 1 finger width medium tan head, composed of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates down to a thin ring rather quickly, and leaves some decent thin lacing along the sides of the glass. Once it settles to the thin ring of froth, it reminds me a lot of the froth on top of a freshly brewed shot of espresso. The beer itself is midnight black.

I get a lot of roasted barley in the nose, with some coffee and chocolate underneath. I also detect some faint tobacco, and a nutty quality that is hard to describe. There's some vanilla going on too, along with some toffee. Complex as hell and in your face.

Wow, where do I begin? The first thing I detect is toffee and vanilla, followed up quickly by a dry roastyness that is balanced out by a great coffee mid-range. Surprisingly, the chocolate shows up late to the party, and is prevelant mostly after the carbonation fades in your mouth just before the swallow, tastes a bit milk chocolate-like. I also get some tobacco leaf character at the swallow, along with other indescript leathery flavors.

Mouthfeel couldn't be better. It's everything I'm looking for: viscous, oily, smooth, vivacious, and is just the right thickness. Also has this kind of nice chewyness to it which is rare for a beer that isn't too thick.

Overall this is a masterpiece, and is one of the best beers I have ever had, if not the best beer I have ever had. I'm in absolute heaven. Really easy to enjoy, and the alcohol is kept in check which is awesome. I think I even dig this more than Peche Mortel, which is hard to believe coming from me. If I die in my sleep tonight, please serve this beer at my funeral.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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