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Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout
8.30 % ABV

The coffee lover's consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever. 

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Review by James Kitchens on 03/20/21  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
Finally getting down to the last bottles that I've aged for WAY too long. This one is a 2008 bottle, so......

Looks just as it should when "new", even has more fizz than expected for the 13 years it's sat in my cellar. Smells as expected too, with roasted grains, chocolate, and the usual. Taste is where it deviates. This one has become very thin for the usual bottle of this beer. I have to admit, though, that it's actually nice to have the dark/roasted/chocolate tastes but with a thinner feel to it. This one actually almost works in style as a Porter after this much time in the cellar.

Overall, this one held up through the decade+ it sat here. Obviously, this wasn't necessarily something I do often, but this bottle still works quite well even after all this time. I also have at least a dozen more of this beer, ranging from 2008 to 2012 to test in the coming few years.

Served In: Snifter

Review by mr. furley on 01/04/15  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2014
my favorite "regularly" available stout. fuck this is good. buy it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by sunscar22 on 12/20/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2013
I love the coffee and chocolate notes coming off of this thing. You can smell it right away but it's not overwhelming by any means. Nice lacing left after a mild tan head. Super smooth stout. I didn't know how it was going to stand up drinking it right after "The Abyss" but I liked it even better.

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 4 10 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit63. Been looking forward to this one for a while. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Poured a pretty nice and dark black. Very little light gets through but that which does comes out in the form of a very dark and deep red. A very thin line of mocha head develops and turns into a lasting ring. The ring creates some nice lacing that leaves some nice waves on the glass. The brew also leaves a this brown film on the glass as well. Very nice.

S: Smell is mostly of coffee, nicely roasted coffee beans. Chocolate comes out as well. Nice roasted caramel malts come out as well in the nose. Although it only has a few notes in the nose, they are very appetizing and enjoyable.

T: The first thing that comes out is the coffee in the taste as well. There are some really nice oatmeal notes as well. Kinda shocking how much oat comes out. Chocolate is rich and smooth. There is also some really nice lactose notes as well along with some really nice nuttiness. This brew is very well rounded and damned tasty.

M: Full bodied brew that is oily and thick. Really coats the mouth and leaves a lot of malt an oats in the aftertaste. ABV is not noticable at all.

D: This brew is great in the nose, taste and appearance. The crazy part about this beer is how easily it goes down for the style and ABV. This is truly a great beer and I am most thankful for getting the chance to drink this one. Just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-30-2008 08:24:56

Served In: Snifter

Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Thanks to jdoolin for the trade, and I see why this beer has all the hype. The pour is a black color with limited brown hues and limited transparency when held to the light. A darker tan head that did hid to the side of the glass and remained throughout the tasting.

The nose was awesome. Malt aroma’s blended through out with very nice distinct fragrances. Dark chocolate mixes with some oatmeal and rich vanilla bean coffee and a light ester. Some light roasted notes and a slight lactic/milky feel as well. Overall very impressive.

The taste, overall very impressive. A malty flavor that emphasizes the coco chocolate flavor. Has a really nice rich, dark chocolate flavor. The oatmeal comes out more then the nose indicated and blends well for a smooth flavor. The roasted flavor is lighter and has more of an earthy flavor that blends lightly with the hops.

The body is great with a full feel with an easy to drink. There is a little silky feel and no phenolic or alcoholic esters that overpower. The carbonation is a bit high for feel but the nit-picky. Very impressive overall and a must have for every beer lover. Thanks again, jdoolin!

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
64oz Growler

Stopped by the brewery the night before they moved from the old Brassworks building. I didn't think they'd sell growlers of Breakfast Stout but, lucky me, they did. Poured midnight black with an extremely dark brown head with tinges of purple. Left sheet lacing down the glass after each sip. One of the best heads I've seen on a big stout like this.

There's a solid presence of roasted malts and a ghost like alcohol presence. You have a feeling it's there but can't put your finger on it. Anyways, all that's in the background. What steals the show is high quality freshly pressed coffee.

Flavor is identical to the aroma. The coffee is of the highest quality and quite intense. There's not as much noticeable bittersweet chocolate as the bottled version exhibits. The coffee produces a bitter component on the finish along with a, mild in flavor but noticeable in bitterness, hop presence.

Creamy heavy but silky smooth body leads into a moderate dryness on the finish. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum but massages the tongue as it works through.

I could sip this beer all night long until I was unable to sip anymore. It's a slow drinking beer but immensly enjoyable.

I've already reviewed this beer in bottled form. I actually prefer the bottled version but this is spectacular none-the-less. The bottled version seemed to have a more pronounced chocolate character.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 10/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
Pours a thick viscous jet black like new motor oil. A couple fingers of thick deep brown foam sit atop the brew. The foam settles a bit over time and leaves the walls of the glass coated in thick layers of stick lacing. A small layer of foam remains covering the beer.

Delicious milk chocolate aroma pierces the nose. Cocoa nibs with a touch of powdered cocoa to it. Medium toffee and a hint of carmel. Nice coffee comes in at the end. Great aroma.

Lots of delicious chocolate malt up front. Medium carbonation level. Cocoa and milk chocolate mix nicely with a great touch of toffee and a wonderful coffee flavor coming in to end it. No hint of the 8.3% ABV in the aroma or flavor. Drinking deliciously. Sign me up for another.

Served In: Snifter

Review by xfactor9600 on 09/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2009
Dark Black beer with very little lacing. Smells of coffee and faint chocolate. The taste is wonderful, with plenty of coffee and chocolate followed by roasted malts. My bottle was a little more carbonated than I would have liked, but overall this beer was everything I had thought it would be based on the reviews from several people I know.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 2007
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-16-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

First off I need to send mad props to Jay23 for this beer, thanks!

This is from the most recent batch. Poured at cellar temp.

Pours a dark chocolate color with some light brown foam.

Oh man the smell! You can smell this one as it pours. There is some sweet chocolate, powdered cocoa, coffee, vanilla bean, roasted malts, and oats; easily one of the best smelling stouts I've encountered. The aroma is, dare I say, orgasmic. I'm just taking my time with this one, letting it warm up a bit more to get some more aromas before I take my first sip. This is one of the most chocolate smelling stouts I've had in front of me, very nicely done.

Fist sip is pure bliss. The taste really holds up well with the aromas. Chocolate and coffee flavors upfront with some slight burnt barley and chocolate malts in the finish. Some oats also detected towards the end along with some bitter chocolate. Big aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, rich and thick. This is a chocolate and coffee elixir. The slightest hint of alcohol is present to remind you that this is an alcoholic beverage.

The drinkability is very good but it could start to feel a little too sweet after one glass.

I could eat this stuff for breakfast. Screw Starbucks coffee, gimme some Breakfast Stout in the morning.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2008
Black lacquer body, I sense brown upon it but only see black. A chocolate milk brown top about an inch high sits on top with a lovely creamy rich denseness. Crown slowly percolates down to a whispy bubbled skim and the lacing is quite sticky and layered in sporatic thick webby curtains.

Oh my this is lovely! Wow, what a great aromatic display on this of bold, rich mocha java, sweet oats, chocolate, fudge, and loads of robust roastyness. Incredible little dollps of tangy prune and burnt molasses keep an almost sour undertone to it. Unfortunately it tends to mellow out and becomes less potent as it sits but still is a wonderment to let flood into the nasal aura.

The taste is the perfect carbon copy of the smell but set with much more adorned tones and length. Its heavy, rich, blanketing, and bakes long lasting flavors of big chocolate shavings covered on top of thick, fluffy Swedish french toast glazed with whipped buttered cream and molasses syrup. Sides with dark oatmeal cookie sweetness and is then followed with hardy coffee bean bitterness and milky dark chocolate bitterness, making this one hell'uva meal of a brew. Need I say more? De-fuckin'-licious!

Well rounded roast and bitterness creates a delicately silken full body. Unlimited amounts of roastified textures and darkly bittered chocolate/coffee delivers itself for eons across the playing field of the palate. Great oaty sweetness and mild sour pruneyness transcends underneath with an aloofingly amazing accuracy creating just enough balance to keep that roasty/bitter/burnt stuff from completely dominating. Satisfingly drinkable by leaps and bounds. Move over Bell's Java Stout...Breakfast is the first meal of the day.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
Reviewing a 2008 bottle, after my 2006 review.

Color is black, black, black. Aroma is strong. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee. Very mild sweetness too. Taste is about the same, with chocolate and coffee right away. Nice roasted taste follows that immediately. Very slight alcohol taste in the finish, which tones down if you age this one about a year or so (from previous bottles). Feel is very nice, with a lingering combo of tastes. A bit high on the carbonation maybe, if there is anything at all wrong.

Overall, this one is another winner from Founders. Like I said in my last review (2006 bottle) if you like the style, then you'll like one whether it's new or aged. Same still holds true. There is a bit of an alcohol edge to the newer bottle.

Served In: Bottle

Review by bakes on 12/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Pours 99% opaque and very dark brown into my glass, leaving a tan head and lace all the way down. Aroma is roast coffee, cocoa, slight alcohol and some faint caramel-toffee sweetness.

Starts with a mix of black coffee and some dark chocolate, with a silkiness in the first sip that's impressive. A rounded sweetness comes in mid-sip, like a shot of malt in the coffee, with a warming sensation that grows as you drink the brew. Finishes with a coffee-and-dark-chocolate-with-a-shot flavor that's truly impressive. Vague oats in the way back announce their presence subtly, but like a French horn in an orchestra you'd miss them if they weren't there. Mouthfeel's almost a 5 but not quite there - a little to sprightly for the style.

Overall a fine sitting around on a cold evening brew; and would likely make a great morning tee off warmer for the annual fall golf outings. Hmmm...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by JJ on 11/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 19 4 9 2008
A:Black w/dark brown head. Good lacing

S:Hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel

T:Wow! Bitter chocolate taste with caramel and a powerful espresso flavor.

M:Thick full beer.

D:Very drinkable.

Suggestion: I ate a chocolate covered caramel candy while drinking this and it was incredible. The best Stout I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 10/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 15 3 6 2008
Thanks to Jay23 for this extra. 2008 edition.

Great looking beer, as always has been my experience with Breakfast Stout. Pitch black color with more than an inch of foam with some lacing and very good retention.

A blast of coffee and chocolate at first but once I finished pouring, the smell coming from the glass was a little underwhelming. The coffee aroma doesn’t seem as bold and robust, or even fresh as it has in the past. More chocolate and roasted malts with hints of vanilla and sugar cookies. Some whiffs of alcohol too. Has a somewhat acidic coffee aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma and also not as great as I remembered, or at least not as good as the 07 and 06 release. Faint chocolate, coffee, roasted barley flavors. Baker’s chocolate in the finish. Roasted bitterness in the aftertaste as well as some cocoa powder.

Feels a tad thin and watery but good overall. A little better when it warms up, but not much. It might actually be the flavors that seem thin, and not the mouthfeel.

Quite easy to drink but I’m in no need of a spoon this year and that kind of sucks.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2006
much thanks to loweredsixth for this wonderful brew.also before i rate i must say i love the label on this one.very artistic and humorous.ok,now for the rate.this stout poured a black body with a wonderful chocolate colored the head simmered i saw some very nice lacing coating the duvel glass.i got loads of coffee in the aroma,followed by a little for the first sip?you guessed!!!now i absoluely love coffe stouts so i was in heaven after the first sip.i could find a bit of caramel,and chocolate in the flavor if i looked real hard. either way this stout is delicious!!!!!

Served In: Snifter

Review by James Kitchens on 01/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 18 5 10 2006
This one is either a 2005 or 2006 bottle.

Color is black, with tan foam. That settles down nicely. Smell is thick with with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, etc. All the yummy things you expect in a good breakfast. Even slightly sweet, which surprised me. The taste is equally appealing. I've had several of these, and the first taste never gets old. You get the roasted taste, along with a hint of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. It just sticks with you and reflects the thick feel of the beer. The oatmeal also comes out with a smooth, almost velvet feel to it.

Overall, this is one that never disappoints and can stand up to some aging as well. Opening a new bottle you just bought? You'll love it. Opening a 2yr old bottle you've had in your cellar? You'll love that one too. Another in a long line of great bottles from Founders.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Pours thick and black that eventually forms into a good sized medium tan head that held together pretty well. Smell is the best I have sented in a breakfast stout yet. Taste is jsut about there with the smell, very freaking good. This is one of the best beers i’ve tried yet.

Served In: Pint Glass

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