1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

12,267 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 12,267
Reviews: 3,269
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,208
Gots: 2,857 | FT: 174
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Breakfast Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 12,267 | Reviews: 3,269 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +10.6%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4/5  rDev -11.5%

AutumnBeerLove, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +10.6%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +10.6%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChiHophead13
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish snifter.

A - midnight black with the consistency of Castrol motor oil. Thick, creamy head the color of milk chocolate. Ton of lacing on the glass.

S - burnt coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate pouring out of this one. Hard to find any hop presence due to the overwhelming nature of the coffee.

T - bitter chocolate and fresh ground espresso roast. Some malty and toffee with a wonderfully long chocolate finish. Not all all boozy at 8+%.

M - full bodied, mild carbonation, extremely well balanced and drinkable.

O - this is what a coffee stout should be. Although the coffee and chocolate are intense, they're not overwhelming. There's nothing "one note" about the flavor profile as everything works well together. FBS continues to be my yardstick for this beer style.

ChiHophead13, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ccarney2
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black as night with a 2 finger tan head that lingers for a short time, but leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Sweet, lots of toasted malt with a bitter coffee smell coming though. Not too much alcohol in the nose.

Taste - Sweet start with a quick transition to some of the bitterness. The malts and hops work really well together, the sweetness of the grain fade nicely into a bitter roasted coffee flavor. You get a little more of the alcohol here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel - Wonderful for me. A little more carbonation than most stouts I've had recently, but the silky smooth texture is still there and it surrounds the tongue.

Overall - This beer is fantastic. It is something that i could literally drink for breakfast, and would work especially work well with some buttered toast and eggs. The taste is rather mild and lingering, but incredibly complex. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

ccarney2, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of demuzik
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is very much an exceptional beer; the way they manage to cram all the coffee notes of espresso, chocolate, and roasted grain, yet keep it balanced and gentle - this is by no means a harsh or bitter stout... hence the breakfast reference. Both the aroma and taste are heavily espresso/coffee oriented; the mouthfeel is creamy, yet light - not overbearing.

Not a session beer, by any means, too complex and interesting - but worth a visit each Fall as it comes available - if you haven't tried it yet, do so... its a Stout worth writing home about.

demuzik, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gawd this beer looks heavenly with it's pitch black soul and hearty tan muffin top. The stickiness of the lacing is world class and it's pretty generously carbonated.

Oh man, this is such a delicious smelling beer. It's strong notes of milk chocolate, toasted coconut and coffee with a little bit of oat graininess. A touch of spice is also detected, but almost no alcohol (which is a big difference between this beer and KBS).

I remember why I love this beer. It's absolutely incredible and a delightful stout. Its got just the right amount of bold flavors offset by a light spice. There are no issues of balance and there is a slightly tart, roasty aftertaste that leaves me satiated after each sip.

Big, bold beer with tons of flavor and a full body. Exactly what I'm looking for in a stout. There is a lingering aftertaste that is slightly roasty and well mannered. It's still quite pleasant when warmed up.

Damn delicious beer with lots of rich flavors. It definitely hit the spot and would likely be a good cellar-ing candidate. I'd try they beer again and whole-heartedly recommend it to others.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as spent motor oil. Light will not penetrate this beer. Period. One and one half finger tan head. Lacing is good.

Smells like coffee beans. Fresh ground coffee beans. Chocolate is barely noticeable.

I taste chocolate first, then coffee. Burnt malt. To call this one flavorful would be an understatement...this thing packs a punch. Its an explosion of flavor. All chocolate and coffee.

Being that I'm a relative newby, this is by far the most robust stout I have personally had. Thick. You can almost spoon feed yourself this stout.

This one aint for the faint of heart. It kicks you in the face and make you beg for more. Thank you Founders, may I have another...

Illtryit, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

VERY fresh bottle, bottled 10/22/11

Pours a dark black with a small brown head

Heavy coffee smell on the nose. Can't really pick out the chocolate in the smell.

Taste also dominated by coffee, with little bitterness on the finish.

A Very good stout, one that I might enjoy more with a little age to tone down the coffee slightly.

jsulko, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sapsuckers, Huntington, NY.

Poured s deep black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full cold coffee aroma. Not much else detected.

The taste was equally coffee driven with elements of dark chocolate and charcoal.

The mouthfeel wad toward the lighter side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall scraggy coffee driven stout. Sort of one dimensional in that regard, but very good nevertheless.

plaid75, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of JohnFatAss
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pure black in color. Even when held up to a bright light, no light comes through. Formed a small brown head and left some nice lacing on the glass.

It smells of coffee and has a smooth coffee taste. Some chocolate chocolate comes through but mostly coffee. I has a slight bitter after taste like coffee has.

For a dark, heavy full bodied beer with a fairly high ABV, it drinks real easy.

JohnFatAss, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually do not like a stout, but based on the consistantly good reviews, I had to try.
Poured from bottle into tulip.
I gave the Appearance a 4 not higher because it just looked flat.
Smell is probably one of the best ever. Coffe/espresso is obvious and amazing. Vanilla is also present.
Taste is fantastic. Smooth, chocolatey and coffe, vanilla undertones. You can barely notice the high ABV.
I think I should start re-thinking my take on stouts. With a stout this good, there are bound to me more.

Oh, and you really could have this for breakfast!

DrinkSlurm, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of lanamj
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Brawley's snifter!!

A- A very nice coffee black that has a small amount of milk chocolate head the disappears into a nice milky lace that has very strong retention.

S- Coffee is strong on this one. Some sweet dark fruit and roasted malt is present as well. No alcohol sent on this beer, nor is there much hop presence. Very true to the name, smells like breakfast.

T- Fresh roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Some nice dark fruit and sweet malts as well. For not being a milk stout this one has lots of cream presence. The alcohol is hidden perfectly.

M- Perfect for the style. It's founders. Carbonation is present but mild on the tounge. Goes down easy.

O- A wonderful beer. Has all the components to be a great stout that i will seek out every years as long as it's made. I dont drink coffee but i do drink this.

lanamj, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Onibubba
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review on this beer was almost 4 years ago to date. I have not had it since. Rating at that time was 4,4,4,4,3.5. Consensus, good not great.

Fast forward 4 years later. Bottled 11-04-2011. Coffee taste and smell is stronger and more pleasing than in any other stout I have drank, including Mikkeller Brunch Weasel (which I would never have thought possible). The moderate hop contrast is welcome, keeping this from being one delicious note. Absolutely the BEST stout I have had to date.

Onibubba, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque jet black color with about a half-finger of creamy tan head that fades away after a short while. No lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate and oats all come through nice and strong. Not a hint of alcohol on the nose.

T: Coffee comes out strongly up front, followed by some weaker chocolate notes afterward. The finish is just like black coffee. While the oats don't come through as strongly, they help to round out the other flavors. Not a hint of alcohol comes through here, either.

M: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth with a bit of carbonation. Couldn't ask much more of a stout.

D: This beer is exceptionally easy to drink, especially considering the ABV. I think the coffee flavor is a bit overpowering, but for people who drink black coffee every day, this would be a real treat.

schlimenhaumer, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had it on tap this year, but just got the bottles!

Pours a black, make that a pitch black with a thick mocha head. An aggressive pour leads to a huge head into a snifter.

Smells like coffee from a mile away. Dark roasted coffee with very slight hints of dark chocolate. Hints of oaty smoothness.

The taste isnt as full of coffee dominated as you would think. Yes the coffee dominates, but in not the proportions you would expect. The coffee beans come out through the exhale. The mouth is full of a lactose-like smoothness with hints of caramel sweetness and semi-sweet chocolate. In spite of that, the coffee is there. Its more bitter than the smell might lead you to believe.

Al that being said, its definitely a breakfast stout. Coffee is everywhere, and everything else just accents that dark roast coffee. Get one, enjoy it while it lasts. Definition of world class.

VncentLIFE, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 11/01/11. Damn thats fresh - 8 days ago!

black, with 1/4" tan head of fine bubbles, but then fades away quickly. wow, the aroma is extremely strong roasted espresso. the label touts chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal but it's all coffee in the taste. good flavor, but it's one dimensional. medium body and carbonation.

Going with any Founders beer you can't go wrong, but as stouts go, I'd still look for the regular Imperial Stout and KBS first.

jmdrpi, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of stckhndlr
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours very dark. Black. Only when using a flashlight held right up to the glass can a hint of red be seen just barely at the very edge of the glass. A full thick dark tan two finger head settled on top. Lots of sediment floating around in the dark abyss as well. As I drink this one down there is some of the best lacing left behind that I have seen in a beer yet.

S- HUGE chocolate and coffee flavors can be smelled from a distance while pouring this one. Malty notes get even stronger when you really get into it. What better smells for breakfast than roasted coffee and chocolate.

T- I start first with the coffee and roasted malt flavor. Tastes like a rich chocolate espresso. But as I swallow I get my first taste of the oatmeal coming through. Some burnt dark chocolate bitters linger on my tongue for several minutes after I swallow. Super long finish.

M- A bit watery thin at first but as is sits on the tongue it thickens just a bit to reveal a more full body to it. Comes out to smooth finish. Super easy to drink.

O- I have read so many reviews and heard so many great things about this beer. After a long wait I can now say that the anticipation that built up before now was not in vein. Worth the wait and definitely worth the search. Great beer. Absolutely one of the best.

stckhndlr, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of bkrueger
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way. I'll do this the honor of being my first beer review after spending the last year or so reviewing hundreds and hundreds of bottles of wine.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass. It looks like it was bottled 08/05/11 but the bottle on date is mostly worn off and it is hard to be exact.

The appearance is pitch black with around 1/8 of an inch of light creamy brown head that quickly dissipates to leave a ring of lacing around the edge of the glass.

The smell is one of the best aromatic experiences I have ever had with any beer. It is sweet chocolate, burnt brown sugars, sweet cream, slight hints of alcohol, and loads upon loads of espresso beans with undertones of brown sugar oatmeal.

The taste hits my tongue with smooth espresso flakes upon the first sip, slightly bitter watery dark burnt chocolate then takes hold before leaving a full on espresso after taste. Espresso is the most pronounced characteristic with bitter chocolates coming in behind as I slowly drink.

The mouthfeel is watery with chewy espresso and dark bitter chocolate kicking in to leave a long bitter and lasting impression. The carbonation is good and present letting you know this beer is alive and well.

Overall this is a great beer and one that I would drink again and again if this were available. The smell is pretty much perfect with sweet creaminess and lush chocolate that belie the first couple of sips that instead give me a more bitter background. As the beer warms the bitterness mellows out and gives a sweet chocolate and cream mouthfeel and taste, picking up more cream and less water as the dominant characteristic in mouthfeel. I would drink this at any time of the day and also have a couple in a row because it is highly drinkable and delicious. The taste noticeably improves as the beer warms so don't drink it too fast.

bkrueger, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of mullenpc
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (11/4/2011) served in a Stone 15th Anniversary Glass

Poured vigorously which produced a fairly thick finger-width tan/cinnamon colored head. Looks like it will stick around forever. As expected, the beer is pitch black, and as I can already smell it, it looks like the world's best black coffee.

This bottle is super fresh so I expected the coffee to overwhelm, but the quality of the chocolate used in this beer is evident. The coffee aroma is dominant and almost smells like the taste you get from biting into a great fresh, quality bean, but I can definitely smell a quality chocolate behind the coffee.

Taste is perfect. It's not overly salty or sweet like some of the ST Blackwater series. The overwhelming taste of a freshly brewed cup of Kona coffee is spot on, followed by a chocolate creaminess on the finish. This bottle is incredibly fresh, so I am still getting a lingering hop bite on the finish, but it's nothing more than a complementary nod to the incredible flavors that came before.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer of this style and ABV, but the carbonation level is right on and the finish is very smooth.

FBS is a very iconic beer and it's easy to see why. The label brands the beer as a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout, and that is exactly what it is. In my mind it is an almost perfect example of the coffee/chocolate stout. So glad I got my hands on some very fresh bottles of this.

mullenpc, Nov 09, 2011
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,267 ratings.