1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.

11,740 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 11,740
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,162
Gots: 2,545 | FT: 155
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: 11,740 | Reviews: 3,217 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AbbyAlex
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

AbbyAlex, Tuesday at 02:36 PM
Photo of Whimpers
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Whimpers, Tuesday at 03:51 AM
Photo of TLA
4.25/5  rDev -6%

TLA, Tuesday at 01:20 AM
Photo of JimmyP
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

JimmyP, Monday at 10:41 PM
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

EyePeeAyBryan, Monday at 10:23 PM
Photo of adam_e
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

adam_e, Monday at 08:53 PM
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders 15th Anniversary party, into a pint glass.

Black with a beige-brown head, light retention and fantastic lacing. Nose is super chocolate-y, coffee and roast with a creamy quality to it. Taste is just pure roast, milk and dark chocolate, with a very subtle creaminess. Full feel and carbonation achieves a perfectly lower medium level following a few swirls of my glass. Exceptional coffee and body here, one of the best coffee beers I've ever laid lips to. Crazy tasty.

liamt07, Monday at 06:35 PM
Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +10.6%

mportnoy, Monday at 04:33 AM
Photo of hope22
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

hope22, Monday at 04:17 AM
Photo of ojimmy
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

ojimmy, Monday at 03:46 AM
Photo of lupercmda
3.25/5  rDev -28.1%

lupercmda, Monday at 03:25 AM
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

t0rin0, Monday at 02:34 AM
Photo of kosmak125
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

kosmak125, Sunday at 11:38 PM
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

OldhouseRecs, Sunday at 11:11 PM
Photo of retreminy
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

retreminy, Sunday at 07:54 PM
Photo of Vlaminck
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Vlaminck, Sunday at 07:15 PM
Photo of Masterhin
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Masterhin, Sunday at 06:55 PM
Photo of 451beer
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

451beer, Sunday at 02:36 PM
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 12/31/12. Poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip.

Appearance - Poured a thick, dark black color with about a finger-width tan head. The head quickly disappeared into a thin ring around the rim of the glass. There was no appearance of carbonation with very few bubbles at the top. Pretty much no lacing or retention to speak of as well.

Smell - This is a great smelling stout. A combination of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts come through strong right off the bat.

Taste - This is simply amazing. Again, the combination of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts blend perfectly together for a well balanced beer. As the beer warms, a slight bit of alcohol shines through, but it is not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel - This is a thick, full-bodied beer with very little carbonation. It is silky smooth all the way through with a bit of stickiness throughout. A slight bitterness lingers in at the end, but it is not overwhelming.

Overall - I absolutely love this beer! If only bottles can be distributed in New Hampshire. The combination of all the flavors make this a perfectly balanced stout. It feels as if my mouth is coated in silk during every sip. This is a great cold weather beer that warms up the body and it is perfect for anytime of the day.

ChrisL24481, Sunday at 01:17 PM
Photo of archi348
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

archi348, Sunday at 05:33 AM
Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

let8it8grow, Sunday at 05:21 AM
Photo of Johnnyjoe13
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit. I drink a lot of beer, and when I say that I can confidently back it up. I've been playing with only porters and stouts for a while now, and this blows everything away.

Chewy, coffee, chocolate. Layered, complex, this is one of the best beers I've had.

Case in point - my wife loves it too, due to the coffee and chocoloate notes and overall goodness.

Wow, this is impressive. Get it. Now.

Johnnyjoe13, Sunday at 03:22 AM
Photo of LBeaux
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Thin head compared to other imperial stouts. Almost depleted as I pause to write this much.

Dark, almost evil smell. Like iron filings. Electrocuted coffee. Extreme roasty malt dominates; can’t detect much if any hop aroma.

Holy moly. I can’t imagine a darker tasting beer. I don’t know if I can imagine a beer this dark even after tasting it. Like a chocolate covered burned-up charcoal briquette. Can't taste the hops, just that intense malitness. Mouthfeel has the thickness that’s obviously characteristic of the style, but not quite as extreme as some others. There’s a bitter aftertaste, but in comparison to that briquette flavor, the aftertaste is almost sweet by comparison.

Seems like the logical conclusion of an imperial stout. If you like your stout imperial, only more so, this is the beer for you. Might be too much to be favorite of mine. A solid, solid stout.

LBeaux, Sunday at 02:26 AM
Photo of Dbrulet
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to snifter.

A - Very dark in color with a one-finger head the dissipated after a few minutes leaving minimal lacing.

S - Full of chocolate and coffee with a bit of roasted malt/barley.

T - A definite mix of coffee and a little chocolate just like the smell. Very good cover considering the ABV. Added a point after it warmed a bit...got even better better 20minutes!

M - Awesomely creamy. Light carbonation with a great coffee aftertaste. Really thick and delicious!

O - One of the best stouts I've ever tasted! Worth the wait and worthy of the high ratings! Glad I bought 12 of them!

Dbrulet, Sunday at 02:25 AM
Photo of BoOmerG
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

BoOmerG, Sunday at 01:43 AM
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,740 ratings.