Breakfast Stout
Founders Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
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Ranked #93
4.55 | pDev: 9.01%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: 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.

60 IBU
Reviews: 4,102 | Ratings: 17,803 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sleepy_Conscience from Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Normally I don't like declaring one thing my "favorite," be it a movie, a song, a book or whatever. My tastes just vary so much from year to year and even day to day. That said, Founders Breakfast Stout is my favorite beer. Hands down. It is the beer that got me into stouts. It is the beer that got me away from that devil drink called wine. It rekindled my love affair with craft brews, coffee and even the diseased whore's mitten that is the state of Michigan, a perpetual thorn in the side of common decency and God's favorite state in the Union, my home, the Buckeye state of Ohio.

Breakfast Stout saved my life.

Well no, not really, but it is very good. Every fall my girlfriend and I call up the local liquor store every few days until they say it's in.. Then we go and buy it pretty much every time we get beer until it runs out (so like once a week). Lately we've been buying multiple four-packs at a time because it seems to get more popular and run out quicker every year. I would implore Founders to make this a year round thing, though that might take away from the "specialness" of it. Really, I'd just hope they make more next year.

So what is the actual experience like?


You'll just have to go out and try it for yourself. The only things I can really say are that it's thick like crude oil with a strong-but-not-too-strong coffee flavor. It will coat your mouth and warm you heart. Honestly, it's just that good. It will open your eyes. It will change your mind, your life, your very soul. It was. It is. It will always be. It is the alpha and the omega. It was there at my first love of stouts, and it will be there at the end of my liver.

Breakfast Stout is one of those rare drinks that pleases everyone. My girlfriend and I have very different beer tastes, but we can both agree that this is the best beer human beings have yet to offer. I feel like high school me, modern me, my mom, my grandfather, my grandmother, my dad, Barack Obama and Rush Limbaugh could all love this beer.

There is no other. Thou shalt put no other beers before me (if it's in season and the bar serves it, of course).

My local bar gets a single keg of KBS a single time per year. Much to my chagrin and eternal shame, I have yet to try it because it sells out in literally two hours, which is pretty much how long it takes to drain a keg by just holding down the tap. I shit you not, this year my girlfriend and I are taking off work and camping out at the bar to ensure we are a part of that two hours. I know it sounds crazy, but you just haven't tried the dream, the vision, the spiritual experience that is Breakfast Stout. Like the crack cocaine, one taste and you'll be hooked. Just try it. Everybody's doing it.

Dec 17, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.

A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.

S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.

T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever encountered. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!

M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.

D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.

Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.

May 01, 2014
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Todd from California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black (opaque), viscous, and thick as hell, liquid with a towering dark coffee colored foaming head. Excellent retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Incredible nose of roasted coffee and rich chocolate with a pleasing acrid edge.

Massive, full-bodied, velvety smooth, viscous, thick and chewy feel on the palate - thanks to the oatmeal, in part. Roasted malt astringent twang, with some hoppy character mingled in – some herbal spice and leaf. Bitter chocolate. Plenty of coffee flavors with an acidic bite, silky milk chocolate character soothes. Oak-y. Molasses notes. Stodgy cooked oatmeal in the flavor. Hints of sherry in the warming alcohol, with a low spice. Finish lingers with a play on sweet malts and dry, bitter savories. Sweet alcohol burn becomes part of the linger as the beer warms.

Breakfast Stout? Hell yeah! That’s when I tried my sample! What a way to kick-off my morning. Quite possibly one of the most interesting American Double Stouts on planet Earth. Absolutely delicious.

(Enjoyed over the course of :30 mins to allow all of the nuances to pull through as the beer warmed to room temp - I highly recommend this.)

May 19, 2005
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.

Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.

Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.

Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.

An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I've tried from them and up there with the best I've tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I'll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.

Aug 06, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid devil's food cake. This may be the first beer I've ever seen that has no highlights. The liquid crowds the edges of the glass so snugly, and with such menace, that light dare not attempt to get a foothold. Most impressive. The dark golden, milk chocolate crown is a beast. It squats with an equally forbidding countenance in the top quarter of the glass, daring any lovers of fizzy yellow beer to approach, much less take a sip.

The nose is huge and is redolent of crushed coffee beans and melted dark chocolate. And then some more coffee beans. And then some more. This has to be the most coffee-dominant nose in the known universe. At least in my known universe. I am not a coffee aficionado by any means, but I have to give the aroma the respect it deserves. If I loved coffee, this might be my Holy Grail of beer noses.

Incredible palate-busting flavor. Thankfully, bittersweet chocolate is equally as prominent as espresso. So much so that the beer tastes like dark chocolate fudge made with black coffee as the liquid ingredient. I knew that Founders wouldn't disappoint in the hop department. The citric hops play an integral role in turning Breakfast Stout from what could have been an (admittedly incredible) two-trick pony into a three-trick thoroughbred. They deepen the flavor profile even further and firmly place this beer into the pantheon of Great Beer.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy, with bitter winning in the end. The finish is more than long, it's downright obstinate. Seemingly interminable echoes of chocolate-coffee/coffee-chocolate reverberate long after the beer has met its glorious fate in my warming belly. The body/mouthfeel is big, yet doesn't make it all the way to viscous or chewy. Still though, it's incredibly smooth and creamy and is sheer joy in the mouth. 8.3% ABV? Surely they jest. There is no hint of ethanol to be had.

FBS deserves its reputation and then some. My preferences run to the less java-intensive, but then it wouldn't be a breakfast stout, would it? This brewery continues to delight and amaze with quality beer after quality beer. Breakfast Stout is an outstanding achievement by any measure. Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the bottle.

May 23, 2005
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TheStoutScout from Texas

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers that I've ever had. Period. Excellent! It's so good that I'm going to buy the rest of the inventory at the liquor store near me, so as I'll have some for the year, due to it being seasonal. Yes, it's that good! (I'm drinking one right now!)

Dec 22, 2014
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Bmonster from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Phenomenal beer. This is about as good as a stout gets, which says a helluva lot. Excellent mix of dark malts, coffee, chocolate flavors, with no one quality overwhelming the overall taste.

Aug 21, 2014
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stubbzz04 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’ll start by saying I loved this beer!

L: dark cocoa with a cinnamon head.
S: chocolate and coffee all the way
T: hard to use anything other than chocolate and coffee to describe the taste. Doesn’t really have any nuts but perhaps a hint of oats
F: leaves a thick coating around the tongue with a lingering coffee taste

New to reviews so don’t rip me apart, but I’ve been looking forward to trying this staple from Founder’s and it does not disappoint! Happily drinking it on Thanksgiving as well, so all around, a great beer drinking experience!

Nov 23, 2017
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nyoung from Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout

This is my all time favorite beer that is easily obtained year around, no questions asked.

Look: Dark brown with a light brown head on the pour.

Smell: Smells like chocolate and coffee, with a very enjoyable sweetness.

Taste: It taste amazing! Same as the smell with chocolate and coffee, dessert like flavors all around.

Feel: Perfect for this type of beer, not too think but not too thing or watery.

Overall, this is my go to during the fall and winter months when I need that full bodied dessert flavored beverage. I highly recommend picking this up to enjoy. If you like this, then you will enjoy KBS, which is a little harder to find but tastes even better. As always, enjoy responsibly!

Apr 23, 2016
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SCW from New York

4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolute pitch black espresso hue. Brown coffee head that dissipates and leaves a ring around the top perimeter.

Awesome aroma. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Is this a beer or a cup of coffee? Roasted barley, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Toffee, black licorice, maple syrup.

Amazing taste. A rich breakfast stout indeed. Velvety smooth viscous full-bodied madness that leaps into a sweet but balanced onslaught of roasted hop bitterness. A delectable treat.

A mouthfeel of silk and velvet. A fine balance between assertive and strong yet not too syrupy or cloying. Very nice.

Exceptional drinkability, especially considering the strength and ingredients. The BEST American Stout I've had to date.

Sep 02, 2005
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NavyGoat from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding stout, top rating in all areas and this will be on my preferred list!

Apr 20, 2015
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whothehellisstanpapi from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew that opened my eyes to the wonder and splendor of craft beer. has never disappointed since.

Apr 24, 2015
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BonnieTWM from Florida

4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly a revelation for me, as I somehow had it in my head I didn't like "coffee" stouts... how wrong I was. Pours a viscous, deep coffee-black; even the generous, fluffy head that forms is the color of chocolate milk. The smell is truly delicious, with aromas of black diner coffee and roasted chocolate. You immediately taste the richest, most delicious black coffee you've ever had in your life, along with premium dark chocolate flavors and a touch of raisin. Full body and creamy mouthfeel with a semi-sweet finish. Absolutely phenomenal.

Jul 18, 2018
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Lomac4 from Arizona

4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such an amazing beer, it just has everything going for it. I love the aroma, the feel, the taste. Very rich and creamy, a beautiful thick black color and hearty beer. Everyone and their mother should drink a glass of Founders Breakfast Stout.

Feb 05, 2015
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Ahypercube from California

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It seem quite silly, in my opinion, to drink this beer cold. I had one at fridge temp yesterday and I was profoundly disappointed. I have basically been saving the experience of trying this beer for later in my life since two years ago. Trying it for a second time now at room temperature and it is considerably more complex and balanced, but idk, just not blown away. I think I'd like KBS or CBS much more.

L: Incredibly dark. Just a trace of reddish cola color can be noted at the edges of the body when held to light, but it's as dark as espresso. A thin film of cappuccino foam lingers on top, and leaves sticky waves of lacing on the glass.

S: Roast coffee, espresso, black olives, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, prunes, raisins, vanilla, milk, oatmeal, cloves, and coffee. The coffee don't quit. It's a fantastic aroma, but if you wish to appreciate it, I hope you like coffee.

T: Salty as hell. Oddly enough, there is just an edge of oatmeal flavor right before the anticipatedly huge coffee note, which dances around the vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, dried fruit, and black olives, all the way to the finish. It ends in almost entirely plain charcoal with a touch of unsweetened chocolate and coffee acidity. Alcohol is difficult to make out in all of that. If it was flat, you could easily mistake it for a mildly sweetened cold brew. Btw, when cold, the only detectable flavors are the chocolate, coffee and olives.

F: Super drinkable. Nice thickness. To my taste, it could be just a smidge thicker and more syrupy, but that's probably exactly how KBS is.

O: This brew reminds me very much of my first ever Russian Imperial Stout, Old Rasputin by North Coast. A touch less salty and with much more coffee flavor, it is also a delectable offering, but not one that I see as superior at all. If anything, I think I prefer Old Rasputin. In my honest opinion, BCBS, Narwhal, Victory at Sea, and even Founders' own porter all blow this out of the water. I'm still eager to try the barrel-aged editions, but thus far, I don't see what all the hype is about.

Feb 08, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: June 27, 2015... Glassware: Classic Guinness pint... Occasion: a rainy--and cool--late June evening... Appearance: the standard dark black body that dares one to find daylight; brown, slushy head that settles quickly to a boggish texture; lacing forms in strong smears that hold steady.... Aroma: a welcoming brash punch of alcoholic spirits--bourbon, rum--with fresh hops pushing up earthy peat with strength...some cherry, cola, and dampened wood...the chocolate and coffee come late but round the experience nicely.... Palate: full-bodied and mega creamy; tickles the teeth with some happiness, only to crash the throat with a brick-like weight that doesn’t disturb the taste buds; for a stout, a lively amount of carbonation; reasonable, warm, slightly alcoholic finish....Taste: the chocolate mellows the coffee bean enough to make the two a happy marriage, with slightly citric fruits peaking at the start, in and amongst the malty, earthy aspects...rewarding and warming--again, a fitting beer to be had at the start (or the end of) a day--versatile in its power...Overall: a formidable, forceful beer that challenges the taste buds and rewards the palate; Founders continues to produce upper tier beers; this one from the break pack box leftovers--quite a find at $13.99 a twelve pack at Hope Liquors!

Jun 28, 2015
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Sendji from Kentucky

2.1/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I am sorry, but this tastes like syrupy mocha liqueur mixed with 20% ale to me. I despise any kind of liqueur. I had high hopes for this, but I can't even taste any more of it. Drain pour.

Mar 07, 2018
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tjk135 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best readily available double stout out there. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor, chewy - it has it all.

May 11, 2015
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jdoolin from Ohio

2.61/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dead black with a light brown head that didn't last

Aroma: Smells like... uhh... coffee. Maybe a *hint* of roasted malt, and mere traces of chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very creamy, silky and smooth. Very nice chewy mouthfeel. But the taste was less than outstanding. It tasted like a dry stout mixed with a cup of day old black coffee. Strong coffee with very little roasted malt character. I didn't get chocolate at all unless I thought really hard about chocolate. I wouldn't have guessed it was in there had I not known beforehand. No hop presence, but that's not a big deal. The finish was dry. In fact, it was only sweet at the very first. The coffee bitterness was there throughout.

Notes: This was quite a disappointment. I love Founder's and everything I've had from them, and I love oatmeal stouts, coffee stouts and chocolate stouts. But this was just not balanced. Way too much coffee. I won't be having this again.

Dec 26, 2006
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Beer_Doge from New York

4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


So coffee.

Such mouthfeel.

Much complex.


Feb 17, 2015
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Spikester from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with three fingers of tan head. Looks like a chocolate milkshake. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is mostly rich coffee.
Taste is rich dark roasted coffee with a bit of tasty chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is semi dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty and pleasant Imperial Stout.

Apr 29, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Delicious! Smooth chocolate and coffee flavor finished with a hint of vanilla

Apr 23, 2015
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Beermanmiles from New York

4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best stout. It is not my favorite but it is the best. If you think that barrel aged stouts are too much (like me) but oatmeal stout aren't enough (not me) this is the beer for you. A perfect balance of flavor regardless of high alcohol content. No syrupy flavor, it maintains the same bite as any 5% alcohol stout. That burnt grain taste is so tasty that you just can't stop drinking it. There is not that straight alcohol flavor that you would expect of any beer over 8%. It's perfectly balanced and absolutely brilliant.

Jul 30, 2015
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keith40 from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle stamped 10/06/17 purchased at Moonshine Liquors in Harwich. Dark color and a chocolate/coffee nose. Taste continues the nose with shifting robust coffee and bitter chocolate taking turns. Finish is primarily coffee. Smooth with very little boozey harshness.

Dec 22, 2017
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jamyers1 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one sets the standard for stouts. Chocolate, Coffee, sweeeeeeetness. It is "that stout I have been looking for." 5/5 as far as stouts go! Good job Founders BC.

Jul 08, 2018
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