Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

BA SCORE
99
world-class
16,532 Ratings
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
16,532
Reviews:
3,811
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,866
Gots:
6,236
For Trade:
237
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 16,532 |  Reviews: 3,811
Photo of Raven3464
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a pitch black body with a tan one-finger head. Sticky lacing is apparent and very attractive.

Smell: Freshly brewed coffee is noticed early and followed by a sweet milk chocolate aroma. It is not quite as complex as I remembered but the coffee bean aroma permeates the room.

Taste: This is a well balanced Imperial Stout. The initial sip is pure coffee. This fades nicely into a sweet chocolate taste complemented with oatmeal notes. There is an acidic touch with some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I had a beer with an ABV over 8% in which the alcohol was so well hidden.

Mouth feel: Rich, creamy, and smooth are all good adjectives to describe this brew. It is not the heaviest stout out there but it is definitely full bodied.

Overall: The strong coffee taste and subtle oatmeal notes make it easy to understand why this is called a "breakfast" stout. It is not my favorite brew within the style but it is certainly up there.

 1,039 characters

Photo of sirsteve42
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Tibi81
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of njhopspop
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

review from notes. poured on 10/16/11 into a tulip.

Heavy chocolate and coffee on the nose. hints of sweet milk.

Smooth silky mouth feel with moderate carbonation.

Coffee grinds in front then chocolate and oat nuttiness that lingers into cola in the back.

 258 characters

Photo of noblittjared
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of PaulsBrew
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of miadw3
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TCJosh
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of GeoNut
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Johnnyramirez
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Mrduprey215
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of birdsellam
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #249
Served On: 1/9/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.3%
Date/ Code: 9/17/12

Ran into a whole case of this yesterday at North York Beverage in York, PA ($72.99). There were only a few cases left. I still can't believe they had any at all.

Look: An aggressive pour formed a 1-finger of dirty tan head comprised of random sized bubbles. It was a very black and viscous brew. Some sticky head lacing formed but the head dissipated quickly. Alcohol legs were definitely present.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee and rich dark unsweetened chocolate. Some lactose or vanilla sweetness seemed to be lingering around. A hoppy herbal quality also came through in the nose suggesting the 60 IBU’s.

Taste: First up was a coffee bitterness that was quickly overtaken by a sweet chocolate creaminess. The middle had the coffee, chocolate and oatmeal components blending together with unbelievable balance. Things seemed to fade quickly towards the end with a slightly bitter finish and sweet notes returning for the aftertaste. The 8.3% ABV was completely hidden with no dryness whatsoever. The mouth-feel was creamy, but a little thinner than the color and body suggested. Very drinkable with extreme balance.

This was a very enjoyable Stout that offered some unique qualities. I guess I’ll be forced to join all the hype on this one.

 1,347 characters

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of lookrider
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of KFBR392
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark with a slight lacing on after the pour. Poured into a snifter. Thin lacing stuck on the sides and slowly snuck down the glass.

Smell: Yep, this is perfect. Strong coffee aroma but the chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, and caramel accents are there. Bursts out of the bottle, but is not overpowering. Everything that the smell brings is exactly replicated in the taste. Like I said before, perfection.

Taste: Once again, perfection. The coffee flavors burst through which magnificently yields to the malty oatmeal and chocolate flavors. There is no break between transition of flavors in this beer. This beer is so complex and layered it isn't funny. 8.3 abv?? If I tasted this beer without knowing the abv I would say around 4%. Simply wonderful. It is almost ridiculous that a beer this masterful has been so widely available this year. Thank you Founders, this is a true and unbridled masterpiece.

Mouthfeel: What more do you want from me? This beer is perfect! Smooth caramel coating sticks on the palette. Chewy texture that refuses to leave long after drinking this beer. The flavor simply refuses to leave your tongue.

Overall: This beer can only be appreciated by those who truly appreciate beer. If you do not like this beer, go buy a 30 rack of yellow garbage fizzy beer and have a solid night. In my opinion, this is the best beer so widely available. Are there better beers then this? Yeah probably, but not many. And for any beers better then this you are going to pay $20+ for a bomber. I have not seen a beer more widely available then Founders Breakfast Stout that can hold a candle to this beer. Just go buy this beer now, and continue to buy it while its there. Oh yeah, this beer is perfection.

 1,729 characters

Photo of Mcvs1507
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of billybrew21
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AnotherImperial
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BKSULLY1121
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Absolutly fantastic! Smells of coffee but taste of chocolate with an after taste of a nice outmeal stout. fantastic beer all around and is for sure a must try.

 159 characters

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,532 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.