Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

3,787 Reviews
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 3,787 | Ratings: 16,359
Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle,into a snifter.

1 finger,frothy,cinnamon/brown khaki head.Dark black body with slow/moderate carbonation.No light coming through the glass.

The nose is strong coffee,and sweet/dark chocolate notes,with roasted Java,malt,and oat highlights.Nice rich and toasty scent.

The palate is strong/dark coffee,and sweet dark chocolate,with some roasted malts.A slight metallic flavor,but nothing offensive.The body is thick,chewy,and creamy.

I actually bought a case of this beer to bring with me,when I move to Massachusetts...Just in case it is not available up there.A very good breakfast stout...One that I drink often,and will continue to drink often.

 671 characters

Photo of hgw605
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep dark brown/black and oily thick. Nice brown head on top. Quite sticky.
S: Heavy on the coffee and chocolate. Nice dark malt. Slight vanilla and toffee notes as well.
T: A ton of coffee and chocolate and you would expect from the aroma. Little bit of spice. Very faint alcohol presence.
F: thicky and oily. smooth.
O: Fantastic. Best readily available imperial stout

 375 characters

Photo of Kdouble
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in a snifter glass. Had this once before from a bottle and tap was much better.

A dark color with a finger of dark tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

A malty coffee taste with a really nice chocolate in the mix. There is some vanilla in there and maybe cinnamon or something spicy. The complex taste really sets this one apart.

Everything blends for a nice complex taste. Enjoying every sip. More of the chocolate and spice around the middle of the glass.

Very smooth feel for the complexity. I liked the little bitterness thrown in.

I'm not a regular stout drinker but this one is a must have.

 615 characters

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

Purchased from bottle on 11/9/16. Bottled 8/5/16 09:53:33.

L - Dark brown, translucent. Proper glass not readily available to determine the head color/level.
S - Coffee and chocolate prominent.
T - Chocolate flavor prominent on the palette initially, then the coffee flavor settles in if left to linger and absorb all the flavors of the beer. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy/bitter with prominent coffee notes.
F - Delightfully balanced. The carbonation is just there enough to remind you it's a stout, but is never overwhelming and attributes to the smoothness of this brew.
O - If I could have one of this stout versus all of the others that were tried before it, I would choose this every time. Looking forward to trying the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout when available, which are apparently even BETTER but only available every few years.

 868 characters

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Founders and do like this beer. It's a good beer to have on a holiday before breakfast. Tulip or goblet is just fine. But I give it a 4 because similar brews like dirty bastard ale and dragon milk beat it. But one thing I love about this beer is the coffee notes tied in with a strong bold alcohol bite and the dark coffee texture that fits perfect during a cold winter. However it tastes more potent than it is so it's missing the smoothness and it's almost priced too high to be considered a 5.

 508 characters

Photo of TheRossness
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders breakfast stout CAN BE one of my favorite beers. I say CAN BE, because it depends where I get it and what batch its from. I've had lousy batches of it and incredible batches. The first time I tried it, which must have been ages ago, I distinctly remember having four glasses- one right after another. It was that good. When Its good, its thick, creamy and soft and has an abundance of coffee flavor. Its bigger beer at 8% but I find it sessionable. While KBS is also a great beer, I tend to enjoy Breakfast stout more. There's just something great about it.

 566 characters

Photo of Hereforbeer92
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The rumors are true. Truly one of the best brews availible today. Impressed since the first one and I look for it every time I go... Nothing wrong with having one of these for breakfast either...

 195 characters

Photo of Ikeithbot
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a tulip glass

Dark oily color with 1 finger of dark kaki head. Plenty of sticky lace left on the glass

Smell is dark roasted malts and chocolate with plenty of coffee/espresso. Undertones of vanilla, oats, and maybe even cinnamon give fantastic complexity.

Taste is equally as complex. Actually so good it's hard to drink this a a slow sipper!
Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and even some smoke. Complexity continues to impress as it reaches temp.

Feel is really smooth. Beer coats the entire mouth and flavors last a min before fading. Sweet and heavy with just enough bitterness to make it balanced

 621 characters

Photo of cebsch
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-Deeply black; opaque; thick, dark tan head
-Alcohol; roasted malt
-Roasted coffee; a balance of sweet and bitter, without masking either.
-Silky and full-bodied

 161 characters

Photo of seansean95
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: opaque pitch black with a single finger tan head that remains throughout.

Smell: burnt malts and coffee beans.

Taste: very similar to smell. Sweet tasting coffee

Feel: incredibly smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation

Overall: an incredible beer that I will make sure to pick up whenever I can. If you like dark beers and you haven't had this yet, you're missing out.

 384 characters

Photo of Dakin
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Tar black with some amber notes around the edge of the glass. sliver of a head with some minimal carbonation.

Smell: Smells great. Coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, whiskey, roasted malts.

Taste: Strong black coffee, hint of caramel and nuts, somewhat bitter finish. Taste like the perfect breakfast beer. Would be excellent for a morning of camping.

Feel: Good mouth feel. Doesn't feel cheaply made.

Overall: Very good stout, lives up to hype. Would be an excellent pairing with bacon, eggs, and home fries. Let it warm up a bit and the flavors will intensify and reveal notes you hadn't noticed before. Getting Indian spices as well as vanilla and strong maple near the end of this brew. Will buy again at some point. 8/10.

 733 characters

Photo of haistbj
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one. It was delicious to the last few ounces, without a doubt a world class beer. Chocolate tones and coffee flavored are ever present. Chocolate smell is quite strong and enjoyable.

 211 characters

Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color: A touch lighter perhaps than the darkest stouts, but certainly dark. Off-white head.

Smell: I get over-the-top coffee out of the gate; Not much else.

Taste: Like the nose, pretty much coffee and soy sauce to begin. As the pour continues however,
these elements dissipate somewhat and I do begin to pick up on more chocolate and sweet elements;
not a lot, but some.

Feel: Thick, but smooth.

Overall: My initial impression was that this wasn't for me, but as it warmed, I became a tad more
interested. Wouldn't mind revisiting.

 545 characters

Photo of Josher
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had two 4-packs of the stuff, one from the Founder's "company store" and another from the local grocery story, and I have to say the former was great, the latter was absolutely revolting, though day after day I kept giving it another shot. One that I had was a perfect balance of chocolate, stout, and coffee, and tasted fresh and crisp. The more recent one I drank had strong overtones of this really off flavor. I think the coffee they used for this second yucky batch had gone stale... It's also possible the shelf life isn't so great (maybe the CO2 in carbonation can eventually cause the dissolved coffee to change composition and "go stale"? I'm no expert in this, but it makes sense, C02 will stale beans so maybe...). It's also possible I was tasting tannins from cocoa nibs that had been steeped too long, but the taste and smell was so much like stale coffee, that's my primary hypothesis.

 904 characters

Photo of safaricook
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great beer if you love coffe obviously. I am not a huge coffee fan and find the coffee roast a bit too much especially in the taste. I do like the slick mouthfeel from the oatmeal and it is a good pairing with cake or other desserts that go well with coffee

 267 characters

Photo of Jpb123
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: tar black with a finger of brown head.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, slight cask barrel, little spice

Taste: coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter finish, but also sweet, cream

Feel: smooth, heavy body, sticky, slight alcohol burn but not negatively at all.

Overall: great tasting stout. If you enjoy black coffee or dark chocolate than this one is a great choice. Goes down easily, and Could drink many.

 413 characters

Photo of CRyan603
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Stout. Lots of flavor packed in a sip. Strong coffee flavor with a smooth oaty mouthfeel and sweet chocolate finish. Only with my state sold it in stores, but apparently a baby eating oatmeal is offensive and doesn't belong on a beer free or die!!

 274 characters

Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Beer. Had back around Christmas 7 years ago for the first time and drink it in the winter ever since. Excellent beer to have with dessert that is for sure. Be careful or you will gain 20 lbs over the winter like I did/do...Hahahaha

 241 characters

Photo of JohnBroderick
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was a bit disappointed by this beer. It's taste is great, but for a BA score of 99 and "Bros" score of 100, I expected this to be my favorite beer I've ever had. Would have liked a bit more of a coffee taste, but overall very impressed. Definitely a beer I don't think I'd get sick of. The pour was smooth, and the dark color along with the chocolately smell was awesome.

 371 characters

Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Breakfast Stout is another great beer. I found this beer on draft at Frisco Tap House in Columbia, MD. You must like coffee and dark beer to enjoy this one. Bottoms up!

 177 characters

Photo of TripleSun
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always wondered if this thing lived up to the hype that BA brought and the other day for the first time I actually saw it in stores (This being my first September month of being a craft beer drinker).

L - Pitch black/tar color

S - Bitter dark chocolate, assorted spices (couldn't specifically identify), tobacco, heavy coffee nose (duh) and a very inviting sweet finish that surprised me. I was expecting something much darker in flavor considering the color.

T - Creamy mouth, very dominant coffee flavor but not off-putting, a slight bitterness at the end and sticks to the tongue like tar (Never go away please)

F - Wow this things for being 8% ABV and being a Stout, it sure is easy to drink! I almost couldn't believe I was drinking a beer and not just a good cup of joe.

Wow, I am very happy to be joining the Breakfast Stout fan family and this definitely is on my list from today onwards!

 903 characters

Photo of RozzieBoy
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark black pour with a thick mocha head. Not much lacing.
S - Smell of chocolate during the pour but coffee the rest of the way. Wow, this is nice.
F - Filled my mouth with goodness. Soft and smooth!
T - Follows the smell but more coffee. Very nice.
O - Great beer. Flavorful, tasteful but not overpowering with the coffee. What a nice blend.

 354 characters

Photo of Phunkle_sam
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- dark boarder line black, with a copper head less than a finger
S- chocolate and coffee aroma is evident, strong. Smells simple yet complex when found in a beer. Almost reminds me of being a kid and waking up to my parents making coffee. My curiosity of smelling something that I was too young to have. It takes me back to that smell.
T- the taste is phenomenal it comes on strong starting with the coffee then comes chocolate with what I think is an oatmeal finish. The flavors are all there and they are brought on one by one from start to finish it's delicious one of my favorite stouts.
F- rich and thick yet smooth left me what I think is an oatmeal/coffee taste. The texture of this beer and it's simple yet bursting flavors along with the order each flavor is introduced to the pallet is what makes it in my top stouts.

 829 characters

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

Pours the darkest brown I've ever seen coming out of a bottle, and appear black in the glass with no light able to penetrate this brew. A large 1 1/2 think dark tan head formed, and left a decent amount of lacing. The head didn't stick around as much as I'd like, but I was using a Stein, and not a glass made to keep a head around .

Bitter coffee is in the forefront of the nose, with bittersweet chocolate riding on it's coat tails. You get a lot of roast in the nose, promising great thing ahead.

Right out of the gates you are hit with loads of malt and black coffee bitterness. It's rich and a deep flavor that really coats your tongue, staying for quite a while. On the tail end you get the bittersweet chocolate notes, with hints of plums adding a very slight sweetness to the bitter, roasty beer. The roasted character comes roaring back in the final seconds of the beer, drying the finish somewhat, leaving you wanting more. Not once is the beers high ABV ever detected.

This is possibly the most viscous beer I've ever had the pleasure of partaking in. It's sticky, it fills the mouth and assaults your taste buds in a war of attrition like no other beer I've ever had. I struggle to detect any noticeable carbonation even in this fairly fresh (bottled 9-01-2016) bottle.

 1,285 characters

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a deep, almost black, brown color with a half finger, khaki colored head.

Aroma: Smells like bitter dark chocolate, light roast coffee, mild cinnamon and malted grains. A gentle creamy, oatmeal smell blankets the entire aroma.

Taste: Bitter and dry upfront with flavors of black espresso, smokey, burnt toast, dark chocolate fudge, connecticut tobacco and hazelnut. There's a gentle resinous, spicy hop flavor in the background. Things gradually get sweeter as you work your way through the beer, as notes of oatmeal, vanilla beans, dairy creamer and caramel become more pronounced - however don't be mistaken, it is still quite a bitter beer - and at no time does the sweetness become dominant over the other bitter flavors.

Feel: Very filling and satisfying. Thick and viscous yet still paradoxically slugabble and drinkable. Hearty, very much like a meal in a glass. Low carbonation, heavy body. Alcoholic heat is slightly noticeable, but understated and actually very pleasant, providing a nice warming sensation as the beer goes down.

Overall Comments: Very enjoyable. A really nice presentation of flavors here ranging from nuts, to grains, to coffee, to chocolate, to hops, to spices... although it packs big flavor, it's intensity never really becomes taxing or exacerbating to the palate. Highly drinkable and thirst quenching for such a flavorful, almost 8.5% imperial stout.

 1,401 characters

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,359 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.