Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
16,611 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 16,611 |  Reviews: 3,826
Photo of Wildman496
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dave317
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of outsider
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Dareibreathe
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of mikefuski17
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of goodonya
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jonrx
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely black with a lovely head. Not overly carbonated, but certainly not flat.

S -- Super heavy coffee smell. And not garbage coffee. Smells very high class. The chocolate and cream really comes out.

T -- Intense hit of coffee, but it is very sweet. You can really get a sense of how the brewer likes his coffee, I'd say! It resonates with me, since I drink mine in a similar fashion. But I digress. Pleasant aftertaste whereas the taste of chocolates and coffee really sits on the tongue.

M -- As someone who is not a general stout fan, this beer really took me by surprise. It's not heavy like mud, but it is certainly quite substantial. The stout is incredibly smooth and the alcohol is substantial, but it's hidden away nicely behind the coffee and cream tastes.

O -- Just a fantastic beer all around. Purchased two four-packs and I am glad I did. I cannot wait to buy more.

 891 characters

Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Inky black with a with fluffy tan head. Good head retention. Solid.

Richly roasty on the nose. Slightly sweet. Touches of earthiness. Almost some spice. Not bad.

Spicy and roasty. Solid malt backbone and a moderate hop character that sits there and balances.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer. I like the fullness of flavour but it doesn't overwhelm.

 391 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a solid deep brown, with a slightly pocked head of beige across the top of the glass which settles into a firm ring. Lace only forms dots, and the beer itself is less full and heavy as it might have been. Looks good though.

Smell is exceptional: big cocoa roasted characters, but hit with a huge, pleasant, boozy, slightly astringent and slightly spicy capsaicin character. Slight coffee notes, but not as much as they might have been. Instead, the raw cocoa bitterness comes through much more. It's surprisingly fresh: big and tasty.

Taste is much more integrated, and extremely pleasant, although for some reason it feels less aggressive and intense. Instead, the coffee works its way in pleasantly with some of the roasty oatmeal characters providing a broad and supple conglomeration of flavours. Feel is smooth and fine, perhaps lacking a little richness, but providing a broad basis for the interplay of flavours.

Overall, this is an extremely pleasant and well-integrated beer. It seems to have an almost fanatical following that I can't quite subscribe to, but it is indeed a lovely beer. I would certainly enjoy drinking it more often.

 1,240 characters

Photo of tvghost
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BeStoutMyHeart
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ctwybeerguy
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Qbdoo
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as coal with a thick tan head. Scent is roasted coffee with chocolate undertones. Taste is similar with a creamy mouthfeel. Last year I drank this too cold, despite knowing better. When cold the flavors are unsubtle, but let it warm a bit and the coffee and chocolate strike a better balance and the subtleties of the coffee really come out,

 353 characters

Photo of APH
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Gr8Lakes
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of j_rod22
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured dark black with a nice 2 finger lacey head. Carbonation somewhat present

S - toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, lots of Coffee great aroma!! Smells amazing

T - Immediate taste of coffee with an underlaying presence of the dark chocolate. Roasty burned coffee/bread. Nice entry with a dominating coffee taste, aftertaste almost like the burned part of a bagel.

M - definitely know why this is a "breakfast stout". by far the best stout i've had in a while. Creamy, very smooth, nice presence of alcohol but not too overpowering (for my taste at least).

O - Great beer! I love coffee and this definitely one of my new favorites! definitely picking up another four pack of this

 726 characters

Photo of Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of iCabaLLero
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of snaotheus
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Can't find a bottled on or best by date of any kind.

Pours opaque black with a small head. No visible carbonation. Smell is gorgeous chocolate and coffee. Seriously delicious smelling. Lots of coffee.

Taste is smooth, sweet but not cloying, chocolate and coffee again, slight hint of something like vanilla, more coffee with more sips.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, not sticky, not too thin, not heavy.

I was afraid this beer had been overhyped for me, but this is outstanding.

 520 characters

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,611 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.