Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

3,785 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

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Reviews: 3,785 | Ratings: 16,355
Photo of Rcaros
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Finger.5 tan head with creamy bubbles on the side and big rocky in the middle.. poured dark brown but black in the glass

Immediately hit with roasted malts, expresso coffee, like coffee being brewed, small amount of chocolate on the back

Roasty up front with big coffee and chocolate bitterness, pepper skin, malt sweetness on the finish

Medium feel

Overall great beer

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

I've heard about this for a long time and finally pulled the trigger tonight. Poured a 12 oz. bottled one month ago into a Nonic. The lighter brown head was huge over the dark brown liquid. The smell was rich and complex as was the taste and feel. This is just a perfect example of the style fully deserving of the praise it's received.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 4- pack from a gas station, and realized after I got it home that it's from last years batch. (bottled on 9/1/15) So it's aged over a year on a shelf in the light. I'm not a real big stout drinker, this is one of the first I have ever had. The beer poured with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly. The beer was almost black. It's a very appealing beer, looks wise. It smells of oak, chocolate, and bourbon. The more and more I smell this beer, bourbon just keeps popping out at me. I cannot really taste the coffee like most say they can. I can really taste chocolate, malt, and the light bitterness of bourbon as it is going down. An overall pleasant tasting beer with a smooth finish. The 8.3ABV helps the feels as well! This was a pleasant beer. Although my experience with his beer has seemed a lot different than other reviews, It was still pretty good and I would recommend. I'm not sure if my experience has anything to do with the age, but I doubt it. I will be buying a new 4-pack in the near future.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle, pours an opaque black with one finger dark mocha head. Aroma is all malty. Taste is a bitter coffee/espresso. For someone who loved both beer and coffee, this is a goft from G*d! Flavors are rich, true, and lasting. Carbonation is decent and mouth-feel is fulsome. A world-class beer!

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Photo of abeerview
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Just a shade on the brown side of black. A little bit of medium-brown head.
S: It has enough aroma to not overpower like many coffee-focused beers. And the aroma is that of a nutty, bold, roasted coffee.
T: Coffee at the front. Coffee at the back. Chocolaty sweetness in the middle.
F: A medium-heavy body. The beer coats the tongue, lingers, and then dissipates fairly quickly.
O: This beer is truly great. The coffee and chocolate bitterness and sweetness mix so well to offer a complex flavor. You're not quite sure where the coffee ends and the chocolate begins. Each taste is just a little bit different from the last. And that is a good thing. I submit, this beer is better than it's barrel aged brother (KBS). Maybe that is blasphemy, but I don't care.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Black pour with two finger mocha head, fades leaving scattered lace. Deep rich chocolate coffee aroma. Full coffee flavor, dark bitter chocolate. Bitterness fills the back end, more than I remember from this brew. Feel is on the thin side but slick. Classic coffee oatmeal stout with plenty bitterness.

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Photo of Jshbrown40
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark beer but not inky black, nice tan head (about a finger's worth give or take). Aromas of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Mouth feel is significantly thinner than BCBS, but still satisfying and warming, fills the mouth and pallet with complex flavors of chocolate, oats, and coffee that are complimented by the bourbon, not overwhelmed by it. Fantastic stout.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double chocolate; Sumatra and Kona coffees; oats to balance: Classic coffee/chocolate Stout. It's FOUNDERS. Period. 'Nuff said. Slight expected bitterness on back end, but not overwhelming. You will not be disappointed. 8.3% ABV

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

I don't normally write reviews, and I don't normally drink stouts that have extra buffed up chocolate and coffee flavors, but this beer is an exception. I've been drinking this beer for year but I think I'm finally really noticing its complexity. Smells like chocolate up front. Tastes like coffee and dark chocolate perfectly blended with oats to smooth it out, and some sort of vanilla illusion. And with enough alcohol to warm you up.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmmm ... I've had this before and don't remember it being this overwhelmingly flavored liked a roasted coffee bean.
Something seems to have changed with this batch (9/10/2016). I remember loving and being beyond impressed with the complexity of the brew that I had about 2 months ago (maybe a little longer). This one is good but overpowered by coffee and I am having to knock the rating down a bit from the lofty heights I was expecting to give this.

L: Pours a solid dark body, a little light does pass through so it is not as inky black as some.
S: So, I am getting a strong coffee flavor - almost to the point of an espresso bean. If coffee isn't your cup of tea you aren't going to love this batch. Again I remember more depth of character in the last one I had. I enjoy the coffee smell.
T: strong coffee and some oats. Alcohol is hidden in the beer very nicely.
F: Really a well balanced feel to this beer. Medium carbonation that compliments the style well.
O: A good stout. It just doesn't seem to be the world beater that I remember from the first batch that I had.

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

Look : One finger brown head, solid black body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Dark chocolate, coffee, oats, a little bit of toasted marshmallow.

Feel : Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Slight sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, though there is a bit of an alcohol bite on the finish.

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Photo of pretzyl04
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven’t had this one in a while, it was just re-released. Right out of the fridge I couldn’t help not tasting, mmmmm. I then restrained myself to let it warm up to get all the flavors.

Bottled 8/12/2016.

Poured into a Tulip glass.

Smooth dark pour, a finger’s worth of head, khaki color. After diminishing, rim head lasted throughout the tasting. Rim head? Is that accepted terminology? ha.

Smells are coffee, malts, and cocoa.

Taste of bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, malts, and caramel upfront. Finishes/lingers with bitter coffee and chocolate

Mouth is a full bodied feel, smooth, and light carbonation. Soft alcohol feel, no boozy ending.

Awesome beer, one of my favorite.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful stout, dark, coffee-laced, bold and beautiful. Nice aroma of malt and coffees, some coco. Toasty coffee flavor and smooth finish. Coats your mouth and lingers. This is among my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Vader444
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply awesome beer. Thick, dark,unctuous mouthfeel with an aroma of dark chocolate, fresh espresso coffee and a hint of cigar smoke. This is quite incredible stuff and reasonably priced too. Can't recommend highly enough!


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Photo of jaketaz
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I got to drink this within a few days of AleSmith Speedway Stout, and taste-wise the Speedway was the winner. They're both very fine and I'd be happy to have either one, but Speedway edges this one out in terms of flavor. Founders is heavier on roasted malt flavor and less chocolate or coffee, Speedway is heavier on chocolate/coffee, and sweeter, all made doubly impressive by the fact that it's 12% abv yet tastes smoother than this Founder's to my palate. They're dead even in terms of feel and appearance, the Founder's is the clear winner for aroma though. Speedway is bitter and metallic, whereas Founders has maybe the best coffee stout aroma of any beer I've ever experienced. This is definitely a top-tier stout and worthy of all the accolades, also cheaper than Speedway, but on taste alone I prefer the AleSmith.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is an opaque pitch black, with a two finger thick brown head. Aromas consist of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors are the same and is very decadent. The feel is very smooth, heavy bodied, and has mild carbonation. It's like drinking a thick hot chocolate drink.

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Photo of Whosonfirst
3.31/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What happened to my favorite beer! Just bought the newest release of Founders Breakfast stout from my local total wine. Bottling date on the case was 8/12/2016. It's not breakfast stout. I don't know what they did to this but somebody got way too heavy handed with the Expresso in this batch. I had just finished up a Founders Sumatra coffee stout and was excited to crack open the new breakfast out. This batch tastes nothing like the breakfast stout I know and love! It taste more like an espresso roast stout heavy on the espresso. The Sumatra coffee has a very nice balance flavor. This batch of breakfast stout has an overwhelming coffee flavor that blocks out most of the rest of the taste of the beer and leaves a strong espresso aftertaste. I bought an entire case at total wine and it's all going back. Hopefully somebody at the brewery is paying attention to their knitting and won't repeat this mistake in subsequent batches.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just had this with a roast chuck sandwich for brunch. Wow. A very potent simple yet profoundly flavored brew that is as smooth as silk. Great chocolate base flavor with a perfect bitterness that is nicely matched with the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. I have been seeking out for years. A grail acquired.

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Photo of GeeL
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer so many times it's not even funny. For a long time it was one of my stand by "go to" stouts.
You can't go wrong with this: it's complex yet approachable at the same time.

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Photo of cwalter
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown/Black in color. Taste of chocolate and coffee. A lingering aftertaste of burnt espresso beans. I would have this stout for breakfast any day.

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Photo of Theworldiscrazy
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It is probably as good a stout as you will find....a bit on the expensive side though, but not too bad I can definitely taste strong hints of coffee and it has a pretty heavy feel to the mouth, like a good stout should. It's really a beer you need to be in the mood for I think.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is jet black with a minimal tan foam cap that dissipates quickly. Aroma is an intense coffee roast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and wood with some noticeable alcohol. Taste starts with roasted coffee and gives way to layers of chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla with a sharp hop bitterness. Slight astringency. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a low carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth present. Finishes with some spice and slick feel in the tongue

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Photo of williambeer
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perfect for cold nights just chilling at home and watching tv. This is not something you pound like a light lager or pilsner, but a thick beer coffee for you to sip on and relax. I have to say this is comparable to Parabola for me, but most people will disagree and prefer the latter. However, this is a great imperial stout not too expensive nor boozy, but simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of vinicole
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mahogony in colour. A thin tan but tight head. Prolonged lacing.
Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, charred brown bread and caramelised sugar.
Tastes like it smells. Some treacle adds sweetness and balance.
Very smooth and viscous. Goes down easily.
The overall experience was good but I somehow expected more given the hype.

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Photo of m_hall
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (dated 9/8/15) into a Tulip. Inky-black, topped by a 1-finger tall khaki head with good retention. Lacing all the way down the glass isvery good.

Nose has prominent notes of black coffee, cocoa, and sweet malts.

Flavors feature sweet caramel malts, molasses, and brown sugar, balanced extremely well with bittersweet chocolate up front. Coffee bitterness, toasted nuts and earthy notes come in later on, leading to a finish that lingers with coffee and cocoa on the palate.

Mouth-feel is medium heavy, a big beer but surprisingly easy to drink. Full-bodied but not quite as crushingly weighty as other stouts; very smooth and satisfying without being overwhelming. Carbonation is fairly light, and the alcohol provides a pleasantly soothing warmth without ever being boozy.

A much-ballyhooed beer that delivers on the hype, big time. All the flavors are remarkably balanced, with different notes coming in and out of focus as the beer warms, and the nutty undertones and smooth body from the oatmeal only make this even more appealing. I suppose if someone didn't like coffee, or chocolate, or big malty stouts one might not be pleased with this one, but if any of those things are to your liking this might be in your wheelhouse.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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