Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
3,686 Reviews
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 3,686 | Ratings: 15,943
Photo of Hyptochrons
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

black color with nice dark tan head, leaves a bit of lacing.

smell is bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. taste is similar, big rich flavor that finishes with a nice bitter note. appropriately creamy feel. overall a great stout, would love to try this on nitro!

 272 characters

Photo of pwlong19
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, not the sweetness and complexity of Blot Out the Sun, but way cheaper and an excellent stout. The ABV comes through but not unpleasant. Lots of chocolate nose and burnt woody flavor.

 186 characters

Photo of zshaft
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so this beer pours jet black w one finger head. great smell. great chocholate and coffee taste. great mouthfeel. this beer is good only problem is ive had double shot from treehouse. makes this beer seem light and watery.

 230 characters

Photo of k8kruk
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks like obsidian, shiny and smooth and black. Only barely translucent, its so thick. Minimal head, the color of espresso foam.

S: Coffee, coffee, burnt sugar, yeast, burnt toast and more coffee. Enough said.

T: Tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet bread or grains and burnt smoke. Highly savory and bitter, offset by a creamy, sweet undercurrent that fills the mouth and leaves a lingering, milky sweetness. The smoke flavor is a bit stronger than I'd like it, on an otherwise well-balanced and delicious beer.

F: Silky and thick with tightly structured bubbles.

O: Really big, bold and tasty. Love that the chocolate, coffee and grain flavors are so strong but blended in just the right proportion to create this awesome brew!

 759 characters

Photo of Kdubzz
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick oily black with a tannish brown two finger head. Sweet, light roasted coffee on the nose, balanced by some thick earthiness. Taste of sweet milk chocolate and lots of coffee, this is truly a breakfast stout. As it warms, it becomes deeper and more complex, malts and a bit of booziness on the end. The mouthfeel is on the thicker end, as one might expect, with a bit of an lingering, oily feel. Overall, it's a little too one sided to be considered one of the all-time greats for my personal tastes, being quite dominated by coffee both in the taste and olfactory departments, but nonetheless it is quite delicious.

 621 characters

Photo of RickyS
2.59/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. A load of coffee. A few days ago I did drainpour another beer for the same reason. Which automatically makes me skeptical on this one which I have been waiting a long time to get my greedy little hands on. Let's taste it. Well this is not really bad. Now I get some malts too, maybe a sweet dark fruit component. My problem with this is that I hate cold coffee. And I don't want to boil this beer. What can I say about it? Maybe I don't like the style but this is a major disappointment. Will not buy again. But is just my problem. I guess.

 577 characters

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

Jet blac with nicelooking head. Beautiful lacing. Strong smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste vey creamy and balance of coffee, dark chocolate and base beer. Alcohol is hidden very well. Quite warming. Long bitter aftertaste.

 231 characters

Photo of Sirwootalot
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily almost-black, with a tinge of dark mahogany under bright light and a barely-there thin, oily cappuccino head. Smells like freshly-toasted split oatmeal, a pot of fresh coffee, and chocolate hazelnut candy.

There's a lot going on here, and it's all astoundingly tasty. The main flavor is thick, creamy, and heavy like a Vietnamese iced coffee, and the oats dominate the body. The finish is a riptide of blackstrap molasses with notes of potato starch, nutmeg, and a little black pepper giving way to an aftertaste of bitter cappuccino foam, nutella, and hashbrowns. The balance on this is just about perfect - no single element dominates, and each flavor is thick and hearty enough to make not one bit about this beer be underwhelming or watery.

This has been one of my favorites for a long time, but it's also been a while since I've had one. Yep, still freakin' awesome. It pairs well with all kinds of heavy high-calorie food, but right now I'm having it with Texas jalapeno chili and it's just stupid how well they work together.

 1,049 characters

Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this after KBS expecting a lighter version of that...but not so. The aroma was wonderful - coffee and roast. I was drinking it fresh so even a hint of hop aroma apparent. But once it hit my tongue... it was tilted more toward the dry, bitter side of things. Kinda a thin mouthfeel for an 8.3% abv oatmeal beer. Won't be going back for more.

 346 characters

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

L: Smooth pour, little head that thickens after you finish pouring the bottle. Head has a brownish coloration, very appealing for a stout. Solid black, can't see through this beer in the least bit.

S: The smell is a little unremarkable. You can get hints of the chocolate/coffee flavor, but its mostly the roasted malts that come through. A good smell, subtle, but nothing that jumps out to grab you at first. This is probably one of the few beers that has its looks get your attention more than the smell.

T: What can I say. The roasted combination of the classic stout flavors is second to none. Chocolate and coffee and cereal malt all work together in the brew to create the quintessential stout. Truly the best in class. Flavor is consistent and powerful from front to back, from first sip to last.

F: Smooth as anything, but certainly not a beer to drink quickly. Its thick enough to float a spoon on and it feels like that in your mouth. The smooth, slightly alcoholic element sticks in your mouth, but not in a bad way at all.

O: My favorite beer. I save it for special occasions, mostly in the winter.

 1,118 characters

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

Stout season is real. There is nothing better than fresh Breakfast stout from the source. All coffee upfront, then chocolate and alcohol. Surprisingly drinkakable for the ABV.

 175 characters

Photo of THSdrummer
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours black with a medium-thin dark creme/motor oil head. Little to no lacing. Notes of cocoa nibs and coffee in the head of the aroma with an alcohol smell base. Roasted malts notes open up the flavor palette, and then flow into a series of cocoa nibs and coffee. Great ebb and flow of flavors. Each flavor can be picked up quite easily compared to some beers. Mouth feel is fantastic. Very rich and smooth. It's a pleasure to drink. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer (as the ratings show). I first had it some time ago when I was asking around for the "best coffee stouts". I'm revisiting it a year later, and I'm glad I did. Plenty of great things going on with each sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 702 characters

Photo of SovereignGood
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from WF as soon as it hit CA.

L: Deep, dark brown that is approaching pitch black with a nice half finger espresso colored head. Lacing is left on the glass as you sip. Looks like a full glass of freshly brewed coffee.

S: Immediately hit with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, maybe some caramel.

T: Really full black coffee flavor followed by a nice chocolate bitterness - some vanilla in there also. A roasty, dry-ish finish.

F: Nice, full bodied beer that suits a stout perfectly. Feels like silk.

Overall, this beer is awesome. There are few beers that I would comfortably buy a case of, but I just may have to go out and get one! Cheers.

 671 characters

Photo of JMD
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep black with a small tan head that dissipated quickly even after a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Smells amazing! Rich and malty with big notes of chocolate and fresh ground coffee

T: Big toasted malt flavor. Chocolate and espresso are prominent with hints of tobacco and dark fruits. Just enough hops to balance it out.

T: Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Maybe a little light for the style

O: Fantastic beer! Not much more to say. There is a reason why its so highly rated, its one of the best beers around.

 517 characters

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

Glad to have Founders in California, finally! Another prime example why, Breakfast Stout is an amazing stout. Right there with Old Rasputin for me (though lacks the personal history). Cheers!

 194 characters

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into bubbled stout glass. Thin, light colored head that gives way to the faintest lacing. Color is black, even when held to light.

Smell is unremarkable. Malt and lactose (strange, because it isn't a milk stout), slight roast.

Tastes of roasted malt, dark cream, a trace of oats. Faint alcohol finish. Bitter dark chocolate/coffee aftertaste.

Very smooth feel.

This one's slightly more watery than I remember, but it's still a balanced, well-crafted stout. Great for a winter evening. Essential for stout lovers.

 526 characters

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had it in a Trappist Goblet this evening. I like it very much.

(L) Very dark almost black with a thin tan head.

(A) Pleasant aroma coffee and chocolate

(T) Taste is dark chocolate, some coffee and some oat, and a hint of alcohol. Not too bitter.

(F) Nice moderate carbonation, a tad creamy, smooth and easy drinking.

 322 characters

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

L: Pours very dark, almost a motor oil black but in the light you can see a slight red tinge to it while it pours. But once it's in the glass, it's just an impenetrable black. Only about a quarter of a finger of brown head, even after a pour down the middle. It dissipates pretty quickly too, but an outer ring remains that offers pretty decent lacing.

S: Coffee and malts mostly. A small bit of alcohol in there as the head dissipates.

T: Heavy on the coffee and the dark chocolate up front. Towards the back end, buscuity malts and a really nice hint of oats. Alcohol is also definitely present, it's not overpowering or anything but it's there. Flavors are very pronounced and very delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel, really smooth. Very light carbonation. As you swirl it around and the head comes back a little it gets noticeably creamier for me. Really well balanced on this end.

O: Solid beer. Very good taste, not too overwhelming but pretty strong and forward. Balanced and smooth mouthfeel. Aside from the head which goes away too soon, it's really nice looking in a glass. A bit alcoholic at times (on some sips more than others) but for such a high ABV beer it's not so bad. Definitely a high quality and easy drinking beer, I'd recommend this for anybody who enjoys stouts.

 1,286 characters

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

Pours deep black, with a brown foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol. Taste is rich, complex, balanced, very friendly, not acid. Chocolate notes, coffee notes, dark fruits, very nice. Great beer.

 248 characters

Photo of ZakFaruki
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark brown with a tan head as is typical for the style

S: Rich coffee and chocolate aromas, as well as roasted malts and alcohol

T: Dark chocolate takes the front, while a strong alcohol taste tends to override the coffee and malt flavors

F: honestly felt rather thin for an imperial stout, almost as thin as a lager

O: I've had two separate four-packs and have come to the conclusion that its the shipping distance of Founders to Central CA that does this beer in. I can see the potential, but for now I'll stick with Old Rasputin as my stout of choice.

 569 characters

Photo of BrokenEdge
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours super thick and dark, almost like maple syrup, and settles in the glass black with a tan head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but left a thin ring of foam that never fully went away and TONS of thick, heavy lacing. Smell and taste both have huge flavors of dark coffee, some bitter chocolate, and faint alcohol. Feel is especially impressive; it's super smooth, creamy, and thick. Very easy to drink despite the big, bold flavors. Definitely one of the best stouts I've tried yet.

 517 characters

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

From Bottle. Pours Black with a brown head. Aroma Malt and light toffee with light coffee. Taste Caramel and toffee with light chocolate and coffee. Coffee and caramel linger with light chocolate and light fruitiness.

 218 characters

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

It's finally here in Southern California!

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours jet black with chocolate brown suds. Smells of cold brew coffee, dark chocolate, a slight alcohol scent, along with a pleasant mocha scent. Taste reflects the smell. Coffee and dark chocolate galore! Initial coffee flavor and bitterness leads into dark chocolate flavors that finish with a lingering chocolate bitterness. Feel is thick, creamy, which works great with the heavy flavors. Overall, this is an excellent beer with great coffee and chocolate aspects.

 558 characters

Photo of vikinggary28
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard or read nothing but good reviews about this stout so when seeking it out and eventually finding it here in California's central valley I tried not to let preconceived ideas cloud my judgment of this brew. That being said it pours a very dark, dark brown, practically black with a thin light brown head and some lacing. The aroma hits you of dark coffee with every other imaginable malt character. Chocolate, oatmeal, and biscuits are also prevalent in the taste but so does the alcahol aftertaste that does not last. This is a great after dinner sipping beer in my opinion or one that can be enjoyed with a heavy BBQ especially with beef or pork. You could even enjoy this with a ice cream dessert. I'm glad I finally found this and the baby on the label rivals the Gerber baby as the best in all the history of product marketing.

 841 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid black with a modest head. The aroma that hits first is the smell of fresh ground coffee, like walking into a coffee shop early in the morning. There are also notes of oak, smoke, cinnamon, and burnt toast. The flavor starts with coffee grounds as well, with smokey, roasty notes rounding out the flavor with a subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but not overly thick. This was not my first time trying this beer, and I must say I liked it much more this time, but it is still not beer I would go out of my way for. In terms of strenght of coffee flavor, this one is up there, and the dryness of the flavor is excellent, but it is not a very moreish beer for me.

 691 characters

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,686 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.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.