Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
3,742 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: 3,742 | Ratings: 16,169
Photo of Bartleby91
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts that is readily available. Appearance is black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation too. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and some malt sweetness. Tastes are big bitter coffee and chocolate predominantly along with some earthy bitterness. Nice smooth mouthfeel from the oats that lingers will with a pleasant carbonation. Overall an amazing beer that is one of the better coffee beers I've had.

 439 characters

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

7 month-old bottle in a wine glass.

Look - pitch black with a decent tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - coffee grounds, roasted malts, chocolate, smoke.

Taste - smooth and complex, superb. Roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and booze.

Feel - chewy, silky mouthfeel that lingers.

This beer is outstanding. So complex, yet drinkable. The coffee hits hard, but it's still sweet and chewy.

 407 characters

Photo of kgammell1
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMFG. I'm kinda drunk right now but this was crazy good. Chocolate, coffee and deliciousness. Had it with a fudge brownie and I almost jizzed my mom pants.

 155 characters

Photo of kaseydad
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 9/29/15

Happy to finally see Founders make its way to Cali.

Was gonna sit on this longer...literally....but since it still be in stores......

Pours a black as night ale with a frothy, angry beige head. Very light lacing.

Great coffee, cinnamon, tar, leather, espresso whiffs. Great smells the entire session.

Tastes of cold coffee, smoke, more leather, and hints of dark fruit.

Overall this was solid but not over-the-top for me. Happy to consume but left me wanting more from years of hype on the boards. Still a rock solid stout worth consuming.

 562 characters

Photo of pezhead_79
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can keep enough of this on hand to last me until the next year's release. This is my most favorite, easy to find stout by a long shot. It never fails to bring great flavor and a smooth finish.

 196 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown and black with a 3/4" beige head on it. Aroma hits those chocolate and coffee notes when fresh, starts to take on more of a RIS dark fruit bitter vibe as it ages.

Taste is plenty of chocolate first, super smooth, oatmeal goes a long way here, hides the alcohol. More bitter with age, less coffee. When you talk about non barrel aged stouts, this one is easily at the top of the pack. So happy we get this in Nevada now. The ultimate beer to start a tailgate.

 481 characters

Photo of basaywhat
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. It pours an almost black color with a tan head and little lacing. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, sugary milk, and some alcohol. It’s balanced well. It’s pretty smooth with a bit of carbonation.

 256 characters

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

Bottle Date: 11/13/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance doesn't let any light through except at the edges of the glass. Head is a nice, fine tan, but it goes away fairly quickly.

Smell is freshly ground coffee. I'm struggling and failing to come up with anything else. It dominates, but it's good. Maybe some 90%+ dark chocolate, but that's its olfactory neighbor.

Whoa. The taste is intense. I literally licked down in front of my teeth to make sure there weren't any coffee grounds stuck in my gums. Just a reaction. Unfortunately, I'm struggling to get anything but slightly bitter coffee, even as it warms up. It's not burnt, which brews like this can sometimes be. And it's certainly good, but I'm only going to go for the rest of the bottles in the four-pack when I'm in the mood.

Feel is pretty smooth for an eight-percenter. It does draw my mouth up a little bit, like something really acidic. And I keep expecting to find coffee grounds in my gums. Did I mention that? Hang on... that might have actually been a small chunk.

Man, I meant to go to bed in the next few hours. Lesson learned.

 1,112 characters

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: almost black, minimal head.
Smell: strong roast malt and coffee
Taste: holy cow this is good. Big flavors, sweet but not cloying, just enough bitter at the finish to balance.
Feel: smooth, drinkable. went down a lot easier than it should have.
Overall: would definitely get again.

 288 characters

Photo of LMO1190
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not much much on the nose. I get the coffee notes. The taste are so smooth and drinkable. Light ,creamy coffee, Can't even taste the alcohol. This is the gold standard for breakfast stouts. I will drink this again.

 214 characters

Photo of dfavreau
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer ~2 weeks ago before I joined BA. I prefer a light, sweeter tasting porter or stout. My tolerance for extra deep, hoppy, molasses, and anise type tastes is not very strong. This was a STRONG porter for me-almost stout like. It had a nice smell and bouquet of molasses and coffee. The strong hoppy, molasses taste was not my favorite. Though the coofee flavors were good it left a bitter aftertaste for me. It was really enjoyable when I had a piece of milk chocolate along with it-completely changed the taste to a sweeter more enjoyable porter. I suggest having it with a nice, sweet desert. Cost = $1.99/bottle(the bier cellar, Portland, ME)

 662 characters

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

Still poured a 1/2 in. thick creamy head! Just cracked a 2011 Version and the chocolate notes are huge. The mouthful is fairly dense for the abv. Hints of some coffee but that would be the one to fade in the 5 year aging process. Outstanding!

 246 characters

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

This is only the 2nd time I've had any type of stout, the first one being a milk stout. I took it from my fridge and let it sit out for 15-20 minutes. I poured it into a nonic pint glass. The color was that of a deep espresso with a light brown head that quickly subsided. The nose was rich with chocolate an I picked up some molasses notes. Not being a fan of very bitter beers I was very pleasantly surprised that in spite of it being toward the higher IBU range there was a nice balance, probably due to the oats used, so the bitterness didn't overshadow all the other marvelous flavors. It was light and rich on the to gnu at the same time and left some nice lacing on the glass. Definite notes of chocolate and coffee. This could turn me into a stout fan.

 760 characters

Photo of Feldpausch
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great stout from Founders, they really know how to make them. Dark brown, blackish with awesome flavor. Deep and touching to the soul, great blend of coffee and cocoa, simply perfection. The thing I love the most is that it isn't real hard to find all year round.

 271 characters

Photo of Uscjojo
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just bought a 4 pack of this stout. The look is black with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. There is also some dark chocolate and oaks. The taste is amazing! The coffee and chocolate is blended nicely and tastes like nice expresso. The feel is good. This stout is not too thick, but I am glad this is not a thin liquidy stout. Overall, this is very a nice coffee stout. In will definitely be buying another 4 pack.

 473 characters

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

Founders Breakfast Stout

This is my all time favorite beer that is easily obtained year around, no questions asked.

Look: Dark brown with a light brown head on the pour.

Smell: Smells like chocolate and coffee, with a very enjoyable sweetness.

Taste: It taste amazing! Same as the smell with chocolate and coffee, dessert like flavors all around.

Feel: Perfect for this type of beer, not too think but not too thing or watery.

Overall, this is my go to during the fall and winter months when I need that full bodied dessert flavored beverage. I highly recommend picking this up to enjoy. If you like this, then you will enjoy KBS, which is a little harder to find but tastes even better. As always, enjoy responsibly!

 725 characters

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a deep black color with a big coffee colored head. Just what I want to see from a stout.

S- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate malts in the nose.

T- Follows the nose. Tons of dark chocolate and coffee flavors, even more than one would expect from the aroma. Outstanding.

F- Medium to thick body.

O- This beer lives up to the hype, and it's one of my favorite stouts I've ever tasted. If you want loads of coffee flavor in your stout, this is for you.

 463 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black bordering on slightly less black than black, but still black. Like dark drip coffee. No head to speak of. But somehow there's still residuals left on the glass. Go figure.

Nose is faint but rich coffee and dark chocolate come through. Good flavours, just wouldn't mind them asserting themselves a little better.

Flavour takes those notes and runs. Rich creamy dark chocolate and silky black coffee drive this whole thing, weaving in and out of one another wonderfully. Body is just the light side of heavy and oily/silky smoothe.

This is what it says it is, that is if it says that it is good shit. Because this is good shit. From @WesMantooth's awesome NBS BIF #3 box. Thanks Corey!

 693 characters

Photo of jaypaul522
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a tan thick head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts - very pleasant aroma. Taste doesn't disappoint - the chocolate and coffee come through, and the alcohol doesn't overpower the drink. This is one of the best readily available stouts!

 265 characters

Photo of Bleer
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first love. This was my gateway stout 8). So many great flavors, booze, chocolate, and coffee. Smells incredible... For a beer than you can easily find for half the year, it's really a must have.

 202 characters

Photo of HopHunter19
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice pitch black beer with a mocha head on it, nice lacing
S - nice coffee, chocolate, dark malts, some vanilla creaminess in there
T - coffee, chocolate, dark malts, roasted marshmallows, vanilla, oatmeal, exactly what it claims to be
M- thick, alcohol covered completely, aftertaste more chocolate and coffee
O - overall great beer. Slightly overrated if u ask me though.

 377 characters

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

Purchased from a Spartan\Nash store in a 4 pack of bottles. Poured into a pint glass, a nice and thick stout that doesn't try to jump out of your glass. I think the hops and roasted malts do a great job hiding the
8.3 abv. Not overly sweet and surprisingly easy to drink for the high alcohol content. Founders brewery is one of the great things about living in Michigan.

 372 characters

Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden. Key, not cask. Pours pretty much black with a super-solid tan head. I could have placed a pound coin on this head and it would have held for a couple minutes. Lacing sticking all over. Nose is very mild compared to expectations. A bit fruity...like the fruity coffee notes from varietals like Kenya AA and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe...and some ice coffee. Bit not a lot. Taste is better, with the initial feeling of sweetness (probably more from the heavy mouthfeel) fading to dry, almost ashy, with lots of coffee on the finish. Coffee/ashy notes last a while. Mouthfeel is heavy. Carbonation is a bit high for the style IMO. Overall, a very good beer, but I don't rate it quite as high as some. It is extremely close to a homebrew I make, which may make it less exciting/different to me.

 841 characters

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

Bottled 11/15, so it is about 5 months old at this point. The intensity of the coffee in this beer is very impressive. This is like a double shot of espresso, dropped into a chocolate milkshake. Very impressive!

 211 characters

Photo of Terpinator
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Breakfast of champions! Looks as thick as a milkshake. Very aromatic with complex coffee, chocolate, and oat smell and taste. A bit of a bitter aftertaste for a stout and just a trace of the alcohol. The taste is overshadowed by the overwhelming body that overflows the palate. Delicious!

 288 characters

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,169 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.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!