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RATINGS: 2878   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Youíve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. Weíre actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose toped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 12oz bottle, sampled alongside the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Pitch black, with a moderate-sized light brown head, that hangs around much longer than that of the KBS. Moderately strong coffee aroma, with notes of sour cherry and milk chocolate. Flavor is primarily roasted coffee, but itís really smooth around the edges; this doesnít have the bitterness of the KBS. I believe this bottle is a few years old, and has had some time to mellow. Silky smooth and delicious; I wish I could get this beer on a regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Fizzy dark tan head diminishes slowly and fully. Black body, average density. Aroma is monstrously coffee, with lesser notes of chocolate cake, cold-pressed coffee, roasted malt and light caramel. The nose of the last two vintages is a stark contrast to earlier years, which showcased incredible balance of aromatic components and didnít seem so overwhelming in the coffee department. It still seems nice, but not nearly as impressive as in years gone by. The rating is for the current vintage though, so the numbers reflect a beer that doesnít stand with the greats any longer. Alcohol is mostly pleasantly concealed. Flavor is utterly dominated by garish coffee that crushes all other subtleties in its path. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Hop bitterness barely detectable in the aroma has a steady presence in the taste, most notably near the finish. The finale is all burned coffee, like scraping the bottom of the pot. Mouthfeel is average, with zippy carbonation. This beer used to be above average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2007
12-oz bottle received via trade with Duane. Pours black with an average fizzy dark brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted, burnt coffee, molasses), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather, meat) with notes of wood, smoke and licorice. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation and a slight bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; toasted dark malt and cocoa flavor, ashy with burnt coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Poured black with tan head that lasted til the last drop. Aroma of strong coffee and roasted malt. Taste was of strong coffee and chocolate. Very thick and filling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
From my notes in 05. A great coffee ambiance. This is not Ms Olsenís coffee. Quality coffee from the islands, it does not matter if from Hawaii or Caribbean, good stuff. Aroma and taste are coffee. A very thick mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2007
HUGE COFFEE!!! Pours a fairly thick black with a rocky, tan head. The coffee hits you in the aroma right off the bat. Some malt, dark bakerís chocolate and some dark fruit make their way through. The flavor on this is initially a very dry, dark coffee taste that moves in to a semi-sweet chocolate chip middle and finishes on ...... you guessed it, coffee. Phenomenal!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Appearance: Pours a dark, oily black body with a full, mocha-colored head. Smell: A pungent aroma overflowing with coffeebeans - some whole, some even ground for a drip machine. Attempting to peak through is some dry, dark bakers chocolate. Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate maltiness soon yields to the more dominant coffee flavor which is much akin to a cold day-old cup of morning coffee. Some faint citrusy hops join the finish as it warms. Unfortunately, I find that the coffee character tramples unforgivingly over the other lesser flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, charred caramel and smoky cigars. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with a sofy, velvety mouthfeel. Softly carbonated. Drinkability: Ultimately, I prefer coffee stouts to allow the other softer undertones to shine through a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Re-rate. Bottled, thick black pour with a pretty brown head. Tons of coffee, sugar and malts in the nose. So much richer and smoother than I remember. Malty mocha flavors giving way to a sweet and then bitter finish. Extremely enjoyable second time around, and can now say definitively that itís the most quaffable imperial stout Iíve had. So good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bottled. Pours a thick black color with a thick brown head. Rich, roasted malt aromas with big chocolate and coffee notes... the coffee aromas come across kind of like wet Folgers grounds though. The word strong seems to sum up the flavor on this; nothing is half-assed here. Big chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweet, dark fruits and roasted malts along with a sizable hop bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
very dark with a good sized tan head. wonderful aromas: coffee, chocolate, lots of roasted malts. Amazing flavors.. espresso, dark chocolate. really deep, complex flavors with amazing mouthfeel. really great beer...thanks biggcb

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