502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 17, 2008
12 oz bottle into wineglass. Near oil black pour – pitch black body in class – great espresso brown head that is so creamy and has unbelievable retention and leaving very dense lace when it does finally fall. Aroma is so full it is thick – lots of coffee and dark (as well as milk) chocolate, as well as some oaky vanilla and sticky molasses with a very subtle rich whiskey-like boozyness – great. Flavor is the same but with a much more pronounced hoppyness (which is good, but throws the balance off a bit). Hardly any alcohol in the flavor. Not the thickest imperial stout but an unbelievably dense texture from the oats (I know this doesn’t sound like it makes much sense, but I can’t explain it much better) and very soft beautiful perfectly fitting carbonation. Overall: the aroma is really the kicker here in that the flavor appearance and palate exhibit typical characteristics of a good impy stout; but, the coffee character to the aroma is truly unique and very reminiscent of fine dark coffee, not just a dunken donuts light coffee acid bitterness. This thing would be outstanding for breakfast with some frosted miny wheats or waffles! dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
deep dark brown, medium head, nice lacing. nose of roasty malt and coffee. flavor is sweet coffee, chcolate, sweet malt. medium bodied, sweet finish. sweet, dark...i don’t need more to recommend against this beer. i will avoid it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. unpleasant after taste. maybe i got a bum bottle. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Bottle. Poured a motor oil black into a snifter. Aroma of roasted coffee, molasses and a hint of bitter chocolate. Flavor of oats, espresso, chocolate and some fruity notes. Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From a bottle pours a dark black liquid that doesn’t allow any light to penetrate with a minimal head of darkish tan. The aroma is of roasty coffee, black licorice, with a slight hint of sweeter molasses. Big creamy mouthfeel brings out flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, and charred raisins. This is an incredible imperial stout! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 2008 bottle on 3/16/10... after a bit of time in the cellar Breakfast Stout is still going strong... big huge coffee notes fill the nose... the tan head has mellowed a bit... the bitterness on the back end has really mellowed out. big coffee, chocolate sweetness flows over the mouth... deep roasty finish. outstanding. need more.
dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2008
bottle purchased from Archer Liquors. I’m glad I was fortunate enough to get a four pack of this from Archer! Breakfast Stout pours an intense thick black with a wonderful 1/2’’ tan head. The coffee aromas come forward predominately, and some oats follow behind. This beer is really thick - it truly is like a meal... or a damn good desert. Very full body over the palate, yet soft and extremely smooth. The intense coffee flavors dominate the palate, while the chocolate notes and oats come through on the sides and through the finish. There is some bitterness on the back as well. Overall this is a true standout that should be appreciated... it is a coffee bomb and an exquisite beverage.
Pours black with a dark brown head. Smells heavilyof chocolate and oats. Taste is amazing, heavy on the coffee oats and chocalate very impressive. mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours pitch black with a very thin beige head. Smells of roasted chicory and coffee with a hint of spice. Nice start with chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar. Finishes with a smoky flavor with anise underneath. Very well balanced and smooth despite the intense flavor. Nice beer. chicagobears (482) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Finally got my hands on this. Coffee and chocolate are of a fine quality. Great ingredients, great flavor. Drink it for Breakfast, drink it after Dinner. Either way you’ll be happy. xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2008
A very big thanks to CSmiley for this want as an extra. It was drank the morning after halloween.
Pours a thick jet black. Hardly any head is produced, what’s there is a light brown that’s almost frothy when swirled. Smells almost perfect. A nice balance between the roastedness and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is almost perfect. The chocolate holds up to the roasted malts, but the coffee could be a little stronger. I think this bottle was from last years production. When it hits your tongue it has a good amount of carbonation and leaves a silky feeling. The 8.3 abv makes this more drinkable than it should be. A pretty great beer overall. smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2008
I tried this beer about three years ago at the Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. I declared it one of the best beers of the night, and have been searching for it ever since. Somehow, I located a store in NJ that stocks it. Served cold from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a good brown head. Aroma is all chocolate, coffee, and caramel. One of my favorite aromas ever, maybe. The taste matches up well with the scent. Great chocolate/coffee flavor, with a tiny hint of hops. Creamy mouthfeel, a touch of alcohol at the very end. One of the better imperial stouts I’ve consumed.