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Sweet Tat's Breakfast Stout - Wormtown Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 161
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 31
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ppoitras on 06-06-2010

2010: 8.0% ABV (available only on tap and in growlers)
2011- : 9.0% ABV (available on tap, growlers, and in 22oz bottles)
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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 161
Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a good bit of khaki colored head and some large bubbles. Nose is slightly burnt malt, hint of vanilla, faint coffee note. Flavor is even more burnt than the nose, a touch of dry bakers chocolate, slight coffee and lingering coffee bitterness. Creamy feel, soft carb, medium body.

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Photo of scotorum
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz, bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Opaque black with an inch thick tan head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Sweet dark malt, black coffee and chocolate.

t; Intense dark malt with chocolate and roasty coffee notes followed by moderate bitterness which lingers slightly on an otherwise fairly dry finish. High ABV very well concealed by both malt and hops..

m: Medium to full, very good body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o; Loads of flavor here. The hop balance is good but bitterness tends to linger too long in the finish, at least at first. A sipper.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with Hab11.
Pours into a tree house snifter a jet black color with a dark khaki or nougat colored one finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a 1 or 2 mm lingering head. Very minimal lacing.

Smell: cocoa powder. Bitter chocolate. If you really reach for it one may even find sweet Hershey's syrup. Extremely fragrant.

Taste: wow that is chocolatey! That is an impressive amount of chocolate. Fairly sweet but we'll balanced, not too sweet. Nice dark roasted malts. Bitterness is hidden very well. Only slightly bitter at the end but again mixed with that sweetness. Extremely smooth. Oh yeah and for 9% abv this is impressively smooth.

Mouth: my first reaction when I tasted this beer was the incredible silky smoothness! It was the epic chocolate taste that followed. Great mouthful. Just the right amount of light carbonation but oh so silky.

Overall: well what can I say? For a 9% oatmeal stout brewed with coffee, cocoa nibs and vanilla beans this beer sure does deliver. I could use a lot more of the coffee flavor to come through but maybe I'm just spoiled from all the Tree House double shot varieties that I had over the last year. Still this is a very impressive beer. Excellent work from Ben and the guys at Wormtown. Would definitely purchase and drink again in a heartbeat. Can't beat the price either. Good beer.

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Photo of Hab11
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with Three Lions from a 22oz. Bomber.
Look: Black like onyx with a nougat head of about one finger. Minimal lacing.
Smell: deep dark roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, heavy cream, unsalted butter, French vanilla. Really pleasantly aromatic with all the above smells.
Taste: Mirrors the nose but the chocolate takes center stage, coffee ads the bite. All of the flavors really complement each other. Much better than the last time I had it in draft form.
Feel: in the mouth it is so smooth at the back of the throat like licking a fresh wax job. Bite from the coffee flavors hits mid tongue. This brew is not bitter and not to smooth. It really hits the mark.
Overall: so impressed this is a perfectly balanced stout! It balances the sweet with the bite perfectly. To many in this style miss one way or the other even from great brewers like Hill Farmstead. This is my local brewer who just expanded! Yay for me and my palate!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Bottled November 2013. Pours a dark brownish black with an inch of medium brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and wood. The taste is vanilla and caramel. Sweet coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Good amount of that vanilla-y oatmeal flavor. Cappuccino at the end. Chocolate finish. Tons of carbonation. Body is a bit lacking. Somewhat thin, but not a huge deal. Overall, solid Oatmeal Stout I'd grab again.

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Photo of TheMagnanimous
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I'm in the minority here but the only downside for me was a lack of body. I would've preferred more oats.

A - Poured from 22 oz bottle, not quite jet black more of a deep brown/light black. Nice creamy head with good retention.

S - Developed through the bottle initially was rough for me with mostly wood, the vanilla really came through later on with chocolate, coffee and brown sugar there as well.

T - Really nice blend of the coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors for me. Definitely sweet but not oversweet for me.

M - Definitely some creaminess and presence of oats but for me this could go from an Outstanding to a world-class beer with greater creaminess and richer mouthfeel. It's like 50-75% to the rich mouthfeel I want for the flavor profile and 9%.

Overall a real treat of a beer. Really nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in November of 2013.

A: Pitch black with a fizzy, sticky, medium-brown head that fades into good retention and lace.

S: Massive roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar, oats and milk sugar, molasses, sweet dark dried fruits, wood, and some booze to finish it up nicely. Extremely complex...although it's technically an Imperial Oatmeal Stout!

T: Along the lines of the nose but sooo much creamier than expected. The oats truly enhance this beer. Many beers of this style allow the oats to come through but this one really makes them known. And I like that...a lot! As it should be, this is a big stout mellowed out with the addition of oats and the greatness they can bring. Wood, roasted malt, caramelized and sweet sugars, as well as booze stand out amongst the myriad flavors.

M: As already stated, beyond smooth & creamy with massive (seriously massive) flavor. So damn delicious. Carbonation and body are strong and on-point as is the finish. Never ever cloying. For real. And although it's a bruiser at 9%, it never detracts from any aspect of the beer (but by the end of the bottle, good feelings are happening).

O: A true breakfast stout, this is honestly up there with Founders' ubiquitous version of the style. In a blind taste test, I wouldn't doubt this beer to be the victor. An absolute joy to drink from first sip to last.

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Photo of dennho
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The second glass from a 22oz bottle. From a Tree House Brewery tulip.

Pours dark, very dark. Held up to a light nothing passes through. One inch head is a yummy light brown color. Head disappears after a few minutes and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, molasses, a bit of chocolate. Not overwhelming.

Taste is like the smell, but much more pronounced. Chocolate, coffee, with a bit of vanilla.

Not a heavy tasting beer. Light on the pallet.

As I was drinking this I thought it was an approachable oatmeal stout for a non beer geek. It seemed easy drinking. Then I looked at the label and saw it was 9%. Whodathunk.
Wormtown does some great things. Can't wait for the barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-A bit of a gusher; more of a slow puke of foam falling out of the bottle. When poured, the body of the beer is big, black and thick. The head starts off gigantic then does down to a thin mass of foam. Thick lacing rings.

S-Sweet fudge and flat cola. Sugary coffee and roast. Light vanilla with a noticeable donation from the cocoa nibs. Was expecting this to be more coffee stressed but I guess the flavor will truly tell.

T-The flavor is more coffee-esque. Like a cool glass of creamy mocha iced coffee. Fudgy like the nose with some bitter dark chocolate truffle. Oats and burnt caramel. Some vanilla extract. Creme brûlée. The flavors blend really well together.

M-Silky with a fuller body. Very soft carbonation. I would love another bottle to drink for breakfast...

O/D-Wormtown, one of my favorite breweries. Was lucky enough to stumble upon this brew. I enjoyed it but it didn't 'wow' me. It' definitely gets tastier as you make your way through the bottle.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Disclaimer: I am new to reviewing stouts.

A - Poured very dark, nearly black, with a small amount of head that faded to a small ring and left lacing only at the very top. I was using a tulip glass and am not sure what kind of retention stouts usually present. Looked nice to me though.

S - Most of what I smelled was dark roasted coffee and some untraceable sweetness.

T - Followed the nose for me. I tasted sweetened coffee, which I am not a huge fan of. Oddly I was sharing a bottle with my wife, and while she found it to be too bitter, I found it to be a touch too sweet. Both of us enjoyed it, I'm being a little picky here. In either case, I felt it hid the alcohol very well.

M - Silky and not as full-bodied as I expected. Certainly not bad though.

O - Like I said, I'm new to stouts and not a huge fan of coffee and chocolate flavors in general. I can certainly see how people would love this beer, but it doesn't line up well for my particular tastes.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Surge1311 for this bottle!

vintage 2013; poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 3 fingers of light tan head. The beer leaves a better than spotty lace on the glass. Good head retention as well.

Smell: Its vanilla forward stout with a mild roast and cocoa nib in the nose. This beer smells really sweet. Brewing adjuncts take the spot light over the malt profile of this beer. This beer smells great! I am digging the nose of this beer alot.

Taste: Thats a surprise! I expected to have a lot of sweet vanilla flavor based on the nose, but its not the case. Lots of cocoa and chocolate notes with a hint of sweetness. Little bit of roasty malts and a light bitterness in the finish. Not getting too much coffee either.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable 9% stout; I would place it around 5-6% abv if I didnt see the label. Creamy and silky mouthfeel. Sooo darn soild.

Overall: This is my 2nd Wormtown beer. I was very impressed with Pro Am Porter and Sweet Tats is pretty good too. I was a little bit dissapointed that the coffee and vanilla didnt translate into the taste of the beer very much. Nonetheless, its a really good american stout. The nose and mouthfeel are fantastic. I must say that the creamy and silkiness in the mouthfeel is a Wormtown trademark because both dark beers that I have drank from Wormtown are similiar in this manner. Great local beer, if I could pick this up off the shelf I would be a repeat customer of this beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown color with a thin, frothy, brown, clingy head. Good lacing as you drink. Nose of bitter chocolate and light roasted coffee, with a touch of smokiness. Flavors of bitter coffee, roasty and coffee grounds, with a dark chocolate ribbon throughout. Aftertaste of roastiness and coffee, with a linger in the dry, smooth finish. Thin, smooth bodied throughout. Damn tasty.

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Photo of Lambocalrisien
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown almost black chocolate color with a nice 1 1/2 finger coffee colored head

S - Not an intense aroma coming out of this, hints of roasty chocolate, coffee, and even a little vanilla come through. Intensifies as it warms.

T - Wow! Did not expect it to taste this good after smelling it. Sweet and roasted chocolate with almost the perfect amount of coffee, vanilla and caramel flavor.

M - Thick and creamy but not overly heavy. Very smooth, excellent carbonation and goes down really easy.

O - Wormtown nailed this one damn near to perfection. Great brew that can hold its own against the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout. A must try.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured intona tulip.

Jet black in color. khaki head one finger in size fades to a ring.

Aroma is primarily coffee, along with vanilla spice. Roasted chocolate malt firmly in the background.

The flavor is mainly dark roasted coffee along with vanilla bean up front. Chocolate malt is 2nd fiddle. Acidic coffee on the finish.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, given that its a big stout. Not satisfying.

Overall it's not bad. Similar to the appraoch of FBS. I just had speedway stout recently so its hard not to compareit to that. I enjoyed speedway much more. I can see how many would like Sweet Tats though.

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Photo of sentomaster
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark black with no light penetrating whatsoever. A lovely, thick crown of foam erupts on the pour providing a gorgeous mocha colored cap to the massively dark body. As the glass nears empty brown highlights become present around the edges. Great sticky lacing as the foam slowly recedes. Great looking beer.

S- Lots of stuff going on here. I'm taken back by the smack of coffee; fresh, dark, black and roasty notes of coffee waft from the glass. I'm also surprised at the amount of english hop aroma I'm getting- it may be accentuated by the vanilla bean. The cocoa nib isn't as present as the coffee and vanilla, but I think it is there in the nose...hard to tell over the copious amounts of coffee.

T/M- Big things going on here. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Big time coffee- dark and robust. As in the nose, the coffee is followed by herbal hops and vanilla- not sure which is in the lead; they play so nicely off eachother. Followed by a nice, clean oatmeal crispness in the mid palate. A bit of dark, bitter chocolate also shows up in the middle and follows into the finish.

O- This is a very good beer. A few tweaks could make a huge difference and turn a good beer into an absolutely world class stout. It needs a bit more heft to the body and more malt sweetness and roast to counter the massive coffee bitterness.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kelp for passing along a bottle in the latest version of our continuing trading adventures. Always a pleasure trading with my go-to New England trader.

Had never heard of this brewery or beer.

Poured from a 2012 bottle into two snifters.

A- Darkest brown you can get. Pours with a nice khaki head that settles down into a bubbly party.

S/T - This beer is about the closest I have had to Founders Breakfast Stout. Combines the dark malts and coffee to produce that classic breakfast stout style. I don't get any of the vanilla and the oat must be dialed back to allow the coffee bitterness to dominate. With a little tweaking, this could be world class. It is just a tad bitter, if it was dialed back a bit it would be the perfect integration. As it is, it is really good though. Should be a 4.25 on both.

M - Very nice. Rich and full.

O- a really nice beer. I would go pretty much 4.25 across the board.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage shared by jdiddy. Pours the color of cola with a loose, tan-colored head that dissipates into a skim. Coffee aromas dominate the nose. There's also a slightly vegetal, spent grounds character as well as a trace of vanilla at the back. Taste follows nose - the coffee presence is just way too over the top though. It's not bad, but really hides any possible nuance to this beer. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slightly chalky texture. Overall, I think this beer is really quite good and well worth trying if the opportunity presents; however, the coffee character just dominates a little too much.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you once again! Bottled in 12/2011, and split into tulips this evening.

Pours black and develops approximately 3 centimeters of thick, tan head. Retention is stupendous, with a minimum of a thin layer of bubbles still coating the surface even late into the drink. Additionally, gobs of wet lacing adorn the glass. I couldn’t ask for anything more here.

The aroma is of oatmeal, subdued coffee grounds, mocha and cacao, faint roasted nuts and grains, a touch of caramel malt, hints of vanilla, and brown sugar. A good amount of sweetness to balance out the grain and oat aromas.

It tastes of hearty oatmeal topped off with chocolate and vanilla, served with a side of sweetened coffee. Really, a delicious breakfast served in a glass. Nutty hints and traces of vanilla play well with the faintly roasted grain flavors. Very well done here.

Mouthfeel is wonderful as well. Sure, it coats the palate on first drink, but it removes itself promptly without a syrupy or sugary aftertaste; only the best of the oats seem to linger on the roof of the mouth. Ample carbonation helps with this and to pull out the more delicate flavors.

Ultimately, this is a phenomenal brew. It really does bring notions of a delicious, hearty breakfast to the forefront of one’s thoughts (and tastebuds). Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a better oatmeal stout, making this one worth all efforts of seeking out.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap this was awesome. Poured a massive 3" deep almost indescribable mocha colored head with quite a long life. Lovely. The body dark as coffee is a clear burnt umber brown. The taste is absolutely immense with coffee, roasted malt, and sour grains. That's followed by a long lingering taste of a finish. This is an ace of a beer so long as you're a fan of very dark.

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Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-is a dark chocolate brown with a fingers worth of medium tan head that dissipates and leaves some foamy bubbles

S-malt, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and a spicy finish

T-taste matches the smell, lots of roasted and burnt notes in this one. Roasted malts, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and light alcohol.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall I like this a lot, oatmeal is pretty strong which is nice, good amount of roast. I will definitely look for this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. 2011 vintage thanks to jslot38. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, nuts, toasted malts, and dark chocolate. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, nuts, and some earthy notes.

m - Medium body and a low but great level of carbonation. Super creamy and easy to drink. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice beer here. Lots of coffee to it and super easy to drink. Have had a few good things from Wormtown in the past and this is another one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

impressive beige head: thick and creamy. It settles very slowly, leaving a blanket of lace as it recedes. Dark,dark brown where no light shines through.

Mild aroma of chalky cocoa. Very dry, reminds me of the smell of fresh black patent grains.

Starts dry but becomes semi-sweet chocolate quickly. There's a touch of hops in the swallow but otherwise it's like a chocolate milk. The finish comes across like unsweetened chocolate and lingers long after the swallow.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a stein, formed a 1 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Frothy head holds on and on, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is sweet rich cake batter.

Taste starts with sweet dark malts, chocolate, coffee and vanilla in the middle, and then the coffee really comes on in the close, with a late alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, and drinkability is good. Liking this one, glad to see it in 22s.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into an oversized snifter.

A: In color, it's as dark as brown can get before it becomes black. A one-inch khaki colored head soon settles into a thin slip. Lacing is sparse and thin.

S: A delightful aroma of freshly ground coffee beans wafts out of the glass. I could smell it long before I got my nose in there to sniff. Oats manifest themselves in the form of a starchy and somewhat spicy aroma. Hot cocoa and vanilla bean underneath the coffee scents. Very faint and vague darkfruit and only a suggestion of acidity. A good strong nose.

T: Rich, earthy coffee tastes open. Vanilla bean and creamy hot cocoa meld with the coffee to create a beautiful flavor combination. Oat contribution is multi-dimensional and adds starchy and spicy tastes along with a creamy impression. Dark chocolate and some acidic bitterness ride up on the palate toward the finish, along with hints of some herbal hop tastes. Long, impressive finish showcases rich coffee, layered chocolatey flavors, and maybe just a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick, but not too heavy. Very full, creamy, and fluffy. Carbonation is moderate, tight, and a bit prickly. It's nitpicking really, but the carbonation feels a tad too aggressive, and it takes away just a bit from the overall smoothness.

O: This is one amazing beer, and the best local brew I've had in a very long time. It can hold its own with the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout and Peche Mortel. I predict that this will be a highly sought after trade item once word starts to get out about this great beer and this great brewery.

Notes: Wormtown may just be the Northeast's best kept secret at this point. The few beers I've had by them have been stellar.

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Photo of seanwhite
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Stoddard's in downtown Boston, a great beer bar.

A - Pours solid black with hints of brown with a decent tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted malts, espresso bitterness, dry cocoa and some sweet molasses. Also some vanilla comes through

T - Bittersweet cocoa, noticeable dryness, fair amount of coffee notes and the espresso bitterness lingers throughout. Roasted malts and oats are think and faintly smokey.

M - Medium body, fairly balanced carbonation and a very dry finish.

O - All in all an excellent stout that I enjoyed very much. Look forward to getting a bottle of this one.

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Sweet Tat's Breakfast Stout from Wormtown Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.