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Breakfast Stout - Backcountry Brewery

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-13-2004

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Freshcraft at lunch per recommendation of the server. Arrived in a pint glass. Deep rich black with heavy brown edges, a nice 1.5 finger mocha head with extremely impressive retention and lacing. Looks great. The nose is more mild than anticipated but good. Roasted malts with a kiss of coffee. Often these coffee stouts are too domineering with the coffee, not this guy, gentle. The flavor brings a bit more coffee but not too much just right. A nice roast base. Smooth and creamy and tasty! Good carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable. Not a punch in the face of coffee, perfect blend with the roast. Good stuff!

More User Reviews:
Photo of HeroJH
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap! Wow, coffee much!? This is the stout that I've always wanted when I've purchased or tried anything that says 'coffee' on it. They seem to have put as much as you possibly can in this without over doing it. Very skillful.

A - Black. Long lasting tan head. Looks like a cup of espresso!
S - COFFEE
T - COFFEE. Sweet. Dry. Toasted bread. not super complex or anything, but has a full range of coffee. The coffee certainly dominates, but that's the point.
M - Clean
D - Good! I guess I could have another pint.

Photo of minterro
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber from Grapes and Grain in Denver, CO. Bought off a recommendation.

Labeled on BA as an American Stout, but I think its a milk stout based on the bottle description and the taste is kinda of between the two. Warmed to about 50 degrees before opening. Poured in to MSU pint glass (in preparation for the U of M v MSU game this weekend). Paired with ...

A&S: Excellent smell. Pungent with large quantities of chocolate complemented by roasty qualities. Almost smells like a cold brewed mocha. Jet black beer. Thick lines of light tan lacing. Good retention on the head.

T&M: Strikes a nice balanced between sweet and bitter. Very sweet chocolate upfront which fades to roasty midway and finishing bitter, but still refreshing. Quite smooth and silky as far as mouthfeel.

Overall: Impressed by this beer, would buy again. Look forward to trying more from this brewery. Surprisingly low abv, but would work as a great breakfast beer. I probably not the smartest idea to consume this after 11pm, hopeful the amount of caffeine in this beer doesn't keep me up too late.

Interesting side note: I pour a 8oz taster of this beer for my gf, pouring the end of the beer. Not only was it very different in taste and mouthfeel, but also look. I would be wary of this if you are dividing this beer between two people.

Photo of 303beer
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a coffee stout should be. Nice crisp clean coffee smell and taste. Nothing bad on the back end. Dark. To dark to see through a pint glass. Clear and clean when poured out thin. Very nice. Will buy more. Good job to the brewers.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with ruby highlights. There was a very small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - Not much of a shocker, this one smelled like coffee, tons of coffee! I couldn't catch much else other than delicious roasted coffee beans.

T - Strong coffee flavor with some toasted beadiness. There was a slight citrus bitter kick.

M - It was smooth and soft with a dry finish. A medium bodied stout that is a slow sipper.

D - This is a good breakfast stout. It doesn't pull any punches with the coffee flavor.

Photo of SamN
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

An inky, almost gritty looking black beer, with a pretty espresso-colored head, nice looker. Fantastic smells, tons of coffee and roast goodness. Serious coffee here, good stuff. On the palette is more gourmet coffee, dark baker chocolate, roasted grains, very little sweetness, subtle hops prescense. Lingering coffee dryness and touch of noble hops. Very, very good. The rare beer that seems suitedfor breakfast, body is medium full, and the carbonation is active, low ABV too boot.

A gem in the heart of Colorado. Awesome beer.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewpub

Hours very dark and black in the glass with a one finger brown head. The nose on the beer is strong of freshly brewed coffee. The beer is very coffee forward. It also has a massive roasted malt backbone which compliments the coffee well. There isn't any hop flavor but there is a refreshing bitterness that adds to the beers drink ability. A solid breakfast stout, won't be putting founders out of business but a great offering.

Photo of briman
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in standard pint glass.

Poured bascially black, with a large, thick, creamy dark tan head that retained for quite some time. Pours a lot like Guinness or similar stout with the bubbles seemingly travelling down the glass.

The nose is dominated by a dark roasted coffee smell. This was so prevalent in this sample that I honestly didn't notice any other obvious smells.

Taste was the same, all about the coffee. Didn't notice any real sweetness...but some coffee and/or dark toasted malt bitterness comes through in the finish.

Not as full bodied as you would expect, certainly not heavy, which makes it the kind of beer I could at least have a couple of in one sitting.

Photo of Inflames
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint of the Breakfast stout with my pizza which wasn't the best combination. But this brew probably doesn't go well with many dishes. This beer is the most coffee tasting beer I have ever had. And I don't see it pairing well with much other than maybe fish.

One of the selling points is the drinkability of this beer, where some breakfast stouts are too heavy, this beer is very thin and easy to enjoy. Which is good and bad I know, because this isn't the right type of mouth feel. This is more of a porter to me than a stout.

I know I kinda of knock this beer in the review but I gave it good marks. My reason for this is because I like the brew but I don't believe it is true to it's style.

Photo of denver10
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown with a mocha head. Aroma is nice roasted medium roast coffee, a touch of some chocolate and caramel hanging out in there, with a nice milk sugary finish. Flavor is big coffee, caramel and chocolate, and milk sugars. A creamy, thinner mouthfeel, which is working just fine for me. Overall, I couldn't ask for anything more from a low abv stout, let alone one that is 4.4% abv. Loved this beer, could drink this all the time so easily.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

A: Dark, thin head that doesn't stick around too long.

S: Huge coffee notes. Roasted malt. Chocolate. Very nice.

T: As a coffee lover, this is fantastic.

M: Thin, low ABV. Moderate carbonation. Works well.

O: This is a great beer that I hope they make year-round. $6.99/4 pack isn't too bad either.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $6.99. Straight black, decent head with really good lacing. The aroma is delicious brewed coffee with a sweetness following it up, if I was presented with a cup of coffee that smelled this good I would be delighted. Flavor is bitter coffee and not much else. The aroma is a step ahead of the flavor. A little bit thin but pretty easy to drink. The abv is listed as 4.4% so that actually fits a breakfast stout since you could drink one with your eggs and bacon and not be fazed. I really like Backcountry's porter and pale ale and I feel like this could be a winner with a little work, The aroma is really enticing.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this one came across a bit thin to me, but other than that its a pretty tasty brew. the pour is plenty dark with a nice mocha head on it. the nose is straight drip coffee, bitter, especially with the dark malts in there and a dark chocolate essence. the flavor is all of the above, with the coffee being pretty intense all the way through. there is a strange acidity to this though that really makes it hard to have more than one or two of, but again, the flavors are nice and balanced. the feel is just too thin for a big stout. it is watery and undercarbonated, which really brings it down for me. it needs a nice fuller oatmeal body to cut down some acid and make it stick. still, the flavors are good and the caffeine hit is definitely there. a couple of these is plenty. maybe a nitro tap would help it also...

Photo of spoony
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (dated December 24, 2013) into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour builds up a head of about one and one-half fingers. The foam is mocha in color and it drops quickly to a thick cap, then a patchy cap within a minute. Spots of lace are left behind on the glass. The beer is pretty close to black in color and still.

S-There is definitely some drip coffee aroma here, as well as semi-sweet baker's chocolate, and a bit of dark, sweet berry fruit. There is a little bit of sweetness, but as you would expect for a beer with only 4.4% ABV, it lacks that high-octane, boozy punch that the more ubiquitous RIS/double coffee stouts have.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell with drip coffee, some vaguely sweet blueberry fruit, a baker's chocolate bitterness, and some toast and oats. It is not complex when compared against the best examples of the style, but there are no off flavors, either.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft with a below average carbonation. A bit of a watery feel on the finish.

O-This is a pretty enjoyable beer with a nice dose of coffee flavor. It is not terribly complex and I could use a bit more body and/or mouthfeel, but there are not many stouts that drink this well at 4.4%, let alone coffee stouts that drink this well at 4.4%. I hate to use the term "session" for a coffee stout, but if you need to drink more than one coffee stout on a Tuesday night and go to work on Wednesday morning, this is a good option.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a tight mocha head. Retains very well. Sheets of lacing.

S - Roasted coffee, dark malt, toasted rye.

T - Follows the nose. Dry roasted coffee beans, slightly sour, toasted rye bread. Hints tang and dry on the finish.

M - Soft and super creamy, low carbonation.

Big time coffee flavors. A perfect beer for breakfast. Not super complex but very enjoyable.

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Breakfast Stout from Backcountry Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.