Breakfast Stout - Backcountry Brewery
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Reviews by spoony:
3.91/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-19-2014 02:32:30 | More by spoony
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4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
07-09-2009 21:19:56 | More by HeroJH
4.09/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-31-2013 06:05:29 | More by minterro
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
02-26-2010 20:41:32 | More by zeff80
4.41/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-07-2014 21:48:12 | More by SamN
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-07-2013 04:12:37 | More by TwelveOunces
Breakfast Stout from Backcountry Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.