Breakfast Blend Mild - North Country Brewing

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 17
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 5.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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North Country Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beerphan on 09-18-2006

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 17
Photo of burnstar
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear brown with a big off-white head. Smell is mild toasted malt. Taste is again mild toasted malt. Low sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but I won't hold it against a mild too much. Extremely drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer. I've had very few examples of this style but I guess I'd rather this have a little more flavor and maybe even be a little heavier. (387 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on cask at North Country, this selection pours an orange copper. Of course there is no carbonation.

The aroma has some citrus and red fruit as well as good hops. There is a hint of toasted malt present as well.

Sweet roasted malt and some honey are very prevalent early. The flavor fades to some hops and spice. Just a hint of lemon in the finish. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel has that familiar dullness (not in a bad way) of a cask beer. Medium bodied with a light lingering texture. Well balanced throughout. A nice selection on cask. (555 characters)

Photo of kimbo33
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better offering from North Country. It is what it is...a mild beer. No real big hop/malt flavors. But the ones that are there are very solid. I would like them to make it a bit sweeter, I think that would be a large improvement. U shouold try, but prolly wont love. (276 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint a nice rich nut brown with a creamy-like off white head atop.Coffee and brown sugar in the nose,smelled maybe a bit to sweet.Thankfully the flavors were not overly sweet,big dark roast coffee and brown sugar melds into a bit of earthy finish.This was drinkable pint,the coffee might become a little much after awhile but it's not bad. (358 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark translucent red/brown body with 1/2 finger creamy off-white head. Good head retention and leaves behind a good amount of lacing at first-but the head eventually fades along with its ability to leave behind lacing.

S- Big smell for such a little beer. Rich toasty chocolate malt up front with hints of caramel malt behind it.

T- Rich toasted chocolate malt upfront with solid caramel malt backbone-reminiscent of a unsweetened caramel coffee. This flavor last the whole way through with a mild bitter coffee flavor remaining. Taste is very similar to this brewery's feedbag stout-big taste for such a little beer.

M- Low carbonation and rather thin body.

D- This is a good drinkable brew. The flavor is too big for a long session ale (for me at least)-but the low ABV makes it great for any time of the day and the flavor you get is well worth it. A great low ABV beer to have when you don't want an alcohol kick. (932 characters)

Photo of HoorayBeer
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy beer when it was first put down, good rich brown color. A good medium head balanced the color well.
No strong scents that jump out. Just some barley and it was not overpowering at that.
Smoothe rich taste, no bite. Lots of barley in the body. A few spices come out in the body as well, but a very well balanced beer. No sharp aftertastes. In all a good beer. It was easy to put back. (399 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, the "nitro-tap" served suggestion that I gave this beer is not a mistake. I'm pretty sure this is a nitro serving, although I thought it was a little bit surprising.

The body looks brown upon first inspection, but when held up to the light it is really a dark red with orange hues. The standard nitro-tap waterfall effect happens, and the head settles to look like the head on any other nitro-tap beer: a thick, solid ring of light brown foam about a finger tall.

I get sweet malts and a little kick of coffee.

Breakfast Blend Mild may smell a little bland, but this beer is packed with flavor. Lightly toasted malt flavors mix with a good malt base that includes flavors of toffee and caramel. The finish brings a strong flavor of coffee. The aftertaste is mostly coffee, with hints of the other malts mixed in. Although the coffee flavor is much stronger than the other malty flavors, it never overpowers the rest of the beer, which is nice.

I think the mouthfeel is a problem. The nitrogen makes it thick and creamy, but I would prefer this beer on a normal CO2 tap system. Ideally, this beer would be the choice for the hand pump that the brewpub has. I guess I can't win them all.

For having an ABV that clocks in at under 4%, this is flavorful and enjoyable beer. I always like to see breweries and brewpubs producing session beers, especially English styles. If I didn't have a designated driver it's also nice that I would be able to have one of these and still drive considering that North Country is kind of in the middle of nowhere. The next time I venture back out to North Country, I hope to see Breakfast Blend on the hand pump. (1,663 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Slippery Rock, PA brewpub.

A: The ale is a syrupy brown color, cola-like, with very little head (as if drawn from a cask).

S: The nose is toffee and nuts, very malty with a soft coffee aroma just below the surface. Quite a bit of aroma is packed into the small beer.

T: A very interesting combination - a mild brown ale and coffee. The English mild aspect is full of toffee and nuttiness, soft malts that don't skimp on the flavor (the mild ale style is truly amazing in this respect). Layered on top of the mild maltiness is a great coffee flavor, a real pick-me-up. The coffee flavor is mildly bitter, keeping in line with the rest of the taste, just forceful enough to remind you that it is here.

M: The body goes flat at times, perhaps hurt by the low level of carbonation. Coffee never overpowers the mild ale, which is surprising. The two flavors meld nicely together.

D: The abv, per the chalk board, is a whopping 3.7%. A nice breakfast ale that won't lay you out like some of the bigger stouts. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakfast Blend Mild on nitro.

Pours a rich brown and cascading nitro body looking very appealing. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel. In the flavor, more of the same, roasted malt, light coffee and a small bitterness. Smooth and creamy, lingering toffee like flavor. Overall, a delicious mild and nitro made it all the better. (334 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler. Nice carbonation and only minimal head with no sticky lace on the glass. The scent has heavy amount of coffee. Mouthfeel is very light and very drinkable. Overall a heavy flavor and demanding presence in a highly drinkable and refreshing brew. Would recommend it to start or finish any summer evening. (342 characters)

Photo of beerphan
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler -> imperial pint
3.7 abv

Pours a dark rich hazy brown with a 2 inch pillowy head that settles quickly to a fine film of suds. Dotted lacing. Little to no carbonation present.

Nose: Rich toasted malts, caramel, and some smokey coffee. Full rich earthy scent with some burnt grain. smells delicious.

Taste: Dark roasted malts with a smokey coffee aftertaste. A big thick toasty explosion.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation is proper too the style, and this is just right. Even with the low carbonation the mouthfeel is rich and full. Does leave a dry burnt flavor on the tongue, which couples nice with some chocolate chip cookies.

A very drinkable brew, low abv allows for long sessions. (707 characters)

Photo of sleepystevenson
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my mug-club mug at the brewery.

A - Pours a nice dark translucent color, not quite as dark as coca-cola with a 1-2 finger white/offwhite head. Good looking beer. Light lacing follows most of the way down the mug.

S - While not a huge aroma, there is a lot more than would be expected. Certainly the malt with caramel, roasty and mild coffee notes. No hop presence in the smell.

T - Excellent. LOTS of flavor here for less then 4% abv. Follows the aroma's suggestions perfectly. Roastiness, mild coffee, chocolate and caramel. No bite here, but a certain bitterness from the roasted grains. Very limited hop presence, no aroma or flavor.

M - Body is not surprisingly rather thin. Proper (low) carbonation level. Supports the quaffability of this style.

D - Very easy drinking - definitely sessionable for my preferences. Perfect for those many times you want a beer that isn't an alcohol bomb, but still has a lot of flavor. All the great nuances of a stout in a lighter bodied easier to drink package. One of my very favorite from North Country's extensive line-up of good beers. (1,094 characters)

Breakfast Blend Mild from North Country Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.