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Smokey Breakfast Lager | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Kornoms
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We were very excited to try this beer with its description of everything in it. At first pour it is very dark with much more of a Porter appearance then a Lager. It doesn't have a very strong smell, but there are hints of maple and Smokey wood. We were anticipating the taste.the most, but it was not as strong as we thought it would be. It had a nice smokey malt and we good gather notes of spicy tea and coffee (though it took a few long sips and some tough concentration to notice). It does have a sweeter taste, with the honey and maple syrup coming near the end. It has a smooth mouthfeel for a Lager but an interesting carbonates bite at the end. Overall, we feel the more complex flavors could be a little more pronounced. Nonetheless, it is still a very tasty beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colour with a big, fluffy, tan head. Decent head retention.

Bright rauchmalt with some light citrus notes. Balanced.

Smooth malt with a nice moderate smoke note. Some fruitiness is evident along with a hint of dark malt. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

Don't get me wrong, this is a nice beer. My problem with it though is simple - it is seriously overpriced. Bridge Road needs to get out of the mindset that says that if it is in a 750ml bottle it has to be expensive. This is a fairly standard beer in terms of cost and originality and the price should reflect that

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridge Road's 500th brew. I had this on tap at Josie Bones in Collingwood.

Pours a very fluid, dark brown colour with a really awesomely fine head, almost creamy in its consistency. No lace when tilted, and the body is light.

Nose is smoky and pretty roasted and dark, balanced with a smoothness that almost evokes a touch of vanilla. Slight sulphur to it, but given it's a "breakfast beer", I can just imagine eggs. Some spicy phenolic alcohol character, which is a little surprising. Very interesting, in any case.

Taste is very smooth and light, giving a nod to its lager genesis and increasing its drinkability. Flavours are smoky and dark, with pleasant mildly roasted characters and a hint of acidity on the back, almost like dark sour fruit. It has an odd smoothness which conflicts with the light, crisp body, but it's a pretty interestingly drinkable brew.

Nice. It's actually not as crazy as I expected, with just subtle smoke and a muddled moderated palate. In some senses, that's a bit disappointing, but it's more drinkable for it. For a special release, though, I'd love to see something more insane.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drunk with a bowl of fruit and muesli for breakfast on the morning of my 1000th beer review.

Pours a very dark umber colour, quite opaque in its blackness, really. Tan head sinks fairly quickly but sticks with lace on the way down. Pretty good.

Smell is mostly smokey, with a nice meaty aroma that doesn't overwhelm the olfactory like a really woody smoke would. Sweet aroma behind it, with some dark fruit esters and pleasant spicey grain. Pleasant, and intriguing.

Taste is pleasantly smokey. Starts roasty, with a bit of a charred flavour that gets sweet midway, with some toasted cereal grain and honey that makes its presence felt without over-sweetening the palate. Smoke comes through late, with a nice dark woodiness to it that is really beautifully complemented by the roast of the coffee, it just adds a roundness that is close to perfection. Ends quite savoury with an espresso bent and really rounds out this lovely, warming meal-in-a-glass. Top stuff; I'm a big fan.

Bit of texture from the fizz, but a lingering and consistently mild one, not too bad at all.

I'm really impressed with this beer; Ben has definitely managed to find order in the chaos to create a truly unique drop of beer.

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Photo of Macca
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown/black with a fine beige head.

The nose is dominated by the smoked and roasted malts. Lots of milk chocolate in behind the smoke. The coffee comes through as well. Raisins/dark fruit. Not getting the bacon tho.

The coffee comes through a lot more on the palate but the smoke still dominates. Lots of milk chocolate. Still no bacon. Quite a bit of sweetness.

Medium bodied.

I would have liked a bit more body and perhaps a little more bitterness.

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Photo of ADZA
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was brewed to celebrate the breweries 500th batch of beer and was brewed with muesli,fruit toast,coffee,tea leaves,honey and maple syrup and it pours a jet black hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves a rim of lacing,the smell is definately unique with aromas of smokey woodfire,bacon,fruit toast,milky coffee and yes a touch of tea aswell,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and pretty smooth with tastes of smokey wood fired bacon,oak,raisins,honey soaked oats and finshed with a tinge of smokey,dark fruity bitter dryness and overall a very interesting drop that isnt your run of the mill smoked beer which is good in my eyes cheers.

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Smokey Breakfast Lager from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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