Brewer's Brunch Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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American Stout
4.11 | pDev: 12.17%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Brewer's Brunch StoutBrewer's Brunch Stout
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Photo of BoldRulerVT
2.79/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opened the bottle and it started gushing everywhere...sigh...
It gushed for 20 minutes...finally got some drinkable beer into the glass under four fingers of dark caramel head.
Aromas, are hard to pick up...some spice, some metallic...smells off.
Taste is similar, kind of tangy, some metal and bitter coffee. This isn't right.
Overall, this beer was a total failure in every respect.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle gushed uncontrollably. Assume there's a problem with the bottle. Even after sitting for a lengthy period of time it was almost undrinkable.

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Photo of tjk135
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

About a third of the bottle foamed over. Mouthfeel was more like a can of pop than a beer. Taste was still excellent, dominated by dark chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Don for sharing! Quick review from notes.

Opened this over the sink and it literally did not stop gushing until a third of the bottle was left. We caught most of it with glasses but it was flowing out fast and nonstop.

Brown foam, brownish black body with good clarity.
Aroma was roasty with a slight sharpness that hinted towards an infection.
Taste was similarly roasty with nice accents of pipe tobacco and leather.
Body was medium but way overcarbonated and a little thin feeling as a result.
Worth a try, not sure if most bottles are infected, but be warned.

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Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lg. shared bottle at RBWG-2015.
Essentially black body with a thin head that reduces to a very durable ring.
Aroma is off, as i confirmed with another taster. The flavor holds up better, but there are some off notes in addition to alcohol esters and dark roasted grains. A bit too sweet as well.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color, with bubbles shooting out of the bottle and all over the place. Should I take points off for presentation?

Smell - The dark coffee comes through in the aroma with chocolate in the background.

Taste - My initial impression in dark chocolate and coffee. Since the beer was somehow overcarbonated, I did not get much else. I did enjoy the taste. The chocolate went slightly sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Too much carbonation.

Overall - I might have enjoyed the beer more if so much of it did not end up on the floor. What I had, I did like.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When the bottle opened it was all foam, just gushed. Smelled some weird funk notes from the foam. Every time the bottle is touched or poured, it just foams. Probably infected.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.25/5  rDev -69.6%

I got this as an extra a while ago, though I forget who sent it to me.

The cap popped with a hiss, and then...boom...explosive gusher, all over the table, and it didn't stop. I poured out two full glasses of foam, and still, Mt. Vesuvius. Finally got a small pool of dark brown liquid in the glass, topped with a huge chocolate brown head. I could tell right from the smell, not just overcarbed, but completely infected. Tangy fruits, sulfur, metallic. Taking a sip, I got metal and cardboard, rotten fruit, chocolate seemed like it was trying to come through, but nope...this was completely gone, and totally undrinkable. Big bottle of foam right down the drain.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick and viscous in the pour it set a deep jet black profile with a deep brown frothy head. The lacing was thick and sticky.

The nose was of coffee grounds, chocolate, oats and whipped cream but I was disappointed in a phenolic duct tape aroma.

The flavor starts with chocolate and a lactose-sweetness. It settles midway into a light coffee, caramel malt and whipped cream before finishing strong with roasted coffee.

The feel is dry, thick and viscous in the mouth, smooth and almost velvety.

Other than the phenolic I detected in the nose, you can chalk this up to another top shelf addition from Cigar City.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was outstanding for what they were going for here

A- Pours 3-finger head with very little retention!!! WTF CCB? Not like you guys. Head is dark coffee in color. Head is sticking to the glass as it slowly dissipates. Very dark/black roasty (will be a theme here)

S- Crazy roasty, so much great stout characteristics going on here. A fantastic base stout. Coffee and roasty booze follow. Charred dark fruits and toffee there as well.

T- So roasty with the malt backbone. Unreal, I need more of this!!! Coffee, chocolate, burnt sugars all in the taste.

M- There is so much carbonation, and it makes total sense that it would detract from the essence of the beer, but the carb is creamy going down. Very well done.

O- As stated down, this is a great stout up there with Zhukov, but totally a different objective. Coffee roasty here. Well done, I love you CCB

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


750 received in trade... pours a sorta thin looking black with a flimsy dark tan head... nose is big coffee as expected... a bit abrasive.. flavor is only a little better.. one dimensional without ever showing anything other than bitter coffee and no nuance.. seems like this could be an old bottle... not sure.. but I am not impressed with this one.


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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously extrad in the latest math trade, enjoyed from a ccb snifter.

a - brew pours a lush black with a generous cream tan colored head that hung for a while and coated the glass in lacing.

s - nose is charcoal roast with hints of coffee and even light notes of smokiness. Malty and nice.

t - really nice chocolate with a big wash of roastiness and then some coffee and then more roasted barley finishing with a slap of milk chocolate and then swept away with a toasty cooling finish. Did I mention that this beer is roasty? Not overly so though. Nice sweetness to balance it out.

m - cooling. Roasty. A hint of char. Not as rich or full as I would expect from cigar city.

o - overall not a mind melter here but a really solid stout. No Zhukov here but that wasNt what they were going for, this is a great roasty stout.

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Photo of jaasen64
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle poured into Voodoo snifter. Thanks Carlos for the hookup.

A- Pours an opaque black, bubbly mocha head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Bakers chocolate, licorice, cereal malts, slight dark fruits. Average aroma strength, aromas kind of clash.

T- Chalky chocolate, acidic dark fruit, a bit of cereal malts and hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Tastes slightly infected, not sure if just feel off really hard.

M- Very over carbonated which completely destroys the beer, slightly acidic on the palate, medium bodied, not much booze. Complete opposite feel you'd want this style beer to have.

O- I had decent expectations for this beer and they feel very flat. At this point this definitely isn't worth trying and is boarder lining a drain pour. Not sure if this tasted better fresh or if is was a bad bottle, I'd maybe be willing to give it another chance based on the other reviews.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from urwithdave. Cheers dude!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 17 July 2013

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foamy cap and leaves some sticky lacing down the glass. A half wisp remains leaving lots of good lacing down the glass. Good looking stuff.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, sweet cream and roasted roasted barley. Lots of roasted coffee for sure. Smells like brunch to me.

TASTE: Roasted coffee up front, with sweet milk chocolate and sweet cream as well. Full flavored finish of roasted barley, bitter coffee, sweet milk chocolate and some burnt flavors. Flavorful and lingers nicely on the palate, with enough roasted coffee flavor to remind me it's still AM.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Nicely creamy on the palate, smooth with enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. The label says it's the perfect brunch beer, and I agree. Another wonderful stout from CCB, and this one is only 6.8%, making it an all hours treat. Thanks a lot urwithdave. Highly recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And another pleasant surprise from the mahvelous moose3285, a beer on my wants list that magically appeared on my doorstep. 750ML with heft, split with my wife.

The pour is just as black as the name, filling my Darkness glasses with verve & style. Dip my nose & come out with a full serving of lactose, backed by roast that isn't quite the full frontal that Cigar City usually doses out in their stouts.

Brewer's Brunch could kick my wife's espresso machine's ass. Roast careens Elmer-Fudd-like off the edge into hard coffee. Thankfully, a strong does of milky chocolate saws the rough edges off the Frappeecheeno burst. Trademark thickness present & tied out to the general ledger. Easy enough to drink.

Weakness & strength is that this prokaryotes reeks of simplicity. Roast, milk, chocolate. Done. Coupled with what Cigar City does best, a very good beer that sidles up to excellent.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to HoppyLuckyGoGo for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Bottled 7/17/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a tasty blend of cocoa and coffee flavors.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by some generous soul at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Dark brown body.

S - Coffee, but also quite fruity, with some nebulous berry notes; reminds me a bit of Fruit Loops actually? Light notes of lactose and caramel, and no obvious alcohol presence.

T - The taste is a bit more charry and roasty, with less of the fruity and sweet characteristics. Moderate espresso bitterness. A bit less depth and balance here, but still fairly enjoyable..

M - Medium body, with a smooth and creamy texture, that's atypical for a coffee beer. Pleasant carbonation and minimal alcohol.

D - An enjoyable coffee stout, and superior to Kane's Morning Bell. Plenty of flavor for 6.8%, but again, it's another somewhat forgettable beer in a very crowded field of coffee stouts and porters. The texture and interesting aroma give it a bit more depth, but the flavor is a bit too roasty for my tastes.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (July 17, 2013 on the bottle) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours deep pitch black in color. A thick finger of somewhat rocky head forms and shows good retention lasting for several minutes. Thick foamy lacing coats nearly the entire glass as the foam falls.

S - I get a strong coffee aroma up front, some milk chocolate that gives a bit of a mocha impression overall. Bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt, hint of molasses and a faint astringency.

T - Starts with a very firm coffee and dark roasted malt flavor, almost burnt with some noticeable char. A touch of licorice and some berry-like fruitiness. Dark, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, a burnt astringency, slight sugary sweetness that comes on towards the end of each sip. The burnt, charred flavors take over the flavor profile and overwhelm the flavor nuances quite a bit. I was really hoping the mocha character in the aroma would carry over to the flavor.

M - Medium body, mid level carbonation. High level of char and smoky character. Overall, a bit astringent...and more so as it warms. Bitter chocolate comes thru but not much else. Alcohol is a non-factor.

O - Heavy handed on the roast which ends up covering up some of the other desirable flavors here. Still quite good tho...actually reminds me a bit of a lower alcohol Founders Imperial Stout a bit. Intense char, a bitter chocolate character that struggles to show itself, mild astringency and some berry and cherry-ish fruit character are all positives...just wish the smoother milky chocolate I was getting in the aroma found its way into the flavor. My complaints are minor and probably the result of a biased thought/opinion of what this should be going into it. Definitely a good stout - I especially appreciate the level of intensity in aroma and flavor in a standard American stout...typically this requires a stout of the imperial variety. This 750ml bottle went down quickly.

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Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta thank my cousin down in FL for the bottle. Reviewed from notes last Friday.

A- Thick oily black pour into a small tulip. Mocha-tan creamy head piles up to a few fingers high. Good retention but it all eventually falls to a small ring around the edges. Tons of thick lace clouds coat the glass.

S- Sweet molasses laden super dark roast malts. Big coffee and some cocoa notes make for a decadent brunch. Smooth caramel and slight smoke beyond that.

T- Roast malt use is heavy here and it leads to a very rich stout dessert stout flavor. Coffee, cocoa and a distinct dark fruit cherry-like note make up a bulk of the taste. Hints of toasted nuts, caramel, lactose milk sugars, fresh cereal grains and a tiny bit of smoke/burnt malts.

MF- Thick bodied as it seems all CCB stouts are just super rich. Super creamy texture and smooth overall with low bitterness. Moderate silky carbonation supports the dessert flavors.

Super flavorful and reminds me of other CCB dark beers I have had with the decadent flavors and semi-high sweetness (not as bad here as Zhukovs).

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewing snifter glass.

A: Extremely dark brown, with a thick tan head that takes quite awhile to fade. Quite opaque and a low level of visible carbonation. Almost a gusher when poured though - I needed to go very slowly.

S: Smash-your-face coffee, Hershey's extra dark chocolate syrup. Baker's chocolate, and a sweetness of nuts without being hazelnut-ish. There's a good bit of roastiness with the coffee notes.

T: Silky coffee, rich dark chocolate, and thick roasted malts. Almost a hazelnut sweetness and some vanilla. Like the thickest, darkest café mocha, but with a milky sweetness instead of sugary. Some toasted toffee and caramel. Some cola flavors start to show up as it warms, and some leathery richness as well. It finishes with more coffee and very dark chocolate.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden. However, this was WAY over-carbonated, which unfortunately adds to the cola-like impression.

O: I was afraid it was infected with the amount of carbonation on the pour, but I got no hint of that in the smell or taste. But I'm drinking this from the bottle on 4/16/15 – long after it was released. I can't believe the bottle retained that much carbonation after all that time. Unfortunately, it really took away from the mouthfeel and the silky flavors at the end. It was still good, but this bottle is diminished from what I had on tap. The flavors are still there, but this isn't what it should have been. I had this rated at a 4/5 on tap. The scores given are for this bottle though.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Liquid crude with a creamy tan head that sticks nicely and leaves many traces behind

Smell: Roasty, with plenty of coffee aromatics; milk chocolate, as well

Taste: Chocolate and coffee, up front, with milky sweetness building through mid-palate; dark fruit flavors linger, underneath, with the coffee building dramatically into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the way that this beer packs a whole lot of flavor without a high ABV; would be great to see this added to the regular Cigar City lineup

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Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml. Always breakin' out Cigar City whalez.

Black beer, brown head, great retention, some lace. Trademark Cigar City stout appearance/dark head. Nose delivers a coffee/chocolate punch that heavily leans towards sweet rather than roasty. Good amount of bread/oats and dark fruit. Unique for a coffee beer.

The taste follows suit with great mocha flavors, lactose sweetness, dark fruit, toasted bread, cereal oats, some molasses and hop presence. Little-to-no roastiness. Remarkably smooth mouthfeel and pretty flavorful for the ABV.

A unique 'breakfast' stout. The cereal/milk stout/coffee/dark fruit feel makes for an interesting and tasty brew, the sweetness is a little tolling.

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Photo of Treebs
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a wine glass. Thanks to captiveodyssey for the bottle.

A: Pours a dark black color with brown edges. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Roasted coffee beans with a heft bit of fruitiness to them. Berry-like in nature with a mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: Big coffee bean with some roasted malts and some notes a vanilla. Fruity and berry sweetness with a little chocolate and espresso.

M: Medium bodied with a roasty, dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level with a smooth finish.

O: A nice coffee stout, although the fruitiness of the coffee beans were a little much. Lots of flavor packed into a lower ABV stout. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75cl bottle cracked open with Doug- into a Russian River stemmed snifter, 9/2/2013. Thanks to R.J. for trading me this beer.

The beer of course pours a typical Cigar City stout- dark black, with a 2-3cm mocha head that takes a while to dissipate. It's a very dark, opaque beer that leaves minimal lacing outside of a small collar. Looks so black, like a cup of black coffee.

The smell is delicious. Definitely tons of bitter black coffee and sweet lactose. Not a whole lot else, actually. Very strong nose, and makes it a very promising beer. However, there isn't much else behind it.

The flavour is honestly a let down. It's got that lactose sweetness mixed in with bitter coffee grounds, but not much else. It's actually overwhelmingly bitter, I don't know what to think of it. Its a superficial flavour profile which is kind of disappointing when it comes to Cigar City stouts.

Mouthfeel is typical Cigar City, though- they don't let you down in that regard. Very creamy, smooth and thick bodied stout. You'd think a stout at 6.8% ABV would be easy to drink though. This one is definitely a sipper, mostly because of that über bitterness. So its not quite what I expected coming out the gate.

I like Founders' Breakfast Stout better. We opened up a 9-month old FBS and it slightly edged out the Brewer's Brunch Stout. Still, this is a nice effort by the CCB brewpub, and you can definitely say it is a thick-ass stout with a lot to offer. I'm starting to wonder how much this beer would improve with a year's of age on it- less of that coffee bitterness, to let it mellow up some more. Time will tell!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike M for sharing this, it sounds like something that'll land right inside of my wheelhouse. It follows the Cigar City stout profile perfectly - big, oily, viscous, and black looking on the pour, with a slowly rising, thick, mocha cream head that lasts and lasts and lasts before it slowly starts to dwindle. Man, Cigar City sure knows how to make a badass looking stout.

The aroma encapsulates things that only dream are made of... Well, if you're dreaming of coffee stouts anyway. Deep, oily, and high quality coffee beans conjure up through a sturdy, dark malt backbone. Plenty of roasted barley and what seems like a good percentage of chocolate malt; tiny hints of bittersweet chocolate morsels tap the edge of the nose and complement the heavy coffee aromas perfectly. Yes, please.

Judging from that omnipotent look, I could almost tell how this one was gonna feel, and I was right... huge, slick, smooth, and absurdly creamy mouth feel that just lavishes around the palate and coats your entire mouth with sticky coffee beans all over. I'm not talking bottom of the pot Dunkin' Donuts coffee at 4pm that has been on the burner for an hour - this is high quality, expensive coffee flavor. I would've been happy with some freeze dried Taster's Choice, but Cigar City springs the serious gourmet shit on me. What flavor is this?

It's a pretty black and dark coffee, although it gets a little sweeter over time; just a touch of milky sweetness creeps in with a faint hint of back-end dark fruits. The malts also pile on with each sip and roll your buds after the coffee has taken its toll; dark, bittersweet cocoa nibs with a dry, almost woodsy finish. Again, it gets sweeter with warmth, but that nice roast never fades. Each sip gets better and better and it's sad to finally be looking down at an empty glass.

Cigar City does it again. I used to think Founders was the undisputed king of stouts. And though they make some of my favorites, Cigar City has been quietly nudging away at that title in my mind for a while now, and this beer only helps their cause. Definitely one of the best coffee stouts I can remember having in recent times. The best ever? Not sure. Better than Founders Breakfast Stout (the typical benchmark for coffee style stouts)? Yeah, I think so. This beer is so damn good.

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Brewer's Brunch Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 272 ratings