Breakfast Stout
Long Ireland Beer Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #761
Ranked #40,639
3.59 | pDev: 16.16%
Long Ireland Beer Company
New York, United States
Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout
Notes: It is a low alcohol, sweet and smooth stout. It is balanced with the addition of Kenyan coffee to the finished beer which gives it a nice roasted flavor. This beer is loaded with flaked oats and milk sugar that gives it that cream and coffee breakfast taste.

30 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 1.85 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.154/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Undated 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – roasted malt, weak
Head large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to one cm frothy ring with drag marks and a frothy partial layer
Lacing fair – melting frothy partial ring with small to medium bubbles
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – starts moderately bitter and a slight taste of instant coffee, some roasted malt. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation

A not particularly good attempt at a coffee stout, kind of like the brewmaster was checking the stout, accidently spilled his morning coffee in it, and decided to release it as a coffee stout. One and done.
Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of moodenba
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted again July 2015 at home. Growler chilled to refrigerator temperature, poured into highball glass. Good overall flavor with less malt body perceived than at initial encounter at the brewery (earlier review below). head was not long-lasting. Lower alcohol content a definite positive attribute -- it goes down easy and invites refills.

nice stout tasted at the brewery tap in a plastic glass 3/2/16. Good stout with at most a hint of the coffee addition. Excellent balance among the hops, malt body, and roasted malt. I like it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. the beer ours a rich dark cola brown color with some garnet tints on the edges of the glass.
A minor beige creamy head foams up and fades quickly to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is roasted malt and a little coffee ground, but is overall very mild.
First sip reveals a fairly light body with very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar. Again, very mild flavor similar to the mild nose.
The beer is very drinkable but could use a little more flavor, I know it can be done, even with these lower alcohol beers.
The beer isnt flawed but certainly isnt very interesting nor exciting. Not sure I would buy it again.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark almost opaque appearance. Mild head and carbonation. Heavy coffee aroma. I'd definitely be down with this in the morning if the smell is any indication. Again, heavy coffee flavor. We like our coffee black so we really appreciate the flavor. The coffee overwhelms any other flavors it might have. Bottom line: if you love black coffee and the flavor of coffee itself you will probably like this beer.

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Photo of Young_John
1.95/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Only stout to date that I've ever poured down the sink. Really enjoyed Long Ireland's extra special bitter which isn't even a profile I usually go for, but I couldn't even finish this one. It tasted and felt like someone ruined a good stout by blending it with a cup of weak coffee.

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Photo of Hopstafari
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious!! Full of flavor and low in alcohol. Smooth finish and great coffee flavor w a slight sour complexity. I could absolutely imagine having one of these w breakfast and hitting the slopes bra!!

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Photo of beerloserLI
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours out black with a decent nose of pungent coffee grinds.

Decent coffee flavor, smooth and easy drinker. The really light mouth feel is very noticeable right away. A bit watery at times and really just not as strong tasting as I would like it to be.

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Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 On tap. At Rattle n Hum, NYC. For some reason this time the coffee was way out front. So much so that it could have been served in a Starbuck's cup. Grande of course.

2013 On nitro tap. At Rattle n Hum. On the dry side, almost gritty. Nice balance of flavors.

12/20/11 The Filling Station growler, NYC. At 3.5% ABV I had my doubts but this was very nice surprise. Brought home growler & as any good house guest all it left was pleasant memories. Flavorful but not obnoxious. Not too sweet...not too anything but notable nonetheless. Highly recommended as a session sipper.

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Photo of TangoJuliet
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local store was having a special. It had a strong malt, coffee bean smell. It was very light almost watery with a slight hint of cream. Its very drinkable with its low alcohol content. If you take it for what it is then you'll be fine - if you are expecting it to compare to any of the big breakfast stouts you will be disappointed.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very tough beer to rate. The smell is phenomenal and the taste is good as well. Everything else is okay for me... The problem for me is I've had far superior Breakfast Stouts. I will say however beer is very drinkable great coffee taste with excellent balance... as they do with most of their beers... low alcohol should not be a turnoff for this beer as I'm sure that's intentional because they made it so damn drinkable

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a smallish toasted khaki head. The head is a little loose and settles into a light ring. Overall a little light for the style.

Nice aroma of coffee grounds and woody bark. Simple, not much else.

The flavor is of fresh ground coffee, not super strong but flavorful. There is a lactose sweetness that goes well with the coffee flavor. A bark like earthiness and a hint of caramel round out the flavor profile.

The feel is light, almost watery, with prickly carbonation. Sweetish on the palate but not in a heavy sort of way. Not much bitterness from the roast. Drinks insanely easy. Very very light for the style.

This is a tough beer to review. For each category, it is either slightly above or below average. But if you look to see what this beer is meant to be, its awesome. A 3.5% breakfast stout that has good coffee flavor. You can easily drink this for breakfast and go about your day. Not very complex but good.

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Photo of Amalak
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I out of cask at Breukelen Bier Merchants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Basically looks similar to a Guinness. Black. It has a smokey scent to it. It has a very sweet taste mixed with an intense smokiness. There's an odd bubblegum taste intertwined in there, too. I think that I'd like a bit more if it was chilled, but interesting taste.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent a long weekend on the North Fork recently drinking glass after glass of this terrific beer at both the brewery and an outdoor festival where the guys were pouring it. Pours a rich, deep dark brown color verging on black, smallish off-white head, slippery lacing.

Nice big roasty aroma, lots of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a formidable fresh coffee presence. Taste follows the nose; this is a bold coffee forward beer that's impressive for its big-time flavor at such a low alcohol level. Again there are roasty, malty notes and hints of bitter chocolate, but the coffee takes center stage. A little bit of sweetness rounds out the edges but the finish is mostly dry.

Medium to slightly light bodied, smooth and a bit creamy with medium carbonation.

I could, and did, drink a ton of this beer. Hopefully we'll see it in bottles soon; this is one I could put away a bomber of without any difficulty at all.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with a small brown head that it is thin but a little bit does stick around for a while. The smell is a nice roasted malt, coffee, cocoa nib, char. Pretty robust actually despite the abv. The taste has the char and roast and coffee I was hoping for, a nice astringency on the finish that gets smoothed out on the end. Awesome session stout, great local option, only complaint is there could of have been more coffee.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 16oz fill earlier in the day.

a - poured into my duck rabbit snifter. poured a crisp brown that settled black with a thin off white, almost grey head that bubbled away within minutes. swirling the glass brought things back to life, but the lacing remained slippery and left little evidence of ever being present.

s - nice roasted malts. really nice. there is a dark fruit hint, but very subtle in the background. also a touch of bakers chocolate or even powdered cocoa...and a hint of porter-like charredness.

t - great robust flavor. roasted. chocolate. great malt presence. i really like the flavor. it is pretty robust for such a low ABV beer and full flavored.

m - mouth is crisp and refreshing. soft. a bit on the thin and watery side....quasi poter/stout, but good.

o - overall, what a session beer! finally a session beer that is tasty and full flavored. this is a great one to throw pint after pint of back. i was really rather impressed with this beer and plan to enjoy it again when i see it on tap locally. it is nice to enjoy a stout that isn't about 10% too.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving thick lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a little bit of coffee flavor.
M: The beer is very light-bodied, airy and dry. It feels like almost drinking the frappé on top of a coffee or a Guinness.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very much sessionable, especially since it has such a light body and isn’t that filling.

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Photo of nassaubeercop
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into a Chimay Tulip Glass.

A-Shiny Black appearance with two finger head which quickly dissipates and leaves a thin espresso like surface and a little lacing.

S-Roasted malt dominant, some lactose and bitter cocoa.

T-Just like it smells, roasted malt, cocoa and some smoke.

M-Very smooth, a little thin perhaps very light carbonation. Goes down very easy.

O-A simple but very nice stout, refreshing and easy to drink. Low alcohol content makes this one a great session beer.

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Photo of funkel81
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

had this at the martha clara north fork festival a couple weeks ago. these guys do a great job with pretty much the whole lineup, but back to the stout

i can't think of a more sessionable breakfast stout out on the smooth, so easy to drink and it's only 3.5% so you can drink tons and still operate heavy machinery...well no, don't do that. but i bet you could.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz. growler filled 7/3/11 into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Hard pour creates a frothy 2 finger light coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is pathcy and thick with decent cling. A pretty beer, slightly above average for the style.

Nose is iced coffee on top of an oatmeal stout. Very simple. Aromatic. Clean.

Taste is almost exactly like a mocha iced coffee with some oatmeal stout sourness at the finish. Pretty clean aftertaste overall though with just a touch of coffee. Not much going on but what is there is pleasant.

Feel is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth in the mouth and clean and refreshing going down. Finish is clean with some sticky aftertaste.

I'm a total sucker for this beer and when its available, I literally go through gallons and gallons of it. Very easy to drink. Nice flavor. Almost like a Founders Breakfast Stout light. Pretty easy to find in the area and definitely a beer that's under the radar in my opinion.

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Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 3/20/2011: pours black with a small tan head that faded quickly and left zero lacing; really not much to look at.

Smells of roasted malt, toffee, coffee beans, smoked peat, earthy, charcoal, grass, hay and light citrus hops; smells smoky and malty with hints of roasted coffee, like a good stout should.

Tastes like it smells with roasted malt, toffee, coffee beans, light vanilla, caramel and/or molasses, smoked peat, earthy tones like mulch or dirt, charcoal, grass, hay, burnt wood and light citrus hops that leave a slight bitter finish. Smoky and zesty overall, this would be a great breakfast beer.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth, with light carbonation, a crisp feel and an almost watery lightness to it before the dry bitter finish trails off. The charcoal flavor is the strongest element to this beer and works really well; this was very light for a stout, very enjoyable and easy to drink. Breakfast Stout's a perfect name as I could drink this early in the day.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Also have had this on tap. This is a review of the growler. 64 oz growler, filled at Stony Brook Beverage in Stony Brook, NY. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: black body unless held near a light source, where it is laden with ruby red highlights. Thin, slightly brown head without a whole lot of retention or lacing.

Smell: big coffee bean smell, some roasted malt and not a whole lot else. This is what you'd expect from a 3.5% alcohol breakfast stout.

Taste: follows the nose with a big coffee bean flavor, some maltiness, roasted barley and a hint of dark fruit.

Feel: medium-thin, moderately carbonation, malty sweetness is balanced by the coffee's bitterness, and a lingering coffee taste sits in my mouth for awhile after drinking.

Drink: a very good session beer. Perfect for having a few pints of on Saint Patrick's day... or any other day for that matter. Since drinkability is no longer a score, I'm gonna bump the mouthfeel score to reflect how easy drinking this guy is.

Overall: as a whole, I think this is one of the better session beers that I've had and that are available locally. I think it doesn't get the hype on this site it deserves because it is so light in terms of alcohol and this site favors higher alcohol beers, but considering what the brewer is going for (i.e. making a full flavored session beer), they've succeeded. This is a good beer that is luckily in many non-craft places, and its a great alternative to having to go for Sam Adams all the time. Cheers!

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Photo of gskitt
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap. I have been waiting to try this stout from a local brewer. It looked like a fairly average stout from the pour, dark, maybe not true black. It did lack smell, there was little to entice me, some roasted malts, a whiff of coffee. Taste was less than I had wanted it to be. It did not have that much depth, the mouthfeel was thin and overall it left me a bit disappointed. I know they are brewing some good stuff but this was not my favorite.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a small head that fizzles to nothing during a rather hasty session. A twirl will only bring a bit of bubbling back to the top. Aromas are coffee and chocolate. Lightly roasted. Nothing too complex on the palate, it simply follows the malty characteristics above. The mouthfeel is a medium and enjoyable. I don't have too many other "breakfast stouts" to compare this to, but I enjoyed a nice malty stout as my nightcap. Cheers to this local brewery!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/24/2010. Growler from Port Jeff Beverage. Pours black with a small white head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is initially of coffee with a sweet malty finish. Big flavor for such a low %abv beer! Very tasty and super drinkable. A great beer from Long Ireland (best yet in my opinion).

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a one two finger foamy tan head. There was no retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a dilluted coffee aroma and a touch of sweetness.

The taste consisted of spent coffee grounds, some roasted barley and a slight lactose.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of teh style, but likely appropriate for a proper breakfast stout.

Overall a novel concept but lackluster flavor-wise.

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Breakfast Stout from Long Ireland Beer Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 86 ratings