Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout | Lefty's Brewing Company

Big Brekkie Breakfast StoutBig Brekkie Breakfast Stout

Average: 3.8 | pDev: 10.79%

Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 51

American Imperial Stout | 8.50% ABV

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Lefty's Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. Lefty’s Big Brekkie packs in a quintet of delicious ingredients woven together to amuse the taste buds. Locally roasted coffee and local maple syrup add the necessary touch of a traditional New England breakfast. We include flaked oats for extra creaminess and cocoa nibs for a natural, chocolaty sweetness that lures you in from the aroma to the end of your pint. We had to top it off with bacon, our favorite food, for the ultimate breakfast brew.
Big Brekkie Breakfast StoutBig Brekkie Breakfast Stout
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 51
Photo of jlindros
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a large brown creamy foamy almost solid 1.5 finger head that fades quite slowly, great retention, decent lacing, super dark brown basically black beer

Nose starts with a flash of acrid roast, burnt malts, into black malts then oatmeal and dark chocolate, roasty burnt coffee, a hint of smokey maple bacon and mild maple syrup, as it warms a bit more maple and coffee gets a little smoother, more dark chocolate, getting better

Taste brings more of the roasted burnt slight acrid malts, bitter tannic charred malts, a little burnt roasted coffee, fair acidic mild earthy coffee, a little spice note from the malts, very light maple if anything and touch of oatmeal, pretty much no smokey bacon either but a very faint touch of it late, some big tingly hot alcohol as well on the back of the throat and tongue, a little sticky syrupy malt as well as the finish attempts to dry, mild bitterness and tannins more as it dries with hot alcohol

Mouth is med bod yet seems somehow thin, hot alcohol throughout, decent carb at least, a little astringent as well, very poor mouth for what it is

Overall pretty poor beer, def needs more oats and higher fermentation temp and maybe a cleaner fermentation, and the characters it advertises are barely detectable, except the coffee which is burnt and has no subtleties, this tastes like a homebrewer just threw things together

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A rich chocolate-y brown body with a 1/2 finger of creamy beige head.

Aroma of coffee, toast, dark chocolate, and faint milk chocolate sweetness.

Flavor has some really delicious coffee flavors coming out - smooth, fruity, and lightly peppery - with some malted milk balls, slight oak, and burnt toast. Very very faint suggestions of milk chocolate bar. Very faint smoke.

Feel I noticed off the bat, it's pretty light bodied for a supposedly thick stout. There's a nice nitro-like creaminess, but it's still coming off a bit watery. Busy carbonation. More water. Roasty finish.

Overall, a decent but not great breakfast stout. FBS this ain't. Definitely no maple or bacon to be found anywhere. Although it was a little disappointing, I was happy to try it out.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third can of BBBS, and I'd say it now occupies the uppermost echelon of strong, "maximalist" stouts I've had. I like stuff like Bomb! and whatnot, but this just seems so dedicated to the breakfast aspect of things that it just feels downright impressive. My homebrew buddy and I have previously made two batches of a "maximalist" breakfast stout featuring maple syrup, oats, smoked malt and coldbrew coffee, but this takes that idea even further by substituting the smoked malt for real bacon and also adding organic cocoa nibs. It's hard to argue with that, honestly. Such dedication to a concept must necessarily produce an incredible beer, right?

The pour here is an abyssal black color; though it seems to appear as a deep-brown (35 SRM) color when exiting the can it's housed in, when built up to a full-bodied beer in a glass, it, of course, seems devoid of light. The head is a light khaki/ecru color and seems to last pretty much the entirety of the drinking session. Surface haze is moderate, and lace is nearly nonexistent. A very nice stout pour, but overall it doesn't stand out too much.

The nose is another story entirely. It first seems to build up with a strong maple syrup-like element... reminds me of yeasted waffles smothered in syrup, but then there's a slight element of roastiness and chocolate-y malts with some subtle smoke characteristics hiding underneath. The bacon comes across heavily here once the beer warms up a bit to room temperature, giving off a definite savory aspect that I really dig here.

The flavor profile here is all kinds of crazy, and every single element is in intensely-perfected harmony, somehow. This is a very difficult-to-balance beer style... I know from experience. The maple here is the most impressive element. I don't know how they did it, but Lefty's managed to get maple syrup to taste the way it seems like it should in this style of beer; rich, slightly-buttery and slick with a perfect transition to smoky and cocoa-laden flavors in the mid-palate. The roasty malt base and slightly earthy hops keep this anchored in the realm of "traditional beer" despite the intense, flavorful adjuncts present. The coffee gets slightly lost here, to be honest, but it also doesn't seem necessary, as I'm sure it could gel with the roasted malts pretty well. I'm actually thankful that there's no distracting acidity or overly-roasted flavors here, and coffee can be one of those ingredients that brewers "over-extend" with in beers such as this. Overall, I must say... this is insanely well-done.

The feel is silky-smooth and incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% beer. I haven't really enjoyed the most recent batches of Founders' Breakfast Stout (a bit too bitter by my recollection; maybe a little too thin, too?), but now there's a local alternative that takes the FBS idea and dials it to 11! Great job, Lefty's!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L - Black body with brown edges and a finger of off-white head

S - Decent maple and coffee. Lots of roast and smoke. Chocolate is lacking.

T - Doesn't deliver big on the ingredients as slight coffee and smoke are the only things that show up. Still, the base beer's oats, bread, molasses, and dark fruits are really good.

F - Silky smooth and a hug for your tongue.

O - Severly lacked the promised ingredients, but as a standard Oatmeal Stout, it was great.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours maroon pitch black with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like dark dried fruits, coffee, salty smoky bacon, chocolate, oats, some maple, fruity molasses, dark caramel, dark toffee, toasted grains, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark dried fruits, coffee, bacon, dark bitter chocolate, oats, maple, fruity molasses, dark caramel, dark toffee, roasty toasted grains, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice breakfast stout with chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, maple and bacon.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and light bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is baked chocolate and coffee, higher ABV, 8.5%, is hidden. $6.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Nugget40
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a fantastic balancing act between all the flavors and ingredients it's brewed with. It pours black without much of a head, though it does retain the head through the duration. Smells wonderful, chocolate, coffee, bacon, maple, oats. Taste follows the nose, you can taste each individual component without any one flavor overpowering another. Full, rich oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall I would say this a pretty damn good breakfast stout, and one I will for sure buy again in the future

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Photo of fitzy84
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer had a pure black with a thin head and strong aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate. The beer taste followed the nose with a bitter, coffee and chocolate dynamic. The mouthfeel supplemented the beer flavors quite nicely by being very creamy. Overall, this was an awesome beer.

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Photo of JAck199
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A Rich tasting beer dark little bit of hints of coffee and a subtle hint a bacon I found it quite delicious very drinkable. Been impressed with the quality of Lefty's.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Opaque black, small tan head leaves little lacing.
S - coffee, roasted malt, bitter cocoa, faint maple, maybe?
T - Light flavor all around. Coffee, cocoa, maple syrup and there's something else that the bacon may be adding, but I can't quite distinguish.
M - Medium/thin. Low carb. Extremely smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.
O - A good breakfast stout. A novel attempt adding bacon and maple syrup, but I think all the flavors combined get a little muddled. Certainly worth a try as with all Lefty's brews.

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Photo of scotorum
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A local brew I had not tried before. Not widely distributed. Poured out of the 22 oz. bomber into a frosted mug at a restaurant.

a. Black as night with a thick brown one inch head which dissipated slowly, leaving an inch tall brown ring of solid lacing around the inside of the mug, which disappeared as it warmed.

s: Faint coffee aroma. I could not detect any of the other ingredients, which the bottle label said included chocolate, oatmeal, maple and bacon. That's what I said. Maybe the dog in the Beggin Strips commercial could have smelled it.

t: Coffee at first, then less so, then as it warmed, moreso again. Coffee flavor not nearly as pronounced as in Founders'. Not a bad thing if you are having it with most food.

m: Heavy yet smooth.

o: Easy drinking for an 8.5 ABV, good dinner drink as a result, although probably not a choice I would normally make for such. Enjoyable to the end.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head quickly recedes to the edges, with leggy sheeting bubbles. Aroma is rich roasty oats and some anise.

Taste starts like the nose, sweet chocolate and oatmeal, sedate coffee in the middle, with anise and a touch of alcohol in the close. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is alright. Wish it had more substance and depth of flavor, for all that's advertised in there.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Originally reviewed on 12/27/12, had it one other time since then. Brewed with local bacon, coffee and maple syrup with flaked oaks and cocoa nibs also added. I'm a little weary of this brewery but I had to try this one.

This pours into my Hunahpu's snifter black with a small beige head. A patchy cap and ring remains with spots of lace left.

Sweet chocolate, coffee, some bacon grease in the scent, decent strength.

Taste is even between chocolate and coffee with small hints of maple and bacon - there's more of a roasty coffee feel than any kind of smokiness though. Doesn't quite pull off an oatmeal vibe either but it's quite tasty anyways. A good mix of sweet and roasty.

It seems to a be a bit high on the carbonation but otherwise a decent mouthfeel. Feels light and easy drinking for the ABV, has a good fluffiness from the oats.

With this kind of beer it can be hard to go wrong , although the balance is iffy but that was expected considering the ingredients. Nevertheless, enjoyable, and a step up from their Maple Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Black on the pour. A half-inch cap of creamy tan head retains fairly well, but eventually dies. It can be resuscitated with a strong swirl of the glass. Lacing is small, wispy, and patchy.

S: Nice roasted coffee aroma, underlying smokiness, molasses and a very mild maple syrup impression. A very slight hint of solventy alcohol does creep out, but it's subtle enough that it's easily overlooked. Plum and grape darkfruit. Hint of woodiness. Chocolate is very downplayed. Opens as it warms.

T: Cola and molasses at the outset. Milk and bittersweet dark chocolate tastes build in intensity. Syrupy maple. Slightly woody. Smoke comes to the forefront for a time, then slips into the background. That touch of solventy alcohol detected on the nose is nowhere to be found, which is a very good thing. Darkfruit is only barely perceptible. A touch nutty. Stays sweet- perhaps too sweet. Finishes with a lingering syrup and molasses impression.

M: Medium-thick body. Very syrupy with a dextriny feel. Creamy and somewhat silky. Low carbonation. Not as grounded as it could be.

O: Eh, it's ok. An ambitious brew to be sure. It feels a little half-baked though, and it just lacks depth and substance. Tastes like a decent batch of your friend's latest wild homebrew project.

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Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Black pour into a pint glass with a light tan-brown head. Foamy texture to the cap and about one finger in size. Decent head retention and just a few patches of lace here and there.

S- Nose is dark and roasty with a definite smoky bacon and fruity yeast aspect. Coffee and cocoa here but not overly strong in general.

T- Again, a pretty strong dark fruit aspect probably from the higher ABV American Ale yeast. Bacon smoke comes out nicely as well as some cocoa, coffee and dark roast malts. Just a tiny hint of maple.

MF- Creamy and moderately thick body. Medium level of carbonation. Some roast bitters in the finish.

Solid stout overall but lacking some of the depth and rich feel that great stouts have.

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Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout from Lefty's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 51 ratings