Bluegrass Breakfast
Odd Side Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #944
Ranked #7,152
4.26 | pDev: 6.34%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Bluegrass BreakfastBluegrass Breakfast
Notes: Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, maple syrup, bacon, and pecans.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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luckyseven from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this brew as a single at my local liquor store because I have just gotten into trying out different brews. I have to say this is a phenomenal beer! I tend to enjoy my beer straight out of the bottle and I love the presentation on this beer! As a collector of bottle caps and bottles, I am happy to display this piece. The smell is absolutely fantastic, as you get a hint of the bourbon and a rich coffee smell! I would say, while the taste, both creamy and rich, it is a bit bold for my liking. You can really feel that bourbon hit you, and as a bourbon lover this is fine, but it did throw me a bit off guard in my first sip! Moving forward, I am looking forward to picking up this brew again in the very near future!

May 09, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of caramel, roasted malts and alcohol. Smooth and creamy with a slightly sweet finish

Nov 25, 2020
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep dark brown with red tints in the bottom of the snifter. A thick almost nitro creamy brown head. Spotty cling after each sip.

S - Caramel, malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, hazelnut.

T - Layers ands layer of flavor - chocolate fudge, coffee notes, toffee, vanilla, oak char, hazelnut. Really nice balance and a warming bourbon finish on the back end.

O - Wow, this is extremely well done and this beer is criminally under rated. This is a BYTO type of beer and I can't wait to get my hands on some more of this. I purchased a single on a flyer and I'll be heading back to get more. Truly a world class brew.

Nov 20, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark, dark brown with a thin mocha head.
S - Bourbon, maple, roasted malt and coffee.
T - Rich roasted malt, coffee, toffee, coffee with bourbon and maple.
F - Full bodied with a warming boozy finish. There is a bit of sweetness, but not overly done.
O - Outstanding beer, IMO. Not thin by any means, but not as thick as the true greats.

Oct 25, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 2020 Review
12oz bottle dated in Sep, I think. Poured into a chalice.

Pour: black with 1/2 finger deep tan head. Minimal lacing but a nice thick ring. 3.0

Nose: pretty much missed it as I was eating BBQ and not really paying close attention. So, will have to wait for another bottle. 3.0 (incomplete)

Taste: chocolate, maple, oak/pecan, coffee, bourbon, hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Pretty well balanced, slightly sweeter than I would like. ABV is well hidden. 3.75

Feel: not super thick but substantive and easy drinking. Moderate carbonation. 3.5

Overall: I enjoyed this but I’m not sure I’ll seek it out other than maybe one more bottle just because. Fairly well balanced. Good in most respects but not really outstanding in any respect. 3.75

Sep 26, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 11/18/19, had 9/10/20.

Pours a dark brown, a little garnet on the edge, mostly opaque, with a quarter inch foamy head and some spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, malt, some bacon, light maple, some char. A little bit smoky with a light, nutty aroma. Mostly the same flavors- bourbon, chocolate, coffee, some bacon, vanilla, light pecans and maple, less malt than the nose, molasses when warm. A little bit sweet, but not overly so. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

Strong, flavorful barrels, the bacon shows pretty well- although it fades a bit, lots of coffee. The pecans and maple have less impact than expected. Overall, it mostly delivers on its promises and it’s well balanced and very enjoyable.

Sep 17, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bluegrass Breakfast is a whole lot of flavors in a beer. It is very dark and sweet, and the pecans come through halfway in. Brunch sweets in a glass. It was also a collaboration with local liquor store, Binny's.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Jun 22, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent head production and retention for the style. Nice lacing. Body is darkly inviting.

Huge, deep nose. Lots of bourbon and oak, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, molasses, coffee, and bacon.

Super sweet and rich on the palate; a touch hot on the finish. Maple syrup, oak, molasses, red grapes, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, pecan. Not much bacon presence; it's overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Despite the back-end heat, this is otherwise quite easy to drink despite the ABV. Thick and creamy.

A touch too sweet, lacking balance, but otherwise quite delicious.

Jun 07, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brownish black with a finger of brown foam. Smell features the maple and coffee right up front with sweet pecans and bourbon with chocolate and vanilla supporting, not too powerful though. Taste is the same with salty bacon and malt added, sweet and salty backed with booze, a gourmet breakfast but is shorter lived before being pushed along. Feel is warm, hits the sweetness before roast and general bitterness real it back in. The wife liked it

May 05, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of dark-khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is a shotgun blast of flavors - boom! Pecans, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla bean, coffee, brown sugar and bacon with hearty roasty, toasty, nutty and earthy malts. Bourbon booze oozes out from the creases and crevices, upping the heat in each whiff. Big time aroma here, it's a full on rain cloud of notes. Flavor profile is just as dense and just robust, hitting notes of pecans, molasses, maple syrup, bacon, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, chocolate and roasty coffee. Malts are pushed a little further into the background here, allowing the sugary notes to sign and dominate. Malts are roasty and toasty with bits and pieces of nutty and earthy malts as well. Finally - booze is delivered by way of bourbon. All together, this a full bed & breakfast meal from a down-home, good-cooking, booze-brunching cook. In fact, it may be too much for some. Mouth feel is dense and thick with a hearty velvety texture that nearly chewable. Overall, everything folds together well here, although it is an astonishing amount to process. Summation? It's sweet and boozy.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Apr 28, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/18/19; drank 12/23/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance. A rough pour yielded a big tan head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Cream, maple syrup, pecan & oak notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Cream, milk chocolate, pecan & mild bacon flavors up front; mild maple syrup & mild alcohol heat on the finish.

Bold & tasty. I'd have another!

Dec 24, 2019
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 24 ratings