Ulster Breakfast Stout | Lavery Brewing Company

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Ulster Breakfast StoutUlster Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Morey on 04-13-2014

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 117
Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Grain & Verse poured chilled into a snifter.

The color is black with opaque clarity and light tan head with very thin off white head with tight bead and lace that collects in waves on the glass. the smell is roast with mild cocoa and dark toast in the malt smell with a mild toffee-like odor. The feel has dark roast coffee dry and bitter texture balanced by malt sweetness with a roast throughout and moderate carbonation with mild spice texture and alcohol warmth in the mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with coffee prominent in the flavor with a slight sweet chocolate malt flavor and slight toffee element with dark cococa quality coming forward with slight char in the coffee with black malt taste and gentle creamy flavor of coffee and dark toast in the semi-dry finish. Overall I found this to be a very good stout - solid with nice body yet still drinkable at 7%

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a while ago at the House of 1,000 beers. Pours a great pitch black color with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head and great lacing smell is very mild milk sugars and rounded coffee bean goodness. Taste is exceptional cold pressed coffee, bitter melted chocolates, and a touch of milk sugar sweetness. In a way the clocked back 7% makes this beer very easy to sip on I would easily finish a six pack.

Overall this coffee stout can go up against the greats like Planet Bean Coffee Stout and FBS.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black color with a one finger light mocha head. Retention is good and there are a ton of hanging sheets of lacing along with many spots. Smell is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is similar, bitter coffee up front with sweet chocolate cutting through mid sip and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Feel is a little light for my preference, but about right for 7%. Overall a very good beer. No FBS, but I'd definitely still buy again.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap from Piper's Pub South Side Pittsburgh. Very nice color and head. Nice smoke flavor which I enjoy. The end notes are not quite what I would enjoy, but the beginning is very nice!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a glossy dark black, with a small mocha colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bitter dark roast coffee, light smoke, and roasted malt.

This hits heavy on the bitter roast characteristics of stouts and coffees- which I like. It's got an earthy, bitter dark roasted coffee flavor, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a definite ashy smokiness. Reminds me of coffee and cigarettes.

This is medium bodied, could be a bit richer, with creamy mouthfeel.

Really nice stuff here, just a solid kick ass coffee stout.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Carmel to black color head fades but leaves a nice film and lacing. Very nice malt and some chocolate overtones. A very good breakfast Stout

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is really really good. on tap at j ryans in downtown Syracuse. odd for me to have a beer I like this much from a brewery I have never before heard of. really pretty awesome this one, almost looks like it came from a nitro tap with almost an inch and a half of tall tan head, thick as a milkshake, with great pronounced rings of lace left in the wake of each sip. the beer is glassy shiny and almost perfectly black. smells and tastes like fresh dark roasted coffee, really intense, concentrated, bitter, and pungent. im sure this has a fair bit of brewed coffee blended right in, it has to. very little acidity though because the body is so thick and grainy that any acidity appears to have been absorbed or covered up by it. frothy and soft, pillowy and inviting in terms of texture. likely a good pinch of oats in the grain bill. I don't get the chocolate notes others have mentioned, but I do get the slightly sweet vanilla on the back end. creamy too, vanilla latte comes to mind. I would like to try some more lavery beers while I am back east, this first impression is extremely impressive. great morning/hangover brew!

edit: just as good from the bottle, a little more noticeable sweetness, but this is quality liquid through and through!

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark. Dark in the daytime. Bubbles creep. Creep up in the daytime, if they want to. Im sniffin it out. Come coffee nose from this breakfast stout. Slight bitter hop up front. Followed by smooth coffee. Some sweet chocolate. And eventually real vanilla taste. Great mouthfeel. Really well done. Aftertaste is like ive been eating raw coffee bean. Very good bier. Would.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by Whole Foods beer guy nice call. Good beer. Looks like stout, big aroma coffee and chocolate. Taste coffee, milk, chocolate. Smooth. Appropriate body and mouthfeel for it's 7% size. Would get again.

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Photo of epyon396
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impossibly black with a thin khaki head around the edge.
Nose is coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little bit of toffee.
Taste hits hard up front with the coffee before subsiding into a dark/baker's chocolate. There's a very nice sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste, maybe a tiny bit of vanilla. Edit: Ok, yeah. As it warms up, the vanilla really shines through.
Feel is somewhat of a letdown, as it's not quite thick enough, and just ever so slightly over carbonated.

Over all, not mind-blowing, but solid. I'm happy with this one.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great milk/lactose stout. Since it says "breakfast stout" I too decided to try it with some breakfast foods. I had this with a batch of pancakes. It paired very well as expected. This dark robust stout was very strong right from the start. I was immediately hit with an intense coffee flavor. It finished with a slightly sweet and creamy feel which was perfect. The taste lingers and seems to get better as the stout warms up a bit. I myself thought the complexity of the beer comes out as the beer's temperature went up. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Dr_Farts
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a bit of head. Strong coffee notes on nose, along with roasted malts. Thick, but not too thick mouthfeel, nice and slightly coating. Intense coffee taste with sugar and cream, what you'd expect with this type of beer. Drank it while eating chocolate chip and pecan pancakes with pistachio ice cream. It was a glorious moment in my life.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and coffee, lasts for entire bottle
Head small (<1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 1 mm layer
Lacing poor – few islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with bitter roasted malt, ends with some hints of vanilla and - banana?
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a shaker pint.

Deep, chestnut brown with some light penetration along the edges. 1 finger of tan head with good retention.

Coffee with cream and sugar, roasted barley, and caramel.

Medium roasted coffee with generous amounts of cream and sugar. Roasted barley, baker's chocolate, and caramel. Suggestions of raisin and fig.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately sweet.

Lots of coffee and sweetness. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Ulster Breakfast Stout from Lavery Brewing Company
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