Rush Hour - Breakfast Stout
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #44
Ranked #1,312
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from Donald Trump. Poured into Soaring Wings wine glass.

Pours a dark black body with a nice off-white head of 1/2 finger. Leaves a ring as it recedes.

Aroma is pure espresso and dark charred coffee beans. Slightly smokey, slight vanilla, slight fruitiness and acidity from the coffee. It's like opening a fresh bag or container of coffee. Gorgeous.

Flavor is a lot like the smell but with added sweetness and complexity. Saying "ohhhhh" out loud gives it instant points. Hazelnut, caramel, and even more vanilla. Tons of coffee/espresso obviously. Lovely lingering roastiness and sweet vanilla cream on the finish.

Feel is buzzing and appropriate. Really nice semi-creamy medium-heavy body with a smoothness throughout. Acidity and roast linger on the palate after the finish.

Overall, there's really nothing I can say against this beer. It's a FBS killer. Much better than FBS, and that's saying a lot. Actually, I'll take it a step further... I'll take it two steps further - better than KBS and CBS and it's not even barrel aged. Incredible, incredible stuff. Thanks Donald!

Jan 11, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice breakfast stout. Thought the coffee (Valparaiso) was exceptionally good addition. Reminded me a bit of Ryan Bros. coffee that I love in Speedway Stout. All in all a very good coffee stout with that touch of sweetness that doesn't distract but helped keep bitterness under control. Would drink this often if I lived near by.

Sep 24, 2017
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

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

Look: dark brown to black with bubbly 1.5 inch khaki head
Smell: malt, coffee and some light chocolate and Carmel
Taste: big creamy malt, followed by a big coffee flavor with hints of smoke, Carmel and chocolate.
Feel: little thin, light body, medium carbonation.

Apr 28, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Valparaiso Cafe & Roastery - Brazilian Yellow Bourbon Peaberry Samambaia

Appearance- Pours black with a tan, half-finger's width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, mostly made up of small spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma hits prominently on milk chocolate and coffee roast. Slight smokiness.

Taste - As with the nose, opens up with milk chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. Hint of smoke before a bit of caramel sneaks in and strengthens toward the finish. Faint berry buzzes on the tongue. The finish is a bit more sweet than roasty, with the aforementioned caramel taking lead from the fading chocolate and coffee character, and it lingers with some sweet creaminess as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, silky texture with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty coffee stout. Nice balance of roast and sweetness. I don't know about dropping $5 on a single can again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

Apr 04, 2017
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well done Coffee Stout. Had this on nitro at the brewery. I like my coffee stouts w/o the bitterness some tend to have. This was very coffee forward, but still creamy, not bitter. In fact, you could of switched this with my morning cold brew and I wouldn't have been able to tell, except for the rich viscosity. If you like coffee forward beers, seek this out.

Jun 29, 2016
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Judging from this beer and the porter I'd love to try the barrel aged stuff but at $5 a taster I think I'll pass on them this time through Fresno.

May 29, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 9-oz. plastic cup
From: Liquor King in Fresno, Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: March 31, 2016
Consumed: April 1, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle

A breakfast stout? Yes please. Really looking forward to this one. I don’t think I’ve had a bad breakfast stout yet and this one looks really good.

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan fizzy head, which thinned out rather quickly. Average amount of sporadic lacing on the sides of the cup. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled dark, deep roasty, coffee malts. Also dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, smoky fire, char wood, ashtray and dark cocoa. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted just awesome, getting dark roasty coffee malts, bitter dark chocolate, smoky fire, char wood, ashtray, dark cocoa, dark caramel sweetness, roasty nuts and artificial vanilla. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Really liked this and I think I’d put this up against Founders Breakfast Stout. Lovely. (Overall - 4.50)

4.40 | 98 | A

Apr 17, 2016
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SDRedDevil from California

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour at the T-S biergarden. Dark espresso color with little head. Strong cafe con leche coffee flavor melds well with the dark chocolate present in the base. Smooth, slightly sweet finish.

Feb 17, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark, almost black, brown with 2+ fingers of tan moderate density head that left a small amount of lacing. Nose is mostly roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is dominated by coffee, difficult to pickup much else but there were some hints of sweetness. Mouthfeel was a little thin, good carbonation, and finishes slightly bitter. Quite enjoyed this beer, still prefer FBS, but I'll definitely but it again.

Jan 16, 2016
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IpaBeerDrinkers from California

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent example of a coffee forward milkstout. Abv is completely hidden and has great drink ability...literally as a morning cup of Joe or a night cap. The coffee is the star here

Jul 23, 2015
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ILikeGoodCider from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on Feb 20, 2015 out of a 22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Nice dark brown pour in the glass with a 1.5" tan head. Smells like fresh brewed coffee & chocolate milk. Taste is a strong roast coffee throughout. Thin mouthfeel and that's probably by design, but I would have liked a thicker feel (like Founders Breakfast Stout).

Overall, highly drinkable and very enjoyable. Nice, low ABV. Seek this out. High-five for Fresno, which can be pretty dreary most times.

Feb 21, 2015
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dutesanch from California

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge coffee aroma, you would swear that this beer was hot w steam coming off of it. Taste is very coffee heavy also with a very subtle chocolate sweetness and a milk/cream mouthfeel and finish. The finish smooths out which has almost no coffee acidity. Get one if you can, once a year release that can be found on shelves until around April.

Jan 14, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Brent for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee bean, and brewed coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great coffee forward characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 15, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

this beer is so good. heavily coffee flavored, and smells like a welcomed pot of black drip after a big night. more coffee than grain in nose and taste, but the body is so wonderful. lacking any acidity or staleness which so many coffee beers have, it just glides down, thick and a little sweet from maybe some lactose late boil. big chocolate notes in the taste too, and a slight hickory smoke thing in there before the bitter espresso sets in. super well balanced too, just sweet enough, but coffee forward, well creamed if you will. not much carbonation, but thats appreciated in this one, it really doesnt miss it. one of the better coffee flavor first beers out there right now, and a class A introduction to what looks like a very cool brewery!

Sep 19, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Decent creamy head, dark mocha colored, decent lacing, very dark beer with slightest hint of light.

Nose tons of coffee, fresh espresso roasted coffee, nutty and earthy, soft like roast, some light fresh choc, European soft choc, little caramel, fudge, roast, creamy milk and lactose, etc.

Taste fresh coffee, soft coffee no real tannins, fresh earthy nutty coffee. Mild caramel and roast, quickly into mild choc, soft creamy lush cocoa and lactose, fluffy feeling, little fudgey even. Hint chewy, little hop note. Finish is creamy slightly dry, little sticky, fudgey, choc, mild coffee.

Mouth is creamy, decent carb, med to fuller bod.

Overall pretty nice, coffee is awesome, base beer is pretty good.

Jun 16, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Threelions.

A - Poured into a night shift tulip a super rich dark black with a thin mocha head that faded to leave a thin halo and light wisps. Nice legs.

S - Aromas of light chocolate and roast, Nice rich fragrant coffee notes. No bitterness this is very rich smelling. Coffee pops nicely too.

T - Taste is light creamy chocolate, light roasted malts, creamy lactose. The coffee is there no super assertive but prominent and rich. The cold pressing is a nice touch and really translates well to the beer.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy smooth, lowly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer, very balanced beer. Well fine.

Jun 14, 2014
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ThreeLions from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber split with Rudzud.

A: Pours into my treehouse tulip a light-stealing gravity warp of a dark beer. No real head, but very leggy. This is the epitome of darkness. Very light carbonation.

S: I sort of wish I weren't drinking this so late in the day because this smells like some of the best coffee I could imagine. Doesn't smell overly bitter, chocolate in the background but again not bitter. Light heat in the nose.

T: Wow, right up there. Out of the gates the coffee was there but the chocolate was far more up front. Nice lactose, not overly sweet. Nothing too bitter. Very well balanced. So tasty. Very light bitterness on the finish but it's really only a whisper.

M: Very silky, smooth. No real carbonation. Almost syrupy, close, but not quite there thankfully. Would have benefited from some more carbonation.

O: This is delicious. Super dark, leggy but no real head and little to no carbonation cut down from what would have been higher marks. The smell hit me right in the face with a great coffee smell with no astringency. Taste is the best part of this beer. Nothing too assertive which is preventing a five here but the balance is incredible. Nice chocolate, coffee and lactose flavors that meld together into a remarkable tasting beer. The mouth if semi lackluster. No carbonation, silky smooth and creamy holding it together. Great drinking beer.

Jun 14, 2014
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bpasquini from California

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Never had a breakfast stout and love supporting local breweries so I thought I would pick this bad boy up!

A: Pours pitch black and leaves a small tannish/espresso colored head, it was incredibly bubbly like a highly carbonated beer but the head didn't build too much and went quickly, the color of this beer is like a glossy pitch black color in your glass, it reminds me almost of a magic 8 ball, super dark, how a proper stout should look, at the surface of the beer it leaves a small ring of the tannish/espresso head that gives it a bit more to it's presentation, great looking stout right here

S: The first thing that hits you while you are pouring is coffee, it fills the room immediately and it smells great. I get loads of coffee, faint chocolate notes, and a faint vanilla caramel mixture, the coffee is really dominant and it is a bit hard to pick up those other flavors, excellent smell but I think if there was a little more chocolate and caramel presence in the nose it would have made the smell a 5 IMO

T: Absolutely blown away with this category, the flavor is reminiscent of the nose, but the other flavors are much more present and it is fantastic! Up front you get an exceptional coffee flavor, but it is not as dominant like the smell, it is properly balanced, after the coffee you get a slight bitterness, and then this beer really takes your palate on a journey, from the bitterness you get a sweet milk chocolate coffee blend, that then transitions to a coffee caramel blend and then finishes with a touch of everything but the vanilla/caramel mixture from the nose is slightly more dominant, fantastic transition of flavors, and this beer isn't overly sweet, the coffee and sweet profile is very well balanced with this beer and it is stunning!

M: This category IMO was the make or break for the flavor profile and I think they nailed, it seems to be pretty carbonated for a stout, but that is good for this beer, it lightens it up and doesn't make it so syrupy like I was expecting it to be, it still has that stout like feel to it though even with the carbonation, and the flavor of this beer really lingers, but that is in every way a good thing, every time it lingers the flavor profile changes and you get a little something different every time, it's phenomenal!

O: Fantastic beer, absolutely blown away by this, had very little expectations for it as I have had some other beers from this brewery(though still good, just not super impressed with them), I was not expecting a whole lot from it, but it blew me away, definitely try this beer if you get the opportunity to, I need to run to the bottle shops to get more, this might have just become one of my new go to's for stouts!

Apr 30, 2014
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hopheadbulldog from California

4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You may be skeptical of my ratings, however, you won't know until you try this beast. Out of the gate this beer fills the room with the smell of pure coffee. It pours a rich black color with minimal head. The nose after pour is even more intense with almost an overpowering jitter from the scent alone. The taste is smooth and rich and goes down perfectly. The coating of your mouth now is ruined with coffee in a great way. Overall, a MUST find for any stout or coffee lover.

Mar 24, 2014
Rush Hour - Breakfast Stout from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 125 ratings