Cellar Reserve: Breakfast Hero
Trimtab Brewing Company

Cellar Reserve: Breakfast HeroCellar Reserve: Breakfast Hero
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #155
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4.19 | pDev: 5.97%
Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Cellar Reserve: Breakfast HeroCellar Reserve: Breakfast Hero

As the inaugural edition of our Cellar Reserve program, Breakfast Hero brings a pastry stout to the breakfast table. We packed the grain bill with multiple base malts, chocolate malt, plenty of oats, and fresh HERO Doughnuts (an awesome local doughnut bakery). We then maxed our fermentor out with an extremely generous amount of Vermont Maple syrup, a pound of Madagascar vanilla beans, and freshly roasted Brazilian coffee beans from our local pals at SEEDS coffee to tie this imperial stout together in perfect breakfast harmony.

This beer is brimming with notes of syrupy covered pancakes, melty bakers chocolate, subtle vanilla cream, and roasty hazelnut coffee. All of the above backing this lactose creamy and chewy body which makes this the perfect pairing with any breakfast dish.

When you bring this beer to the table, you are the Breakfast Hero.

IBU: 35
SRM: 37
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a can of this beer from my good friend and old neighbor from the 'Wego. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had wonderful mix of vanilla cocoa molasses and roast notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet cocoa start with roast in the center flowed by mocha and creme caramel finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

May 16, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours opaque dark, dark brown with no light coming through.

S: I get the coffee and maple syrup on the nose. There's some kind of acidity to the aroma. Very nice.

T: The maple syrup hits hard, which is something any other stout I've tried brewed with maple syrup hasn't quite accomplished. The coffee is also prominent. What a wonderful combination! I'm not sure if glazed doughnuts were used in the brewing process, as the can advertises, but I can faintly get that flavor. I'm sure that's difficult to pull off for any brewery. Some other side flavors I get are chocolate and caramel. The beer is sweet but not overly so.

M: It goes down very smoothly with a silky consistency. It's about medium-thick bodied with light carb.

O: This is a very pleasant brew from Trimtab. All of the advertised flavors come through gloriously! And even with 8.5% abv, you'd think it's a milkshake.

Jan 29, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial taste was strong copper upon my first pour. After letting it settle in and rest it had a thin head. Smell is smooth with a tremendous amount of maple syrup, and coffee. Halfway through I pick up a smooth dark roasted velvet coffee, maple syrup and honey. The copper has subsided to an extent. It leaves a nice coating on the back of your throat to remind what you’re drinking.

This remind of everything that’s right with eating a traditional English breakfast in the U.K. to cut through that salty, and savory breakfast. I would pair it with that anyway of the week. Overall it’s phenomenal and so rich. It’s a one and done for me for the day, but so enjoyable once it opens up.

Jan 19, 2020
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is black with two fingers of mocha colored head which recedes to a thin layer pretty rapidly. On the nose we got some big coffee roast, which obviously I love, some maple hiding behind that, and also a sweet smell. Taste is medium roast coffee, some maple sweetness, and not much influence from the doughnut but it’s there if you can get past the boldness of the other two flavors. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and drying. The lack of doughnut influence is disappointing, however the coffee and maple make up for it for me at least. Those are two of my favorite flavors and they nailed them in this beer.

Jul 21, 2019
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BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft into a tulip glass.

Pour was a deep still black, not much head.

Aromas of Foldgers, roasted malt, char, and maple, chocolate.

Taste follows with a bitter black coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some sweetness creeps in but it’s not cloying.

Easy drinking, pretty medium body drinks well for 8.5%.

Definitely worth a try.

May 16, 2019
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice Lacing and very viscous body. Not much going on by way of initial smell....improves with temperature. Pleasant maple/coffee/dough/hints of vanilla and chocolate. TrimTab is putting out the best beer within AL.

Apr 26, 2019
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leffebrown84th from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Breakfast hero from a can. More like a dessert beer. Very sweet, super smooth and silky. Tastes like chocolate doughnuts with chocolate icing. Yummy it sweet.

Mar 21, 2019
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AgentMunky from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a St Bernardus goblet.
Pours sticky, black, and flat. No head.
Smells mostly bitter, like diner coffee and hops, with an undercurrent of sweeter malt.
Tastes supersweet, but fortunately the coffee comes through strongly which, combined with the roast, keeps the beer from being too cloying. I'm not sure why they felt maple syrup was needed in this beer, but the flavor is fine, even if the added sugar is less welcome.
Very thick and sticky. Not sure if this is a good thing. I think it is.
A fine stout, if overly sweet, pretty punchy and one dimensional, but I enjoyed it.

Dec 30, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black body with a deep mocha head that fluffs up wonderfully and laces well.

Smell is massive and dessert stout-esque, with huge, bold notes of dark roast coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, donut glaze, grainy earth, and rye bread. Screams “breakfast” and makes me think an overload of sweetness is coming.

But that’s the genius of this beer: the taste follows note-wise, but the flavors are much more reserved on the tongue than the aromas are on the nose. A little more coffee-heavy than I was expecting given the donut description (I tend to like chocolate notes to lead the way versus coffee notes), but still very, very good and well-layered. Espresso, baker’s chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, dark wood, a touch of sweet rye, and a little piny bitterness.

Feel is a touch thin given the look and “imperial” description, but fairly on point for a sweet stout.

This is an exceptional beer for what it is and what it advertises itself as being. Could easily go down a dangerous pastry stout road, but doesn’t. Well done.

Nov 22, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 4.99. No canning date. Served in a Founders snifter. Enjoyed 11/15/18.

Pours black with a tall cap of fluffy tan foam. A thin veneer remains, along with a full collar and a few generous streaks of lace.

Smells of coffee, maple, roasted malt and cooked sugar.

Bittersweet coffee and maple are immediately apparent in the flavor and remain the stars throughout. Charred malt, burnt caramel, some faint almost lactose-like sweetness, a little cake and a slight alcohol presence.

Smooth, full feel with gentle carbonation. The lingering, bittersweet aftertaste continues notes of coffee, maple and cooked milk sugar.

I haven’t tried a whole lot from TrimTab since they began Georgia distribution earlier this year but they do some mighty solid work. Breakfast Hero adds some nice sweetness to the ubiquitous imperial coffee stout. I’m not sure I get glazed donut here but it all works well together. Definitely worth a try, particularly for any of my fellow coffee stout fans.

Nov 16, 2018
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downonbarbe from Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can to Spiegelau Stout glass. Pours a dark, brown hue with a moderately thin body and thin tan head.
Aroma is a dark roast espresso with thick notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, crème, bready pastry and maple syrup. The flavors from this stout are pleasantly balanced. Earthy notes of dark roast espresso and chocolate are forward with the other pastry, molasses and maple notes intermingling on the back end. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Not overly thick and rich as many dessert stouts are but with the lighter feel the flavors are delivered very enjoyably with a more pleasant, balanced drinking experience that isn't overly dominant with sweetness and rich volume. I was fairly surprised with this stouts flavor and I feel it is a stout that can be enjoyed throughout the day. Pairs excellent with a nice Boston Crème. I hope to stumble across this one to enjoy again.

Oct 22, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from KMitch. 16 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, biscuit dough, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, doughnuts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, biscuit dough, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, biscuit dough, toasted dark/brown bread, light molasses/smoke/char, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, doughnuts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is fantastic dessert imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, doughnuts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Outstandingly rich/well rounded imperial stout malt complexity, with great flavoring presence/balance, and solid earthy hops against sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Oct 20, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No canned date, but just got this shipment into the store.

Nice dark pour, with only a small head of ivory lace that never really rises up, and doesn’t leave any lace at the temp poured either.

Sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla all balance really well on the nose. Not too much of any adjunct, just a nice combination of aromas.

Again, great balance of flavors like on the nose. Roasty latte, hints of vanilla, and milk chocolate all work really well together and create something pretty damn similar to a chocolate-glazed doughnut.

Creamy, smooth, and although a tad thin it works. Slightly sticky finish, no unwanted lingering bitterness.

Oct 02, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce undated can, assumed fresh. Received from a trade at end of July.

Pours just on the brown side of black, thick latte foam of head. Just a couple spots of lace. The nose is diner coffee and light maple.
Taste is rich espresso, chocolate, vanilla, light maple syrup. Overall sweetness, malted milk and cereal grains. No cloying throughout the beer.
Medium body, mouthfeel. Creamy.

Aug 19, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour, very dark brown, not much lacing or head. All components present on nose. Doughnut light on taste, but coffee and maple stand out. A bit lighter than expected on body.

Jul 21, 2018
Cellar Reserve: Breakfast Hero from Trimtab Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 48 ratings