Breakfast Hero
Trimtab Brewing Company

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Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #126
Ranked #4,325
4.2 | pDev: 5.95%
Dec 28, 2021
Jun 26, 2018
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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
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4.55 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Dec 28, 2021
4.37 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Jul 02, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

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
4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Feb 29, 2020
4.18 by swenny916 from Illinois on Feb 10, 2020
4.27 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Feb 04, 2020
4.08 by sd123 from Georgia on Jan 31, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

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 -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Tusk333

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
4.06 by samEBC from Belgium on Dec 08, 2019
4.1 by richj1970 from Alabama on Dec 04, 2019
4.23 by alexsergio from New York on Sep 14, 2019
4.1 by mig100 from Texas on Sep 02, 2019
4.25 by ruzzal from Texas on Sep 02, 2019
4.34 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Aug 27, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

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
4 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Jul 02, 2019
4 by tjg584 from Tennessee on Jun 22, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

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
4.48 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Apr 26, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

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
4.39 by Samnem from Georgia on Apr 03, 2019
4.2 by markallmon from Tennessee on Mar 31, 2019
4.34 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Mar 24, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by leffebrown84th from Georgia

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
4.21 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 19, 2019
3.93 by GarrettBoots from Georgia on Mar 16, 2019
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4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Gmoney34 from Alabama

Very smooth coffee stout. Easy drinking all night long beer.

Jan 24, 2019
4.25 by AuntBea from Illinois on Jan 18, 2019
3.9 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Jan 07, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by OompaMentor from Georgia


Jan 04, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by AgentMunky from New York

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
3.95 by JamesBondGA from Georgia on Dec 25, 2018
4 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Dec 23, 2018
4.18 by KensWorld from Florida on Dec 12, 2018
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Dec 06, 2018
4 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Nov 25, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

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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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ThickNStout from Georgia

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
4.34 by Gadzook from Georgia on Nov 14, 2018
Breakfast Hero from Trimtab Brewing Company
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