Breakfast Hero | Trimtab Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
trimtabbrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
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Photo of Gmoney34
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of AuntBea
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/3/2018

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a St Bernardus goblet.
4/4/4/4.5/4
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.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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 in point for a sweet stout.

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

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mecmd
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of downonbarbe
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of strohme2
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of zonker17
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Breakfast Hero from Trimtab Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 22 ratings