Drunken Vigils Breakfast Stout
Southern Pines Brewing Company

Drunken Vigils Breakfast StoutDrunken Vigils Breakfast Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #296
ABV:
13.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,298
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
47
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Southern Pines Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
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Drunken Vigils Breakfast StoutDrunken Vigils Breakfast Stout
Notes: Drunken Vigils awakens the palate with a hint of porridge from oats and traditional floor malted grains. Caramel and roasted malts with Ecuadorian Cacao create rich notes of nougat and bitter dark chocolate. Locally roasted java from Cactus Creek Coffee completes an array of breakfast nostalgia. Bourbon and Monastery yeast compliment with decadent caramel and dark stone fruit flavors. Barrel staves also impart a warming whiskey character. Drunken Vigils is the perfect morning libation while on the front porch awaiting spring.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks for this one, Wil!
Black body with a thin layer of dark mocha foam that audibly fizzles away quickly, leaving no lace behind.
Aroma is roasty with a light acidic berry note, lightly woody with trace vanilla and coffee.
Taste is tart with an acidic edge, with a thin bodied feel and metallic note. All telltale signs of infection, unfortunately.
Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and oak are all there, but muted by the acidic and metallic notes. Finishes dry and roasty.
It's not completely undrinkable, but the balance is thrown out of whack.
I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately an infection has taken hold. Just a heads up.

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Photo of KevSal
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a perfect stout glass

looks fantastic! might be one of the darkest beers i've ever had. small dark head.

wow this has tons going on. chocolate, coffee, and maple. huge maple. apperently there isn't any in this beer, insanity

taste follows the nose. maple is huge. very impressive beer, in flavor and layers of complexity. maple, coffee, dark malts and roast. like a maple coffee milkshake

not a huge body but hefty, doesn't taste 14% at all, is that correct?

overall this is a fantastic beer, started reading up on if after the first sup knocked me off my seat, appears other agree about the abv and maple lol. i'm not a big fan of maple beers at all but this is done extremely well.
every once and a while i get an extra that just knocks me out! thank you kevin for sharing this gem with me. i might need to get more lol

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours dark black and brown like viscous oil, but allows a frothy sandy/cinnamon head to bubble up with ample retention
S: Black coffee and dark amber maple syrup
T: Uses the nose as a base and builds into an incredibly complex flavor profile. Rich mocha, dark chocolate, and espresso evolves into a stack of chocolate chip pancakes oozing with decadent Grade B maple syrup, vanilla, and caramel; ending with a touch of roasted malt
F: Surprisingly thick and creamy with a moderate/light carbonation
O: This beer defines underrated in my mind. While the stout has been around for about a year, I still don't think it is getting the recognition it deserves. Hopefully this latest release will change that. Drunken Vigils flat out surprised me the first time I had it - the depth of flavors and intensely thick mouthfeel are approaching some of the best stouts in the game at the moment. Highly recommended (especially now before the hype truly catches on...)

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Photo of lupercmda
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick, black, oily, with very little head. Smells like Cocoa and dark chocolate. Has a wonderfully dark roasted taste with a wonderful balance between the chocolate and the coffee. Nice thick mouth feel.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can this even be a 13.8% beer? How is that possible. It pours thick and black with little to no head that's gone in a flash. There's minimal lacing. The nose is damn nice, big notes of chocolate and vanilla. The taste follows the nose, it always knows! The mouthfeel is fantastic, so creamy - like a milkshake. There's a hint of peanuts in the finish, I assume from the coffee - or roasted grains - whatever, it's just damn good. I see it's supposed to only be brewed once. I hope that's not the case. Fantastic beer. Cheers!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear deep thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts and freshly brewed coffee with strong aromas of chocolate. Light to moderate aromas of vanilla, whiskey, and oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with slightly stronger flavors of caramel malts and a moderate amount of maple syrup-like sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee and strong flavors of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Finally there are light flavors of vanilla, whiskey, and oak. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness towards the finish which does not linger but balances out the sweetness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Definitely one of the most enjoyable "breakfast" stouts that I have enjoyed. Really nice complexity of flavor and aroma with extremely well hidden alcohol (I honestly would believe this beer was around 7% not just about 14%). The coffee, chocolate, malts, and whiskey barrel staves really complement one another. Amazing and available in a can.

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Photo of giftedgrowler
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can and drank from a New Belgium globe style snifter.

Pours dark and silky. Small amount of tan colored head. Nose is scrumptious with loads of coffee, maple, chocolate and caramel. My kinda breakfast! Taste is UNBELIEVABLY smooth for 14% Little to no apparent alcohol, instead delightful notes of bourbon and oak picked up from the staves, also again big wonderfully coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors here. Oatmeal lends to a smoother mouth feel than expected, caramel is sweet but not sticky.

Overall this is an incredible beer. Also my first experience with Southern Pines Brewing Co. I was very, very pleased with this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of bcrossan
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like a coffee maple vanilla dream! What. Great beer. Makes me forget about Founder BS! Aside from KBBS and Maple Bacon Porter from FB this is the most maple forward beer I have had and I don't even see maple on the ingredient list. As I sit here and type it all I smell is maple. Yum

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a spectacular breakfast stout. There is not a hint of boxiness in this 14% behemoth. There is however a heavenly aroma. When inhaling this beer you get so many smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and maple. This maple appears in the taste too but there is no maple added to this beer from what I can tell. All of the aromas appeared in the taste as well with the chocolate and coffee being the stars. This thing is chewy and delicious. What an amazing beer.

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Photo of njnolan1
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is really delicious. It's like drinking dark chocolate. Very smooth.

But, the can says it's 14%. There's no way on God's green earth this is 14%. I pin it at 7% and I'm being generous. My first sip I was convinced that it wasn't 14%. Most beers will have that alcohol sting past 9%. Some more so than others. This one barely warms my belly. They come in pints. The other night I had two pints within a couple hours and didn't even have a buzz.

I watch my abv carefully. I know what gives me a buzz and what doesn't. I accept other factors as well such as eating and how much water I drink. This beer can't be anywhere even close to 14%.

But, it's not too expensive (very cheap for 14% if it actually was) and it is delicious. So I'd still recommend giving it a shot if you love chocolate in your beers.

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Drunken Vigils Breakfast Stout from Southern Pines Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 47 ratings