Drunken Vigils Breakfast Stout
Southern Pines Brewing Company

Drunken Vigils Breakfast StoutDrunken Vigils Breakfast Stout
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Southern Pines Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #310
Ranked #1,064
4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
Mar 10, 2023
Nov 05, 2015
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.
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Rated: 5 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a black no light coming through on this stormy day anyway. Small thumb sized coco head is dense and falls slowly. Only light lace but to be expected at this abv.

Aroma is nice sweet more so then coffee which is what I was expecting, loads of caramel, fruit notes, vanilla, maple and chocolate underneath. But also good smooth bourbon notes that actually may be sweet too they are so smooth just flavor no hotness that's saying a lot for this big beer. Last but not least we do have the coffee which you would expect ins breakfast stout, it is all blended so perfectly together.

Taste is like the nose so smooth, big sweetness without being cloying at all. Caramel, vanillas, maple fruit notes chocolate just the right amount of bourbon notes mixed with coffee in the finish. Damn this is so easy drinking drinks like an 8% brew, no real hop notes but they have to be there to keep it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy and so damn smooth the carbonation is just enough without being anymore.

Overall wasn't expecting perfection as I am not sure I have even heard of this until I picked it up, hell not even sure where I got it from. But if I ever see it again I will be buying more that's for damn sure.
Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Aug 03, 2020
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Reviewed by mendonjoebeer from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
First time for me with this beer. Haven't posted in a while, but this beer is special.
A great combo of a sweet syrup like Southern Tier Choklat mixed with maybe a BCBS or something better!
Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by vfgccp from New York

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by mattsmith413 from North Carolina

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.42 by Tyecko from Minnesota

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by dsshuck from Delaware

Apr 06, 2017
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

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.
Mar 25, 2017
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Rated by Chrisahunter from Kentucky

4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
So smooth. Despite the high ABV it is not boozy in the slightest. Coffee flavor is not overpowering, but perfectly balanced.
Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by MunsonRoyE from North Carolina

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by jak from North Carolina

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Blaze5445 from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by metter98 from New York

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

Dec 18, 2016
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Reviewed by KevSal from California

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
Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by fthegiants from California

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2016
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Rated by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hides the alcohol exceptionally well. Chocolatey without the fullness of body.
Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

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...)
Nov 01, 2016
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Reviewed by lupercmda from North Carolina

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.
Oct 29, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Oct 29, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by woodchip from North Carolina

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Oakley from North Carolina

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by WDJersey from Colorado

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 4.52 by Bilco from Pennsylvania

Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by McAndrew from North Carolina

Oct 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Jul 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Mantooth from North Carolina

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!
Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 4.55 by rosmith51 from North Carolina

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 31, 2016
Rated: 4.55 by aasher from Indiana

May 17, 2016
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.
May 13, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by KM_Seahawk from North Carolina

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by EN27 from North Carolina

Apr 01, 2016
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