Early Bird Breakfast
Cameron's Brewing Co.

Early Bird BreakfastEarly Bird Breakfast
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #81
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,987
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
35
From:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  3
Gots
  4
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Early Bird BreakfastEarly Bird Breakfast
Notes: This barley wine style ale has been aged in a foeder with two classic Canadian ingredients – Ontario maple syrup and cold steeped coffee. The result is an amalgamation of flavours that include molasses, caramelized sugar, toffee, white chocolate and dark fruits that give our barley wine a long finish that is a perfect addition to your favourite breakfast.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cameron's Brewing Co. "Early Bird Breakfast"
one pint can coded "C091812:18"
$4.99 @ Shop Rite Wine & Spirits, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is a barley wine brewed with coffee and maple syrup? OK! It's poured a clear deep copper colored body beneath a finger's width of off-white foam. The aroma displays coffee and caramel malts with just a hint of maple syrup and a background of orchard fruits. I'm not finding any hops, but neither is that expected. They're listed as Chinook, just for clarity. It's interesting, you can smell the coffee but it doesn't smell like a cup of coffee. Nor is it particularly roasty, there's some, but it's really more nutty. On to the flavor... well it's similar. I don't think the coffee works as well as it did in the aroma. It sticks out in both, but I think it melds in better in the aroma. The Chinook appears as well, which I wasn't really expecting, and I'm not sure the pine note that it imparts works ~ it's not bad, but ehh, whatever. The caramel malt is nice, as is the soft peach and apple like note it gets from the yeast, and it has a kind of white chocolate note to it. Which then reminds me of a "white stout", which I guess is similar but not as strong, and on that note, It doesn't seem like 11.8% at all. Nor do the 80 IBUs, it seems more like 55-60. That's common with malty beers though, and I think it's perfectly balanced, so kudos on that. I wish it had a little more maple syrup though, but OK. In the mouth it's medium-full and creamy smooth. The head retention and lacing weren't as good as I'd hoped they'd be but at 11.8% it help up pretty well. In the end I'd say it's certainly worth trying.
Review #6,989

 1,701 characters

NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2020
Photo of buschbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ONE PINT can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a deep shade of burnt orange. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Coffee is the primary aroma. It covers the base beer.

Coffee is the main flavor as well. The base beer tries to come through but is rebuffed by the coffee.

Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel

This is a coffee forward barleywine. The maple is too subtle for my untutored palate. I like it though.

 448 characters

Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up by complete random in late October during a work trip. Its brother, “Where the Buffalo Roam”, was excellent. Let’s see what this 16 oz. can of amped up barleywine holds.

What it holds to the side-eye is a turbid orange liquid with virtually no head & the nose follows suit, with bare bones of orange creamsicle. Very mild.

Early Bird Breakfast Barley Wine is a lie – it should be called Crack of Noon Barley Wine, or Barley Make Your 11 AM Hotel Breakfast Barley Wine. There’s booze in here, & it tastes like more than 11.8%. Heavy sweet malt clashes oddly with a backtaste of coffee – this seems like something Starbucks should jump into. Barrels show as drying oak & decreased judgment, but no bourbon or maple show. A little bitterness & herb show on the end.

Nothing like the awesome “Buffalo”, this is the Nick Cage of barleywines (dull, that is, if I really need to spell it out). Pretty good beer.

 941 characters

maximum12 from Minnesota, Apr 27, 2019
Photo of BB1313
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden/amber with some haze to it; fluffy light khaki head that falls leaving bubbly retention and decent lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some caramel, toffee and raisins leading the way. Hints of maple. Not much coffee or bourbon noticeable in the aroma department. The flavors are bold, but ultimately balanced. The coffee doesn't shine, or maybe it's just harder to pick up on with so much going on, but it's definitely there. The coffee really does come through, especially in the finish. More caramel and toffee. More raisins along with some dark fruits. Some cocoa and chocolate. Some citrus. Subtle hints of vanilla. The maple really comes through without completely dominating or making this cloying or overly sweet. The bourbon is pretty mild or muddled, but it's pretty hard to notice or pick up on. Nice bitterness. It's not as sweet as I was expecting, but there's still a nice sweetness to this one. It's ultimately bittersweet, but I'd argue that it's more bitter than sweet, but it's pretty balanced between the two. Nice strong malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick and slightly syrupy. This one is dangerously drinkable. It's really smooth once you get into it.

This is a nice brew. It's unique and interesting. It's complex and has alot going on, but balance is still the key. The bourbon basically goes unnoticed, but everything else comes through in an enjoyable way. Well done. I really like it.

 1,568 characters

BB1313 from Ohio, Mar 18, 2019
Photo of Beersnake1
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can at fridge temp. Pours a nice orange/light brown with quickly dissipating white head. the smell is really interesting. Getting some candy and caramel upfront. Picking up a hint of coffee and some maple, along with a hint of bourbon. A touch of a metallic note is coming through as well. Taste is super complex, with both sweet and bitter notes. The bourbon really comes through, along with coffee and maple. Picking up a touch of pepper and some raisin/plum. Nuts and bread are also there. It comes across as a bit hot, and the sharp edges will likely recede a bit over the coming months (but only time will tell). the toffee is definitely there. I actually prefer the immediate flavor, as opposed to the aftertaste. The latter is a touch too bitter for what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is right where it should be - fairly medium bodied. Overall, an interesting barleywine.

 888 characters

Beersnake1 from California, Oct 28, 2018
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 3/9/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big golden raisin, grapefruit, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, white chocolate, cocoa, pine, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, maple syrup, coffee, citrus/earthy hops, bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big golden raisin, grapefruit, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, white chocolate, cocoa, pine, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and light bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, grapefruit, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, biscuit, coconut, molasses, white chocolate, cocoa, pine, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, maple syrup, coffee, citrus/earthy hops, bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and spicy oak. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.8%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged American barelywine! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, maple syrup, coffee, citrus/earthy hops, bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the modestly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Not overly aggressive. Amazing balance of maple syrup, coffee, hops, and rich malts; not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on American style example.

 2,727 characters

superspak from Michigan, Sep 08, 2018
Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, C091809:49 stamped on the bottom side of the can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like maple, toffee, grainy malt, vanilla, coffee and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some booze, nuts, wood and earthiness noticeable. I don't pick up much of if any bourbon at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I think this is a good brew. My only complaint is that this is a bourbon barrel aged brew but there's barely any bourbon noticeable. Not sure how long it was aged for but I wish it had spent some more time in the barrels. But with that being said this is still a pretty good and tasty brew. Can't complain about the price point either, I know I'd like to buy this again in the future. $3.99 a can.

 978 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large can into a Tervis at the 2018 Dublin Irish Festival.
Copper colored body with an excellent bone colored head.
The sweet aroma features wood, coffee and bourbon, as does the flavor. Subtle maple syrup appears in the nose. Strong BBA effects and poorly hidden alcohol.
Smooth full body with soft medium carbonation and some heat.
Overall: clearly inferior to the brewery's Where the Buffalo Roam.

 403 characters

chinchill from South Carolina, Aug 05, 2018
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This beefy little beast pours a
luminous deep amber with a nice off white head of foam that settles
to a this ring, thin light layer, and presents some very nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of subtle coffee, sweet maple, vanilla, bourbon, and hot booze
laden barrel notes. Flavors expand on the nose with aplomb showing
golden raisins drenched in strong coffee and moderate amounts of
maple with vanilla and barrel bringing up the rear. Some green tea notes
also present themselves on the back of the taste with light herbal elements
that fade back into a bourbon barrel laden with oaken notes. Very nice
mouth feel; light carbonation, sweet, sticky, and bitter on the malt side of
life with a nicely balanced coffee, maple, and bourbon finish.

Overall, a fantastic little brew that is worth trying. Let it warm
and you will be rewarded with nice flavor.

Cheers

 904 characters

Photo of bobhits
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coffee allows alcohol and maple syrup co mingle with a decently hopped base barely wine which they claim was all put together with a bourbon barrel (but with all this sweetness who can tell).

A big bold beer. Light color given sometimes barrels impart more darkness. As I drink I get more oak and some vanilla notes with maple. It's a really nice flavor if you like the idea of a lot of coffee and sweetness, but be aware that with most maple beers you get some artificial notes and the alcohol really stands out in a bit off putting way.

This was 3.99 for a 473 ml can and at that price I can't more strongly recommend giving this one a shot. It isn't a master piece but something like this would normally come in an over the top bottle and would be 20+ a bottle. I'm skewing my score largely on the overall due to in great and so reasonable price on a barrel aged coffee maple beer.

 893 characters

bobhits from Kentucky, May 05, 2018
Photo of zonker17
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from can to snifter, deep reddish brown color, beige head that does not retain, little lacing. Nose has coffee, malt. Taste is following the nose with more malt presence, sweet, creamy. Heavy body and below average carbonation.

 232 characters

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad for a barley wine but not getting too much coffee or maple as advertised on can. Drank from a snifter, and was a dark cider toffee look. But pretty good for a barley wine. Slow sipper for sure. Mainly toffee in flavor but a damn good barley wine. Quite smooth too. As it warmed it became more sweet must be from the maple yet couldn't taste it yet still delicious.

 378 characters

Photo of Tony210
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours a reddish copper, thin white foam that dissappates and forms a small ring around the glass.

Smell - lots of sweet malt, caramel, some oak, hints of chocolate and espresso.

Taste - coffee hits me at first, sweet molasses, burnt brown sugar, nice amount of booze, has a burnt espresso bitterness on the finish with a touch of wine tartness on the middle of my tongue.

Feel - thick, creamy, syrupy.

Overall - I like this beer - rich and flavorful, not overly boozy, love the sweetness and bitterness that hits the tongue simultaneously. Time in the barrel rounds out the edges on this one nicely. I will buy this again.

7/30/17
16 oz can
4.5 rating

 666 characters

Tony210 from New Jersey, Jul 30, 2017
Photo of janubio
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a red colour, with a small head that fades soon to a thin layer. Creamy lace.
Aroma of wine, spices, vanilla, notes of red fruits, chocolate, wood.
Full body, thick and oily texture, good cabonation.
Taste of wine, nuts, red and dark fruits, chocolate, pepper, cinnamon. Hoppy notes. Bitter finish. Great.

 311 characters

janubio from Spain, Jul 25, 2017
Early Bird Breakfast from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 35 ratings