French Toast
Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #244
Ranked #1,439
4.36 | pDev: 6.42%
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States
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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a really nice dark brown/black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice size islands, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice chocolate/toffee, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla, slight licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla, licorice. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very tasty sipper, with a nice little dry/bitter/sweet finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet maple syrup and vanilla. Tastes of cinnamon and maple syrup. Very sweet but smooth. Good mouth feel.

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Photo of CraigDeMoss
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revision after second pour: I really enjoyed this. My initial taste of 4 got bumped up to 4.25 and overall to the same. I really enjoyed this, very good for a pastry stout.

Poured rich syrup color with a finger of foam.

Smells like a cinnamon roll. Yumbo. Also some maple syrup and vanilla

Not sure how I feel about this one, or pastry stouts as a whole, but the cinnamon is upfront all the way through. I mean, this tastes like French toast, at least French toast crunch. Don’t drink this when it’s above 10 C. 50 F for us

Feels like syrup, yea.. pretty much syrup. Which is awesome. Again not sure what I think about this.

Really good, if you get a chance check it out. I was fortunate enough to get this is a Tavour bundle.

Summation: Give er a go

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, 2019-5 vintage. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin lace 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, coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a smooth, very creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and fairly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 12% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/charred/drying finish; nicely soft/silky and not aggressively bitter. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, cinnamon, maple, vanilla, and lactose flavors; solid earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected of the brewery. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of firesidewithphil
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

French Toast is an experience. The beer is novel and offers a flavor explosion. The beer is made for brunch. There are large amounts of cinnamon, maple, and vanilla. The flavor is sweet yet tangy. Hubbard's tends to bring in that tangy Belgian yeast profile. Order an omelette with this beer and you will have the best of both worlds, savory and sweet.


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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brown near black. Less than half of a finger of khaki head. This is probably my sixth or seventh brew from them so this is standard fare. Unmoving darkness in a glass.

Nose is maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla. This actually smells buttery and eggy too. Don't know how they managed to do that. Perhaps it's a placebo effect. Anyway, this smells absolutely amazing. Rich, sweet, breakfast dessert sorta thing going on.

Taste follows. Sweet maple, cinnamon, eggy/buttery/bready, roasty malt comes in this time. Tastes so damn close to a french toast it's crazy. That distinct Hubbard's Cave malt is always memorable.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied with mild carbonation. A little oily with some cloying and lingering on the pallete.

Another enjoyable brew by Hubbard's Cave. When it comes to dessert and breakfast oriented stouts they don't mess it up. They know exactly how to execute on this style and it always turns out amazing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at Julio's and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thicker mocha head that fades to leave a thick halo and nice legs.

S - Big aromas of cinnamon and maple syrup. Somehow this is eggy as well! Nice roast and dark malts, good chocolate and the alcohol is hidden well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice bright, warm cinnamon. Really nice maple syrup too. Not cloyingly sweet at all! There is more of that eggy bread crust. Lighter roast. Lingering vanilla. Flashes of lactose. Honestly drinks like the label insists.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, super creamy, thick, alcohol hidden successfully.

O - Overall this was a very solid imperial stout. The maple and cinnamon are exquisite and become a wonderful interpretation of French toast.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a medium foamy dark head with good retention fair lacing, great legs, pitch black

Nose is great, big cinnamon, toasted grainy bread crust, little eggy, light roasted malt and dark chocolate stout, maple syrupy as well

Taste more of the same, big cinnamon and eggy batter up front, toasted grainy and bread crust, maple syrup, light alcohol but fair sweetness, light cocoa, roast, and some lactose late

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy thick, medium foamy carb, very low alcohol

Overall very very good

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. Less than a 1 finger tan head. The head retention isn't the best, but for the ABV, about what's expected. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is has lots of vanilla in it. It also has a hint of lactose. A hint of maple in it. Decent aroma.
Taste - The lactose seems to be the main flavor that hangs in throughout the beer. The vanilla comes in up front. The cinnamon seems to be more of a backside flavor. There's also the maple that is more up front, but it also lasts.
Thick, creamy, and smooth. You really don't feel the alcohol at all.
Wow, what a stout. This is really a great beer to enjoy.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had pretty great experiences with the Hubbard's Cave stouts I've had the pleasure of trying, and my recent expedition to my local Craft Beer Cellar led me to not one, but two(!) new flavored stouts from this overlooked brewery. Reviews for this seem to make it out to be amazing, so I'm very excited to dig in.

The pour here is a disturbingly dark and heavy black that almost looks like pure, dense tar falling out of its can and into my glass. It even has a sludgy heft to it that backs up how immense it seems to be. A small yet retentive head of deep brown foam settles down to a quarter-finger with very little lace left behind. A very imposing stout pour, for sure... reminds me of some of the best Evil Twin stouts I've had, though with a slightly-less-terrifying head I suppose.

The nose... oh man, this just smells so fantastic. The maple syrup is right upfront with an almost buttery note that entirely avoids being "diacetyl" like somehow, followed by immense cinnamon, black coffee (definitely reminds me of being at a cheap diner, which is amazing and relevant to this beer), light sniffs of ethanol, cocoa, and vanilla. Maple and cinnamon are definitely the most prominent elements coming across here, however. It is hard to overstate just how much this nails what is stated on the can, honestly. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts with this phenomenally-realized beer.

On the tongue, this is tannic and woody... stiff and ethanol forward, but with an immense palate of maple and cinnamon crossed with yeasty biscuit and roasted malts. Very grainy, surprisingly, with an oat-laden mid palate that settles down to reveal some mellow black coffee (the kind you wait way too long to drink so it gets tepid, of course), light notes of dark fruit, and vanilla/lactose. Speaking of those last two things, I will say that this is a beer I'd consider on the "sweet" side at the end of the day, and, though the lactose and vanilla are good additions that I feel the beer would suffer from the lack of, they may make the gestalt a bit too "diabetes-inducing" for some drinkers. I probably would not recommend this to someone who doesn't like sweet stouts, for example, but as a flavor exercise and, especially as a drinkable beer for its weight, this is just phenomenal. I am blown away. Simply one of the best flavored stouts I've had in a while, maybe years. Insanely quality. You'll probably pay $10 for a 16 oz can of the newest batch of this, but you should buy two or even four and split them with your best friends. And eat a bunch of bacon while you do it. I promise you'll enjoy the experience.

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Photo of WalrusOfTime
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

French Toast is an Imperial Stout that's fermented with Cinnamon Maple Syrup, Vanilla, and Lactose. It's body is so thick, which I love in an imperial stout. I bet it gets this body from maple syrup, which definitely is a forward flavor of this beer. The aroma is fantastic, as whatever maple syrup and cinnamon, which is mesmerizing you for a taste. It's super heavy in it's maple syrup and cinnamon flavors, and it goes down smoothly with the vanilla and lactose added. At a whopping 12%, you wouldn't be able to tell until you stood up from drinking the whole thing. This beer is amazing. This beer is one of the best goddam things I've ever tasted. I love these people and I'm going to by a plane ticket someday to go out and tell them myself how much I appreciate what they do for beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - From the bottle, the stout poured black with a reddish tint and a dark brown head.

Smell - Cinnamon dominated the nose with a sense of toastiness.

Taste - The cinnamon really jumped out in this one. Maple was light maple and a toast-like quality for good measure. Many cinnamon beers go too far, but this was well balance.

Mouthfeel - As expected, outstanding thick and almost chewy body from Hubbard’s Cave.

Overall - This might be my favorite non-barrel aged cinnamon beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really good beer with awesome cinnamon and a ton of flavors going on, the only thing I would say is I would not be able to drink a whole can of this; it is very sweet. Split 2-3 ways it was the perfect amount.

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Photo of soze47
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

As advertised - maple, toast, and a nice back of diner somehow. The thing I can’t figure out is how it somehow has a bit of almost eggy body and savoriness. In a really excellent way. Just kind of gobsmacked by the mouthfeel of this beer and how well it carries a meal.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Winooski Beverage.
This was poured into a snifter.
The pour was a thick jet black color leading into the same color in appearance. Small cap of an off white foamy head slid off quaintly. Some speckled lace tried to string it's way around the glass.
The aroma was absolutely majestic! The way the maple syrup intertwines with cinnamon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and wafer is absolutely amazing! Some coffee notes, light vanilla, slight roast but very lean.
The flavor was decadently sweet with a subsiding roast and an even lighter dose of cinnamon. Mild aftertaste of maple syrup, cinnamon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla and a little bit of wafer.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied. It's richness defines a certain thickness but lets in just enough cinnamon to stifle any cloying possibilities. The finish takes the cinnamon harshness to play against the syrupy notes trying to come out.
Overall, well hell, if all of Hubbard's Cave beers are this good, I am hoping to see more of them out here.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Tan head. Black color. Full bodied. Sweet and syrupy. Cinnamon and maple show the most with a vanilla sweetness in the background. So many adjuncts. Kind of cloying. 6 oz was enough. Tasty, but sweet.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 2018-2, whatever that means. Purchased recently.

A: Jet black pour. Very tall and very dark head, which is very dense. Head retention is excellent as it settles in and sticks around forever. Very little lacing.

S: Big roasty stout at first, but then I get the cinnamon and maple syrup. Tons of vanilla too, almost overpowering once it's full warm.

T: Very sweet. Huge maple and vanilla up front. HUGE. Extremely sweet, cannot be overstated. Cinnamon shows up in the finish and aftertaste, with a roasty component joining it too.

M: Heavy and incredibly sweet with lower carbonation.

O: Good lord this is one sweet stout. Big sweet milk stout with tons of vanilla and maple syrup heaped on, make no mistake about it - it means business! Cinnamon provides much-needed contrast but not quite enough.

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Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having another style with similar adjuncts recently been thinking it was an overwhelming mess that was too busy. It may have been from a local brewery. This one is pretty good. Standard looking. Strong maple smell, followed by notes of cinnamon spiciness and vanilla sweetness on the nose. Taste is a good blend of sweet maple syrup and cinnamon spice. Feel is slightly syrupy and very boozy, mouth watering and rich. Lot of flavors, not over the top or messy, balanced and bold. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: complex, super sweet maple, spiced, dark toasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, lactose, with sticky mouth-feel. Big maple syrup aroma. Black, opaque, dark tan head lattice of lace. Full body. Intense, maple you could pour over pancakes. Boozy at end.

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Photo of Tombo94
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent unique beer. The taste was as close as you can get to a french toast to me, the maple was a little overbearing and this beer is one that should be enjoyed in small quantities at a time. I'd recommend a 6 oz pour.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery taproom. Pours an opaque dark brown with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is chocolate and roasted grain, maple syrup and cinnamon.
Taste is roasty and toasty. Chocolate, maple, cinnamon. Sweet. Virtually no booze.
Smooth and creamy.
Definitely a dessert beer.
Great stout.

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Photo of jpineda95
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently had the Coffee and Cakes which was an amazing beer on draft and out of the bottle. Went back to get more and this was being stocked. Grabbed a couple bottles of it and just opened one to share with a large group of friends. Everyone noted how insanely good the smell of this beer was. The cinnamon and maple come through and smells like you are at the breakfast table with a plate of this in front of you. Super heavy and creamy body which is exactly what I was wanting. Tastes exactly as would be expected but maybe a tiny bit heavy on the cinnamon. Only thing that would make this better would be a side of thick cut bacon. If you see this on a shelf, grab it.. or I will.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hubbar's Cave is so hit or miss for me, but this one is unquestionably a hit! The beer actually tastes like french toast. Not kind of, not similar ingredients, it is french toast in a bottle. Still plenty of booze and heavy malting, but the sweet vanilla, sugar and cinnamon cover it all up. Full bodied, so no gimmcks here.

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Photo of darktronica
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An imperial stout with maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and lactose. Hubbard's Cave has released some beers before (El Zacaton B1) with way too much cinnamon, by their own admission; this came out around the time of the toned-down Zacaton B2, but it is still pretty cinnamon forward compared to the other additives. However, the maple and lactose are both fairly prominent, giving a nice impression of the concept. If you're not particularly sensitive to cinnamon, this will hit the spot.

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French Toast from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 91 ratings