Beer For Breakfast Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 years ago when Sam was first cooking up ideas for brews (literally) for his soon to be brewpub, one of the first concoctions tested and implemented was Chicory Stout, a breakfast-themed beer with Mexican Coffee, Chicory, and Licorice root. 20 years later, we’ve brewed a supped up mac-daddy version of this OG Dogfish brew to commemorate the anniversary of Chicory, aptly named Beer for Breakfast. We took the original Chicory recipe, doubled the grain bill to hit 10% ABV, and tricked it out with all other sorts of delicious Breakfast-minded ingredients including lactose sugar (the sugar that lends Milk Stouts their character); barley malt smoked over local Fifer Orchards wood; maple syrup harvested from trees at Northfield Mount Hermon, the Western Massachusetts school where Sam and wife Mariah met; Steve’s Smokey Double Dark roast coffee from J & S Bean Factory in St. Paul Minnesota (a special nod to one of Sam’s favorite bands – The Replacements, who hail from Minnesota and wrote one of Sam’s most beloved songs: Beer for Breakfast); and for the quintessential Delaware breakfast touch – 25 pounds of Rapa Scrapple, which was added to the mash. Huge notes of coffee in the nose give way to sweet, smokey, and savory layers in the flavor which overlap bittersweet chocolate, roasty espresso, and malty undertones. We don’t have much of this one, so come and get it while it lasts!

Added by gillagorilla on 11-19-2014

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#6,769
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
776
pDev:
10.15%
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Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well. Now that I’ve read the label on this 12 oz. bottle & used my Google power, I know what scrapple is. And now I want to try it.

The pour is stout black – no, not that stout - & smells like, uh, breakfast. Bit of umami (is there a more pretentious reviewing word?), salt, roast. Not sure where this is going.

Beer for Breakfast – a noble phrase. Perhaps I should have saved this to sit next to my famous Belgian waffles tomorrow morning. Other than the fine name, this is pretty routine. Big malts running throughout, slight smokiness, sweetness that might be maple syrup if I squint hard enough. Handed half of this to my wife & a six ounce pour will do just fine.

Despite the fine list of ingredients, this is pretty mundane. Pretty good brew.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satsuma
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanksthedope
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, the mouthfeel and aftertaste make this beer. It is thick, full, and and full of flavor. The scrapple ingredient is interesting, as a fan of scarapple, but it is not noticeable. I wish this was available all the time.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Smells of coffee, which nominates the nose. Tastes of coffee, very little sweet, little bit bitter. Beer is medium bodied, goes down smooth, but not dangerously so, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of LeftyMike
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chiefz1
1.66/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tnelson1
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This example was cellared having been purchased in 2016.

Pours a clear brown so deep it looks black until held to the light where burgundy tones & garnet highlights appear. The pour produces a single finger of mocha, rapidly diminishing, frothy head that recedes to a thin surface cap & minimal collar leaving behind no lace on the sides of the glass. Scrapple??? What's next chitterlings? Aroma is dark milk chocolate with roast coffee, nuts, molasses & dark fruit in the background. The maple is hard to pick up & I can't pick out the licorice root. There is a chili pepper hint which is strange since chilis are not a part of this brew according to my reading. Maybe it comes from the scrapple. Taste is roast & burnt notes of bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffee, cola caramel, burnt maple, nuts & smoke. Only a hint of licorice root. There are spice hints in this I can't define, again perhaps it is the scrapple. Finishes very smooth. Aftertaste is a flat, dry, smokey, lightly bitter, chocolate, spice & roast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, tongue embracing, mouth coating, smooth & thinly creamy. I'm not sure I know how to differentiate chicory from the other aromas & flavors but undoubtedly it is there. I don't know that I would buy this again but it is different... Something (being different) we've come to expect from Dogfish Head. 4 stars for a welcome diversion.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of opierce
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bajdog
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black opaque with quick dropping tan head and fine bead
Smell is roasted with cocoa and strong coffee aroma with subtle stone fruit and smoke
Feel and taste have a rich and smooth full malt character with raising and coffee flavors melding with dark malt bitterness is mild yet sweetness is balancing with a mostly dry finish
Tastes of nutty toasted malt and coffee are dominant yet slight smokiness is apparent in the finish
Overall not exactly a meal in a glass but flavors are well integrated with plenty of coffee and very drinkable rich stout qualities

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Photo of Coltron23
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLewis
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 bottle. Pours black with an inch of foam. Big roasted malt, milky, anise, light coffee nose. Roasted malt and coffee taste, hickory (yes), milky, pretty light bodied, thin at times. I reckon that milkiness detracts; I drink my coffee black.

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Photo of avery9997
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep color, with hints of chocolate and a strong flavor of coffee. Great dark beer than is easy to enjoy

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ochs0314
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

only a slight aftertaste of canned meat. Love it.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Strix
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a brown head

Smoky and coffee notes in the nose

Deep rich coffee, roasted and smoky notes, maybe a hint of maple

Medium smooth mouthfeel

Nice rich coffee stout, I enjoyed it.

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Beer For Breakfast Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 776 ratings