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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
749
Reviews:
180
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
168
For Trade:
3
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Photo of JulieMb
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nodder
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TBonez477
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tiltedglass
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I suppose everyone gets (and gives) points for being adventurous. And fearless. But this is both drinkable and god-awful. Really, what were they thinking? Is every ingredient a good idea for tossing in the vat? Scrapple, which I've had more than once, is an acquired taste at best (unless you grew up with it). But I won't blame scrapple for all the foul disorder of this mess of a beer. It has an acrid weird after taste that kicks in after the very first fairly pleasant (two second) mouth feel. (The aroma, if you give it the time, is a bit funky, too.)
I'm not one for flavored beers period, but I thought this was a stout (with its own flavor) that would have a scrapple edge (whatever that might be in liquid form). But the scrapple is too forward (being a kind of rancid fatty stuff that you fry to hell and hope there is Guinness to chase it with). And the stout notes and richness are definitely held at bay.
Try one, if you can, but it's a rough go. Sorry to all those who loved it.

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Photo of JoeLev
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmryan21
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MyLastNameIsStout
1.65/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

I have always enjoyed beers from them but this one just made me nauseous. Anyone who has chewed grizzly wintergreen will know, this tastes like drinking dip spit.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown in color with a thick head that slowly fell.

Smell: roasted tones with some coffee.

Taste: roasted malt, chickory coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of maple syrup. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a very enjoyable stout that is slower sipping but satisfying.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Pours dark as hell. Pretty much black. Light brown head.
S - Immediate notes of smoked maple wood. Minor notes of charcoal.
T - Smoke/maple/ ham/coffee
F - Pretty smooth for stout, low carbonation.
O - Pleasantly surprised, One of the breakfast stouts we've tried. Good beer for a Father's Day Brunch.

Average Joe Approved

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imperialking
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leiermann
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a frothy milk chocolate head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a bit smokey, strong spice notes, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy, and a little dark sugar.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, earthy spice notes really jump out, allspice, maybe a hint of ginger, dark sugar, molasses, maple, a touch of smoke, and closes with a little lactose sweetness.

M: On the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation keeps it very drinkable, faint warmth as it goes down.

O: Totally forgot I ever had a bottle of this. Really happy to crack it open and see how nicely it has aged.
*Part of this balanced breakfast.*

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Photo of baldy00
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isarnan
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a good black pour. Slim finger’s worth of white to off white almost tan colored head that dissipated at a decent pace. Sly lacing running all about. The aroma leans a roasty espresso sweet coffee bean. Some maple and a light smoke come through. Subtle ash and some black licorice come through. Light woodiness, chicory - somewhat. The flavor leans to the roasty sweet side of the coffee bean and with some warming brings in the woodiness and then some light vanilla with the black licorice. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good as an imperial stout - mildly low. Overall, really nice imperial stout all around and would love to have again.

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

Photo of dms1767
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer For Breakfast Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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