Beer For Breakfast Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #445
Ranked #14,636
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Nov 27, 2021
Nov 19, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: 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!
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Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

May 09, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. 2016 release.
Black colored body, with a thin brown back lit edge. Active surface with a thin tan colored head. A little bit of an oily sheen of lacing left behind.
Aroma still expresses coffee, along with smoked malt.
Taste is roasted, smoked malts, and joined in by a little coffee and sweet cream (lactose?). Maple flavor is distant and there is no Scrapple taste, other than a hint of smoked meat.
Thinner mouth feel. Good carbonation.
There is more coffee in the smell than in the taste but that could be affected by age. The smoke works quite well and could have been better with some chiles or cinnamon.
Dec 21, 2019
Rated: 4 by JonB25 from Delaware

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by beerjerk666 from Florida

May 27, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Way too charred and roasty in character.
May 04, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottled 11/15/16; drank 12/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark tan head; decent lace.

Burnt black coffee, sweet cream & smoky bacon notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Burnt black coffee & sweet cream flavors up front; bacon & sweet maple syrup notes on the finish.

The burnt coffee notes mar this, plus it's way too sweet; I'm the target market for this beer but I don't like it.
Feb 18, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by JDizzle from Indiana

Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
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Rated by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Common, this is awsome
Jan 13, 2019
Rated: 3.04 by bafcats from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by spiejak from Michigan

Nov 03, 2018
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a half-finger of tan head with good retention.

S: Coffee - dark and fresh brewed. Smoky and savory, with some char and just touches of Band-Aid. Dark roasted malts, light vanilla. I’m missing the promised maple syrup. Mild chocolate notes to the roasted malts, and some of spiced tobacco, anise, cola. Not particularly inspired here.

T: Coffee and smoke and Band-Aid. Roasted malts and chocolate dipped bacon. Still some notes of ginger, anise, and maybe other spices I can’t quite place. Still no maple flavor. Smoke never becomes acrid but remains kinda Band-aidy throughout the drink. Touches of cola or Dr. Pepper flavor. Coffee and the savoriness in the hang.

M: The body is thinner than expected, though not watery. Carbonation sensation very much on the low side. The alcohol is warming but not obnoxious.

O: I thought this was really a let down. I was prepared for perhaps a poor-man’s MBCP, but this isn’t even close. Too smoky, no maple syrup, and whatever spices they chose to dump into this just don’t work for me. And this is from someone who is familiar with and enjoys (the occasional) scrapple breakfast. Really not very appealing, though not quite a drainpour or anything.
Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 4 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Aug 23, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.
Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by Satsuma from Florida

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Shanksthedope from Delaware

4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
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.
Jun 25, 2018
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.
Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.77 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 1.66 by chiefz1 from New York

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 3.41 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Jan 04, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by tnelson1 from Michigan

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 13, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by opierce from New Jersey

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 3.26 by Bajdog from Maryland

Nov 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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
Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Coltron23 from Connecticut

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by SLewis from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Nov 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.
Nov 05, 2017
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Rated by avery9997 from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Oct 26, 2017
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Rated by Ochs0314 from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
only a slight aftertaste of canned meat. Love it.
Oct 11, 2017
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