Beer For Breakfast Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Beer For Breakfast StoutBeer For Breakfast Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #363
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,298
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.08%
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
792
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Delaware, United States
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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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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.9/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Shanksthedope
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
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 +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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 Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Strix
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of tiltedglass
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
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 MyLastNameIsStout
1.65/5  rDev -58.4%
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 +3.8%
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 AverageJoeReviewers
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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 RyanK252
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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 michiganmatt
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Very dark brown in color, with moderately dark tan head.

S: Mainly coffee

T: Coffee, with a lot of smoky malt aspects as well. A bit of milk sweetness along with strong cinnamon hints as well.

F: Medium body, medium-light carbonation.

O: DFH is one of my favorite breweries, and they consistently seem to make good beer. This stout was okay, but not 'great.'

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Thin dark brown to black body but somewhat of a thick tan heading rising maybe a nudge or so below a finger's length.

Smell: Deep coffee and light chocolate.

Taste: Sweet coffee and brown sugar. Lights light bitterness which makes it pretty easy to drink. Definitely hybrid cross between American Stout and milk stout.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but full bodied. Semi stickiness.

Overall: Good brew and nice pick up. Didn't have it for breakfast but definitely for dessert. Salud!

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Photo of mjwellman
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black like coffee with a one finger creamy brown head. Strong coffee chicory aroma. The taste is coffee but quickly becomes bitter. There is a subtle sweetness to it but is overwhelmed by the bitterness. High carbonation with bitterness makes me feel like I'm drinking a bad cup of coffee

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Photo of stoffystouts
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times now and I think its an underrated beer.

Love the chocolate smell.

Doesn't have that burnt/bitter finish that a lot of breakfast stouts have...Founders and Sand City come to mind. I get it though...some people like that.

When I'm not in the mood for an imperial this is a top choice. Home run for me but doesn't look like they'll be releasing any new in 2017, bummer

Btw Is this really considered a milk stout? does there need to be a "breakfast stout" category added... don't even go there

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Photo of MaximalC
2.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours seal brown with a finger's worth of light brown foam. Sweet aroma smells of caramel, peanut brittle, and dates.

The taste features a peculiar, spicy kick up front--something between allspice and chili pepper. It's the predominant flavor and distracts me from the rest of the flavor profile. If you concentrate, you can tease out roasted malt, maple syrup, coffee, and molasses. Hops are earthy/spicy and tough to distinguish from the more overt spicing. Warming elicits notes of soy sauce and campfire. Medium-heavy body and perky carbonation make for a surprisingly (and perhaps necessarily) crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one of the odder tasting beers I've come across. The presentation and mouthfeel are fine and dandy, but the taste comes across as a sweet and spicy hodgepodge that I would never have thought to seek or construct--a concept beer at best.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 edition poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown, almost black with a two-finger tan head that lingers
S: Tons of coffee, spice, a hint of smoke
T: Coffee up front again, a nice spicy midpalate then a hint of maple on the finish
M: Medium-bodied overall but a touch thin for a stout with 7.4%
O: Overall a decent stout, I appreciate that breakfast ingredients are all thrown in the kettle but I prefer my coffee stouts to feature the fine roasters that have popped up across the country and featuring their product, not just burying it in the mix

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet-black color with a small creamy head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, smoke, maple and caramel. This beer is equal parts sweet and smoky with hints of coffee.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues, the next brewery's horizontal to be conducted is that of DFH.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with scrapple, spices, coffee & maple syrup with coffee added"; "A stout tricked out with all sorts of breakfast ingredients. Huge notes of coffee in the nose give way to sweet, smoky and savory layers in the flavor."; "Dogfish Seasonal Art Series 8th Annual Ltd. Edition 2016 Drew Millward".

I am coming to embrace the idea of Pop!ping the cap & proceeding with a gentle pour, rather than an aggro one. Less chance of a mess + it gives me the opportunity to conduct an in-glass swirl. In this case, I got just under two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-brown head with good retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was rich with coffee, smoke and a spice which was just on the periphery of my memory. Hotter than cinnamon, but not as intense as curry. My tongue began to tingle in remembrance of it. Mouthfeel was medium, but I found myself wishing that it had been a bit more viscous. The thing that I really liked about the taste was its sweetness, since it is identified as a Sweet Stout. It had a light smokiness and the niggling spiciness, but most of all, it had a pleasant, not cloying, sweetness. I detest sweetness for sweetness' sake & that would have put me right off. What is that spiciness, though?!? It is going to drive me nuts, as though I were not certifiable already. The finish is what will really mark me as crazy. I am going to characterize a Sweet Stout as "dry", simply because the spices really lingered on the extreme finish & I could think of nothing else.

A final note for the uninitiated: I dedicate this review to my late PapPap Kirsch, my maternal grandfather, who turned me onto scrapple at a very early age. The impetus for using a pig on the label is that it, along with finely-ground corn meal, is the basis of scrapple. The current nose-to-tail movement is not new to us Pennsylvanians. Once piggy has been rendered for all of the really nice, tasty bits, the remains are then thrown into an agitating boil, bones & all, to be gelatinized. This raw gelatin is then mixed with corn meal and formed into blocks, which are then sliced & fried and (usually) served with butter & maple syrup or a combination thereof. It is off-putting for some (many?), but I still have it occasionally. If you are ever at a whole pig roast, do try to eat some snout & brains, the latter on crackers, Tail is okay, but snout & brains are waste not, want not for many of us.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with brown foam. Aroma has intense malt notes, slightly smoked with some spice notes like nutmeg and light cinnamon. Taste is sweet at first, malty with a hint of sugar, quite roasty on the finish with a light to medium bitterness. Medium to light body, medium to low carbonation. Overall it's a decent, easy drinking stout.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 792 ratings