Blackbeard's Breakfast
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #67
Ranked #2,901
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Blackbeard's BreakfastBlackbeard's Breakfast
Notes: A barrel-aged Imperial Coffee Porter.

Blackbeard's Breakfast is a robust porter with a new world twist. Aged in bourbon barrels and brewed with local Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company's Dark Sumatra coffee, this porter is flavorful and complex. Featuring unique English malts, this brew will have strong notes of caramel and a slight nut character. Paired with bourbon notes and the sumptuous Sumatran Coffee, Blackbeard's Breakfast will please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike. The limited draft only version is finished with house made caramel and salt to create an even more complex and tantalizing flavor.
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4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This doesn't carry a lot of that 'barrel-aged' flavor- good thing. What it does have is a better coffee taste. Now oddly as it make seem, I don't drink coffee but love coffee stouts. And I think I will try that Dark Sumatra if I ever do! Nice creamy feel, which is big for me. First beer at 10% or more I've had that didn't taste like a boilermaker at some level. Loving it!

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cwm51662 from Indiana, May 24, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the sneaky ones...

There's nothing like taking in a barrel-aged brew (whatever the spirit) and not being overpowered by the spirit's scent or taste - this is that kind of beer. Barrel-aged, but you can't really tell from the smell, and just enough to note from the taste - but oh boy, you could certainly *feel* it. Great dark looking beer, strong scents of malt and coffee, and that sweet Cuban espresso flavor I so do love (and takes me back to my younger days.) Anyway, this was a sweet surprise on so many fronts.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Pours an extremely dark brown - opaque black in the glass - with almost no head. Initial impression is subdued (key word here) coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel and burnt malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, and there is actually some carbonation. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Finish is clean with a lingering salty coffee taste. Enjoyable but not memorable.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Apr 21, 2020
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3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 13.00 (Including tax)/4-pack 12 oz bottles ($ 0.271/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Purchased 3/31/20. Reviewed 4/7/20.
Stamped 18255 on rear label which may translate to Sep 11, 2018 as a bottled-on date. On room temperature shelf at distributor. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 52 degrees.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Deep brown (SRM 30), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan, medium density, fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a one mm crown and a thin wispy partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Extremely faint coffee, no malt, no hops, no yeast, no bourbon, no barrel.
Flavor – 3 – Distinct coffee flavor, moderately bitter. no malt, no hops, no yeast, no bourbon, no barrel. No alcohol (10 % ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. However, a medium alcohol warming is noted. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 3. At a year and a half old, the coffee has come to dominate while the bourbon and barrel are both gone. 10% ABV is close to the border for no lacing so that wasn’t unexpected, but the fizziness and short duration of the head was. Basically, this brew was a very average shot at a higher-alcohol porter that turned out to be an average porter with higher alcohol content.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is black, solid, head is light brown and presents at least 1 inch thick with medium and small bubbles, limited lacing, head dissipates to a ring on the glass sides.

Aroma is coffee, medium roast, lighter roasted malt, maybe some vanilla, no whiskey or oak.

Taste follows with coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, a bit more barrel like character with some vanilla, very light oak, limited alcohol. Coffee character seems to overtake porter character and the barrel aging flavor seems limited.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, light sweetness, some drying.

Overall a beer that seems a bit subdued, not bad, just hard to believe its 10% abv and barrel aged - those charactertics are limited in presentation, but the beer is good overall.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Feb 27, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a finger of light brown head that soon faded away to a hint of lacing. Smells of roasty malt and coffee, pleasant and not too strong. Taste is a bit of malt first followed by a pretty strong coffee flavor. A little bit boozy, but not much of a bourbon flavor at all. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A pretty good coffee porter if that's what you're looking for.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Feb 16, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got a late start on this past Sunday's NBS (Week 774) & I did not finish up my DelMarVa (+ DC) adventure as planned. 8=( Further, I have promised that next week's NBS (Week 775) will be dedicated to the wonderful beers sent to me by @jkblr who seems to have a real handle on my drinking habits. CANsparency is key in these things! As a result, I am going to CANcentrate over the next few days on eradicating everything that would have CANbined to form the finale of the DelMarVa (+ DC) adventure. Sit down, strap in & hang on. It's gonna be a wild ride!

Speaking of wild, I am now shifting over to a couple of bottles!

From the Bottle: "Uncharted Waters"; "Rich porter flavors are enhanced by roasted coffee notes and roaunded out by bourbon barrel aging, creating a brew of bewitching character."; "Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Brewed with Coffee"; "Uncharted Waters explores the unique changes that happen to beer when exposed to wood. Each Beer showcases a robust style, carefully matched with a wood treatment to produce a range of complex flavors. Vintage dating encourages further exploration of the aging process. As much about the voyage as the destination, we hope you enjoy these beers in the spirit in which they were brewed."; "Fearless. Bold. Independent."

I had my Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) snifter at the ready & as soon as I Pop!ped the cap, I was ready to go. I went with a slow, steady C-Line pour that created just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with very limited retention, quickly falling to a mere skim on the surface. The roasty, smoky chocolatiness of the nose was given a boozy coconuttiness from the barrel aging & I knew that I was in for a good time! Color was stygian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Mouthfeel was big, full & thick, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The booziness of the bourbon-barrel aging combined with the bitterness of the coffee to produce something that I might have for breakfast. Phew. Coffee roastiness & bourbon with a smokiness plus chocolate added up to the kind of Porter that really floats my boat. Finish was dry, very roasty & quite warming. I'll have to see if the 2019 version is available. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Dec 25, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate colored fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly, low retention, very light lacing but good legs, inky dark black colored beer

Nose super dark roasty malt, charred dark coffee, dark cocoa, baking spices and anise spice, fudgey burnt chocolate and some caramel, vanilla barrel notes and faint whiskey

Taste very dark rich roasty malt, roasted barley and dark chocolate cocoa, coffee notes, mild baking spices and hint of anise, light warming alcohol and flavor, light vanilla barrel and hint of whiskey, mild dark fruits in the background, coffee is very mild but brings some spicy acidity, medium to lighter bitterness, lingering light alcohol bitter roast

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lower carb, little fudgey, light warming alcohol

Overall not bad, not a ton of barrel and base was a ok but not great

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Sep 27, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The coffee notes are robust and satisfying. The underlying porter comes across as a bland nutty roasty-ness. The barrel character is mild, adding faint, woody booze. Pretty darn good overall.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, May 05, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, fizzy, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a band around the shoulders. Nose expresses roast, cocoa and a hint of vanilla and/or lactose. Taste consistent with nose. Mouthfeel is mild-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, pleasant; however, some of the flavors come off a little artificial.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Apr 15, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on draft, 10 oz glass

black in color, thin tan colored head. pleasant aroma of roasty coffee and dark chocolate. The bourbon component is mild. coffee dominates the taste. medium bodied.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Mar 24, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 18255 (185 days ago) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours dense black with no light penetration and raises a meager one inch head of rusty brown after a vigorous pour. The head recedes to a single layer of fine bubbles and a thin ring. Very little lacing. The aroma is strong coffee and roast malt. There is a slight alcohol aroma as the beer warms, but it's not unpleasant. The taste is weaker coffee up front with some oak, vanilla and bourbon coming through in the mildly roasted middle and finish. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish.
The barrel and roast malt is used for balance and does a good job. Overall, good to average. I bought this warm off the new beer shelf at my weekly stop not realizing it was 6 months old. It could be outstanding fresh, but I can't tell from this bottle. I would definitely purchase again if I found a fresher bottle.

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jkblr from Indiana, Mar 16, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a taster of this. It poured black and formed some caramel colored bubbles to complete the crown. It had a very prominent roast in the nose and taste. Roasty layers after roasty layers. Coffee. But that’s honestly about it and where it stopped. It didn’t have any barrel character or even a warmness to it that I would’ve liked out of something like this. Solid brew, but unimpressive. I would be curious to see how long this was barrel aged and I think I would’ve rated it higher if not marketed as such.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this before, including at the Heavy Seas pub/brewery a couple of blocks up from the Inner Harbor here in Baltimore. This time it was a...

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap. Nice combination of coffee & bourbon barrel-aged porter.

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DanO1066 from Maryland, Mar 01, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 2//20

A-Pours a dark color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight Bourbon and coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with slight Bourbon and coffee flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice Bourbon aged Porter

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VABA from Virginia, Dec 30, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch, opaque black with a large tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves minimal lacing behind.
S - Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate - however I feel like the smell could be a little stronger.
T - Follows the nose with roasted malt and chocolate up front followed by bitter coffee intermixed with some notes of vanilla. Slight notes of bourbon throughout.
F - Full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy, thick.
O - A pretty good bourbon barrel aged porter that's enjoyable and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is coffee forward even with over a year on it. I get dark chocolate and some vanilla from the bourbon.

The taste is dark chocolate up front. Bourbon and coffee flavors come through the middle. Black coffee is in the finish leaving a lingering black coffee aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with velvety smooth mouthfeel

This is an excellent beer with the age on it. I found this shelf turding at a local dump. I need to find a fresh specimen because this beer is good. Fresh has to be great. And for the price? Fantastic.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice, smooth, easy sipping imperial porter. Nice dark oily black color, a little tan head and lingering lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee, milk chocolate and a little vanilla. Tastes similarly, along with caramel, cream, wood, bourbon and malt. Very nice, smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. The high ABV doesn’t dominate as much as you would expect.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Oct 05, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a one finger creamy tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - A pretty decent easy drinking BBA stout.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Sep 07, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured black with a two finger chocolate malt head that dissipated to a thin film. Nose of slightly burnt coffee, malt, vanilla, and slight bourbon. Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate and an oak bitterness on the tail. Moderate feel with a slight oiliness. Light carbonation. The booze creeps up fast.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Aug 21, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon barrel aged porter with coffee. Poured from a bottle into a MadTree tulip. The pour is very dark, nearly black, and sports about a finger of rather dark tan head with average retention. The nose is very roasty with lots of espresso and roasted malt, but there are also some rich notes of toasted oak and vanilla.

Medium full body with a firm feel and a rich and balanced flavor. Up front I get some molasses, fresh bread, and toffee, then lots of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of toasted oak and bourbon creep in. Near the finish, I get some sarsaparilla, which lingers a bit. Nothing objectionable, but the feel is a little thin for such a heavy beer. Also, it doesn't have the deep roastiness and subtle creaminess that a good porter has. It tastes like a stout or strong ale and not a porter. It kind of reminds me of Dragon's Milk with a slightly thinner feel. That said, I may pick up some more of this and spend some extra time with it. I kind of like it.

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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a small creamy brown head. Medium retention. A thin film always remains, leaving spotty lacing.

S: Mild bourbon, toasted oak, toasted coconut, caramel, acrid black coffee, burnt raisin, black licorice.

T: Bitter chocolate, some bourbon, toasted oak, toasted coconut, black coffee. Some hints of black licorice, prune, and raisin. Mild caramel and vanilla bourbon sweetness, with a pungent bitter finish of coffee grounds and even black pepper. Lingering remains of oak tannins.

F: Medium, fairly well carbonated. Creamy and smooth.

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3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with a dark tan head; A rich bouquet with a hint of alcohol and sweetness; Very rich, smooth mouthfeel, just a little tangy from the alcohol, carbonation is light to moderate; Taste is influenced by the nose, chocolate sweetness, alcohol, just a hint of the bourbon, the coffee is almost hidden; A very interesting beer - one to say, "Here, taste this." but not something I would drink frequently.

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spectru from Florida, Jun 13, 2018
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2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

2018 bottling

Pours an opaque dark brown-black with a short-lived tan head

Aroma of coffee strikes first, but is heavily subdued by a blanket of alcohol and a slight smattering of dark chocolate.

Taste is a further extension of the nose, only with a bit more of the barrel to stunt the flavor; some faint vanilla is introduced, though, but not enough to significantly effect the overall flavor.

Feels relatively thin, but at times had a pleasant sticky character.

Just too disjointed all around. There are some solid base elements in this one, but they're just not showing under all the booziness.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jun 06, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "18077"

Appearance: The body is black under a short light brown head. It has a nice chocolate milk colored head that has good retention for the ABV (10% ALC/VOL as indicated by the label). It leaves a short tan ring in the glass.

Aroma: There is a nice espresso aroma to the beer with a bit of green pepper.

Taste: Up front there is a coffee flavor quickly followed by an earthy chocolate taste. There is a nice roasted flavor with a hint of carbon. The aftertaste has a bit of mint and carbon. Some alcohol comes through at various points while drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel: It is nice and smooth with a bit of a thin but sticky finish.

Overall: It wasn't until after drinking the beer for a while that I had to double check that I was even reviewing the right beer. The title didn't say anything about bourbon or barrels but in a scrawl on the front label it says "Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Brewed with Coffee." It certainly tastes like a coffee porter but it lacks the bourbon and barrel flavor. Maybe it is hidden behind the strong coffee flavor? In any event the beer is very tasty and I would both drink it again and recommend it if you aren't concerned with the lack of bourbon.

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teromous from Virginia, May 28, 2018
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