Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout

Massachusetts
United States
Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout Lefty's Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Lefty’s Big Brekkie packs in a quintet of delicious ingredients woven together to amuse the taste buds.  Locally roasted coffee and local maple syrup add the necessary touch of a traditional New England breakfast.  We include flaked oats for extra creaminess and cocoa nibs for a natural, chocolaty sweetness that lures you in from the aroma to the end of your pint.  We had to top it off with bacon, our favorite food, for the ultimate breakfast brew. 

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
36
Served at: 
50 - 55˚ F
Hops: 
Willamette
Malts: 
Two-Row, Crystal 60, Cherrywood-smoked, Beechwood-smoked, Pale Chocolate, Dextrine, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is a specialty beer for sure! There is a lot going on here: coffee, oatmeal, maple syrup, bacon... all we're missing is the pancakes! The beer pours a very dark brown (nearly black) beer with garnet highlights, a dense cream-colored head that didn’t last all that long, with overall good clarity for a stout. The aroma is very interesting, I do get some hints of straight black coffee and smoky bacon – very interesting. I get a hint of caramel-like malt aroma and that’s about it. Still, very interesting and the smokiness of the bacon is not at all overplayed and meshes well with the coffee. In the flavor, I get a lot of roasty black malt, some coffee and a little bit of underlying sweetness, which balances the dry bitterness of the coffee and roasted malts. I don’t get a lot of creaminess, which I would expect from an oatmeal stout, and I am missing some of the maple initially, but as the beer warmed, I did get some maple highlights in the finish. The bitterness is almost too high, but it is smoothed out and accentuated by the coffee and roasted grains. The beer is medium to full-bodied and fairly smooth and creamy. I also detect a little alcohol warmth in there as well. Overall, this is an interesting specialty beer and one you shouldn’t fear, even if it does contain bacon. While I found the bacon attribute to be more smoky than savory, this was a definitely a fun beer to drink.