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Review by seaoflament on 10/24/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 15 3 6 2008
Thanks to Jay23 for this extra. 2008 edition.

Great looking beer, as always has been my experience with Breakfast Stout. Pitch black color with more than an inch of foam with some lacing and very good retention.

A blast of coffee and chocolate at first but once I finished pouring, the smell coming from the glass was a little underwhelming. The coffee aroma doesn’t seem as bold and robust, or even fresh as it has in the past. More chocolate and roasted malts with hints of vanilla and sugar cookies. Some whiffs of alcohol too. Has a somewhat acidic coffee aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma and also not as great as I remembered, or at least not as good as the 07 and 06 release. Faint chocolate, coffee, roasted barley flavors. Baker’s chocolate in the finish. Roasted bitterness in the aftertaste as well as some cocoa powder.

Feels a tad thin and watery but good overall. A little better when it warms up, but not much. It might actually be the flavors that seem thin, and not the mouthfeel.

Quite easy to drink but I’m in no need of a spoon this year and that kind of sucks.

Served In: Pint Glass