9.8% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Opaque dark brown, almost black, with a minimal tan head.
Aroma: Roasted coffee with slight chocolate notes.
Taste: Roasty, coffee and bitter dark chocolate; hints of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied; slightly slick and creamy.
Bad Bear Brewing may be a small one-barrel brewery located inside Sleeping Bear Winery, but it’s been making an outsized splash with some of its experiments. Polish Breakfast Stout has all of the coffee and dark chocolate flavors common to the style, but with an added je ne sais quoi (or whatever the Polish equivalent is) from the Michigan oak barrels it aged in — barrels which formerly held spiced Polish honey wine. After only four months of aging, the beer tasted “hot” from the high ABV; longer aging could help it mellow out, perhaps in time to enjoy on a cold night this coming winter or next.