Coffee Brews 

Beer for breakfast? It may seem a bit odd today, but in colonial America it was quite common to have beer or cider with the morning meal. This week's lineup has another element to recommend it for breakfast: All three contain coffee. However, since they all weigh in around 8 percent alcohol, they may not be the best choice for the start of your day.

Boise Brewing Bike Route Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout, $2.29—$2.69

A collaborative effort between Boise Brewing and Co-op Beer Guru Derek Bolton, this keeps things local by using Dawson Taylor's Dream Ride coffee blend. Light barely penetrates this dark brew topped with an impressive mocha froth. The nose is subtle but lovely, mixing chocolate nibs with dark-roast coffee. Lightly bitter cocoa backs the sweet malt and rich espresso flavors. Score one for the home team.

Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout, $2.59—$2.99

This double-chocolate, coffee and oatmeal stout pours a dense ebony with a dark tan head. The nose is a lightly sweet, cream-laced cappuccino. It's silky smooth on the palate with dark chocolate and coffee that's a bit boozy and sweet, but with a nice touch of balancing bitterness on the finish. This is highly rated for good reason.

Rogue Cold Brew IPA, $1.99—$2.39

The odd man out, a three-finger head tops this dark amber ale. It opens with heady, pine-laced hop aromas and a nice hit of fresh-roasted coffee beans. This is well balanced, showing more restraint than most IPAs. You get alternating layers of malt, coffee, citrusy hops, light chocolate, herbs and earth. Not for hop heads, but if stout is not your thing, definitely give this one a try.

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