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Stupid Stout - Coronado Brewing Company

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 229
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 28.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Nugganooch on 10-21-2011

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 229
Photo of maximum12
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this bottle with a great name. When my daughter asked what we were drinking I said “Stupid Stout” & she said “Why, does it suck?” Out of the mouths of babes. 22 oz. screen-printed bottle split with my wife.

The pour is appropriately dark-sider & would look good as a Depeche Mode album cover. Very low carbonation to the eye. Nose is full & rich, great roast twined around a vine of chocolate. I like the preview.

Stupid Stout should be re-packaged as Raisin Stout. First sip has a solid core of Raisin Bran Crunch without the bran & crunch. Liquefied raisins ambush the senses, slaughtering the roast & chocolate that can barely be groped underneath. Bit of licorice comes through. Half a bomber is more than I could readily stomach, but man up, max12! This gotta go down.

Weird & not very appealing, too much raisin & not enough of that beautiful nose comes through in the taste. I heard it through the grapevine that this is a mediocre beer. Shrug.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Slightly fruity. Caramel and some dark fruits. Maybe some cherry.

Taste - Fruity. Licorice and cherry. Coffee roasted malts. Nutty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Too fruity for my tastes.

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Photo of DesertRat
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cost: $8.99 for bomber

A: Good black color. WAY TOO CARBONATED. Not greasy, and definitely not viscous as described on the bottle.

S: Mild roasted malts. Can feel the carbonation when sniffing.

T: Mild roasted smell translates to taste. Still distracted by high carbonation on the tongue. Short bitterness in the middle. Finished chocolatey and bubbley.

M: Carbonation overwhelming. Thin body not true to an imperial stout. Which may be why it's not explicitly advertised as one. Very average.

O: Average. No other way to describe this beer. $9 for a bomber is disrespectful based on this amateur effort. Looks like another brewery making an average beer and cashing in. Well, I feel like I got hustled by a high pricepoint and a reasonable reputation from California's beer capitol.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at churchill pub. Big roasted aroma and taste, coffee and chocolate. Balanced but just fair for the style. Black bodied, a small amount of head. Medium mouthfeel, Expect bigger bodied for the style. not that complex or tasty. Drinkable is alright. A tad boozy.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Black and velvety with a handsome thin beige head in the Saxo tall tulip. Carbonation is creamy and mouth-filling. The deep and dark roast malt flavors are the main event. Warm and sweet, but shading into a hoppy, bitter finish.

Abundantly flavorful. A touch of butter and cocoa. Burnt sugar is plentiful with a hint of sweet Vermouth. Blackened malt takes the flab off the sweetness with some sourish hints. Quite sturdy and sippable. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Market on W. Point Loma.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a small, beige head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes, almost like burnt coffee.

Tastes of the the deep roasted notes. Espresso and bitter chocolate notes abound with some molasses sweetness to it. An oat nuttiness comes through before leading into a bit of dark cherries. An earthy bitterness is present throughout with a touch of fruity hops coming in. A bit of booze comes on the backend, along with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, but the inclusion of fruity hops has me scratching my head. They get lost in the mix and it feels like they are wasted here.

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Photo of Pencible
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like cocoa powder and roasted coffee, with some cream and a bit of licorice.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and licorice, with some sweet and dry cocoa powder. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice imperial stout, with basic but good scent and taste. The body was fitting, and the finish was fairly smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Would probably age well. Fresh is enjoyable but forgettable.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Coronado Brewing. Brewed to age in brandy barrels. 

A: Black with a finger of dark brown froth.

S: Roasted grains blend with dark chocolate and light nutty notes. Black licorice meets molasses. Alcohol is not shy. This is pretty hoppy, with traces of pine and grapefruit.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with big roasted malt notes. I get molasses and a little licorice, as well as alcohol and chocolate. The finish is bitter and boozy, it's a bit too aggressive.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

Overall: A solid aggressive imperial stout. This could be quite good in barrels.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brief write-up. A standard issue imperial stout, it makes up for that by showing off the notes I like (roast, chocolate, coffee) in a controlled fashion. I enjoy the gently hoppy finish as well. A complaint: it's too thin. The slender body clashes with the slickness left on the palate, but it remains pretty drinkable. Just a nice under-the-radar imperial stout, plain and simple.

3.7/5: It certainly isn't stupid!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a brownish-black coloring, with ruby highlights in the depth and a towering, frothy, chunky, light tan head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Aromas of subtle, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, tangy caramel, and creamy highlights. Interesting nose, and not nearly as heavy as most imperial stouts. Flavors are roast and sweet forward, with a mocha blend of flavors, some creamy highlights, and a solid dose of hops bitterness and floral notes in the backbone. Very unique and interesting. It really works here. Smooth, mid-bodied, transitioning to a smooth, coating, lingering finish. The aftertaste is more of the sweet and bitter roasted notes, but those green hops characteristics are still in there, too. Very interesting. I like this beer. Not sure how much the dynamic flavors would affect the drinkability over the long haul, but it is unique.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with large khaki head and left lace patches around glass. Aroma is dark, almost bitter chocolate with roasted malts. The body is strong, emphasis on the roasted malts that give a off a little bit of coffeeish flavor, but are mostly just dry and strong. Some notes of dark chocolate add some sweetness and the beer is actually a smooth passer after it warms up and this is an alright stout to kick back with (ABV is hidden, I'll have to say).

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Photo of watermelon
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft in a pint glass at The Tapp Room in Boone NC cost $6

A: Opaque ink with no light shining through. There was a small dark tan head that dissipated quickly and left a little lacing. Would be a 5 for appearances if this beer had a better head.

S: Sweet roasted smell with dark chocolate and dark fruit present. Boozy smell as this warmed up, could have passed for a BBA stout.

T: Dark chocolate and bitterness this beer was fairly well balanced. Booze is present as this got warmer.

M: This had a velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, the body could have been a little thicker as well.

O: This was a pretty solid Imperial Stout. Im not sure how much this is in bombers but the 16oz pint had the alcohol of 3+ BMC beers so Id say the value was pretty good. If it had hid the booze a little better as well as been a bit more complex it would be an outstanding beer. I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber served into a wine glass. Stupid pours black with just a hint of ruby around the edges in the light. Mocha cap offers good retention and lace

Aroma of deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee and a background hint of dark cherry/caramel. Dark fruit and chocolate carry to the taste, bit jammy on the finish with a nice depth to the malt character throughout. Touch of alcohol on the aroma at times but not so much on the taste, nicely balanced yet not too sweet or too roasty either. Offers a good feel and finish. Right on style and drinkable without any overbearing tweaks in character.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is black with a finger of dark tan head. The head has slight retention and leaves a small amount of tight and slightly soapy lacing. The aroma is rich with cocoa, roasted malts, and earthy hops. The body is similar but not quite as robust. Still good but just not quite as rich. The body is A little thin for an imperial stout, lacking in the fullness and missing the slick feel.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 10/1/13

A looks the part, black liquid with a thin cola edge, mocha foam is large and quickly falls to a thin film leaving random polka dot lace

S prune, licorice, some hops shining through, char and some fruit I can't quite place

T lots of burnt espresso and even more char, there's a little citrus and licorice with some ultra dark bakers chocolate but the burnt malt is taking over in the mouth, there's some booze but nothing I wouldn't expect for 10%

M thinner then expected and I didn't taste much booze but I can feel it going down, a citric char and burnt malt finish

O roasted to the extreme, its a little intense but I enjoyed it, a buddy would work well for the bomber but I had no issues solo

I can't say I've ever seen a Cadmium warning on a beer bottle before, perhaps this will change my habit of scraping the ink off bottles and snorting it

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—traces of brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and then completely faded away.
S: Moderately strong aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted and chocolaty malts along with a light amount of bitterness. Little if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite bitter and chocolaty, but seems to have an unusual aftertaste that is somewhat detracting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/4/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with some lactose and dark fruit flavors in the background. There’s no hint of the 10.00% ABV. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, deceptively strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I enjoyed this brewery's offerings while on honeymoon in Hawaii last year, so it's weirdly cool to now see it in Alberta. Thanks be to the State of California for its warnings on the label - I shall endeavor to keep my very pregnant wife from licking this vessel. Whew.

This beer pours a dark, brown-tinted void, with very slight basal cola highlights, and three fingers of densely foamy, puffy, bubbly Nesquick brown head, which leaves some rather attractive wild honeycomb lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sugary black licorice, roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, concentrated tropical fruit chewing gum, light nutty notes, somewhat bitter leafy, earthy hops, and a burgeoning, though mostly restrained alcohol warming. The taste is lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt, solid medium baker's chocolate, earthy, chalky licorice strands, sweet orange and muddled tropical fruit, indeterminately bitter hops, and an herbal liqueur sniffing about.

The bubbles are adequate, with a piqued perkiness here and there, the body just on the low side of medium weight, especially for the style, and smooth enough, I suppose, as the zingy hops and alcohol take their veritable pound of flesh. It finishes on the sweet side, with a hefty hop essence that might take issue with that proclamation, but it is so - the chocolate, caramel and licorice (and booze, don't forget the booze!) just don't lie, baby.

An aptly named, if pithily so, big stout if there ever was one. It's a little one-sided (ok, two-sided, if you count the ABV), but it also does well enough to keep the beefy ABV in check, and promote the chocolate and anise notes in lieu. Large, yes, and imposing, but with a sidestep from the normal, which may very well be the antithesis of 'stupid'.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black thick heavy beer with no light getting through, dark chocolate colored frothy thick almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, nice legs too.

Nose brings lots of dark malts, but fluffy, some fluffy nougat, a little roast acrid like note, a very dry roasty charred malts with roasted cereal, like a chocolate cereal cocoa crispies roasted, some wafer cookie biscuit with dry cocoa, touch of booze, a little creamy vanilla chocolate ice cream blend.

Taste brings a smoked malt flavor out front, roasty malts as well, little campfile smoke with some roasty charred malts, again that burnt cereal grains, etc. A little chocolate, more like dry cocoa powder, with some creamy chocolate as well, chewy fluffy nougat, some acrid roast in the background, with super dark malts and a little bitter roast. Bitterness comes in quite a bit also from some chewy slight spicy earthy hops. Finish is sticky sweet, very sticky, little booze warmth, lingering dark roasty char and dry cocoa that somehow sticks everywhere, lingering bitterness and roast.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick, little creamy, touch of booze warmth, decent fluffy carb.

Overall decent, nice malts, fluffy creamy feel, decent roast and dark malts without being too acrid, nice dry cocoa and bitter hops, but the overall feel is lacking some extra oompf, and the sticky feel is a bit much as well. Still a decent enjoyable imperial stout.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Stein & Vine. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head. Low visible carbonation.

S: Brown, sweet malts, a bit of chocolate, fruity and nearly vinous, and maybe some anise to boot.

T: Follows the nose. Roasty, chocolate, and some of the fruit, anise, then significant boozy heat at the end. Fairly sweet overall.

M: Medium body, somewhat sticky mouthfeel, carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol is quite noticeable.

O: Not bad, although not a stout I'd rush back to. I've got a bottle of this in the cellar...which is where it's gonna stay for a year or more. The booze needs some time to calm down. Still, an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - solid black, big thumb of brown head that held strong at a finger with complete lacing all around
S - big chocolate and licorice with a little perfume and fairly warm alcohol scent
T - big playoff of chocolate malts vs. perfume hops, hints of allspice, charcoal, leather, and mild pine and alcohol sweet finish
M - big chewy stout feel matched up against some hop bitterness and alcohol dryness
O - it in your face and massive all around, but it manages to work itself into a level of balance that I did not think it could, but in the mutually assured destruction sense of the term .... my kind of stout

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great stout, these guys are new to the market here, so its cool to get to try some of their beer. this is an enormous beer, lot of body and a ton of flavor and alcohol. inky dark brown with a nice espresso looking crema head on top, lovely. the nose is a lot of dark fruit for a stout, raisin and cranberry, with plenty of chocolate and roasty barley, and then some booze and some bitterness too, maybe even hop driven bitterness. the flavor is really well integrated, with the chocolate and the alcohol being prominent on the front end, and the bitterness really rising up in the finish. the booze is flattering, not overpowering, and the layers of roasty grain character are fantastic. it carries a pretty heavy buzz with it, but i love the slippery yet large mouthfeel and the long finish. i would definitely buy this one again, very good on the whole.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Coronado's Stupid Stout 2014 today for $7.99 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new Stout to try for Stout Day and since I haven't had this one before I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty plain looking and it isn't eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of very creamy and slightly bubbly mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Stout, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that bordered on being highly sweet with the dark roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted malt, slightly grainy, chocolate, light caramel and lighter coffee aromas with just a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a light alcohol aroma with some dark fruity aromas with mainly cherries coming through with a slight hoppy aroma and they add a little complexity to the aroma. This beer had a good aroma that was a little complex, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark roasted malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the roasted malts and chocolate flavors sticking out the most, but this time there's just a slight black licorice and smokey aspect. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads straight into the alcohol which shows up a little more than it did in the aroma and it's just a little warming. On the finish comes that same cherry aspect but it's a little lighter and it's followed by a light hoppy flavor with slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a roasted malt, chocolate and light cherry like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it was true to style and a little complex.

M- Smooth, slightly warming, crisp, a little sticky, a little chewy, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good, but I though the carbonation could be toned down just a little.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of a Imperial Stout, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and the added complexity made for one nice Imperial Stout. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, slightly warming, crisp, a little sticky, a little chewy, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, but I don't think I'll have a problem drinking the bomber to myself and it makes for a nice cold weather beer. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and complexity, I liked the fact that there was more going on with this beer than just booze and roasted malts. What I liked the least about this beer was the carbonation, I think it could be a little lower, but it isn't that big of a deal. I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind throwing one in the cellar to see how it changes over time. I would recommend giving this a try if your a Stout lover, I think it's a worthy example of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I don't have a whole lot of experience with this brewery and I have yet to have a beer that was really impressive from them, but this one was good and I enjoyed it. So far it's my favorite Coronado beer, it's not my favorite of the style, but I don't think it's middle of the road either. Good job guys, this was a really solid Imperial Stout, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Looks delicious. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smoke, toffee, caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, warm alcohol, roasted, toasted, and earthy.

Taste: Tasty and delicious. Ashy notes go well with milk chocolate, roasted, toasted, toffee, caramel, bitterness, and warm boozy alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, more flavors as it warmed up, warm alcohol, some ashy bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is one that could be aged with the rest of them. Will be revisiting this one again in the future.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a one fingered toffee colored head that subsides to a thick lacing ring.

S - Dark roasted chocolate malt, coffee beans, char, Espresso.

T - Dark roasted chocolate malt, alcohol, coffee beans, some charcoal-like dryness on the very end, lingering dark chocolate bitter bite.

M - Medium to heavy medium body, slight warming on the way down, and a very dry finish with lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

O - A solid stout that's worth a try.

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Stupid Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
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