Liquid Spiritual Delight - Blueprint Coffee
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #527
Ranked #2,362
4.24 | pDev: 10.38%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Liquid Spiritual Delight - Blueprint CoffeeLiquid Spiritual Delight - Blueprint Coffee
Notes: A twist on LSD, brewed with an Ethiopian roast called Aramo Grande 1 from Blueprint Coffee. Only 35 cases were bottled.
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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 12/5/19 with an "Enjoy By" date that I can't make out. Opened on 2/15/20.
1/4" tan head with very limited retention, settles quickly to a ring/island scenario. Jet black middle with some brown/reddish tint toward the bottom when held to a light.
Dark, ripe fruit up front in the aroma, banana, and roasted malt and a hint of coffee - unless the coffee used is a "fruity" bean. The dark fruit aroma seems a little out of place and maybe that is the complexity of the coffee bean used. Unclear. Open mind. Some traditional coffee aroma upon warming.
Sweet, dark malts. Fruit. Booze to the point that blindly tasted you may think this was barrel aged. Not near roasted / charred enough to make me think imperial stout. Very sweet to only have a coffee addition.
Full bodied, round and slick mouthfeel. Long and sweet finish. Boozy heat.
Good. Expected way more, not seeing this as a coffee beer at all -- the alcohol registers it in the Imperial Stout class but the roasty, chewy character is lacking.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small khaki head that fades leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas are on the mild and subtle side. Hints of chocolate and banana. Lots of malts. The coffee basically goes unnoticed in the aroma department. The flavors are sticky and sweet. Lots of milk chocolate. More banana along with some mild hints of vanilla. Some caramel in the mix. Some dark fruits. The coffee is pretty mild, but slightly noticeable in the finish. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly velvety and smooth.

This is a solid stout. The coffee doesn't really shine though. If I drank this blind I don't think I'd guess that this was a coffee stout. It's not much different from their regular Liquid Spiritual Delight, which I just tried yesterday. It's still bold, sticky and sweet which makes it fun to drink. Not bad at all for what it is. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Pours opaque black. No head.

Smells of fresh coffee, toast, walnut, and cocoa.

Flavor is cocoa, caramel, walnut, toast, and vanilla.

Medium body, stinging carbonation.

Really good coffee stout, rich and slow-drinking but very smooth. Very tasty and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewed with Acatenango Guatemalan coffee

Appearance: Arrives obsidian black with a one finger head of khaki that fades to a ringlet; spotty lacing

Smell: Rich dark chocolate with fruity coffee tones; blueberry and banana wafts

Taste: Dark chocolate syrup with coffee tones building; the blueberry and banana flavors merge in the middle with the finish leaning toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A rather unusual coffee stout as it is very fruity and lacks balancing bitterness; I enjoyed it but would prefer less sweetness

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Photo of REVZEB
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very rich coffee stout. Smooth, velvety, creamy, and dark. The coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malt, chestnut, vanilla, and caramel flavors just ooze together nicely. A journey from dryer pastry feel to a wet and less robust finish for the style, and I love it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2018.
Black with mocha foam, lasting surface coverage and collar of lacing.
Rich coffee aroma, caramelized plantains and roasted almonds.
Dark chocolate, intense dark roast coffee, light plantain sweetness.
Smooth and full bodied, creamy texture with lingering coffee bitterness.
Full flavored and full bodied with a rich coffee intensity.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned February 2018; drank 4/17/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark tan head; frothy lace.

Milk chocolate, leather , banana, light roast coffee bean & mild blackberry notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean & milk chocolate flavors up front; banana & mild leather notes on the finish.

Unique & interesting while still being enjoyable. Not bad!

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to finally get my hands on this one. After pouring this can of motor oil in the glass, a nice dark kakhi head settles on top and then slips down, little bits of brown where it used to be. Coffee punches your nose in, but a hint of sweetness and almost chocolate-y aromas help you out. Flavor follows the same, with a touch of boozey warmth added in the mix. Feels rich and velvety, making this fall somewhere between breakfast and dessert and probably good for both.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice variant on a wonderful base beer. it sure sounds like the specific coffee used has changed from batch to batch, and i cant confirm which this is, but presumably their latest. i have never been wowed by blueprint coffee in multiple attempts to find out what the hype is all about. part of it is their absurd pricing, but maybe i just havent ordered right yet (cold brew and espresso should cover it though right?). in any event, the beer with the coffee is awesome. i love the base beer, so thats part of it, but the coffee adds a deep, and i mean deeeeeep roast to the already robust roasted barley profile in the nose, its bitter and ashy and burnt and all of it, really about as black as it can get, and i love it. dark cocoa in here, cigar ash, minerals, its awesome, and of course the coffee itself, smooth. the flavor is a tad less compelling, i get that slightly over roasted bitterness i get in some of their actual coffee (admittedly via small sample size for the java), its not harsh or acidic which keeps the beer in tact, but it is pretty intense. its there from start to finish too, tattoo inky and permanent. i like them heavy though, and this one sure is. i like the booze coming through here actually, i like all the body and the relative dryness for what it is, and how long the coffee lingers on the finish. this is huge beer, but of an interesting kind of depth and low end complexity. this brewery might be one of the most underrated in the country, but i bet they like it that way. i would kill to try a barrel aged version of this, and it looks like there are several barrel and coffee combinations, but i can see the vanilla and sweet whiskey notes really highlighting the coffee in here. unique and expert coffee stout!

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is viscous jet black and pours with a finger of tan head.

Aroma is big boozy chocolate and nice smooth coffee.

Taste is bakers chocolate, smooth coffee, roasted malts and a lingering of chocolate and coffee on the backend.

Feel is full, thick and creamy.

Overall a very nice coffee stout where the coffee adds to the base and doesn't overpower it.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pour out of the bottle. It glugged out of the spout like every bottle of motor oil I ever poured into the engine of my long rested '88 Civic. That mo-fo burned oil like crazy! Thick and black with a cardboard box brown collar of foam that was gone within seconds. I have never had Blueprint coffee before, but I'm assuming that it's tasty and not overbearing. It complimented the base stout on a level hat I wasn't expecting due to the subdued smell. This needs a barrel like my lil bro needs a better job! Great brew that reminds me of Sump without the HUGE coffee presence.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Deep, rich motor oil fizz rises to the top when poured aggressively, but what does arrive at the top dissipates quickly. Lovely big rich chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts form a powerful imperial stout aroma. Boom: chocolate, right off the bat when you take a sip. Bunches of coffee and roasted malts follow up. Great big flavor, yet refined and focused on only a few notes, not complexity. Mouth feel is inline with what I think an imperial stout should deliver. Bold, robust, filling, mouth coating, and fun to drink. Overall, an incredible brew. Plain ol' Liquid Spiritual Delight is delicious in my book, but this hits the next level. Perhaps it's just my love of coffee, or the fact I drank it pretty fresh for the coffee notes to remain, but I think this beer is on the next level.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Bias: I absolutely adore coffee and regular Liquid Spiritual Delight.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours thick and black with no head.
S: rich sweet coffee. Smells strong coffee with sweet cream. Man oh man this smells great.
T: nice coffee and sweetness. This sweet cream flavor mutes the coffee to balance it all out. If you like cream and/or sugar in your coffee, your'll love this.
F: decent thick and smooth. The flavors fade fast though.
O: a great coffee stout, but I would prefer more coffee and less cream.

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Photo of brewmastercat
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I think my bottle was past its prime.
Bottled 2/15, with Blueprint barrel aged coffee in Rye craft cocktail barrel.

Pours like a carbed version of my favorite cold brew coffee. Looks black, but more red when you put a light behind it.

The taste and smell was that of oxidized old coffee. Once you get past the cardboard coffee, there is immense complexity. This beer would have been much better drank fresh.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no chance for any penetration to light. There's a fingernail of khaki colored head around the rim of the glass and a third of the middle. Brussels lacing. Intense coffee aroma dominates the nose. The flavor is much more subtle with bitter dark coffee and and intense dark malt and some roasted barley. The mouth is dry and crisp. This version uses Chelelektu coffee.

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Photo of cvm4
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, bottled Dec. 2014 and uses Chelelektu coffee bean

L - The beer pours pitch black with a motor oil consistency to it. The head is one finger and dark khaki to almost brown. The lacing is great as the head clings to the glass and the head also sticks around, retention wise.

S - Loads of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malt backbone ties it all in.

T - If you love coffee stouts, then this is it! The coffee overwhelms all and I'm really digging this. Definitely some bitter dark chocolate comes through and the roasted malts too.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. The beer just coats your mouth and is so smooth & creamy. A bit of alcohol hit, but it's very minimal.

O - A coffee bomb through and through! I'm loving this beer though. Spot on for me as I'm a coffee lover and even better I can have my coffee in a beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottles poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Pours a dark inky black with a frothy khaki head. Nice lacing left behind as the head dissipates. This is exactly what I expect a thick coffee stout to look like.

Aroma of dark roasted coffee. Bitter chocolate is noticeable as well.

Great roasted coffee flavor. Malt is almost burnt but with an underlying creaminess and mild sweetness I wasn't expecting. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate balance in nicely.

Thick viscous mouth feel. Smoothness that counteracts the darker coffee flavors. Leaves an oily coat on the tongue with mild carbonation.

Not a particularly complex beer as the coffee overwhelms everything but the chocolate notes. That doesn't take away from the exceptional quality of this beer. The chocolate provides a nice counter balance to the coffee. Surprising creamy qualities in both flavor and feel prevent the bitter coffee becoming a turnoff. A first class coffee stout.

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Photo of gibgink
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 bottled Dec. 2014(11.5%). Poured on 12-31-14 at close to recommended 54 degrees. I was impressed with this beer from the pour. Poured extremely viscous black and created a massive 3 finger head. Smelled the coffee, roasted malts, and a little alcohol. Great alcohol legs that "stain" the glass brown. Flavor has the roasted malts with coffee. The bitterness from the coffee lingers in the mouth after a silky smooth offering. The only real downside to this beer, if you want to call it that, is that there is an alcohol presence in the beer. Would recommend and will pickup again if it is available.

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Photo of core42
1.5/5  rDev -64.6%

Bottled March 2014 w/Kirinyaga coffee. Chilled for only about 2-3 hrs & when opened it was spewed like Mt Vesuvius. Has a decent amount of green apple smell & taste even after I let it warm up which overwhelmed any coffee that was in it. Sadly this bottle seems to be infected

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Photo of t8dd
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 with Karimikui coffee. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Hint of ammonia in the nose-a little unpleasant. Pours dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating dark tan head. Taste is great-lots of deep roasty flavor, chocolate, fruity brightness from the coffee beans. Medium carbonation with robust mouthfeel that coats. Drink now if you have one. Really well done as usual.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a deep dark black color with a nice oily consistency. Nice tall dark tan head that is about 1.5 inches and is pretty dense and creamy. It recedes very slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is pretty exquisite. Notes of fresh roasted bean and freshly brewed espresso. Notes of chocolate and dark cocoa bitterness. Nice sweet milk chocolate with an earthy burnt note. The aroma has notes of pecans and some almonds as well.

Flavor is delicious with notes of sweet malty goodness and some dark fruits that are quickly overpowered by a nice deep roasted notes of coffee. Nice notes of dark chocolate are present with a nice underlying burnt note. There is a nice finishing sweetness from the based LSD that gives the brew a nice rounded palette. Pretty delicious coffee beer with a nice silky and oily full buddy.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bridge Tap House in St Louis.

A: Pitch black body, thin tan head settles into a ring and leaves faint lace. Solid but unspectacular.

S: Rich coffee dominates, with dark chocolate and caramel sweetness alongside. Terrific.

T: Even better than the aroma. Complex coffee is front and center, with woody and spicy overtones ahead of brownie batter, butterscotch, and vanilla. The sweet malts and bitter coffee coexist beautifully on the way to a long, decadent finish. Delightful.

M: Thick, lively, creamy. A bit sticky, but very nice.

O: Tremendous. I hadn't heard about this one, but I'm impressed.


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Photo of drmcleod10
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this from James at 33wine, was being generous and let me grab several bottles that they were running low on

A - Dark as night, thick and viscous. This poured extremely nice and was pulled straight from their temp controlled cellar at 55 degrees roughly. Served into a tulip and created an inch or so khaki beautiful foam head

S - The smell was delightful as I had been talking about blueprint coffee with the group I was with. It smelled very coffee forward with hints of Cocoa and vanilla

T - Taste was much the same, very coffee forward with hints of chocolate, cocoa, expresso, and some roast. This was one of my favorite non barrel aged coffee stouts if not at the top and that includes all the regs. This bested perennial sump from the night before.

M - This was incredibly rich and smooth with a full bodied feel that really left you wanting more. Extremely tasty, creamy, and filling. 2nd shift has started to progress and this beer really showcases their talent

O - Only 420 bottles produced or 35 cases. This is unique and something that needs to be widely produced. This is a one of a kind coffee forward stout and out of the bottle really left a lasting impression.

This was utterly fantastic

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours motor oil black with 1/2 an inch of dark tan head that fades into a thin layer of swirling oil that gently coats the inner glass leaving a light brown sheen. The coffee beams through in the beer's aroma - rich notes of caramel, freshly ground hardwood - it definitely has a lot more sweetness than spice (but certainty isn't cloying). The taste is an incredible flood of coffee on the palate, with the same rich caramel-like sweetness upfront followed by a hint of fruit (bright berry) and a semi-dry, bitter coffee finish. It's Coffee>>Stout. The mouthfeel is heavy (compared to a thinner body in the non-coffee version), is devoid of carbonation, velvety smooth, has hidden alcohol, and finishes a tad dry with coffee bitterness coating the palate. This is definitely a slow sipper, I would have preferred to share the 750 (instead of dome-ing it), but I do not regret the $16 spent...I'm glad I grabbed another bottle to open next weekend, but I'm not sure if I should hit the beer with a spot of half&half and serve @ 190 degrees in a styrofoam cup or serve slightly chilled on a cold winter night....

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Liquid Spiritual Delight - Blueprint Coffee from 2nd Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 122 ratings