Liquid Spiritual Delight | 2nd Shift Brewing

20 Reviews
Liquid Spiritual DelightLiquid Spiritual Delight

Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
LSD is a 11.5% stout that is a chewy, chocolaty and a joy to behold.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 11-25-2011

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 147
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass. Pours nearly still, with only a light suggestion of carbonation, leaving only a slender ring around the glass of light brown bubbles; no lacing. Big aroma of toasted dark malt with light char, dark chocolate and nuts. Flavor follows, with charry dark toasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, filberts and a hint of peanut butter. Finishes with smoky malt, coffee and residual light nuttiness. Medium bodied with only a slight creaminess. My first reaction was that the mouth feel was a bit thin and the malt depth was not quite what I expected from a stout of this size. However, the flavor is so darned good, a wonderful blend of malt, smokiness, chocolate and nuts that the malty flavor depth was not an issue. Really interesting and fairly complex from start to finish. ABV well covered. Comes in a 750ml bottle and is so drinkable it took an effort to cap the bottle and wait on the rest of it. A good candidate for 16 oz cans. An unexpected find in my area, but I'd get this again if it showed up. Well done!

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on canoe trip, poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, gift from friend, into red solo cup. Beautiful, big, complex beer, marred only a bit by a rather cough-mediciny finish.

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Photo of richj1970
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle.

A: Pitch black with slight one finger mocha head even with aggressive pour. Moderate lacing.

S: Chocolate fudge and walnuts.

T: Rich chocolate fudge with a nice nutty note.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Texture is thick and chewy.

O: Excellent stout with some nice chocolate flavors. although a touch heavy on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours thick and black with tons of medium bubbles around the glass and froth in the middle.
S: sweetness, dark roast, dark chocolate, very malty.
T: huge dark roast and malt flavors. Getting molasses and a smoke. Medium sweetness with a little alcohol on the back end
F: thick and smooth.
O: a good local imperial stout.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a thick black with a big mocha head that does dissipate after a little while
S - chocolate, vanilla, umami, burnt marshmallow, dark and roasted Malts
T - sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, burnt marshmallow, cream, balanced by roasted malts, burnt.marshmallow and some alcohol
M - big thick milkshake feel, alcohol surprisingly well covered at 11.5%, aftertaste is milk chocolate.
O - this is another big beer that only comes in bomber form that I have to dock for the price. 12 bucks/bomber is too much. I'd like to see this in 4 packs of 12s for 12 bucks, then I'd probably buy it on the reg.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Pours thick. Big mocha head. Leggy and sugary looking. Smell is boozy. Roasted malt. Dark chocolate. Tastes just about the same. Boozy. Lots of dark chocolate. Molasses. Heavyand very sweet. Too big for my tastes. Needs a bit less sweetness.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-free shade of black with a thick foamy creme colored head. A good deal of lacing is left behind. Notes of coffee, and chocolate and roasted malts in the aroma. Really pleasant smell. The taste is a smooth blend of coffee, toffee, and roasted malts. It's not overly sweet by any means though. Incredible mouth feel. Very robust, and smooth, which makes this imperial stout a pleasure to drink. Overall, very good. Glad to see another Missouri brewery churning out some great beer.

Reviewed from notes. Served in a 12oz tulip glass. Draft.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and you can tell it's thick. The head is big, brown, and sticks around. The nose is a lot of chocolate with a roasted background. The flavor is a lot of chocolate, some roasted malt, and dark fruit at the end. This has a full feel, as chewy as a stout can get. This is a great stout! The name is very fitting.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Brackish motor oil in color. Nice, fluffy brown head that spills over the glass unexpectedly - out of nowhere it rises. No lacing, leaves a oily brown film on the glass.
Smell - Dark roasted malts and chocolate.
Taste - Dark chocolate and roasted malts. Hint of vanilla. Sweet. Made for an awesome breakfast beer, even with no hint of coffee.
Feel - Not as heavy as it looks. Slick with balanced carbonation.
Overall - If you're a stout fan, you're gonna love this one. Enjoyed it from beginning to finish. Wish their distribution reached Chicagoland. The two stouts I've had from 2nd Shift (this and Cat Spit) have been really awesome. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black with a nice medium brown head. Rich chocolate, slight raisins, malt, and coffee notes with a chewy mouthfeel. Sweet up front, but quickly fades into deeper flavors. More complex than I thought it was going to be. Very, very good.

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Photo of FlandersNed
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25.4oz bottle. Opaque deep brown hue with a moderate-height, light brown foam. Excellent dark chocolate, black licorice, aged stone fruit, roasted malt, coffee & vanilla bean taste. Full+ body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Coffee, Chocolate, Delightful

A twist on 2nd Shift’s LSD, brewed with an Ethiopian roast called Aramo Grande 1 from Blueprint Coffee. Only 35 cases were bottled. Big, freshly ground coffee nose rising from a most impressive coffee colored, foaming head with. Viscous, creamy, roasty, charred raisins, milk chocolate, toffee, molasses, but not overly sweet. The is a straight up, coffee loaded, bigass Stout that was indeed a delight to try.

STYLE: American Double Stout | ABV: 11.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Spiff
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly fine beer! Had mine from Tap. Smell is rich and sweet. Jet black with nice body. Medium head - but little of the carbonation peppery burn some lesser stouts leave (a plus for me) Deep burnt caramel taste with no char - and slighly sweet roast after-taste. I describe as a malty roast - but never overpowering. I like sweet Imperials and barrel aged beers and this beer made it into my top 5. Well Done. Spiff approves. Will have some whenever I see it.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of a brown color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wood, hops, slight cherry, sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of liquor. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, biscuit, hops, wood, hint of liquor, and slight alcohol. Overall, wow a rich and well blended beer. It tastes more like an amazing Porter, than an American Double / Imperial Stout.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black and thick. Completely opaque. Small dark khaki head is slow to form and vanishes quickish. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate and strong roasted malt. Espresso, molasses, and tobacco. Noticeable alcohol.

Very bitter chocolate on the tongue. Roasted malt, almost charred. Espresso, earth, and dark molasses. Alcoholic and boozy.

Thick, creamy, chewy mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Rather bitter, especially the chocolate notes. Hot and boozy.

Would like a bit less bitterness but overall an excellent stout. Great mouth feel.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet-black color with an off-white, one-finger head of foam.

S - It smelled of java. Nice coffee and chocolate aromas.

T - Good coffee and chocolate flavors with a touch of toffee. Roasty with a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - Another good brew from 2nd Shift. Please, keep sending them our way!

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark in color with a huge chocolaty head that settles to form a nice ring with minimal lacing. Nose is dark and milk chocolates with a little bit of coffee aromas. Taste starts off with milk chocolates that move to more of a dry, dark chocolate flavor. A touch of dark fruit is there, but is quickly lost in the chocolate shuffle. Ends dry with a touch of burnt malt and coffee flavor with more dark chocolates. Mouth is a little watery and thin for the style, but decent. Overall, this is a solid stout. Full of flavor, not über complex, but whats there is delicious. Another winner from 2nd Shift.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Baileys range, served in tulip

pour is dead black with a cocoa creamy and frothy head.

loads of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and sugar

heavy on the roasted malt all around. bits of charcoal blended with a subtle sweetness. some dark chocolate mixed within.

light and easy, mild carbonation, a bit dry

easy drinking, enjoyable, no hint of this being 7.10% abv, i would have though closer to 5.5.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a very dark tan head, extremely thick, that leaves lots of lacing and a thick rocky cap.

Aroma is roasty with tons of dark malts and hints of coffee and cocoa powder. There is also an earthy, maybe hoppy, presence in the nose. There is also some vanilla.

The taste is also very roasty, plenty of cocoa and a hint of smoke. Sweet vanilla and roasted coffee notes in the background. Finish is bitter and highly roasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and, again, very roasty.

This is a nice, easy drinking stout that sticks to the roasty character throughout. The sweetness is mild but present. Very good.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a silky dark brown color with some mahogany edges. Its more like dark dark brown than black. There is a nice 1.5 inch tan head that is quite sticky. It recedes very slowly and has some nice dense and creamy bubbles. Very attractive beer that just calls out to you.

S - Starts off with some malt roast. Very strong yet appealing coffee and some slight smoke. Sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes transcend a bit through the roast. Nice espresso edges on the nose. There is some slight hop herbal notes to it.

T & M - Starts off with a delicious roasted note that evolves into a very burnt grain note. There is some slight chocolate aftertaste but it seems a bit one dimensional. There are some slight lactose notes but the burnt malt notes quickly overtake these. The finish is dry and bitter with the lactose lingering for a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. I feel like it could be a bit more chewy.

O - Its a good effort but Im not really feeling it right now. It is a bit one dimensional. Good roasted notes but that is all I perceive.

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Liquid Spiritual Delight from 2nd Shift Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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