Liquid Spiritual Delight
2nd Shift Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,306
Ranked #3,888
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Liquid Spiritual DelightLiquid Spiritual Delight
Notes: LSD is a 11.5% stout that is a chewy, chocolaty and a joy to behold.
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Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lookrider for this 12 oz. can that arrived as an extra this past…fall. My fridge is a beer graveyard. Except the corpses get consumed. Zombie graveyard. Zombie beer. I’m close.

The pour is pitch enough to allow no light penetration, & I tried harrrd. Nose is roast, muddled chocolate mixed with a little muskeg. Quiet.

Liquid Spiritual Delight does not play well with my expectations. A strong note of ground salted peanuts is a bit of a shock & melds weirdly with the sweet, roasty malt base. Coffee is gentle, not bitter, the vanilla a soft stroke on the finish. Echoes of an almost brandy liqueur lingers on the aftershock. No booze. Thick. But that weird acorn kick limits how often or how much of this I’d like to drink.

A good, odd brew that’s one & done for me.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/25/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small khaki head that fades quickly leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas are on the mild and subtle side. Lots of malts. Hints of vanilla cream, dark fruits and cocoa. There's just not much going on in the aroma department. The flavors have lots of dark fruits. Some raisins coming through. Some banana in the mix. Chocolate is there along with some vanilla. Moderate sweetness. Low bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden and basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's fluffy, velvety, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Imperial Stout. The aromas are subtle, but the flavors are bold. It's very smooth considering the ABV. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I do like it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This awesome imperial pours a
dark old motor oil black with a decent head that fades quick to
a thin ring. Nose of dark roast, cocoa, char, subtle booze, and
sweet malts with touches of coffee. Flavors pack the punch with
coffee and dark sweet chocolate with medium char and rich roast
and subtle smoke layered over dark sugars and dark fruit notes.
Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, slick, coating, light
carbonation, and a rich roasted sweet and sticky finish.

Overall, a winner!

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Photo of REVZEB
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mixed feelings in this one. It is clearly well thought out with a clear vision: a big, boozy, chewy beer that is robust and complex. Indeed this is true, best seen in the mouthfeel. The smell is bold with bourbon booze, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, dark roast coffee, molasses and leather. Taste lets you chew on it more, has some nuttiness and almost with an enhanced barley presence. The thing I can't shake with it is that it is so warm with the flavors and hot on the booze that it can distract here and there. Can see why the BA versions are spectacular, great base stout

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a clean aluminum can, coated with a wrap-around paper label, I didn’t know what to expect with this one. The apperance is utterly black, thick and solid...the head is thin (almost non-existent). Incredible aroma...caramel, coffee, smoke, roasted grain, malt, bubblegum, and much more. The taste is sweet, thick, and malty. Incredible roast flavors. Coffee and toffee. The body is thick and intense. Wonderful.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

man i love these guys. if you're in st louis drink 2nd shift.
dumped from a can, dated just a few weeks ago, this thing is pitch black with a huge sizzling brown head, legs of lacing stick behind. aroma was very faint at first, so much that i got the smell of my recently washed glass mixed with some dark chocolate, earthiness and bitter coffee. after it warmed the aromas picked up and took those notes but enhanced, with a huge smack of chocolate. flavor is a great mix of chocolate and roasted malts/coffee, with a sweetness and syrupy quality that works well. full bodied and going down way too fast to be this strong. bad things will happen after this but who cares. get one.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: spiced, dark malt, molasses, semi sweet with some hop in back and slight boozy finish. same with the nose. Black/Brown, mostly opaque, smaller head and lace. Full but not heavy body.

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Photo of Hoonia
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of experiencing this stout from the tap. Pours nearly black. Coffee and alcohol nose with good clean coffee flavor. Really nice full-bodied mouthfeel. Drinks way too easily. I’m excited to have this one again.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Inky black pour. Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Dessert like taste, follows the nose well with dark chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel is the highlight. Syrupy, thick and chewy. This is the thickest stout I had from a can since ten fidy. Solid!

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

Canned 1/3/18; drank 1/24/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark khaki head; frothy lace.

Banana, milk chocolate, fresh earth & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Banana, milk chocolate & fresh earth flavors up front; mild booze heat notes on the finish.

A robust, balanced stout; not mind-blowing, but tasty & effective. I'd have another.

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Photo of Chris1907
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good Imperial stout. What I think sets it apart is how smooth it is. Extremely and I mean extremely smooth and easy drinking you have to be careful with this one you could easily drink two or three cans of this stuff but then you can get in big trouble by getting behind the wheel. It Compares with even more Jesus for my favorite Imperial Stout... this LSD is smoother and goes down easier for sure but the EMJ is a little bigger bolder. In my book one isn't Superior over the other they are both winners!
The only better beer in my opinion so far is my very favorite KBS but that is a barrel-aged beer. Cheers a great beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

stouts are trending more and more to adjuncts, whatever they may be, and lately, it seems like a good imperial stout without all sorts of additives is harder to find than ever before. thats why this beer impressed me so much, sure it has chocolate and coffee flavors to it, but its all created by the grain, and as a straight up imperial stout, its one of the best i have had in a long time. not surprising from these guys, all of their beer is amazing. this is deep sludgy brown in color, high shine, and lots of viscosity. i get dark chocolate and roasted barley right away on the nose, bitter to a degree, but still warming and hearty and cozy overall. some sweetness is there too. the flavor is amazing, and it sort of comes in waves, with a sweeter milk chocolate note coming first, than a drier roasted layer rolls through, finally bitter dark cocoa and coffee notes as it winds down, burnt barley lingers on the tongue after the swallow, a hint of molasses, and a creamy smoothness is fondly remembered as the last drop slides down. i like how heavy this is overall, but how well hidden this alcohol is at the same time. i am super keen to try some of the variants, but this seems like about as complex and interesting and delicious as a stout can be without any of the adjuncts that are taking over the style. extremely well done stout!

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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
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 Harrison8
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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