Stupid Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Coronado Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,732
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,172
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
189
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Coronado Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  13
Gots
  51
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 1st, 2015 - The Stupid Stout is a favorite in our household, and we mourn it's disappearance from shelves when it rotates off-season. Finding a barrel aged Stupid Stout was an especially exciting moment (even knowing full well that barrel aging can sometimes be a distraction from good beers.) The tasting begins by behold the huge smell, packed with liquor aged figs and licorice and the juiciest grapes imaginable. Plums stretched with juice and sweet flesh also define the aroma, causing pangs of hunger for a decadent dessert. The body is foamy with a lovely palate, and the residual alcohol gives it some spine, at the same time at it cuts through a thick and viscous palate. The flavor is most akin to chocolate covered beef jerky which I find stupendous. And this odd combination of tastes is dusted with notes of roasted macadamia nuts. It is rich, decadent and luxurious, and many layers of excellent.

Apr 27, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd ordered the base beer and the 2015 barrel-aged Stupid Stout a few months ago - both have been sitting in my cellar since then. For some reason, I just wasn't particularly psyched about this beer - when a barrel-aged vintage is so easily obtained, I get a little bit suspicious as to why.

Stupid Stout isn't a bad beer - it has a decent chocolate nose, and there subtle barrel and bourbon notes to it. The base beer seems to show through quite a lot though - it's thin, and tastes like a sad little export stout. The alcohol content doesn't seem to be quite up to par for a BA beer, and I suspect it didn't sit in bourbon barrels for terribly long.

On the plus side, the adjuncts and the beer itself have blended well. There's none of the acetone and heat in any number of other barrel-aged beers. Then again, it's also a fairly boring drinker in general - nothing truly stands out about it. If it were a shelfie and accessible in that way, I could definitely endorse this one. Californians may have a different take. I found Stupid Stout to be eminently boring.

Dec 31, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5300th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/15/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, marshmallows, coffee, nuttiness, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of smoke, coconut, dark fruit, molasses, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, marshmallows, coffee, nuttiness, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of smoke, coconut, dark fruit, molasses, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, marshmallows, coffee, nuttiness, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light smoke/coconut, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of ark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, rich, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Mildly warming alcohol for 10%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of ark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Definitely a completely different experience vs the base beer when I had it; which was much more bitter like a Russian imperial stout. This is much more rich, silky, and smooth; with a pretty much perfect balance of the barrel character. Never overwhelming or boozy at all. An extremely delicious offering.

Apr 29, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, $16? Dark black, huge light tan head. Fruity aroma, mild booze. Flavor is only mildly boozy, chocolate, fruit, not a lot of barrel but this is still pretty good.

Apr 10, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2015 vintage; drank 5/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black appearance.

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

Oak, fresh earth, sweet bourbon & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & fresh earth flavors up front; harsh bourbon heat on the finish. Too boozy for this timid soul; a touch too sweet as well. Tough for me to finish.

Nov 28, 2016
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark brown, no head at all. Bourbon aroma upfront and some bitter cocoa. Flavor matches and has a hint of plum or fig. Slight bitter finish. Good stuff.

Apr 27, 2016
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're looking for a Hersey's brownie flavored beer, this is it. If not, buy something else. This might pair well with a very sweet treat. Not much of the barrel in the profile.

Feb 26, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, and some roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with whiskey and cocoa.

Feb 26, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge chocolate and bourbon aroma with a hint of vanilla, creamy mouthfeel with nice flavors of roastiness, cholcolate, oak, and good a bourbon presence. Cheers!

Feb 13, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black. Creamy brown head settles after a short time, but one can easily whip up a healthy collar again with some swirling. Small dots of lacing.

S: Barrel forward. Good dose of bourbon, oaky vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate caramel chews. Fudgey malt aromas. Chocolate sauce and some woody and coffee-like undertones.

T: Roasty up front with woody flavors and some coffee notes. Slight char and ash. Chocolate sauce. Bourbon and wood dominate middle to end. Hints of marshmallow and coconut. Oaky pull on the finish.

M: Big creamy body. A silky and airy texture hides the heft well. High carbonation effortlessly lifts it.

O: Upper middle of the pack as far as big bourbon barrel aged stouts go. Its easy and hedonistic nature made it grow on me as I sipped through it. Perhaps it isn't as complex as the greats, but it's lovable nonetheless and a pleasure to drink. Well worth a look.

Jan 02, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours with a massive, rocky beige head that sits atop the jet black liquid; nice drapery effect from the lacing

Smell: Chocolate, oak, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate forward, with lactose and vanilla building; underneath, the Bourbon starts to build to a crescendo in the mid-palate and, ultimately, dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (a bit thin for the style) with moderate carbonation

Overall: A sipper for sure, due to the dominance of the Bourbon, but a nice, well-structured beer overall

Oct 28, 2015
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benzalman from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really nice barrel aged stout. Good balance between bourbon and oak character and somewhat sweet finish. Reminds me a good bit of the 2015 batch of KBS.

Sep 05, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage

A - Pours a dark chewy like motor oil consistency body with a one finger dark tan head. Okay lacing and good retention on the head.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon notes.

T - A good helping of dark chocolate and roasted malts. The bourbon comes on strong in the middle and finishes with a bourbon heat induced finish.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. The smooth body could use some thickening up. There is more bourbon heat than even I'm used to in a BBA beer and I love bourbon.

O - Pretty solid all the way around. I just want a bit more body and a little less heat.

Jun 19, 2015
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tjk135 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Aroma of boozy chocolate, which is wonderful. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate. Outstanding. The age on the bottle did wonders for this beer.

May 31, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours midnight black with a very thin light brown head of frothy foam.

Roasted malt, subtle coffee, chocolate, and bourbon heat.

Chocolate and coffee remains subtle in flavor, heavy roast, more bourbon heat.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, slick, thinner than was hoping for, very hot, could use some age.

Overall, this was a decent BBA stout, but lacked a thick mouthfeel and was a bit hot. A bit of cellar time may make this one more enjoyable.

Apr 09, 2015
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vic21234 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into an snifter. Bottled on date is 01/13/15.

A- Pours pitch black with some noted sediment on the bottom of the glass. A small amount of khaki head hangs around awhile.

S- Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon.

T- Initially come smooth coffee, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Then the bourbon and oak come in. Good tasting and balanced I'd say.

M- Not as thick and chewy as some BA stouts but it's up there. Strong bourbon notes and leaves a nice warming feeling after each sip.

Nice stout, a bit on the pricey side though.

Apr 04, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, some pretty decent lacing especially for a BBA stout, some light coming through on the edges, not much carbonation.

A: Big chocolate, bourbon, black licorice, alcohol on the back end, roasted malts, smells really good.

T: Big chocolate, bourbon, coffee bitterness, roasted malts, alcohol well hidden, there is a slight kind of dry chalkiness flavor, tastes off, bourbon and alcohol burn on the end, not bad.

M: Creamy, dry mouthfeel, feels kind of like a quad, has that Belgian yeast mouthfeel to it.

O: Pretty good, except for a slight dry chalky flavor, I like this. It has a nice chocolate profile, bourbon is balanced, I don't imagine this would age well as it's not as big as other BBA stouts I've tried. If you like BBA stouts then this is worth a try, probably not something I would seek out again but I am not disappointed but not so impressed that I would seek this out again.

Apr 04, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a grocery store of all places.
Served in a tulip glass.

Black body with brownish highlights around the edges where the light hits it. Creamy mocha foam, lasts for a few sips, then fades into a cirrus skim across the surface. Intricate drippy lace patterns, looks like rain on a windshield at high speeds.

Aroma is alright... carob, roasted malt, residual sugar sweetness. Meh.
As it comes up to room temperature there's a little bit of woodiness.

Flavor has a little more complexity. Tobacco leaf, milk chocolate, trace vanilla, slight oak and bourbon heat. Creamy and full bodied with a light sweetness. Fairly balanced and "drinkable" for a BA Imperial Stout, though it's not really treading any new territory.

Apr 01, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, 2015 vintage. My first beer from Coronado Brewing Company, acquired at the local beer store - 'the "Coronado Collection" is the limited release of our barrel aged liquid treasures. 2015 release: Stupid Stout Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels". My bottle lists a 9.00% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a thick viscous inky black with hues of dark blood red in there when held in front of the light. Opaque in the glass with around two fingers of thick creamy dark mocha head. Lots of sticky mocha lace left behind. Looks wonderful.

S - Very good traditional bourbon barrel stout aromas here - lots of oak wood, mustiness, toffee, vanilla, caramel, powdery cocoa / baking chocolate, & lots of strong alcohol fumes still prominent.

T - The taste follows the nose - creamy vanilla, chocolate, toffee, dark coffee bean roast, earthy oak wood / mustiness. Perhaps some slight creamy / milky / lactose type presence. A touch herbal / tea leafy mixed with the toffee / caramel side of things.

M - A very smooth & creamy feel. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol warmth definitely noticeable. This is a slow-sipper, to be sure, and I could definitely see this beer benefiting from some age & time to mellow.

Overall, a delicious barrel aged stout from Coronado Brewing; I am definitely intrigued to try more from these guys. Will please the mindful bourbon barrel aged stout lover, and it paired great with the gooey chocolate marijuana cookie I just had.

Coronado Brewing Barrel Aged Stupid Stout -----4/5.

Mar 17, 2015
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Look: opaque jet black with a minimal mocha head that just rims the glass. Quite and active beer with lots of legs

Smell: Lots of oak at first with some semi-sweet chocolate, dark cherries, raisins, dark fruit, currants, slight sweet vanillas, bourbon, and more dark chocolate. Smells awesome with lots of chocolate cover cherry notes

Taste: Big oak notes on the attack followed by a really nice warming vanilla, chocolate covers cherries, more oak, a earthy oat like flavor, raisins, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Really nice

Mouthfeel: Big and heavy bodied on the tongue. Medium carbonation and slightly wet as the taste develops on the tongue in dries very slowly to allow all the flavors to really get their chance to shine through. Alcohol is present with a warm sensation half way through the profile that also warms the chest but nothing over powering

Overall: Wow! One really nicely done BA imperial stout. It has a lot of the same characteristics as bourbon county only not as thick. Really enjoyed the dark fruit and dark chocolate notes and how they meld together really nicely. The finish is also perfect as it doesn't dry super fast allowing the beer to really run it's complex profile.

Oct 15, 2014
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Beerswag from California

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle aged 8 months

appearance is dark brown almost black. smell is bourbon all in front and the heat is there. vanilla and sweet malt is apparent in the smell. taste is much like the smell. lots of bourbon, vanilla, a little coffee and some toffee notes in there as well. not to complex of a profile (no roasted malt apparent, or dark chocolate flavors). goes down smooth, not a lot of carbonation. Lacing is spotty, but not too prominent. Mouthfeel is smooth, not to bitey or heavy. Good for the style, just looking for more depth and personality. Food pairing should be something rich or sharp. Beemster XO, smoked bbq, southern food will go well here, such as gumbo, cajun spices and cracklings. Pecan desserts and spiceful sweets such as carrot cake or sock-it-to me cake (upside down pineapple cake).

Jul 11, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice barrel aging treatment that works well with the base beer.

May 16, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown nutty, medium lacing minimal legs

S- Malty more than barrel. Charred dark fruit, molasses

T- Creamy into toasted malty flavor. Barrel is barely present.

M- Medium build with little carb

O- This would be a good BA stout to get someone into BA stouts

Mar 16, 2014
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notchucknorris from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a tightly bubbled 1/2 finger light brown head. Leaves some light sheets of lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Holy barrel! Tons of spicy bourbon and oak on the nose. The oak is really, really intense here, pushing big spice notes out at you. Underneath, there are some notes of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some light dark cherry notes.

T: Again, holy moly. TONS of oak here. Woody as hell with a big and slightly boozy kick of bourbon that will put some hair on your chest. Middle has some dark chocolate and dry baking chocolate notes with a touch of anise. Finish brings dry bourbon, a bit of booze, and dark chocolate. This is really good stuff.

Feb 26, 2014
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ThePaleRider from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really great showing for Coronado Brewing Company! I'm not sure if they've done other barrel aged projects but this came out really nice. Very drinkable and I'm really happy to see this brewer stepping up their game! Southern California doesn't have to be known for IPAs with all of the great barrel programs in the works.

Feb 03, 2014
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 189 ratings