German Chocolate Cake Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Coronado Brewing Company

German Chocolate Cake Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedGerman Chocolate Cake Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,996
Ranked #34,447
3.67 | pDev: 9.54%
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
German Chocolate Cake Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedGerman Chocolate Cake Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Notes: The Coronado Collection is our limited release series of barrel-aged liquid treasures. Only the boldest bars enter the barrels, and after months of aging, they emerge transformed. Enjoy now, or cellar for years to come.

This rich and bold imperial stout spent five months in fresh bourbon barrels, before a blend of cocoa, vanilla beans, and cherries were added. The result is our sinfully delicious take on a Black Forest Cake. Enjoy!
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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2019 Edition. Pours a near black dark brown with a minimal mocha head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, cherries and only the faintest hint of the barrel. Flavor follows the nose precisely. Feel is light bodied for a stout without much carbonation. Overall a decent beer, but not one I'd rush out looking for more of.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Apr 03, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at BeerNV earlier in the fall, kinda surprised at the relatively low score here, thought this was a good beer. Anyways, pours a black non giant imperial stout, viscosity right in my wheelhouse. Standard 1/2" brown head. Aroma was chocolate cake first, a milder amount of bourbon, earth, vanilla. Wasn't pulling coconut or cherry out of it (yet).

Taste was easily enjoyable. Not sludge Chicago pour territory. On the lighter side of the bourbon impact which makes sense given that its not the most massive stout ever made. Some of the barrel nuance and maybe even adjuncts added (coconut, cherry, vanilla) come out in a light way. Instead of a roasted malt vibe, this has more of a pastry stout sweetness to it that isn't over the top, but well restrained and appropriate. Could easily find yourself crushing a good amount of a bottle of this.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At first sip, it seems like youre in for quite a treat but the beer is so sweet that the longer you drink it, the harder it is to swallow. Good amount of chocolate flavor, very little coconut. The sweetness detracts from the barrel flavor but is enhanced by the richness from the wood resulting in what tastes like a super heavy and thick dessert stout and not necessarily a BA stout. Dont get me wrong, its not awful I just think a beer like this is better suited for a taster instead of a 22.

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BeanBump from California, Sep 21, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Bottom of bottle is stamped 'BOTTLED : 01/26/2018'.
Black colored body, with very minimal dark brown highlight at bottom edge. Creamy, tan colored head. Leaves behind some sheeting of lacing.
Dark malts, cocoa, and coconut in the aroma.
Dessert beer taste of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and coconut, with a touch of vanilla. The oak barrel does have a presence. Sweeter throughout but there is a taste of coffee bitterness. A little chalky at the very end.
Very thick mouth feel, really coats the mouth. Decent carbonation.
Barrel notes are there but minor. Repeated sips do start to be cloying in the sweetness, but taken slow this is an enjoyable chocolate and coffee dominated stout. Mouth feel is quite thick and pleasant. I think it will take about an hour to get this beer ingested.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cake? Chocolate? Barrel? In. 22 oz. impulse purchase with a 2018 date split with my wife, while sitting on our new deck on our new patio furniture. Looking at a MN jungle, i.e. my backyard.

The pour is black with an abnormally (abby normal?) persistent mocha head. Smells like chocolate. Full stop. However, if I were cursed with having something jammed up my nose for life, it would be chocolate. So I guess I don’t mind the nose.

German Chocolate Cake – Barrel Aged tastes nothing like any kind of cake. Weirdly MIA in the nose, the dominant taste is bitter, bitter roast, with the chocolate playing second monkey, but really sticking to the palate. And that’s it. No coconut, no barrel beyond a faint booziness. Good stout mouthfeel, but one & done here.

I was hoping for a sweet dessert beer, & what I tasted was not in the same genre. Still a pretty good beer, but a letdown nonetheless.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, May 26, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Bottled January 26th, 2018.

L: Deep dark brown, almost black, two finger tan head has outstanding retention.

S: Roasty malts with a touch of coffee note, sweet chocolate, bourbon and no coconut.

T: Again very roasty up front, with the chocolate taking over in the middle and a touch and a very light touch of coconut. Bourbon swells at the end but not overpowering so nicely done.

F: Medium body, low carbonation, lingering bourbon.

O: Not bad but nothing too special, well done barrel aging but the coconut flavor could be more present.

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Photo of pkalix
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it just lays there. like a dead chick.... super sweet and satisfying first time around, but gags ya after that . . . . really not impressive, but not bad in the long run.... still decent. just not exceptional or anywhere close.

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pkalix from California, Mar 11, 2017
German Chocolate Cake Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 21 ratings