Coconut Love Shadow
Brewery Vivant

Coconut Love ShadowCoconut Love Shadow
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,559
ABV:
12.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #16,583
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 4.21%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
18
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Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
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Notes: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with Toasted Coconut

You might have heard of an Imperial Stout called Love Shadow. It's a great beer in it's own right. For this version we've taken that decadent ale and added hundreds of pounds of toasted coconut. All the coconut was toasted in ovens at our pub by our head chef. Yet another perk of having a brewery attached to a great kitchen. This coconut version of Love Shadow is powerful, luxurious, and mischievous - filled with flavors of cocoa, vanilla, and of course coconut.
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a nice imperial stout with good flavors and depth. Canned date 7/22/19. Pours a very deep dark rich brown, almost black color with very minimal tan head and really no lingering lacing. Smells of some milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, caramel, malt, vanilla and some surprisingly distant bourbon and oak. Really no detectable coconut aromas. Taste follows the nose, except that fortunately I could pick out the coconut notes - although they were not too strong I felt the balance and depth was well done. Not overpoweringly sweet. Smooth, slightly sticky, mildly rich mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Enjoyable and the high ABV was well hidden but I was a little disappointed by how distant the coconut was.

Oct 31, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

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

A: Very dark black in color with a rich dark brown head, that quickly turns rocky, and dissipates with frog eyes.

S: Deep rich malt aroma, with huge vanilla, and oak notes. A hint of the coconut int he finish.

T: Big oak and vanilla up front, followed by coconut, and chocolate. Bourbon and coconut round out the flavor.

M: Medium thick in body, with plenty of carbonation, there is a little bit of a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O: Overall just a damn fine beer.

Oct 11, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, mahogany body; thin and fizzy head with a slight ring around the top. Fine aroma of roasted grains and chocolate; some coffee. The toasted coconut blends well with notes of chocolate and a touch alcohol; sweet. Heavy body; slick and oily; a bit of boozy heat.

This is a pretty nice imperial stout, highlighting nicely balanced addition of coconut to add depth and character to the roasted grain flavors.

Sep 14, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger creamy tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma coconut, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The taste is coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and light bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very nice coconut BBA stout. I wish the mouthfeel was thicker, but tasty nonetheless.

Sep 13, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 7/8/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, bourbon barrels, and light fruity/spicy yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark bready/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal, roast, char bitterness; and yeast, bourbon, oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, bourbon barrels, and light fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and slightly slick/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming 12.1%, or lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, bourbon barrels, and light fruity/spicy yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish; amazingly smooth/soft feel for the ABV. Perfectly balanced rich malts, coconut, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with restrained fruity/spicy yeast presence. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Not much more coconut presence than the base beer from overall barrel character. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Not as amazing as the base beer, but still very high quality for the style expectations.

Jul 21, 2019
Coconut Love Shadow from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 18 ratings