Coconut Love Shadow
Brewery Vivant

Coconut Love ShadowCoconut Love Shadow
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.1%
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4.04 | pDev: 4.46%
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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.
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 7
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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.

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Coconut Love Shadow from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 7 ratings