Barbary Coast | Almanac Beer Co.

Barbary CoastBarbary Coast
BA SCORE
3.96/5
160 Ratings
Barbary CoastBarbary Coast
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili flakes and oak staves

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-05-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,121
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
160
pDev:
7.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coffee all at play here. It's great. A really nice base beer. It sets up over an inconspicuous chili backbone. The spice is rather interesting. As the aforementioned entry flavors entertain the palate, the chili creeps in along side the carbonation with a simmering spiciness that expands to a more prominent contribution in the finish. You can really feel the peppery spice warm the chest with each sip. However, the feel comes in light. I was expecting more heft behinid it. Feel is also silky, textured, almost milkshake like and lightly oily/slick; very much welcomed. The alcohol is perfectly masked. Wow! What a beer. This is a great beer. The best mole stout I've had (not saying much, since I haven't had many.) I didn't get much in the way of oak, but no complaints here. I will seek out this beer immediately. Almanac really hits it out of the park with this beer. A must have for a stout fan, especially a mole fan.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a slim less than finger-ed white head that dissipated nicely. Lacing was slim to none. The smell took in the dark and roasty notes initially, but then as it warms, there’s the light chili pepper coming in subtle and clean. It took even a bit longer before the saltiness showed up. The taste replicated the smell for the most part and in the same pace; ie roasty and then chili pepper and then saltiness. But the saltiness was so light, it was mostly barely there. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice dry sessionable to sipping quality about it. Carbonation rides fairly low. Overall, as a Double/Imperial Stout, it works. Almanac taking their creativity to the next level and "spicing" things up a bit, hmmm...yeah, I say sip this one, and you’ll get everything Almanac is putting in this. I’m pretty sure that’s what they were aiming for anyways.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a jet black with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly. A decent amount of carbonation for an imperial stout. Impenetrable to light.
S- cocoa nibs chocolate and vanilla bean. Just a little hint of some pepper.
T- Th coco nibs and pepper show up first in which th pepper stays on the back of the hop to linger. Vanilla bean is subtle. As it warms, the pepper and banilla becomes moe pronounced in back of tounge.
F- Mouthfeel is medium, but the complexity makes warming.
O- I very much enjoyed this. Good complexitt.

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Photo of travolta
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBobber
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out as black as night with a small brown head that quickly goes away.

Smells like stone fruit with some vanilla and dark roasted malts.

Taste is of vanilla and chocolate, the sweet variety of chocolate and not the bittersweet variety. Has a bit of a peppery taste with some alcohol taste on the flavor. Also picking up on some wood flavoring like in a bourbon. Getting some stone fruits, raisins and figs, as well.

Mouth is sticky and medium. Has a kind of fizzy appearance on the tongue.

At 10% ABV you can feel the warming as this one goes down. Surprisingly easy drinking and damn tasty. While this is a big stout it is still an easy drinking beer. For big stout fans this one is a must try.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbeervt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kirock
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with almost no head. Balanced hints of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, without any one flavor too prominent. A surprisingly complex and balanced stout that can hang with the better known offerings in this category. Glad I took a chance on this one.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roy_Hobbs
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of swierczt
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cdub70085
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burt
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Barbary Coast from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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