Cellar 3: Lustrous Frumento With Coffee
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #724
Ranked #6,836
4.38 | pDev: 5.25%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: Lustrous Frumento with Coffee is the first “micro release” bottle to debut as part of the Barrelmaster Reserve series. A 100% bourbon barrel-aged “black ale,”Lustrous Frumento with Coffee features a rich malty double stout base. It is matured in freshly emptied, hand-selected “Old Forrester” bourbon barrels, which arrive at Cellar 3 still dripping from the distillery. The beer has rested in the barrels for 30 months, gaining plenty of spicy oak, vanilla and caramel notes. After being deemed “ready” by the Barrelmaster himself, a beautiful cold brew coffee made from a blend of Brazilian and Sumatran beans from San Diego coffee roaster, Mostra, is added to intensify and compliment the rich caramel and vanilla from the barrels. Lustrous Frumento with Coffee is 13.5% ABV and packaged in a signature metallic edition of the Cellar 3 750 ml cork-finished bottles.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

downright incredible beer, one of my favorites from the cellar 3 project to date. "black ale" seems like an odd tag, as this is jet black, thick and roasty, and quite obviously drinks like an imperial stout. to intentionally differentiate as a black ale is merely semantics in my opinion, but i am not a master brewer. the aroma of this beer is insane, 2 and a half years in bourbon barrels, and the wet whiskey, dank saturated oak, and smooth warming vanilla all jump right out. the malt base is very very dark as well, smells almost burnt, and is brilliant with the low acidity high roasted coffee thats in here alongside it. subtle dark cocoa, wet tobacco, and anise as well. the flavor has most of what the nose has, but this is about synergy, there is so much happening, but its all unified and integrated to well, especially the whiskey, which sort of comes in waves between the heavy roasted barley and the earthy bitterness of the base. it stays away from being too sweet despite a little molasses flavor, and the coffee tastes really fresh to me, not stale or oxidized at all. even the alcohol isnt over the top for how strong it really is, adding just a little warming element, cozy not hot. smooth rich body, tons of burnt oak in the finish with the coffee, and a long aftertaste that puts a smile on my face. sometimes i get to a point where i think for a moment i have tasted everything that is possible to taste in beer, and then something like this comes along and wakes me up to the adolescence of my beer palate, still, after all this time and all these beers. thanks to green flash for that. i adored this!

May 01, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes from 08/19/16
Had on-tap @ Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a snifter, the brew is black with a broken layer of suds that adds some cocoa powder color on top of the brew. Not much for lacing outside a few minuscule spots, most of which roll back into the brew.

Smell - Serious amounts of chocolate, vanilla and coffee on the nose. Prominent oak and bourbon sit just beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Huge notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee upfront. Oak and bourbon sweetness comes through as the beer approaches the back end. All these characters hit strongly, but are also well-layered and come through smoothly. The finish is long and lingering, with vanilla and chocolate being most prominent, but lesser notes of nuttiness and a bit of booze rounding it out. Reminiscent of Bailey's?

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinker before a slightly syrupy, dry and sticky finish.

Overall - I don't know that this is the best BA Impy Stout I've had, but it may best exemplify the quintessential characteristics that one should expect from the style. All flavors are strong and well balanced. If BA Stout 101 were a class, this should be served on day one and go from there.

Sep 15, 2016
Cellar 3: Lustrous Frumento With Coffee from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 17 ratings