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Cranium | Triple Digit Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Triple Digit Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
tripledigitbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by seeswo on 11-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,610
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
71
pDev:
6.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
17
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 12
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Photo of Ryno3031
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of zimm421
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly perfect black with touches of light seeping through around the edges. The head is brown with hints of red. The nose is sweet chocolate, bourbon and scarce touch of roast. The first sip yields a hint of dark fruit, quickly followed by oak, bourbon and vanilla. Then the chocolate rushes through and takes over. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is an excellent dessert beer. Very sweet, with overwhelming chocolate and bourbon. Well done.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MajorBuckeye
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating on it that I noticed. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt and coffee. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some caramel and dark fruity flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a good amout of carbonation. I think it's a good sweeter tasting imperial stout, certainly worth picking up a bottle or 2 if you come across some! $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of rjp217
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of screamking
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black as night with only the faintest sign of a dark khaki head. The aroma is filled with vanillia, oak, cocoanut, plums, fig, and espresso just to name a few. You really get a strong bourbon profile here. Right up front the taste kicks in with vanillia, both from the barrel and the extra added afterword. Dark fruits come out directly after, then at the back of the palate chocolate and hints of espresso lead toward a bittersweet finish.

The mouthfeel is extremely soft and rounded for such a big beer. You really don't get that this is 11.5% ABV until after a few minutes. This is a killer brew that has everything you would want in a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stout? Strong ale? Brown Ale? The bottle doesn't say. Whatever it is, this is a big honkin' beer, proudly brewed close to my house, and aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and vanilla. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark (nearly black) and sports about a finger-and-a-half of brown head that hisses angrily at you as it dissipates. On the nose I smell bourbon. I smell vanilla. I smell oak. I smell Jungle Jim's Cuppa'lombian coffee. I smell toasted malt. I could keep digging, but do I really WANT to smell anything else?

Full body, oily feel, and wonderfully strong flavor. Lots of bourbon, toasted oak, a touch of almond, and thick bready malt, as well as the coffee and vanilla. Not getting much roastiness, so I'm wondering if this is really a stout or another one of their massive brown ales (like Chickow!). A little booziness on the finish, but nothing too serious to detract from the flavor. I really dig the coffee flavor in this. It's not bitter. Rather, it's one of those rich-tasting coffee beers, like KBS (I'm not comparing this to KBS, merely pointing out that the coffee components are both rich and delicious instead of bitter and acidic). If you ``chew'' on this a bit before swallowing, you can almost feel the coffee grounds in your mouth. A little bit of dark fruit creeps in on the finish which I don't much care for.

I tried a small sample of this at a recent bottle share, loved it, was sad to discover that I had missed the release, and was stunned by my good fortune in coming across some bottles at Jungle Jim's. Of the four I purchased, one was shared with the fellows at my local bottle shop (Party Town), one is earmarked for one of my trading partners, one is now in my belly, and the last one will sit for a while to see how it develops. I hope Triple Digit brews this again. Perhaps they can somehow work just a bit more roastiness into the flavor. It might help to mask some of the booziness and improve the flavor a bit when this stuff is consumed fresh.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Syracuse12
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Very dark murky brown with a 1 finger brown head. Fades quickly into a very thin ring and leaves behind small spotty lacing.

S - Notes of roasted coffee, espresso, vanilla and bourbon with some chocolate stout aroma.

T - Starts out with a big vanilla and bourbon flavor. Soft coffee, espresso, and caramel layered on top of a delicious dark chocolate stout. Very full of flavor and low on alcohol.

M - Nice carbonation with a think body and smooth finish. Quite decedent.

O - Outstanding coffee vanilla stout with the right amount of barrel notes.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy dark brown with a large brown head. This actually has some clear legs that contribute a rinsing effect--I think this may be harder than listed.

At first whiff this is really delicious smelling with chocolate and vanilla both coming in big. Sweet vanilla syrup, marzipan and amaretto follow, then caramel and mini-marsamallows. As it warms, a little wet wood and maple emerges.

Wow. Tastes like brownies up front. Then brownies with marshmallow fluff on top. Then the charred edge of a just baked brownie. Throughout, it is chocolate and vanilla, with an acceptable amount of bourbon cutting through. A little Raisinette and woody walnut come in as it warms. One downside is that the aftertaste is a bit waxy, and unusually nutty and woody.

Cranium has a nice froth, while not too heavy. Tangy, not nearly as sweet as it may sound, finishing semi-dry .

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark with a medium looking body and good skimming
Smell - caramel coffee toasty sweet vanilla
Taste - chocolate caramel slight coffee toasty with a little vanilla drizzle
Feel - medium light body and light carbonation
Overall - wonderful!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dddddddd
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drstovepipejones
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing Triple digit chickow and this R fantastic

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Photo of Gregf51
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outoffocus
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Cranium from Triple Digit Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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