Griddle | Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Piston Espresso Stout

Behold the vibrant glare of life’s everlasting penchant for satisfaction’s zenith. We kneel before the temple of your desires and proudly offer you this gallant chalice. This cold black steel melds rich caramel and honey flavors with lactose sugars and just enough charred black malt to forge defining stout balance. The addition of a custom blend of roasted coffee beans, from Asheville’s PennyCup Coffee, offers bold roast, dark fruit and the mild smokiness that drives the aroma. Sip slow, sit long.

Added by n2185 on 10-13-2015

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a ninja box from @Dragginballs76 – Thanks Michael!
Marked “PKGD 11/??/17)” across bottom of can, stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees (per can instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, medium density, short retention, rapidly diminishing to a one mm ring and a few thin islands. Even these rapidly disappear leaving only a black uninteresting coffee-like liquid in my glass.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Brown, slight haze.
Aroma – 4 - A lot of coffee just a tinge burnt, and caramel.
Flavor – 4 - Strong coffee, slightly sweet, with a slightly over-roasted edge. Some caramel. No distinct hops or malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, watery, very soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – Would I like some beer with my coffee? Yes, please. This seems to go overboard with the coffee at the expense of the beer. Coffee is the predominant taste, aroma, and look of this beer. It’s even thin, more like the porter end of the spectrum than the stout end. Only the alcohol (10% ABV, which I can neither taste nor smell) would make me think of a stout vs a porter. Despite my nit-picking, I’d still buy this a lot, I just wouldn’t call it a stout.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Burial Griddle

A: Burial's other breakfast cooking utensil-themed stout pours light roast coffee-black (so really more of a dark brown) and is obviously translucent at the edges of the pour. A hard pour yields a very disappointing (and quickly dissipating) light khaki head of a few centimeters, and that is being quite generous. Lacing is almost non-existant, and even the alcohol legs that one expects from a 10% imperial stout are timid. Needless to say, this beer makes a very poor first impression. 2.25/5

A: As if to make amends for the lackluster appearance, the aroma wastes no time in seducing the senses with a French press full of rich, darkly roasted coffee. All the baker's chocolate, faint dark fruit, ample roast, and earthiness that one expects from, say, Sumatra or Brazilian coffees come in waves. Sweet lactose adds a little cream and milk chocolate to the cup. Some sweet caramel, bittersweet toffee, and maybe even some earthy maple syrup (likely from the malts and not the coffee) add further complexity. This is a very inviting nose. 4.5/5

T: Much of the coffee flavor makes the jump from the aroma to the flavor, but it does lose some of the depth here. There is still dark fruit, dark chocolate (not quite baker's level), and a slight earthiness, but the roastiness is really toned down. This allows for the lactose to supplant the coffee with milk chocolate, cocoa, sweet caramel, a little toffee, and even more maple syrup than in the aroma. Sweet, sticky malt akin to English porters and even English barleywines is a surprise neither pleasant nor unpleasant, though certainly odd for the style. A bit of roast and smoke finally make an appearance at the tail end of the sip, just as the earthiness that evokes maple syrup so strongly returns for one last wave. It is an odd flavor profile for the style, an oddness that Skillet also suffered from, but it is not unpleasant. 3.5/5

M: Similarly to Skillet, mouthfeel is the weakest part of the beer. The viscosity is surprisingly thin, off-puttingly so, and combined with the stickiness, it creates a very awkward dichotomy. The roast is not quite enough to cut the sweetness from just sitting on the palate after each sip, which makes getting through Griddle more work than it really should be. Carbonation is soft and nice, though, and the alcohol is masterfully hidden, which is worthy of praise. 3.25/5

O: Similar to its Burial bretheren, this is fine, and that is about it. The coffee presence is the only thing that sets this apart, but it is not interesting, different, or really even present enough in the flavor to make this worthy of a repeat purchase. Everything else is either stylistically weird (or outright wrong), especially the mouthfeel, which forces sipping through being weird and lingering, yet the flavors are not compelling enough to make the necessarily slow pace an enjoyable journey. Maybe cutting out the lactose and adding oats or wheat to buff up the body could be an answer for this beer's problems? Who knows. I am glad I got to try it, but at ~$16 per four-pack of 12oz. cans, I will not be picking it up again. As with Skillet, there are much better, more available, and cheaper coffee stouts to be found on just about every shelf in the country. Pair with the similarly passable retread that is Wolfmother's self-titled debut. 3.25/5

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Photo of rdoggg
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, the date is a bit blurry, but appears to be 11/30/17, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep black color, cola brown hues with a bone colored head that has little retention and yields no lace. The aroma is great, tons of espresso, rich and with a smooth roast, light chocolate, dark grains, light stone fruits, a touch of acidity, but this is all about the coffee. The flavors are very good, tons of rich espresso, dark bittersweet chocolate bursts forward behind the coffee with a light acidity and some stone fruits and even a bit of vanilla. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit lighter than expected but still a smooth medium body, lively carbonation and a dry finish.

Verdict: A really nice coffee stout from Burial Beer Co. Beautiful expression of coffee, tons of chocolate, nicely balanced though I wish the body had a bit more heft to it.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i love burial, they have fast become one of my favorite breweries in the country, but this one didnt impress me as much as i hoped it would, although with the coffee in it, i maybe should have drank it when i first picked it up a few months ago, as that aspect may have faded some and had an adverse impact on the beer overall, who knows really. it pours almost still from the can, viscous and syrupy and opaque and not more brown than black, weird for the style. the smell is bitter concentrated coffee and deep nib type cocoa, maybe just all from the malt, some char but no bitter along with it, some milk chocolate sweetness, and a really out of place cola element with a vanilla side to it. light smoke in the flavor, chocolate malt and a somewhat lighter grain roast letting the coffee jump out. no green pepper staleness or anything to it, but its just not all that unique from a coffee standpoint, i wanted more nuance here in the center of the flavor. its thick to drink too, boozy and a bit sugary (if there is lactose in here, maybe there shoudnt be) but also totally at a standstill, no bubbles at all, which normally i dont super mind in a huge stout but i miss this here as this really needs something to keep it flowing, its stagnant and almost dead to me. maybe i waited too long, maybe i got a bad can for whatever reason, maybe i shouldnt have had so many beers before this one, but i had really high hopes to it and for the first time burial didnt live up to them... ill revisit this one for sure though.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with burnt mahogany edges, dense cap of mocha foam that maintains itself for a little while. No lasting lace.
Intense, bold espresso flavor. The lactose is noticeable, it adds a certain sweetness and texture i'm not wild about.
Rich and roasty, dark chocolate is huge. Lasting roast malt lingers in the aftertaste. Somewhat light bodied.
Overall it's very good, reminds me of Cafe Deth locally, based on the level of coffee intensity.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can dated 12/19/17

Pours dark brown black with a tan khaki colored foam head. Smells like big roasted espresso coffee, dark chocolate, honey, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, creamy lactose, smoky molasses, some dark dried fruit, toasted bready roasted malts, slight peppery spice, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes super robust and full flavored, a tad sweet with big roasted espresso coffee beans, notes of dark chocolate, honey, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, lactose cream, smoky molasses, dark dried fruits, toasted bready roasted malt, some peppery spice, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice espresso imperial stout.

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are coffee forward along with some vanilla. Lots of malts. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. It's sweet, but nothing cloying or over the top. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth, fluffy and slightly creamy. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice imperial coffee stout. It's pretty bold. The coffee/espresso shines. The craftsmanship is on point. I really like it. Well done.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler into Seven Swords chalice. Pours a very dark but not opaque ruby brown with a light tan head. Initial impression is roasted malts, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, but a little thin. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is semi-sweet chocolate with coffee. Not a bad RIS, but not best in show by any means.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft, served in a snifter glass

jet black in color, thick tan colored head. rich aroma of chocolate, maple, coffee. very complex, but very tasty. thick, full bodied, slick.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicirus
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDarcy
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with thick tan head dissipates to a thin ring no lacing.

Aroma - Lots of cold pressed coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla.. Big coffee aroma.

Taste - Drinks like black coffee, lots of espresso, roasted malts, vanilla.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated smooth little dry on the finish.

Overall - A well done coffee stout no sin of the alcohol very tasty,

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Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Griddle from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 66 ratings