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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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of dandandan79
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can poured into a snift er.

Deep brown with a half finger head that quickly vanishes leaving zero lacing.

Smells of espresso with a shot of sweet cream. Faint chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is strong coffee and sweet honey creamer. Coffee bitterness is quickly washed away by a sugary finish. Not syrupy but way too sweet which makes it tough to drink.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. Carbonation is light. Although it feels thin at times there is a slight softness that helps out quite a bit.

A decent offering from Burial. Nothing I would chase down and won't have again. The sugar/Coffee creamer finish was off putting and made this a pass for me. The coffee flavor was promising but it went downhill from there.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark almost black brown with tan head. Certainly smells like breakfast with notes of oat, coffee, and maple. There are certainly coffee and chocolate notes to go with an oatmeal base. It's definitely balanced and not oppressive heat-wise, despite the high ABV. A well-balanced imperial coffee stout.

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Photo of cp45
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelchesterHamfist
3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fizzy pour quickly flattens out to look, smell and taste like a mixture of thin black coffee, Kahlua, and cola.
It does hide the 10% from your tastebuds.... and your glass, very thin.
One and done.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsalz21
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am forced to give this one less than a perfect score because really there is almost no head, and lackluster aroma. HOWEVER: the taste and mouthfeel are basically perfection, one of the best espresso beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. It's on par with Cigar City's "Caffe Americano" - i.e. excellent. I got it on tap as part of a flight, I neglected the rest of the flight and ordered a full size, and then another, and then realized I still had to drive home and cut myself off. I should've had a couple more and taken an Uber, because the bar is no longer offering it and I've been thinking about it ever since I had it two weeks ago!

Extremely balanced and sweet imp stout, too sweet for some drinkers but great for me. They totally killed it with this release and hats off to the coffee roasters as well, the espresso flavor is deep and fruity but well tempered with lactose sugar. I will definitely have this again if I ever see it, and I'll be on the lookout for PennyCup coffee as well.

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger and half of khaki after an aggressive pour into the glass. Head retention is okay. Aroma is dark, rich, and semi-charred notes of espresso coffee, and roasted and toasted malts behind. While there is espresso coffee present, it does come off a little burnt and overly crisp. Flavor profile is smooth, rich espresso, and milk chocolate notes with roasted and toasted malts. It's a brilliantly rich blend of chocolate and coffee. The flavor profile comes off considerably more smooth and rich than the aroma. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a rich, velvety texture. Overall, a rich stout with some delightful espresso and chocolate notes in the flavor profile, but a semi-weak aroma.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackop555
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, brown head that Fades fast to a lasting ring.

Smells fresh coffee beans, roast malt, caramel, light sweetness, Char hints and dark fruit hints.

Taste caramel and coffee, roasted malt, light dark fruit, light chocolate, light Char and next to no alcohol somehow. Semi-dry finish with a roasted linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Only negative on this beer is the look and the mouth feel is quite not as expected.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tinypalooza 3/24/2018

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Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I heard about this beer, only in little amounts. When I told my friends I got this beer they said it was fucking amazing. I cracked the can open and a strong dark coffee aroma emitted from the can. Poured the beer into my Bruery glass, it was 47 degrees. The hard pour produced a one finger medium tan head with poor retention. The head dissipated leaving nothing in the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The aromas in the beer are dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, char, earthy, dark stone fruit, molasses, burnt sugars, bready, and dark roasted malt.

Dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earthy, dark stone fruit, floral, citrus, molasses, burnt sugar, bready, and yeasty.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and dry. The body of the beer is full, the carbonation is medium, and the finish is full.

The lack of a head on this beer was an opportunity missed. The flavors in the beer are phenomenal, well balanced.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Griddle from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 87 ratings