Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #843
Ranked #2,579
4.24 | pDev: 6.6%
Yesterday at 10:45 PM
Oct 14, 2015
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.4 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut

Yesterday at 10:45 PM
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Rated by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Lots of coffee followed by dark chocolate.
Friday at 02:25 AM
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can in a snifter.

Pours a stand alone black color with dark brown trim and head. No retention but decent lacing.

Great smell. Strong espresso with a sweet froth. Light char on the roasted malt.

The caramel flavor sweetens the coffee and roasted malt flavors.

Smooth and rich, medium bodied.

This one rested outside the fridge for 45 minutes before cracking it open, enhancing the aromas and flavors while softening its 10% abv. It made for a nice drink.
Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Griddle is my first beer from Burial. We have been following their amazing stout releases and finally got hands on their espresso stout. It is a blend of coffee and milk sugar with a medium body. It reminds me a lot of the Founder's stout line, in profile. Excited to try more Burial when possible.

IG: @firesidewithphil
May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a four pack of this beer at the brewery in Asheville during the Christmas break.

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep dark brown with a nice brown initial head and good lacing. Very fragrant dark chocolate and dark roast coffee smell that follows to the taste. Some fruit flavors, maybe a bit of banana. Pleasantly sweet, some honey and syrup. Slightly smokey. Will save one can to have for breakfast sometime with h pancakes and good bacon!
Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Feb 11, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Jan 26, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Furlinator from California

Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bold, yet smooth, the promise of smoky, char, toasty and robust flavors are of something right off the griddle. And that's just what Burial Beer intends!

Jet black and forming a rich creamy lather, Griddle leads right in with a deeply charred sweetness of malted milk, chocolate, espresso, vanilla and campfire in a soothing but nearly mesmerizing scent. Faring quite similarly, the initial taste is sweet with malted milk, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and cream to nearly dessert-like fashion.

As the full and luscious stout stretches across the middle palate, the sweetness makes way for an intense roast from PennyCup coffee and brings a bitter earthiness akin to roasted walnut, burnt marshmallow and oaken spice. Trending more coffee-like heading into finish, the beer's late palate is one of chickory spice, oak, whisky warmth and smoky chocolate.

Creamy, full and expansive in texture as in taste, the finish is malty-sweet with a long roasty, whisky spiced aftertaste. If it weren't for its strong alcohol content, this beer would be right at home at the breakfast table.
Jan 13, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - black with a nice head and slight skimming
Smell - great espresso smell with a roasted malts
Taste - espresso slight chocolate and roasted malts
Feel - medium body and light carb
Overall - great but could use more body
Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by Tstone23ku from Kansas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by Bandi from New York

Mar 12, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is very dark black in color; when held up to a bright light the edges of the glass are dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface had a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with hints of lactose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of coffee beans along with touches of lactose and faint bits of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has a lot of bold aromas and flavors of coffee and would make for a good breakfast beer or a selection for an early morning tailgate party. It also does a remarkable job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste given its strength and is rather drinkable.

Serving type: can
Mar 12, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by crobinso from Colorado

Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Years ago, I used to frequent an Italian deli that had a wide variety of interesting sodas, including an espresso soda that this reminds me of. That drink was terrible, but this is what I imagine it could have been if done right (and with 10% ABV, obviously). Thinner-bodied like a soda, slightly lower carbonation than expected, but rich chocolate and bitter espresso, some real earthy dirt and grinds.
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Dec 22, 2019
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Rated by addiwilliams from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Overhwelming espresso flavor. I feel like I'm gonna be wired from drinking it. Great with dessert
Dec 19, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin khaki head that dissipates to sparse patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, faint vanilla and licorice. Flavor is dark toasted malt, drip coffee, brown bread, light vanilla; flavor thins out into a coffee and cream dominated light finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A somewhat light bodied stout to support the more robust coffee flavors present here. The coffee tasted much more like a creamy Americano than espresso, but I suspect that espresso intensity would be difficult and probably overwhelming in a coffee stout. Although the malt is supportive at first, it kind of fades away into the finish, leaving this tasting more like a few of the lighter bodied coffee beers I've tried in the past. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not one of the deeper coffee stouts out there.
Dec 18, 2019
Rated: 5 by cafequaid from North Carolina

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Apr 26, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Unknown vintage; drank 3/13/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy tan head; frothy lace.

Cream, light roast coffee bean & mild fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean & cream flavors up front; mild fresh earth & faint spring water notes on the finish.

Easy to drink, but too thin & watery to really wow ya.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Contained within that bottomless generosity from @Dragginballs76 during NBS BIF#8
Pour yields a deep brown body with coffee hues towards the corners. Tight tan head of tiny bubbles. Doesn't stick around in abundance, but does retain a nice little cap.

Nose is a smoothe creamy delicious coffee note with some smoothe chocolate and probably lactose (edit: yup).

First notes of bitter chocolate and coffee suggestions are overwhelmed a bit by how sweet it is. A lot of lactose coming through as well. As it warms the coffee comes forward more and is really pleasant, but the lactose is still a bit much.

10% alcohol is present but not overwhelming, though between the lactose and the alcohol it is a little thinner bodied than my preference.
Thanks Mike!!
Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. can into the center of a whiskey glass, it pours out like coffee. Dark brown with some highlights and forms a thin layer of caramel colored crown that dissipates quickly. 4

The smell brings a coffee/espresso dominance with roastiness, followed by layers of sweetness like caramel, chocolate, vanilla and even some slight maple. 4.25

The taste follows the nose well. It comes in with that roasty, bitter, astringent coffee. Melds into sweetness of lactose sugar for almost a creamer presence. Chocolate is still there, along with caramel as well. 4.25

The mouthfeel is creamy with some bitter/acidic astringency, but really not sharply so. Well carbonated, not leaving it feel flat. Medium bodied, while coating the mouth with flavor, it doesn’t feel like fudge. 4.25

Overall, this is a well made and balanced brew. Different aspects and layers of the coffee mixing with the layers of sweetness as well, with a creamy mouthfeel all work together to lead to an enjoyable drinker. 4.25
Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jan 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Modest head production; brown head quickly fades to a glass-hugging thin rim, along with an oily sheen on top. Brew is invitingly dark, a wonderfully deep and almost reflective ebony.

Big coffee notes, along with a slightly sharp red grape and char note (more typical of RIS, but not quite as strong), burnt caramel, molasses, a touch of licorice, cream (from the lactose, perhaps), brown sugar, very light dark fruit notes (prunes, dates, and bits of grass and earth.

Flavor is rich, deep, and relatively sweet for a coffee stout - actually, quite sweet for the style, perhaps owing in part to the lactose. Quite a bit of coffee, especially mid-palate, but up front the sweeter tones are initially assertive: honey, brown sugar, sweet red grapes, banana, clove, and melon. Very low bitterness for a coffee stout.

More coffee flavor, in particular up front - balanced against the sweetness - as it warms. Longer finish, as well, with more coffee throughout the entire sip. Sweetness is less pronounced as it warms, albeit still quite present.

A thinner body keeps this brew from dessert beer territory. Really no hint of the 10% ABV; full flavored but almost thin bodied (somewhere from light to light-medium). Almost no heat, save for a very mild lingering back-end heat more appropriate for a 6-7% ABV brew.

As it warms it thickens slightly. Smooth, silky, a touch sticky throughout the temperature range.

Comparison beers: FBS, Ten-Fidy, Speedway Stout. This is less better, less full, less roasty, less chewy than all of those - and at the same time, sweeter, and more drinkable (nearly crushable). It also has less coffee flavor (but perhaps more aroma) than FBS, for my palate.
Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by alexsergio from New York

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by BeerDawgs from Georgia

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Dec 28, 2018
Griddle from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 136 ratings