Griddle | Burial Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American 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 BirdsandHops on 10-13-2015

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a red wine glass from the can.

Appearance: beer pours a dark black motor oil color coming off of very very thick with a dark tan head rising just above 1 in fingers length off the body.

Smell: super deep heavy espresso beans with notes of dark chocolate hovering a nostrils. The smell literally lingers with you for a while and very hard to put the glass down.

Taste: deep rich espresso with notes of mocha comes off a little sweet but super super bitter at the same time it's literally coffee without the sugar but yet you feel molasses going along with it.

Mouth: medium carbonation coming off very sticky and heavily touristed at the same time makes you think of chocolate loaf cake that was sitting a little extra in the toaster.

Overall: Great find and Burial continues to deliver. this beer was a little pricey but it was absolutely worth it complex taste feels almost like a dessert for bitter enough that you want to try another. Salud!

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Photo of petrusek23
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. the can is a part of a deal from @jerryfreak, Thank you!
The beer pours a dark cola brown with minimal beige head of 1 cm and it is only a thin edge layer soon after the open. The aroma is malty with roasted notes and molasses, plus some brown sugar and coffee notes. I also find a bit of raisin. No hops and the higher booze on this beer is well hidden too.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected but very smooth texture and soft minimal carbonation. The beer drinks very easy.
Flavor is all malt, some coffee beans, roasted malt, brown sugar and molasses. Also a little bit of plum and raisin mixed in. I get no hops and the booze is completely hidden, adding to the drinkability of this beer.
A nice imperial stout which is very drinkable and enjoyable. Not a presence of hops here and all malt. I like this one, but think it could be a little dangerous.

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Photo of wafers
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gavage
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black in color with a thick 2" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: huge coffee and roasted malt aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of alcohol, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Long lasting coffee and roasted malt flavors.

Overall: a wonderful slow sipping stout that is extremely satisfying and just flat out delicious.

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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 snifter.

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

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