Tin Cup | Burial Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A team favorite, this easy sipping stout showcases our love for the tin mug at the campfire. A house blend of Counter Culture Coffee beans works with a complex cadre of dark malts, flaked adjuncts and lactose to forge this 5% all day delight. Just a little a reminder of another beloved Burial ale.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,372
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
104
pDev:
7.77%
 
 
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Gots:
13
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 104
Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid two fingers of dark tan foam, good density and retention, even surface, the lacing forms broad streaks with above average stickiness. Black liquid with a hint of orange-brown at the edges, nothing but a few haphazard bubbles to be seen. Chocolaty nose with a smooth American roast coffee foundation, no bitter notes, pecan nuts, sweet condensed milk, more floral than fruity, more persistent than pushy, coffee takes up more space as it warms. Medium-bodied, smooth for the high level of roastiness and perhaps drier than expected for a milk stout. The carbonation is a little lower than preferred. The coffee notes strong and here too without bitterness. More doughy, bready with a vanilla bean to cola bean aspect thrown into the mix, the oats presented with clarity. Maybe a touch of cherry or plum fruit. The more you sip it the more it comes across as a session stout with the volume turned down on purpose. Maybe made for folks who’d like a stout during warmer weather but normally demure. Simplicity is its strength.

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Photo of strohme2
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, dated 29 sept 18 (I think, kinda blurry). Cool artwork on this one. Pours a medium brown, short lasting tan head. The smallest of rings around the glass.
Nose of smooth coffee without the bitterness, marshmallow, vanilla, crusty brownie.
Much of the same on the taste. Fudge, coffee, marshmallow, overall nuttiness and malted milk. There is a hint of char and earthy bitterness that balances some of the sweetness.
Bigger body for a 5% beer. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a black beer topped by a dense two finger tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: Smells of light roastyness and milk chocolate with some slight coffee notes.
T: Taste is light chocolatey notes, smoothcoffee, nice roasted malt backbone and a slight hint of smokey meatyness along with some sweetness from the lactose. On the finish this beer brings more sweetness, some more chocolate, and a little more coffee with some lingering roasted notes. Really nice coffee notes on this beer.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a finish that is fairly dry.
O: Overall this is a really solid beer. Really nice flavors and some solid complexity. Somewhat muted but I've sat on this one for awhile and at 5% you can't expect this one to be a punch in the face. It definitely drinks pretty well and is worth a try if you like the style and can find it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a snifter

Jet black liquid, two fingers frothy taupe foam cap, sticky lacings

Aroma of chocolate, roast malts, wisp of coffee

Taste of coffee, roasted malts

Thin mouthfeel, slight linger of the coffee, medium sudsing

Nice beer

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours coffee colored with a two finger beige head; dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Coffee and smoky tones forward with black bread and Baker's chocolate underpinning

Taste: The coffee and ashy/smoky tones jut forward, with chocolate and black bread building underneath; a hint of vanilla, in the middle; coffee bitterness lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Somewhat underwhelming, as a bigger mouthfeel and bolder milk stout flavors would improve this beer

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Photo of woemad
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can grabbed by accident when reaching for an IPA! Did not realize my mistake until I opened it. Received courtesy of Dragginballs76. Hard to read the over-printed stamp on the bottom, but appears to have been canned April 20, 2018.

Pouring out, it looked lighter than it ultimately became in my glass. Once settled, it was a dark brown with lighter brown highlights when held up to light. Initially a big tan, bubbly head, said head dropped fast down to a thin ring. Not much lace unless you violently agitate it, then spots grudgingly are left on the sides of the glass.

Big coffee nose up front. The smell reminds me more of the medium roast ground coffee as I dump it into the coffee maker in the morning before work (I save the really rich, more dark roast stuff for the weekends) than when I'm lifting a brewed cup to my mouth. Also some milk chocolate notes and, interestingly, what reminds me of smoked malts.

In the taste, the coffee seems a bit less raw, and there's more of a nutty, toasted malt flavor present. The (presumably) lacto used gives less a smoky vibe in the taste than in the smell, but also gives a toffeeish taste to things. A lot going on for a fairly light stout.

Relatively light bodied for a stout, but the oats give the mouthfeel a nice creaminess that helps beef it up.

More flavorful than most milk stouts I've had, and the coffee doesn't dominate to the extent I had initially thought it would. I would drink this again. Thanks, Michael!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at Armsby Abbey.

Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of fluffy off-white head. The head settles into a thin ring, leaving plenty of cobweb lacing along the way.

The aroma brings notes of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and sweet cream with just a hint of coffee.

The flavor brings lots of grains and dark, bready malts as well as some chocolate syrup and strong roasted coffee on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a strong lingering coffee bitterness.

Overall, a good milk stout that is rather standard for the style, but is well made and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a snifter at 52 degrees. The beer has a two finger head that is creamy and foamy. The head has fair retention and left no lacing on the glass. The head is light tan color. The color of the beer is SRM 38, dark brown nearly black The beer does present with carbonation bubble on the sides of the glass.

Dark roasted malt, char, molasses, cream, yeast, chocolate, espresso, bready, and earthy.

Dark roasted malt, coffee, yeast, dark chocolate, bready, yeasty.and earthy.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated and coating.

The body of the beer is full, full carbonation, and a medium plus finish.

The beer for me failed on several notes. Yes, it is a dark stout but I was wanting the creamy mouthfeel of the milk stout. I felt the beer could have been chewier. Good beer but was the Griddle Stout was flat amazing.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, with a 2 finger tan head. The retention was so,so, and there's no lacing on the glass.
The nose is very rich with coffee. There's not too much else, because the coffee really is strong.
Taste - Up front it's more of lactose, but on the backside its all coffee. The coffee flavor really lingers on the palate.
Feel - moderate body, and the feel of the coffee in my throat really lingers.
One of the better coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of JunkPuncher
4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The most complete and well-balanced coffee stout I've ever had. The coffee is subtle, and the mouth feel and overall taste is as close to perfect as you can get for this combination of flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the more basic burial beers i have had, and while expertly made, highly drinkable, and very tasty, its also one of the least impressive. not because its bad, but because they have set the bar so high with their other stuff that this seemed sort of generic. its really light and thin for a stout, the dark roasted grains arent quite as robust as i like them to be in the style, especially with the lactose in here, they are needed for balance. i get the idea of trying to let the coffee in here do that, but it can be appreciated in the nose a lot more than in the flavor, and that deep roasty bitter low end is missing for me. that said, i like the malt flavors here, some sweetness, some chocolate, and some raisin or tobacco element, not overly complex but well honed. i like the drinkability here and the four season nature of this. i also like the subtle milk sugar, its not so intense as some, and it doesnt make this feel creamy or anything. its well made beer, and its delicious, but i have come to expect just a bit more innovation from these guys. more coffee would set this off...

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—traces of clear dark brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of dots of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans and lactose are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, the lactose becomes stronger.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans and lactose along with some hints of dark malts and a light amount of bitterness from the coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little smooth, and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This milk stout definitely has lots of aromas and flavors of lactose but seems a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: light malt sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, prunes, molasses, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: an easy drinking stout that is satisfying.

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Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown some highlights, thumb sized tan head with some sparse lace.

Aroma is nice sweet milk sugars, roasted coffee some nuttiness and caramel hints.

Taste like the nose, nice roasted malt, coffee notes, some char and light lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel big medium but seems a little light actually dry.

Overall not a bad little stout, not as smooth and creamy as some milk stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In a world of over-the-top, highly complex, imperial-or-bust beerscape of stout, its nice to see a charming, moderate and blissful roasty ale to reset the senses and to realize that there's rewards to be found in a somber and balanced stout.

Burial's Tin Cup employs local coffee roasters and lactose sugar to bring out the roasty perfume of coffee & cream. Nuttiness, char and caramel round out the scent of the dark brown beer, leading to a malty taste that starts with more caramel, cream and toffee before trending toasty, roasty and chocolaty.

As the taste develops, the sweetness drops and the coffee, chocolate and nuttiness elevate to a taste of fine dark roast blends and the robust nutty oils of walnut. Cocoa and cream offer a hint of vanilla milkshake while the light praline character is balanced by woodsy hops and a light citrus bite.

Full in body, but gentle on the palate, the roasty dryness is buffered by hints of vanilla and lingering nougat. An after palate of roasted nuttiness, coffee gounds and cocoa powder dry the mouth and beg for another highly drinkable taste.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with creamy khaki colored head of 1 cm foaming up. The head fades rapidly to a wispy island and the thinnest of edge layers.
The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa bean with some hints of dark coffee. No booze or hops on this malty brew.
The first sip reveals a very smooth texture and average bodied brew with very gentle carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is as expected from the nose, with lots of malt up front and through the finish. I get some dark chocolate but the flavor is dominated by roasted coffee bean and a bit of sweet milk sugar notes. this is a light and sweet from Dunks but with alcohol. No hint of hops in this beer, are there any? Also ABV is completely hidden from this reviewer. Beer is very easy to drink and doesnt sit heavy in my belly, a great session beer and good change of pace if you are hopped out these days. Very nice sweet stout from NC.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 3/23:
A newly rinsed glass produced a rocky, bubbling lava of beige/tan head as the carbonation frothed from below. The head seemed to want to dissipate, but was kept aloft by its own activity. The body was a dark mahogany with high clarity at the edges beneath the eventual medium thin beige color.

The nose was a classic roasted malt notes with a slight char more than coffee. With a deep inhale, a dark roast bean note came out, a little more with some warmth, though it still was secondary. Just a splash of warm, just tangy milk comes to the nose in back.

Taste also had a more straight, light ABV stout aspect to it. The coffee was mostly absent up front, with roasted grain and charred dark bread being the main aspects I note. By mid-taste, a dark roasted coffee note became noticed as nudging up from the bottom of the flavors. A little more coffee is noted in the lingering taste. The milk/sweet of the lactose is felt more than tasted, specifically. Medium light with an above average carbonation that was just a slight distraction.

A nice light, well flavored regular stout that had me mostly missing the coffee and lactose. I believe the latter might have balanced the strong roasted notes more than having its own personality. The coffee may have faded, or acted more to enhance the classic stout notes to my palate.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with nice dense tan head. Strings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Amazing fresh ground coffee aroma, hints of vanilla and roasted malts with a touch of lactose.

Taste - The amazing fresh coffee flavors are great, if this was hot it would taste just like coffee. Seems to be a touch more vanilla in the taste and more roasted malts.

Feel - Medium bodied the carbonation may be a touch high still very easy drinking.

Overall - A very well done coffee session stout. So easy to drink.

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Photo of thebeers
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a thick light tan head. Modest lacing.

Big creamed coffee aroma with milk chocolate notes and roasted malts. Fantastic.

Taste is also very coffee-forward, a bit less chocolatey, although that's in there, as well as some cherry. More of a brown ale base than a stout, though, although there is a hint of light creamy flavor.

Light to medium bodied with a bit too heavy carbonation.

Aside from the feel, a very nice, strongly coffee-forward sweet stout.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Did i open a can of beer or coffee?

Pours brown. Foamy, short, off white head that fades fast to a ring.

Smells roasted coffee, cream and hints of malt.

Tastes strong coffee, some creamy sweetness and hints of earthy bitterness. Finish is Semi sweet with a long coffee linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of jpro
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack on a recent trip to AVL. Pours a glossy brown, with a light pecan head of foam that forms about a half inch head of fizziness that leaves no lace / no retention. Smell is big time coffee... Also some smoky notes and touches of vanilla (?). Taste is dominated by roasted malts and coffee up front, with some sweetness and graham cracker towards the end... tasty. Feel is a bit light, with noticeably higher carbonation... for 5% stout, I guess that is to be expected. Overall, this a great, sessionable stout... And probably a great choice for camping / day drinking. Glad to try it! Definitely recommended for any coffee stout / porter fans out there.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Drew for sending this can! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Dark brown and nearly opaque with a low level of carbonation after the initial blush. Still manages to form just under a finger's worth of light tan head with decent retention though.

S: Huge coffee – dark roasted and mildly burnt - up front. Sweet and roasty malts, then light notes of lactose, vanilla and chocolate with a nutty, toffee sweetness to the malts as well.

T: A medium-roast coffee flavor up front (that seems a little watery) with a touch of lactose creaminess. Roasted malts, light toffee and vanilla. Light flavors of bitter chocolate in the background. As it warms even more, light char to the malts and I could even buy into some marshmallow with the lactose and vanilla. The finish is bittersweet coffee and roastiness with a modest hop bitterness.

M: The body is on the watery side, even for non-imperial stout. Fairly low carbonation sensation and low alcohol flavors.

O: The light body hurts this one as an American stout. The coffee flavors are nice, but it seems watery. It's a decent beer though, and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Graham19840
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stout glass. Dark brown with dark brown head. Coffee aroma is strong with some roast. Very balanced IMO. Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Overall a very good beer!

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Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can stamped 10/10/16

Pours a dark brown color with a tight creamy head clinging to the surface. Smells of roasted coffee beans and brown bread. Coffee dominant flavor as well, though a bit more nuanced than the aroma. Nutty coffee beans, black malt, faint lactose sweetness. Smooth, fluffy feel - medium bodied and fairly bitter. Pretty good...very coffee-forward and roasty.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer that allows a little light through. It has a nice tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The smell is amazing roasted coffee and cream. The roasted malts are also strong. The taste is an iced coffee with cream. There is a nice bitter coffee and char finish. Great beer which is like a lighter version of skillet donut.

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Tin Cup from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 104 ratings