Fundamental Observation | Bottle Logic Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
bottlelogic.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout blended with Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Added by SimcoeKid on 05-17-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
1,164
pDev:
6.37%
 
 
Wants:
929
Gots:
297
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,164 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of Bman6266
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worth the hype. Best beer I’ve had period.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from California for $25

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 500 ml bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, light molasses/licorice/dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is amazing. Mildly increasing warmth of 13.2%, with minimal barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Insanely rich malt complexity; with perfectly balanced vanilla flavors, and bourbon barrel integration. Not overly roast/charred on malts, or boozy/tannic on barrels. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example as expected.

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Photo of beefbucket
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of runmilesdrinkbeer
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Frus77
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4, 2018. Fantastic. Nice vanilla on the front end, with chocolate and bourbon on the back. My first BL stout, and I'm absolutely blown away. This lives up to any and all hype. It honestly is like a bourbon soaked brownie

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm blown away. Drank the 16 and the 18 side by side and 18 was my clear preference while both were excellent. Review is for the 18. Tons of fluffy vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, epic balance and so tasty.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.72/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GeneralBurden
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of invertalon
4.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SirBentham
4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PappaSam21
4.84/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4th Batch 2018, Delicious Stout I've let it sit a while so I can pick up the bourbon notes and any thing that gets covered up from being to cold. It taste very pleasant balanced perfectly with roast, coffee,fudge chocolate,big bourbon,brown sugar rasians, with a hint of vanilla, I wanted more vanilla but with the incredibly expensive price of madagascar vanilla I can see why there wasn't more put in. Overall excellent beer is it perfect mabe not, but is anything perfect that's a subjective opinion.

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Photo of Jrjr0891
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1 / 2015 FO - So much effing vanilla, it's incredible; the vanilla is a lot more bean and a lot less artificial; impressive bourbon notes, luscious mouthfeel; it's effing scrumptious.

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Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really incredible stout, flavorful, smooth, silky, and it gives a really nice sweet and chocolate/coffee bitter aftertaste with a just right perfect hint of the four blend bourbon. It also looks nice and it has a nice aroma. It is a truly well crafted piece of art. I also like the saying on the bottle "United in the thirst for Knowledge & Beer".

Look: black with a thick fluffy dark mocca head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit

Taste: Perfect balance of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, some coffee and bourbon.

Feel: full, thick, silky

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Photo of curlybird
4.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 poured from bottle at fridge temp. Pours jet black with tan head. Nose is vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, marshmallow, vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Amazing beer from Bottle Logic!

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Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of reebtaerG
4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaMacAndCheese
4.64/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 batch was very decisive, but well worth the wait on the east coast.

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