Ground State
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #41
ABV:
13.4%
Score:
99
Ranked #171
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 6.19%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
644
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Notes: Our legendary Breakfast Stout returns this year with two epic power-ups: Vermont maple syrup was added right into the brew for a beam of subtle sweetness against the earthy bitterness of barrel-aged Coldbot Coffee beans! As in 2016's batch, this viscous 13.4% beast was aged in bourbon barrels with just a handful of Madagascar vanilla beans and will be finished on cacao nibs and Coldbot Coffee's Salvadorian + Guatemalan coffee beans.
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4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage; drank 4/21/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; minimal lace.

Dark roast coffee bean & chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Medium thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Cream, chocolate syrup & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; vanilla & bitter dark chocolate notes on the finish. Faint oak notes emerged as this warmed

Flavorful as hell, if a bit busy...delicious all the same.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 01, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2o16 vintage. Pours one shade shy of black with an opaque clarity and dresses with a swirl of foam. Nose reveals big coffee notes, ethanol and dark chocolate. Taste expresses sweet cocoa and vanilla with some notes of the barrel in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even, mild carbonation. Overall, a very nice stout. All the flavors coalesced nightly; however, it comes off a little thin.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Mar 31, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2018 draft from the tap room. I've had a lot of great coffee beers and it's one of my favorite adjuncts, but this was almost straight coffee for me with little barrel, enough to the point that I did not feel it was worth drinking this over coffee. Just my opinion, but I know a lot of others feel differently - just check the rating and previous reviews. Love Bottle Logic, but just wasn't feeling this beer.

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AllOfTheCats from Illinois, Mar 22, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 edition courtesy of Lingenbrau

Pour is black, somewhat viscous, moderate tan head.

Smells like bourbon soaked cocoa nibs with oak and vanilla. A touch boozy. Some maple syrup/caramized sugars and burnt coffee grounds in the background.

Maple flavor strikes first. Not overpowering, but prominent. The bourbon follows with oak, vanilla, and corn mash, rounded out by rich milk chocolate and a subtle roasted coffee.

Every one of their beers I have had has been in the Bourbon County, Firestone Walker category as far as body goes. This one is a touch thinner, but still exceptionally full and luscious without being syrupy (especially with syrup) or cloying. Just a touch of lip smacking stickiness.

It definitely shows some of the ABV both in aroma and taste, especially if you were to compare to a Bourbon County varient that is stronger, but a phenomenal beer that pretty much lives up to the label.

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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros. 2017 edition.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of heavy maple syrup, cocoa, bourbon barrel. No discernable alcohol.

T -Taste is similar to the nose with loads of maple sweetness and good vanilla and light chocolate. Good cocoa and sugars. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, bright. Could be better and fluffy.

O - Overall this was a very solid imperial stout. Light barrel along with light chocolate. The maple is really sweet and oppressive.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud, 2017
Pours a light fizzy dark head, fares fairly quickly, little lacing, nice long legs

Nose very rich, maple candy, candy caramel maple, little dark choc cocoa, little forestry and mild char, but syrupy roasty char cloying sweet, creamy lactose milk chocolate

Taste sweet candy and big maple, toasted grainy malt dark malt, little coffee roast, mild toasted vanilla barrel, mild bourbon whiskey, some dark chocolate cocoa, little bitter malt and hop, sticky sweet finish

Mouth is fuller bod, nice creamy feel and carbonation, some alcohol

Overall good but not great

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring

S- herbal espresso up front, mixes with notes of mocha cream and dark chocolate, along with roast & char. Undertones of anise, caramel, brownie batter & a hint of vanilla

T- smooth cold press coffee notes up front mix with mocha and vanilla cream, as well as undertones of toffee and fig. The finish gives some light barrel characters or bourbon and wet oak, more coffee and chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv hidden pretty well

O- even amounts of chocolate and coffee notes, with undertones of barrel

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Dec 17, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle. Teku pour. Preface that I generally prefer BA stouts without coffee.

L - Fizzy, translucent black with thick bubbly head. Looks very highly carb'd.

S - Tastey aroma but hardly differentiated from a founders breakfast stout. There is a little more sweetness which I'm getting maple from (but is that the power of suggestion?). Wasnt blown away by CBS but to memory I liked its aroma more. Note that I'm also getting cinnamon as it warms.

T - Oh damn that's sweet. Coffee is more muted than most which I appreciate. The maple syrup is tough to find, but it's there (somewhere. I think?). The roast level is dark in the coffee and the malts. The bitterness found is medium to high and begins to develop as it warms. Overall very rich in flavor.

F - Very highly carb'd. I would not define it as "thick" regardless of its sweetness and sugars. Feel is status quo and not necessarily anything noteworthy.

O - Solid beer. Top 250 beer that trades for $75? Lol. This is a hype beer and why I think I'm giving up trading, at least for "limited" beers. It is a good beer, and I'd be happy to buy it once or twice at cost if I were local. But for California to hype bottle logic to their "value" or Florida to hype JWB or AC, or my local brethren here in PA to hype Voodoo to the tradde "value" that they soar to makes me just want to laugh. If you're into paying for the name on things then the aforementioned breweries (and MANY more) are what you're looking for. I'm more than over seeking out these super limited beers. I'll drink the few others I have in my cellar and stick to the equally tastey shelf beers.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a gifted bottle from a BIF buddy - and one that I was very, very excited about. I shared this with friends at a local brewery, thus my pour was small, but the beer is undeniably impressive - the nose is full of maple and coffee notes. The beer tastes of light coffee roast, just a bit acidic from the coffee, with plenty of pleasant maple syrup and cacao. It is baffling to me that this is so much harder to get than Fundamental Observation - but as good as it is, it perhaps should not surprise. Who wants to trade away such a fantastic beer?

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Nov 05, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small mocha colored head, and not much lacing.

This smells incredible- just a big chocolatey espresso bomb, with light earthy maple syrup, high quality dark chocolate, toasted oak, heavy dark roast, cookie dough, bourbon, and brown guar.

This is absolutely excellent, and one of the best uses of coffee I've ever had in a beer. The coffee is so fresh and vibrant, with a perfect roast level, some cookie dough and brown sugar flavors, and lots of chocolate. The beer is just so fudgy and smooth. The barrel is light, more oaky than actual bourbon. The maple is definitely a subtle touch- it is very far from a true maple bomb.

This is thick and chewy, and very creamy, with miraculously still a very drinkable feel to it.

This is possibly the best beer I've had from Bottle Logic so far. This is absolutely wonderful.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Aug 30, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First beer from Bottle Logic. Pours a thick viscous deep brown/blackish color. Nice mocha head that fades after a minute or so. Glass lacing is there, as it should for a high ABV stout. Smell is sweet bourbon and dark roast coffee. Some vanilla, too, but definitely a bourbon presence. Taste is very bourbon forward, especially before it warms. It’s to the point even after it warms it’s a somewhat hot from the bourbon. I’m not getting much maple, but am getting lots of dark roast coffee. Also dark chocolate, so that aspect of the beer definitely shows. Some more faint vanilla and even a little dark fruit. Got a hint of caramel sweetness, too. Feel is right there with other bourbon beers. Overall, it’s good but I think it needs a year to mature. If I’m not getting much maple now, I don’t expect more to come forward. I’d rather see where this goes after some time in the cellar.

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Worcester90 from Massachusetts, Aug 25, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage. Bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a half inch medium brown head.

Nose: vanilla and coffee dominate. Bourbon barrel and maple come in towards the end. Bourbon is pretty subtle.

Taste: phenomenal. Follows the nose mostly - coffee and chocolate lead followed closely by maple. Vanilla starts to take over as it warms, and towards the end it’s really dominated by vanilla and maple. Bourbon barrel is fairly subtle and drifts in and out. Finishes semi sweet with more maple and vanilla.

Feel: full-bodied, smooth, medium-low carbonation.

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emyers from Illinois, Jul 04, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 (2018), poured into an Alesmith snifter. Pours a medium dark espresso. Nose is mostly maple, coffee, and oak, with some butterscotch and caramel. Palate is chocolate fudge, maple, coffee, with oak and butterscotch notes. Disappointingly, the chocolate and maple dominates the barrel character, so it’s not as complex as one might hope. Still a good brew, but it's not in the upper tier of the category.

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floyd_pugman from California, Jul 03, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 release.

A: Pours black with a half finger of cola-like dark brown head. Average retention and almost no lacing.

S: Strong coffee, light cocoa and vanilla bean, and mild rounded bourbon.

T: Rich and strong coffee dominate the flavor, alongside a light but very well integrated sweetness, dry oak, and bourbon. Mild roastiness and mouthcoating coffee through a long finish.

M: Medium-full body, chewy, with medium-light but cutting carbonation.

O: Bottle Logic proves again its deftness with its barrel program. Coffee dominates, but the base and barrel provide nice (though admittedly light) accents. The only knock on this is that it might be considered a bit one-dimensional, and I’m not getting any maple flavor.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Jun 22, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewery
Looks good! Think, with dark tan head
Coffee prominent on nose. Not much of other adjuncts
Palate similar. Good but maple is overpowered

Tasty for sure, just wanted more balanced and subtle flavor

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pagriley from Illinois, Jun 13, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Lots of cacao, ice cream and dark malts on the aroma. Taste has sweet cacao, fudge, caramel, bourbon and toffee. Well balanced, smooth coffee finish with medium bitterness.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 23, 2018
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let my 2017 sit out for 9 months in my closet. It was insane, fudgey, chocolatey, nice mouth feel and great coffee that did become muted over time (I prefer that). One of my favorites.

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AdamofSoCal from California, Mar 31, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

MAPLE! Bourbon, maple, chocolate and vanilla goodness. For how high the ABV is, it did not taste boozy in the slightest. It certainly packs a punch but its pretty sneaky about it. Big fan of BL (when I can get it) and this did not disappoint at all!

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4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big black syrupy light blocking brew that looks like blackstrap molasses with a thin cappuccino cap. Head only on aggressive pour settles fast into thin tan collar.

Aroma burst forth with boozy bourbon barrel, bittersweet cocoa, and sweet maple. Hint of vanilla pushes through as it warms.

Flavor is full of maple, smooth bourbon, flash of sweet vanilla followed by bitter baking cocoa. Booze isn’t hot, but you can tell it comes in pretty high on the ABV scale.

Body is smooth as silk, light carbonation, syrupy and full. Rich boozy dessert.

A great brew, big and bold. Perfect for sipping on a cool evening by the fire (or a vacation day breakfast).

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Nov 20, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage, poured into a tulip. Nice roasted coffee (still), coupled with some detectable vanilla creaminess/sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, highly impressed.

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4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very darknappearance with minimal head. Aroma is a bourbon and coffee blend that has perfect balance. Taste is a slightly sweet molasses bourbon and coffee blend that is exceptional

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Radcpa from Washington, Aug 09, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 tulip glass served at cellar
Look: pitch black, half inch khaki head
Smell: big bourbon with hints of maple and coffee and lot of chocolate
Taste: bourbon, maple, vanilla, coffee and a ton of chocolate
Feel: medium to thib body and carbonation
Overall: a traditional breakfast stout, could have used more coffee and body

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Futbolmanby from Michigan, Jun 15, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hot black with a slim brown edge and a thin tan film.

Smell is Hot cola, roasty malt, bourbon, and chocolate, bringing flavors of light maple, Hot bourbon, slick, thick chocolate and barrel notes. The hype is too Hot! ...and this was batch 1!

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 24, 2017
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4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. It pours as a thick inky liquid that has a little trouble raising a dark brown head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no head. The smell of this beer is stunning. The coffee and vanilla smacks you in the nose first with the malt, bourbon and a hint of maple filling out the experience. The taste is sweet with maple and vanilla merging with chocolate, coffee and bourbon. There is a bit of booze in the flavor but it seems in balance with the rest of the flavors. This is an amazing breakfast stout.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Apr 23, 2017
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4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow do I love maple stouts, this one definitely doesn't dissapoint. It's very coffee forward with just enough maple to sweeten the finish. I really enjoyed this beer, I'll be seeking it out again.

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