Ground State | Bottle Logic Brewing

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Brewed by:
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mothman on 03-16-2016

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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 85
Reviews by frenchblood21:
Photo of frenchblood21
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500ml bottle into a small Willoughby Brewing Nut Smasher goblet. Date of review is 6/11/16.

Look- Ink black with a dark tan, real thin head that lasts about a minute. Exceptional lacing.

Smell- Coffee and chocolate are the first two scents detected. I get no bourbon or vanilla, which is a bit disappointing. I do get some nutty scents, a mixture of cashews and peanuts, which is a nice surprise.

Taste- Much better than the nose would lead me to believe. Here are my tastes in order, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and nuts.

Mouthfeel- Very little carbonation and a bit thin. If you're into syrupy stouts, this may not be your thing. This beer still coats your mouth and leaves the tastes lingering for a few moments.

Overall- Really great and balanced beer. Not too sweet, but you pick up all the advertised flavors. Better than KBS, but not earth-shattering by any means.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee vanilla bomb with mild barrel character. It s a great brew though, very much enjoyed it. I'd actually say I liked it better than FO, but that'd just be blasphemy...

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Photo of PorterPatron
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arrived at my front door 4 hours ago. Chilled immediately. Been looking forward to try this.

Pours jet black, inky body. Dark brown head. Looks amazing. Aromas are overtaken by fresh coffee, vanilla, bourbon, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is similar, tons of coffee vanilla and bourbon, so decadent and rich. Perfectly balanced.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the release. 3/20 Pours black with major coffee nose and slight vanilla. Nice Barrel throughout with Chocolate and vanilla. Nice feel, well balanced.... Another homerun from Bottle Logic

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the brewery during the Week of Logic

L: Warm dark onyx hues with a minimal sandy head and ample retention
S: Huge dark roast coffee, molasses, and cocoa aromas
T: Decadent and smooth mocha, dark chocolate, and well-masked, but apparent bourbon notes
F: Medium body and subtle carbonation - very creamy and smooth
O: Another exceptional BA stout from Bottle Logic. For folks on the East coast, to me this was the equivalent of Tree House's Triple Shot to their Good Morning insofar as it was a pointed coffee variant that resembled their most prominent stout, but was devoid of some of their more characteristic flavors (maple syrup for GM or vanilla for FO). Overall, Ground State holds its own as an exceptional coffee stout, but felt a bit derivative of Bottle Logic's more heralded BA stout Fundamental Observation. Well either that or I'm just a sucker for vanilla-driven stouts. In any event, Ground State was a joy to drink and one I hope Bottle Logic will consider making again!

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough for fellow beer enthusiasts at Dark Lord Day 2016 to share this with me while waiting to enter the festival. This is highly underrated pitch black stout that has no carbonation with silky smooth feel. It smells of coffee and chocolate. However, the bitterness is nicely balanced with the vanilla notes. Truly fantastic rare gem.

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Photo of carrionricardo
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Second time having this!! Bottle only review, never had on tap. This is a beautiful brew pouring from the bottle.Everything you expect from a stout, motor oil like consistency. Thick mocha head sits on top for a few but as expected disappears soon after. Aroma is enchanting, hypnotizing coffee, but not bitter coffee more of a sweet coffee aroma. Like cold stone mocha ice cream. Flavor is right there with the aroma. Sweet decadent coffee,beautifully complemented with that luscious vanilla flavor coming in strong on the back end! ANOTHER GREAT BREW from Bottlelogic. Beware of the hate on this one boys. This is a A+ beer no questions asked!!!!! Seek and destroy

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Photo of Raziel313
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have now had this on tap on the release date and out of the bottle today. On tap I liked this fine but nothing was really mind blowing or special until today. This review is based off the correct way to enjoy this brew which is out of the bottle.

Look: Pours a pitch dark brown bordering to black with minimal head that remains present throughout enjoyment

Smell: Roasted fresh brewed pot of coffee. So much coffee on the nose. Not much else comes through but not necessarily a bad thing since the coffee is a great aroma.

Taste: So much coffee!! I absolutely was blown away by how the coffee didn't completely overwhelm everything else in the beer. Allows the bourbon to come through just enough to taste and the vanilla just enough to give it that vanilla latte like finish. The best part is that the vanilla does not make this too sweet and the bourbon character does not drown out the coffee. This is a true coffee bomb fans dream beer.

Feel: Just the right viscosity just before getting syrupy.

Overall: On tap you essentially got bourbon up front followed by coffee and chocolate with a lingering vanilla flavor and not much coffee. Now having this out of the bottle I changed my opinion about this not being on FO level to now saying this is easily one of the best overall coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

- 2016 vintage
- 550mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 20-Mar-16
- 550mL bottle poured into Bottle Logic Teku on 24-Mar-16

Sweet coffee and malts dominates the nose, yet the taste is more sweet milky chocolate with a bit of vanilla wafer. The coffee roast is present but not dominating like the nose; instead it's nicely balanced but do note that I like my coffee with a splash of half and half. Nice velvety texture; not too chewy. The heat's on the level for a beer relatively fresh out of the bourbon barrel. Overall, BL did a nice job on this year's anny brew and I'm glad I bought the full limit. One of the better BBA coffee stouts I've had recently.

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Photo of hopabomination
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aromas of coffee and vanilla dominate. A beautiful showcase of vanilla, coffee, mocha, chocolate. Rich, velvety body that lingers on the tongue. Full of flavor and super balanced.

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Photo of BG24
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour from 500ml bottle
Although I loved the pour on release day. I didn't want to review until I had it from the bottle and it was better as expected. Pours nice and thick with minimal head. Smell is dominated by fresh coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee forward but also very balanced with a chocolate fudge and slight vanilla on the finish that compliments the barrel. Mouth feel is solid enough to appreciate although I love chewy stouts. Overall BL is killing it on the adjunct stouts. This is equally delicious as FO with more balance IMO. Let this fully warm up and enjoy how all the flavors open up.

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at bottle logic 3/2016.

Pours black with small brown minimal head. Smells of coffee and vanilla. Taste is nice chocolate and big coffee upfront followed by vanilla and marshmallow fluff. The barrel is present throughout. Great mouthfeel, smooth and velvety...almost fluffy on the way down. Overall an epic new brew. It was the slightest bit hot (being pretty fresh). Kind of like if beachwood barrel aged mocha machine and then blended it with FO.

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Photo of hypohophead
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Dark as night.

Smell: Sweet smell coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

Taste: A bit of alcohol burn, in a good way. Reminiscent, of a good cup of bourbon spiked vanilla bean coffee. Still sweet with a hint of bitter (delicious) coffee on the tail end. Roughly equivalent to the nectar of God's balls.

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Photo of grze
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic in every way, after few pours I think it may be a bigger, bolder, more complex than FO, just by tiny tiny bit. I absolutely love the barrel character that Bottle Logic is achieving these days.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lateralundertow
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oddlandf
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of juablu
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JayGreezy
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ciscojuju
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmcurran
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Prospero
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Ground State from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 590 ratings