Space Trace
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #64
Ranked #225
4.51 | pDev: 6.21%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Space TraceSpace Trace
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Coconut Stout.

BA Stout finished with an outrageous amount of Coconut and Cacao Nibs.
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 bottle, drank March 2021 out of an oversized tulip.

Look - poured with little head, quite dark and sludgy.

Smell - faint, maybe a little roasty.

Taste - a bit of coffee and dark chocolate but no coconut, the surprise was a chunk of something, must have been solidified coconut, that got trapped in my mouth and quickly dissolved. Nice taste, like it says on the bottle, like a chocolate cake, but I typically don’t like chocolate cake unless it’s tarted up with other stuff, and this was a straight chocolate cake taste. No alcohol or barrel to be found anywhere.

Feel - moderately thick.

Overall - a big let down for such an acclaimed beer. Firstly - I was most looking forward to that Bottle Logic Barrel and got none. Secondly, the chunk. Thirdly, the taste and smell didn’t jump out at me in any way. I mean, I didn’t NOT enjoy it, and it was cellared properly, but I’m just not feeling this one like other BLs.

Mar 21, 2021
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Yabu from California

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

Og, 2016. Best batch and best coconut stout.

Coconut check . Barrel check. Smooth checkout!

Last batch had basically no coconut, very disappointed.

Jan 20, 2021
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking stout. Smell is of bourbon, sweetness, and coconut. Taste follows the nose, nice rich flavor with bourbon and coconut dominating the palate. Some roastiness. Coats the tounge nice but slightly thin and is a little over carbed. Overall good coconut stout. The coconut could be stronger

Apr 28, 2019
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brewmeister1984 from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a coconut bomb! So good to go with the shavings. Would drink this everyday if the week if I could. Amazing stout for sure. Gotta get more.

Sep 24, 2018
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LloydDobler from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2018 bottle poured into large snifter

This has been a long time want for me and it was a big letdown. It was kind of a bitter mess. So dry, it was almost as if it were aged in cab franc barrels instead of bourbon. Barely any raw coconut with minimal sweetness. I seem to be the odd one out here. Maybe it was a bad bottle because I know the height of quality these guys usually reach with their barrel aged beers.

Sep 06, 2018
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is throwing me for a loop. Second time I am trying space trace but first time writing a review and it tastes more like FO than a chocolate coconut beer. Pours thick and dark with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Leaves a layer of foam covering the surface of the beer. You get an overwhelming vanilla note on the nose. A little bit of chocolate on the back end and a generally sweet character. Coconut doesn’t really stand out however. The taste is sweet and balanced and follows the nose with chocolate becoming more prevalent as it warms. A touch too carbonated for the style but not overtly so. Another hit from bottle logic. Nice barrel, sweet, balanced and utterly delicious.

Aug 31, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 Bottle. Typical deep dark brown-black appearance with minimal foam around only edge of glass. Very nicely balanced sweet taste up front, with coconut coming out towards the end (and especially so as it warms). There's a good amount of chocolate presence here as well. Bourbon and booziness are well integrated also. Really good mouthfeel. Leaves the lips sticky after a few sips.

A lot of coconut beers make you feel like you're tasting Banana Boat suntan lotion (like Last Buffalo in the Park). This beer however doesn't do that. Coconut is there but because of it's well integrated with chocolate and bourbon sweet flavors, it's is just right.

Aug 19, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Space Trace is one of two beers procured by friends who wanted to help me out after my Dark Lord bottles were stolen. I don't know how they made this happen - something about New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb bottles - but, I love Bottle Logic, and I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to try Space Trace.

I was really startled by how barrel-forward Space Trace is. I'm a bit accustomed at this point to how vanilla forward many of their beers tend to be - but Space Trace smacks you in the face right away with a strong barrel nose and taste. It's follow by lots of chocolate and coconut, with very pleasant bourbon notes. It's a thick, rich beer, which is a very nice change from thin coconut beers (typically rum barrel-aged).

While I really love Space Trace, it's one that doesn't drink itself - it's delicious, but it's an active drinker - it requires attention and appreciation. I could only drink just a bit of it - certainly not a whole bottle - at a sitting. Then again, it's summer - so it may just be a seasonal thing! Feed me a bottle when the temperature dips below freezing and you may hear a very different review!

May 27, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

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

Can a playa be blunt? Off the f-ing hook. Like Captain Hook on acid, this one is bat sh-t wild! Heavy, I mean heavy! (Like Oprah) but oh so smooth like Barbara Palvin in a 2 piece. I mean ay fu-king ay! Yes!

May 07, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is alert pleasant coco and coconuts. Taste is also a very pleasant smooth coco and coconut.

Apr 19, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

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

S - Big aromas of chocolate galore, real nice coconut, roasted coconut meat and flakes, nice bourbon juice as well, light barrels.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with huge bourbon notes, rich barrel as well, nice oak. Great coconut, almost chunky, the chocolate is nice.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, rather oily, not that creamy either.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout with a nice bourbon notes. The coconut was nice, however, rather chunky in the glass.

Serving Type: bottle

Apr 07, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud

decent but smaller foamy creamy thick 1/2 finger head fades slowly, nice lacing, long legs, pitch black color

Nose loads of dark malt, roasted malt, charred black malt and some cocoa, dark chocolate cocoa, fair coconut, a little bourbon barrel notes, oaky, thick fudgey cocoa and a little alcohol,

Taste super dark malt, dark chocolate, plenty of coconut, plenty of dark chocolate cocoa, biscuity cocoa, loads of coconut and even coconut chunks floating in the bottle somehow, and somehow it didn't go rancid, a little char, fair bitterness from roast and a bit of earthy hop, some dark chocolate fudge, great coconut lingering, sticky finish, a little dry and a bit of alcohol warmth

Mouth is med to heavier bod, thick a bit fudgey, a touch of alcohol, decent carb

Overall very nice, great cocoa, great coconut, a bit too much alcohol and chunks of coconut were both fun and scary

Apr 07, 2018
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 drank 9/21/2017
Look: dark brown black with a thin 1 inch khaki head
Smell: big bourbon front fallowed by coconut and a little chocolate.
Taste: chocolate, coconut, and bourbon... smooth but bourbon and chocolate forward.
Feel: smooth, semi milky, moderate body and feel
Overall: slightly over rated, big bourbon and cocoa... not much coconut

Sep 22, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Goddamn, thanks for the pour Darren!

This one pours dark black, with no head or lacing.

This smells so strongly of sweet toasted coconut, high quality dark chocolate fudge, bourbon, and vanilla.

I get a lot of vanilla from the barrel here, it's so creamy, like cake frosting on this decadent German chocolate cake. There is just a ton of coconut here, none of that sun-tan lotion garbage- authentic, toasted coconut, slightly sweet, with a really nice deep dark fudgy character. This really does approximate German chocolate cake quite well. I've had the base beer before, and the barrel-aging just brings this beer all the way to completion.

This is thick, creamy, and velvety, with still a high level of drinkability despite that.

I almost don't want to like Bottle Logic, but I kind of have to. They make some absolutely baller pastry stouts.

Jul 22, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slick motor oil black with a loud, dark mocha fizz that quickly dies off to nothing but a faint ring and never returns. Some oily specks decorate the surface thereafter.

Smell is big, waxy, nutty bourbon and oak right up front, tickling with some heat. Unabashedly supporting are decadent notes of chocolate fudge and a touch of coconut that's not quite toasted, but comes across as though it's fresh and added to a vanilla creme frosting.

Taste begins with sweet, creamy coconut frosting and dark, super sweet chocolate syrup working with nutty, peppery bourbon and splintery oak that builds in heat to a moderate degree.

Feel is medium to full, a little slick, but also crisply carbonated, with a semi-dry finish. The tongue begins tingling from the heat after a while.

Jul 11, 2017
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danh53 from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coconut snowflakes float along the surface of this pitch black beer. Thin, brown bubbles quickly retreat to the sides of the glass. Aroma is coconut cream, chocolate brownie, toffee candy, and bourbon soaked oak. Taste is more bourbon forward. Its a big, full bourbon flavor that seems to be evidence of time spent in the barrel. Rich dark fruit, vanilla, and toasted coconut reminiscent of the best bcbs vintages. It has some roast and smoke to it and that adds character. Coconut butter cream frosting is the icing on this chocolate cake. Mouth feel is full and carbonation is on point. This is almost a 4.75, but I prefer to see the base beer come through a little more. This is excellent and well worth the cost to acquire.

Jun 24, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with quickly dissipating head.
The aroma is bourbon, chocolate and oak. I'm not getting a ton of coconut, it's over powered by the chocolate.
Huge chocolate flavors with a strong bourbon punch, the coconut is there, but it doesn't really come into play until the finish.
The mouthfeel isn't as thick as I'd like and it's a bit over carbonated.
Overall, it's very good, but I don't think it's worth what it pulls in a trade. Wait for bottle logics hype to die down before seeking this out.

Jun 18, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with fast fading head, great cocoa and vanilla nose, and massive cocoa flavor. Coconut seems to hide out in the background. Nice full and smooth as silk mouthfeel ... so bottle logic!

Jun 13, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Bottle Logic snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep black, oily body with a small dark brown head that reduces to leave almost no lacing or retention.

Aromas are packed with coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and light chocolate.

On the tongue is rich coconut macaroon, bakers chocolate, vanilla, fudgy brownies, bourbon, but not too sweet at all. I almost feel like I can taste the coconut husk here.. the coconut is very authentic, not overly sweet at all. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decadent and rich, fudgy.

A really nice coconut stout - not artificial and not overly sweet.

Jun 11, 2017
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floyd_pugman from California

4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a BL FO glass. Nose is caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate fudge, and coconut of course. All of these flavors coat the palate as well. Full and flavorful, with plenty of coconut still present. My main complaint is that the fudge component dominates too much; it has a heavy, gooey mouthfeel and flavor that impedes the barrel characteristics. Still a nice beer though.

Jun 04, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the 2016 bottle

Look was nice dark with lots of coconut floating in it. Flakes were pretty big.

Smell is bourbon and chocolate and coconut.

Taste was mostly coconut. Nice mouth feel as well, pretty thick and boozy. Chocolate notes on the back end of the taste as well.

May 23, 2017
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SagittariusA from Missouri

4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black, but had hazy oily finish on top... Ended up with stout snot in 3rd pour from glass.

S: Chocolate and Bourbon in the nose--no coconut detected. Beautiful smelling beer, one of top BA Stouts smells in my opinion.

T: Really, really good but not great. Chocolate comes through first and bourbon hits next with the coconut sweetening the bourbon slightly. Almost tasted like a coconut sweetened BCS.

M: I am not sure where everyone else is calling this thick... seemed like in the mouth to me. Still solid beer but nothing on order of other big stouts.

O: Smell rivals BAA (that is a HUGE compliment), but the taste is only mildly better than BCS and oily appearance with snot took this down a notch for me. Not bad, but will try other BL stouts to see if I believe the hype a bit more.

May 06, 2017
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wulfie85 from California

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

Like a liquid mounds bar. The aromas are subtle, but definitely there from the glass. The magic really happens on the palette. The chocolate and coconut come through perfectly and are backed up by the smooth base beer. Barrel comes though, but only just enough to complement the beer and bring everything together.

Apr 28, 2017
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage.

A: Pours pitch black with a thin medium brown head that fizzles out quickly.

S: Heavenly dark cocoa with coconut, a bit of vanilla bean and nuts, cardamom, and moderate bourbon. Like an insanely good bourbon-soaked chocolate bar.

T: Rich melted dark chocolate, moderate toasted coconut, cola, and very light roast and coffee with medium-light sweetness. The taste sits on the palate for a good long while.

M: Thick, mouth coating, and a bit sticky. Full body with medium carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth.

O: Really delicious with an insanely good aroma. Flavors are extremely well integrated. The coconut still pops after over 6 months.

Apr 23, 2017
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick pour, fizzy, head fades super fast, no lacing, and pitch black. Strong aromas of bourbon, chocolate, and coconut. Notes of chocolate candy, bourbon, barrel, coconut, vanilla and chocolate liquor. Thick, smooth, no heat. Extremely solid stout with great flavors and perfect balance.

Apr 13, 2017
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