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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #71
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4.55 | pDev: 5.93%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
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Notes: Maple Syrup barrel-aged, Tahitian-vanilla-bean-boosted, cinnamon-finished, breakfast-stout.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 155 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of cinnamon, maple, and bourbon. Tastes of cinnamon, bourbon, maple sweetness, and some oak. Cinnamon lingers. Way too strong cinnamon. Heavy and boozy. Too much sugar and cinnamon.

Mar 14, 2021
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great beer for bottle logic. A lot going on but nothing really clashes, lots of maple, some cinnamon coffee and a good amount of barrel. It’s just a really well made adjunct stout, one of the best I’ve ever had.

Mar 07, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle poured into a teku glass.

Near black with thin fizzy mocha head.

Nose: Complex mix of cinnamon, maple, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. A lot going on but all of the components are very complementary. Incredible depth.

Taste: Exceptional. Maple and cinnamon up front followed by coffee followed by the bourbon barrel on the finish. Zero alcohol heat. Fairly sweet finish but not close to cloying.

Feel: Body on the light side of medium, incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Jan 26, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Salty-sweet, cinnamon maple bar donut aromatics on this one! Ha! Taste follows with the cinnamon and maple syrup up front and prominent...the vanilla notes were noticed on the viscous finish. It has a little bourbon heat as it warms, but not too overwhelming. This is a heavy lifter for the palate. This is like doing your heavy chest and biceps day in the gym...low reps (small sips) and plenty of recovery time in between! Ha! At 12% ABV, this is definitely a sipper. Good!

Nov 17, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage. Released about a month ago.

A: Pours a viscous jet black with a ring of dark brown espresso-like foam. Recedes quickly to a ring. No lacing.

S: Spiritous whiskey and cinnamon bark, very dark chocolate with a hint of black licorice, light vanilla, moderate amount of dark roast coffee and maple.

T: Whiskey, dark cocoa, hint of dark roastiness, a bit of ethanol and vanilla. Dark roast coffee on a long finish. Maple is hard to detect. Moderate sweetness complements the flavors nicely without crossing the line into too sweet.

M: Full bodies, medium carbonation. Slight, smooth alcohol warmth.

O: Tasty stuff. The level of coffee is pretty good but slightly eclipsed by the cinnamon. Whiskey treatment is noticeable. You’ve got to give it to BL for pulling off what is a kitchen sink of adjuncts.

Nov 12, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter. pours black with very little head. nose is an incredible mix of cinnamon, maple, coffee, bourbon and a slight bit of vanilla. it’s really quite a lot of cinnamon on the nose and this carries over into the taste. cinnamon whiskey with maple, coffee and vanilla making an appearance in the finish. mouthfeel is medium full with a sub par finish. it’s honestly the only thing holding this back from being a dominant BA breakfast stout. still, the best BL stout i’ve had in a while and quite the step up from ground state.

Nov 02, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared 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 and a thin blanket.

S - Big aromas of vanilla cookies and cinnamon, chocolate fudge. Really bright barrel notes as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose nice luscious chocolate chip cookie. Great chocolate fudge, nougat, caramel, solid bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout. Nice barrel notes but the maple is really lackluster.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 22, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
pours light fizzy head fades instantly, no retention, long legs, basically pitch black

Nose roasted malts, dark char, cocoa, loads of cocoa, cinnamon, caramel, mild maple, candy sweet, gamblers and mild barrel

Tastes sweet candy malt, dark malt, roasty dark malt, maple candy, syrup and roast, charred roast malt, nice spice and cinnamon, little toasted barrel and faint bourbon, cinnamon spice really brings this down

Mouth med to fuller bod, decent carb, fair alcohol

Overall interesting, again not as good as I expected but still good

Dec 22, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not sure why the maple never seems to come through for BL, but there's not a lot of the listed flavor coming through in the finished product. I get a lot of bitterness, roasted malt, wood, and cola, but the body is medium-thin and the coffee is acidic. Not to mention, the heat of the bourbon is overwhelming.

Mar 29, 2018
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Drift from California

4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strong Bourbon Taste. Thick with a sweet mouthfeel. Can taste the cinnamon, light coffee, and that sweet sweet caramel. Maple is fading, but its quite pleasant.

Dec 29, 2017
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: thin khaki head, thin looking body
Smell: maple syrup bomb, hints of cocoa, carmal, cinnimon and faint bourbon
Taste: maple syrup everywhere fallowed by a decent amount of cinnimon and finishes with cocoa and bourbon.
Feel: velvety smooth, thin body, little to no carbonation and a really pleasant mouth feel.

Dec 02, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2017, from bottle into chalice.

Dark black color with minimal foam head upon aggressive pour. The foam that formed dissipated quickly. While cold, this had loads of maple and bourbon noticeable. As it warmed, vanilla and coffee really came out and were in excellent balance with rest of the ingredients. Feel was also good, although not quite as full as I expected. Sticky mouthfeel that lingered for quite some time after drinking.

Excellent BA breakfast stout which went really well paired with doughnuts. Worth the trading price. Just wish it was bigger than 500ml.

Sep 18, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not going to go into huge details on this, but I will say that I am giving this beer high ratings because I actually picked up on all the adjuncts added to this beer. For my palate to pick up notes of cinnamon, maple, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa during the coarse of enjoyment speaks miles to the people at bottle logic.

Jul 25, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, motor oil-like and midnight black with a thin ring of rich foam.

Strong coffee aroma with a nice and sweet maple, spicy bourbon, and roasted malts.

Maple comes out strong which is very welcomed, with additional notes of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, sweet, chewy.

Overall, a fantastic brew. Leans a little on the sweet end, but this is a delicious sipper!

Jul 06, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from valingleipa. Cheers!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2017
Stout aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels then finished with cacao nibs, cinnamon and barrel aged coffee

APPEARANCE: Murky black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, super fizzy and crackly tan head that quickly fizzes like coke down to a half wisp and ring. Opaque black body with some carbonation streaming up the middle. A ring and dots of wisp remain leaving no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose of bourbon, maple syrup, cinnamon and roasted coffee for sure. Sweet cream, dark chocolate, cookie dough and vanilla on the nose as well. Bold and very decadent. Lovely.

TASTE: Maple syrup, coffee for sure, cinnamon and bourbon barrels with notes of sweet cream up front. Flavorful and full of character with some minty alcohol and vanilla at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is decadent, including oak, bourbon and maple syrup, roasted coffee, sweet cream, dark chocolate and vanilla, cookie dough and some cinnamon spice as well, though that is rather restrained.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight for sure, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat sticky. A touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Awesome. This is delicious and is another great example of how well Bottle Logic does stout beer. Too bad this wasn’t a 750. The barrel aged component compliments the base stout excellently and the adjuncts are done really, really well. This one was well worth the wait and is something I’d recommend to anyone who’s a fan of this type of stuff. Thanks again for this one, vanlingleipa. Outstanding.

Jun 23, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty damn amazing! Great thick mouth feel and a really nice blend of maple and coffee notes with a slight boozy finish. Great stuff! Not quite as good as FO or FF but pretty awesome!

Apr 18, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out jet black with a thin brown head on top. The smell is very rich, sort of sweet too. Very inviting. The taste of the beer is a good blend of maple and cinnamon. The feel of the beer is dense and thick, nothing out of the ordinary for Bottle Logic. Overall this beer is outstanding.

Apr 16, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark mocha hues with a thin sandy head
S: French toast covered in Grade B maple syrup with a dark roast cup of coffee
T: Decadent brunch in a glass - the cinnamon is a dominant flavor, but it is not cloying and is well integrated with maple, dark chocolate, and espresso hues
F: Medium bordering on thick with ample carb
O: Man this blew my memory of last year's Ground State out of the park. Incredible and rich - there is a nice lingering sweetness on this one, but I thought it provided a welcomed note to complement the cacao nib and coffee bitterness. Overall another incredible stout by Bottle Logic.

Apr 08, 2017
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mdlb44 from California

4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite Bottle Logic Stout to date. All flavors balance so well. I can't wait to see how this one ages over time as the only (slight) negative was a slight boozy sweetness. A+

Apr 02, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 batch (in case they do this again) drank in a snifter on 3/25/2017

This one totally had the feel of the great BL stouts. This one, however, is not barrel aged, like people seem to be advertising in various forums. It certainly has some explosive and bold flavors to it. The maple is the boldest, but there is a nice level hinting with cinnamon and a lot of coffee in the finish. Not overly complex, but this was really enjoyable. I think it should come together nicely with age as well.

Mar 31, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, 2017 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark oily black body, one finger mocha head, great retention, bits of wispy lacing. Smells of rich acidic and roasty coffee; freshly ground coffee with a bit of smoke to it. Whiskey aromas abound, with a bit of oak. There is a bit of spice to it, not quite identifiable as cinnamon but that is probably what it is. Flavour is heavy on the coffee, like a strong brew strength black coffee; milk chocolate, whiskey, touch of sweet maple, and spices on the backend. Not so much the vanilla; that seems to contribute more to the mouthfeel than the flavour. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and oily with a slight slickness on the mouthfeel that I attribute to the vanilla. Overall, yet another nice BL stout with a great body and flavour. The coffee is heavy and seems to overwhelm the other adjuncts, but that is okay with me.

Mar 26, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: huge aroma; maple, coffee, cinnamon
T: kbbs small brother. Has cinnamon, maple and barrel, but not crazy
F: pretty thick and smooth.
O: good beer but great.

Mar 26, 2017
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a late review. Had this on tap side by side with Ground State. Pours about as nice as any stout can. This beer is very unique as a maple barrel aged beer. The execution of integrating flavors is spot on and where this really shines is the Tahitian vanilla bean which complements the maple flawlessly. Up front is maple and cinnamon but the vanilla comes in on the finish beautifully. There was no comparison between this and ground state. In fact, no one in my group really wanted the ground state after drinking this. I love BA stouts but GS just had a poor mouth feel compared to this and the coffee wasn't well integrated.

This is a very unique experiment Bottle Logic has pulled off. I hope they make this an annual release.

Mar 21, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery. Pours jet black. Compared to ground state. Nose is coffee, but distinct from ground state. Definitely getting maple and vanilla. Some chocolate. Taste is mostly coffee. Not as much barrel as ground state, and a bit thinner. Overall great beer, but I prefer ground state

Mar 18, 2017
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass on tap. Nice looking beer appearance wise the weakest part if the beer. Smell is where this beer shines the coffee and maple hit my senses like a Mack truck.
Let the beer warm a bit as each sip better than the last. Maple is the predominant taste but coffee and vanilla are in the background. Well done bottle logic.

Mar 18, 2017
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