El Duende
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #321
ABV:
14.1%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,141
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.82%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
62
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  6
SCORE
94
Outstanding
El DuendeEl Duende
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Horchata Stout, 14.1% ABV, BA Stout finished with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by yesterdayfaraway:
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours black with a small fuzzy dark head that fades fast
S: holy sweet cinnamon and sugar. Smells like the middle of a cinnamon roll. Lacks barrel
T: very sweet like there nose, big cinnamon and some barrel now. Tasty
F: medium thickness with a little cinnamon tingly on the finish.

May 31, 2019
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 27, 2019
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 02, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color on the pour with a rich dark tan head, this is a gorgeous imperial stout. The nose is outrageously cinnamon forward, like “churros from Taco Bell” cinnamon forward, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a bit surprising given the barrel (which is also present) and vanilla beans (which are not present).

The taste is all about the cinnamon and the barrel, with a bit of chocolate at the end of the taste, and the slightest bit of vanilla. The mouthfeel is spot on, with an almost chewy depth to it.

If this beer had a bit more vanilla to balance the cinnamon and barrel flavors, I may have spontaneously combusted. It is still excellent, and fortunately I have another bottle to age to see if the vanilla comes forward to dance with the cinnamon and the barrel.

Dec 30, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stark oily black with a tall pocky mocha foam swiftly collapsing to nothing but a silky surface.

Upon opening it smells eggfuckingzactly like horchata right out the bottle--that rice, vanilla and cinnamon refreshingness.

The taste up front has a strong punch of booze, as the slick silky body gives off more of a spiced rum character than bourbon, before gliding into lightly spicy yet vanilla smoothed cinnamon bark, which slowly translates into that creamy rice milk treat flavor.

This has a fairly minimal fluid carbonation running into a semi-dry swallow bringing out the flavor of Red Hots at times, without the heat. As it warms, a lil caramel dulce de leche pops in occasionally.

Aug 31, 2019
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scottiethebody from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 09, 2019
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2019
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pkalix from California

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i dont much like cinnamon in my beer but the nose on this is pure cinnamon candy!!!

Apr 28, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sip. First thoughts... Wtf? Like, Raul swears on his lil soldier... Like the first time Raul saw Kim K’s vhs debut... And like Yasiel Puig’s game 4 homer before Dave f—-ed them again... This beer is on all levels.

Bottle a Mexican moon at twilight and this is what it would taste like.

Nov 23, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 02, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2019
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oline73 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 12, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big rich stout with lots of cinnamon flavors throughout the nose and taste. Overall the spices might overpower a bit on this one but still very good. Wouldn't mind trying again someday.

Feb 02, 2018
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dec 09, 2017
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 04, 2018
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RAKeeler from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 21, 2018
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Mike from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 10, 2017
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 14, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

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

This one smells like cinnamon candy, booze, vanilla bean, dark fruit, and bourbon.

This has a slightly off-putting sugar and weird finish, but up front it's pretty nice. There's lots of vanilla, and nice barrel, but the cinnamon feels slightly artificial, waxy, and weirdly sweet.

This is slightly thin, but very creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is very far from the best Bottle Logic I've had, but it's still nice enough, and certainly interesting.

Feb 08, 2018
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Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2019
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BAsbill from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 02, 2018
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Lucnifter from California

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 28, 2018
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Raziel313 from California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 24, 2018
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7irondave from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 01, 2020
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 03, 2018
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