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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #120
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4.47 | pDev: 4.92%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
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Notes: Imperial Stout finished with Madagascar Vanilla & Cassia bark and aged in Bourbon Barrels.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 127 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Beersnake1 from California

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with very little head. I immediately get a huge dose of cinnamon on the nose. Vanilla and tonka beans, along with milk chocolate are also dominant. I am also getting a lot of nuttiness - perhaps walnuts. At least on the nose, I am not getting a huge bourbon influence. Moving on to the taste, this is super smooth and creamy. Lots of cinnamon, licorice, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and some bourbon come through. There is a sweetness upfront, but a bitter aftertaste. This is just complex enough, and well integrated. Overall, this is a really nice stout with a great mouthfeel.

May 25, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2020 vintage. 500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with a half inch light brown head.

Nose: Absolutely loaded with cinnamon, vanilla, and bourbon.

Tase: Follows the nose. The “cinnamon roll-inspired” theme comes out perfectly. Flavor profile is bourbon-glazed cinnamon roll. Finish is sweet but not overly.

Feel: Relatively thin with medium carbonation.

Apr 13, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020 Vintage

Pours a dense, oily black body with a short-lived effervescence and a slight frothing of dark mocha foam that begins to fade just as it forms a thin layer over the surface; no lacing is present, while a creamy collar remains throughout.

Aroma cold is overwhelmed by cassia bark and earthy spice, with a vague suggestion of charry, barrel sweetness lingering in the background; as it warms, sweet cinnamon meshes beautifully with creamy, soft vanilla; there's a boozy weight across the bouquet, though the bourbon remains subtle in the backdrop; sappy, earthy tree bark and encroaching touches of vanilla frosting ease into the back end softly and in sync with the resting the bouquet, though still heavily overwhelmed with cassia bark to the end.

Taste brings a maintained cinnamon heat upfront, phasing into tree bark and a pleasant amalgam of earthy spice before toasted vanilla cream evolves over the mid-palate; barrel char and wisps of bourbon appear on the very back end, though they're supplementary as the cassia bark largely overwhelms.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-thick body with an expected low carbonation; a slickness upfront makes way for an oily texture and progressive thickness over the mid-palate, which eventually eases to a level and malty grit on the finish; a touch of earthy spice adds a zest and keeps the palate engaged through the swallow alongside a mild, warming booziness.

Maybe strange, but I would characterize this as a pastry stout that lacks almost any of the derisive features of the style; sharp along the palate, not syrupy whatsoever, and a focused flavor profile. That all being acknowledged, this stout is unrepentantly one-dimensional, embracing the peak refinements of earthy spice to the point of naturally resembling, in tandem with a steady vanilla presence, a cinnamon roll. Far from cloying and mesmerizing on the palate, this simply comes together differently, and for the most part, it is a successful expression of eccentric flavor in a barrel-aged stout.

Apr 10, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body with a trace of a brown ring. Powerful cinnamon leads the nose with a ton of sweet vanilla, with pie spices, cassia bark and bourbon as intermediaries, too much cinnamon for my preferences, but will age well. Taste brings more bourbon depth which helps balance the cinnamon more, very sweet but tasty, has some chocolate fudge mixed in there too. Body is thick yet sneaky spicy, with booze and viscosity to keep your around. Much prefer FO to this variant, but still a good dessert stout

Mar 16, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, 2020 edition, snifter glass. Dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. Smell is massive cinnamon, vanilla and cake frosting. It seriously smells like Cinnabon. They nailed the nose perfectly, wow. Flavour has more of the cassia bark/cinnamon than I'd like. I'd prefer more vanilla and chocolate brownies like the earlier batches of Fundamental Observation, but that's a small gripe. Medium fuller bodied, good carbonation, big cinnamon spice all the way through the end.

Feb 17, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice looking brown foamy head that looks pretty good and dissipates at a medium pace. The beer itself is a good looking dark chocolate brown that strongly resembles a nice black. The texture is also pretty good and has a bit of thick and viscous movement to it with a light thinness from the barrel aging.

The smell is pretty good. The smell mainly consists of strong Madagascar vanilla that is bittersweet but not such that it detracts from the beer. Rather, it is intense enough to a good note to it. The other note is a good cinnamon note. The bourbon and a light alcohol note come out in the finish.

The taste contains the same notes as the smell but are less intense and more smooth. The vanilla is bit lighter, which allows the sweet chocolate to come out a little more both in the beginning and the finish where it lingers. The bourbon is also more noticeable and a bit warmer than in the smell. Even though it intermixes with the cinnamon notes, the bourbon is certainly more noticeable.

The feel is pretty good. It has a heavy and velvety body with a bit of thinness with a tiny bit of carbonation to it.

Overall this is a pretty good beer that was done very well and worth getting. My only regret is not aging this a little bit longer to let the imperial stout notes come out.

May 12, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I find the beer to be plum crazy. Beer has tastes so deep it would put your b—- to sleep. I mean, wowie to the zowie. This thang is on fire like a Doc Gooden acid trip.

Strike 3. He gone!

Nov 23, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has cinnamon and apple pie with it's specific spices. Taste is quite balanced yet spicy. Bittersweet finish, really tasty.

May 21, 2018
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mrbelvebeer1 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Thick pour. Good carbonation with a milk chocolate color.
Smell: Tons of cinnamon on the nose. It almost smells like it's going to be too much cinnamon, but I'll see how the vanilla balances it out. It honestly smells like the first time I experimented by putting cinnamon sticks in to a Bourbon County '17.
Taste: I get no vanilla at all; the cinnamon just completely overpowers everything. The beer needs better balance, for sure.
Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected. It doesn't coat the mouth like a good, thick BA stout does. The cinnamon lingers for far too long at the end.

Overall, disappointed in the beer. However, it has potential. I think if you let it sit for a year or two and let the cinnamon mellow, it'll be much better. I have one more of these, so I may do just that.

May 05, 2018
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drizzlemybeerzle from California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle after about a month and a half after purchase.

Pours a thick black, similar to FO. As soon as you smell it, you get that cassia/cinnamon scent but it isn't overpowering.
That same note/profile is the same through the flavor.

I don't feel the cinnamon taste is overpowering although it's the most dominant flavor. Very cinnamon bun like. The actual vanilla flavor doesn't come through as strong at the end as I would want, however I imagine that sweetness cuts out the edge of the cinnamon

Apr 26, 2018
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is literally a liquid cinnamon roll. Nose is all in your face cinnamon in a good way and vanilla icing sweetness buried into it. Barrel is subtle and not quite as fully balanced as FO but I can just smell this all day and sip it slowly. Great solid beer again from bottle logic.

Apr 18, 2018
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gibgink from Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start the review by saying I am a sucker for cinnamon. This beer did not disappoint in that department. Pours black as night with a bit of head. Cinnamon presence throughout. Strong on the nose, great on the palate, and lingering in the aftertaste. So yeah, high ratings, but I like that cinnamon.

Apr 18, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours light black, see through the pour. Black in he glass with a vey small and fast fading brown head
S: sweet cinnamon, seriously a cinnamon roll with vanilla icing aroma. Just missing the bourbon..
T: exactly like the nose...vanilla icing on a cinnamon roll. Very good, I just wish there was more barrel.
F: medium thickness, very smooth

Apr 14, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good lord. All the people saying this is like a Cinnabon dipped in bourbon ain't lying!

Appearance is coffee black with a thin, fizzy mocha film that dies to a fine chain.

Smell is dominated by cinnamon that nears Red Hots, to its detriment, but there is a touch of vanilla, gooey dough, dark chocolate syrup, red licorice and spicy bourbon in the background.

Taste is where it's fucking nailing the Cinnabon effect! Jesus H Christ...I'm getting it all! Gooey, dripping and smooth cinnamon-sugar that completely redeems the unwieldy nose is joined by creamy vanilla frosting and doughy, unctuous malt. All of this is slowly enveloped by smooth chocolate and a substantial, warming, and somewhat numbing bourbon presence.

The body is smooth and round, of medium heft, with a thin but crisp soft fizz, finishing semi-dry.

Apr 13, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Black in color. Little tan head.

Thick like normal, but hard to taste anything but cinnamon. It wasn't a red hot flavored cinnamon, but more like real cinnamon or the ground version. The vanilla is no where to be found. It is hard to taste the barrels. I normally like BL stouts, but this was a let down. Good, but not great.

Apr 02, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Bottle Logic, here for RFI Bottle pickups.

When poured from the tap handle, this thing was viscous, vicious, and black. The tan head quickly settled and tucked itself away into the beer. Thin retention clung desperately to the glass, but didn't have the grip to stick around.

The nose on this was all cinnamon roll, right away. Tons of cinnamon bursts out the gate, swirling in harmony with that potent Madagascar vanilla. I couldn't believe how closely they nailed this aroma profile. Keep in mind, this beer is nearly 14% ABV, and even in the finish I was just getting a sharp spiciness from the Cassia and notes of black licorice to round it out. I love beers where I can easily pick out every ingredient mentioned. It shows a brewery's true expertise in their craft.

It hit my lips, and the cinnamon hit first right away. It was followed closely this time with that anise that the nose finished on. With the quick 1-2 jab from those two out of the way, the dust settled and I was left with all that vanilla perfection, and was finally hit with that boozy 14% presence. That oaky bourbon finish is literally the only reminder that you weren't at a new hipster blendery that was serving up organic cinnamon roll smoothies.

The body was great throughout. Thick and viscous as foreshadowed from the pour. Low carb and incredibly smooth, with a nice subtle burn and a sticky (bun) finish.

Mar 28, 2018
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LA_Hue24 from California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at brewery. 6oz pour into snifter

A: Sits a glassy black with off white ring around the glass some lace in the middle. A stout lovers wet dream.
S: Aroma is mostly cinnamon earthy cassia some sweetness kinda like a cold Cinnabon
T: this is where the beer shines. Nice layers of flavor that linger long after the swallow. Starts with cinnamon and turns into that trademark fo bourbon soaked brownie not overpoweringly boozy everything is comes in to play just nice.
Mf: medium mouthfeel definitely coats the mouth with a bit of dryness which I imagine is the cinnamon or cassia bark easy to drink despite the high abv
O: a fantastic brew. I can only imagine some time in the bottle will help mend the flavors together more and make this epic

Mar 27, 2018
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maltznhopz from Nevada

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While the cinnamon was a tad overpowering in this I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping a few months in the bottle will allow the cinnamon to settle a bit.

Mar 19, 2018
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