Roll for Initiative
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Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.47 | pDev: 4.92%
Jun 15, 2021
Feb 27, 2018
Imperial Stout finished with Madagascar Vanilla & Cassia bark and aged in Bourbon Barrels.
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look - Really nice thick black with a great tan head and rimming and lacing
Smell - Lots of cinnamon
Taste - Lots of Cinnamon sweet roasty vanill and boozy with a nice barrel
Feel - medium full body with a creamy light carb
Overall - really nice beer
Jun 15, 2021
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Rated by tehveeonesee from Nevada

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very cinnamon forward. Not a fan of cinnamon but overall well done
Jan 20, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by skochdopotato from California

Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by paresis from Massachusetts

Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 5 by TylerJ from Iowa

Nov 23, 2020
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown/black appearance, sugary fingers down the sides of the glass, and very little head or lacing. Lots of vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon barrel all the way through.
Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by kmoen from California

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 25, 2020
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Rated by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Just an incredible beer! Could use a little more barrel! But other wise, a classic!
Jun 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Beersnake 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
Rated: 4.45 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 23, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.28 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Hopelessly0 from California

Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.38 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Mar 09, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Mar 01, 2020
Roll for Initiative from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 128 ratings