Hypermash Hydra
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #160
ABV:
13.54%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,379
Avg:
4.79 | pDev: 5.43%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
24
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: This compounded cuvée twists and tangles the five heads of a double and triple mash stout base for a super-viscous, high-gravity tempest of caramel-drenched waffle cone flavors. The monstrosity was finished with a 2,000lb multi-attack of coconut, 170lbs of Columbia Patroness Coffee, and a final blow of fragrant Saigon cinnamon.

Hypermash Hydra is the most complex beer Bottle Logic has yet attempted, and it received critical acclaim in its sneak-peek pours at Week of Logic 2019. After a full year in bourbon barrels, this mythical beast is dealing 13.54% ABV damage.

This beer is lactose-free.
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4.95/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Bottle to glass
App: black and thick like dirty motor oil. Dense dark brown head. Initially absent then rises to almost overflow.
Smell: coconut, coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate brownies or ice cream.
Taste: same but with added bourbon, caramel, cinnamon graham crackers, Oakiness and viscosity.
Feel: Creamy, think melted haagen-Daaz.
Overall: this is ridiculously good. This is just a balanced masterpiece of an imperial stout. Initially a 5 I realized the one flaw is I can’t really drink much of this chocolate syrup in one sitting.

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bret27 from California, May 08, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The viscous used motor oil pour of black with dark brown ribbons builds a dark mocha blanket that audibly fizzles out quickly.

Taste is intense of coconut, as if it were just very recently, freshly toasted, and to absolute, unbelievable perfection. It's the most spot on expression of toasted coconut in a beer I think I've ever had. And this is right off the jump. It doesn't get floral, or astringent, or too sticky sweet either.

There's a little bit of a cinnamon bark and bourbon barrel kick to the nose, while on the palate the coffee is the stronger contributor, enhancing the chocolatey malt by creating a divine mocha waffle cone character. It's a full on dessert assault vehicle.

The feel of the body isn't quite so viscous as it looks, but it's substantially thicker than any other Bottle Logic stout I've had. However, because of its thickness, the barrel doesn't seem to come through as much in flavor. It finishes semi-sticky with a little bit of heat, but...the bottom half of the bottle...got dam! It becomes even thicker, and also more coconuty and chocolatey, and just absurdly luscious. I guess I forgot to Shake Well!

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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 21, 2020
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5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hypermash Hydra. How do I explain it to everyone that this beer is best beer I've ever tasted in a long time. We go through beers to find certain ones that makes us find more and this is it. Once I cracked this open and the first swirl into my glassware, tons of coconuts. Once it warms, you get chocolate, little coffee presence but that's okay. It's good as it get but im not sure how will this age but hopefully you get to try this once, it's very worthwhile, cheers

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Flip4beers from California, Apr 09, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For the 2020 release!:

Sweet chocolate-coconut, cinnamon coffee, and hint of bourbon barrel nose on this one! Great aromatics! Taste follows with a thick and viscous coconut-chocolate finish...a little cinnamon coffee bitterness and hint of barrel round out the swallow! As it warms, the cinnamon becomes a bit more prominent, but subtly so and not overpowering. Everything is so well-balanced... just flows and fits together so well. This is world-class!!!

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lucius10 from California, Apr 01, 2020
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4.86/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2020 Release

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest sized dark beige head which faded fairly quickly. Nice looking Imperial Stout.

Smell: Prominent Bourbon, cinnamon, coconut, brown sugar, and modest coffee aromas. The beer has a nice nose.

Taste: The taste is what this beer is all about. The palate feature modest bourbon, cinnamon, coconut toffee/brown sugar, and dries out in the finish somewhat with some tannic oak notes. The taste profile is nicely balanced with the individual elements complementing each other very nicely. The beer has a mild alcohol presence for the listed 13.54% ABV. I seriously don't know what I would change here except a tad bit more coffee but if it affected the balance that would not be good.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied with the carbonation is at a modest level that works very well resulting in a thick and nice mouthfeel in this beer.

Overall: A very impressive beer. The taste profile is nicely balanced and cohesive with all the adjunct complementing each other very nicely. The only adjunct listed that I feel is underrepresented is the coffee but who really cares when it tastes this good. Beers like this are great inspirations to keep working on my home-brewing.

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IKR from California, Mar 31, 2020
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4.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

as a 'refined' connosieur these days (hahahahahaaaaaaa..........) i find doling out 5s across the board quite beneath me. but then, what really DOES deserve a 5....? dang, this one really surprised me. thick and creamy and smelling wondrously amazing with the taste folling closely on its footsteps.... i like what the guy below me said: "it's glass-coating thick"... nose was cinnamon right off, then the taste added some coffee to it and then it all came in to play... i wonder what a higher-abv version of this would bring? could this be the next Theorem next year?
edit... what the heck... i upped my scores because a 5 should NOT be 'divine intervention', right? just the top of the ladder....

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pkalix from California, Mar 30, 2020
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4.76/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It’s glass-coating thick.. super dark, tan head. Looks like it’s from a whole different brewery. Beer is insanely balanced. Coconut and cinnamon dominate, but the black-roast coffee finishes with a dark chocolate, dry bitterness. So many strong flavors fighting for supremacy, yet they all cooperate, and achieve near perfection.

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StoutSnob40 from California, Mar 29, 2020
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4.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opened 3/27/2020

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a black color with minimal dark tan head. Nose is toasted coconut, cinnamon, and slight coffee, chocolate, caramel/panela sugar. Reminds me of Samoa cookies. Taste follows the nose, strong coconut, and then cinnamon and coffee, and warmth from barrel. Very well blended. Additionally, get caramel/panela sugar. Like dunking a Samoa in coffee. Feel is perfect for this type of stout viscous, coats mouth, minimal carb. Overall, to date the best dessert stout I have had. Samoa cookies with cinnamon and a side of coffee in the morning. Ideally, the barrel would shine a little more, but it is still present

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jheimbigner from Washington, Mar 28, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ALIGNMENT: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
HIT POINTS: 12.93% ABV
CHALLENGE: Level I

SKILLS
Colombian Coldbot Beans: +8 coffee
Toasted Tropicality: +8 coconut
Indonesian Ceylon Cinnamon: +6 spice

ACTIONS
Compounded Cuvée: This is the most complex aged
blend Bottle Logic has yet attempted. Two unique
double mash brews and a triple mash recipe were aged across a range of bourbon barrel sets and blended to create an ideal host for coffee, coconut, and cinnamon.

Maillard-Mash: Double and triple mashing creates
super-viscous, high-gravity flavors by caramelizing sugar and proteins in long boils for more Maillard reactions.

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Furlinator from California, Mar 30, 2019
Hypermash Hydra from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 24 ratings