Hypermash Hydra
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #32
Ranked #146
4.72 | pDev: 5.3%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
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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.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours with noticeable carbonation that subsides quickly, smell of strong coconut and light cinnamon with faint coffee, taste is in your face with all flavors and balances well with the barrel characteristics, mouthfeel is thick and smooth. For the price and availability, I wish I had more of this amazing beer. 2nd best to summation and batch 1-2 FO.

Jul 12, 2021
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GreatStoutman from Texas

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was easily a top five beer for me last year. Checks all the boxes for great nose, thick body, delicious adjunct blending and boozy kick. Outstanding work, and I think BL is not getting the love their recent bottles deserve!

Jun 22, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4.23/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with minimal head. Nose is bursting with notes. Cinnamon, coconut, very dark chocolate, bourbon, black licorice, burnt toffee, blackberries, and honey. I'm not getting much coffee on the nose. The nose, to me, is not overly complex. That said, I don't think it needs to be. The taste is really nice. Tons of cinnamon and coconut - probably the most dominant flavors. The bourbon is there, but not really dominant. The cinnamon is very strong. It tastes as described. The coffee is there, but I don't get a heavy hit of it. the mouthfeel is crazy - this, to me, is where this beer really stands out. Super thick and creamy. Almost pours as a syrup. Overall, this is a great beer, but definitely not something I would buy again for the price.

Jun 14, 2021
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Vanlingleipa from California

4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pure brownie batter, maybe a little easy on the sugar. All the the ingredients that I could identify were top notch, fresh and blended extremely well, especially the coconut. Not much lacing, but that's not my biggest concern when downing a beer of this style. Best BL beer I've had since FO b1.

May 01, 2021
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pants678 from California

3.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with tan lace.

Harsh malt smell.

Something about BL stouts that doesn't work for me. Coffee has bite and doesn't skew toward frapacino; some smoke, more coffee cake. Iron, maybe cough syrup on the end.

Not especially dense. Good, though.

Not unusually dense.

Mar 14, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like coffee ice cream, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate fudge, sweet coconut, and oak.

The cinnamon is done quite well - it's often overdone and turns otherwise good stouts into spicy messes. It's a candied sort of cinnamon flavor, and it twists into the oak flavor for an enjoyable balancing flavor. There's a lot of coffee here, it almost reminds of coffee ice cream or some kind of coffee candy, along with a nice coconut truffle flavor. I don't get much actual bourbon flavor, just oak.

This is creamy, with no real booze to it, and a good drinkability. It's pretty decadent stuff.

This is definitely one of my favorite Bottle Logic beers yet - it hits a lot of good notes for me.

Feb 15, 2021
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tylerwigfield from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: pitch black with a beautiful leather head, finger and a half
Smell: deep chocolate and coffee notes with a hint of sweetness and cinnamon.
Taste: huuuge cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee. Coconut faded, but I think that’s only due to time.
Feel: one of the thicccest stouts I’ve ever had.

Jan 20, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Black. Smells of coconut, brown sugar, and coffee. Tastes of coffee, coconut, sweet brown sugar, chocolate, and a little cinnamon. Bourbon. Heavy, sweet. Yikes. It's big yikes, but it's big yikes in a really tasty way. I can't drink a lot of this, though.

Dec 17, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2020 Vintage.

L -- Probably the most intensely thick and inky beer I've encountered to date. 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals absolutely nothing, not even allowing light around the edge of the glass. Half finger of mocha-hued head produced with moderately aerated pour. Minimal retention and a small ring of lacing around the glass
S -- Coffee ice cream, milk chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chai spice, raisin, coconut, vanilla, sugar-coated walnut, oak, and just a hint of bourbon but not because there isn't much barrel character here -- there is just so much else going on at the same time
T -- Oatmeal raisin cookie, cinnamon toast crunch, maple-covered pancakes, coffee syrup, candied coconut, affogato, chocolate liqueur. Quite sweet
F -- Huge mouthfeel, minimal silky carb. This is clearly the focal point of this beer: it is very thick thanks to this new multiple-mashing method that BL is trying out. I would personally appreciate a little more dimensionality from slightly increased carbonation, but I'm splitting hairs
O -- While certainly not leaps and bounds beyond BL's other stout offerings, this one definitely feels like a proof-of-concept for some future changes that could be applied to their whole stout lineup to uniformly improve mouthfeel


Sep 19, 2020
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FarkleMcBee from California

4.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

headless hydra opaque dark brown, flat, graham cracker (cinnamon?) intriguing aroma meets fudge in the taste, almost a tootsie roll in this chewy mouthfeel, not overtly sweet, though. Where is the coconut? Well, I'll be honest, the one whale stout with coconut, BCBS Prop. '13, I did not get to try. Coffee on the back end. Alcohol is cloyed, but whoa, this could be served between two! Border pastry stout? mmm...I would have desired a light carbonation.

Jun 22, 2020
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a complete shocker to me. It's been the first bottle logic beer I've traded back. The thickness is really a turning point I think BL will continue with. No other BL beers to this date have produced this. For the longest time in CA after trading for East Coast beers I wondered why west coast stouts were so much thinner and finally I found something that reminded me of The Answer's Cinammon Papa Boi but bourbon barrel aged. Beyond the thickness I'll admit I have 2 bottles and the first had more Cinammon than the second albeit not overwhelming. It being siagon and not straight cassia bark perhaps made it more exotic. The coffee profile was unreal. Just so decadent overall. A real shocker didnt know BL could do this.

Jun 19, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

May 08, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Apr 21, 2020
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Flip4beers from California

5/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Apr 09, 2020
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Radcpa from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is not to like. Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant blend of cinnamon coconut and bourbon. Taste is also an exceptional blend of cinnamon coconut and bourbon with a solid feel

Apr 04, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Apr 01, 2020
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IKR from California

4.86/5  rDev +3%
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.

Mar 31, 2020
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pkalix from California

4.96/5  rDev +5.1%
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....

Mar 30, 2020
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Mar 29, 2020
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Mar 28, 2020
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Furlinator from California

4.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ALIGNMENT: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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

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.

Mar 30, 2019
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 92 ratings