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Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #424
ABV:
13.49%
Score:
94
Ranked #3,809
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 4.28%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
25
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  3
SCORE
94
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Notes: Chocolate Covered Banana-inspired Imperial Stout that was fermented with Arizona Cactus Honey before aging for nearly two years in a combination of bourbon barrels and ex-bourbon barrels that most recently held some of Superstition Meadery's world-class mead.

Post-barrel, this liquid was blended with an intensely potent small-batch beer built on our pilot system with mountains of real bananas for an utterly radiant fruit flavor. To complete the concept, we sent the full volume through a filter bed full of sweet, earthy cacao nibs for a decadent, chocolate-covered finish.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by emyers:
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emyers from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a teku glass.

Near black with a thin brown head.

Nose: Bourbon up front which fades to chocolate covered banana. Rich and balanced.

Taste: Bourbon barrel dominates up front followed by rich dark chocolate. The mead comes in strong on the finish. Banana is a bit more subtle here compared to the nose but still very much there. Finish is fairly sweet especially with the mead but not cloying.

Feel: Full-bodied, fairly high carbonation relatively speaking.

Oct 26, 2019
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Lucnifter from California

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2019
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 02, 2020
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Bum4ever from California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 17, 2019
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t2grogan from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 03, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

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

Stark glossy black building a short mocha head that fizzles out to a thinly ridged ring.

Smell is exactly like my banana pancakes. I smash the bananas into a goop, substituting them for the eggs and oil in the batter. It's a magical pancake.

Taste is darker, oakier, more chocolatey and roasty, with a bourbon zip and a hint of maple. The banana comes out on the tail end, almost like Runts, but with that maple hint in the bourbon, it's also bringing me back to the pancakes. Either way, it's not overpowering for me, and the bourbon comes back in assertively without trouncing my palate. I don't find that the mead is contributing much, unless it's in part contributing to the banana.

Feel is smooth and silky, then a fine effervescence surfaces, lifting up some heat into a semi-sticky finish. Mature but mild dark fruit with an almost smoky barrel char comes out in the aftertaste as it warms.

Dec 30, 2019
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pkalix from California

4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

best banana beer ive ever had!!!!!

Oct 13, 2019
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 05, 2019
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22Blue from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 23, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Salty-sweet, slightly bourbon-boozy, choco-banana aromatics on this one! Taste follows with a deep and viscous honey-like vibe...it is salty-sweet, chocolate banana upfront then the bourbon booziness takes over and adds some heat on the swallow. This clocks in around 13.5% ABV! The booziness doesn't really start to dominate until it warms up a bit. This is great!

Oct 28, 2019
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vfgccp from New York

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 26, 2019
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edthehead from New York

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 18, 2019
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Original_Gravity from California

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sep 30, 2019
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 29, 2019
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Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 12, 2020
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 09, 2020
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 04, 2020
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 13, 2020
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impending from California

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 13, 2019
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 21, 2019
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fthegiants from California

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 28, 2019
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DvdP from Netherlands

4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 02, 2020
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 15, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep cola brown and settles pitch motor-oil black. The viscosity is evident on the pour, amounting to about half a finger of a khaki-colored cap that settled rapidly. Lacing is practically minimal.
S: Even cold you can smell the banana and honey. The honey sweetness dominates with smells of chocolate trailing close behind. It smells rather inviting and promising.
T: Right out of the gate, the flavor is superb even with the chill. The honey, chocolate and banana are all present. As it warms, it seems that the honey comes out even more but the banana follows in a similar fashion. I would say that honey stands out the most, but the banana is actively trying to snag the spot light. Both present from start to finish, with the honey presence lingering slightly longer in the after taste. Chocolate flavor is like the raw cocoa used in baked goods, providing a nice sweet yet bitter foundation for the other adjuncts to build upon. Bourbon is minimally detected at finish, seemingly masked by the mead presence.
F: Thick, full, and viscous. Heavy in weight, medium in body. Carbonation is appropriately done being at the moderate sweet-spot. Booze is hidden nearly completely, and the feel is not sacrificed. World-class mouthfeel for a beer of this stature.
O: I will be honest, I went into this with high expectation. I am not let down. The honey is strong as expected from the mead barrels, but the banana is presented in a nice natural and abundant fashion. The more it warms, the more the banana shines through and meshes with the mead honey. Barrel presence is at a minimum but still detectible, affirming this is a 13+ percent barrel-aged beverage. To say this is a treat is an understatement. My wife, being a non-stout drinker, gave it a sip and said she liked it. Wouldn't expect less from the likes of Bottle Logic and Superstition meadery. I am very glad to try and I would drink again/recommend. Cheers!

Nov 16, 2019
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Furlinator from California

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at home on 01/24/20.

Jan 25, 2020
Equivalent Dose from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 25 ratings