Transmit in Color
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.36 | pDev: 4.82%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Magnanimous Brewing

Bourbon + Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Café de Olla Stout

Don't adjust your television set! This Magnanimous Brewing collaboration stout decodes the chrominance signal of café de olla, broadcasting bold Mexican Bella Vista coffee and Ceylon cinnamon frequencies while malty hues of sweet piloncillo are saturated by beams of tequila and bourbon.
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Pim from Netherlands

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle art is amazing on this one, really colorful. The smell was boozy with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, no smell of tequila. Taste is smooth: cinnamon backed with tequila, coffee and cocoa follow up after, very boozy mouthfeel, very subtle hints of vanilla. A bit sharp but mellows over time. Had it with a share, this was a really nice bottle to have

Jul 11, 2020
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adrock314 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Darkest brown to black in color. Very dark brown head. Closer to black lace than latte foam - dissipates quickly and remains as a thin ring

S: Not overly aromatic. Dark fruit. Hints of coffee. Cinnamon and maybe a little vanilla and chocolate

T: Rich chocolate and dark fruit up front. Followed up with milk chocolate/Hershey’s syrup. Cinnamon and spice make an appearance and linger through the finish. Lots of vanilla and influence from the barrel(s). I can’t really isolate the tequila barrel but I do think it contributes to the overall complexity of the beer. Long lasting finish of sweet coffee and cocoa powder. Some heat from the cinnamon builds after a few sips, but never gets in the way

F: Nice soft carbonation. Relatively viscous but not too heavy

O: I haven’t reviewed anything in a while but this seemed worthy of the exercise. BL pulled off the Mexican coffee stout as good as can be expected. The obvious comparison is GI Café de Olla, but that’s not even in the same conversation as Transmit in Color. BL stouts can sometimes come off as cloying but this one does not. I’ll happily polish off this whole bottle in a sitting.

Jul 11, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Love the bottle art on this one, color indeed. Shimmering black with a brown collar. Smell features the various booze supporting the coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, and cane sugar, a delight to behold. Taste is potent: huge cane sugar and cinnamon backed with tequila punch you in the palate, coffee and cocoa follow up after, very strong one-two punch, hints of vanilla and molasses in there too. A bit overwhelming but mellows as it warms. Feel is warm with booze but never gets boozy, spiced, a bevy of textures, and never gets too heavy or wet either, very well made. The wife loved it

Jul 10, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into snifter.

Near black with a half inch mocha brown head

Nose: Cinnamon, coffee, and tequila with some vanilla.

Tase: Follows the nose but more robust. Cinnamon and coffee dominate, tequila on the finish.

Feel: Full-bodied, medium carbonation, lingering heat on the finish from the tequila.

Jun 27, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was thick and black in color with a large mocha bubble crowning the glass

Smell - There was a fair amount of spice in the nose, but not much tequila. Chocolate was also noted.

Taste - In the taste, the tequila seemed to mellow the spice. I was expecting something a little more spice (hot) forward. The coffee and cinnamon notes rounded things out nicely. The wood notes brought to mind cedar which was a nice touch before sweet chocolate came through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The body was sticky with low carbonation and a fair amount of viscosity.

Overall - This was a really unique brew. Thanks Bret!

May 30, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Used motor oil black with a medium, airy but fluffy head that slowly collapses to a creamy collar.

Aroma is chocolatey with subtle pops of cinnamon and even ginger snap. Taste transitions to mocha that pairs with a brown sugar element, while the barrel is mild but provides nice accents of charred brownie and hints of black pepper, working well with the mild cinnamon bark.

The smooth, round medium body has a light delicate carbonation that comes to a slightly warming, semi-dry finish. There's even a hint of orange--I'm not sure where from, maybe the botanicals from the tequila--that brings to mind Goose Island's version of a Cafe de Olla stout. It's a close competition between those two, but what's more impressive here is how this is my favorite Mexican-inspired stout that Bottle Logic has done so far.

May 04, 2020
Transmit in Color from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 17 ratings