The Fall of Umibōzu
Bottle Logic Brewing

The Fall of UmibōzuThe Fall of Umibōzu
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #251
ABV:
13.37%
Score:
95
Ranked #2,297
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 5.68%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
26
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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One-off
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SCORE
95
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The Fall of UmibōzuThe Fall of Umibōzu
Notes: Collaboration with Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Monstrous Double Mash Imperial Stout brewed to an exceptionally high gravity and aged in bourbon barrels for eighteen months. This coffee-soaked liquid stains the hull of the glass with leggy 13.37% ABV tentacles.

We've partnered with Mostra Coffee to source and roast an exclusive batch of Panama Geisha, the most precious beans in the world, to use as the singular finishing ingredient on this devastatingly viscous base.

Panama Geisha beans are utterly devoid of bitterness. The varietal’s floral aromatics and delicate flavor notes of honeysuckle, bergamot, peach, and red fruit crest and crash throughout the brew, swirling across the palate with a robust, roasty finish.

Sink into the mysterious fathoms of this titanic stout brewed in collaboration with the legendary team at Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by emyers:
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emyers from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Black with a creamy half inch mocha head

Nose: coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Tremendous balance, coffee aroma is developed and complex.

Taste: Coffee forward up front followed by a big dose of smooth bourbon and vanilla. The coffee is incredible in this - tons of nuance. No heat on the finish.

Feel: Exceptionally smooth, silky.

Aug 23, 2020
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rsalyers44 from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer of 2020 for me. Full body, huge sweetness from the barrel balanced with a good spirit character. Bitter coffee to round it all out. Top tier BA coffee stout

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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 05, 2020
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SirBentham from California

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 09, 2020
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AleHunter805 from California

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

Oct 01, 2020
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dframmy from California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 04, 2021
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pkalix from California

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

thick. sweet. lots of interesting flavors strike the memory, then fade away. i gotta say, i like the taste and the aroma...

Aug 21, 2020
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Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 08, 2020
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skochdopotato from California

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

Jan 02, 2021
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johnInLA from California

4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 13, 2020
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Ckgibu from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid BBA coffee stout

Jan 03, 2021
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Radcpa from Washington

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slightly sweet busy coconut, berry, and coffee. Taste is also a busy slightly sweet coconut, berry, and coffee. Feel is exceptional.

Sep 08, 2020
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BAsbill from California

4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 19, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tar black with a mocha head that dies quickly to a thin ring. A swirl substantially stains the glass with a brown varnish.

This has a nutty woodiness that verges near hickory territory, as the thickly viscous body accented by a slightly sharp sting of chocolate syrup finishes fairly sticky.

However thickeningly soft its froth is, it still manages to deliver notes of toffee bourbon sauce, caramel, and peanut brittle. There's not really a very forward presence of coffee, per se, but I do get a hint of blackberry at times.

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If it's worth it to anyone for me to note, after deciding to kill off my second and final bottle instead of trading it, I find this to have improved over time. Umibōzu ahs become less woody already, 4 months after my first review, with not a single aspect of hickory to be found, while also reducing any acrid or bitter qualities I found before.

It's still syrupy smooth, nice and thick, but now has room for tangy vanilla cream ribboned throughout a more classic mocha flavor to come forward. There is also a mild presence of dark fruits I didn't catch before.

I'm not going to adjust my score any, as I still feel like it's an absolute waste to use such rare coffee beans to flavor beer (bolder beans have always been more successful to me in dark beer, and I'm also jealous I've never actually gotten to try Geisha beans on their own), but this should definitely encourage anyone reading this to try this beer now if you haven't already.

Sep 15, 2020
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YvesB from Belgium

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

Sep 03, 2020
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ktr5010 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black with a small amount of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. Smells of coffee, chocolate, fudge, and hints of bourbon. Not as much coffee smell as I thought there would be. Despite this being a coffee beer, fudge dominates. I would not say that the coffee isn't present, because it is but not the typical "coffee" taste of other coffee bourbon barrel stouts. Absolute stunning feel. Thick, smooth, and coats the mouth. Absolutely decadent. Overall a stunning beer. The thickness of the beer matches the decadent feel and tastes.

Sep 06, 2020
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jtk21351 from California

4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aug 15, 2020
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Gobzilla from California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aug 31, 2020
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 31, 2020
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 19, 2020
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A double-mash stout, the bottle pours a jet black and glugs into the glass like used motor oil. The coffee used is supposedly designed to be devoid of bitterness, but it’s been replaced by the freshly cut green pepper aromas and flavors. The double-mash brewing technique, while providing a deep, rich viscosity, has also really heightened the sweetness factor. It’s actually a bit overwhelming, and makes it difficult to enjoy the coffee. It’s a solid beer, but I was hoping for more.

Sep 13, 2020
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SG_H44 from Korea (South)

4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 02, 2021
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 19, 2020
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 26, 2020
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fthegiants from California

4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 04, 2020
The Fall of Umibōzu from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 26 ratings