Language of Thunder - Cumulus
Trimtab Brewing Company

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Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #541
Ranked #2,349
4.31 | pDev: 8.58%
Apr 04, 2022
Dec 17, 2017
Language of Thunder - CumulusLanguage of Thunder - Cumulus
Notes: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Toasted Coconut.
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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours pitch black, completely opaque, and somewhat viscous. Thinnish, mocha colored head shows weak retention. Ultimately there is just a thin ring of foam along the outside of the top of the beer. The aroma has notes of oak, roasted malts, moderate hoppy notes, some light cocoa and vanilla notes. The aroma is kind of bland.

The flavor profile is much more complex than the nose would imply. The profile brings with it roasted malts, maple, coconut, bourbon, and oak. There are notes of chocolate, vanilla, and some light earthy hops. Although it does have both vanilla and toasted coconut in it, its is utilized sparingly with balance. The flavors are there, but in such a way that compliments the base stout rather than dominating it. My biggest complaint is that the barrel presence in this is really subdued. I want more of that oak and bourbon coming through in the profile. Feel is fuller bodied, smooth, with a slight warming sensation. Moderately carbonated. Semi-dry on the finish.

Overall it is a very solid barrel aged beer.

Apr 04, 2022
4.09 by smithj4 from New York on Feb 19, 2022
4.21 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Jan 30, 2022
4.23 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Nov 07, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of bourbon and coconut and a little banana. Tastes of bourbon and coconut. Roasted malt. Toasted oak. Finishes with banana. Not heavy, but a little boozy. It's good.

Nov 07, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Had this beer on tap at the brewery in July of this year. Writing the review from notes. I suspected that this beer and their 7th anniversary stout was switched at the brewery. After opening and drinking a bomber of the anniversary stout, I am certain that is what happened. Hence my review of this beer now.

Poured from tap. Dark brown color with good head and lacing. Strong coconut smell and taste. Flavors of dark chocolate and dark sweet berries. I like the 7th anniversary stout better.

Sep 23, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Excellent beer. While being barrel aged, the fact doesn't take over the entire beer. Really great vanilla & coconut flavor. Reminds me a touch of liquid mounds bar. Also pick up some burnt butter, honey, pecans, marshmallow. Would buy again as the price for a bomber wasn't crazy at $16

Aug 25, 2021
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3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by maximum12 from Minnesota

White waxed 22 oz. bomber split with my wife while watching “Die Hard” for the 25th time. There is a fair amount of rust around the edge of the cap & inside the wax.

BLACK. Little if any head. Gentle vanilla is all that presents to the nostrils.

Language of Thunder – Cumulus is excruciatingly dull. Touch of vanilla, touch of maltiness, fair amount of roast, otherwise just thin black water. Perhaps the barrel & coconut leached into the glass? Or was subject to an ancient curse? Thin. Three ounces would have been fine to render judgment.

Which wouldn’t be good. This is either a bad bottle or other reviewers had too much cocaine before they popped the top. Mediocre to the extreme.

Jul 15, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

creamy dark stout - slightly strong great drinking

Jun 17, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger chocolate brown head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, molasses and coconut. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dark chocolate, a little molasses and nuts. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. Well, this is the real thing. The aroma is rich from the pour into the glass and the flavor tracks it closely. The bourbon barrel character are the first strong flavor, then the vanilla and coconut are revealed, with a nice bourbony chocolate finish with lingering coconut. Coconut deftly handled; the whole stout is well balanced. Smell, flavor and mouth feel are all stellar. Well done. What a great introduction to this Alabama brewery.

Jun 14, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Brownish black pour, brown ring. Big vanilla and coconut with bourbon backing in the nose. Taste has this same combo, but halfway through the sip it drops off quickly, light malt is all that is left standing by the end. Feel is light and thin, barrel presence is limited, dry finish is appreciated. Good jolt of vanilla and coconut with accenting bourbon, but want more depth.

Jun 05, 2021
4.03 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on May 25, 2021
4.34 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on May 21, 2021
3.81 by Jcarriglio from Florida on May 16, 2021
4.51 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 11, 2021
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4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bl00 from Pennsylvania

Heavenly nose- caramel, coconut, cocoa. Taste follows, though the nose is much more rich. Decent amount of barrel. Mouthfeel is full but not thicc. Exceptional beer overall.

Dec 30, 2020
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Aug 16, 2020
4.45 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Apr 04, 2020
4.49 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 19, 2020
4.51 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Feb 19, 2020
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4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Brewery pour at TrimTab

Heavy thick black with a mocha colored head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of deep fudge, thick coconut, marshmallow brownie, whiskey. This is incredible.

Good night. This beer is lights out good. Tons of fudge and toasted coconut, marshmallow, brownies, brown sugar, vanilla, melted chocolate chips, deep roasted malt, whiskey barrel, oak, and even more fudge.

Feel is perfect. Assaults the palate with acidic burn and whiskey burn both, completely destroys it, and has a sticky finish with heavy warming alcohol.

Overall, I may not be walking out of here with any 4-packs tonight, but I will be walking out with a few bottles of this motherf**ker. Nothing short of incredible. It's like a barrel aged marshmallow brownie.

Jan 26, 2020
4.23 by GarrettBoots from Georgia on Dec 21, 2019
4.49 by Dankacheese from Illinois on Dec 20, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Pours nice and black with. A thing brown head, it settles quickly. The snell is of vanilla frosted brownies. The taste has a nice sweet chocolate flavor with vanilla in the finish. The feel is thinner than I like. Overall it’s still a very good Stout.

Jun 23, 2019
4.56 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jun 16, 2019
4.56 by vitamin_g from Tennessee on Dec 23, 2018
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4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ThickNStout from Georgia

White wax capped 22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 20.99. 2018 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku. Enjoyed 12/20/18.

Pours pitch black with a short and short-lived tan head. A few sparce bubbles linger for a bit before even they fade awat. A few pale floaties marr the edges of an otherwise dead black pool.

Smells fantastic. Vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon and caramel.

This stuff is delicious! There’s an amazing balance of coconut and vanilla flavors that remain dominant throughout. Dark chocolate fudge, bourbon, cooked caramel, wet oak, brown sugar and some slightly boozey caramalized dark fruit. The layers of flavor compliment each other quite well.

Smooth, velvety, medium full feel with an initial tingle of zippy carbonation that fades quickly. The aftertaste is like chocolate covered coconut in bourbon vanilla ice cream.

Trimtab has me floored with this release. Cumulus is an outstanding barrel aged stout that does a significantly better job than most in delivering the two notoriously elusive flavors of coconut and vanilla. I sure hope there is more available...

Dec 21, 2018
4.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Dec 11, 2018
4.76 by Give_Em_Ale from Alabama on Dec 06, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WickedBeer from Alabama

2017 Bottle
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Pours dark, almost black with a tan head of foam that settles as quickly as it rises. Not much lace initially, but I expect more as it warms.

Lots of sweet, dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Getting some oak and barrel on the back burner, and it balances everything nicely. Complex but smooth.

Sweet chocolate bursts out to the forefront, followed by more of that dark fruit. On the backbone of this beer is a present malt bill, light oak, and a subtle boozy finish. As it settles and warms, an apparent nuttiness comes forth as well. Vanilla has mostly fallen off, but there are still nice hints that can be picked out.

Good mouthfeel, retained a decent carb level as well. Warming, lightly boozy, sticky finish.

Nov 28, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a snifter. An opaque brown color with a modest tan head. Milk chocolate and coconut in the nose. A great tasting pastry stout with all of the above. Smooth and silky, easy drinking.

Nov 23, 2018
4.89 by BookerT75 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2018
4.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on May 05, 2018
4.91 by SDRedDevil from California on May 01, 2018
4.52 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Mar 31, 2018
4.56 by Kevin67 from Arkansas on Mar 06, 2018
4.4 by fthegiants from California on Feb 23, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

A dark gloppy pour yields a stark black body with a thin mocha foam that settles to a creamy dark mocha collar.

Smell does not hide the toasted coconut and delectable vanilla, developing a just baked brownie aroma with dark chocolate fudge.

Toasty dark malt and charred bourbon barrel combine with expressive vanilla and coconut flavors that simulate a campfire roasted marshmallow effect. A little sting from bourbon rolls in gently, allowing room for a dark cocoa earthiness. An aftertaste of char and roast come out in the exhale, and some dark fruit and raisin develops as it warms.

The medium-thin body has a crisp, mildly thickening fizz, finishing chewy dry.

Feb 18, 2018
4.58 by lupercmda from North Carolina on Jan 06, 2018
4.46 by Kmalone247 from Alabama on Dec 29, 2017
Language of Thunder - Cumulus from Trimtab Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 41 ratings