Language of Thunder - Hazelnut Cocoa
Trimtab Brewing Company

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.7%
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Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 5.59%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
9
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Trimtab Brewing Company
 
Alabama, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from the brewery, bronze wax, into Odell snifter.

Deep thick oily black with a creamy head of 1/2 finger, receding to a stable beige ring.

Aroma brings dark fruits and tobacco, with slight elements of dry cocoa and burnt dark chocolate. Smells like a standard imperial stout but not like a barrel aged one.

Flavor is seriously underwhelming. Dry cocoa powder, some ashy roasted malt, smoke, suggestions of vanilla, and some hints of dark fruit at the finish. Very slight nutty semi-sweetened cocoa. The harsh ashy bitterness throughout really smacks down any sweetness peeking through.

Feel is thick and slick and sticky, just like I like 'em. Nice, roasty, and dry, with that wonderful buzzing burning finish that defined the first Language Of Thunder I had.

Overall, a total 180 from the Cumulus. I can't believe these are in the same lineup. I was really let down here, there is essentially zero barrel character and zero sweetness. It's not a bad beer, but it's the same price as the (IMO) world-class Cumulus, so in that regard it kinda sucks for me.

Price paid : $18.99 / bomber
Would buy again : no

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, May 18, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared 2019 bomber bottle.
Pours like motor oil but smells great, with loads of malt, moderate hazelnut, and faint hints of spices. The flavor adds hints of vanilla and great balance, if a bit sweet.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Feb 06, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smooth body starts medium and thick with a soft carbonation that then settles to a light crispness delivering hazelnut and peanut butter wafer with a light heat and a little bit of coffee evening out any sweetness.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 23, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a flat jet black. Strong smell of chocolate coffee with hazelnut cream. Taste is stout and quite pungent with. Boozy goodness. Feels buttery smooth with warm bourbon aftertaste. Overall the is strong ale you should sip slowly on a bitterly cold night.

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TomEfiller from Alabama, Feb 14, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 release, on draft at Loosa Brews, AL.

Nice dark pour, almost motor oil status. Hardly any head out of the keg, with a thin ivory ring that settles around the inside of the glass.

The nose is full of hazelnuts, very inviting and predominantly sweet. Subtle roasty coffee and chocolate follows it up, but the strong hazelnut aroma is all you need off this for it to be great.

All hazelnuts and dark roast coffee at first.. it’s potent, a little overly bitter, and dies off a little prematurely for me. However, as it warms it really benefits the beer. The hazelnuts become more prevalent, the power of the roasty coffee mellows, and a chocolatey present replaces a lot of what was wrong with this beer at first. For the most part, there’s not a ton happening, with the flavor profile almost exclusively hazelnuts, coffee, and chocolate. In this case, it’s not a bad thing.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that finishes really nicely. It’s got a good warmth and stickiness down the hatch. Very solid feel on this.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 13, 2018
Language of Thunder - Hazelnut Cocoa from Trimtab Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 9 ratings