Big Poppa
J. Wakefield Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #90
Ranked #405
4.51 | pDev: 9.31%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
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Notes: Imperial Stout coconut, vanilla and Mostra coffee added
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 138 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at share.Black pour with thin beige head. Aroma is roasty malts with coffee accents. Coffee a bit stronger in the taste, more roasty malts, hint of chocolate. Smooh.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 15, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Trillium Greenway.

L -- Pitch black. Big surprise. Small brown head. Big surprise. Decent retention and lacing. Kind of a surprise. Looks beautiful when you swirl the glass
S -- Coffee ice cream, milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dried dark fruit,
T -- The coffee comes in strong here, rounded out by a marshmallow and fudge sweetness that is not syrupy or overwhelming. Despite being 17% this year (!) the booze is dangerously well hidden
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Not as incredibly velvety or viscous as the finest pastry stouts I've had, but still quite good
O -- This thing kicks. Reminds me of a heavier version of Trillium's Night & Day imperial stout


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Sep 25, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a J Wakefield Tulip glass.

Pours a deep black, oily Body with a two finger brown head that sticks around for a while. Nice looking beer.

On the nose is heavy coffee, cocoa, and vanilla, a bit metallic, nothing special on the nose but not bad.

On the tongue it’s sweet and fudgy, maple, Oreos, dark chocolate, light coconut and vanilla. Finishes bitter and roasty. Thick mouthfeel as it warms up, low carbonation.

Solid stout if you’re into a more roasty flavor profile, adjuncts aren’t overpowering and has a really nice stout base.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Aug 19, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The taste is a little astringent with a nutty coffee in the medium body as the firm fizz brings out a bit of sharp hickory and plenty of baker's chocolate. Not bad but the bottle was likely a bit over the hill.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 23, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Dark brown color. Aroma is sweet and malty with cake batter and icing. Taste has sweet malt with cake, chocolate and bitter cacao notes.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 21, 2018
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2.26/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured dark caramel almost pitch black. Poor head retention. This bottle was bottle-aged since 2017 release. Smell was a little too charred/roasted which killed the coconut aroma. Boring aroma overall. honestly smelled like a cheap stout.

Tasted the same way as it smelled. The coffee and coconut adjuncts lacked balance. It was probably due to the coffee bean roast and pH at which it was brewed at. Vanilla came out as the beer warmed up but didn't blend well on the palate with the other flavors. Turned into a boozy-charred flat vanilla mess.

Honestly, this beer is extremely hyped. I feel as if the only ones who get to try this beer and rate it are diehard wakefield fans who consider all his works a success. Definitely not the case here.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours deep black in color with a think foamy khaki head that has short retention. Smells of herbal coffee and dark chocolate up front, followed by undertones of coconut, vanilla and caramel. Tastes of bitter earthy coffee up front with vanilla leading the way of the adjuncts. Coconut note is very light. The finish gives some charred malt and more coffee, as well as a bit of alcohol. Medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish, abs hidden pretty well. A solid stout but perhaps a bit overhyped, I had this among a lineup of Angry Chair stouts and it didn't quite match up.

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 31, 2017
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4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B1 opened on 10/12/17. Fridge stored

Not much flavor to this... slight coconut, a little coffee. I'm sure all the adjuncts have faded. Decent mouthfeel but overall this was just a very average beer.

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fondyball20 from Wisconsin, Oct 20, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one-finger tan head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and coconut although a roasted coffee edge comes through and at times reminds me of soft serve ice cream. Smooth, medium body, excellent balance and sweetness from a mild, sweet coffee, vanilla, coconut slickness and the tiniest of alkie burns on the finish despite high ABV and there is a touch of lactic quality as well.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Jun 08, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick, dark, and oil like consistency, with minmal tan head. Great chocolate and vanilla smell. Sweet thick beer with lots of vanilla and coffee and coconut. Man what another great beer by J Wakefield.

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lupercmda from North Carolina, Mar 25, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells amazing, the flavor is kind of a bit too much, I can't imagine drinking more than a few ounces of this, but then again how many people ever will...

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nickfl from Florida, Mar 10, 2017
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4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Originally rated Big Poppa b1, this was my take on the Big Poppa b2 when we tasted it next to Makaveli:

Makaveli pours a viscous, thin-brown foamed top. Slightly bigger bubbles compared to the Big Poppa, coming in at 10.8% abv I noticed it was quite a bit less than the untappd information on Big Poppa b2 - 16%. Big Poppa pours a super thick black with little to no head, looks a bit more viscous.
Makaveli aroma is alllllll vanilla, takes over the nostrils, super creamy and thick smell, heaven. Big Poppa is super coffee forward, roasted coffee beans, its hard to get past that part, it's nice, but they are distinctly different.
Makaveli tastes big and bold and full of flavor, the vanilla shines yet again it's delicious. Big Poppa is a bit more coffee again but not as much as the nose would lead you to believe, vanilla is in the background with adjuncts a bit less pronounced but complex.
In the mouthfeel, Makaveli is packing a strange slight tang in the end- not my favorite finish to what was before such an awesome bottle. Big Poppa finished super thick and chewy.
Overall both were nothing short of excellent, I'm happy that two beers could be the same take on a recipe and style and be so appropriately named. Excellent bottles that I would definitely seek out again.

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M_chav from New Mexico, Feb 11, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick with a dark brown head.

Nose is slightly muddled between coffee, coconut, vanilla and chocolate.

Taste is predominantly coffee with touches of coconut, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, and slight heat.

Feel is super thick. One of the biggest beers I've had. This is probably my favorite part of this beer.

Overall a delicious, thick stout with great flavors.

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KevBot89 from Pennsylvania, Jan 22, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid! Vanilla and boozy. I was expecting to be disappointed with this beer dipue to hype but I wasn't. Nice dark thick body. Not much coconut but it's very tasty and thick!

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sendsilk from Florida, Nov 15, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this one at a share. Great sweetness from this stout. The coconut, coffee, and vanilla blended nicely here. Very thick and sticky just how big stouts should be!

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t2grogan from Arizona, Oct 02, 2016
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's only 1 stout that I've ever had that is at this beers caliber, + it's Toppling Goliath's Mornin' Delight. To drink this beer, is to know what it feels like to drink a chocolate fudge bomb beer with huge coconut + vanilla flavors. The smell is no different. Incredibly thick, with an oily look on the glass. Impossible to detect any alcohol, + this bastard is clocked in at 15.2% ABV!

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HarryS from Florida, Sep 07, 2016
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4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Alluring look, like liquid dark chocolate. The mouthfeel did a great deal of work on this one, as it managed great thickness and viscosity, while staying ephemeral and light. The taste trends towards sweet, but it is balanced. The vanilla and coffee are more pronounced, with the coconut playing a complementary role all around. Another awesome brew from J. Wakefield!

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Bsquirrelbrewer from Pennsylvania, Sep 07, 2016
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4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from in to a snifter. Pours a tad light but no light gets through once in the glass just around the extreme edges. Little bits of coconut are floating around in the glass. Smell is sweet, vanilla essence is present but does not really smell as such, just sweet. coffee is prevalent and mixes well with the sweet smell. You don't get much coconut in the nose but it is immediately apparent in the taste. Sweet throughout and the vanilla hits you in the back end. The coffee is kind of lost as its own flavor but is mixed perfectly with the other ones. The feel is thick and silky, a bit sticky and clingy. Overall an excellent beer that combines the individual ingredients in to a flawless symphony. Side note: Had it on draft at the release and it was a tad better than the bottled version but only slightly so.

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4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Its not often that I bother to review a beer but sometimes you just have an experience with a beer worth talking about and this is one of those.

Serving format: bottle pour
Glass: snifter

Appearance: Exactly what you'd expect from a higher abv stout. Completely opaque, light head quickly dissipating and leaving behind a nice clean lacing. The only flaw I found in this category was what appeared to be a few chunks of coconut in my pour that likely suck through the filtration process.

Aroma: Amazing! I could not get my face out of the glass while enjoying this beer. A near perfect meld of adjuncts and chocolate notes masking a rather high alcohol presence being that it is a 15%+ beer

Taste: Pure Candy. I said a near perfect meld of adjuncts when describing the aroma, I will go with a perfect meld of adjuncts here. This is one the most balanced adjunct stouts I've ever had. Sweet yet not overwhelmingly so, due to the heavy coffee addition. It really offers layer upon layer of complexity and masks its big alcohol content very well.

Mouthfeel: Its a 15%+ stout that drinks at around 12% to 13%. Thick, viscous, and rich but not over powering at all.

Overall: Absolutely outstanding beer. I struggle to find anything I didn't enjoy about it and certainly to find a flaw in it. Its exactly what I would like to think it was intended to be, liquid candy.

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AtlCarl from Georgia, Aug 22, 2016
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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at stone anniversary event right after drinking chocolate rain and hunaphu imperial stout. Needless to say it was a great stretch. This stout could definitely use some aging to mellow out and blend the flavors into a complex symphony

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4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark, roasted coffee beans and a healthy sandy and cinnamon-colored head
S: Oddly this smelled very similar to Mexican Cake, which in my book is a very good thing! Chocolate, coffee, and a bit of peppers on the nose for me
T: Outrageous. One of the best examples of adjunct integration I've had in some time. The coconut, coffee, and vanilla are balanced and powerful, but not overdone
F: Chewy and medium thickness
O: A gorgeously crafted stout from start to finish! I had never had a stout from J. Wakefield before, but it is clear that this brewery is a master brew with incredible range. Very tasty and highly recommended.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, Aug 06, 2016
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4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours appropriately dark with light coffee colored head. Head is short lived due to high alcohol content. A simply perfect example of what an imperial stout should look like in terms of appearance.

Aroma: Coconut bomb! The coconut is not subtle at all. I would have liked to see the coffee and roast malts a bit more balanced in the aroma. I'm really splitting hairs here. If it was more balanced I would probably complain that the coconut wasn't strong enough.

Flavor: Really well balanced. Hides the alcohol very well. Really tastes like it is a barrel aged beer despite not being barrel aged.

Mouthfeel: Just sweet enough to balance the dark malts and coffee. The coconut creates a perception of sweetness that really drives this beer into an elite category.

Overall: One of the best stouts I have had. One would have to compare it to the reigning barrel aged stouts to find anything equal to the complexity and overall impression this beer left on my synapses!

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Betzy36 from California, Jul 08, 2016
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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark with tan head, tons of lacing

Smell: Light smell of Coconut and Vanilla Sweetness. Reminds me of walking into a donut shop.

Taste: Delicious. Lots of Vanilla and Coconut. Very Sweet and just damn good!

Feel: Very thick and creamy. Ideal for a stout.

Overall: So good! Perfect beer to enjoy after dinner while winding down. Enjoyable down to the very last drop.

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justin4175 from Florida, Jul 06, 2016
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4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had and definitely the best with coconut. The look is jet black with a little bit of foam. It was about 3 minutes from the time it was poured until I saw it so it may have had more foam than I thought. The smell is coconut and coffee. Smells very good but I've smelled better. The taste however is uncomparable. The absolute best rich flavor of coffee, vanilla and terrific coconut with some chocolate from the dark malt. It blew me away! The mouthfeel is thick, viscous and coating. Absolutely perfect for this beer. Needless to say the keg kicked in the first hour. So happy I brought bottles home!

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ELS from Florida, Jul 03, 2016
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4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Coconut and Vanilla on the nose with a hint of coffee. Pours dark with 1/2 finger of tan head. Taste follows with a great mouthfeel and lots of coconut, coffee and vanilla complemented by rich, dark malts. Think Samoa cookies floating in vanilla spike coffee

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