Label Us Notorious - Calvados BA Big Poppa
J. Wakefield Brewing

Label Us Notorious - Calvados BA Big PoppaLabel Us Notorious - Calvados BA Big Poppa
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #83
ABV:
17%
Score:
98
Ranked #414
Avg:
4.63 | pDev: 4.75%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
71
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J. Wakefield Brewing
 
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SCORE
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Label Us Notorious - Calvados BA Big PoppaLabel Us Notorious - Calvados BA Big Poppa
Notes: Label Us Notorious is a part of our Big Poppa Series. This variant was aged in Calvados Barrels with Coconut, Vanilla & Mostra Coffee added.
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Photo of Sabtos
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A peanut sized chunk of something floating at the surface in the neck of the bottle was visible before even popping the cap. Upon opening and pouring the beer into a snifter, the chunk remained at the surface which shifted to the bottom of the bottle mid-pour, so I was able to pour the last dregs into a smaller glass where the tan clump plopped out. It was actually hard to the touch as I plucked it from the surface of the beer. My concern began to grow because these Florida pastry stouts usually only have small flakes of more dispersed coconut lipids, which melt instantly and have almost no feel to them. Thankfully, just before my flashbacks of mouse skull chicken McNuggets fully manifested, it did begin melting in the palm of my hand.

Anywho, the body is viscous black with other minor spots of oils surfacing after the burnt mocha blanket quickly disappears to nothing at all.

Smell is Butterfinger with vanilla bean white chocolate and hints of caramel corn. As it warms, charred mocha coffee and brownie crust emerge. The aroma is hypnotizing.

Taste is decadent and a little boozy as the apple brandy barrel makes its presence known, adding sharp oaky liquor notes to the extravagant flavors of coconut filled pâte à choux with chocolate ganache. The body is just thick enough to dampen the barrel to tolerable levels of booze, allowing for additional notes of cinnamon coffee and vanilla custard to surface. The finish is semi-sticky and substantially warming all the way down.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is s mild coconut and vanilla with little coffee accent. Taste is also a nice coconut and vanilla with little coffee. Also bb size particle floating in the first pour.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

and the third in the set courtesy of madding (and jwb)...cheers and much thanks. drank bake, then it was all a dream, and now this. kind of a toss up of favorite between this and it was all a dream. that said this is phenomenal. a bit more coffee forward.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a viscous dark onyx syrupy stream with a thin sandy head; my bottle had some coconut floaters, which I actually enjoyed
S: Heavy mocha and dark chocolate on the nose
T: Explosion of adjuncts - the coffee, vanilla, and coconut are all prominently featured, but the underpinning of the Calvados barrels really stole the show
F: Thick and chewy
O: Incredible and easy drinking stout. The adjuncts were well integrated and the apple brandy barrel aging nicely complemented the wide variety of flavors. Well done and drinks remarkably close to Bake Kujira. One of J. Wakefield's finest.

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Label Us Notorious - Calvados BA Big Poppa from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 71 ratings