Abnormal Beer Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #611
Ranked #3,192
4.27 | pDev: 9.84%
Abnormal Beer Company
California, United States
Notes: Imperial stout with Mostra coffee, coconut, and vanilla beans.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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pkalix from California

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'tinny' nose from the freshly-poured bottle (?) and some chemical flavors for the adjuncts. Was really hoping for so much more in this.... cool label. and who the F cares about tupack???? you dedicated a lame beer to him? hahahahahaaaaaaaaa............

Nov 16, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. Pours a deep dark brown-blown color with a good amount of foam that pours and hangs on for a bit. Aroma is mostly chocolate, but the dominant flavors of coffee and vanilla join that chocolate with the coconut only faintly there at the very end of each sip (and once warmed considerably toward room temperature). The mouthfeel is of 'medium' level for an imperial stout, but it definitely leaves the mouth and lips coated with sweet stickiness. This is a pastry stout all the way.

Sep 12, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish black pour with a dark brown head to set in well as a unit. Roasted malts set the stage for dark chocolate, coffee, fig, coconut, and crescendoing vanilla in the nose. Taste is much the same, only vanilla is not the crescendo any longer, that is now the coffee in all of its earthy and roasted glory. Feel is the real star: creamy and viscous without getting syrupy, full mouthfeel that has textures from the adjuncts. Big poppa won this battle hand down

Jul 21, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Native Son in Santa Ana, CA.

Wow. It’s like a volcano blew up that was crafted by the man J Wakefield himself, and also those bro’s at Abnormal. Damn thing is super hella thick like your prom date that gave you the ride of your life. Coffee, coconut, and vanilla like Gilligan on acid.

Get it!

Jan 26, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Salty sweet, vanilla coffee, hint of coconut, and hint of chocolate nose on this one! Taste follows with a coconut, mocha-coffee bitter bite...lingers a bit. It has decent depth to it although I think I would like this better if it was fuller/heavier on the palate. Also, while the coconut vibes are there, I wish it was a bit more prominent.

Jan 13, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Light roast, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with hints of coconut and licorice.

Taste: Much like the aroma, light sweetness, light roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla and hints of coconut.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice easy drinking Imperial Stout, but body was a bit on the light side and coconut was not really coming through strong enough versus the other flavours.

May 10, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: poured black color with very little viscosity. Some transparency while pouring. At the end, it left a 1/2 inch head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: very heavy notes of toasted coconut, it is spot on! Coffee and cocoa combo comes in giving essence of hazelnuts.
Also little bits of burnt brown sugar. Definite pastry stout.

Taste: Immediately tasted the toasted coconut flakes. Taste genuine minus that sun-tan lotion. Not a lot of coffee though, some heavily sweet malted milk chocolate that finishes just slightly bitter. As it warms up, vanilla is all over the place.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, no alcohol presence.

Overall: the one thing that stands out in this beer is the coconut. I have had many beers with added coconut that has fallen short. This beer however is an exception. Great brew.

Feb 09, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, not much lacing.

This smells like heavy roasted malt, and roasted coffee bean/heavy espresso, with a nice creamy vanilla thing, and a subtle waft of coconut.

This is pretty nice, but I would certainly prefer a bit more coconut. The coffee comes through very well, and seamlessly melds with the base. The coffee is somewhat bitter, but also bold and loaded with dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors. There's also some creamy vanilla/cake batter type flavors, and a touch of toasted coconut on the finish. I imagine a barrel would just make this beer even crazier.

This is thick and chewy, with a great velvety mouthfeel, and a surprisingly high level of drinkability for the ABV. There's really no sign of the booze here.

I've been looking forward to trying one of their stouts for a while now, and it did not disappoint at all. It's actually more restrained and balanced than I would have expected, honestly.

Jan 02, 2019
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Javier2000 from California

1.59/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Review is for bottled batch 2

Infected. Sour nose and taste, nothing like the previous years release or what it was like on tap at events or batch 1 bottle.

Dec 31, 2018
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Brian29 from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful taste, delicous, after my first sip I audibly said, "whoa".
Then it faded into a strong strong metalic taste and sensation.
Hard to judge fairly, it delicious and off both.

Nov 01, 2017
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Side by side with Big Poppa b2:
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.

Oct 29, 2017
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Makaveli packs a bold and bitter coffee kick to the palate with an aggressive adjunct assault of overly sweet coconut and vanilla flavors. There was an artificial taste that took away from the beer.

Oct 17, 2017
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blockdude from California

4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Full bodied, sort of odd boozy smell, lots of fudge and vanilla on the palate. Some slight coffee bitterness. Brother mentioned it tastes like neapolitan ice cream which I agree with. Well executed, and I can now understand why it says drink fresh on the bottle. Not sure how this will hold up in a year.

Oct 01, 2017
Makaveli from Abnormal Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 61 ratings