Waffle Talk
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,769
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
91
Ranked #17,107
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
29
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Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Oated Imperial Stout with vanilla, lactose & maple syrup.

Notes of: Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Lactose.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a tan head that leaves minimal spotty lacing. Smells of vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, lactose, molasses, soy sauce and sweet malt. Tastes like it smells with all the ingredients above with the additions of toffee, coffee grinds, piney notes, dark chocolate and cold milky espresso. It has the sweet lactose and watery feel of an oatmeal stout, going down smooth and easy. A really nice brew.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shiny brownish-black with a fuzzy off-white head, the smell is roasted malt, nuts and tobacco while taste becomes tangy with a tiny hint of maple, turning somewhat metallic and woody of either hops or bitter coffee. The medium body is frothy and the finish is really dry.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is black, with some slight leakage around the edges, and a spirited tan head. The nose has a hint of the vanilla and a huge slug of maple. My mouth is officially watering.

The taste has the gravitas of an imperial stout, and the vanilla and maple flavors are an outstanding addition. This would be a phenomenal beer around a campfire on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 02/02/18

3 Weeks Old!

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, maple syrup. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, pretty nice vanilla, maple syrup. Full Body, ABV hidden very very well, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Really nice sweetness, you would never know this is almost 10% ABV. My first brew from BI other than a IPA/DIPA/APA. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks John!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Usually hanging their hat on hops, the brewers at Bearded Iris are waffling a little. Getting out of the lupulin goodie sack and into the roast, Dragging the oatmeal stout into current age of craft beer, their imperial version is laced with generous additions of lactose and maple for a beer that's just as fitting for breakfast as it is a nightcap.

Jet black and crowned with a mocha whipped froth, Waffle Talk leads with a decadent and roasty scent of dark coffee, coccoa, wonderfully burnt sugars and a sweeter, more savory layer of pancake syrup. Its taste begins with the sweetness of roasted marshmallows before a sweet cream rolls the roasted barley into a taste of sweetened espresso. Maple leaves an overcast on the early palate that continues the duration of the session.

Sweetness simmers on the middle palate and taunts the wealth of burnt grains to rival its intensity. Dark roast espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnut, caramel and cream brings a toasted brownie character to the tastebuds along with a late palate of broad cocoa-like bitterness, woodsiness and an overall aura of smoldering embers dashed by a vanilla milkshake.

Full, creamy and lavish with a milky, silky, velvety texture, the beer's texture only further reinforces a milkshake-like character, and buffered only by the assertive char, earth and bite that roasted grains bring to the finish. Coffee liquor seems to simmer on the finish while a buttery taste of maple returns to tease the senses once more.

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Fairly viscous on the pour and an opaque dark brown color. A small tan head formed that dissipated quickly. The aroma revealed maple syrup, some vanilla, and surprisingly little chocolate. A faint roasted malt note. The taste was pretty similar - good maple but not overdone, vanilla, modest chocolate, and some roasty malt. Faint bitterness at the end that balanced it nicely. Full-bodied and not overly sweet with a slick feel. ABV well-hidden. Good but I'd like to see a bit more roast character. Just the right amount of maple and vanilla IMO.

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Waffle Talk from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 29 ratings