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Bearded Iris Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #434
Ranked #2,723
4.34 | pDev: 5.53%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Notes: Oated Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, lactose & Blue Heron, a fruity, bright espresso blend courtesy of our friends at Crema Coffee Roasters here in Nashville.
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Buster’s liquor in Memphis TN. This is my last can of the 4 and its dated 10/23/20 and enjoyed in a snifter on 2/20/21
A: Pours a dark brown but looks black in the glass and has a half inch of khaki foam and it is a bit delayed and foams up after pouring. Short retention time but nice lacing on the glass as the foam dissipates.
S: Strong notes of coffee and smells bitter, the can says Blue Heron Coffee and I don’t know what that type of coffee smells like, but it is definitely unique and a bit more earthy and bitter. Also has a sharp vanilla smell with more subtle aromas of wood and oak. Malts give a roasty and a bit of a smoky aromas as the beer warms.
T: Taste is dominated by coffee with a bit of bitterness but its true to an oatmeal stout and is very creamy and smooth. After-taste is bit earthy combined with the roasty notes from the coffee and I still get a smoky feeling in my mouth which is my only negative comment about the beer
F: By far the best category of this beer. As soon as it enters my mouth just covers my tastebuds in this velvety coffee goodness. This beer is so creamy and well balanced. Carbonation is minimal and abv is well hidden.
Overall this beer is outstanding and very unique in the aromas and taste of the Blue Heron coffee (whatever that is). I’m glad I tried it but at $20 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans it’s a bit pricey and I think I would rather go to a cheaper better option like the Founder’s breakfast stout.

Feb 20, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Buck89 for this
16 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, touch of caramel malts, some dark fruits.

T- Roasted coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, dark fruits, touch of caramel.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium to full body.

O- A tasty coffee stout, nice balance.

Aug 01, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can at share. Dark brown pour, light head fades to flat. Light coffee in the aroma, light sweetness. Taste also comes in sweet, then bitter, coffee. Solid.

Jan 09, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dull brownish-black with an uneven, creamy tan film.

Creamy milky coffee and a light nutty roast are dashed with a little charred brown sugar.

The medium body has a filling fizz and finishes semi-wet.

Jul 22, 2019
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alexsergio from New York

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had trouble pinning down my ratings on this one. Taste was the worst aspect for me, which is a rarity. Still an excellent brew. I hope to have this again in the future...as my first beer of the night. :)

Apr 19, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can from De Bierkoning (a one off for now, but I think we'll be getting more Bearded Iris soon in NL). Upon opening the can the foam gushes out, though not in a terrible way. Pours a black colour with no head. There are particles floating around, possibly yeast. Lots of coffee roast in the aroma with vanilla and chocolatey sweetness to a lesser extent. Retronasal there's coffee, some sourness (that you often get with coffee stouts), vanilla, a bit lactose sweetness. Flavour is rather sweet but with some bitterness from the roast and chocolate to balance it out. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Long finish, roasted, chocolatey, coffee-ish, moderate bitter. Quite a treat.

Mar 05, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice semi-thick black/brown color with a stifled small off-white foamy head quickly falling off. Barely lace.
The aroma had a deep earthy coffee bean to slightly acidic character. Slight dark chocolate with a touch of milk chocolate. Subtle fudge/creamy cake in the background.
The flavor seemed to mesh between a sweet roastiness and a kind earthy character. Slight earthy to toasty sweet chocolatey aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Moderate acidic coffee bean conveys a slight sharpness but not burdensome. Good carbonation and ABV. Finish was semi-dry with a slight roast and moderate creaminess.
Overall, a very nice imperial stout well worthy of having again.

Jan 01, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a can of this as an extra in a trade with JLindros's friend Dave. Canned on 6/19/18.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a one finger mocha head that faded very quickly, like soda, leaving no wisps or lacing. What IS left though is not something one wants to see. Solid nodules all over the surface of the beer, firm mocha gritty pebbles that required being skimmed off the surface and wiped off the glass. I mean...at least the color of the beer is right...

S - Aromas of chocolate syrup, fruity coffee roast, little bit of vanilla. Good roast, real solid coffee.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate. Very little vanilla, nice coffee roast, little fruity, not overly dark. Good malts, finish is a touch cloy and acrid, almost sticky.

M - Mouthfeel is incredibly lightly carbonated, pretty much flat. The body is excellent though.

O - Overall I'm not sure what to make of this beer. Was it stored in someone's trunk for 2 months before ending up in my fridge? Seriously...what the heck happened to this can? The only way the appearance could be any worse is if it poured as actual sludge and chunks. Nose and taste are clearly on par for the beer...the carbonated is pretty much gone. I'd love to revisit this beer again because clearly what wound up in my glass was not up to Bearded Iris standards.

Serving Type: Can

Sep 08, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 06/19/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-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, coffee, licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, pretty nice vanilla, nice touch of coffee, some licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden 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. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks John!

Sep 01, 2018
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific beer from a terrific brewery...

Loaded with creamy coffee... Smooth as silk... Dark and rich... A double shot of espresso laced with creamy booze....

They nailed this one...

Very well done

Jul 13, 2018
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jkchad from Tennessee

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Working just a block away from Crema, and not to far from B.I., I was super excited to grab a few 4 packs of this. I really enjoyed the chocolate and coffee flavors, neither were too strong or sweet. The body on this was a nice middle ground of not to thick but not to thin.. Overall it's a very balanced stout.

Jul 09, 2018
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Tommo from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This exceeded my expectations dramatically. What is most impressive is the HUGE body, without being cloyingly sweet. Nose is smooth coffee, flavor follows similarly with great roast flavor without over doing it, minimal bitterness, and a HUGE body. Its so thick. Very solid offering. Biggest complaint is the cans are a touch low carb which sucks cause the head gives a nice aroma and feel while its around

Jun 27, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives fudge colored with a modest tan head that leaves some spots

Smell: Coffee forward with blueberry undertones; black bread and chocolate

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, at first, with a massive blueberry burst, in the middle; the chocolate and vanilla elements return, after the swallow but the blueberry re-emerges in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; creamy

Overall: Not sure about the Gitwe coffee here but would be very surprised if it were not Yirgacheffe

Jun 27, 2018
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The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop from Wyoming

4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: An aggressive pour into a tulip leaves a rich dark brown/almost black body with a slight head that goes away fairly quickly.

S: I'm getting espresso with a bit of vanilla creamer. Chocolate candy but not of the overly sweet type--gourmet dark chocolate. Rich dark fudge. Even some hazelnut notes.

T: Oh MAN is it good. What I notice first is a huge roundhouse kick of earth: dark soil and tree bark. Espresso follows, along with baker's chocolate. Yes there is milk but the sweetness this tends to confer into their other (frankly, not as impressive) dark beers is subdued and I might even say non-existent. Vanilla comes through as it warms, as do even dark cherries and raisins. Everything you want in a stout, basically, in perfect balance. What's most impressive is that you can even get the profile of the coffee, which hints at tropical fruit: think those dark chocolate oranges you get in your Christmas stocking. Think for a second how awesome it is that Bearded Iris used a coffee so complex that you have to appreciate *it* within the profile of the beer itself. It's got LAYERS, man. Like an onion.

F: A cannonball of full-bodied viscosity just pile-drives the center of the tongue as you swallow it. Silky and creamy as it goes down, with the consistency of a buttery and heavy dark roast. As it warms, you even get very close to the consistency of fudge.

O: I have had my issues with Bearded Iris's dark offerings--V. Fudge, Waffle Talk, Fresh Baked, and Moon Dust all disappointed. This did not. The X-factor is the coffee (ridiculously high quality coffee by the way--Crema is probably Nashville's best coffee purveyor), which really helps to prevent the sweetness from overwhelming it. It is a remarkably well-balanced stout that hits the right levels of bitterness, sweetness, and coffee; while not allowing any of these notes to take center stage. Absolutely fantastic.

Jun 23, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 2/28:
Ok, perhaps a slight mistake pouring this in nice natural light. Looked like dark river mud, maybe from the Cumberland River. Sanded chestnut wood with the sawdust not brushed away, there’s a cola-like head which lasts longer than a soda head does, but not very long into the drink.

Nose is a chocolate coffee, for sure. There’s a little sweetness, but coffee and chocolate are the standouts, in that order.

Taste hangs it’s hat a little more on the coffee. A little bitterness seems like it might be aided by the oat. Soft with minimal carbonation, fairly chewy. Chocolate sort of grows in the back, and there’s a little bit of a coffee-bean berry tang (maybe even raisin-like in some sips) near the end. Vanilla and lactose aren’t huge players, which I am fine with.

A solid coffee beer that has a more balanced profile than expected given the lactose/vanilla additions. A tasty way to start the day.

Jun 01, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown color with a medium-sized tan head that dissipated quickly. The first whiff brought milk chocolate. Closer inspection revealed a nice mix of roasted coffee and vanilla. The coffee was more prominent on the taste. There was indeed a fruitiness to it that played well with the vanilla and chocolate. All of these flavors were well-balanced. This one was full bodied and silky, with a sweet finish thanks to the lactose. The 9.4% ABV was well hidden and revealed only with a slight warming on the finish. Well done.

Apr 02, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Canned 2/28/18; drank 4/6/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, dark tan head; strong bubbly lace.

Milk chocolate, vanilla & medium roast coffee notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Rich vanilla, milk chocolate & medium roast coffee bean flavors; no booze heat.

Dessert stout perfection; this is sweet & bold but far from cloying. A delight. I wish I had a case...

Mar 30, 2018
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