King of Birds
Levante Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.2%
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Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.93%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
9
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Levante Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: In order to summon the flock, the King of Birds concocted this imperial latte-inspired stout to bring all the birds to the yard. Coconut and cinnamon powder dust the froth, which rests above layers of lactose, roasted chocolate malts, and a splash of Madagascar vanilla. Prepare yourself for migratory waves of flavor across your tongue. *Contains Lactose*
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 9-5-19, opened 11-7-19.
Dark brown to black stout with a 1 1/2" tan head, very good retention and the beginnings of sticky, foamy lacing.
Dark chocolate, and at the beginning just a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. More sweet cinnamon as the beer warms.
Semi-sweet chocolate malts, sweet cinnamon, and a hint of vanilla.
Smooth, silky, and a lactose lifted creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Very little heat for a 12.2% Imperial Stout. Medium length, sweet-ish finish.
It's Good, could have been better than good, maybe even great. I sipped on it for awhile waiting for changes in the beer to change my mind. Coconut? No.
It's good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet-black body; thick, frothy, light tan head. Dark, bitter chocolate with a light touch of cinnamon presence. Sweet flavors with a bold alcohol presence; cocoa and milk chocolate; a bit of cinnamon noted; strong hint of alcohol lurking beneath the malt sweetness. Heavy body; thick and silky on the palate; sludgy; big residual sugar heft; some boozy burn underneath it all; chewy.

At 12.2% ABV, this beer is one to reckon with. Despite the strong alcohol presence, the rich, semi-sweet malt sweetness does a fair job of reigning things in. The cinnamon adds some nice depth and plays a secondary role, complementing the sweetness and helping to take the edge off the alcohol presence. This beer is a real pleasure to sip on.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon and milk chocolate. Flavor is dark toasted malt, cinnamon, coconut, vanilla and mild cocoa; cinnamon and vanilla finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. One of the more unusual stouts I've tried. Quite cinnamon forward and a bit disconcerting at first; the malt and other flavors are not as dominating as in most stouts. But this one grew on me and after casting aside my standard stout expectations, I enjoyed this very much. The malt seems mild behind the cinnamon and vanilla flavors, but does support these often dominating flavors well. The coconut and chocolate notes are light. The cinnamon adds a little bite to the finish that melds well with whatever hops there may be. An idiosyncratic, but enjoyable stout. I'm intrigued.

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Photo of beertunes
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this one, from NBS BIF #9. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with over an inch of thick brown head that had great retention and very good lacing.

Strong cocoa at the front of the aroma, with the grains underneath. No real sign of the vanilla or cinnamon the label says is there.

On the tongue, the vanilla edges out ahead of the cocoa, with the cinnamon being very sharp at the back of the palate.

The body was a bit thinner than i like in the style, but was very smooth, and finished drier than I anticipated.

Drinkability was pretty good, the cinnamon hotness on the finish was a bit of a distraction, and my can was gone quickly enough.

Overall, a pretty nice brew. If they can get a handle on balancing out the adjuncts, it would be a very good example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - massive hazelnut head atop a cola-black body.

S - cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla.

T - tons of cinnamon. Wowza. Followed by vanilla, chocolate, coconut, roast, creamy sweetness. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - hides its booze very well.

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King of Birds from Levante Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 9 ratings