Gravity Shift
Ellison Brewery & Spirits

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #870
ABV:
14%
Score:
93
Ranked #7,812
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.56%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
20
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 20
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from Junior poured into Christmas chalice. No can date.

Deep, viscous oily black pour with a brown head of 1/2 finger, stable.

Aromas are just deep. Intoxicating. Full. Vanilla. Chocolate Silk Pie. Fudge. Sweet Bourbon. Marshmallow. Burnt S'mores and graham cracker. It's all here. Slight peppery alcohol heat.

Flavor...oh man. Just intense burnt graham cracker, chocolate milk, marshmallow, deep bourbon and whiskey notes, lovely alcohol burn, slight black and chili pepper, finally some sweet vanilla custard. Wowza.

Feel is incredibly thick like the thickest chocolate milk ever, rivaling pudding...with a balancing heavy carbonation and lovely burning alcohol just stinging the tongue and roof.

Overall, wow, one of the best bourbon barrel imperial stouts I've ever had. Ellison continues to be one of my favorite breweries and a brewery that impresses me at every turn. There's only a couple beers from them I'd ever say were substandard, and who freaking cares with beers like these. Just yum.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, 2018 release, snifter glass. Dark cola brown body, nearly black, one finger offwhite head, short retention and no lacing, as expected. Smell is a nice marshmallowy vanilla bean, sweet milk chocolate, a bit of lactose, touch of Swiss Miss cocoa followed by a warming whiskey aroma. Flavour follows; the vanilla adds a nice authentic sweetness along with the milk chocolate and dark fruits of the base stout, which is balanced out by the cocoa powder which contributes a sweeter milk chocolate, a touch of earth and dab of espresso bitterness. Delicious and balanced adjunct flavours. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, creamy, good carbonation, mildly bitter espresso and cocoa on the finish. Balanced, delicious adjuncts, solid barrel presence and good viscous mouthfeel.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter; no can dating, 2018 vintage. Pours dense, opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, nuts, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, nuts, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, nuts, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light molasses/dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is amazing. Light slickness, sticky hops, chalky roast, and oak tannins. Lightly increasing warmth of 14%, with mild lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Amazingly rich dessert malt complexity, and cocoa/vanilla flavors; with perfect barrel integration. Not overly boozy, tannic, or drying. This tasted like BBA fudge brownies in a glass. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing dessert style imperial stout.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours motor oil black with a one finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is heavy bourbon, vanilla, coffee and oak.

T - The taste dark chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, oak and bourbon.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp cry finish.

O - This is a killer BBA stout. The coffe and dark chocolate are huge in the flavor. The 14% ABV is well hide.

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Photo of taulest
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip three days after canning. The head disappeared within a few seconds, and there was no lacing whatsoever. However, the color is a deep, deep reddish blackish brown, and the smell is even darker, like molasses and burnt plums and soaked wood. The aroma does NOT subside. It feels wet (very wet... without being watery) and tastes like mildewed gingerbread and actual bourbon. If you search for them you can find some chocolate notes. The alcohol exists among a lot of other strong flavors, so although the 14% is not hidden well, it doesn’t feel out of place. I drank this by myself which was a mistake — I didn’t realize it was 14%! Share this one! The only other BBA stout I’ve had is Only Void (Bourbon Barrel) by Tired Hands and honestly I think Ellison has a few things to learn. This beer was delicious!!! BUT, it could be better.

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Gravity Shift from Ellison Brewery & Spirits
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 20 ratings