French Toast | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States
uneannee.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xdtfx on 05-20-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
30
pDev:
5.23%
 
 
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1
Gots:
5
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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smb71481
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Winooski Beverage.
This was poured into a snifter.
The pour was a thick jet black color leading into the same color in appearance. Small cap of an off white foamy head slid off quaintly. Some speckled lace tried to string it's way around the glass.
The aroma was absolutely majestic! The way the maple syrup intertwines with cinnamon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and wafer is absolutely amazing! Some coffee notes, light vanilla, slight roast but very lean.
The flavor was decadently sweet with a subsiding roast and an even lighter dose of cinnamon. Mild aftertaste of maple syrup, cinnamon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla and a little bit of wafer.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied. It's richness defines a certain thickness but lets in just enough cinnamon to stifle any cloying possibilities. The finish takes the cinnamon harshness to play against the syrupy notes trying to come out.
Overall, well hell, if all of Hubbard's Cave beers are this good, I am hoping to see more of them out here.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Meeshy40
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eman17
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRock7755
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Tan head. Black color. Full bodied. Sweet and syrupy. Cinnamon and maple show the most with a vanilla sweetness in the background. So many adjuncts. Kind of cloying. 6 oz was enough. Tasty, but sweet.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 2018-2, whatever that means. Purchased recently.

A: Jet black pour. Very tall and very dark head, which is very dense. Head retention is excellent as it settles in and sticks around forever. Very little lacing.

S: Big roasty stout at first, but then I get the cinnamon and maple syrup. Tons of vanilla too, almost overpowering once it's full warm.

T: Very sweet. Huge maple and vanilla up front. HUGE. Extremely sweet, cannot be overstated. Cinnamon shows up in the finish and aftertaste, with a roasty component joining it too.

M: Heavy and incredibly sweet with lower carbonation.

O: Good lord this is one sweet stout. Big sweet milk stout with tons of vanilla and maple syrup heaped on, make no mistake about it - it means business! Cinnamon provides much-needed contrast but not quite enough.

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Photo of jmckevitt111
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having another style with similar adjuncts recently been thinking it was an overwhelming mess that was too busy. It may have been from a local brewery. This one is pretty good. Standard looking. Strong maple smell, followed by notes of cinnamon spiciness and vanilla sweetness on the nose. Taste is a good blend of sweet maple syrup and cinnamon spice. Feel is slightly syrupy and very boozy, mouth watering and rich. Lot of flavors, not over the top or messy, balanced and bold. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: complex, super sweet maple, spiced, dark toasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, lactose, with sticky mouth-feel. Big maple syrup aroma. Black, opaque, dark tan head lattice of lace. Full body. Intense, maple you could pour over pancakes. Boozy at end.

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Photo of Tombo94
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent unique beer. The taste was as close as you can get to a french toast to me, the maple was a little overbearing and this beer is one that should be enjoyed in small quantities at a time. I'd recommend a 6 oz pour.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 - 12% abv

Some dark fruit flavors pair up with intense dark chocolate, loads of cinnamon, sweet maple syrup, vanilla and creamy lactose

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery taproom. Pours an opaque dark brown with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is chocolate and roasted grain, maple syrup and cinnamon.
Taste is roasty and toasty. Chocolate, maple, cinnamon. Sweet. Virtually no booze.
Smooth and creamy.
Definitely a dessert beer.
Great stout.

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Photo of jpineda95
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently had the Coffee and Cakes which was an amazing beer on draft and out of the bottle. Went back to get more and this was being stocked. Grabbed a couple bottles of it and just opened one to share with a large group of friends. Everyone noted how insanely good the smell of this beer was. The cinnamon and maple come through and smells like you are at the breakfast table with a plate of this in front of you. Super heavy and creamy body which is exactly what I was wanting. Tastes exactly as would be expected but maybe a tiny bit heavy on the cinnamon. Only thing that would make this better would be a side of thick cut bacon. If you see this on a shelf, grab it.. or I will.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hubbar's Cave is so hit or miss for me, but this one is unquestionably a hit! The beer actually tastes like french toast. Not kind of, not similar ingredients, it is french toast in a bottle. Still plenty of booze and heavy malting, but the sweet vanilla, sugar and cinnamon cover it all up. Full bodied, so no gimmcks here.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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French Toast from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 30 ratings