Casual Friday
White Elm Brewing Company

Casual FridayCasual Friday
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 4.51%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
18
From:
White Elm Brewing Company
 
Nebraska, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
92
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Casual FridayCasual Friday
Notes: An Imperial Stout with coconut, cacao nibs and vanilla aged in a blend of bourbon and rum barrels.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Chaz:
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Chaz from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks as it should: Ink-black, with a brown-tan head. Excellent lacing.

INCREDIBLE nose! Toffee, light espresso, plum and burnt raisin, and a touch of marshmallow creme. The nose is worth the price of admission, but trust me — the 12.5% ABV is worth sticking around for...

Sweet and plummy... raisins and caramel apple and rum and suffering, all on the first sip. This is the sickness and the cure, and the dream of every good boy leaving the nightclub alone... one of the best “standard” RIS I’ve had in years.

Warming*... and also insufferably sweet (for some) across the palate, and while it DOES improve as it warms, I know that this modern ‘pastry’ take on the RIS/American Strong Stout really doesn’t fly with everyone. And that’s okay. More for those who DO enjoy it!

Drinkability is outstanding.

*Warming, but not burning, and the heat is kept in-check enough to make this an excellent sipper. Extremely well-done, and absolutely recommended for those who can lay their hands on it.

Nov 17, 2019
More User Reviews:
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

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

Feb 08, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can from Tavour. Black, flat pour, still. Chocolate, cacao, coconut, hint of vanilla. Lots of Mounds bars notes. Thick, slick, mildly sticky. Sweet, but not boozy.

Apr 24, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black of the void with no head. Smell is so fun: coconut, vanilla, and milk chocolate play atop rum and bourbon barrels, together giving a boozy somoa cookie complexion, very light hearted. Taste is even more so to the point of getting a touch watery even, tons of coconut, chocolate and vanilla, rum is there, bourbon fainter, but generally gives out before the finish, still the beginning of the sip is a fun dessert. Body is super light, barrels do not shape, abv well hidden, but so so so thin. Good dessert stout for warmer weather

May 22, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White Elm Casual Friday Imperial Stout, 12.5% ABV. Pours black and thick like oil, with a slight brown head. Nose is chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Taste is strong sweet chocolate, coconut, burnt malt, with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with decent carbonation. Overall outstanding.

Oct 13, 2019
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Captain69 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I rate this rather high It is a sweet stout - very fun to drink ,a slight high in % . a great flavor of malt , chocolate and vanilla . pours dark with good head but head don't last

May 08, 2020
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JDizzle from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 08, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black. Tiny formation of khaki head.

Nose is chocolate, coconut, and a candy like quality that reminds of marshmallows. This smells great. Reminds me of that Coconut Mudbank that I love so very much.

Taste is even better. Huge swaths of chocolate, then the coconut and vanilla. A little bit of roasty malt on the back to even it out. This is not a tremendously sweet beer. Very restrained.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is where it seems to fall flat unfortunately. This is a thin stout for the ABV which is unexpected.

Overall a great stout. Reminds me of a Mounds Bar or a Chocolate chip cookie or brownie that has pieces of coconut in it. Delicious. The problem of the mouthfeel being thin will bring my score down a bit, but it still holds together well.

Jun 26, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that left some lacing on the surface and a minuscule collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted coconuts are present in the nose along with hints of rum.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of toasted coconuts along with notes of vanilla from the bourbon aging and and hints of dark malts and rum.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit slick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors of toasted coconuts in this stout; the rum and bourbon barrel aging also added a bit of complexity. It was rather easy to drink considering its strength given that the alcohol was well hidden from the taste and it wasn't that heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

Apr 28, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

One of the blackest, darkest pours I've ever seen. 50 weight used motor oil. Head is angry red with shades of beige. 2 fingers, receding to 1. Minor lacing, alcohol legs are present.

Aroma is of melting plastic, coconut shavings, and suntan lotion, with hints of vanilla bean and cocoa puffs.

Flavor is very very good. Cocoa pebbles with rich coconut, citrus, pineapple, and fudge. Vanilla Coke. Pumpernickel. Finish of vanilla coke and coconut.

Feel is thick and viscous, semi-creamy, good alcohol burn but not overly so for the ABV, and has a slight slickness and dryness to it.

Overall, yep, White Elm has done it again. They're like the Evil Twin Brewing of Nebraska. I'll basically buy any anything from White Elm without question anymore.

Oct 07, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black body; initial thick tan head but it then fades to nothing except percolating carbonation bubbles dancing at the top of the beer. Big, rich cocoa and bittersweet chocolate nose; vanilla and coconut. Huge vanilla and milk chocolate taste; a bit of roasted and charred grain way in the background; barely perceptible alcohol presence. Heavy body; slick and oily on the palate; coats the tongue with dense residual sugars; sweet mouthfeel throughout.

Wow! This is one smooth, rich, and luscious sweet imperial stout. The brewers did an excellent job of balancing the cocoa and vanilla with the base beer. The high ABV is pretty well hidden. Too bad that the appearance suffers (kind of looks like a fizzy coke bubbling along after the head disappears), but the aroma and taste are killer...

May 31, 2020
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Bandi from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 28, 2020
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paulish from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 03, 2020
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SaxmanRick from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 09, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A commonly nice AIP.
Bought from Tavour.
Casual Friday Looks average. Smells are full-on chocolate nibs and vanilla. Tastes follow, integrated, balanced. Stays that way and is full in the mouth.

The name "Casual Friday" gave me this revelation that I'm sure others have already had. By targeting the market segment that needs "a shot of alcohol at the end of the week" is how crafters are cutting into the spirits market. Why not have an AIP with character on Friday after a shitty week, particularly if the option is something distilled from potatoes? I was always wondering why each generation of crafters amps up the alcohol. Finally, I figured it out. Make it boozy or die ! Eureka !

As for White Elm... It is usually a smart business move to bring yeasty sophistication to the college town of a farm state. White Elm has a decent looking website; creative photography, yet simple design. I look forward to trying White Elm's Belgian offerings. (Ahem, Tavour. Are you listening?)

Best wishes in elevating everyone's game... particularly in getting through this pandemic safely.

May 17, 2020
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jwerner23 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 12, 2020
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GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 15, 2020
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smithj4 from New York

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 05, 2020
Casual Friday from White Elm Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 18 ratings