Sunday Paper Imperial Stout with Coffee
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

Sunday Paper Imperial Stout with CoffeeSunday Paper Imperial Stout with Coffee
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #886
Ranked #3,411
4.18 | pDev: 6.22%
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Sunday Paper Imperial Stout with CoffeeSunday Paper Imperial Stout with Coffee
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with Barrington Coffee Roasters Kale Peaberry coffee
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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 10/25/19.

Pours almost opaque dark brown with a minimal head of tan. Powdered sugar atop espresso with nougat and chocolate in the nose. Almost full bodied with a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Chocolate syrup with espresso beans and malted milk balls on the palate. Finishes sweet with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate.

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Photo of HBSnyder
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has a dark color, maroon, brown and even black. Coffee is definitely evident as is vanilla, oak or wood during first smell. It has a rich taste that gives a little bite or bitter taste, upon first mouth entry. After swishing around the mouth once, a more peppery flavor come through. A fizzy carbonated feeling is felt as the beer is aerated and pushed down the throat.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first taste of this beer. I usually drink stouts at 4C or cooler unless otherwise directed. This one is a little cooler at 2C. As this gets warmer, the texture changes and much of the bubbles go away. I find the coffee/pepper flavor better at colder temps.

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Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate with a 3F head in. Stone snifter. Heavy roasted malt aroma, smooth MF, very moderate carbonation, chocolate-coffee-roasted malt taste. I would have preferred more of a chocolate emphasis.
Otherwise, an excellent imperial Stout.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four-finger tan head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and coffee nose and flavor is coffee. Decent imp stout. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.45 for a 16oz can from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee over the top of light to moderate aromas of roasted + caramel malts with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + caramel + chocolate malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of freshly roasted coffee. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness linger well through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable if you are coffee lover and this would be a great brunch beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only faint traces of dark brown are present near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short dark tan head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of coffee beans along with notes of underlying chocolate malts. Only a slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout would make for a good breakfast beer as it is all about the coffee. It doesn't nearly taste as strong nor alcoholic as you would expect from the alcohol content.

Serving type: can

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Photo of dandandan79
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pure deep dark black. smells of coffee and chocolate.
Slight/mid carbonation upfront with a great tasting smooth coffee taste with a touch of bitterness. Consistently delicious, very drinkable, no alcohol burn. strong enough but not overpowering or too intense, complex enough at the finish to make you satisfied, a wonderful offering by Exhibit A,
which is a brewery I'm suddenly into.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color and presents likewise in the glass, with a finger of dark tan foam on top... Pretty straight-forward coffee stout - kicks up solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt char aromas, and the flavors are in line with that - roasty char of cocoa and coffee, bittersweet, but leaning more toward the bitter, producing a little drying on the finish... Full-feeling and smooth, a little bit of sticky molasses sweetness on the finish... Coffee stout fans will be pleased, but I found it fairly standard for the style...

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Photo of SawDog505
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 Snulip glass canned on 3/21/18. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a 2 finger mocha head that leaves thin wispy lace as it slowly settles into a thin layer of foamy bubbles. 4.25

Smell is one dimensional but in the best way possible. Roasty coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark chocolate, and hazelnut. 4.5

Taste is really the same roasty coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, and vanilla lingers in the finish. 4.5

Mouthfeel is bigger than average for sure, moderate life and that is fine, a nice dry feel on the palate, and at 9.9% ABV goes down easily. 4.5

Overall this thing stands out, really impressed. Roasty, Rich, full bodied, and just down right tasty. 4.5

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a bit of light passing through the edge. Moderate head leaving some streaks for lace.

Strong roasted coffee bean aroma. Rather dry with black patent malt completely dominating the nose.

The flavor is smoother than a pure coffee (no cream) styled stout typically has. It is reasonably rich for the style with a neutral carbonation level. Good alcohol warmth in the swallow. The aftertaste is simply an American coffee without sugar and milk, long-lasting.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not a ton of lacing.

The coffee aroma on this is pretty intoxicating- caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate. I also get some roast character and a hint of vanilla.

The aroma is definitely better than the taste, but it still tastes nice. The coffee character carries the beer here, and adds great flavors- a surprising amount of dark caramel, toffee sweetness, and a big sweet chocolate. The roasty base stout helps cut the sweetness from the coffee, keeping it balanced.

Unfortunately, the beer isn't quite as thick and chewy as I'd prefer, as it's a tad thin. It's still pretty drinkable, though, with a normal level of carbonation.

The aroma is the star of this beer- it's so inviting. The body could definitely use some work. On the whole, I still enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017. Smells coffee forward. Some maple sweetness up front, espresso, light roasted malt, cola and vanilla. Smooth. A bit on the thin side. Pretty good. Lacks a bit of a flavor punch though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/13/17

Poured into a tulip glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some oil slicks and some sticky lacing beind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, nice touch of coffee, vanilla, nice roastyness/nuttyness, licorice. The taste is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla, licorice, nice roastyness/nuttyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, nice little complex brew. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. A nice sipper. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Bill!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into snifter

Dark brown liquid , taupe foam islands, settles into rings of foam

Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malts

Taste of roasted coffee and malts, whiff of chocolate

Good beer

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/16/17 canning date

A: Jet black pour with a huge and dense brown head. Very thinly bubbled head. It's fizzy and loud at first but it settles down and sticks around quite well. Thin but substantial lacing as well.

S: Light coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

T: Now we're talking. It's got a sweet creamy coffee flavor up front. Kinda like coffee with milk and sugar. Coffee is not overbearing but it's prominent. No acrid flavor or anything, it's a very mellow and smooth coffee. Decent roasted malt character kicks in with a little chocolate syrup on the side. Finish is mildly bitter coffee and that sweet creamy flavor still. I'm not sure if this is a milk stout or what but it sure tastes like it. Lingering bitter coffee grinds between sips.

M: Fairly heavy, very smooth and silky almost.

O: Really nice coffee stout. I still have no clue how they made it so creamy and even lightly sweet. It's not a coffee bomb but the coffee still makes the brew. Very well balanced, super smooth and drinkable. Can't complain at all.

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Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black body from the tallboy to a becher with a nutty tan head. A creamy texture with good retention. Large blankets of foamy lace coat the glass.

S- Fresh medium dark roast coffee and roast malts provide a massive aroma. Roast barley, charred grains, dark chocolate, espresso, earthy coffee beans, vanilla sweets, cookies and toffee.

T- The general theme of coffee, chocolate and roasted grains carries over with a medium sweetness and a general profile of dark bitter chocolate and dark roast coffee. Red fruits, bitter raisin, cocoa powder, burnt grain, toffee, slight caramel, bitter 90% cocoa chocolate, slight vanilla sweet milk chocolate dessert and general toasted baked goods. Rich but not overbearing or too heavy on the dessert.

MF- Slick and oily medium to heavy body. Somewhat creamy and silky texture with a moderate level of the CO2. Ends with burnt bitters.

The marriage of coffee and big stout is a classic. The general theme here is a mix of dark chocolate and espresso beans and comparatively it lacks a bit of smoothness that the classics possess.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a nice dark brown coming close to black and yielding a cap of a little off white foamy head that swiftly slid off. Barely any lace.
The aroma had an absolutely wonderful blend of dark roasted coffee beans to milk chocolate and dark chocolate with a touch of espresso-like sweetness. Light chocolate cake and some sugars but they came across very well done.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a substantial roastiness coming forward for balance. Light bitterness closer to the back end. Aftertaste was roasty coffee, and dark and milk chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt pretty low but good. ABV felt a bit lower than projected but I seemed okay with that. Roasty to semi-bitter coffee to dark chocolate sort of finish.
Overall, extremely well done imperial stout. Need more of this going into Winter.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Exhibit 'A' Brewing in Framingham. The beer poured with a jet black appearance and a small, light brown head that disappeared quickly. The beer has a roasted nut hint wrapped around dark chocolate and light, cream coffee. Taste is really strong with the bitter dark chocolate but there is a malty, vanilla sweet, warm aftertaste with each sip. THe beer was decently creamy, giving the beer a smooth, silk texture with a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, really fascinated by its flavor characteristic.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first time having Sunday Paper from Exhibit 'A' Brewing... or, perhaps, I might more accurately say it's my first time appreciatively-enjoying it? I think I had this at Armsby Abbey's Stoutfest earlier this year but, since I can't really make heads or tails of what I enjoyed that day other than a few amazing standout beers, this might be my first time really sitting, drinking and pondering it. As I've mentioned in reviews prior, Exhibit 'A' has impressed me more with their non-hoppy beers than the hoppy stuff they constantly try to peddle to their markets, and I'm hoping this is no exception to the rule that I've created from pretty much nothing other than a (potentially misbegotten) desire for a small brewery from MA to make it on the backs of kölschbier, porters and stouts.

Pours a brutally dark beer, just barely bordering the ever-unattainable black with nearly-imperceptible edges of husky brown. Its thin, shimmering head of khaki foam leaves behind very little lace and bears an unremarkable surface. This oil-slick of beer does not want to be remembered by its appearance, it seems. It wants you to experience it viscerally. Thus, I proceed onwards...

The nose is very heavy on roasty coffee with some earthy dankness, light notes of pine and grassy hops and a surprising, almost-peat-smoke like element. There's something very deep going on here, among the roast, chocolate and mocha aspects. Has a very intense underlying smoky character that really begs me to engage it further. I almost get some dark fruit and berry notes here, too... perhaps part of the coffee? I can pick out raspberry and succulent blackberry, though. Wow, a truly decadent imperial coffee stout from my first impressions.

Taste has strong impressions of ashen, earthy, dark-roast coffee, some vanilla and creamy notes and cocoa husks. Mostly on the ashy side of things here, with a bit of tobacco and herbal/leafy hop to back up the prominent coffee and chocolate stout qualities I knew were going to be focused on. I'm not getting a lot of the just-about-10% ABV, though, to be honest. This doesn't drink hot at all, and has a very smooth mouthfeel. I mean, it doesn't taste weak by any means, but it barely feels like an 8.5% beer, in my opinion. Carbonation seems intentionally kept to a minimum here, too. A really nice-drinking, coffee-sipping, newspaper-reading, 'done-right' imperial stout by a brewery that should probably altogether give up the hoppy beer game and focus on their true calling: everything else they've done.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/11/17

A: Deep, dark brown, nearly black at its core - pours with a medium size, light brown head, gradually fades to wisps, leaves streaks and spots of lacing

S: Loads of coffee, with roasty coffee beans, straight-up medium to dark roast drip coffee - maybe a hint of espresso - lots of dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, fudge, and brownies - roasty malts with some chocolate malt, dark caramel, molasses, and a hint of toffee

T: Lots of coffee, with coffee and coffee bean flavors - roasty coffee, touch of burnt, hint of espresso, some acidity, and some metallic notes/minerality - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, slightly over-baked brownies - dark caramel, molasses, toffee, and some toasted bread - hint of wood, even though this was not aged in anything - nuts - medium level of sweetness, minimal hint of alcohol

M: Medium to full body, smooth, mildly acidic coffee-like finish

O: Sunday Sundae?

This has a lot of coffee in it, which is notable considering this isn't exactly the freshest can. I probably (accidentally) made a good decision to sit on it for a few months because it's very aggressive and roasty but also very chocolaty and smooth. If you haven't already checked out Exhibit 'A' do so immediately.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

A very pleasing Imperial Stout from start to finish, the coffee character is modest throughout so it being an Imperial Stout is first and foremost. Warmth from the alcohol and a dark fruitiness in the middle. Big roasted flavor, no harsh burnt flavors though. Some sweetness, suggestions of dark sugars and all. Quick kiss of coffee in the finish. Quite the treat.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark coffee black with brown edges and a soft dense mocha foam that unfortunately dies off quickly to a thin ring, and is a bit lazy to rejuvenate.

Just an immense amount of coffee wafts off the nose, mostly of the fruity variety. A metallic note accompanies the coffee, which seems to be the roasted malt but I'm not sure--it's a bit like copper. Other aromas quickly make you forget that slight offense, such as nuts, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and a fruit element nearing raspberry.

The flavor is really intense and delicious fruity and nutty coffee with a good amount of bittering. I'm also getting ginger snap, baker's cocoa and root beer.

Sunday Paper is a little acidic, with a medium body and a slightly fizzy froth, finishing dry.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black, absolutely no head.
Smell: Coffee and nuts.
Taste: Coffee forward, nuts, toffee. It does not taste like a 10 percenter.
Feel: On the thin side.
Overall: A nice coffee forward Stout. Maybe it's the Barrington coffee, but this beer reminds me of PM Dawn.

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Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 01/25/17 'Free Press' (more important now than ever) ... really let this sucker warm-up and breathe whilst sipping ... celebrating being happily single on Valentine's Day ;)

Took a dead-center pour to get a decent head to form. Fades too quickly to be of note and a bit disappointing, because in my (silly) opinion, stouts need a proper head! Nose is quite complex (but only once the beer warms), with a bit of booze, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malt, and something lakey/metallic that I find in some stouts. Expected this to be more coffee-forward, but it complements the other flavors rather than overpowering them, which is nice but odd given the description/intention of this beer. Sadly there is also some soy sauce in the finish. Super smooth and enough alcohol to remind you this is an Imperial Stout. I was excited for the release but am now skeptical of the rave reviews so far. Amazing straight from the fridge but the imperfections show at room temperature.

I think I'm just being overly critical because this is my new favorite brewery and they've impressed me so much, so quickly. Haven't dissected a beer over a few hours like this in a while, but still, it's a great beer! Glad I bought a second can to come back to in several months.

UPDATE: April 9th...
Drinking a second can about two and a half months later is a massive improvement. Everything is so mellow. Super roasty, chocolaty malt with hints of charred wood and molasses. All the good stuff in a heavy stout. The finish is incredible. Smooth, creamy, sweet, rich. Had high hopes for aging this beer and all expectations were surpassed. Delicious! Original score was 4.28.

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4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional IS , rich creamy mouth feel, cannot get better than this. Excellent roaster coffee notes, really well done flavor, oats , no alcohol upfront but nice warming as I continue to sip, need to stress how smooth and silky/creamy this is. Wonderful overall. Great new local brewery with excellent offerings. Nice people and wish them well although I doubt they need it!

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Sunday Paper Imperial Stout with Coffee from Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 110 ratings