Baker's Dozen
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #958
ABV:
13%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,551
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 5.7%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
32
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Connecticut, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Decadent Ales

Cinnamon Chocolate Fudge Imperial Stout brewed with ancho peppers (no heat, slightly sweet raisin and smoky flavor) and a hint of vanilla, creating a unique, smooth blended flavor.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my wife picked this one out at the beer store this weekend, and im not going to say i was skeptical, but the decadent stuff, which this is a collaboration with, has been really sugary in my experience so far, and a dessert stout at this abv had me nervous for another diabetes bomb, but i couldnt have been more wrong, this is amazing, the highlight of a very beery evening last night! for one, the high abv is not a factor here hardly at all, only after its been in the glass close to an hour is it even appreciable. its also not too sweet to drink, we split the can evenly, but i could have done this along with ease. the beer is dense looking but not scary viscous, and the heady is creamy, light brown, and thick and frothy and lasting. this smells and tastes incredible, shockingly well balanced, and with the right amounts of everything. cinnamon and chocolate lead the way for me, the cinnamon earthy and spicy and warming, the chocolate natural and rich, picking up some of the darkest character of the huge malt base and bringing it forward. its not like fudge to me thankfully, not too thick or palate coating, not too sugary, vanilla is an accent which i am surprised by from these guys, and the ancho pepper is awesome, its warm on the back of the tongue and top of the throat with each sip, but its so well married to the cinnamon that its more than just heat, and its gone quickly. light smoke, tobacco, cocoa nib bitterness, and honey come into the mix as well. this somehow is light to me for what it is, satin in texture but not all that heavy for what it is, easy going down, almost a marshmallow texture, puffy like that, its awesome! i taste it forever, the chocolate goes so uniquely well with the cinnamon, and we are both majorly impressed with this one. i know bomb and abraxas set the standard for this sort of thing, but i would honestly put this at that level, its incredible!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a snifter.

A: Menacing dark pour with minimal khaki head; completely opaque.

S: Sweetened coffee, spices...cinnamon, peppers...caramel, vanilla...roasted malt.

T: Sweetened spiced coffee leads off, wonderful notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and hints of spicy peppers, toasted caramel, roasted coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate. Very nice.

MF: Not quite as huge as I thought it might be from the pour; still full-bodied and viscous.

O: Probably still an overpriced brew even though I loved it (I paid $8 for this can). Reminds me a lot of a Prairie brew; dense, dark, flavorful, sticky. Recommended.

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Photo of DannyBoy15347
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me just say wow..pours the deepest black I've ever seen. Aroma is magnificently chocolatey with soft notes of vanilla. The taste is what was really surprising, for the first time I easily picked up every flavor listed on the can: chili peppers, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. It says no heat also, but I definitely felt the peppers really came through; not overwhelmingly, but enough that it did throw the mouth feel off just a little for me. Overall, this is still really great and so different from anything else I think I've ever had. Cheers!

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Photo of woodchipper
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at near room temp from an undated can picked up at the brewery today. The body is black as can be, not even a hint of non-black on the edges when held to the window. The medium head is dark brown, but fades quickly and offers minimal lacing.
Aroma is strong - Chocolate, marshmallow, with strong cinnamon and vanilla aromatics.
Taste is sweet in front followed by a hard hit of Ancho pepper that for an instant feels like the cinnamon challenge but eventually turns to that familiar capsaicin burn. Other's may not like this but I love it. This beer has so many things going on per sip. It ends with a the pepper burn that fades nicely to a subtle cinnamon ending.
Mouthfeel is oily and sticky, phenomenal.
This beer is one of the best new things I have had in a long while. I do understand its profile is not for everyone, but I will seek this out again. Oddly, when I searched for it in the BA database it was listed as retired. However, I bought it at the brewery TODAY.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a fizzy, one finger dark khaki head that dissipates to a thin film with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate and cinnamon and a mild hot pepper burn. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, hot pepper, vanilla, dark dried fruit, cinnamon and a hint of smokiness. Nice fudgy, moderate hot pepper finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Tastes a lot like Mexican chocolate inspired stouts, which is not too surprising, since the chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla are all here. Interestingly, the brewers description says it used Ancho peppers with no heat, but this definitely has some hop pepper burn. It's nicely handled and in balance with the other flavors, but very distinct in the finish. Great job of integration with the cinnamon, malt, chocolate and vanilla all in harmony. One of the more enjoyable Mexican chocolate inspired stouts I've had.

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

Excellent head production and good retention.

Boozy dessert stone tones, swimming in brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Marshmallow, vanilla, cinnamon, and perhaps just a touch of vegetal pepper.

Thick, hot, spicy, and decadent on the palate. Plenty of pepper heat, minor char, tons of nuts, cinnamon, dark chocolate, marshmallow, espresso and molasses tones, caramel, and dark fruit.

Full bodied, but not quite chewy. Plenty of heat, but much more from the peppers than from the high ABV.

Really a fantastic pepper stout that brings me back to the early days of Prairie Bomb!, or Westbrook Mexican Cake. Brings plenty of heat, aided no doubt by not only the peppers but also the cinnamon. Not the thickest, chewiest, or most decadent of stouts overall, but a really delicious and spicy brew overall.

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Photo of EMH73
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves some blotchy lacing, no visible carbonation. Smells of chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts and coffee. Tastes of fudge, coffee, cinnamon, dark roasted malts, vanilla, raisins, smoke and an extremely mild pepper flavor in the background. Full bodied, moderate carbonation and a creamy mouth feel, very mild dry finish.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A good, but not great, aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of chocolate (less than expected), a hint of vanilla (kind of fleeting), a light chili pepper flavor, lots of roasted malt (a big factor), and some dark fruit (raisins, in particular). A very so-so flavor that's much milder than you would think. Some of the ingredients just aren't pushed far enough. Still, it has some bright points.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer (especially considering the breweries involved), but still decent. Worth a look.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and cinnamon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice, vanilla, cinnamon and light peppers.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Super solid stout. The flavors are nicely balanced and the ABV well hidden.

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

Beers in this category (uber big imperial stouts) scare me - it’s easy for the brewery (or in this collab’s case, breweries) to let one element or another become too pronounced, which opens up a path for the booziness to dominate.

Note: I don’t like booze. At all.

Fortunately, this exceptionally balanced 13% ABV imperial stout features zero booze. How is that possible?

The answer: it’s pretty sweet. Fortunately, I love sweet, so this is in my wheelhouse, from the pour that is completely black with a significant dark tan head, to the cinnamon and dark chocolate aromas that dance nicely with the ancho peppers, to the taste, where the ancho peppers are more prominent up front, but yield to the dark chocolate and, at the very end of the taste, the vanilla and cinnamon.

If you don’t like sweet, this beer will be a challenge. If you do like sweet, and you like big, gargantuan stouts, seek this.

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

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice dark brown/black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, spicy, vanilla, licorice, roasty. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla sweetness, spicy, licorice, roasty. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this is a pretty nice brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tall aluminum can, this brew is a completely, solid black liquid. The head is slim but very dark tan in color and leaves a thick lace. The aroma has licorice, charcoal, espresso, and a bit of booze. The taste is Bitter, slightly dry, and the body is incredibly thick. Full, intense, and interesting.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high mocha colored had that died down, consistently leaving a short short tan head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ancho peppers are present in the nose along with strong notes of fudge and dark chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of ancho chilies and chocolate fudge with a light amount of heat.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice balance between the flavors of ancho chili peppers and chocolate fudge and isn't overly spicy. It also does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: can

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Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and some smoky heat. Sweet chocolate and toffee with cinnamon, vanilla and a mild spiciness.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter; no can dating, but was just released. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, cinnamon, chile pepper, vanilla, cream, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, wood, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aroma with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, cinnamon, chile pepper, vanilla, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, vanilla, cream, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, wood, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal, woody, grassy, cinnamon, and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Minimal ancho chili pepper spiciness. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, vanilla, cream, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts toasted dark/brown bread/crust, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, cinnamon, chile pepper, vanilla, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Light slickness, sticky hops/spice, and chalky roast. Mild increasing warmth of 13%, with minimal lingering pepper heat after the finish. Overall this is amazing flavored/spiced imperial pasty stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, cinnamon, chile pepper, vanilla, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the huge ABV, with the very mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Amazing balanced rich malts, cinnamon, chocolate, ancho chile, and vanilla complexity; with solid earthy hop presence. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. Great fruity pepper flavor, with minimal added heat. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a viscous black color with and inch of dark brown head. The aroma is rich chocolate syrup, roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is dark chocolate, earth, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and a hint of the peppers. Chocolate syrup, peppers and roasted malts at the end. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Not as boozey as expected by the high ABV but it’s definitely noticeable. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Baker's Dozen from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 32 ratings