Underverse Coffee - BBA
Masthead Brewing Co.

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Masthead Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #377
Ranked #1,883
4.4 | pDev: 5.45%
Jan 03, 2023
Oct 12, 2018
Underverse Coffee - BBAUnderverse Coffee - BBA
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels with Six Shooter coffee beans.

28 IBU
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Rated: 4.6 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like spicy roasty coffee, caramel, cookie dough, bourbon, oak, spicy grain, and vanilla.

This is great cold out of the can, but as it warms, some of the coffee bitterness fades away to nuttiness and caramel. There's lots of barrel here, but it doesn't get boozy, really. The barrel melds with the coffee flavor, as all the best BA coffee stouts do. It's neither a barrel bomb nor a coffee bomb - it's all part of the whole.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and very drinkable.

I've only had a few Masthead BA beers, but from my small sample size, they tend to be great.
May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Masthead! Dedicated to trying to suss out whether they’re BA brews really are that good. 16 oz. can.

Blacc & quiet. Aroma brings distant Caribou with heavy barrel. Simple. Direct. Appealing.

Coffee Underverse: as classic as Starship Troopers (the 1997 film, of course). Sharp coffee bite is welded onto a heavy, grainy bourbon hit. And the booze of course. I’m already considering buying a new Tesla tomorrow as my brain function deteriorates. Exhale of cocoa, thick coating of malts. I’ll take a pint of this.

Not complex nor unique, this is a throwback to the single-celled coffee stouts of the 2012 era. Good, solid beer.
May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a couple fingers of khaki foam. Aroma is a dense blast of notes that range from earthy coffee to burning bourbon. Aroma in total leans into roasty, toasty, earthy malts with heavy roasty coffee behind. Bourbon swoops in, developing a little extra heat and complexity in the final third of the aroma alongside barrel. The earthy notes can not be understated. A little raisin and dark fruits slip through the coffee bourbon blast. Flavor profile is toasty, roasty, earthy, and caramely malts with strong coffee, bourbon, and barrel behind. Softer notes of green pepper and berry adorn the back of the beer. It truly is amazing, with the coffee mimicking the shape and profile of coffee beans aged in bourbon barrels - that is to say, roasty, rich, balanced coffee carrying barrel, bourbon, and a little heat across the palate. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a low effervescence. The texture plays into a similar field as high proof bourbon, in which the liquid develops a still, flat consistency, with a notable weight. Overall, one of the more interesting coffee barrel aged stouts in that this profile so closely resembles that of green coffee beans aged in bourbon, then roasted. Coffee is great, bourbon is great, and the underlying stout still (mostly) holds up great.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 16oz can.
May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by chrismattlin from Ohio

May 04, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by smithj4 from New York

May 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

May 02, 2021
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Rated by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Miss this one
Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by kmanjohnson from California

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by toolbrew from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip from a 16oz can dated 10/11/2018. Pours deep black with slight tan head and residual head around rim. Coffee dominates the nose. Taste is sweet chocolatey coffee, followed by bourbon and warmth from the abv and a slightly bitter finish. Mouth is coated - not cloyingly thick, but sticky. Overall very solid and would enjoy this again.
Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.54 by gobuccos from Ohio

Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.85 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Big aromas of chocolate chip cookies, bourbon vannila goodness. Really pleasant with no discernable b alcohol burn.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of bourbon juice and chocolate chip cookies. Really nice vanilla notes here and malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy Lightly fluffy.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout. Definitely nice cookie notes.

Serving Type: can
Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to rudzud
Big creamy thick foamy mocha colored head, retains well, little lacing, bit of lacing, nice legs

Nose big roasted coffee, dark stout malt, toasted cookie dough, roast very dark chocolate cocoa, mild acrid roast mild bacon smoke like, nice bourbon barrel candy thing

Taste rich creamy cocoa, dark chocolate, big roasted coffee, mild alcohol tingle, candy toasted coffee, hint smoke notes, hint caramel maple candy, smoked cocoa, little bourbon and vanilla barrel notes, bitter spicy lingering hop and some bitterness from malt

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy lush, decent but a bit lighter carb, bit of alcohol bit too much

Overall pretty nice
Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 4.67 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Nov 02, 2018
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Reviewed by CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
16oz can from recent release 10/11/2018 purchased and can stamped same date. Per their info: $20.99 + tax / 2 pack (16 oz cans) - limit 12 2 packs per person.

The onsite consumption in draft form on release day was recorded for posterity but is not included in today's review.

Thick, viscous, opaque black liquid poured into HF goblet. Thin brown rim, mocha surface shadows, scant showing with thick opposite sip lacing.

The aroma is brick thick espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon-vanilla gold, spice and char. The flavors are full, smack your face awake and freshy fresh, so close to eye-opener day drinking, work starter hydration.

Masthead has this base set in stone and the pump up the volume espresso bean, bourbon, fudge delight knocks it out. KBS who?

As an imperial stout should. You've been there, thick coating of the buds from front to back, a swirl shunts the flavors to dormant places previously devoid of sensation.

One of the best BBA coffee stouts out there. Kudos to a young and upcoming brewery.
Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by rcjennings from Ohio

Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by BeerBucks from New York

Oct 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour is a beautifully slick and viscous used motor oil with a slowly, evenly building thick mocha layer of carbonation that settles to a thin creamy film and ring.

Smell is luscious mocha chip ice cream with deep, dusty and earthy coffee, a syrupy sort of oak, and a nutty, chocolate-covered pretzel bark. Fucking. A.

Taste is rich and tangy mocha liqueur with a slight sting of peppery charred bourbon oak before it comes veering back into dark chocolatey coffee that has hints of rocky road-esque nutty marshmallow before a slightly stinging vanillin and caramel bourbon exhale.

A tingly mild carbonation runs through a velvety slick medium-thin body before a sticky, lip smacking semi-dry swallow.

This is substantially better than last year's unexpected stunner BBA Tiramisu Underverse. My only ding would be its unnecessary increase in potency over last year's Underverse variants. Thankfully the perceptible heat isn't amped up too drastically in proportion with the ABV.
Oct 14, 2018
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Reviewed by KurtisCarman from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Went to the brewery for the release. Had it fresh from the tap. Wow! I love the Underverse Series. These dark BBA beers are not my usual go to. However, I cannot deny how good this was. Aromas were amazing. Six Shooter is so good and makes such a great coffee base for these coffee stouts they do at Masthead. I cannot say enough good about this. Masthead is a NEIPA king and it amazes me that they are getting so good at these BBA stouts as well. They are masters at this place.
Oct 12, 2018
Underverse Coffee - BBA from Masthead Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 25 ratings