Griffith J. Griffith
Highland Park Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #730
Ranked #3,564
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Highland Park Brewery
California, United States
Notes: imperial stout w/coffee, cinnamon, coconut, & cacao

It's time for Griffith J Griffith to rise from the dead. Dark, massive, and rich, we used Ethiopian Yirga Cheffe Kore Kochore coffee beans from Trystero to give this beer an awesome depth of berry flavors that go perfectly with all the dark chocolate and roast.

Only 300 bottles produced.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from valingleipa a while back. Cheers!

From a 375ml bottle into a snifter
Batch 4: Coconut & Chilies

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, noisy tan head with lousier retention. Clear black body with little carbonation evident. Head quickly recedes to a faint wisp and ring. Lighter color and lousier head on this one.

SMELL: Roasted coffee, sweet cream, vanilla and milk chocolate notes, with some chilies and cookie dough. Hints of coconut in there as well.

TASTE: Lots of deeply roasted coffee, some vanilla cream, coconut and chilies up front. Very roasted and burnt up front. Lots of coffee bitterness at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish with roasted coffee beans, some chili heat, vanilla cream, sweet coconut and some milk chocolate. Lots of roast and some decent chilies and bitterness. Touch of alcohol as well.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. A little fizzy and over carbonated perhaps, goes down okay and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. A bit of heat and some chilies linger.

OVERALL: This is really nice stuff. Really, really roasted and the chili notes work well with the hard core roasted coffee. Love me some imperial coffee stout so this is right up my alley. If you’re a fan of the style, you’ll enjoy this stuff as well. Thanks again, vanlingleipa. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has lots of fresh roasted coffee and roasted malt. Taste has bitter coffee beans, cold brew and roasted malt. Really bitter and roast forward stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Unknown date, 12.5% ABV. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger white head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smell is milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee bean, espresso and a slight bit of green pepper. Flavour is sweet milk chocolate, roasted coffee bean, bitter espresso, cocoa powder, a bit of fudge, not so much green pepper or any vegetal notes, but more of an earthy and roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit silky even, nice milk chocolate and slight burnt espresso finish. A really nice coffee stout with a good balance and nice silkiness to it.

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Photo of deebo
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a big, very rich flavored coffee stout. Stands out for balance of roasted barley and dark coffee with dark chocolate flavors and a hint of sweetness while having a thick and creamy mouthfeel without ever seeming boozy. Would love to get more of this one.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2015 vintage
- 4oz. pour off tap into flight glass at Haven (Orange, CA) on 14-Jan-16

Very smooth in both coffee notes and mouthfeel. Not as complex as some of the other elite coffee imp stouts, but very well crafted.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives black as tar and capped by a head of mocha foam; stringy wisps of lacing appear

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee

Taste: Full flavors of roast, chocolate and coffee make a strong statement, at the outset, and all of those flavors continue to build right through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A wonderful coffee stout that reminds me of Speedway

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Photo of pants678
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Black with light brown head.

Coffee, not overpowering.

Finishes bitter/harsh but that's fine. Dark chocolate, hint of fruit and a big roasted malt flavor. Not superlative rich but well balanced. And not that hot for 12%. Little bit of sweetness is nice compliment to the coffee.

Felt right to me.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The newest batch of GJG - currently on tap at The Hermosillo - is one of the best coffee-forward beers I have consumed in a long time. Pours black and has that HUGE coffee aroma. Incredibly well balanced, and you would never know the ABV was anywhere close to 12%. A real winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Black body. Nice mocha head. Smell is strong coffee. Heavy roasted malt. Molasses and booze. Taste is incredibly strong coffee. Intense roast. Bitter and almost acrid. Molasses finish without any sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium heavy. The coffee is dangerously close to unpleasant.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, cookie dough, coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, cookie dough, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of cocoa and coffee qualities all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of therackman
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful, deep black pour with rich mocha head. Good retention, little lacing. Perfect coffee acidity added to a rich roasty chocolate malt flavor. Not getting any fruit or berry. Just the right amount of heat for an imperial stout. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down very easy for >10% abv. I really like this beer. Thanks 3SH33TS!

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Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark beer topped by a very firm dark brown head. Retention is excellent. Not much lacing.

Big, pure coffee stout aroma. Roasted barley, dark coffee, a hint of cream, and a touch of dark fruit.

Flavor follows, thick and rich and dark. Chocolate notes from the roast barley; coffee from the same, as well as actual coffee flavor (; a tiny bit of banana from the yeast; and some dark fruit and red grapes from the malt and yeast.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, bordering on - but not quite - chewy. Lively with no sting. Long wet finish, with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

This is an excellent, very tasty coffee stout; everything is dialed in right where I like it. It's sweet, but not overmuch; the coffee is strong and tasty, but not overpowering; the mouthfeel is thick. My one minor criticism is that some of the flavors come over a little thin, for lack of a better word; there's a bit too much fruit on the finish for me (a common complain of mine in imperial stouts).

For a beer analogue, consider Peche Mortel. Same darkness and richness of flavors, same kind of coffee presence, same thick mouthfeel (and similar ABV).

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Griffith J. Griffith from Highland Park Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 70 ratings