Griffith J. Griffith
Highland Park Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #731
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,422
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
73
From:
Highland Park Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  6
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 05, 2017
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wethorseblanket from California

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Oct 13, 2015
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therackman from Oregon

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Apr 05, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 04, 2015
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pants678 from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Nov 26, 2015
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grilledsquid from California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2014
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Rollzroyce21 from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jan 15, 2016
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jun 24, 2015
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Gobzilla from California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 10, 2015
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Goldstar81 from California

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 04, 2015
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jeff1973 from California

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 06, 2015
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Wowcoolman from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 29, 2015
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vfgccp from New York

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 08, 2017
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 26, 2018
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quetzal013 from California

2.96/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 21, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 26, 2016
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Kramerwtmf from California

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 04, 2015
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yeaprolly from Washington

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 12, 2015
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Dodgerrigo77 from California

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 07, 2016
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extra from California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 30, 2014
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 22, 2019
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SocalKicks from California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 28, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

May 26, 2018
Griffith J. Griffith from Highland Park Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 73 ratings