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Beer Thug Brewing Company
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,214
Ranked #4,705
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Oct 22, 2022
Jan 01, 2022
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Notes: Beer Tape (BeerThugLife + Hip Hop Craft) collaboration with Brewjeria Co. and BeerAdvocate. Imperial Stout aged in bourbon whiskey barrels, blended with an Imperial Stout with coconut, vanilla beans, and coffee.

Brewed for Extreme Beer Box.
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Rated: 3.83 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by pulse from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours black, a little brown with a lovely mocha head. Coffee-forward, bordering on dark chocolate, probably some vanilla-coconut lingering under the whiskey. I taste the toasted malt up front. As the beer plays out, you are left with that dark chocolate, coffee flavor. Like a good chocolate bar or cup of black coffee. It is a little sweet, lingering sweetness in that smooth, creamy finish. It's really cool how the flavor develops as it settles in on your tongue. You could really guzzle this and have the alcohol creep up on you. Warm and chewy. A solid and enjoyable stout for this stout-obsessed bum.
Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Lighter black pour with a full brown head. Very coffee forward aromas, with vanilla and dark chocolate and a whisper of coconut. Taste does not have any coconut, coffee is still king, vanilla acts like the creamer, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a kiss of tobacco round out. Full body yet lighter bodied, frothy, well percolated, smooth mouthfeel.
May 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Mortarforker from Texas

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the can into a teku. Jet black in the glass with a darker khaki colored head. Smell is toasted malt, caramel, burnt toast, slight vanilla, and boozy. Taste is sweeter and creamy up front with the coffee bitterness and barrel spice on the back end. You don't as much taste the alcohol, but know it's there. Feel is smooth and viscous, but without being too heavy; some mid-sip texture from the bitter elements. There is a lot going on here (hence part of Extreme Beer Box), but it's an enjoyable stout.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of strong black coffee, vanilla, caramel, whiskey & oak barrels. Taste is sweet, perhaps a bit to much. Flavor is roasted malt with all that promised by the nose. I didn’t find the coconut. Feel is thick with lots of stomach heat. Overall, great with chocolate on the side.
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark chestnut brown + dark amber + dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts + slightly charred malts + chocolate + caramel malts with light to moderate amounts of caramel + lactose-like sweetness. Moderate aromas of coconut + vanilla along with light to moderate aromas of coffee. Light aromas of earthy hops. Light to moderate aromas of toasted oak + bourbon.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts + slightly charred malts + chocolate + caramel malts with light to moderate amounts of caramel + lactose-like sweetness. That is followed by moderate aromas of coconut + vanilla along with light to moderate flavors of coffee. Next there are some light to moderate flavors of toasted oak + bourbon. Finally there are light flavors of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks quite easily considering the strength and the alcohol is pretty well hidden except for a light amount of warming in the full mouthfeel. Enjoyable with lots of dessert-like flavors and aromas but without any cloying sweetness. Very enjoyable.
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I'm picking up dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, vanilla and maybe a hint of underlying bourbon and whiskey. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the dark chocolate, burnt toast and vanilla seemed to dominate. Also getting some licorice as well. The label mentions that this beer was brewed with coconut as well, but I'm really not picking up any coconut on the nose or palate. Likewise, there's not a whole lot of barrel character in this beer, and the bourbon/whiskey flavor is pretty minimal. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but with a surprisingly dry finish in this moderately sweet stout. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile... it's really hard to believe that the abv. is 14% in this beer. Even so, this isn't one of the more drinkable ba impy stouts I've had.

This is an OK stout, but it's hardly a standout. Glad I had the opportunity to try it, but this is not something I'd want to drink again or that I'd go looking for.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark cola color and settles in the glass black with mahogany brown on the edges and a minimal tan head that is creamy and sticks around pretty much for the entire journey through the beer.

The nose has a nice barrel note right out of the can, and there’s chocolate and vanilla as well, but no discernible coffee. That is corrected on the taste, with a roasty coffee flavor at the back of the palate, a great finish to flavors that include rich milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and a delicious oaky flavor from the barrel. What is absent is any alcohol flavor, which is difficult to manage with a 14% ABV beer. Exceptionally well done.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, perfect for this big beer. What a treat it is to enjoy this beer.
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by BFCarr from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and some coffee and some bourbon. Taste is classic stout, roasted, a bit of chocolate and a bit of coffee, not much in the bourbon notes. Feel is good, nice mouthfeel and lingering finish. Overall, a tasty stout but nothing exciting . . . other than it's 14% and it doesn't taste like a 14%.
Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by thegreatbratzkie from Colorado

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is typical Imperial stout - black as night. Light head, some lacing, viscous feel. Strong bourbon aroma. Taste is complex and many-layered. Not much on the coffee side. Taste is deeply roasted grain with vanilla and the coconut provides a smoothing taste but doesn't quite temper the 14 % ABV.
Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 5 by Jamesashass from Montana

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by FrankCastle from California

Mar 29, 2022
Rated: 3.82 by GrumpyGas from Illinois

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Stinkybean from Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Extreme Beer selection shared with 6 members of a brew club. All flavors evident on the nose, coconut standing out with coffee getting lost in both smell and taste. Poured thick and was hard to get past that to tell it was actually a beer as carbonation got lost so mouthfeel was a bit thick and took away from what could've been an awesome imperial stout.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by HaskettFambam

3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Smell was a bit weak and wished we could make out the coffee and coconut notes better, but it tasted good. Joel (1 of 8 of us) disagrees about the coconut (he thought it was coconut forward.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours jet black with little head. Nose is huge roasted malts, charred wood, coffee grounds, coconut, very dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, raisins, black currant. The taste is fantastic. A great mix of sweet and bitter. Tons of charred wood and coffee, sweet toffee, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of brown sugar, coconut, bourbon, and loads of dark fruit. This is amazing. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is an exceptional BA stout.
Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
BeerAdvocate 2022 Extreme Beer Box
Pretty. Fluffy light brown head. Solid retention with layered lacing.
Nose is a melange of subdued sweet notes and roast. Cocoa powder, dark fruits, dates, coffee, charred wood, and undertones of caramelized sugars.
Flavor follows pretty the nose pretty faithfully with discernible notes of coconut and vanilla popping in as well.
Mouthfeel is chewy and the finish is warm. A nice balance of mild sweet and earthy roast.
Overall, a pretty nice take on the style that doesn't get too sweet like many do these days.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Apellonious from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can poured into a tulip can. Didn’t see a can on date. Pours pitch black, slight tan head that moves immediately to a thin ring of lace. Chocolate , anise, and whiskey notes on the nose. Some coffee. Flavor is where the coconut shows up to the area. Then coffee and some of the whiskey barrel. Just hints of the vanilla. The feel is medium , low amount of carbonation. Normally not a huge fan of coconut, but this works. Hardly picking up the 14%.
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Curmudgeon from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: Like a black hole. Midnight black. Like oil. No head.

Smell: Coffee, boozy, bitter black chocolate

Taste: Real nice. Strong thick black coffee. Like espresso. You ever snacked on those bitter black chocolate covered coffee beans? Like those. Hot alcohol in the throat. Feeling warm inside.

Feel: Thick heavy body. More carbonation than I expected. A little sticky but just enough. A pleasant alcohol burn.

Overall: I could complain about the alcohol burn but I actually appreciated it and it added to my enjoyment. I think this was a nicely balanced banger of a beer! The code scanner thing seemed gimmicky to me but I scanned it and listened to a few tracks while drinking and it was nice. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: A hard pour produces a finger of beige foam capping the espresso colored liquid; flattening to a film, it leaves a copious pattern of squiggly lacing

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla and coconut tones with a pleasant blanket of Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla and coconut flavors appear sequentially with the Bourbon barrel making a subtle, complementary appearance in the middle; the coconut is particularly pronounced in the finish; perhaps a hint of coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I like the way the flavors all complement one another in this beer; the coffee is not particularly evident but if it weren't listed as an adjunct I wouldn't even point that out
Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Aroma has notes of bourbon, chocolate, licorice. Pours very dark brown to black with a half finger beige head that falls fairly quickly into a ring. Taste is moderately to highly sweet with a moderately bitter edge. Flavors of bourbon, coconut, chocolate, vanilla, leafy hops. Nice velvety mouthfeel. Good stuff.
Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Can from the Extreme Beer Box. Pours black with a finger of light tan head that sticks around, nice boozy lacing, smell is chewy bourbony caramel, coconut, dark roast malts, bitter coffee, vanilla, hints of tobacco and smoke, taste is bourbon, caramel, vanilla, canned Hershey’s syrup, earthy black dark roast coffee, and coconut, feel is full bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet. Dark chocolate mound bar dipped in bourbon spiked coffee.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice coffee chocolate Stout, but nothing otherworldly or ‘extreme’ about it. I enjoyed it and rate it on its own merit, but I didn’t go “Wow!”.
Nothing I haven’t had before.,.
Part of the Awesome Extreme Beer Box 2022.
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by msalsbury from Ohio

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by kkardel

Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by NextJen from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2022
Rated: 5 by Violentvixen from Oregon

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by Bennettpd

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Extreme Beer Box 2022. Excellent Stout. Thick, heavy, great smell, clean smooth finish.
Obfuscates the alcohol well with flavor.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by dhable from Illinois

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by Isay_Isay from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Can from Extreme Beer Box 2022. Good balance of sweetness and bitter. Dose of barrel burn on the finish.
Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by ScotMarechaux from New York

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One of the great one in this group. wonderful rich dark brew.
highly recommend.
Feb 21, 2022
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Rated by anim8d from Idaho

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Extreme Beerfest beer. Just plain awesome. Please release this!
Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by Auboo

Feb 21, 2022
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Rated by Jrc3isme

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Love this beer. Very flavorful. Dark and delicious
Feb 21, 2022
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