Coronado Brewing Company - Stupid Stout 2014in Products
The November BierBuzz® Pick of the Month is Coronado Brewing Company’s Stupid Stout 2014; a big and bold imperial American stout!
Coronado Brewing Company
Stupid Stout 2014
Imperial American Stout
The bottle is classic Coronado style with their lovely mermaid logo in bright yellow above a comical font Stupid Stout logo with 2014 in the “O”. This bad boy is only sold in 22 oz. bottles or on tap. I recommend enjoying this beer with a friend if you pick up a bottle even though this is smooth enough for one person to imbibe on!
This beer poured out like a thick milk shake. It’s a big, thick beer that is as black as night. The pour creates a thick, nearly brown head that is comprised of fluffy foam. The lacing lasts through the entire glass creating waves of thin brown wisps around the entire glass.
This beer is full of dark chocolate, toffee and cocoa aromas. It smells like those expensive candy bars you see in chocolate stores. There are slight undertones of roastiness but they aren’t overpowering, they seem to take a step aside for the sweeter notes. There is a bright note amongst all the darker aromas by the hops; they are almost floral but are so difficult to really get a grasp on because of the more powerful aromas. As the beer warmed up it slowly started to show a slight vanilla aspect to it that complimented the cocoa perfectly!
Just like the aroma this is a big sweet beer but the layers are significantly less melded together. The flavors come across the palate in waves starting with chocolate and a slight roastiness that come across as bittersweet. The flavors continue with slight lactose style sweetness and a dark chocolate note in the middle of the experience. At the end of the flavor profile there is a lingering coffee like note with bitterness but also a slight alcohol taste, not unexpected in this 9.0% ABV beer. This beer clings to the palate, in the best way possible. I’m reminded of drinking coffee spiked with some hard alcohol while eating a Hersey bar.
This is a very thick, velvety beer. On the bottle they said that it’s “viscous” and I think that’s the perfect description. It coats the entire mouth on each sip and certainly clings to it for a while after the finish. Carbonation is medium at best and is very true to the style.
What a beer! This is fantastic; the flavors are so well blended together without a harsh bitterness from all the highly roasted grains. I could see this beer being perfect in front of a roaring cabin up in the mountains after a long day of skiing. Even if you aren’t typically a stout drinker, this comes across more as a dessert with the sweetnessmatching perfectly after any hearty meal. I really enjoyed this and can’t talk enough about the incredible flavors. I really think that this beer would be fantastic after aging for a little while; maybe a year or so sitting in a beer fridge. I think that the flavors would mellow even more and develop in some unique and interesting ways. I ended up picking up 6 more bottles after this tasting to allow for some aging (and probably a bottle or two sooner rather than later). Now if the weather ever cools off I’ll really see this beer shine!
This is a solid 8.5 out of 10 for me. I bet that after a year of aging and mellowing the rating will be a 9 or higher, if only I can end up actually saving them!