Review: Coronado German Chocolate Cake 2018 | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0 IBU: 27

96/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Coronado German Chocolate Cake 2018

What the brewers say

“The beer starts off as a bold imperial stout. It then spent 6 months aging in freshly dumped bourbon barrels before being treated with a healthy addition of toasted coconut and cacao nibs. The result is [a] complex beer with abundant flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and espresso.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Coconut and chocolate up front. There’s a nice roasted malt character that’s also very prominent and works nicely with the adjuncts. The barrel isn’t overpowering but provides some whiskey and vanilla to tie it all together.”

Flavor: “Intense dark bitterness up front: roast, dark chocolate, dried fruit, with a drying oak character. Some residual sweetness, but the bitter qualities dominate overall. Pleasant nutty coconut on the finish. Lingering vanilla and chocolate on the swallow. Some nice warming alcohol notes.”

Overall: “Sweet and smooth. The coconut comes through in the aroma, and the chocolate dominates the flavor. Very much a desert beer because of the sweetness and full mouthfeel.”

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