Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake

California
United States
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Judges Ratings 
1 Review
78
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
27 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

The Coronado Collection is our limited release series of barrel-aged liquid treasures. Only the boldest bars enter the barrels, and after months of aging, they emerge transformed. Enjoy now, or cellar for years to come.
Rich espresso and chocolate notes from the beer meld with sweet toasted coconut, before aging for several months in fresh bourbon barrels. The barrels impart the beer with additional hints of coconut and vanilla for a new take on this classic American dessert.

Profile

ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
50º
Hops: 
Nugget
Malts: 
Pale, Wheat, Crystal 77 & 45, Biscuit, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
27 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake by Coronado Brewing Co. was judged as a Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (30A). The base style is an Imperial Stout with the addition of coconut and chocolate. Both coconut and chocolate stand out in the aroma. A rich, dark malt aroma complements the aromas from the additions. Of the aroma characteristics, the coconut is the most obvious, though not completely dominating. The color is like used motor oil, dark and opaque, and a full, almost rocky tan head rests like a pillow on the top of the beer. The flavor is hugely nutty, probably from alcohol, with a heavy vanilla flavor. Both coconut and chocolate can be tasted as well, but unlike the aroma, the chocolate has the edge over the coconut. The malt leaves some residual sweetness, but the overall flavor and palate sensation is somewhat unusual, producing something akin to what I taste with an artificial sweetener. The distraction from this, and the somewhat dry finish, make the flavor and finish disappointing relative to the aroma. In addition to the sensations above, some alcoholic heat is also present in the mouth. If you are a fan of very nutty beers, you will probably like this one. For me, it did not quite balance out in a way that would make me ask for another pour.

Brewery Introduction

When we opened the doors to our beach town brewpub on Coronado Island in 1996, we wanted it to be the kind of place where friends could enjoy great beer, a good meal and a laid-back atmosphere.

Our award-winning beer is now available coast to coast, but the spirit of our family-owned... Read More

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