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Judge's Review: 78 Rating - Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake by Coronado Brewing Co.

June, 2018
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.

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