gregdafdxguy (13) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Wow. Stunning. Maybe the best brew Iíve ever had. I kept missing this on tap, and finally got a chance to try it when they put it on tap out of the blue. Beautiful pitch-black color, like the richest looking beer youíve ever had. Smells amazing, even very cold: chocolate, vanilla, sweet bready malt, Turkish delight, ribs, coffee. Iíve had all the famous beers, and this was as good as them all.
What sets it apart is how easy it is to drink; imagine drinking BCS by the pint. You canít, right? BCS is awesome, but Mecha Hugs takes the best parts of barrel-aged super stout and makes it drinkable. I had two of these in 90 minutes, and I drove home, happy and still tasting the brew 30 minutes later.
Tastes like the best milk chocolate, with a strong alcohol kick you can sense in its richness but canít really taste, full of chocolate and vanilla, with some smoke all on a rich, velvety body. I am in awe.
BCS is my standard for most complex, rich beer ever. But I liked Mecha Hugs more.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Fruity, peaty and phenolic, this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout eventually manages to propose roasted cereals and chocolate in a nourishing mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-The barrel presence could be softer, as it tends to dominate the beer underneath.
-The flavor profile is memorable and distinctive.
-Smokiness is present throughout as well.
On tap at Longman & Eagle, Chicago.
arminjewell (8478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour on tap at FOBAB 2014, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder into a bit of roast, dark fruit, slight yeast into a bit of bourbon, slighjt oak into a bit of grain. Taste is a mix of grain, dark chocolate,roast into nice bourbon, oak, more cocoa, slight coffee, finishing sweet, slightly dry. Nice.
charule (1523) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at FoBAB, numbers are right, descriptions are difficult to read. Poured black with tan head. Light carb med bod. Aroma choco bourbon. Taste pretty bitter choc barrel
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ FoBAB 2014. Pour is brown with a slight red tint and a tan head. Aroma and flavor of slight marshmallow, earth, caramel, light cocoa, and oak.
tectactoe (3084) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Black, almost oily looking body with a thin & bubbly tan ring outlining the edges. Smells richly of coffee; deeply roasted & French pressed fresh with undertones of dry cocoa dust & some dried dark fruit. Perhaps a hint of wood & vague alcohol, but this doesnít smells explicitly barrel aged. Still nice, though. Light creaminess in the flavor, almost milky but not getting into lactose-sweet territory. Rich, dark coffee flavors with semisweet cacao nibs. Bourbon presence is a bit bigger but the barrel overall is still understated. Finished with dark figs coated in charred sugar. Perhaps a little bit of crushed coffee beans, too. Very tasty stuff.
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at FOBAB. Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a small but lasting tan head. Notes of coffee, roasted malts, charred oak, vanilla, chocolate, earth, caramel, marshmallow, and coconut. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, dry mouthfeel. Everything is in good balance. I would like more of it with a fresher palate.
Art (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at fobab. Pours a dark brown black. Aromas of bourbon vanilla chocolate and big roasted coffee. Taste is sweet and mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. One of my favorites from the night.
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Way drier and more coffee forward than I was expecting. THick body and a flat mouthfeel. The quinoa whisky i guess keeps it drier and more booze-oriented.
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy coffee, chocolate, caramel, alcohol, vanilla/coconut and bourbon. Itís a dark brown, virtually black, with a minimal tan ring for a head. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy dark chocolate with some molasses and caramel. The finish has moderate-heavy coffee, oak, vanilla, alcohol, and light bourbon. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.
rxeight (1793) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample on draft at FOBAB 2014. It has all the elements of a good barrel aged stout, dark roast full of chocolate and coffee, but the barrel really overpowers it and you are left with kind of a cheap whiskey. Basically it suffers from the too thin for the barrel syndrome. Maybe if I had it alone, I would be more impressed, but in the elite FOBAB lineup it falls short.