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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace

This special version is specifically aged in Corsair Distillery’s Quinoa Whiskey barrels.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gregdafdxguy (13) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Wow. Stunning. Maybe the best brew I’ve 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 you’ve ever had. Smells amazing, even very cold: chocolate, vanilla, sweet bready malt, Turkish delight, ribs, coffee. I’ve 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 can’t, 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 can’t 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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2014
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 doesn’t 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy coffee, chocolate, caramel, alcohol, vanilla/coconut and bourbon. It’s 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. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1526) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Great Taste of the Midwest 2014 Offering (Madison, WI). Pours a deep blackish opaque pour, good legs and frothy broiwnish head atop. Good stick around and filmy lacing. Aromas are whiskey, oak, roast and mellow vanilla. Subtle cold coffee, some toast and caramel. Initial shows a firmer body, holding up to the barrel well. Touches of coffee, caramel and a bit of fudge. Biscuits, sweeter, gentle dryness meets a nice barrel element that integrates well. Subtle roast, coffee and caramel grows. A bit warmer, more roast and coconut into the backend. Finish is dry, lingering wood and spirit with some solid roast. Nice and on point, not overdone.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Draught at taproom. Wow. This is a big whisky tasting sticky stout that is full of flavor. Intense. Very tasty.


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