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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace

This special version is specifically aged in Corsair Distillerys Quinoa Whiskey barrels.

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   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 Ive 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 youve ever had. Smells amazing, even very cold: chocolate, vanilla, sweet bready malt, Turkish delight, ribs, coffee. Ive 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 cant, 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 cant 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markducommun (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Cloudy, dark brown. Some coffee. Very sweet, light dry bitterness. Heavy, oily. Fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (2231) - New York, New York, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2212) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - 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 doesnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9923) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3212) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy coffee, chocolate, caramel, alcohol, vanilla/coconut and bourbon. Its 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. Its medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

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