Bottle Logic Ground State is a stout brewed with chocolate and cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla and coffee beans. Brewed for their second anniversary.
Final Rating: 4.46/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16oz bottle into a bottle logic snifter. Acquired in a trade two days after release, stored in my cellar since. Allowed to warm over 45 min.
Pours a thick, black body with a good 2 finger brown head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing and a good amount of retention. Looks great.
Aromas are surprising, I was expecting a more traditional coffee stout “breakfast” medley of aromas, but instead it’s pretty heavy on the bourbon and vanilla. Mostly bourbon here to be honest.
On the tongue – sweet, sticky vanilla-bourbon notes, intermingled with a light coffee flavor and dark chocolate. The follow through is also sweet, giving way to a lightly roasted finish. Mouthfeel stands out as quite thick and rich with medium-low carbonation. A little heat here but that’s expected for the high abv.
The final verdict? I thought it was great, but nothing super special. I was expecting more coffee and less bourbon. A little too sweet too.