GIB Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout

GIB_cocoa_locoBrewer: Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver BC
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.7%
IBUs: 45

Description: A seasonal released for the winter months of November and December, this imperial stout is brewed using a combination of four different types of malt and Sterling hops, then flavored with cocoa and cocoa nibs to create a strong, and intense “winter warmer”.

Tasting Notes: I am especially interested in what breweries like GIB produce as part of their limited runs these days – mainly because it’s a testament to how breweries that went big are getting back to their craft brewing roots. In any case, this was a good example of an imperial stout (which I’m not usually a fan of) that was nicely rounded out. The infusion of cocoa provides a nice balance to the intense stout flavor, which comes through in some seriously strong malt and licorice favors.

Appearance: Dark brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Roasted malt, strong notes of cocoa, espresso
Taste: Rich malt, notes of licorice, chocolate and roasted espresso
Aftertaste: Lingering malt, roasted coffee bitterness, and cocoa
Overall: 7.8/10

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One thought on “GIB Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout

  1. Don’t forget though that the limited bomber releases are created by a highly respected Brewmaster Vern at the Granville Island location while the standard lineup is brewed by Molson. I question if it is even brewed in BC now also as Molson shut down their bottling line in our province. I have not bothered to find out as of yet though. I have been impressed recently with the Molson brewed products under the series name “Under the Bridge” though as they have a definite craft quality to the ones I have sampled so far.

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