If you follow me on Untappd (username: Droessler), you’ll see that I’ve only awarded about 30 or so beers five stars. It’s not a rating I hand out willy nilly. I do my best to reserve that for the best of the best. Burial Griddle Imperial Espresso Stout, my friends, has earned five stars multiple times. It’s that damn good.

Last fall, Dan reviewed Burial’s Skillet Donut Stout, perhaps their most famous beer. It’s a fantastic brew that just happens to hit shelves this week (go buy some). This Griddle Imperial Espresso Stout is pretty much Skillet on steroids, and I mean that in the best possible way.

As soon as I opened the can and poured it into a tulip glass, sweet, delicious roasted coffee aromas did a high jump into my nose. It was a beautiful experience letting the beer open up for a few minutes while still being able to enjoy its scents from several feet away. There’s not much of a head that stays on the beer, but don’t let that concern you, there’s still a beautiful carbonation in the brew.

For as much as I loved the aroma, Griddle tastes even better. It’s a full wallop of bold, slightly smoky coffee, caramel, dark fruit (reminiscent of good dark chocolate), and just a touch of honey. Even with the honey and caramel flavors, there’s nothing sweet here. Griddle is dry, rich, full, and a beer that I’m going to buy more of as soon as I’m finished writing this review. Despite the ABV and the fact that it’s an imperial stout, I wouldn’t recommend aging it. I’m personally not a huge fan of how beers with coffee change during their time in a cellar. It’s glorious now. Drink it now.

Griddle checks in at 10% alcohol, so it’s more of an “enjoy at home” beer than a “put back several of these at a tailgate” beer. I’m pleasantly surprised that there’s enough of this to go around and it doesn’t require a wild goose chase to wrangle up a four-pack. Head over to Bottlemixx and pick up a few of these. Tell them 328 sent you.

This beer review is sponsored by our friends at Bottlemixx in North Raleigh. All comments on the beer are 100% ours.