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Beer Review: Cake or Death Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project

Cake or Death Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project




After the holidays, I told myself I’d take a break from eating chocolate.

But I never said anything about drinking chocolate.

Today’s 13% ABV Cake or Death Imperial Stout from Verboten Brewing provides a delicious loophole – it’s a drinkable chocolate cake!

To maximize the fudgy-cake goodness, Verboten combines 10 pounds per barrel of 5 different types of chocolate to create a thick dessert beer that tastes like it was poured straight from a chocolate fountain.

The brewery painstakingly sourced Belgian Chocolate Malt, Cholaca liquid cocoa nibs, and bittersweet cocoa husks from Fiji, Ghana and Honduras.

Then they aged it to balance the sweet malts, bold booziness, and all of the rich, fudgy darkness until it was smooth as silk.





After tasting it, I feel confident in my ability to avoid eating any chocolate as long as I have some Cake or Death around.

I’m stocking up on these bottles to help satisfy my choco-cravings throughout the winter.

With a fridge full of this fudgy Stout, giving up something we love to eat has never been so easy.

*This is the first time Cake or Death has been bottled, so lucky Tavour members will be the first and only fans to try it outside of Colorado.




Jet black syrup. Thick with a creamy spongy tan head.



Dark chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, fudge, oaky wood and coffee.


Flavor Profile: 

  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Charred dark malt
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Cappuccino/Coffee
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Bourbon Boozy



Cake or Death pours decadent flavors of dessert with loads of chocolate coming from all directions.

Warm on the palate with an oily boozy mouthfeel and a mild throat burn



Beer Reviewed: Cake or Death Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project

Style: Stout – American Imperial/Double

Brewery: Verboten Brewing & Barrell Project

ABV: 13%

IBU: 72

Serving Style: 22oz Bottle

Brew Score: 4.25/5

Information Source: Tavour

Purchased: Tavour


Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
Toar Campbell

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