Review: Verboten Brewing Barrel-Aged Cake or Death | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Misc. Ingredients

ABV: 14.0 IBU: 72

90/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Verboten Brewing Barrel-Aged Cake or Death

What the brewers say

Brewed with five different kinds of chocolate. Aged in bourbon barrels.

What our panel thought

The flavor is much sweeter than expected despite its noticeable alcoholic warmth. The chocolate notes be-come less semisweet/dark and become more cocoa powder and milk chocolate-like. The vanilla and caramel notes that are likely barrel-derived complement the chocolate and create a fairly pleasant mélange.

What our editors thought

Dark roast cacao nose dives deep into the chocolate pool. The sip is moderated by the vanilla and coconut bourbon character, but still pushes a hard cacao line to cut through the sweetish body.

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