Review: Madhouse Brewing Barrel Aged Carpe Diem 2019 | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel-Aged Coffee & Breakfast Stout

ABV: 13.5 IBU: 40

93/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Madhouse Brewing Barrel Aged Carpe Diem 2019

What the brewers say

Bourbon barrel-aged imperial breakfast stout made with oats, chocolate, Kona coffee, and bourbon barrel–aged Iowa maple syrup.

What our panel thought

Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon flood the front end of each sip with quiet waves of maple and vanilla round-ing out the finish. This thing is thick and overtly sweet. The bourbon stays up front, and no other barrel charac-ter makes an appearance.

What our editors thought

Bright coffee drives the nose with glimpses of rich maple. The sip doesn’t quite live up to the nose, with a slightly thinner body and a basic coffee acidity.

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