Review: Reuben's Brews Barrel Aged Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Reuben's Brews Barrel Aged Stout
88 out of 100
Reuben

Style: Barrel-Aged Stout

ABV: 11.9 IBU: 63

88/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Reuben's Brews Barrel Aged Stout

What the brewers say

“This brew is a rich, big imperial stout deliberately brewed to age in bourbon barrels for many months. It has a rich body, vanilla notes, bourbon, light oak, and an underlying flavor profile of smooth milk chocolate.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Strong chocolaty sweetness with vanilla, bourbon, some light cherry, raisin, and plum, plus a touch of mercaptan or plastic. Light oak and lots of malt sweetness, but with some roasted malt and smoke, too.”

Flavor: “A mix of chocolate sweetness and sweet dark fruit (plum/prune) carries through. Moderate vanilla, caramel, leather, and smoke. Strong bourbon carries through the finish, along with some molasses sweetness and medium alcohol. Thick, chewy body, and a sweetness that lingers. A bit of umami/soy sauce in the aftertaste, with bitter hops and alcohol warmth.”

Overall: “When the beer was cold, the chocolate, molasses, and sweetness were more in balance with the umami/soy sauce notes. As it warms, the alcohol dominates. The dark fruits were strong and flavorful, like a dried fruit cocktail, with layers of flavors to enjoy.”

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