pFriem Family Brewers Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
What the brewers say
Aged Oola Distiller’s bourbon barrels for a year, resulting in huge roasted malt, chocolate mousse, coconut, and ripe cherry flavors.
What our panel thought
Licorice, molasses, sweet tobacco, and chocolate-cake aromatics. Roasted dark cacao, wet wood, smoke on the tongue that lingers for a while. A divisive offering: some will love it, some will hate it.
What our editors thought
Understated but rich cocoa on the nose feels sophisticated and confident. The sip offers a subtly barreled, semi-dry, dark cacao chocolate flavor that’s on the spare and spartan side—a touch thin and sharp.