Review: pFriem Family Brewers Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.5 IBU: 70

86/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

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.

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