Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Champion Ground
What the brewers say
“After resting in bourbon barrels, this stout had a strong dark chocolate presence but needed a boost. Stauf’s Coffee Roasters nailed the perfect roast to complement the barrel-aged stout.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate earthy coffee and cacao nib with a hint of cherry, moderate caramel, and a touch of nuttiness. Light licorice note, light sweetness, touch of vanilla. Medium alcohol notes with a light oak note. Very estery (dark cherry, plum, dried fruit hint of raisin). Great malt complexity.”
Flavor: “Rich dark chocolate note, to the point of bitter chocolate, with a moderate alcohol note that swoops in to take its place. Moderate coffee is well-integrated and very smooth. Nutty malt, a touch of licorice, moderate earthiness. Light sweetness, but the aftertaste is coffee, chocolate, and dry. Low-medium vanilla supports everything.”
Overall: “Very well balanced stout that bounces between coffee, cacao nib, and a touch of earthy, and finishes with a nice roastiness with hints of fruit. Rich coffee and chocolate up front—the balance of the rich base beer and the coffee works very well.”
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