Review: Three Taverns Double Smack | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.5 IBU: 27

97/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 5

Three Taverns Double Smack

What the brewers say

“Double Smack is a bigger and more viscous bourbon barrel–aged version of Morning Smack, our maple, bacon, banana, coffee milk stout.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Rich and weird, but in a good way. Very breakfast-y with the coffee and maple syrup, and the banana adds a distinctive note that works well with the boozy barrel character.”

Flavor: “Crazy and bit disorienting with the first taste. There are a lot of flavors vying for attention all at once. Quite sweet, but this is offset by the spicy roastiness from the coffee. The banana helps pull things together by adding a richness between the dryer character of the coffee and oak. The finish has strong licorice and vanilla character, with lingering maple-syrup sweetness.”

Overall: “The brewery put the entire Shoney’s breakfast bar in a beer glass! It’s like licking dried syrup off the bacon spatula and washing it down with some black coffee and bourbon.”

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