Review: Great Notion Brewing BA Double Stack | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel-Aged Coffee & Breakfast Stout

ABV: 13.2 IBU: 72

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Great Notion Brewing BA Double Stack

What the brewers say

Our imperial breakfast stout fermented with a ridiculous amount of maple syrup and conditioned on whole-bean Sumatra from Clutch Coffee. Aged in Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve, and Bull Run bourbon barrels.

What our panel thought

"Wow! Maple! There are some vanilla overtones and hints of roast malt, but the maple hits like a Boston tidal wave. A wonderful combination of maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate dancing in a vanilla, caramel, and slightly marshmallow-like bourbony vessel. Just enough body to stand up to all those flavors. Noticeable, but in no way harsh, alcoholic warmth. Exquisitely well-balanced base beer."

What our editors thought

What this beer lacks in bourbon-barrel character, it makes up for in intensity. The coffee is intense but tucked into a beer that feels like a vehicle for the maple character. It’s decadent with a perception of sweet-ness on the nose from the maple that (thankfully) isn’t fully realized in the sip, allowing for a surprisingly clean finish for a big-bodied barrel-aged breakfast stout. Gloriously overdone in the most decadent of ways.

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