Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.0 IBU: 70
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What the brewers say
“Aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year whiskey barrels. It’s jet black. The warming flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and American oak waft above notes of bitter chocolate, espresso, and black currant.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Rich aroma. A wonderful blend of dark chocolate, dark cherry and plum, vanilla, and sweet alcohol notes. A little coffee and oak come through, too. A little bit of roast to ground the beer to its base ingredients.”
Flavor: “‘Richness’ doesn’t begin to cover the luxurious flavors of this beer. It’s like drinking a dark cherry cordial, dipped in dark chocolate and soaked in bourbon, through a chocolate, vanilla, roasted coconut straw. A very rounded beer, with no one note dominating. Creamy. The oak adds great depth to this beer.”
Overall: “This beer is so rich and delicious that Bernie Sanders is blaming America’s problems on it. Very good. Some nice rich and bold characters come together with sweetness and roast bitterness to work great. There aren’t enough superlatives for this beer.”
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