Review: Crooked Stave Private Reserve Bourbon Barrel Imperial Oatmeal Stout #183 | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.1 IBU: 25

94/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 2
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 5

Crooked Stave Private Reserve Bourbon Barrel Imperial Oatmeal Stout #183

What the brewers say

Imperial oatmeal stout aged for 27 months in a 5-year-old Old Forester bourbon barrel.

What our panel thought

Sweet up front as deep molasses and chocolate wrap around a bourbon-filled body. Dries out fairly well at the end. It’s like being thrown into a blender full of dark chocolate, bourbon barrels, vanilla, and cinnamon.

What our editors thought

The nose is all leather, aged oak, and softly aged roast with a strong, rich umami note. The sip is very sweet but retains some oaky, roasty structure and definition. Still, it finishes brighter than expected for such a weighty beer.

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