Style: Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV: 9.0 IBU: 85
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse The Count (Batch 2)
What the brewers say
“The Count is a Russian imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for one year.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Chocolate-covered cherry and whiskey aromas up front, with some roast and light smoke. Big roast, with dark chocolate, vanilla, black coffee, and oak to support the malt. Some estery raisin notes as well.”
Flavor: “This is a chocolate-covered cherry with all the tannic goodness of a nice bourbon or whiskey. Moderate roast and smoke up front play nicely with light chocolate sweetness. Mild alcohol warming and light fruitiness, which includes cherry and raisins, and some nice vanilla and almond notes. As it warms, the light oak flavor emerges, adding a level of complexity. The mouthfeel is medium-thick, with a slight heat on the finish that’s just slightly roasty and rough.”
Overall: “The light vanilla and barrel aromas add depth by taking the edges off while helping balance the beer. Light raisins and cherries (from the barrel?) and the big roast and dark chocolate flavors keep the alcohol in check. It’s a wonderfully complex beer.”
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