Review: Boulder Beer The Dude’s D’Spare | Craft Beer & Brewing
Boulder Beer The Dude’s D’Spare
82 out of 100

Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.0 IBU: 52

82/100
Aroma: 9
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Boulder Beer The Dude’s D’Spare

What the brewers say

“Uses a blend of specialty malts for a dark chocolate, roasty flavor with hints of black licorice. Aging it in first-use Cabernet wine barrels adds depth, bringing out soft fruit flavors and subtle oakiness.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A very mild aroma, with a hint of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Some fruity yeast esters and dry cocoa with a touch of alcohol heat.”

Flavor: “Relatively smooth blend of strong roast and vanilla. Chocolate resides underneath, along with some tannic character to tie things together. Nice malt richness. Some oak character. Dark toffee flavors and some iron minerality as it warms.”

Overall: “Enjoyable with nice chocolate notes and vanilla, but perhaps needed to spend more time in the barrel to pick up more barrel character.”

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