Review: River North Brewery Whiskey Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel | Craft Beer & Brewing
River North Brewery Whiskey Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel
95 out of 100

Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout

ABV: 14.8

95/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

River North Brewery Whiskey Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel

What the brewers say

“2016 bourbon barrel–aged version of Nightmare Fuel. More heavenly. More horrifying.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Intense coffee that’s deeply roasty with light char, but balanced by rich cocoa and cacao nibs and just a touch of cherry.”

Flavor: “Very bitter, big coffee, roast, and chocolate. The coffee is so intense, it’s a bit acrid. Notes of light oak, vanillin, with cherry and plum esters. It’s very earthy, grassy, piney, and very dark, leaving a coating on the roof of your mouth. Relatively dry overall, considering the heavy body and high alcohol. Very sweet yet an acrid/burned bitterness dries out the finish.”

Overall: “The coffee blends well with the roast and barrel character without completely drowning them out. The wood is a bit over the top, but the fermentation is clean. The very dark roast coffee lends a perceived dryness, with a peak of sweetness in the middle and roast in the end, and the oak helps balance.”

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