Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th

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Final Rating: 4.66/5 

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Utopia glass. Thanks Keith for this baby!

Appearance- Pours an oily black, opaque body with a modest mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves blotchy lacing.

Smell- Very inviting and upfront on the nose.. creamy vanilla and milk chocolate, soft bourbon, caramel, burnt marshmallows.

Taste- Wow.. this is amazing.. sweet vanilla and molasses, whiskey and milk chocolate upfront. The follow through is burnt coffee and dark chocolate. The finish leaves a delectable charred, nearly burn malt taste on the tongue. Very complex, very balanced.

M-outhfeel Creamy and easy to drink. Rich, full of flavor. Low carbonation.

One of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I’ve ever had, this one has the upper hand most others due to it’s smooth, creamy, balanced character and rich, bold flavor.

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Imperial Doughnut Break

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What happens when you stuff a keg of a world class stout (Imperial Biscotti Break) with sugar-glazed donuts? You get Evil Twin’s Imperial Doughnut Break. That’s right, this beer was brewed with doughnuts. Here’s my review:

Final Rating: 4.19/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thank you Eric for hooking me up with this one!

Appearance- Pours an oily, opaque, dark brown, nearly black body with a generous, 3 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell- Subtle aromas a coffee, hazlenuts, milk chocolate and toffee dominate the nose.. in the background is caramel, vanilla, and interestingly enough – glazed donuts.

Taste- This is a very interesting stout – I’ve never tasted anything like it. The first thing to hit the tongue is a hugely bold combination of nutty and vanilla notes.. hazlenuts and butterscotch in particular, caramel, dark chocolate, and a roasty coffee flavor show up on the finish. Chocolate lingers on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body, low carbonation.

I can say that I really enjoyed this beer – it was nothing spectacular, but definitely complex and unique. Worth a try.

A Collaboration as Smooth as Suede

 

 

 

 

 

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When Parisi and Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele decided to collaborate, it was essential that they tap a special individual to complete their triad of fermentation domination, and they found just that in Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Together, they decided on a sturdy yet velvety base of imperial porter and developed a plan to celebrate the bounty of the environs in which it was produced by harvesting avocado honey, jasmine and calendula flowers and infusing them into the beer to create something complex and uniquely Southern Californian. Consider it craft cross-pollination at its finest.

Final Rating: 3.74/5

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone pairing glass.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light mocha colored head that reduces slowly. Leaves little lacing.

Smell- Interesting.. not very strong but what I get is light coffee, chocolate, and a fruity, nearly bubblegum note.

Taste- Coffee, milk chocolate, slightly sweet honey, leaves a roasty note on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy, smooth, rich body. Low carbonation.

Overall an average porter. I don’t think the spices or honey did much. Good body and solid flavors. Somewhat one dimensional.

Belgian Style YETI!

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Tonight’s beer was an interesting hybrid style – an imperial stout brewed with Belgian yeast. The Belgian character took the back seat in this brew, but it was still nice to drink.

Final Rating: 4.3/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Yeti tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Bottled in June 2011, sat for nearly 3 years on the shelves (or in the stock room?)

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a decent sized, 3 finger mocha colored head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing.

Smell- Very inviting on the nose.. strong vanilla, butterscotch, molasses, caramel, some milk chocolate and coffee.

Taste- Upfront I get cocoa powder, sweet molasses, french vanilla, toffee. The finish is delightful with a strong roasty character that I really like in imperial stouts.. like charred malt or heavily roasted coffee that sits on the palette for a while.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation and pretty rich, not as rich and thick as the other variations of Yeti I’ve tried. Maybe it lost some body over the years.

As with the other Yeti’s I’ve tried, I was impressed with this variation. The only complaint I have and the reason I give it a 4.0 overall is that I really didn’t get much Belgian character, as advertised in the title. I tasted like an excellent imperial stout, but the Belgian yeast really didn’t add much.

Black Tuesday – A Monster of a Stout

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“Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.”

Final Rating: 4.33/5

look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Bruery snifter glass. Acquired in a trade from vitese, thanks buddy! One of my biggest ISOs.

Appearance- Upon the pour a chocolate brown, translucent stream enters the glass, exhibiting a deep brown body with a 1 finger light mocha colored head that reduces slowly to leave a brown ring of foam. Little lacing.

Smell- Upfront come big aromas of bourbon, vanilla, maple, and molasses. Upon further evaluation, he background reveals aromas of caramel, toffee, and coffee. I get some boozy aromas every so often, but any 19% beer that doesn’t smell like booze is not 19% alcohol.

Taste- Sweet milk chocolate and caramel upfront, next up next is coffee and a roastyness. Super sweet.. a syrupy fudgyness that coats the tongue. The finish is somewhat roasty, charred. Boozy but not too boozy.

Mouthfeel- Rich, thick, low carbonation. The definition of a sipper.

I was really looking forward to Black Tuesday, and it did deliver. It is on the sweet side, so if you don’t prefer sweet stouts this probably isn’t for you. I was expecting something more dry like BCBS, but nonetheless the flavor profile worked for what it is. Share this one or split it over a few nights, it’s a meal!