A special treat from the Voodoo Barrel Room Collection – a 12.5% imperial stout brewed with local maple syrup, organic cocoa nibs, cinnamon, Serrano chili peppers, and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels.
Final Rating: 4.66/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2016 release. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Voodoo Teku glass. Acquired in a trade with Jake1992 – thank you sir!
Pours a deep brown molasses colored body on the pour, once it’s in the glass it’s pretty pitch black with cherry highlights. Head is mocha brown, two finger with an aggressive pour, reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of brown foam and no lacing.
Aromas.. LET’S TALK ABOUT AROMAS! This is one of the best beers I’ve ever smelled and one of the only ones I’ve give a 5/5 to in this category.. this is a straight up maple and vanilla bomb on the nose, and not artificial aunt Jemima or vanilla extract, I’m talking rich maple candy and vanilla cookies straight out of the oven. A bit of bourbon in there and chocolate as well. Wow that smells awesome.
On the tongue is a roller coaster of flavors.. upfront is sweet french vanilla and bourbon, followed by rich maple syrup, milk chocolate, and caramel. The follow through bring on the heat from the peppers which lingers for a while. The finish is roasty and charred. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, as most people have commented, but this surprisingly doesn’t take away from the beer as a whole. A moderate amount of booze on the tongue.
Overall, I was blown away by this beer! So amazingly complex and delicious, all the flavors work together. I’d love to get another one.