“We decided to go beyond our comfort zone to craft an immensely robust Imperial Stout that landed at 12.7% abv. Then came a balanced addition of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and subtle hint of green cardamom to accent a liberal dose of cold brewed medium roast Barrington Gold coffee. For an additional layer of complexity, we aged a small amount in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.”
Final Rating: 4.62/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium snifter. Thanks Steve for hooking me up with this guy.
Pours a thick, black, viscous body with a dark brown one finger head that reduces slowly to leave a good layer of retention and lacing.
Aromas are standard for a BA stout with some spics in there.. lots of bourbon and caramel-vanilla, maybe a tad bit of cinnamon.
So complex on the tongue – starts off with pretty sweet rich bourbon-chocolate flavors, followed by a good amount of cinnamon and spices, followed by coffee, chocolate, finishes dark chocolate with tons of roasty, toasty coffee notes. Thick, rich body, nearly perfect in the mouthfeel category with medium-low carbonation.
Masterful. The bourbon barrel added an extra dimension to the base adjunct stout without overtaking those flavors.