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Zeke's Belly Up Imperial Stout - Golden City Brewery

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Zeke's Belly Up Imperial StoutZeke's Belly Up Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

17 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Golden City Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Zeke's Belly Up Imperial Stout was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for six months. It was brewed by the Golden City Brewery for Mile High Wine and Spirits. Though the base for this beer was the Golden City Imperial Stout, this is not the same beer. Only 216 bottles were produced and they are available exclusively at Mile High Wine and Spirits.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 11-09-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and marshmallow aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, May 09, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a minimal tan head.

(S)- A very dense and up front bourbon oak profile. Bits of cocoa and raisin. Overall, the barrel is the centerpoint of the aroma with quite a bit of vanilla cookie to it as well.

(T)- Again, very bourbon barrel forward. A fair amount of vanilla and yeast components to it. The same raisin and cocoa from the smell too.

(M)- A great carbonation level. Despite it being so bourbon forward, the balance on this is really quite nice and smooth. The low 8.5%ABV this has definitely helps with that I think.

(O)- One of the easier to drink bourbon barrel stouts I have had in awhile. Perhaps one of the most bourbon forward beers I have had in awhile. Super rich, but insanely well balanced.

sweemzander, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.2%

drewone, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Wowcoolman, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

klipper, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev -7.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Domingo
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I mad it over to Mile High before this was gone. I had no clue it was so limited.
Pours a deep black color, but maintains a little bit of carbonation often missing from some barrel aged beers.
The nose is an even mix of roasty stout flavors and bourbon notes. While there's no mistaking you're in for something potent - it isn't overbearing.
The flavor reminds me a lot of the "Legend of the Liquid Brain" from the Bull & Bush. That's quite the compliment, locally. Roasty coffee and semisweet chocolate washed over by coconut, vanilla, and caramel from the bourbon. It's a tour de force of flavor and I'm shocked it's on 8.5%ABV. Not that it tastes boozy, but because there's so much bourbon character. The base stout isn't too strong, but has enough flavor to keep everything together.
A sipper for sure, this one has a mix of flavors that might inspire you to drink faster, but the sheer amount of flavors going on will make you think twice about it.
An excellent beer I hope we might see again in one form or another. Cheers to everyone involved.

Domingo, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of TATURBO
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buffalo Trace Bottle, Winter 2011 Batch 02 8.5%

Appearance: Dark Opaque Black

Smell: Nice Bourbon Barrel with a tinge of smokiness

Taste: Wow, Dark Chocolatey and very smooth. Nice Bourbon flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Full body/Thick. No carbonation but not flat. Very smooth texture overall.

Overall: Tried both versions of this beer in the same tasting session back to back and preferred this one. Much more smooth overall. Great base stout used and the Buffalo Trace barrels do their magic on this one. Worth seeking out.

TATURBO, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Danilo for this beer!

reviewed side by side with Evan Williams 10yr Zekes.

reviewed from notes taken last night 1/9/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a medium brown head that is a thin cap receding to a ring.

Smell: Wood, bourbon, a little fruity, and smoke.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark chocolates, light smoke, marshmellows, and brown sugar. Its kind of sweet, but has nice complexity and its got no burn from the booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Slick and sticky beer thats smooth.

Overall: This is a nice offering from a small colorado brewery! Small bottle count and sold in only one store in colorado; I dont think that too many people know about this beer. This beer is smoother than the Evan Williams 10yr Zeke Stout. The Buffalo Trace is my preference of the two bottles of Zekes Belly up Impy Stout.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Duff27, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +16%

ucsbmullet, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Hell, this is a good beer! Andre at Mile High twisted my arm to buy this by saying, "look here". I'm a sucker.

And good thing, too. Quite a nice brew. Jeff is doing some great things over at GCB, and this works to his credit.

Pours dark brown, just about black. Off brown/tan head, mocha. Thick and rich. Lacing is sticky and coating. Not a 5 b/c I wanted the head to reach the ceiling...me being too picky methinks

Aroma is almost spot on, too. I would say a bit more fruit or fruitiness and a 5 it would be. Caramel and vanilla, rich. Chocolate, carob. Blackstrap leather, tobacco hints in the middle.

Darn it, this is good. Nice balance of bourbon soaked wood, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, mocha and light coffee beans. It's bold up front, and I'm thinking, 'craps, this is gonna burn'. But it doesn't. Very smooth and a light filmy chocolate ending.
Nice carbonation, medium bite. Booze is well hidden.

Very nice!

Mebuzzard, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

103rd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Traded my bottle away of this for another big want and Bardwashrind came to the rescue cracking his at a small gathering on a blustery, snowy night in mid-October 2011.

A: Dark, deep black. Thin (burnt tan) head on vigorous pour.

S: Bourbon sweetness dominates here with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, oak, and roasty/toasty dark malt. Small trace of espresso.

T: Rich and soothing. Much like the smell, but the bourbon is well-balanced allowing the coffee, vanilla, toffee, and dark chocolate to come thru. Lingering finish of dark fruit (possibly figs) at leaves you wanting more. So I ask for seconds!

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Beautiful!

O: This beer aged very nicely...perfect beer for a cold winter night and the first snow of 2011 in Colorado. Great beer for a great cause!

I am looking forward to trying the most recent releases of this as Golden City aged one in Evan Williams and the other in Buffalo Trace again.

spdyfire83, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Doodler, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of coreymcafee
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

coreymcafee, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nmearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt and light fruittiness with a smoth warming lingering bourbon finish.

emmasdad, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zeke's Stout pours a dark, inky black. The mocha colored head dissipates, leaving a thin ring of fine bubbles along the perimeter of my snifter glass.

Intense aromas waft from the glass. Prune is the most prominent aroma with accents of vanilla bean, tobacco, oak, and bourbon.

My first sip is flush with heady bourbon notes. But as the beer warms and my palate calibrates, I begin to experience a bounty of flavors. Milk chocolate, vanilla, anise, tobacco, charred oak, and the warming familiarity of Kentucky Bourbon. The finish displays the same bitter qualities of a cup of freshly roasted espresso, lending balance to an otherwise malt heavy brew.

The mouthfeel is spot on: low enough carbonation to allow for a creamy, velvety texture, but enough bubbles to carry this thick stout across the tongue before it becomes too overbearing.

I can't say enough about the superb job done by Jeff and his colleagues at the second largest brewery in Golden. There is no mistaking the distinct effect of six months of bourbon barrel aging on this beer. Bourbon shows up early and often. But it is not overdone, thanks to a large compliment of secondary flavors and ideal carbonation. I'll be throwing half a case in my cellar for sure.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 09, 2010
Zeke's Belly Up Imperial Stout from Golden City Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.