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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout - Marble Brewery

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 66
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Marble Brewery visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GabrielM on 12-02-2011)
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Itoclown, Nov 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

LXIXME, Nov 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

cestlavie, Oct 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

bhir, Jul 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

JOrtt, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

AnotherImperial, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of amcmaho1
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap yesterday for the beer's release.
Reviewed from notes...

Appearance: Incredibly black and opaque, with a great coffee w/ light cream colored head. Nice retention, great lacing, and an all around beautiful stout.

Smell: Awesome bourbon notes come out right away, coupled with some nice sweetness along the lines of dark fruits and chocolate. There's some alcohol heat there, though it's pretty integrated. Great roasted attributes too; really a phenomenally smelling beer.

Taste: More bourbon, along with some coffee, chocolate, and more roasted flavors. Lots of dark fruits come through as well, which work nicely with the presence of the alcohol on the finish. The year long barre-occupancy really did wonders to the integration of flavors here...simply incredible

Mouthfeel: Nicely slick, not syrupy or cloyingly sweet. Finishes rather dry, and the body of the beer is never perceived as being thin...the beer has a great full body from start to finish.

Overall: Again, I finish another Marble review with accolades. The barrel exploration is great, and the brewers know how to get the best qualities from their barrel aging. Very interested to have this again, and again...and again. Job well done...again...Marble. Cheers!

amcmaho1, Dec 02, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft serving into a Marble snifter at the release party.

A - deep, dark body with an espresso-colored 1/2" head on top.

S - bourbon, a ton of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, maybe some caramel.

T - smooth bourbon, a nice coffee bite, vanilla, roasted chocolate, some alcohol on the back.

M - extremely smooth and very pleasant to sip on. The bourbon is present but not overpowering and the vanilla and coffee add an awesome level of complexity.

O - probably my new favorite from Marble and one I will be stocking up on. That will be difficult given the 2-bottle limit, but I guess it's a good thing I don't live far from the brewery. A damn good beer that I'm proud to have come from NM.

GabrielM, Dec 02, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet black with a two finger tan head that stuck around. Scents of chocolate, roast malt and dark coffee. The usual IS scent profile. Flavor followed this chocolate, dark chocolate, black coffee and a slight tinge of alcohol with a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of roast malt. Some barrel character, but not a whole lot. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and heavy, with low carbonation. Quite easy to drink. Very true to style. A good Imperial Stout out of New Mexico, well worth trying if you get the chance.

Auraan, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

beenitty, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a quickly fading, mocha head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses notes.

Tastes of bourbon notes off the bat leading into a nice roasted malt character. Vanilla and a slight oaken character come through first. This then leads into a plethora of dark malt flavors. Chocolate, coffee, anise, figs, and molasses come through backed up by some brown sugar sweetness. Touches of dark caramel come through before a warm ending.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very tasty bourbon aged stout with plenty to like about it.

ocelot2500, Sep 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

alalvarez75, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

oldp0rt, Nov 25, 2012
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Cvogel22, Aug 15, 2013
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ottodyer, Jan 15, 2012
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miggs3030, Jun 29, 2014
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afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kingjohnh, Apr 22, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of these at Marble Brewery's Imperial Stout release party yesterday (11-20-13).

The beer came in a tulip-shaped glass (13 oz.)

The beer had a perfect, finger thick, khaki-colored head over a beautiful pour of dark, oil-like liquid. The head was chewy and pillow-like and persisted for about a minute before dissipating.

The beer's smell was immediately deep, dark malts with some oakinesss to boot. The high abv of 11% is very well masked.

The beer has lots of different tastes, with the dark malt and chocolate notes hitting my palate first. There's a slight, bourbon-like booziness, hints of plum and coffee and a lingering cocoa taste at the finish.

Though the booze is present, it's not overbearing or burning. The beer has a very viscous, smooth feel to it. It drinks far too easily for the high alcohol content, so one must be careful to pace themselves or set a limit.

This is a superb beer and one I'll need to get more and more of over these winter months.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 21, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from amcmaho1, thanks man!!

didnt really expect much on this, but holy shit.
pours a nice thick black with about a half finger of head with curtains all over the sides as it recedes.
smell is wonderful, a light bourbon peppered with chocolate, oak, vanilla and coffee. The bourbon is not over powering, and takes a back seat, which is really nice. Too many bourbon barreled beers are all bourbon on the nose.
Taste is quite good too, same as the nose, up front you have the chocolate and coffee and finishes with an amazing vanilla and bourbony oakness. A hint of booze in the aftertaste, but man, not much at all.
My only complaint, and it is a small one, is the body. I am so spoiled on Cigar city thickness that I want that for all my big stouts now. It is still one of the heavier bodies for the style, but it would be near perfect if it was thicker.
This is a damn fine beer, and I am glad I was able to get my hands on some... now... how do I get more?

crusian, Jan 14, 2012
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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good barrel aged imperial stout. Brown black color without much head or lacing. Smell is oak, smoke, bourbon, espresso. Taste is chocolate, Bourbon, oak, smoky, hot fudge. Mouth feel thick, alc covered, aftertaste chocolate. Great beer. Not as amazing as Parabola but on the better end of ba stouts.

ISmith87, Apr 19, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Marble Brewery
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