Menagerie #5 - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev -4.5%
22oz, May 2011 release
A: Pours deep dark brown leading to black. Dark head of about a half finger. Alcohol feet. Some dark reddish hues.
S: More dark fruits than I was expecting. Soy sauce. Dark chocolate. Some barrel notes: vanilla and dry oak.
T: Sharp dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Barrel character is a little muted but there. Some vanilla notes. Dry finish. Lingering chocolate.
M: Full bodied.
10-31-2013 15:06:20 | More by inlimbo77
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to TheCPJ for sharing. Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears dark brown to black with a ring of brown clarity around the edge. A brown head rests atop and slowly fades leaving some spotty lacework on the glass.
The aroma contains plenty of sweet cocoa, vanilla and toasty coconut from the barrel aging. A hint of wood and roasty grain like coffee fills out the rest of the aromatics with a mild tingle of alcohol.
The flavor is bitter roasted grain with suggestions of coffee and herbal hops with a hint of earth. Dark fruity alcohol like raisin with a contrasting barrel sweetness like vanilla and caramel. Some coconut with a contrasting raw woody quality comes out across the back as it warms.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pleasantly roasty and bitter with a solid barrel presence. These guys at Evolution really got a handle on things and work some magic with barrel aging. I need to get my hands on more of their stuff.
11-27-2012 16:33:10 | More by stakem
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Opened one of these the other night with a few friends. Beer was all black with a nice tan head. Smell was Coffee, molasses and vanilla. Taste has really improved over the last year. Alcohol has dropped off tremendously and the vanilla and chocolate flavors are very prominent. In the mouth, this is thick and smooth. Alcohol is only found in the finish. Mildly carbonated.
Overall, this beer has done great with a year on it. Barrel flavor has settled down a bit and is very drinkable. Can't image it will get much better at this point, so I think I'll start to revisit this one about once a month.
09-06-2012 01:44:32 | More by BeerThursdays
4/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Pours black with a nice dense espresso colored head. Leaves moderate lacing behind as it slowly fades away.
S: Loaded with bourbon and dark fruits. Lots of fig, raisin, toffee, molasses and caramel. Quite oaky to boot. Don't get any roasted malt, smells more like a bourbon barrel BSDA than anything.
T: Bourbon is a little more subdued here but still quite strong. Big toffee and oak hit up front. Roasted malt kicks in with a really creamy, almost chalky char flavor. Bitter chocolate comes along into the finish. Lingering strong oakiness in the aftertaste with a bit of vanilla mixed in.
M: Thick, heavy, creamy and almost chalky at times.
O: Very bourbon heavy RIS for sure. Super oaky; a bit detracting. Otherwise a pretty well balanced and complex barrel aged RIS. Think with some age on it the oak might fade a bit and it could be really good. Has potential for sure.
06-27-2012 03:19:09 | More by Dope
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. No freshness date but I've been holding onto this bottle for almost a year, so I'm sure it was bottled in 2011.
A- Pours an absolutely opaque motor oil black with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that doesn't retain much before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small amount of light surface foam. Average lacing.
S- Deeply roasted coffee and chocolate that's semi-sweet and also has a hint of black licorice.
T- Firm, burnt malt taste. Incredibly easy to drink for 10.5% ABV. The chocolate comes through more dark in the flavor and not as sweet. The black licorice also surfaces adding a sort of spice note to the flavor profile. Roasted coffee aftertaste. Some hops clamor their way to the point of detection but this is, decidedly, a malt bomb.
M- Has a thick chewy mass to it that's also a bit creamy. Medium-low carbonation is spot-on for the style.
O- Exactly the way I prefer an RIS. Maybe could've used a tad more aging to make it peak, but I'm glad I opened it when I did.
03-17-2012 00:52:05 | More by Immortale25
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a pitch black color that lets no light through; very small head, very light lacing
S: Sweet bourbon, dark chocolate woodiness, light notes of roasted coffee
T: Roasted malts, sweet bourbon-soaked wood, and dark chocolate. This stuff tasted like one of those chocolate truffles filled with bourbon liqueur, it was so delicious. I would love to enjoy a bottle of this with ice cream or cookies
M: Thick and smooth, lightly carbonated, just the slightest bite of booze at the end
O: This was a deliciously chocolaty beer that reminded me so much of those fancy liqueur-filled chocolates. If you enjoy a good Imperial Stout you will like this a lot.
11-22-2011 21:31:41 | More by Jules11788
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
Thanks to Bob (klipper) for sharing this one. It's been on my wants for a while now. Served in an Alvinne taster glass while waiting for FFF to open.
A - A thin mocha foam settles to a partial ring of bubbles, leaving behind a few stray spots of lace. Pitch black body.
S - Lots of oak present here - I'm guessing this was in barrels for quite some time. Lots of vanilla, roasted malts, anise, dark fruits, and surprisingly little overt bourbon flavor. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden too.
T - The taste is also very vanilla-forward, with light dry oak, dark chocolate, and black licorice flavors. Again, the bourbon contribution is quite restrained, with more barrel influence than anything. Alcohol is present, but not excessive - I guessed 10-11% without looking at the bottle.
M - Smooth, chewy, medium body, with a sticky finish, and mild warming alcohol on the throat. Surprisingly low amount of tannins for something so oaky. Carbonation level is moderate-to-low.
D - It's a nice barrel-aged Imperial Stout, but there's not a lot to distinguish it from the umpteen other beers in this style. I enjoyed drinking it and I would certainly have it again if offered, but at the same time I wouldn't actively seek it out again. Certainly a very good effort from a new brewery. Was kind of surprised to see it only spent 5 months in barrels.
11-14-2011 18:28:15 | More by MasterSki
Menagerie #5 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.