Menagerie #5 - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 48
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 32
Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with very little light coming through. There is a layer of tan head that leaves just a ring.

Smell: Sweet roasty bourbon and a hint of port. I'm picking up some alcohol too.

Taste: Sweet roast initially and then the bourbon shows up. Hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. The alcohol and sweetness combine in a way that kind of reminds me of port in the finish. There is some bitter roast in there as well.

Mouthfeel: It's on the thick side of medium, but could be a touch thicker. Prickly carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer. I would have liked a bit heavier body, but I really enjoyed the vanilla notes and the alcohol is quite smooth.

Photo of russwbeck
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a recent Northern Virginia tasting.

Black pour with a brown head. Smoky deep smell with a ton of chocolate and caramel malts. The bourbon really shines through. A ton if oak and chocolate. Tasty and boozy, but not balanced all that well and a bit hot. Heavy and creamy body. A lot of alcohol on the finish. I wish it was a bit more balanced.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into mini snifter. Booyah.

A- Deep dark brown, nothing out of the ordinary. Mild sandy tan head that settles to an outer ring.

S- Lots of caramel and vanilla, heavy bourbon. Very nice, though.

T- This beer is all about the bourbon. Nutty, caramel, smooth silky malts. Hot on the tongue, though. Mild coffee astringency in the finish.

M- Hot and heavy alcohol presence. I'm digging it, but I can see how it could put people off. Would be interesting to taste this with some age on it.

O- Enjoyable, would prob. be best to split this one. Good stuff though, a very impressive first from Evolution.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured pitch black in color with a thin, fizzy, tan head to it. it had some nice retention to it though as I drank it.

The aroma shows a modest bourbon and oak profile to it. I get some nice roasty, dark chocolate flavors mixing with a little vanilla. Pretty decent aroma overall, but not something that really stood out to me for the style.

The taste shows more of the barrel characteristics. I get toasty coconut, woody oak and a little boozy bourbon. I get more of the roasty, dark chocolate, slightly burnt and bitter flavors of the base beer coming out in the finish. It's a nice balancing of the barrel and base beer characteristics.

The mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty solid barrel aged beer. It was very flavorful and balanced the beer flavors and the barrel flavors pretty nicely.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile last night. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a thin off-white head and a good collar throughout.

Nose brings forward mild bourbon and a bit of light cream. Faint roast and a bit of chocolate as well. Nothing too strong or complex. The flavor is about the same -- light bourbon notes as well as light roast and a bit of chocolate. Fairly creamy.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this one -- nice and creamy with a smooth finish after a medium-heavy body.

Pretty good, but not fantastic.

Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours very dark brown, almost black, with a finger of tan head.

S: Plenty of roasted malts and espresso-like coffee notes to this. Lots of chocolate with a little bit of vanilla, booze, and oak. The bourbon comes off a bit too hot and almost solvent-like.

T: The flavor is a bit better. Definitely still boozy with some nice fruit notes which balance out the intense roast and charred oak flavors. A bit of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

M: Medium bodied with a somewhat high level of carbonation.

O: The nose wasn't very good, but the flavor wasn't too bad. Don't think I need to have this one again, though.

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Menagerie #5 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.