Imperial French Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Lavery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark ruby red with a slightly off white head.
Smells of some dark fruits, sweet malt, and bourbon.
Flavors of raisin, plum, bourbon, and roasted malts are not perfectly balanced, but tasty nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is what I found wonderful about this beer, warm, sweet, and bourbon burn to finish!
Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how good I found this, very tasty and would drink again.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 14:42:20 | More by larryarms847
3.81/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle served into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 5/31/2014.
A- Hazy amber-brown body with a foamy two finger white head with a long retention time, streaky lacing as the head dies down into a moderately thick film with staying power. Honestly, this is not a very pretty beer- it reminds me of gross lake water.
S- Lots of grapefruits, tangerines, pear. Some graininess, oak and a bit of sweet booziness. This smells great; very aromatic and interesting.
F- Presumably, the bourbon is the source of a fusel-like character throughout the beer which is also accompanied by grainy wheat & malt, oak. The citrus character so present in the nose is muted on the palate. Some floral character comes out near the end but make no mistake, the booziness makes its presence known through and through.
M- Medium body, carbonation is on spot. Finish is the aforementioned sweet bourbon flavour that leaves a muddled finish as if it can't decide between dry or resinous.
O- Couldn't put a finger on what this beer was trying to accomplish, but it certainly went big on the booze. The nose smelled great, presumably it was generously dry-hopped; didn't quite translate to the palate which had plenty of overpowering rum flavours. If you enjoy a nice booze bomb, hit this one up. If I had my druthers, I'd say this seems to run in the French Biére de Garde tradition (like Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien) with a nice New World spin with the dry hops and bourbon.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 00:40:01 | More by Stevedore
Imperial French Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.