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Cap'N Skoon's Ballistic Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Cap'N Skoon's Ballistic Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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BA SCORE
95
world-class

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 56
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ahoy! This bourbon barrel-aged sea monster of a stout has emerged form the depths of our barrel cellar after summering quietly for the past year. Enjoy the swirling typhoon of chocolate, dark fruit, and smooth bourbon flavors while wearing an eyepatch and feeding your most colorful parrot.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-15-2014)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from cparles a while back. Cheers for the brews man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 9 January 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and sludgy, yielding a 2+ finger, thicker looking, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Dark black body with slightly lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good full cap, then settles to a ring and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Very black body and a nice colored head on this one. A bit more lacing would have made this the perfect looking stout.

SMELL: A big nose of bourbon, oak, pure chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, some coconut, vanilla and toffee. Some light dark fruits show up as well. Lots of barrel here with bold and enticing pure, dark chocolate playing wonderfully in-sync. Unreal. This is how barrel aged stouts should smell.

TASTE: Oak, bourbon, toffee sweetness and some roasted grain up front. Big bourbon and chocolate flavors at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of more bourbon and wood flavors, coconut, vanilla, bitter, pure, bitter dark chocolate and some burnt malt notes under it all. Fudge and baker’s chocolate lingers as well. This is really nice and decadent.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. Enough weight here. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Loved every drop of it and was sad when it was over. Very rich and full in flavor and feel, as well as being blacker than black can be. Lots going on here and a wonderful balance between the sweet malts and barrel flavors on the one hand, and the bitter chocolate flavors on the other. This is something that I enjoyed immensely and would more than gladly drink again. Thanks again for the brews cparles. This one was exceptional.

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A: 2012 bottle poured into a glass mug I lifted from A&W last August. The pour is dark as a very dark thing with some thin pork-chop colored foam.

S: The smell is full of bourbon, chocolate, sea otter, dark fruits, and a slight bit of cat turd.

T: This is one smooth beverage. Great bourbon, chocolate, mushroom, and elk flavors. There is still some alcohol presence, but it's nowhere near as hot as when fresh.

M: Surprising amount of carbonation for this style of beer--it's as crisp as my old high-school gym socks three weeks after I jacked off into them. Despite the carbonation, the body is full, smooth, and creamy.

D: Even though the alcohol has died down quite a bit in a year+, it's still a big, big beer. I need to go out and buy more of this, because I can't feel my feet.

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Thanks to rbradley for providing this, as well as one other long-time want, in a trade this past week. Loved the base beer, so couldn’t wait to try this one. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, dated 1/9/14.

The pour is black, enough bubbly to make it beer. The smell is gorgeous: huge chocolate, bourbon like it’s coming out the pores in the glass, big malty sweetness. I like where this is going, which is into my mouth & belly, pronto.

Cap’N Skoon’s Ballistic Stout – Barrel Aged: oh, hell yes. I like my stouts as thick as a redwood, & this fits the bill to a T. The taste is dominated by fire-roasted malts and long sweetness, which is complemented by the light vanilla & subtle bourbon notes imparted by the barrel. Massive Three Musketeers seizes hold of the mid-palate & good lord, I think I already had three of them post-Halloween today. The finish oozes low-grade alcoholic fever, tinkle of bitterness, & more of that chocolate. Give me a couple hours, I’d have been delighted to suck this bomber into me all alone.

This almost reminds me of Zhukov’s, & I can’t help but think: if Hitler had access to stuff like this, maybe he’d have taken a different path. Rather than Zhukov forcing him along a different path. Excellent beer.

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Thanks easyread, can't thank you enough for your generosity!

this is fan-tastic. Pashel turned me onto this guy last year with the regular version. The BA version is even better! perserves all of the great flavors with an added layer of vanilla and bourbon. wb knows how to barrel age with the best of them.
ive had a ton of baltic ba beers, thus ranks near the top!

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Cap'N Skoon's Ballistic Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.