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Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Haymarket Pub & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A monstrously big black ale aged for 8 months in eight year old Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. Flavors of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, coffee, cherry and bourbon are matched by the warming effects of the brew.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2011)
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Photo of Thorpe429


4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sean9689 for getting this growler out my way. Served as a pre-cursor to the barrel-aged barleywine tasting last night. Quite a few pours into my SAVOR snifter.

Pours a deep black color with no head or lacing to speak of. Good coloration, but not much to say about it other than that. Don't think this was an issue with it being a shipped growler, as there was both heat-sealed plastic and electrical tape on it. No signs of any leakage.

Nose was nice with quite a bit of chocolate and brown sugar underneath a good bourbon character. Flavor explodes from there, with lots of chocolate and brown sugar along with a touch of roast. Mild cherry and port characteristics. Slight vanilla underneath it all. Touch of anise there as well. Great blanket of bourbon throughout. Super intense.

Mouthfeel was thick and viscous. Very full body with moderate sweetness and a long finish. Light carbonation.

Overall, a truly solid beer. Thanks again, Sean!

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 12:57:00 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of spycow


4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-12-2013 19:14:31 | More by spycow
Photo of emerge077


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-25-2013 19:34:35 | More by emerge077
Photo of MasterSki


4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Haymarket. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Served with a thin tan foam that has surprisingly good retention and settles to a big-bubbled collar and some wisps on top, leaving behind tiny spots of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Let this one warm up and you'll be rewarded. Initially there is a hefty dose of bourbon, but as the temperature rises a copious amount of oaky vanilla emerges, along with a hint of coconut. Hefty doses of roasted grains, cake, semisweet chocolate and a dash of dark fruit round things out.

T - Taste is significantly more roasty and heavier on the chocolate and dark fruits. There's also a molasses flavor I didn't really get in the aroma. It's fairly sweet, but I thought the balance was quite nice (some of my compatriots thought it was a little to decadent). Oak and earthy bourbon flavors show up in the finish, and there's unfortunately less of the wonderful vanilla from the barrels. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Chewy, full-bodied, with very low carbonation, and a roasty tannic finish. Shockingly easy to drink for 12.5% - I felt like I could have had a few glasses of this one.

D - It's a shame this wasn't bottled (yet I suppose), as I think it's a beer better suited to cold weather instead of an oppressively hot Chicago summer on an outdoor patio. That being said, it's competitive with some of the other great barrel-aged stouts available in town. Looking forward to more barrel-aged beers from Haymarket.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 05:25:27 | More by MasterSki
Photo of drabmuh


4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Thorpe, for fun I kept asking Mike what the name of this beer was. Good times.

Beer is black, really low carbonation, almost no head, no lacing, no retention, odd but still looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet molasses and bourbon, surprisingly great aroma.

Beer is thick and finishes sweet. The finish is liquory and the bourbon is throughout the beer as well. Nice oakiness / mild vanilla, and overall this was a great beer. I had fourths.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2011 03:13:14 | More by drabmuh
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/21/11 notes, Big thanks to Thorpe429 for saving me some of this one as well. Never heard of it but really enjoyed it. Poured into my SAVOR mini-snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a few bubbles of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells a little bit smokey at first. After that came some roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and light fruits. Bourbon came out mroe as I drank it and the smokey notes subsided a bit. I really liked the nose.

t - Taste followed the nose a bit, with the addition of some sweet chocolate. Chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this one was greatt good; a really nice surprise. Lots of bourbon and some sweet fruit and chocolate in the taste. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2011 15:26:32 | More by mdfb79
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-19-2011 04:55:41 | More by imperialking
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-13-2013 18:35:47 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of AgentZero


4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped in to get a growler of this but it was about to kick so they were only doing pours of it, unfortunately.

A - Black beer, bit of tan head that stuck around for a bit and left some nice spots for a big stout. Pretty nice looking.

S - Lots of chocolate, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, barrel. Nice roast and dark fruit, really has a lot going on. I feel like the comes through a little too strong and needs some tme to settle down.

T - Taste is really good, lots of chocolate, coconut, dark fruits, roast. It's pretty sweet, pushes the limits of being too sweet, but it's good. Beer drinks a little hot and boozy, needs time to cool, my biggest complaint about it. Still, very nice complexity and flavor.

M - Full bodied, lower carbonation, almost chewey.

O - Really nice beer, if this is the beginning of their barrel aging I'd say Haymarket has a ton of potential to kick out some really great big beers. Would love to drink this again, particularly after it's had a bit of time to sit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 03:13:14 | More by AgentZero
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout was a MONSTER beer. Thie beer was very good. The beer poured a opaque black with thin tan head that laced slightly. The aroma was bourbon supported by slight roast and sweetness. The taste was an explosion of flavor. At the start was vanilla, followed by roast, dark chocolate, and cherry....then at the finish was bourbon. The mouthfeel was ok...the high ABV and flavor explosion made this a sipping beer....with full body...almost cough syrupy. Overall the beer was amazing....but one is more than enough.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 23:38:53 | More by WoodBrew
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2013 23:52:57 | More by Duff27
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

04-28-2014 00:29:57 | More by enelson
Photo of Sean9689


3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Haymarket.

A - Pours black, mocha colored head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Big booze, classic Woodford Reserve coconut notes, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel.

T - Big hot boozy, coconut, chocolate, caramel, slight roast. This one needs some more time to chill, but besides the big booze, there's a nice level of complexity here that I see coming through.

M - Full, rich, smooth, good carbonation, creamy toasty finish.

O - A very solid BA that is enjoyable, to say the least. However, it's still quite fresh at this point and needs some time to rest, IMO. If you like 'em big and boozy, this is your beer. I want this one after a year or so worth of age.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 18:42:55 | More by Sean9689
Photo of Bung


4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Haymarket.
Black pour, tan head with frothy bubbles. Slick.

Aroma, vanilla, caramel, bourbony oak.

Taste, Carmelly vanilla with lighter chocolate and roast. Very light roast. Oak barrel works really well, with this. Very well rounded barrel aged stout.

Full bodied, carb is finer than the appearance making it pretty much a creamy coating mouthfeel. Slightly warming, a sipper but you could want to put it down.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 03:34:32 | More by Bung
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-11-2013 00:01:21 | More by thewimperoo
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-24-2013 22:38:34 | More by Sparky44
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-17-2013 20:02:22 | More by egrace84
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-03-2013 19:51:54 | More by jegross2
Photo of bashiba


3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick dark brown with a thin very dark tan head.

The smell was all bourbon, with big oak and vanilla notes along with sweet molasses and alcohol.

The flavor is very sweet and boozy, with tons of vanilla and toffee along with a hint of oak and a light bit of dark malt smokeyness coming through. Here is where my biggest problem with this beer begins, its all bourbon and barely stout. Very lacking in the roasted barley stout flavors. Not bad but just to bourbony.

The mouthfeel was thick and warm.

A pretty good beer, just needs a bit more stout in the stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 16:41:42 | More by bashiba
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

09-03-2012 03:37:21 | More by tbeq00
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-12-2014 21:57:35 | More by ystazi
Photo of kawilliams81


4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket. Served in a 12 oz chalice.

A- pours black with a 1 finger brown head. Small bubbles on the glass.

S- chocolate, vanilla, roast and some borbon

T- sweet chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, some roast and faint bourbon at the finish.

M- full body and low carbonation. Creamy, smooth and easy drinkinf for a 11% beer.

O- good ba ris. Dark fruits remind of Darkness but this has the vanilla and bourbon with it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 18:50:20 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Drucifer


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-13-2012 16:50:27 | More by Drucifer
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks for picking this up Dunt!

Appearance: Each pour is black all the way through, with a creamy tan head that forms and fades away.

Smell: The smell has creamy undertones to it. Smooth roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla are all noticeable in the aroma. Lightly smokey.

Taste: The flavor starts out with full chocolate and roasted malt. Oak and bourbon come in next, with vanilla and a little bit of espresso coming in at the end. The different components of the flavor blend together well.

Mouthfeel: This has a full, rich, and creamy feel with carbonation to match. As the bourbon manifests itself in the flavor, the feel dries out just a little bit on the back end.

Overall: This is a nice creation from Haymarket. I would not describe it as being terribly innovative, but anytime a brewer can brew a 12.5% bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that feels easy to drink, that is noteworthy.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2011 19:51:21 | More by KickInTheChalice
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-02-2011 03:59:47 | More by doucmehu
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Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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