Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout - Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.71/5 rDev -14.1%
Reviewing Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout from Haymarket Pub & Brewery out of Chicago, Illinois. The Acrimonious is the third beer from the right in the picture. Per the beer's description:
"This thick, black, Imperial Stout was aged for 4 months in port wine barrels that were used as a second finish for Angel’s Envy Bourbon. Dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and bourbon combine for a warming experience."
4 oz sample served in a taster glass and enjoyed at Haymarket's 2nd Anniversary Party on 01/12/12. Review is from iPhone notes.
Appearance: Pours the appearance of a traditional barrel aged stout. Dark brown, maybe black in color with a foggy, film-thin layer of tan head when brought to the table. Decent lacing/retention. 4/5
Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, tannic/vinous sweet acidity, oak and tobacco too. A little anise and soy. 3.75/5
Taste: Sweet bourbon/vanilla, a little red grape and brown sugar. Some cocoa and dark fruit too in the finish. 3.75/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Dry finish. Sweet, but not cloying. 3.25/5
Overall: I think the port imparted a bit too much sweetness here. Although a solid beer overall, this was a far cry from the reputation established by those who have had this one before.
Recommendation: Worth trying at the price, but not worth going out of your way to hunt down.
Cost: $2 for a 4 oz pour or $6 for a 12 oz pour.
02-08-2013 22:09:21 | More by jegross2
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
Served in a tumbler at the brewpub.
An imperial stout aged for five months in Angel's Envy Port casks (meaning the barrel held port, then bourbon, then the stout)? Get some! This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted oak, light cocoa powder, and whiskey. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some chocolate syrup and a hint (possibly psychosomatic, admittedly) of port-like grapes. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty brew, one that melds very nicely with the exotic barrel (even if that barrel didn't impart all that much of the port to the proceedings).
01-18-2013 18:21:18 | More by TMoney2591
Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.