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Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial 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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-19-2012)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

03-30-2013 21:34:41 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-16-2013 15:39:01 | More by Thorpe429
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2013 18:50:01 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 18:21:18 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap thrice: at FoBAB, Haymarket, and Jerry's Sandwiches. Served in various glassware.

A - A dark reddish foam settles to a thick collar, with good retention and a few specks of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Big port and dark fruit sweetness, baker's chocolate, not much oak presence. Reminds me a lot of Darkness '08 actually. When I had this on a fresher palate at Haymarket, I noticed a bit more bourbon but it's fairly mild.

T - The taste is also very sweet, with peppery grape notes, and bit more roast and oak than the aroma suggest. There's a bit of dark chocolate and anise in the finish, perhaps a bit of vanilla as well. The Haymarket version had a bit less sweetness than the FoBAB one, but this beer was more consistent across the multiple servings.

M - Big and sticky, medium-full in body, with low carbonation and some surprising but mild vinous acidity. Not much alcohol presence at all.

D - This was nice, although I think I prefer the original bourbon version by a small margin. Still, if you like sweet and fruity stouts it's hard to go wrong with this one. Nice complexity too; this one grew on me as it warmed up.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 19:53:41 | More by MasterSki
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oline73

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours black and looks thick like oil. There is hardly any head at all.

Smell: Sweet and full of roast and dark chocolate. I'm getting a hint of bourbon and some soy sauce that I would think comes from the port.

Taste: This is a very sweet beer that has some heat to it, but still manages to be smooth. The port is definitely there and I'm getting a hint of soy sauce as well. Just a touch of bourbon. The finish is sweet and warming.

Mouthfeel: The body is very thick and the beer coats your mouth. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very thick and sweet beer. Very complex, I kept finding new things to like about it. I'd definitely have more given the chance.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2013 23:54:21 | More by oline73
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-16-2013 15:46:19 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. The beer is dark brown with a thin, sparse head. The aroma offers roast, oak, wine, sweet liquor, possibly brandy. Rich and full flavored. Full bodied with very low carbonation. Complex and delicious. Silky smooth on the palate with lingering barrel characteristics in the aftertaste.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2013 01:11:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

01-13-2013 18:48:31 | More by Gonzoillini
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-15-2013 19:45:23 | More by Sean9689
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-11-2013 17:23:03 | More by kscaldef
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-24-2013 22:37:48 | More by Sparky44
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jegross2

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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."

Score: 87

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 22:09:21 | More by jegross2
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ystazi

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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anteater

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Drucifer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Treebs

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Haymarket. Served in a 12 oz. goblet.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly leaving behind some splotchy lace.

S: Bourbon upfront with some oak characteristics. A little heavier on the oak, but it's complemented with some roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little dark fruit. As it warms up some more port like flavors come out from the second use casks this was aged in.

T: Again, bourbon is upfront and in your business upon each sip. It is very smooth though and gives way to some heavier oak, roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Slightly astringent as well as it teeters on the boozy and oaky side. A little warmth on the back end with some light port flavors as it warms up.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Smooth and silky mouthfeel.

O: This was served a little too cold and it became much better as it warmed up. The subtle dark fruit and port notes showed themselves a little more as it warmed which toned down the oak.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 21:12:18 | More by Treebs
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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2013 16:00:25 | More by bschinelli
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Angel's Envy Port Barrel Aged Acrimonious Imperial Stout from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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