Evil Empire - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Heretic Brewing Company
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Reviews by mentor:
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours thick and a brilliant very very dark brown from the bottle into the glass. In the glass, it is pitch with no edgings. Half finger of fine bubbled darkly-caramel brown head. Smells dark chocolate, sharp black-strap molasses, robust grassy hop with blackberries (Northern Brewer?), scorch, creme brulee, vanilla, cheap grocery store vanilla ice cream, macademia nuts and almond milk, breakfast-blend coffee grounds. There is alot here. It's very complex, but the aromas have not melded together. Smells yummy.
Tastes fantastic. Nice balance between hot alcohol sting, bourbon oak, hops, dark malt flavors, and wet sweetness. Wet, yet not sticky, as the alcohol and oak roughen up the tongue after the fluid passes over it. Flavors are scorch, dark berry - very blackberry, dark chocolate, fudge brownie, potent vanilla, mild coconut, mild cherry sour, lightly roasted hazelnut. Lightly roasted coffee, but it was left on overnight and it is bitter acidic. Like a rich ice creamy dessert. Creamy liquid is thick and hangs just enough to be interesting and not overbearing. There is an astringency I attribute to the oak and acid that comes in during the finish - it's a little bit distracting. This beer gets better as it warms. The flavors melt together better, though the drying oak astringency and acid balance remain a detraction (I know some would like the oak this way...perhaps I'm an oak sissy).
Overall this beer is crazy good. Not as warming as I expected. A year in the cellar would probably do this beer good. Many beers made in this style are quite salty (I think 'soy' is the term commonly applied by beer geeks). This beer avoids that detraction and is worth a go if handy. I don't think I would trade for it in order to get it again, but it was really yummy.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2014 06:20:21 | More by mentor
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