70K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
From the brewery that hangs their hat on variety- here comes a mind-blowing bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout that showcases the taste of bourbon soaked woods and underlying complex dark flavors. This all means that this review may become a bit long-winded.
But like many of these barrel aged rich stouts, 70k pours the expected viscous textured, onyx-black color with a certain mirror-like sheen. A short statured but frothy creme of foam builds on the surface and slowly recedes back into the beer, succumbing to its own viscosity, alcohol and tannin.
Incredibly aromatic, the beer delivers a strong presence of fudge chocolates, espresso, bourbon aging house, and secondary complements of port wine, sherry, burnt fruit and savory almost meaty notes. Its turn to taste leads to a coat upon the mouth of rich black strap molasses, fudge, espresso, and port- all sweet and roasty character weaves together brilliantly as not to stratify from early to mid to late palate- its a homogeneous taste from sip 'til finish. But as the ale warms and the palate acclimates, savory tastes of burnt currant, savory notes of oak, vanilla, and melanoidin.
Full, lush, and velvety- the beer is verbose in texture but is also silky and smooth. As the ale coats the mouth, its taste seeps into the mouth tissues to overwhelm the senses with sheer delight. Built for the sweet tooths, this ale is robust and grows with alcohol warmth for a malty-dry finish with lingering chocolaty sweetness.
06-13-2013 06:10:50 | More by BEERchitect
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
On-tap at Northdown. Served in a snifter.
A - Dark tan foam with good retention leaves behind loads of lacing. Pitch black body.
S - Big vanilla, caramel, chocolate, light roast, and some mild umami. Quite sweet, with only modest bourbon influence; the port side of the Angel's Envy seems to dominate here.
T - Taste is heavier on spirit, with port-infused bourbon complementing the dark fruits, raisins, dates, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Perhaps a touch of lactose rounding things out. Again, quite sweet, with only mild roast and oak to balance things out.
M - Full bodied, viscous, chewy, with lower carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but nothing excessive for the listed 13%.
D - This beer reminded me a lot of Haymarket's Acrimonious. It's a bit too sweet to drink in mass quantities, but I very much enjoyed my snifter and I'd gladly order it again. Definitely the best thing I've had from this brewery, so hopefully they make more.
05-29-2013 16:55:59 | More by MasterSki
3.86/5 rDev -11.5%
On tap at Pin's.
5.5oz. pour into a Pin's mini-snifter. Solid black pour, with a small dark brown head that settled to a ringlet and head there, leaving dots of lacing and a few oily legs on the glass. Nice aroma of dark roasty malts and sweet fudge, some boozy fumes. The taste was a bit of a let-down after what the nose promised, but it was still good. Dark malts, a fair amount of roast, toasted oak, semi-sweet chocolate, coconut, and a booziness ever present in the background, coming out more as it warmed. Unfortunately the bourbon wasn't too pronounced, and it came off more solvent-like than anything. The body was medium, maybe edging on medium-full, but it felt like the booze thinned it out a bit, keeping it from being a smooth sipper, though it definitely improved after sitting a few minutes at room temp. Overall a solid BA stout, though needing some work. I'd still like to try it again.
05-09-2014 20:28:10 | More by Rifugium
3.96/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours a near black color with a small dense brown head that settles into a light ring.
The aroma is sweet. Light roasted malt scent with a hint of anise. Mellow caramel under current. Slight acidic twang.
The taste is of a moderate roast, has more bite than in the aroma. Lots of sweet notes going on. Big caramel and milk sugars. Light bourbon with a tart dark berry action. Some bitter chocolate in the finish. Reminds me of BCBS but not as sweet and boozy.
Nice full chewy body. Soft carbonation with a sticky finish. Slight bitterness and acidity in the finish. ABV is well hidden.
A good barrel aged stout. Quite sweet but has nice mellow flavors.
02-06-2014 02:44:46 | More by Gmann
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
growler from the SH IRS release yesterday that my buddy brought and was barely drank. he recommended i take the leftovers home to taste, so here we are. enjoyed from a beer hunter snifter.
a - brew poured an oily black, plenty of carb and spotty lacing.
s - i can smell the sweet roast from across the room...upon closer inspection yep...big sweet booze soaked chocolatey milk stout. some dark fruitiness and a wash of woody booze.
t - YUM. damn. that's good. leads with the barrel and then slaps you in the face with sweet milk chocolate and then tickles your mouth with a boozy tingle. definitely on the sweet side, but not overly so and the barrel really adds a nice dimension and seems to balance out the flavors. some nice nuttiness on the backend of the flavor too.
m - extremely silky smooth...carb lasted overnight in the growler and the feel is extremely palatable for a brew this size.
o - overall, had heard good things about this one and super glad to try it as it is definitely worth seeking out. delicsious beer...extremely well made and tasty.
02-09-2014 20:53:09 | More by cosmicevan
70K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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