Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels - Reuben's Brews
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4.36/5 rDev -0.5%
on-tap, at the brewery. $4 for a 6oz pour
12 year old bourbon barrels were obtained from Alan at Hair of the Dog
Served in a cute little snifter - ebony body, no head. Really lovely stuff - coconut, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak. Really nice flavor profile - for a brewery just screwing around with barrels, this is pretty eye-opening.
02-25-2013 00:59:34 | More by dirtylou
3.69/5 rDev -15.8%
Bottle opened on 10.21.13
Batch No. 1
Bottle No. 141
A - Pours a dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles that are gone instantly.
S - Subtle bourbon, that's all I got.
T - A differetn sweetness, almost fruit-anise, then some more bourbon.
D - Low carbonatino with a medium body.
O - Bourbon and a unique sweetness, pretty solid, but a bit dissapointed in this one.
12-16-2013 05:53:37 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.19/5 rDev -4.3%
22oz (hand-numbered: batch 1, bottle 40, vintage 2013) into a tulip. Pours a translucent deep brown w/ a minimal khaki head that settles quickly to a wispy film
Aroma is big rich bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and booze. The bourbon is strong w/ this one.
Taste is caramel and bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla. Chocolate and molasses. What seems to be missing here, or at least diminished, is the big dark roasty malt; it's overwhelmed by the bourbon. This could almost even be a chocolatey barleywine, or alternatively a non-imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels. The beer seems to be secondary to the bourbon. Don't get me wrong though: I like it. It's just a little unbalanced.
Mouthfeel is slick and coating, but never syrupy. Minimal carbonation doesn't help.
Overall a very bourbon-forward stout, a little on the sweet side. It's good for what it is, but I wish the base beer was big and bold enough to balance the bourbon character.
01-27-2014 04:42:55 | More by draheim
4.36/5 rDev -0.5%
On top, into a tiny snifter, on release day, at the brewery.
Appearance: Jet black with a very thin and wispy mocha-colored head.
Aroma: The nose leads with strong bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a faint licorice or anise note.
Taste: First sip was quite cold but some roasted malt, whisky, and a bit of booze heat was apparent. As the ale warmed up, the vanilla and chocolate notes come in more. There is a bit of vegetal woodiness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Slick, rich, mild carbonation, and pleasantly mouth-coating.
Overall: Easily the best barrel-aged stout from Washington. Also, dare I note, a rare ale which, even though it shouldn't, does add a bit to the fun.
11-10-2013 21:12:02 | More by TheEarl
Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels from Reuben's Brews
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