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Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels - Reuben's Brews

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: dirtylou on 02-25-2013

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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.

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Appearance - Pours with almost no head or bubbles. The thinnest of collars. Black body but transparent and looks kinda brown in the light.

Smell - Nutty caramel. A bit of bourbon. More woodiness and some oxidation.

Taste - Sweet chocolate. Nuttiness. Caramel and oak. The finish is more oxidized. A little bitter. Slight cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Medium heavy.

Overall - Not digging it much. Doesn't help that it's flat.

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Thanks C!
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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.

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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.

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