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Barrel-Aged Malevolence - Spiteful Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-26-2014)
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Jet black and served in a snifter, dense creamy mocha foam on the surface. Long lasting with some spotty lacing.

Woody barrel aroma, caramelized sugars and vanilla.

Rich chocolate and vanilla flavors with dry woodiness in the aftertaste, and some overt whiskey notes in the finish as well. Medium bodied, there's a little astringency from the barrel, but its not a dealbreaker. Overall it's a nice warmer in the dead of winter.

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22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Per the label: "R.I.S. aged in bourbon barrels from 7-18-13 to 4-30-14". I have been holding this bottle down for about six months now, my third of the barrel aged beers from Spiteful Brewing. I've never tried the non-barrel aged variant, so I'm unable to say how they compare. Acquired for $17.98 at the local beer store. I'm very excited for this one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a thick viscous black that barely manages to conjure about an eighth of an inch of dark mocha foam. A glassy black liquid. Appears sticky and thick, yet it leaves hardly any lacing behind.

S - The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, powdery chalky cocoa, & cookie dough. Lightly musty, with some alcohol fumes present.

T - The barrel aging has really done it's thing here - hardly a trace of the original, presumably roasty, base stout is noticeable here. All that is left is sweetened caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and cookie dough. Mild alcohol astringency is noticeable, but not distracting.

M - The feel is silky, smooth, & creamy. Thick & full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice barrel aged RIS from Spiteful Brewing, although I might have enjoyed the others a bit more. If you are still holding on to bottles of this, take your time, as I'm sure this beer could benefit from some more time in the cellar. Very glad to have tried this.

Spiteful Brewing Barrel Aged Malevolence -----4/5.

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Barrel-Aged Malevolence from Spiteful Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.