Barrel Aged Seven Devils Imperial Stout (Brewers' Private Reserve) - Sockeye Grill & Brewery
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
Was late to the party on this one and was only able to grab one of these special brews; 12oz can into my Hill Farmstead tulip.
A: Dense black pour from the can; cascading brown head settles into a small ring.
S: Lots of big dark chocolate and whiskey notes competing right off the bat. Vanilla is prominent as well, and more oak unfolds as it warms. Doesn't smell 'boozy' per se, but the barrel is here in force. Very nice.
T: More dark chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. Whiskey is strong but not too hot, with notes of dark caramel, light brown sugar, and oak. Some dark fruits poke through on the palate, and a flash of cinnamon on the finish. Lots of roast and black patent malt in this one, with just a touch of char.
MF: Thicker bodied, somewhere between medium and robust/full; medium carbonation, a bit viscous, with just a hint of heat.
O: Really impressed, this could easily pass for a bigger-name BA imperial stout in a blind tasting. Easily the best BA-beer I've tried locally (in cans too? Crazy...). There is a good amount of whiskey character to this one, without the extreme booziness; I'm not sure how long this one laid in a barrel but its darn near perfect.
12-23-2013 14:01:59 | More by Scotchboy
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4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
I know this has been on tap before, but I missed it. Saw the tweet today that they have about 20 cases of 12oz cans. I made the move QUICKLY... picked up one 4-pack.... I will be back tomorrow morning!
Good reverse cascade of bubbles with the pour.... Deep dark brown head has nice retention with okay spotty lacing. The brew is absolutely black with no light escaping.
The nose is thick chocolate... the whiskey comes out as vanilla and a bit of oak... but chocolate is the big player here by far.
Flavor mirrors the nose with a minor nice balance of dark malt and a hint of char... subtle dark fruitiness really rounds it out nicely... possibly something that I associate with black licorice in the distant finish
Smooth light carbonation accentuates a little lighter than expected body... but not a game changer.
Really pretty damn well done... I doubt cellaring will do any good... this is tasty right out of the gate and needs no time to come together.
07-20-2013 05:18:50 | More by JohnGalt1
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
Received this one in a Mystery Box trade with Shaimless and was extremely excited as I loved Sockeye's Double Dagger and figured there's no way this could be a let down
A - Poured into a snifter dark appearance with a half inch foam head with decent lacing on the glass but thick and looks are tasty
S - The smell is amazing coming from this beer, the dark chocolate is overpowering and awesome with hints of oak, coffee, vanilla, marshmallow. Really one of the best smelling whiskey aged stouts I've had the pleasure indulging in
T - Taste is much the same with a dominate dark chocolate forward taste with a bit of coffee roast vanilla oak and very trace amounts of barrel presence which works terrific for this beer. The finish is smooth with more chocolate and some hints of the marshmallow taste faded into the background as it trickles down the throat. Really a pleasure to sip on. The chocolate and roast balance perfectly up front
M - Mouthfeel is creamy nearly full bodied with a non-dry finish that leaves you wanting more
O - I was extremely impressed and this should help set the stage for more barrel aged stouts in cans. I couldn't have asked for more and exceeded my expectations in terms of taste and the smell, the smell is again wonderful
If you can find this beer go ahead and grab it. Really enjoyed this one
02-09-2014 00:40:57 | More by drmcleod10
Barrel Aged Seven Devils Imperial Stout (Brewers' Private Reserve) from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.