Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
Pours black and watery, a slight wispy thin khaki head forms and settles quite quickly to almost nothing. Flecks of lace.
Nose is pretty great roasted chocolate malt is dominant with equally strong bourbon and oak, vanilla gets blended and hidden by the barrel qualities but is well integrated.
Complexity is reduced greatly from the nose, roasted malt has some breadiness and stale coffee. The cocoa nearly drops out and the vanilla/oak that was so prevalent in the aroma is replaced with an overpowering high pitching bourbon. Alcohol is warming and combats with the earthy bitterness of the hops .
Mild carbonation, strikingly watery and thin for a barrel aged stout, slaps wetly on the palate. Alcohol is presented fairly along with the sticky malt.
The barrel character of this beer is young, presenting more alcohol and fresh whiskey than the oak or vanilla at the moment. Aroma is amazing but the rest of the beer doesn't follow suit. Timing when to drink this one might be key sinces the barrel qualities will be developing as the vanilla fades. Mouthfeel of this stout is easily put down but also still quite hot.
03-16-2014 22:22:26 | More by rawfish
3.96/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice vanilla presence, but it is quite boozy at the moment.
03-10-2014 03:02:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown, bordering on black.
Smell: Wow. Vanilla and chocolate. I could not wait to taste this.
Taste: Double wow. My taste buds love vanilla, and it was the first thing I tasted here. But there’s so much more. I got hints of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet warming effect at the end.
Mouthfeel: Crazy smooth with a moderate body.
Drinkability: This is an easy drinking, special occasion beer. Strong recommendation. Complex and outstanding.
02-26-2014 00:10:38 | More by jjh19
Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.