Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Brandy Barrel) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Brandy Barrel)Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Brandy Barrel)

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very good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 48
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 04-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 48
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really nice looking pour. Dark, slight ruby hints, and a good billowing head. A bit soapy, but nice retention and lace for the strength.
Wet prunes, vanilla, slight oak, alcohol and coffee make the aroma a bit divided. Nothing strong here. Perhaps vanilla sticks out more.
Chocolate and coffee taste at first. Mild oak and raisins in the middle. The alcohol is not covered very well, but the burn is stopped by a mild, wet, vanilla. Rounded out with a bit of dull chardonnay.
1/2 pint was it for me. good to try, but won't have it again. (540 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into large snifter.

A: Very dark brown color with very slight brown light sneaking through at the bottom, almost no head to speak of

N: Nose is complex with lots of chocolate, coffee, oats, a slightly sour yeastiness, a little roasted malt, slight hop, and touch of alcohol

T: Taste starts with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, creamy, a little sourness, some oatmeal, some toasted oats, lots of alcohol, some nice oak, but a slight taste of some off flavors maybe some diacetyl, or oxidation, not quite sure.

M: Mouth feel is very thick and sticks to the tongue, its also spicey and has some burn from the alcohol

F: Finish is a little spicey and alcohol burn with lots of finishing bitter hops and stout, it is partly sweet but evaporates off the tongue easily

Final thoughts: Its a very complex beer with lots of dark stout flavors and alcohol, oak, and very tasty, but there seems to be an off flavors that I can't exactly pinpoint. That's something I need to work on to get better at picking out the off flavors. I've tasted this quite a few times in my homebrew too, but aging it seemed to mellow it out or even get rid of it completely. (1,174 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Dark brown pour with a dark tan head. A little lacing. Aroma has nice roast malt, chocolate, molasses and a little booze. Body is a bit thin, as was hinted at by the less than motor oil pour. Flavors are nice however, with molasses, roast malt, chocolate, vanilla and some boozy oak. Finish with just a hint of coffee. The thinness really detracted from making this a great stout, but still worth trying. Drinkability is very good for such a large abv. (459 characters)

Photo of karlthepagan
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22oz bottle into a pint mug, repeat as needed

A: completely opaque bottle brown nearing black, good head, carbonation remains visible in my glass mug. very nice

S: malty dark, smooth some fruit hints, STOUT

T: starts very bitter, strong malt, comes around more chocolate than coffee. brandy is a good pairing with a strong stout

M: thick syrupy, STOUT but a little carbonation remains, nicely done

D: quite rich but remains faintly bitter. take it slowly

I prefer the Full Sail burbon aged imperial stout, but this had a very good price for the ABV and didn't dissapoint. The bitterness makes it hard to share with friends. I'll definitely have this again in a snifter.

Next morning: average after-effects, not too hard for a dark beer (749 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, lacks some of the comlexities found in the earlier vintages. Pours a rusty black with a nice tan head. Nose has big malts, pitted fruits, piney hops and a nice brandy presence. Brandy character is well noticed in teh taste as well. Good balance with the bitter hops and sweet roasty malts. Medium body could use a bit more depth. Nice offering from left hand. (370 characters)

Photo of arvjunk
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter

A - Dense black, slow forming thin head, looks & pours like molasses

S - Blackstrap molasses, raisins, cola, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and many many more things. Everytime I come back to it, it smells a little different

T - dense, rich coffee, raisins, molasses, oak, a little bitterness that adds some balance to an increbibly thick beer.

M - thick, dense, FULL bodied

D - Screams steak or a big fat juicy unadulterated burger. 10% alcohol not prominent hidden by the richness of this beer. Goes down very smooth (a little scary). (583 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly opaque with tan head that dissipates to a thin rim layer.

Nose has a dark fruity-caramel boozy quality, with a background nougat candy component. Some raisins too. Maybe some faint chocolate in the background.

Alcohol is apparent on the palate as well, with a spirity fruit element up front, light roasted malt quality midway, and herbal but boozy on the finish.

This is one of the most spirit-like beers I've had in a long time. Don't let it warm too much. (476 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and a touch of oak and a good amount of alcohol. The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty with a warming finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a definitely a sipper. Worth a try. (373 characters)

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Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Brandy Barrel) from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.