Highland Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A surprise tap offering at the brewhouse. Enjoyed just prior to our VIP walking tour of the grounds. I think that Raquel, FTB, JBug, ksak and I worked through this one. And another. And another.
A: Dark as night, still with just a bit of head. The stout just sits there, daring you to try it. As I made my way through the glass, some off-white head was generated and clung to the sides of the glass.
S: Rich bourbon is the hallmark of the nose - warming with sweet coconut and vanillla flavors. The stout's mocha base is a well-suited base, a chocolate aroma that does nicely with the vanilla. The barrel really does the ale justice - the boozy aromas are present but not overpowering.
T: The Gaelic was good; this one verges on divine. The bourbon is so nicely blended with the stout, a contrast of darker malts and mocha bitterness and the sweet sting of the bourbon barrel. It's wood imparts a vanilla and booziness on the stout, strengthening it without making it too strong. A lightly roasted finish carries the bourbon away, vanilla still strong after a sip is gone. A very good beer.
M: Drinkable, dangerously so when you realize that it comes in a pint glass. Hope you got in to try it; probably won't last long.
Serving type: on-tap
05-31-2012 01:14:49 | More by akorsak
3.5/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured a deep reddish brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, mocha, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, mocha, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one was a little bit of a letdown for me as I was expecting so much more from it. Not sure if the barrels just completely overwhelmed this one or what... But a lot of the flavors of the base brew definitely got lost in the barrel flavors that took over. If you are a big fan of -bals in your beer this is one you have to try, if you are not, you might not enjoy it as much as you would want to. Tick.
Serving type: on-tap
02-29-2012 12:56:48 | More by thagr81us
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pitch black with rich creamy khaki head
Aroma: Delightful vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate
Taste: Irish car bomb... bit of alcohol, nut, chocolate, coffee, cream
Palate: Creamy, starts very sweet, finishes with a hint a bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2013 17:29:44 | More by icehawk
Highland Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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