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Barrel Full Of Monkeys Imperial Stout - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Barrel Full Of Monkeys Imperial StoutBarrel Full Of Monkeys Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

28 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 5.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: leaddog on 04-06-2012)
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Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Rutger this past summer. Cheers again for the awesome box of brews man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full foam cap. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Great color, though the head could use a touch of work for it to be a true beauty.

SMELL: Big and wonderful nose. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet cream, milk chocolate and some delicious fudge brownies. Smells awesome. Absolutely nothing left wanting here.

TASTE: Lots of chocolate, fudge brownies, bourbon and oak up front. Flavorful beginning here for sure. Big finish as well with some alcohol, bourbon, oak, sweet cream, milk chocolate and caramel flavors. Bitter dark chocolate and brownies too. Very nice and complex.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: What a fantastic beer. Very good indeed. The base beer is bold and flavorful and the sweet barrel flavors work incredibly well here. This is definitely my kind of barrel aged imperial stout. Perhaps a touch less alcohol in the flavor and feel would make it a true spectacle, but as it is, it’s a wonderful treat that comes in much too small of a bottle. If you’re lucky enough to get a sample of this, I highly recommend you run away with the entire bottle. Thanks again Rutager. This was world class.

Jeffo, Thursday at 08:51 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

iL0VEbeer, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +1%

SadMachine, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of SebD
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak, some bourbon, vanilla and light dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, light oak, bourbon, some vanilla and faint fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. I wish it had a bit more carbonation to it because it feels semi-flat.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev -5%

Boozecamel, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

tom10101, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +1%

JonnyBeers, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a friend in Calgary.

A - Black pour with one finger of chocolate milk head. Seemingly mild carbonation. Spotty lace and minimal film of retention.

S - Chocolate, roast, coffee. Mostly a chocolate, roast mix. Milky sugar. A little alcohol.

T - Big and sweet. Lot's of chocolate and roast. Sugar. Milk chocolate. Rich. Dark fruits.

M - Medium carbonation, full body, sweet vanilla bean kinda finish with dryness.

O/D - A pretty good Imperial Stout. Not boring like some and incorporates more sweetness than some Canadian examples of the style. Nice stuff.

tbeckett, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Idrankthat, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5%

imperialking, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +1%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to wordemupg for this big Canadian want!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a finger of creamy brown head.

Smell. Semi-sweet chocolate, prunes and black coffee, molasses.

Taste. Semi-sweet chocolate again and lots of it, some coffee and well roasted malts too. Hig abv fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A really nice big stout. Great example of what an imperial stout should be, but I wouldn't have labeled it an RIS.

Rutager, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

IanSpindler, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Edgerrin32, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

TheBeermin, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordepug for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Thick and dark black as a pour with a dark brown head. Lovely cascading effect and the head really takes its time. Could have have had more lacing but i'm nitpicking.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee, a bit creamy, chunks of dark chocolate, oatmeal ookies.

Taste: Like an alcohol-fueled chocolate bar but made with real cocoa. Strong full bodied coffee, bit of dark berries (like cherries but not quite) with a finish of a bit of charred wood.. Dried raisins as well make me think of raisin-oatmeal cookies.

Mouthfeel: Good medium body, solid but not totally imperial. Bit of burn and bitterness in the finish but still remains highly drinkable.

Overall: A sleeper of a stout. Really dug this one and hope they make it again.

papat444, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dresden for this bottle. No date apparent but I believe this was the most current vintage.

A - Black with a thin layer of espresso coloured head.

S - Big roast, licorice and semi-sweet chocolate aromas up front with hints of espresso and molasses adding complexity. A very robust and inviting nose.

T - Big roast and char flavours up front that immediately give way to intense espresso, licorice and dark chocolate flavours. The finish adds sweet molasses and brown sugar notes with hints of dark fruit. The flavours are very well integrated.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of DoubleA
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark nearly black body, nice light brown head

Smell - Dark fruits, raisiny

Taste - Rich and complex, lots of sweet fruit flavours, less bitter than I expected from the aroma

Mouthfeel - Smooth, very little alcohol warm considering abv

Overall - Fantastic beer from Paddockwood, almost wine-like with its rich fruity undertones

DoubleA, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from kjyost, 355ml into a tulip.

Black with some clarity, brown head leaving behind a ring of bubbles. Nose of bourbon, oak, some dark fruits, marshmallows and caramel. Tastes of milk chocolate, light fudge, bourbon, caramel, oak, marshmallow and some dark fruits - quite complex stuff. Medium full feel, medium carbonation. An excellent BA'd stout, I'd love to have this again.

liamt07, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by liamt07

Brown/black in colour, ring of tan coloured head, little bit of lace as well. Smell is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon at first, some coffee and vanilla and a bit of warming alcohol, light smoke with more milk chocolate and vanilla toward the end. Taste is nicely roasted with strong vanilla and oak, chocolate and bourbon, a bit of warming alcohol in the finish, bourbon flavours well integrated with the big roasty and chocolate flavours. Lightly carbonated with a big full feel and dense weight. Awesome stuff, I enjoyed the base beer but this is so much better, something I am going to seek out for my own, nice BA stout I would certainly have again.

peensteen, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Converge
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.

A - Pours completely pitch black, no light anywhere. Small creamy mocha cap. The head slowly dissipates with time, reducing to a small, creamy ring. No lacing.

S - Surprising bourbon and oak presence, really pronounced. Strong notes of anise, over-ripe fruit, charred malt and dark chocolate. Subtle boozy aroma as well, with some vanilla, molasses, and dark dried fruits. Distinct over-ripe, black bananas.

T - Pretty big and abrasive profile here. Lots of bourbon, oak, anise, and dark fruits. Cherries, over-ripe bananas, and some reserved semi-sweet chocolatey sweetness. Bourbon vanilla, roasty malt, and molasses as well. Finishes with a pronounced boozy warmth, bourbon, and earthy, resinous wood. A little different than the usual imperial stout I'm used to, where coffee and roasted malt dominate, this is more fruity, earthy, and woodsy; the barrel aging really comes through.

M - Really thick and creamy, bordering on a imperial stout milkshake. Very low carbonation, that just lets the thick, viscous feel really shine. Finishes real warm, all the way down into the stomach, but it doesn't hurt it at all. Gets a bit sticky as it warms.

D - I should say that I have little experience with BA stouts, and have never actually tried 1000 Monkeys base beer here, but nonetheless I really enjoyed this brew. It's nice to see a Canadian brewery doing a BA stout as well. Definitely one to grab a few extra bottles of and let sit for a few years, and that's exactly what I plan to do.

Converge, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml brown bottle. Pours out an inky jet black hue, with a quick splash of loose creamy mocha head that settles to a thin cap.

Aroma of roasty grains, tiramisu, molasses, wood and alcohol, black currants and black cherry skins, and semi-sweet chocolate.

Incredibly rich flavour. Alcohol heat starts things out, melding into soft refined cocoa and cafe au lait, dates and brandied raisins in the middle, black currants, finishing with grainy roasty malt, spicy, herbal hops, and an extra boost of alcohol warmth.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth texture, low carbonation, with constant alcohol heat.

Here's a barrel aged RIS to cure what ails you, especially if you need to warm up from the inside on a chilly evening. Very refined, except for the assertive alcohol heat, which in the end doesn't really detract from it overall. Worth picking up, and worth stocking up on if you can afford it.

IronDjinn, May 30, 2012
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Barrel Full Of Monkeys Imperial Stout from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.