Bourbon Barrel Aged Dragonslayer Imperial Stout
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
91
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 16.29%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
14
From:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
91
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Froth is big and dark khaki over a dark, almost black beer. Fine lace forms within a few minutes on a Breckenridge snifter. Each sip leaves a film on the glass.

Light bourbon is in equal measure with piney citrus. Roast follows and yields to chocolate.

Surprisingly hoppy with pine flavors for a Stout. Roasted malt adds strength while warmth reveals chocolate covered coffee beans and light bourbon notes. Roasted bitterness displaces sweetness and light touches of sourness. The finish is mild and lingering.

The full body is chewy with a silky texture and modest carbonation. Alcohol is clearly present, but remarkably well controlled given that it is 12%.

This may be confused with a Black IPA. I enjoyed it during a mini celebration. Thank you Kim and Tom.

Jul 24, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

1.69/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this one in Buffalo this past summer.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2016
Batch 1

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with very good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A milder aroma for sure. Some wood, sweet cream, alcohol and light spices. Pretty lack-luster and not much going on.

TASTE: Pretty lousy. Wood notes with toffee and lots of spicy booze up front before some cheap alcohol, paint thinner and perfume at the finish. Wood, tannins, perfume and spicy alcohol linger on the palate. Cheap booze and wood. Definite diacetyl stuff going on too in the aftertaste as well. This is rather off-putting.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a big burn and finishes a touch drier for the style. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This was awful. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the worst barrel aged stout I’ve ever had. Some of the infected ones may have been worse, but this one doesn’t have that get-out-of-jail-free card. Just horrible, and I’m disappointed I paid $12 for it. The barrel was probably cheap bourbon, as it’s all paint thinner and perfume, while the base stout was probably under-pitched. Diacetyl shows up all too prominently in the aftertaste. All around plain bad. I have definitely had better from these guys, but this one, and the base stout for that matter, are ones to avoid.

Aug 24, 2016
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Vierenner from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Binghamton NY from "Sam the Beer Man" while on a business trip. Interestingly, I tried the non-barrel-aged version in Jun 11, about 5 years before this review and commented that the brewery should consider aging in oak barrels! While better and more interesting than the non-barrel-aged version, it is still not up to par with the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. Also, I believe I'm sensing a burn from the higher alcohol content (or is it the hops?) ... might have been better to leave this one age, and balance, for awhile. Overall a very good beer, however, I feel the brewery should explore ways to bring other flavors into this brew.

Aug 13, 2016
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dragonslayer Imperial Stout from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 14 ratings