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Barrel Aged Sexual ChocolateBarrel Aged Sexual Chocolate

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness 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 some solid barrel aged aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beer of most excellent quality, i adored the base beer, and to have this highly acclaimed barrel aged edition pouring at falling rock this weekend was a special treat. i cant believe how much chocolate is on this thing, i thought that the first time, and maybe something about the barrel brings more of it out. sweeter than what i think of when i imagine pure nibs, more of a milk chocolate thing, possibly gained from the vanilla aspects of the barrel, but now i am just projecting. super thick and rich in look and in mouthfeel, short of sticky, but its not wanting for viscosity. underlying notes of coffee, licorice, and barrel char make it relatively complex, and the alcohol cuts the residual sugar well enough for it to not be a problem for me. smooth and expansive, slippery. no hits of smoke to this, which i often get in this style. definitely a rarity for a colorado beer guy, we dont get foothills stuff out here, so it was wonderful to get to have one. would be interested in trying the bottled version instead of the keg so i can see how it ages, not that it needs any time, its spectacular as it is! one of the more scrumptios uses of chocolate in a beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass and faint hints of wispy bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the nose but has additional notes of vanilla from the oak and hints of molasses-like sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible except for the bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon barrel aging lends a bit of warming to the feel.
O: This is a pleasant stout to sip and savor the aromas and flavors imparted by the bourbon, although it is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In absolutely no fear of the barrel, the Foothill brewers aggressively take on those hallowed but intimidating Kentucky woods with full confidence. The beer that emerges is dripping in that strong bourbon character, but no worried- the Sexual Chocolate stout can handle it.

Espresso-black, velvety and viscous- the stout pours inky and tar-like. As it settles in the glass, a patient rise of mocha-stained creme rises to entice the senses. Its dark and earthy perfume is dense with freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, char and with that unmistakable tingle of fusel bourbon. But even with its whisky-inspired taste looming, the initial palate is awash with scorched toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a vanilla-like silkiness.

The lavishness of the stout unfolds across the middle and slathers the palate with its decadent roasted sweetness. Burnt toast and french-press coffee follow those beautifully burnt sugars, taking the proportions of molasses and sorghum before relaxing and letting the bitter baker's chocolate flavor to command its earthy and bitter attention. With the warmth of booze and the toasted barrels making their mark, the stout embarks on a complex and spicy finish.

Full, lush and creamy- the beer backs away from chewy or massively dense textures of some imperial stouts, but favors a sense of drinkability with the thinning of bourbon and the wood spices offering their own papery, powdery-dry textures to keep the beer sensible yet manly. A long linger of bitter chocolate and bourbon decorate the aftertaste- extending well into the next sip.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours a midnight black color with an inch or so of beige foam on top; leggy lacing is left behind

Smell: Bourbon forward, with the ABV making its presence felt; chocolate, vanilla and woody tones, as well

Taste: As with the aroma, the Bourbon is very strong and dominates the front end, with the chocolate building through the middle; after the swallow, there is some vanilla and oak but the finish is rather boozy (even after 18 months); the hops have mellowed, however, and blend nicely

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: My preference in barrel-aged stouts is for a more subtle Bourbon character so I like to age a beer like this for a while to see how it mellows; based on this experience, my guess is that it might take three or four years to get to the point where I would really enjoy it

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Photo of largadeer
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks.

Clear chocolate brown in the glass, light for an imperial stout; this looks a bit thin. Very little carbonation or head.

It smells great, caramel and sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, almond and toasted oak. Very well integrated bourbon character.

Chocolate comes through stronger on the tongue, matched by notes of sweet bourbon and licorice. It's also rather ashy and smoky. This reminds me of FiftyFifty's Elijah Craig barrel Eclipse, another lighter-bodied imperial stout, but while that beer has just enough viscosity for the style, this is too thin. I am impressed that it has such a great bourbon barrel character without presenting much heat or harshness, but I find myself wanting more body. The finish is tannic, fairly dry with mild astringency. Carbonation is low, but it's fine for the style.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it's somewhat flawed overall; Sexual Chocolate may simply be too thin of a beer for barrel aging.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and dry bitter black chocolate is quite interesting. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some pretty dry and bitter black chocolate notes makes for an interesting drink. Light butterscotch notes could also be detected and I wish more notes of vanilla could be found here. Body is pretty full with a good creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I could see myself having this again.

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had this next to the regular version at the epic stout tasting last weekend. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a reddish ring around the edge when the light hits it. There is a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Just a bit sweet with roasted malt, dark fruit, and some bourbon.

Taste: Much smoother than the regular version. Actually picking up a little chocolate, which is nice. Sweet roast and smooth bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one was better than the regular version, but still underwhelming given my expectations. These beers may be living off of the reputation of past batches.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to fmb115--thanks, Steve. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is very dark with a nice creamy mocha head with a pretty good retention time. The nose is rich with nice amounts of chocolate and vanilla underneath a really fantastic bourbon presence. High-quality barrel-aging hits the spot with nice notes of oak and vanilla plus a smooth elixir. Taste is the same with the smooth bourbon character permeating the beer. This is quite a bit better than the regular Sexual Chocolate and something I will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger of tan head. Very good retention with a bit of lace. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: Cocoa powder with oak and vanilla. It does have a nice amount of bourbon. It is a bit roasty but not overdone. Better than regular SC.

Taste: A huge amount of cocoa powder like regular SC. It does have bourbon and oak but it doesn't blend very well. It seems like it was a bad base beer to barrel age. It shows some vanilla and caramel. Big roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, and creamy. It is a bit warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, the barrel aging improved this beer a bit, but it didn't go to well with the base beer. I wasn't overly impressed with this one. It was alright, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One I can finally scratch off my "want" list.2016 bottle 9.6%ABV per bottle label.Pours jet black into a goblet with a creamy mocha colored head atop that settles into a soapy-like mass.Full on bourbon and chocolate in the nose,this is young and pretty brash.The feel is awesome,creamy and smooth with the right fullness for a beer of this size.Bourbon/vanilla and dark fruit really hit ya up front on the palate with chocolate and molasses finishing up the flavor profile,the roast is quite subdued.Well I have finally had it....and it lives up to billing,smooth and the it's not a bourbon bomb,kick ass!

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. Forget who brought this, but thanks a ton!

Super dark black beer, light fizzy head fades at a medium pace with a bit of lacing.

Nose has light chocolate, lots of oats, dry bready malts, light roasty, caramel, cocoa nibs, some earthy hops, herbal, very light bourbon and light fruit.

Taste is more chocolate but not loaded,light powdered cocoa, light booze, some creamy vanilla and brown sugar, bitter roasty malts and light herbal earthy hops, little bourbon and oak, light minerality, creamy smooth, some bitterness. The bourbon and oak don't power into it as much as I thought, but balance out the big beer well and actually seem to help the chocolate stand out a bit as it rounds off the other flavors more.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied with a luscious feel, light carbonation.

Drink is decent, a bit of booze but not a lot, smooth and creamy, luscious, not too heavy or sticky.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into several sample glasses. 2010 Release. Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with a few of us.

Pours a soulless looking black in the glass, with a thin covering of foamy dark mocha head. This fizzles down pretty readily, leaving back some robust edging around the rim of the glass and thin wisps that sit across the surface. This throws up a frothy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. This has a pretty standard look for most BA Imperial Stouts. The aroma has a rich and sweet smelling core to it of chocolate, molasses, and vanilla, which is surrounded on the edges by some slightly acrid roasted character and notes of sharp burnt oak. This is quite flavorful and even feeling in the nose.

The taste is just about as robust as the aroma was, with a rich blend of chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, some stickier molasses flavor, and a dash of vanilla sweetness. Burnt wood notes, some leftover green hop character, and warmth hang on the edges of the profile and pull together into the finish, where they linger alongside some residual sugars. The mouthfeel is full bodied (but not quite as full as I was expecting considering the depth of the flavors), with a lively feeling carbonation the whole way through. I think that the prickliness of the carbonation and the amount of tannic activity for the barrel is what ultimately leaves this feeling a bit thin. The good news is that after a while, the carbonation does start to relax some, giving this some more presence in the mouth. The alcohol is VERY well hid here. There is just a light sting from the bourbon flavors but that is about it.

I’ve been waiting a while to finally try this one and for the most part, it did not disappoint. That thick mix of chocolate from the base Stout and molasses flavor from the barrel really helped make this something special and I was impressed by the overall integration of the flavors considering that this only spent about 4 months in the barrel. This was really good and a hearty thanks again to Adam for sharing it!

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure on the vintage. Stout-like appearance, black and opaque, with a nice cap of dark brown head that retained as a ringlet, leaving a few streaks on the glass, dabbed with light lacing. Roasty dark malts in the aroma, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. In the taste, good blend of bourbon/vanilla/coconut sweetness and chocolaty/malty roastiness, with neither really taking dominance, lesser notes of coffee, cocoa bitterness, and toasted oak, slight hop presence in the finish. Medium-full body, smooth, not too hot, quite drinkable. I didn't really think this was too distinctive in the world of barrel-aged stouts, but what it was, was a good and tasty beer overall. A major improvement over the rather lack-luster regular version.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint cola brown + crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of dark chocolate sweetness. Light to moderate notes of chocolate malts with moderate to strong flavors of vanilla and oak with lighter flavors of bourbon. Light amounts of bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thick and viscous.

O: Overall not nearly as "hot" as it has been in previous years and much smoother... The bourbon is very complementary rather than dominating. Delicious and definitely worth trying - I would get this year's vintage again.

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared at a local tasting. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma really shows some incredible bourbon flavors to it. I love the bourbon and the notes of vanilla, oak and a little coconut really compliment the beer well. I get a little dark chocolate coming out of the base beer, but the bourbon is the real star of the show.

The taste shows a little more of the dark chocolate character to it throughout the flavors. The barrel aging adds some great bourbon, woody oak and vanilla flavors. Again the bourbon flavors are what really stands out in it for me.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side for the style with higher carbonation. Overall I thought it had some fantastic flavors to it. My only criticism is that the beer seems overshadowed by the bourbon. Luckily the PVW bourbon flavors that dominate are fantastic. Loved it overall, but more for the bourbon flavors than the base beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

last years version in the pappy barrel may very well have been the best beer i had ever drank. this year we have bottled it and its from weller barrels. an outstanding beer still but a tick less then the original. consumed on 08/28/2010.

the pour is a crazy pitch black with a wonderful head of tan on top that sits at about an inch or so before settling back down and leaving a good bit of lcing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is deep roasted malts, loads of cocoa notes, hints of oak and vanilla notes that dominate the aroma. warming brings about even more of a roasted note to it. first sip reveals such a smooth, mellow beer without a bit of hotness or bite to it at all, really just sublime with an amazing drinkability. each sip was as mellow and relaxing as the one before with smooth boubon notes overtaking each and every taste.

overall a stellar beer, one of the best for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to Stakem for generously sharing this among many other great beers last night -enjoyed slightly chilled from a snifter. No numbering on the bottle that I can tell- but it doesn't have 'Bourbon Barrel aged' on it.

The color is opaque black with an atoll of light cream like a marshallow melting in some hot cocoa. The bead is tight and retention is good with better than the regular non barrel aged version as it stayed for a while. A smell that is very bourbon influenced right off with a big woody odor and slight cocoa accent with subtle sweetness in the nose from the malt and the bourbon sweeps back to encapsulate the aromas like a bourbon flavored chocolate chip cookie the scent is sweet with some mild spice and gentle alcohol from the barrel aging. The feel is great it combines some of the smoothnesss of the non barrel aged with some woodiness and malt roastiness w/ a light bitter/astringent barrel tinge. The hop spiciness is mild overall but accentuated by the moderate carbonation and an excellent balanced is achieved.

The quality of bourbon flavor right up front is very good with nice bourbon and malt cohesion. I really like how the bourbon is strong but not so strong to cover or obscure the base stout, it accentuates it well. There is slight cocoa elements with a bitter accent to the light caramel and roasted elements with some sweetness and creamy tinges in the flavor a slight dry woody astringency carries through the mellow cocoa which is slightly bitter and combines with the hop spice in the finish. Overall I was well pleased with the taste as I sipped this over and over it was great to taste side by side with the original since you got the pleasure of tasting how much the barrel aging can add in only a 4 month period of time, it doesn't really need any additional time in the cellar IMO, it is great and I consider this a top notch barrel aged beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this beer. I've been looking forward to trying this.

A: The pour is fairly viscous and black with a substantial tan colored head.

S: Sweet vanilla and chocolate come through as does quite a bit of sweet caramel, oak, and bourbon. The roast is not quite as pronounced as in the regular version and this seems a lot more well rounded.

T: The flavor is quite smooth as well, though maybe not as much as the nose. Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, roast, and bourbon. The bourbon flavor itself as not quite as intense as I would have imagined, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable.

M: The body is maybe a bit thin, which I wasn't expecting from the pour. It's still decent enough, though, and the carbonation is fairly smooth.

D: I think I preferred this to regular version, despite its pitfalls. The nose was really quite nice, and the beer tasted good as well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 09/25/10 notes. Big thanks to Lunch for sharing this one; thanks Paul!. Tried side by side with a bottle of 2010 Sexual Chocolate that was not infected. Review #700!

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one to two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts. Very balanced; one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I have ever smelled.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, alcohol, coffee, light dark fruits, and chocolate. Not as much chocolate in the taste as regular Sexual Chocolate, which I guess is from the bourbon barrels.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Insanely smooth and easy to drink for a barrel aged beer. I thought the body was much thicker than that of the normal Sexual Chocolate.

d - I loved this RIS; I enjoyed every aspect of it a lot. We tried a few great barrel aged stouts (BA Blackout, Ivan the Terrible) and I thought this was by far the best one. I find normal Sexual Chocolate a very good beer and thought this blew it away. Loved everything about it; would love to try again sometime.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

Served alongside Sexual Chocolate 2010.

A: This stout has a black body and it is dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is a thick, beige head that leaves a nice looking sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is excellent, with notes of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol.

T: This is worthy of praise. It is very well-balance and incredibly smooth. There are less chocolate flavors than in the standard version. Perhaps they are muted by the strong bourbon barrel presence. This is a pretty complex beer, with the various flavors melding together beautifully.

M: The feel is thick and creamy. The high alcohol content is masked quite well, except for a warming alcohol note in the finish. Very well done.

D: This is an awesome beer, and one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage drank April 2016.

A - Viscus black body with a finger of mocha head.

S - Dates, molasses, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Soft and well balanced.

T - Molasses, caramel, warm bourbon, toasted bread crust, dry cocoa, and creamy marshmallow

M - Thick, creamy and wonderfully smooth.

O - Delicious. Smooth and well balanced. Loaded with caramel and molasses. Even better as it warms.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. A little bit of transparency. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Starts off with a little soy sauce. Sharp bourbon. Dark chocolate. More bourbon as it warms.

Taste - Bourbon is very sharp up front. Too strong, really. Nutty malts. Dark coffee roasted malts. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Never very heavy, but the barrel makes it pretty boozy.

Overall - A vast improvement over the base, which is a good beer by itself.

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Photo of stakem
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is last years offering enjoyed with Slatetank and Kegatron. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with lighter brown clarity faintly seen around the edge of the glass. The cap appears quite creamy and fluffy dark brown in color. Very good retention for a barrel aged offering. The cap slowly recedes hanging close to the wall of the glass leaving leggy finger-like patterns of lacework sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew is the most amazing feature of this brew. It smells sweet with vanilla, toasty caramel to coconut and chocolate that comes across to me like brownie batter. There is a tangy booze element underneath that mixes with a bit of an herbal hop inclusion. It is smooth and toasty an absolutely beautiful balance and amazing aroma of barrel aged goodness.

The taste is initially primarily barrel aged characteristics of coconut, vanilla, and light woodsy elements. Again the flavor of this brew has a bit of chocolate inclusion that makes for what I think is reminiscent of brownie batter mixed with molasses. Tangy alcohol is evident with a fusel to almost solvent kick that doesnt really seem accented by the spirit that previously held residence inside the barrels. It has a bitter cocoa powder finish along with a crisp citrus hop inclusion that is faint. Lots of roasted grain bitterness included mixed with tangy alcohol made for a real enjoyable treat. The aftertaste is semi sweet chocolate minorly bitter and very enjoyable. This is the type of aftertaste I would expect for the name of this brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. The feel of this brew is quite smooth and super easy drinking leading for a very enjoyable brew straight across the board. There is lots of flavor to take in along with a pleasant roasted quality from the grain that persists throughout. Fantastic stuff here.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the release event, July 16, 2011.

Pure back in the glass with a thin, creamy and cream colored head.

Soft bourbon in the nose. Bourbon is dominant but not abrasive. Also oak and roasty coffee and chocolate.

Like the nose, the flavor is very bourbon forward, although the bourbon is very smooth and gentle and not rough. I wouldn't call this a bourbon bomb even though bourbon is the primary flavor I get from it. I assume that's the effect of the 23 year Pappy barrels. Some other common BA stout flavors like oak, oaky vanilla, roasty dark malt, coffee, etc., but these flavors are all well mannered and don't jump out at me, nor do they greatly impress. Unfortunately these flavors fade into a weird aftertaste of medicine or cleaning fluid or something. Maybe this is due to the intermingling of various flavors on my palette and not just the beer, but no matter how much I drank, or how much water I drank, I still got the weird aftertaste. Sans the aftertaste I'd give this a 3.5 instead of a 3.0.

This is a decent barrel aged stout but it's nothing special really. The bourbon notes are very well integrated and gentle, which is good, but the base beer just doesn't stand out as anything special. When you take a pretty average imperial stout and age it in cool barrels, you still only get a pretty average barrel aged imperial stout. Some people seem to really love any stout with big/good bourbon flavors, but I want a lot more than that from a bourbon barrel stout. If I just want bourbon flavors, I've got plenty of top shelf bourbon in my liquor cabinet. I want a balanced beer with other great and interesting flavors, and aside from some nice vanilla and oak, I'm not really getting that here--it's good but not great.

EDIT: Based on other reviews and feedback from friends, I'm guessing the weird cleaning fluid aftertaste I was getting was more due to what I had been drinking before this beer and not the beer itself. I've raised my ratings a bit accordingly.


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