Ground Control - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In October 2014, Ninkasi sent six vials of brewer’s yeast to space aboard a rocket launched from Spaceport America and later, released its first “space beer” in 2015, Ground Control. This year, the beer returns with its sequel—Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control. Brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, this Imperial Stout is fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space, barrel-aged for four months and blended. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control can be found in limited-edition 22-ounce bottles starting April 12, 2016 throughout Ninkasi’s distribution territory.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-29-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,188
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of bigpoppa67
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hman43
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown, not quite black. The head is brown with retention being low.

Smell: Moderate roast and moderate dark fruits, mostly plums, come from the initial aromas. Low amounts of cocoa and bourbon are in the background. There are low nut aromas and a hint of smoke.

Taste: The nuts really come out in the flavor with a high roasted notes as well. The cocoa is moderate in the flavor with some low notes from the bourbon. The dark fruits are in the background with plums being noticeable. There are hints of dried cherries as it warms.

Feel: It has a full body that is a bit creamy and smooth. The bitterness is moderate.

Overall, a complex roasted stout with the nuts and bourbon enhancing the flavor rather than completely dominating the flavor.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like mocha and oak with some molasses and earthy pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like espresso and bitter dark chocolate, with some oak and molasses and earthy pumpernickel. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice imperial stout, but it did not have as much bourbon character as I prefer. The space yeast really made the scent and taste special, but not actually different. The body was weak but the finish was fairly smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Good but not great.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon and chocolate nose, roast and coffee, sharp grapes.

Bitter, chocolate, dark fruit; yields to bourbon; building roast, coffee tones, oak.

Some heat. Smooth.

I can’t taste the space.

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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high light tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of caramelized sugars.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of bourbon and caramelized sugars. There is a bit of associated sweetness, but this is mostly balanced off by flavors of star anise and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness—the kind you get in a dry stout.
O: The taste of this beer has a good balance between the bourbon and star anise. It also does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste. If you don’t like anise, it might not be your cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and syrupy with low head. Smells of rich black soil, toasted oak and vanilla bourbon. A touch sweet on the nose. The flavor is sublime. Mellow dark caramel sugars start off but quickly balances out with a flood of dry bitter cocoa and espresso. A soft floral vanilla lingers at the end and waters your mouth. Maybe just a touch cloying, but very well balanced with a big dry bittering. Overall, this is a fantastic brew. This particular bottle bass been mellowing for nearly a year. Sad I didn't get more.

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Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JandJMD
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of m_hall
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 20 oz bomber into a tulip. Pours solid black, topped by a three finger khaki head. Lacing is good.

Aroma has notes of sweet malts, molasses, dark fruits, and some slight vanilla notes.

Flavors are bittersweet cocoa up front, progressing to dark fruits and licorice, leading to a dry, slightly woody finish.

Mouth-feel is medium-bodied, a touch thinner than expected, slightly oily. The 10% alcohol lends a warmth without being overbearing.

Not a bad stout at all, though lacking in complexity. While not among the elite of the style, it certainly has a good gimmick with the space yeast, though.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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