Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee AgedDark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of blankust
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into Delirium Tremens snifter

Appearance: Very Dark, thinnish head for style
Aroma: Coffee and Chocolate
Flavor: Day old coffee flavor dominates, muted bitter chocolate, smooth mouth feel, hides alcohol content well, finishes sweet, not overly balanced.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. A few wisps on the surface. Chunky collar.

Smell - Raw coffee flavor. Very green and almost peppery. Chocolate. But coffee is dominant.

Taste - Extremely sharp coffee flavor. Same raw, green coffee. Still tastes like green peppers. I don't get much barrel out of this. Some chocolate though.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Rough bitter coffee finish.

Overall - Eh. Very average and too much coffee. I have a regular version of this and I hope it doesn't have this offensive coffee flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a wedding snifter.

I remember thoroughly enjoying the normal Dark Hollow, so the addition of chocolate and coffee sounds like a great idea to me. This stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa, coffee, an what seems like a vague hint of roasted malts way in the background. The taste sorta brings in more of the same, but the aforementioned notes are relegated to the very back of the bus whilst the front and middle seats are populated by sour-ish red grape, berry, and mild blood. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. It smells great, but either there's an infection here or the beer just wasn't made all that well, 'cause it tastes pretty bad and comes off as a bit too thin for its own good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Portion of a 750ml bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a thin white-shaded collar.

S: Chocolaty, with a bit of coffee. I also notice slight caramel and roasted qualities.

T: At first, faint chocolate gives way to a vegetal, stale coffee profile. After a couple of sips, it balances out fairly well. The finish has a bit of 'saltiness' that I enjoy somewhat, too. Barrel influences are very subtle here.

M: Rather thin, and not really creamy, either. Still, the sweet/bitter balance is nice.

O: Ramp up the body, use better coffee; and we could really be talking about something kickass here. As it stands, it's a pretty good imperial stout with quite a few glaring flaws.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2

A- pours thick black, no head or lacing.

S- roast, dark fruits, and chocolate.

T- big dark chocolate, dark fruits and some roast.

M- medium body and low carbonation. Low carbonation makes it very drinkable.

O- goo RIS but the barrel aging is non existent for some reason.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black beer, no light penetrates it at all. The head is essentially nonexistent, just a few wisps of tan in the center of the glass.

S: Bittersweet chocolate is the primary aroma coming off this beer. Some burnt malts underneath, and not much more. As it warms the alcohol starts to come out on the back end of the beer as well.

T: Big malty flavor, and some deeply roasted coffee as well. Unlike in the smell, the chocolate doesn't come through until the tail end. The finish brings a lot of malty bitterness, and some alcoholic esters.

M: Thick and syrupy with much in the way of carbonation.

O: A big beer. Hits you in the face with the coffee and chocolate. not a whole lot beyond that profile though. Honestly, I much prefer the regular Dark Hollow, has a lot more nuance and complexity to my palette. A good beer for dessert, though, and a good beer to split.

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Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin black in color. Dark brown or cola like firms a thin, dark colored head. Good retention on what it is there. Light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa and a cheap-woodsy coffee note. Taste is thin for the style. Lots of coffee. Unfortunately it's cheap acidic thin coffee. Dry bakers chocolate. Dark malts. And then there is a slight sourness. Possibly infected? Thin for the style. Lightly acidic. Slightly chalky. Mild bitterness. Meh, not the greatest beer.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle into a clear glass snifter. Best by July 2014 on the cork. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Gorgeous stark black body with 1-finger dark beige head with good retention leaving a soft cap of foam and even some spotty lacing which is amazing for a 10% beer.

S: Bourbon and alcohol are the most prominent aromas with coffee, bitter baker's dark chocolate, and medium crystal malt raisin and date with a hefty amount of roast. A bit harsh on the alcohol side.

T: The flavor is good but is done in by the strength of the coffee in the finish which makes it a little too bitter when thrown on top of the bitter dark chocolate, slightly acrid roast, and high IBU bitterness. There is no hops flavor per se but the bitterness of this brew is a bit much and it catches up to you, which also brings a slightly vinous, grapey, mildly sour and astringent flavor to the finish which doesn't leave the best aftertaste. While this beer has some light to moderate crystal malt sweetness, it is not enough to counter the bitterness. The dark fruitiness in the aroma is lost behind the strong coffee and dark chocolate. There is some light vanilla in the aftertaste along with bourbon burps.

M: Too thin and I think more heft would help to temper the bitterness. Carbonation is on the money though. Reasonably dry but this beer isn't really supposed to be.

O: I think this beer could be improved, but I think the base beer will need to be altered with more medium and high lovibond crystal malts and less black malt. Another approach would be to decrease the coffee exposure time and sweeten the chocolate character somewhat. It just comes off as a harsh beer, even when warmed beyond 60F. I like BMB's beers, and this one needs some toning down and softening.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. best before May 2013.

A: dark brown. tightly bubbled off-white head. retention is good, not great. lacing is spotted. some lacing.

S: dark French roast. some cocoa sweetness. coffee is definitely the dominating aroma here.

T: bitter coffee. bitter dark chocolate. some sweet notes make their way in towards the middle but they are very also very similar to a bitter dark chocolate. finish is plenty of coffee. wish there was some bourbon barrel aging flavors here in addition to the coffee.

M: a rather moderate carbonization. wish it was a bit more mellow. also wish the body was a bit bigger.

D: good, not great, wish some flavors of the barrel aging were more prevalent. also wish the body had some more meat on it. otherwise I enjoy the way the coffee and chocolate interact. both present but not overpowering.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, incredibly intense black beer. The head is blown, towering, and solid. It is a beautiful brew. The smell is of dark chocolate, espresso, and booze. Not much malt gets through the other scents, but it is still a striking aroma. The taste is a little more acrid than I expected, with a bit of dryness and a lot of alcohol warming. Nice, but it could have been better. Very thick and full in body.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, best before May 2013 stamped on the cork. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast, toffee, light clove, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes with chocolate, coffee, and barrel character; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, oak, bourbon, light char, raisin, toffee, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, raisin, brown sugar, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with moderate fruitiness; with a balanced barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged stout. Nice balance and complexity of chocolate, coffee, roast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola with deep brown highlights. Light khaki head with par retention and retention.

S - Super roasty. Dry grains, fresh wood, light raisin, vanilla, soft bourbon, dry cocoa, red wine.

T - Wow, awesome integration and super smooth. Think milkshake meets chocolate stout. Chocolate, vanilla, cake batter, cream, molasses, caramel, butterscotch, bitter cocoa. Soft oak backdrop

M - Smooth, medium body to style.

O - The flavor profile is net sweet, but is still fantastic. Great drinkability at 10%.

P - Pairs excellent with Mallomars; the bitter cocoa and sweet marshmallow is a match made in heaven.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. Close to black in color with a thin sticky head to it. Decent retention and good lacing, but a little thin and light looking for the style.

Aroma has a strong coffee presence to it. Dark, bitter sweet chocolate plays big role as well. It's a pretty nice aroma, but unfortunately the barrel aged flavors are what seems to be missing. Pretty good coffee and chocolate stout aroma though.

The taste brings out more of the oak barrel, but the bourbon flavors are still lacking for a barrel aged beer. The coffee and dark chocolate are both very nice in it though. The coffee in the finish is particularly nice.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall, I really liked the coffee and chocolate stout flavors but was disappointed in the lack of barrel influence. A nice bourbon presence could have really made this an awesome beer. As is, it was still a very solid coffee stout.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Specially thanks to JMW of WVA for the bottle.
Reading through some of the other reviews, had to laugh as I also had major problems with the cork; lots of fight and a little pop.
A-poured a nice dark, mocha brown with a small, khaki head; appears slightly thin, not as thick as I would have expected. Nice lace rings, though don't stick around too long.
S-Heavy notes of cocoa powder, maybe dark chocolate, coffee (obviously), roast malt, but the
of bourbon scent is almost absent.
T-Strong notes of chocolate, fresh ground coffee, roasted malts, hints of oak, slight bitterness and a hint of smooth bourbon providing a little heat on the finish.
M-Again, thin-light feel, smooth, full bodied, very light carbonation and a lingering finish of dry, mocha coffee.
O-Definitely very nice, a light Imperial Stout, a very balanced brew, nothing overhelming or over the top; would love to try this again!

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by an inch of tan foam; the bubbles fade quickly but leave some dots and squiggles behind

Smell: Chocolate prevails, with coffee, vanilla and roasty notes underneath; there is just the slightest hint of Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate dominates the front end, growing slightly minty by mid-palate, with a trace of mint lingering into the aftertaste; in the middle, however, the coffee comes on strong and, when combined with the vanilla and roasty notes in the malt, brings a somewhat acrid, bitter flavor to the finish; the hint of Bourbon in the aroma also appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: The Bourbon is not prominently noted on the label and it certainly is not a prominent influence on the beer; between a Bourbon-dominated beer and one that has subtle influences, I prefer the subtle but this beer would benefit from the Bourbon being a bit more than a hint; still, this is a pretty good beer, even though the coffee is a bit too acrid in the finish

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

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Photo of Hex92
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bourbon, chocolate, coffee it's a pretty good mix. Throw in a good dose of alcohol and you have something even better. The limiting factor on this beer is the carbonation and mouth feel. It was difficult to get any head on the beer. Had to pour it from several inches above the glass to get any head on it. The mouth feel is pretty thin for the type of beer.

As it warmed up I liked it less. Unfortunate, since beers usually taste better as they warm up.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml cork & caged bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Near black colour with a 3/4" chocolate mousse coloured head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass, seems thick and sticky. Head fizzles down to a thick dusting across the surface.
AR: (Milk) Chocolate mostly with only hints of coffee and Bourbon/oak. Not even much roast on this, but some black bread aroma. I'm going to let this warm for the entire length of XTC's Dear God and see if the aromas perk up a bit more.
Pretty much the same. Was hoping for more coffee, Bourbon and vanilla in the nose. I hope they're more lively in the taste. Decent nose, but not as good as I was anticipating.
T: Phew! The flavour is much better than the nose indicates. The (roasted) coffee is one of the first flavours I discern and has a bit of bitterness to it. The chocolate is still there as are dark fruits (raisin, dates, figs), molasses, black bread pudding and a hint of boozy buttery Bourbon near the finish, though not too boozy to throw the harmony of flavours out of sorts. The taste is very enjoyable.
M: Creamy on the palate, low carbonation, a shade thin for a 10% Imperial Stout, but fairly smooth texture.
OV: The flavours make up for the lack of assertive aromas and for the body that's not as chewy as you might expect. It's a solid Stout with good flavours and one that I would have again.

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Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mostly black with dark mahogany at the glass edges. Poured with about a half to full finger of medium tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Fair bit of lacing.

S: Definitely got the coffee first followed by bittersweet chocolate and then oak notes. Was hoping for a stronger bourbon presence but the roasty/chocolate/coffee notes are at the forefront.

T: Very much like the smell in that I thought the bourbon would come through but was mostly roasted, coffee and bitter chocolate. The coffee taste hangs around a bit without leaving a bad aftertaste.

M: Not very viscous but considering the lack of strong bourbon notes, I think the thinness goes well with the rest of the beer. I did get some residual stickiness on the lips but not so much to be a turn-off.

O: For a coffee/chocolate stout, I would say it's definitely a winner. For a bourbon barrel-aged, it leaves a little bit to be desired. Overall, very enjoyable and would definitely have again.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, $12 from Ned's.

Appearance: Dark brown as its poured, but sits completely black and opaque in the glass. Medium brown head retains OK, but quite a bit of nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet with chocolate, almost like a cupcake. NIce cold coffee aroma, not too bitter. Bourbon barely there.

Taste: Very good, balanced flavor. Sweet and bitter. Chocolate and coffee upfront. Not a huge, chewy malt flavor, but good. Some bitterness and bourbon flavor in the end-- much more bourbon taste than flavor.

Mouthfeel: Honestly its a little on the thin side. I think that ups the ability to drink it fast, which isn't good.

Overall: Its quite a good imperial coffee stout, and I may buy it again to share with out of towners, but its not as good as either Wake n Bake or KBS, both of wich are cheaper. The packaging is nice, but I'd rather have a cheaper bottle and cheaper beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: bottle purchased from Blue Mountain, Afton, VA

Took a couple of these babies back to the lodge after visiting the brewery. Served in a Blue Mountain barrel glass, solid black pour, with a large, lasting cap of mocha head, slight streaky lacing. Rich, roasty aroma, dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, charred wood. Coffee was smooth on the palate, good melding of roast and sweetness in the malts, dark chocolate, nice barrel profile, though I didn't pick up too much bourbon, maybe just a subtle hint. Body wasn't quite full, but the mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant, with the higher alcohol level well-hidden. Very nice brew overall. Not a mind-blower, but still a good quality stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

many thanks to my beer club for this gem. what an interesting barrel aged stout. the pour is jet black, midnight, no light in at all. the head is about an inch tall and mocha colored. it fades fast but it easily rejuvenated with a swirl of the glass. it almost smells like it has chili peppers in it, anaheims or pablanos, vegetative and spicy. of course it also smells like a barrel aged stout, with super roasty dark bitter malts, cold drip coffee, and raw dark chocolate. the booze level is curiously absent from the smell. the flavor is also a little vegetable heavy, but not so much peppers anymore. its a funny flavor to have in a beer like this, I have no idea where it comes from, but it somehow doesn't seem out of place. some light vanilla notes, and the coffee is a lot more heavy than the chocolate. maybe a tad out of balance here, but the chocolate is raw and unsweetened, really nice bitterness it adds to the finish, and is the last flavor to be left on the tongue after the swallow. nice mouthfeel, mellow but adequate carbonation and a full body that retains some runny element. dangerously drinkable as the alcohol doesn't really come out very intensely. overall an exceptional beer, in need of a tiny bit of fine tuning, but easily the best thing ive had out of the state of Virginia!

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

A- Settles in the glass with a black body and a foamy tan head.

S- Roasted malts, a slight hint if sweet bourbon, hints of vanilla and oak.

T- Roasted malts come through the most, with a sweet bourbon presence coming through as well. Coffee comes through towards the end and lingers to the finish.

M- Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, some fizz to it.

O- Pretty good flavors, but not huge on flavor. An improvement on the original though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours quite close to black. Minimal head. Light doesn't want to dive through this brew. Very light lace.

S-Coffee grounds and rich chocolate with hints of oak. The aroma could definitely use a bit more strength. The bittersweet (bitter coffee, sweet chocolate) nature of the aroma combined with the oak is nice however.

T-Very close to the nose. Coffee grounds, sweetened coffee, bitter and sweet chocolate notes and a kiss of oaky burn on the back. One must love coffee if they're going to agree with this one.

M-Rather thin for a beer like this. Could use more body. Flatter carbonation. Boozy tingle.

O/D-I personally enjoyed this beer a bunch. It has its low points but overall it is a neat beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, split with my wife, and poured into an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured black as night, but didn't appear that oil-like in terms of pouring viscosity. Slight mocha head that stuck around for a while.

S: Really not that potent... maybe so wet barley with a tinge of roast.

T: Some sweet, candy notes, not much bourbon, but quite good. The candy and barrel-aging washed over the potential "coffee ground" quality that I usually hate (ala. Bell's "Java Stout"). Really tasty.

M: Sweeter and more dessert-like than a lot of coffee brews on the market, a good bit of splotchy lacing, and milk chocolate staining of the palate.

O: Much more in the "Nestle's" realm in terms of chocolate than in the dark, bitter, Dagoba-esque one. Still, this was pretty tasty.

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Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost completly black with dark brown along the edges. There is a smallish tan head that dissipated rather quickl leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Aromas begin quite roasty and coffee forward. Dark roasted maltiness, espresso, dark bitter baker's chocolate. Some light oak and vanilla emerges as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with lots of roasty dark espresso, dark chocolate bitterness and lesser baker's cocoa. The roast is quite intense and really masks most of the sweeter vanilla and bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I expected a bit more chewiness in the finish but the roasted flavors really own the show.

Overall this was a pretty decent beer, the roast is a bit overbearing for my liking but I have definitely had roastier and less drinkable. Could use a bit more barrel induced flavors/sweetness to balance for my preference but worth a go if you come across it.

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