Big Gruesome (Aged In Bourbon Barrels Over Coffee Beans And Cacao Nibs) | Spring House Brewing Company

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Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 06-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 10
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of orangesol
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the share FooFaa!

A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong peanut butter, chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, oak and light bourbon. The PB is much stronger than normal but the bourbon is too light.

T - Starts off with the nutty peanut butter quickly being joined by the sweet flavors - mainly the chocolate and vanilla as well as some dark fruits - woody oak and very light bourbon burn. Finish is roasty and dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Roasty toasty feel with some mild bitterness. Light booze creeps in as it warms but I expected more with the bumped up ABV and spirit aging.

O - A nice rift on the regular version. I like the bumped up flavors but the bourbon is almost non existent. Not worth the price it's been going for but still pretty good.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 22 OZ. Voodoo Snifter.
A: Dark Brown/ Blackish pour. Not overly thick or dark but not overly thin either. 2 ½ finger tan head.
S: Peanut butter dominated the nose and remains throughout. Very toasty, with coffee, caramel and slight oaky notes coming through.
T: Peanut butter again dominates the flavor even more so than regular gruesome. Coffee notes come through along with a toasty flavor. Oak and bourbon flavors are very light but come through more as the beer warms but still overpowered by other flavors.
M: A little thin for such a big beer but still coats the mouth with great flavors throughout each sip.
O: A more robust version of Big Gruesome which is a great beer on its own. Barrel notes are subtle but other flavors seem more pronounced. Each sip brought out a different element in this flavorful beer and as it warmed more barrel characteristics became apparent. Overall really good beer that is very balanced and really hides the 12.8 ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml waxed and capped bottle, served into a tulip.

A: Deep black body with a moderately sized dark tan/brown colored head. Hangs around for a bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Spot on look for the style.

S: Huge bitter coffee notes, chocolate, peanut butter and a slight bourbon character. The coffee really takes over the nose but the chocolate and peanut butter hang in there.

T: Peanut butter, coffee and chocolate again on the palate. The bourbon is noticeable absent from the taste, though undertones of the barrel do come through as it warms. Considering this spent 12 months in the barrel, I would have expected more of a presence. I think the adjuncts here took over (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

M: Creamy, thick yet dangerously drinkable. The 12.8% ABV certainly helped with this beer in the barrel and really drinks a lot lower than that.

A great first impression from Spring House for their barrel aged stuff. Very unique, plenty of flavors going on here, I just wanted more bourbon out of it personally.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Mersh
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IPAchris
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired from the brewery. Refrigerated for about 30 minutes.

Spring House still doesn't have an appropriate glass for stouts yet, so I poured this into a Stone tasting goblet. (I'm hoping the BRS glass is a stem glass of some kind.) Basic stout appearance, solid black color, topped with an inch of foamy tan head, which retained well and left sheets of lacing on the glass. Seemed over carbonated. Aroma was nice, pretty close to regular BG actually, chocolate, peanut butter, bitter coffee and roasty dark malts. No bourbon notes whatsoever. In the taste, coffee and oak were the dominant factors, cocoa and some boozy heat coming through. Again, there was no bourbon whatsoever in this, and even the peanut butter took a back seat, with the coffee and roastiness taking over almost completely. Kind of disappointing. The peanut did come out a bit more as it got back to room temp, but not by much. Body was pretty comparable to regular BG as well, medium leaning towards full but never completely getting there, pretty smooth mouthfeel but with an expected alcohol burn to it, carbonation a bit higher than I would have expected. Overall, this was decent, but a bit of a let-down, too unbalanced with not enough bourbon coming through (aka none).

I actually prefer the base beer. And I'd imagine that drinking this at any stage other than fresh would be a mistake. But I'm still looking forward to trying the other BRS offerings.

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Photo of BradC
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black color, a nice 2 finger head falls to leave some lacing and a thin tan foam.

Peanut butter takes over in the aroma with a slight coffee aroma and some bourbon notes.

Flavors follow the aroma, peanut butter, some chocolate, I don't pick up not the coffee very much. The bourbon is subdued but starts to come out as it warms.

Pretty light bodied for almost 13%abv and easy drinking.

Overall, a well made BA beer, all the Flavors are there and it's surprising easy to drink. Can't wait to let my other bottle get some age on it.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Big Gruesome (Aged In Bourbon Barrels Over Coffee Beans And Cacao Nibs) from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 84 ratings