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Bourbon Barrel Dark Ale (Winter Migration) 2014 | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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4.28/5
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12 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
evolutioncraftbrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
12
pDev:
5.37%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of BcOneSeven
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany body that grows a nice 3-4 fingers of head on a mildly vigorous pour. (2 fingers on a moderate second pour, both cases a deep tan to just plain brown). Beer seems black in the glass, and the head doesn't flame out after that initial flame.

Nose is molasses, dark brown sugar, little cola; bourbon integrates well. A light chocolate licorice note also shows up. Nose might be leaning a little towards a chocolate stout, actually.

Taste follows the nose but isn't as sweet as you'd think from that description. Definitely a fig pudding kind of opening, with reduced dark brown sugar, cola, and chocolate notes as well. Bourbon brings out a dark caramel kind of flavor middle to late taste, finishing with a little woodiness.

Feel is closer to full in body, but the feel is definitely aided by a nice bit of pin pricks from the carbonation to temper the sweeter notes.

Surprising winner of a beer here. I'm guessing it might be a one-off, but I hope they brew it (as well) again.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rydev24
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a teku

A- Black with a huge tan head the fades quickly, coronation is very

S- Dark fruits, cherries, kind of tart, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, notes of coffee.

T- Chocolate, toffee, some bourbon and vanilla, slightly tart cherries, bitter coffee finish.

M- Medium/full body, very high carbonation.

O- Surprisingly balanced, nice complexity. I have tried all the pervious batches and unless Evolution is really going for something different with Belgian style twist, I think they might be having infection issues with this year. With that being said I feel this is still a good beer, I would drink bottles sooner rather than later.

Edit: As I am drinking more of this, the tart flavor a seem to be fading and the bourbon is more intense, but the carbonation is still too high after 2 hours.

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Bourbon Barrel Dark Ale (Winter Migration) 2014 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 12 ratings