Crowning Achievement | Barrier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
barrierbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Decicco's & Crown Maple Syrup, Crowning Achievement is an Imperial Stout brewed with Crown bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.

Added by BltByKrmn on 05-10-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,794
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
33
pDev:
5.99%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to cp45 for this 16 oz. can, as I search for the elusive Aslin love. Split with my wife.

The pour is pure pineapple smoothie with a little fuzz on top. Smells like oranges, green hops, grain. Not bad.

Double Dry Hopped Neutrino is thinner than Kate Moss. Tastes like watered down orange juice with a shot of grapefruit juice on top. Rough grain alcohol, citrus, moderate bitterness, & that green wood that seems to infuse most Aslin IPAs. Dry. Very, very dry. Half the can was just fine, thank you.

I remain in this dark, strange place where I don’t understand the appeal of Aslin. I see the high scores, the praise, the ISOs, & think: who did this to my taste buds? Pretty good brew.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle received courtesy of beerloserLI. No date on the bottle as far as I can tell, but given the strength of it, I'm not really worried about it's age.

Poured into a River City imperial glass, this was a blackish shade of brown, with a good sized, mocha colored head. Decent lace.

Roasted, sweet malts giving off notes somewhere between molasses and chocolate, with elements of coffee along for the ride, plus a maple syrup and bourbon scent from the adjunct ingredient. The latter is more mellow than I was expecting, and seems to influence rather than dominate.

Taste is pretty much like the aroma. The bourbon barrel aged maple syrup is like a cloak worn around a stout rather than the sweet booze bomb one might expect from reading the label. The high alcohol content is extremely well hidden. The finish, while sweet, also hints at dry hoppiness, so I'm curious about the IBUs (which are not stated on the label).

The only disappointing thing about this beer is that it's thinner than any beer that could be considered an imperial stout should be. It's not enough to wreck things, but it's quite noticeable.

I want to hit this again while eating waffles or pancakes with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup. I think they'd mutually complement one another. When I get a line on such syrup, I might try to work out a trade for more of this. Thanks, Brian!

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Collab between Barrier and DeCicco & Sons, an imperial stout aged in Crown maple syrup bourbon barrels... No bottling date that I can find, but presumably fresh as it just appeared on the Total Wine shelves this week and Barrier is only about 30 minutes away in Oceanside...

Poured into an over-sized snifter... Black-bodied but doesn't display any heavy viscosity - not uncommon in barrel-aged stouts... Produced a finger of tan foam that slimmed to a wispy collar and some faint haze across the surface... Every sip trails lace motes behind, sliding slowly down the glass... Kicked up really nice aromas of maple and bourbon, complemented by coffee and anise impressions... Flavors bring all of that into play as well, with roasty coffee and dark chocolate malt singed with char, and rounded off with vanilla, anise, and whiskey... Light-feeling, it feels thin and slick on the palate, with a little stick of syrup left behind... Overall, delivers a very fine product - all the elements you'd expect present are in appreciable quantity and quality, from the bourbon to the maple syrup to the imperial stout base... I think it was a $12.99 bottle at Total Wine - well-worth it...

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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a narrow ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors fo dark malts with hints of maple syrup and bourbon towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink as the alcohol is well hidden, but it doesn't have a very good balance between the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

big thanks ton the one and only maddogg for the goandpickituoformebro, very much appreciated. brew.pours w classic stout looks, a bit more of a perky head than I would expect for the style but ok. everything about this beer screams maple syrup. the nose teases before the taste just drives it home. I think barrier would have gotten a lot more traction on this NE if they would'be called it "Midwest brunch" or something clever nodding towards the intense maple over chocolate.

protip - add some smoked malts in on this one and call it greasy breakfast. release it and thank me later. this one could change the game, just missing bacon.

all in all another winer from barrier. barrier is a great brewery in NY but really just feels like a one man show where it 's excellent home brewing taken to a larger scale. f refined a bit barrier could be something really secial. this beer is a great example f what could be to me. keep going barrier, keep going...stay open and stay honest. great stuff to cme, you can feel it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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Crowning Achievement from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 33 ratings