8th Anniversary Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Pecan Cookie Stout
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.74%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
70
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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Notes: This is our 8th anniversary pecan cookie stout aged in maple bourbon barrels for 12 months with roasted pecans, winter spices and vanilla. Luscious flavors of maple and pecan cascade over the palate accompanied by layers of chocolate, oak and subtle spice.
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Photo of larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you TimG_0913 for this
22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Chocolate, dark fruits, some bourbon, some spice, hints of vanilla and coffee pecans.

T- Chocolate, winter spices, some vanilla, some bourbon, caramel, some pecans.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A tasty big stout, easy to drink.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Mar 29, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black a thin mocha head, well almost no head.

The vanilla, pecan and spices are there but balanced. The main thing in this one is the chocolate character.

The mouthfeel is greatly smooth.

Very nice one with more than a year in the bottle

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Photo of TheGent
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: The beer pours black and opaque. No light coming through whatsoever. Appears viscous pouring from the bottle to the glass. A brown colored, densely packed foam sits a finger high and then settles to a thin layer across the top of the glass with no lacing. As the beer dwindles the edges show burnt sienna. No visible carbonation. With some sustained head retention and lacing I would rate the look higher.

Smell: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, pecan sandie, some vanilla, toasted and slightly charred dark bread. Winter warmer type spices. A candy raspberry covered in intensely dark chocolate. The ABV is noticeable, but it works. There is some sweetness but, overall, the nose leads me to expect a more dry, roasty, toasty and possibly bitter stout. We shall see.

Taste: Interesting. Up front there was a very off putting flavor here. Could be the spices? Something else? My first thought was a metallic and medicinal berry flavor. It was so intense and triggered my palate so hard and unexpectedly that my mind went to something very strong. I no longer feel entirely that way and I’m left trying to figure out what happened. I think the beer is in fact quite dry and toasty and that may have caused my reaction? As I drink the beer, up front there is some chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Mid palate the beer shifts to a more bitter and dry experience with cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some toasty nutty flavors. I’m still getting something medicinal and berry like. I don’t if it’s the spices or what. I think that is my issue here. Shit, OK. I take a second pour from the corked bottle and experience the same thing. Slightly metallic, slight salinity and minerality. I’ll be damned.

Feel: Excellent. Moderate level of carbonation. Smooth. Sticky residual sweetness on my lips.

Overall: This beer has been a roller coaster for me. My initial impression of this beer was bad. I went from thinking I was going to pour this down the drain to moving on. Then I took a second pour from the bottle and decided I could not finish the beer. The aroma delivers on the concept pretty nicely. The flavor does in part too, but overall, is quite offputting for me. These toasty, roasty and bitter notes seem to clash for me with the vanilla and spices and whatever it is I am picking up as berry. And this metallic / mineral flavor is really bad. Quite the disappointing based on my experience with the other Anniversary stouts from Westbrook

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TheGent from New Jersey, Jul 08, 2019
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3.39/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark brown, near black body. Minimal head formation beyond a thin beige ring.

Smell: Vanilla with some chocolaty cocoa, lightly nutty and moderately spiced with a glug of homemade raisin-cherry cordial.

Taste: It's fairly sweet and spicy (though, thankfully not overboard). Then, some bitterish chocolate, roast, coffee and turning towards a hard darkened grain astringency, which isn't helped by the incoming alcohol presence. Tangy dark fruitiness of plum and dark cherry, which, when it joins the vanilla and booze, presents a weird liqueur flavor blended with cherry cola. Finishes sweet, fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Ehh. Started better than it ultimately finished, turning from maltiness, a nascent nuttiness to dark fruit syrup stirred with low-grade cola and booze.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a stemless wine glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Thick dark brown. Slightly dark head with medium bubbles. Head rose high roughly a notch over a finger's length.

Smell: mocha scent which comes off light with vanilla, cinnamon and coffee all up the nostrils.

Taste: Sweet and bitter caramel with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Slightly espresso feel.

Mouth: Full bodied beer with a sweet finish coming off like a salted toffee feel and dose of malts to finish. Medium carbonation and very sticky.

Overall: good beer but a touch too sweet for my taste. I personally recommend it to share. Or keep it for dessert, it's better than cake. Salud.

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Jun 23, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a whiskey tumbler glass, this beer pours out pitch black and thick, like motor oil. It forms a thin, mocha colored crown before noisily dissipating to nothing more than a misty island. 4

The nose carries a boozy, fudge like chocolate backed by a thick, syrupy sweetness. Slight vanilla present with an almost undetectable nutmeg or cinnamon as an accent. Pleasant, but underwhelming. 3.5

The taste brings those spices to the front. Definite cinnamon and nutmeg for me and with more pronunciation than the nose. It still has that somewhat boozy, fudge like chocolate in there. Darker, sweet malts that show some resemblance of dark bread. Caramel notes as an accent along with slightly roasted pecans that would be completely undetected if tasting blindly. Almost a pie crust presence. Vanilla not as much of a major player in the flavor as it is in the mouthfeel, just adding a nice creamy presence. 4

The spices bring a little sting to the tongue before the vanilla can bring that creaminess to smooth it out for the rest of the ride. Finishes dry, like the crust of a pie. Medium-thick body and moderate carbonation that works well with the spices. 4.25

Overall, I would’ve liked for this to bring the pecan presence with more prominence, but I do like the layers it brings and the winter spices were a nice touch to it. 4

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Photo of colts9016
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer through a friend. I am unsure what to think of a pecan cookie stout with winter spices. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. Pouring the beer, it looked like maple syrup coming out of the bottle. The head on the beer is one finger thick. The head is creamy, foamy, and billowy with fair retention. The head dissipated somewhat quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The head is now a thin ring around the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 36 dark brown nearly black and opaque.

The aromas in the beer are dark roasted malts, char, molasses, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty (cannot tell if it is pecans), brown sugar, bready, earthy, chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, grassy, toffee, and caramel.

Loads of cinnamon and nutmeg spices with a touch of ginger is what I taste first. Next, I get toasted sugar, toffee, medium roasted coffee, milk chocolate, nutty, vanilla, pastry, caramel, smokiness, dark roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, bready, earthy, and anise.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

I get the cookie with a nuttiness in the beer. The stout part of the beer is seriously heavy yet velvety. Overall this an excellent beer. As the beer warms up the baking spice start to come alive about 55 to 60 degrees. I am impressed by this stout, well done Westbrook.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a foamy head. Malty smell of molasses. Pretty thin on the mouthfeel, but smooth and bourbon taste which was nice. Good balance with pecans, spiciness, and burnt brown sugar. Limited bitterness.

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npolachek from New York, Feb 24, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and cacao. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and spices. Finish is long and sweet. Nice, dessert brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Feb 11, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, Loosa Brews AL.

Dark brown pour, not too viscous. Settles quickly with a dark ivory head of foam that settles into a thin ring around the beer. No residual lacing.

The nose is very malty off the tap, but as it warms it definitely begins to sweeten. Mildly nutty, with hints of burnt sugar and molasses. Not a ton of cookie vibes on the nose.

The flavors were a really positive surprise here. Not a particularly inviting nose, but the flavors here are intriguing and tasty. Very nutty, roasty bitterness, and a subtle but sweet spiciness and a return of that burnt brown sugar. Pretty balanced, not too much lingering bitterness.

A tad thin, but smooth with a mild boozy warmth going down.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Feb 01, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very dark brown with a thin dark mocha head. Head recedes quickly to a stable ring that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, and spices. Taste is sweet, but less so than expected. Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon dominate the palate. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with very little hint of alcohol.

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rarigney from Washington, Jan 20, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the 4th, 5th, and 6th editions - mysteriously missed the 7th - and of course I've had the first, Mexican Cake (no idea what #2 and 3 were), and I've really enjoyed them all...

So here I am with #8, featuring pecans, vanilla, and whatever "winter spices" are...

Solid black pour into a stout tulip kicks up a few fingers of dark creamy foam... Beer is full-bodied and smooth, with aromatics of pecan, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses... Sweet but not cloying, with just a bit of bitter coffee and roast around the edges... Smooth and soft... Like their other anniversary stout releases, a real hit with me - love the rich pecan and chocolate flavor profile, and appreciate the lush silky body... Real nice drinking...

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Greywulfken from New York, Jan 20, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Viscous and opaque dark brown with a modest tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, and pecans on the nose. The taste followed as expected, with the above flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg added to the mix. Full bodied but not overly sweet. Overall, a very enjoyable stout.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Jan 19, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours near-black with a persistent tan head. The nose is chocolate, vanilla, and a slight savory/salty element. The taste is chocolate, molasses, cherry cola, and nutmeg. Whispers of alcohol and wood. The mouthfeel is medium+. Overall, an enjoyable dessert beer. 4.25/5

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mkh012 from Colorado, Jan 14, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 12/3/18. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku. Enjoyed 1/7/19.

Pours black with a tall cap of khaki head. A full blanket of froth easily springs to life with a quick swirl. The broad belt leaves a few long trails of lace.

Smells of toasted nuts, spices, old coffee and some chocolate malt.

The winter spices are immediately apparent in the flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, dark cocoa, caramel, toasted pecans and slightly over done sugar cookies.

Smooth, creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Dark cocoa-dusted pecans and slightly burnt cookies linger on the palate in the finish.

Another year passed brings another tasty adjunct-laden imperial stout from Westbrook. Pecan Cookie Stout adds spiced pralines to their delightfully roasty anniversary stout base.

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Photo of oberon
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Came a near pitch black with just a slight reddish brown tinge,a creamy half finger deep beige head atop.The aromas were off the charts,roasted pecans,sugar cookie dough,vanilla,sweet chocolate,and a warming cinnamon note lingering.The warming cinnamon flavors really hit upfront than came a nice smooth chocolate and nuttiness to balance out the spicy cinnamon,a little vanilla in the finish.It's sticky and decadent and packed with winter flavors,I could drank five of these even with the size of it.

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oberon from North Carolina, Jan 04, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An extremely enticing aroma of chocolate, malt, pecans, vanilla, and cinnamon.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt (present throughout), a tinge of vanilla, lots of rich, dark chocolate (quite dominant), a good shot of pecans, and a decent bit of cinnamon. This is a powerful, rich, and complex flavor. It really does taste like a cookie. It's a chocolate bomb, but the other ingredients work well together. Delicious.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth, creamy finish. Full-bodied.

O: An exceptionally well done stout. Drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Jan 02, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks pitch black in the glass, topped by a creamy brown head. Great retention, with lots of streaky lacing.
Smells like cinnamon, fudge, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate, tons of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of ginger, and vague nuttiness.
The taste follows the nose. Dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup, and fresh espresso roast upfront, leading into silky baking cocoa, spicy cinnamon, ginger, and sweet vanilla. It's like, actually chocolate ice cream and cookies.
Medium-plus mouthfeel, silky, moderately carbonated, slightly sticky with residual sugars.
An absolutely delicious dessert-style imperial stout. Phenomenal!

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Photo of darktronica
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westbrook has consistently nailed their dessert stout anniversary beers, and this is no different. Not trying to be a gigantic sugarbomb pastry stout with a full, syrupy body, but this instead is still balanced and complex. The pecan comes out as it warms, but I consistently get an excellent butter cookie or shortbread, like a pecan sandie base.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12.3.2018

L - Thick black, creamy, chocolate, 1 finger of tan head and same tan lacing

S - Pecans, nuts, vanilla, brown sugar goodness

T - Like the aroma, lots of vanilla and nuts, and sweet. Cinnamon and chocolate too. Lots going on here, and very tasty

F - Full body and thick

O - An excellent spiced imperial stout with lots of nutty and vanilla flavors that blend together in a tasty fashion

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Dec 24, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours fairly thick and black with a very small amount of copper head. No lacing, but small bubbles ring the edges of the grass.

You smell the bourbon very easily. Nutty toasted pecan notes, sweet dark chocolate. You get some spice, light cinnamon, clove, and maybe a little bit of nutmeg. It's like you put a glass of bourbon next to fresh nutty chocolate chip cookies.

Taste follows the nose pretty note for note. The bourbon comes out first and foremost, especially at colder temperatures. The pecan is very nice and coats the tongue followed by slight chocolate notes, but not too bitter. It stays pretty sweet and there's a very nice burn on the back-end that accents very pleasantly. Cinnamon prevails with a little bit of nutmeg, but on the whole the spice is not super prevalent. It's an accent, mostly. Aftertaste is full of pecan, and it even has a hint of dark cherry or amaretto. Very enjoyable.

Feel is very nice. Very light carbonation leaving it just a bit shy of being syrupy. It coats the mouth pretty nicely and is just slightly sticky on the back of the tongue, but this helps accent the pecan aftertaste.

Overall a very enjoyable dessert stout sipper. ABV isn't too high, but the strong bourbon can overwhelm the other flavors if you drink it a little too fast. Let it warm somewhat and it will really pull out all its aspects. ABV isn't too high. It's just a very enjoyable imperial bordering on dessert but just shy. Highly recommended.

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Gadzook from Georgia, Dec 15, 2018
8th Anniversary Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Pecan Cookie Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 70 ratings