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Liquid Confidential (Wine/Sherry Barrel Aged)Liquid Confidential (Wine/Sherry Barrel Aged)

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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Vanz on 02-22-2014

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by KVNBGRY:
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap - Awesome. Classic imperial stout.

Ar - Berry character.. Almost tart, char, chocolate, light vanilla.

T - Subtle heat, feels more like alcohol burn than chili. There's too much char for my liking. The berry character, vanilla and chocolate all blend well. But they're masked by the char and alcohol burn.

M - A touch thin for what I was hoping for. But carbonation level is perfect.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawner
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black, topped by a sizable dark tan head. Very good retention and nice lacing.

Roasty aroma, clearly influenced by the time in the wine barrel. There's a sharp oak edge, and an equally sharp red wine facet. Roasted barley keeps punching through the barrel notes to give impressions of burnt coffee, toast, and extremely dark cacao.

Flavor follows, with just a touch of heat from the chilies. Wine and oak are prominent up front, but not overwhelmingly so. Smooth, rich roasted barley throughout. Sweet, nutty finish.

Silky feel; relatively full bodied, but far from chewy. No alcohol heat until the chest warmth starts to appear.

This is a very good beer, but the chilies are virtually nonexistent, and the wine barrel flavors are uneven.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of sneth019
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Westyn
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a small, quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of sherry. No pepper here, at least in the aroma.

In the taste, the pepper is quite subtle. I get no actual pepper flavor, but a little bit of heat in the finish. The sherry character is pleasant, and provides some nice sweetness, and comboes well with the dark fruit well to provide some sweetness against the fairly bitter, and slightly smoky stout base. Really nice balance here between the sweet and bitter components.

This has a medium bodied feel to it, slightly thin for the style, with a very creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol feel at all.

I wish I could have gotten more pepper flavor out of this one, but even without it, this one was a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pitch black with tan head with red hues. Aroma is cherries, red fruit, sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Very creamy palate. Aftertaste is dry, fruity, sweet, floram and spicy alcohol. Overall: excellent. Sweet and nice.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of foundersfan1
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tertullian007
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Close to perfect appearance - billowing tan head, great retention, laces well, dark brown at edges to black / opaque center. Aroma has a hint of wine sweetness, fruit from the chili, roasty malt. Flavor, again, comes with a sweet wine note and chili fruitiness, finishes roasty (neither chocolate / coffee flavors here, much more straight malt, heavily toasted bread). Chili spice kick is there, pleasantly integrated. Body is supple but substantial. The sweet front end seems more the impression coming from the wine flavors than actual residual sugars.

This is a world class beer. The lack of appreciation for European BA stouts surprises me but, at the end of the day, I benefit in that there are more for me.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nat1975
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ccg
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from its 375ml green-glass bottle into a large snifter.

Look: Black with a finger's width of initial brown foam. Tons of lacing on the glass. Big bubbles. A nearly permanent layer of suds. Great-looking stout. 4.25

Smell: It has that rich Danish chocolate smell that is typical of To Ol's stouts. I'm also getting grain alcohol, semisweet dried fruit, and some kind of slightly sour note that is hard to place. It's unique. 4.0

Taste: Rich semisweet Danish chocolate flavor as well. Also roasty grain and a hint of earthy hops. There is ever so slight of a chili tingle in the background, and it finishes with a noticeable bit of oak and dry wine. It's complex but well balanced. 4.0

Mouthfeel: Nice mouth-coating viscosity. 4.0

Overall: This beer is somehow more than the sum of its parts, which is why my overall score is higher than its Smell or Taste scores. I don't think the smell or flavors are quite on par with, say, Prairie BOMB!, but everything in this beer is interesting, and its components are well balanced. 4.25

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Photo of T-34-85
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patrykfus
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just hit shelves here about a week ago. 12.3% ABV.

A: Viscous jet black pour with a big and dense dark brown head. Great head retention and pretty thick lacing to boot.

S: Lots of dark fruits immediately. Lots of grapes and lots of char. Bitter cocoa and chili powder. Interesting combo.

T: Up front is the big fruitiness of the sherry. Chili pepper kicks in fast. Way more heat in this than the base beer. Nice spiciness with quite a bit of chalky char and some bitter cocoa to go with it. Lingering spiciness in the finish and aftertaste, reminds me of a chipotle powder when the char combines with it. Long, long lingering chili dusty chili powder flavor. No real heat despite the >12% ABV.

M: Heavy but not overly so. Charry and chalky - borderline dry in the finish (from a relative standpoint for a big ABV stout, anyway).

O: Very unique brew. Spicier than the base beer (at least, according to my memory). The fruitiness of the sherry provides another layer of complexity but otherwise it is very similar. Pretty well balanced. Not sure if it's worth the $17 for a 12.7 ounce bottle (yikes) but it was nice to try.

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Photo of moarmare
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Corburk
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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