Love Shadow | Brewery Vivant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Added by hansgruber on 10-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,171
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
62
pDev:
6.47%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
13
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Tracker83
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a one finger brown head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, dark frutis and light bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee, dark fruits and light bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a killer BA stout. The flavors are rich and inviting with the bourbon barrel adding a nice light booziness.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got in a trade. Nice coffee black color with a thin head of 1/2 finger.

Rich sappy bourbon aromas with hints of oak, coffee, caramel, chocolate, banana, and faint raisin.

This beer is incredibly delicious. Flavors of hot fudge, hot caramel, bourbon, torched sugar, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, light pepper/coffee, and plum.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with mild but adequate carbonation, and a sappy dryness on the finish.

Overall, an absolutely insane offering. Very very tasty, and perfect on this winter's morning.

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Photo of Jason
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

A massive brew, barrel aging is on point ... very much part of this beer but does not take over at all. A great Imperial Stout, the barrel aging and bourbon character from those barrels elevates this brew. Boozy but not over the top which for an 11.7% brew that is saying a lot. This is a brewery to follow.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 23.31 (Including tax)/four pack of 16 ozers ($ 0.364/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Can dated 080117. Stored in cooler at store, in 42 degree reefer at home, and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Chocolate predominates.
Head – Small (Maximum

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strohme2
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16 oz can into tulip. Just about black with one finger dark brown caramel head. Smells like brownie batter with a touch of vanilla. Tastes like expensive Belgian chocolate, vanilla, charred oak, raisins and just a bit of Belgian funk from the yeast. Mouthfeel is a tad thin but carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of Richter525
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass; 2017 vintage, listed at 11.7%. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, smoke, pepper, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, smoke, pepper, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast bitterness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Mild carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Alcohol is very extremely hidden; a mildly increasing warmth with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light fruity/spicy yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter finish. Quite a big transformation from the base beer. Hardly any Belgian influence noticeable; with perfectly balanced silky/rich malts and bourbon barrel complexity. One of the smoothest tasting stouts of this gravity I have had. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of szmnnl99
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't reviewed a beer in quite some time, not sure why but decided that needs a review by me. This is fantastic. Dark chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Up until now wizArd burial ground was my favorite by these guys but I think I like this a little more. Glad I got 2 cans of this so I can see how this one ages. Well done vivant.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Feldpausch
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jduprey007
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmd88
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tyecko
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Love Shadow from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 62 ratings