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:
#1,716
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
80
pDev:
6.47%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dactrius
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can dated 2/1/2018

A: Very dark with 1-2 finger mocha head. Lasting retention and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted barley, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

T: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, and bourbon. Everything you would expect from a quality BA imperial stout.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. Nice creamy texture and some heat but not unexpected for the ABV.

O: Outstanding BA stout.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rkarimi
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau BA glass.

Look is complete black with a thin tan head.

Aroma is roasty imperial stout with a little vanilla and whiskey at the end.

Taste is an incredible imperial stout with a little astrigent alcohol at the end and a lot of bourbon throughout.

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, foreboding black; head production is solid, retention is nice, and lacing is excellent.

Aroma is classic BBA imperial stout: bourbon and oak, chocolate, vanilla, booze, and roasted barley. Red grape-like port notes.

Flavor is exactly what you'd expect and desire: thick notes of chocolate, cream, and plenty of bourbon. Smooth, thick, and rich.

Hot on the palate, but not excessively so for a brew nearly reaching 12% ABV. Thick and creamy.

A damn good BBA imperial stout.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half finger of fizzy caramel bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma is butter, barrel, bourbon, caramel, molasses, and roasted and toasted malts. Flavor profile is further notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, and roasted and toasted malts. There is a bit of bourbon and charred barrel in the back, but not much. Mouth feel is medium-thin, and otherwise fizzy and semi-harsh. Overall, the lack of smoothness keeps this from being slippery. Otherwise, the aroma and flavor are both great examples of a barrel aged imperial stout. It has a nice heartiness despite being somewhat thin.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of markjknowles
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty yummy. I drank a Lost Abbey Bat out of Hell last night so I'm definitely tasting this in it's shadow. That was , for me, a hard 5. So this not being quite to that level still makes it one of the best stouts I've tasted. For 12% ABV it sure is smooth. That went down way too fast. Mild Imperial stout base that really showcases what barrel aging does. The bourbon is so in the forefront. I could drink his until I fall over. I wish I had bought two!

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is not a good take on a barrel aged stout. Very bland in flavor and watery and super thin. The bourbon is there but difficult to fully enjoy.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | 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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Love Shadow from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 80 ratings