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:
#1,687
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
81
pDev:
6.47%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by CMUbrew:
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Zonian1
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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 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 beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Nice bourbon and sweeter flavors. Great drinkability, just a little on the thinner side.
$26 is a steep price for 4, but they are pints.

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

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

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 teledeluxe
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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 stortore
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of pharmboi89
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Photo of ROBSTARR
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

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Love Shadow from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 81 ratings