Midnight Lightning - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This 2019 Vintage of our American Style Imperial Stout spent 15 months maturing in a blend of Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels. BAML is an experience of delicious and complex dark roasted malt with a viscous body and layered with the beauty of bourbon and oak. Heavy notes of dark chocolate, whiskey, and espresso with subtle notes of vanilla oak and dark fruit. A refined stout for any special occasion and cellarable for up to 5 years.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 39
Photo of MFMB
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2017 bottle. Pours jet black with thin a tan head. Nose is full of Barrel, caramel bourbon notes and rich roasted malts. Taste is good but nothing really sets this appart from your average BA Stout. Notes of caramel, cocoa dark roast coffee and bourbon. Faint notes of vanilla and a slightly astringent oak finish. Pretty boozy all things considered. Thinner on the body than you would like or expect. Good one not a great one.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2017.

Pours opaque near black with a thin beige head that fades away completely leaving no lace. The smell is of cocoa, caramel, pipi tobacco, faint vanilla and bourbon. The taste is of roasted malt, cocoa, faint coffee, vanilla and a sweet bourbon finish. Full texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 Vintage
Bottle Count 2100
Aged 18 months in Woodford Reserve barrels
Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours deep black with a one-finger creamy espresso-like head that retains for a while before settling to a ring and leaving some lacing behind

S- aroma opens with plenty of barrel notes; bourbon, wet oak, vanilla & caramel. Undertones of mocha brownies, dark chocolate, espresso & fig. Lots of alcohol on the back-end

T- opens with big barrel notes, heavy with bourbon, woody oak & vanilla. Mid-palate gives notes of caramel, dark chocolate, fig, raisin and light espresso. The finish is very boozy with a linger of strong bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into a big warming finish

O- extended barrel aging gives this a barrel-heavy flavor profile. At this point, it's really boozy, some aging may mellow it out a bit over time

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Photo of Jayhump
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Me my sister in law and brother in law thourghly injoyed this beer during thanksgiving.. the smell,taste and smoothness blew us away. Will Continue to drink this beer when available in the Sacramento area... if you haven't had a chance to try it you're missing out...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Brad. Dark brown body with a thick, soapy, beige apex. Roast, bourbon, oak. Tannic. Wet wood with a hint of pepper. Prominent whiskey throughout, lingering in the late palate.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pure black with thick 2 finger mocha head, poor retention. Smell is black licorice, dark malt, and oak. Taste is dried fruit, oak, and bourbon. Body is thick enough to stand up to the 13.6% ABV. Yet to be let down by Tioga, keep up the good work!!

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Photo of SierraJosh
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance and aroma show a ton of promise, Bourbon, mild oak, & more bourbon on the taste. A tad too hot for my personal preference, should have laid down til next winter. A good beer just needs time to mellow.

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Midnight Lightning - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 39 ratings