Spaghetti Western - Grappa Barrel-Aged

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,681
Ranked #9,127
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Spaghetti Western - Grappa Barrel-AgedSpaghetti Western - Grappa Barrel-Aged
Notes: Collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales
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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like sweet red grape juice, vinous and brandy-like Grappa, oak, rich chocolate, peppery coffee, sweet toasted malts, caramel, with earthy hop notes. Taste brings intense lingering dark chocolate and dark espresso coffee flavors, slightly tart vinous brandy-like Grappa, oak barrel, some peppery spice, caramel, toasty malts, with earthy piney hops. Smooth medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin black body with a light tan head lacking a lack of body. Doesn't look bad but could be a touch thicker. Even lacing with little stickiness to the glass.

Smell: Grape scent with touch of brown sugar.

Taste: Wine feel which is awkward for an imperial stout. Sweet light molasses and a wood note which comes off catchy to the beer.

Mouth: Sticky brew, touch soft with sticky finish.

Overall: Good brew, might feel like a Merlot but it is definitely not wine. Beer with a twist and the dry mocha feel alone is worth grabbing for life.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought at Liquor Shed. Notes: 30 12 25, must be best by date. Also L 17085.

It pours black, served at room temperature, there is a big billowy head of tan foam. Loads of lacing too.

Big roasted and toasted malt aromas, substantial barrel nose, espresso brings bitterness along with the dark chocolate. Light sweetness going on.

Toasted malt and barrel big up front followed by roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate. Bit of anise peeking through. Some warming and to me, it's a bit hotter than the abv suggests.

Medium bodied up front that thins out in the finish.

Overall, I dig it but not the price.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-opaque ebony tap pour with a wispy tan foam swirl. Aroma is coffee and walnut. Flavors are toasty, malt and wood. There is espresso and significant sweetness too. The booziness is pleasant. The mouthfeel is slick.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is toasted and roasted malts, with an emphasis on the first. Dark chocolate sweetens it up just a touch. Flavor profile is toasted and roasted malts, with oak, dark chocolate, cocoa, and pasta starch filling out the bulk of the flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a semi-velvety texture. It just looses a touch of creaminess to the fizz. Overall, a wonderful stout, but not much oomph for the price. Still, it's well crafted and a tasty endeavour to sample.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap in Zurich. Pours black with surprising amount of carbonation. Nose is nutty and definitely getting some barrel. Taste is slight bitter, but not much at all. Also getting licorice, tobacco, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to light, with almost no alcohol heat. Overall a bit thin, and this makes sense with the lower ABV for a BA stout.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter; bottled on 3/26/2017, best before 12/25/2030. Labeled at 9.7%. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, raisin, date, red grape, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, tobacco, vanilla, and roast/smoke/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and grappa barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, raisin, date, red grape, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, tobacco, vanilla, and roast/smoke/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and light oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, dark fruit, dark bread, smoke, char, tobacco, vanilla, and roast/smoke/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and grappa barrel flavors; with a great roast/charred bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from roast/char bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.7%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and grappa barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Very rich and complex with big cocoa nib/coffee flavors, and nice Grappa barrel presence; without any booze. Not as intense on the barrel as I expected for 6 months aged, but still nice amounts. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of woomThomas
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a clear brown next to the black. The foam is brown with small bubbles. The foam disappears at a leisurely pace, leaving little trace. Deep aromas of espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Also a thin scent of vanilla. Some alcohol odor in the end. The flavors are heavy of roasted malt and dark coffee. Then comes the flavors of dark, sweet chocolate. Also here a hint of some vanilla which is more pronounced in the finish. The aftertaste gives coffee much chocolate sitting in a fancy tag. Full body. Sharp carbonic acid. Round and a little sweetness with less bitterness than expected.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a a thick and dark beer. It's head is a half finger of tank, thick foam. The aroma is sharp, grainy, with a charred and dark fruit skin character. The taste is more malty than expected, and slightly sweet. Bitterness is of medium intensity, and the finish is fairly abrupt. Medium-full in body. Good.

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Photo of interzen
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass - No. 0914/1092

Look: Dark and opaque with a big, fairly dense tan head with quite phenomenal staying power. Quite a bit of lacing left behind.

Smell: Plenty of dark, roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, chocolate and a multitude of other smells that you'd associated with a good quality imperial stout. Being aged in grappa barrels you'd expect something grape-y but nothing like that was detectable. Whilst the smell won't knock your socks off there's a definite of richness to it.

Taste: The effect of the grappa barrels is a bit more evident here - not a massive amount, but it's definitely there: a sort of hint of grapes hiding amongst the malt and chocolate flavours. Interestingly, the grappa helps to make the coffee flavours a bit more apparent - no idea why this is, but there you go.

Feel: Much like the 'regular' Spaghetti Western, and a lot like imperial stouts in general - very full and rich with plenty of flavours to keep things interesting.

Overall: If I'm being brutally honest, I really don't 'get' the craze for barrel aging beers but then that's probably just me. Whilst this is a pretty nice drink on its own, the barrel-aging process hasn't really given it anything over and above it's unaged sibling. Spaghetti Western is an absolute cracker of a stout, but limited or not the grappa barrel edition has a big 'because we could' thing going for it. Try it if you can get hold of it, but if you like Spaghetti Western it's not worth a special hunt.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bringing the old world and new world closer together, a beer was created. But not just any beer, but a beer that celebrates the spaghetti culture of Italy and the anything goes culture of American craft beer. But in this coffee-infuesed, cocoa-laden stout, the tide turns to Italy further by the long slumber that the beer stout takes inside those distinctive grappa barrels.

Impressive darkness overtakes the snifter as an onyx-black sheen billows to topple the rim. Extreme roasted character draws the nose close with its smoky char and carbonized sugars. Its brazen malty taste is layered with over-cooked caramel, cocoa and intense turkish coffee.

Composed of both creamy and dry taste and texture, the stout engulfs the mouth with its burnt malt taste, leaving trickles of spent espresso grounds, sheer bitter cocoa and burnt toast in its wake. As the sweetness retreats rather quickly, the complexity of oak, winey booze and fruity spice keep the complexity building with the finish looming.

Its explosion of carbonation lifts the full-bodied ale and attempts to lighten its massive viscosity. But that carbonic bite that it brings seems to highlight the beer's more acrid and ashy taste and astringent texture. Roast-derived tannins and a powdery oak pepperiness pang away on the palate as the finish of brandy spice is obviously not meant for the faint or timid.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge amount of cocoa and roasted malts. Lots of charred goodness. A fair amount of bitterness sets in late, but not overpowering. Much thinner than I would like, but not too bad I guess. Silky almost. Barrel adds a nice layer that the base didn't have. I'm digging this. Just really well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i never expected this beer to be so dark, but how cool is this little diddy? a starchy inky black high gravity brew aged in grappa barrels, weird and delicious. its jest black with a dark mocha colored head and the nose is burnt sugar, charred malt, hotly boozy grappa, and oak. the starchy texture is interesting, and while i never had the base beer, i can imagine it being even more prominent in that, since the grappa sort of cuts it like a surgical tool here, sharp as it is. the malt is real dark, tastes a little burnt but really isnt all that bitter. the yeast is strange too, and the beer has some sweetness leftover. i definitely get the grape from the grappa too, but the texture is so thin and yet still jiggly, its kind of odd really. booze shows more as it warms, and the texture even though its not that thick still coats the teeth and tongue pretty hard. never had a beer like this, and while it was rad to have, im not sure i liked it enough to ever buy another one. id still like to try the base beer though.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 60 ratings