Bourbon Barrel Night Fury With Vanilla | Witch's Hat Brewing Co.

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Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Runninmixz on 10-21-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 103
Photo of smanson56
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a dark black color into my Teku glass with a dark tan head that last only seconds.
The nose of this beer is exciting with the sweet smell of bourbon and the great vanilla aroma on top of that.
The taste is where this beer to me explodes with a rich flavor from the malts, some chocolate and tobacco there as well. with the great vanilla flavor there with the sweet bourbon in the finish.
The mouth feel is smooth nice and thick the way a great stout should be which allows it to so smoothly go down as you drink it.
This is a great beer which I have been so graciously allowed to enjoy. If you have the chance you should try it. If I have the chance again I surely will.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yellow wax capped 22oz bottle from LambicPentameter (many thanks for this!). 2016 vintage, I believe released early August. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours midnight black with a finger and a half of mocha head. The dense froth settles slowly, leaving some wisps on the surface and a narrow collar that imparts only a few scattered specks of lace.

Smooth, sweet aromas of vanilla ice cream, bourbon, milk chocolate, caramel and wet oak. Such a decadent and welcoming smell that I return often for additional whiffs between sips.

Rich, decadent flavors of semi charred vanilla beans, bourbon, chocolate, seared caramel, a vague piney bitterness, leather and a healthy punch of booze. A delightful blend for sure, with plenty of emphasis given to the vanilla.

Smooth, pillowy, creamy full feel with moderately light carbonation. The delicious finish continues that great mixture of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and caramel.

Excellent work by Witches Hat. This vanilla variant of Night Fury is outstanding. I love the pronounced vanilla perched on a great balance of imperial stout and rich barrel character. Very happy to know someone that was willing to hook me up with this.

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Photo of docoman
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on St. Patrick's Day 2016 on draft and was excellent! I've had this before summer 2015 and thought was pretty good, but like this batch better, more vanilla flavor and less bitter maybe different bourbon barrels this time during aging process? Either way recommend trying might be able to trade for bottles that were also release on St. Patrick's day.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured nicely, thin similar to Dragontrax. The nose is better then D-Trax with some vanilla and charred oak - the vanilla is mild. The taste is similar. A nice beer with mild vanilla and good heat. If you like vanilla bombs like Vanilla Rye and Fundamental O, you'll be let down. This is still a quality brew.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a minisnifter glass. Dark black body, nice one finger offwhite head, fair bit of retention, no lacing, drops eventually into nothingness. Smells of mild vanilla bean, whiskey, oak, chocolate, espresso, caramel. On the sweeter side, no char. The vanilla is restrained, but certainly present. Flavour is similar; mild vanilla bean, dark chocolate, bit of roast, some milk chocolate, fair amount of whiskey and oak. The vanilla is more of a complementary player to the base barrel-aged stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, a bit silky, with a mild raw vanilla bite on the backend. Overall, a tasty imperial stout that could use a little more vanilla, but is otherwise a tasty beverage.

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Photo of monkbrewed
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For an Imperial Stout, this is among the best available in Michigan. Initial impressions, the melding of oak barrel and vanilla are prevalent. As the beer warms, the hops become more noticeable. Seek this out if you can. It's a gem.

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Photo of Runninmixz
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at the Michigan Brewers Guild Festival this summer. This was one of my favorite beers at the festival.

The beer was served an a plastic sample cup.

Thin medium brown colored head.

The appearance of the beer was nearly black.

The nose was and taste were near mirrors of each other. There was lots of oak and vanilla flavor, and I also picked up some nutty characteristics at the back.

The mouthfeel was perfect, medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall an excellent beer and a great surprise from a brewery that I had not yet tried until this day.

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Bourbon Barrel Night Fury With Vanilla from Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
4.41 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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