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

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #250
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,329
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.1%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
140
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Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla Beans
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 140 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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 monkbrewed
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow wax. 22oz capped bomber into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black and viscous with the smallest dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Thick, oily legs cling to the glass and coat a spotty, sticky lace that sits around. Pretty good.

Nose is booze, fudge, chocolate, mocha and some dark fruit and the slightest touch of sweet soy sauce. Appetizing but rather mellow. Booze flitters in the background but doesn't assault the nose.

Opens chocolate, molasses and sweet vanilla bean and booze. Some fudge and cocoa powder in the middle complemented by a slight touch of mocha bitterness. Raisin, burnt dark fruit and some anise and sweet soy sauce towards the middle and end. Finishes boozy with some ethanol. Still a bit hot. Sticky sweet aftertaste. Tasty!

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down warm, boozy and sticky. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Really good. Just the right body and carbonation.

This one is a touch thin for the flavor and booziness that it carries. That being said, the feel is still spot on and the complexity is just waiting to peak through the alcohol. Worth sitting on for another couple of months but this is certainly already worth a try as is.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Night Fury - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Vanilla from Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 140 ratings