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

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #249
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,327
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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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 superspak:
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8800th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2016 vintage. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, brownie batter, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, brownie batter, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, roast, char bitterness; and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, brownie batter, dark bread, coconut, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and super full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is amazing. Mild increasing warmth of 13.5%, with no lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish; amazingly soft/silky feel for the ABV. Insanely rich malt/vanilla complexity, with perfectly balanced barrel presence/integration; mild earthy hops and fruity yeast notes. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier quality style example as expected.

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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