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Night Fury - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Traxxx | Witch's Hat Brewing Co.

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4.35/5
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198 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
witchshatbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Bourbon Barrel Dragontrax Night Fury

Bourbon barrel aged Night Fury Imperial stout aged on Vanilla beans, Mindo cocoa nibs, coconut and peanut butter.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#819
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
198
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
38
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of rspauldi
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whale - DLD 5/19/2018

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heavier on the peanut than just about any beer I can think of. Nevertheless, exhileratingly delicious and complex. Peanut hits at the front, but yields quickly to sweet chocolate and vanilla, ending on bourbon, oak, and alcohol warmth (not heat; this beer is not "hot" at all) that balances the sweetness. Very thick, very syrupy mouth. Exquisite. One of the best beers I've ever had. (but not for people who don't love peanut and/or sweet stouts).

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Photo of mig100
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Scarily hides the high abv behind layers of smooth, gloopy stout. Peanut butter is very present, but not as a base, rather combines with coconut and bourbon on the finish. Front is more sweet, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, sugary frosting and raisin. Oak present through out. Smooth and thick, but a bit odd with all the peanut but very good

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Photo of cd34
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mein gott - that's a complex, rich, wonderful beer!

I've given the beer plenty of time to warm up - in that time, the nose has opened up to a rich cocoa bomb. Plenty of bourbon in there, and just a hint of vanilla. It's not terribly thick in texture, but the mouth feel is quite rich. The bourbon notes are just a bit spicy - loads of chocolate, vanilla, and peanut butter, very distinct and well-executed. I didn't quite identify the peanut butter until reading the tasting notes, but my palate is garbage, no shocker there. Barrel is faint, but present. The beer finishes sweet, with a bit of bourbon barrel, and quite clean.

Delicious!

It's a personal bias and my own stupid cross to bear, but I never quite expect 12oz bottles to be anything special. This is one of those beers that prove me drastically wrong, and go to show that every brewery should be doing this.

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Stark angry black with a quick to fizzle out burnt mocha blanket.

Smell is creamy peanut butter wafer with a touch of chocolatey gooeyness and some spicy bourbon heat.

Taste is decadently dark chocolate-ribboned peanut butter that almost veers into hazelnut spread, but remains distinctly peanutty. It's not quite Reese's cup, as it's a bit more peanutty than chocolatey before it begins to lean into a sweet heat bourbon glaze with slightly gooey coconut flake frosting. The ABV and bourbon barrel are not shy, bringing a persistent, numbing heat that stings the tongue a bit, giving it a distinct brandy and whiskey-like maturity.

Slick and viscous with a faint but firm fizz, this swallows with a faintly sticky, semi-dry sting of booze.

Helluva beer for Spyro to drink!

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Photo of Rristow
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lot of stuff going on here. Tasted from bottle. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is peanuts, caramel, molasses, cocoa, bourbon. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, peanut butter, molasses, bourbon. Don’t get too much vanilla. Thick and chewy. Excellent.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Pitch Black with a thin head that recedes very quickly. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of peanut butter, molasses, a hint of coconut, tobacco, and bourbon. It tastes of peanut butter, subtle coconut, molasses, licorice, with some bourbon. The feel is medium light, and smooth. A very good offering from Witch’s Hat.

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Photo of fern22
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Masonz223
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Note: 2018 vintage

Smell: Gooey peanut butter fudge brownies. Rich vanilla, light dark fruit. Dark chocolate, toffee, caramelized sugar, coconut frosting. Some espresso notes, oak and dark chocolate malt. There beer smells sweet and decent.

Taste: Right upfront I’m getting a lot of molasses that wasn’t present in the nose. The molasses leads into this gooey peanut butter fudge brownie note in the mid palette. The fudge brownie is drizzled with a light dusting of melted toffee and coconut shavings. As the beer moves into the finish the bourbon barrel let’s it’s self be known which is great because it was non existent on the nose. The finish has some dark chocolate and espresso notes to add a touch of bitterness. That bitterness melts into some big oaky bourbon notes. As the beer goes down it leaves a warmth in the chest that lets me know this is a big beer.

Feel: Full, thick, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. This beer coats all parts of my mouth and tongue.

Overall: The use of adjuncts in this beer is superb. The molasses helps make this beer super thick, chewy and adds to the depth of flavor, well the other adjuncts make this beer super sweet and decadent. All well this going on the barrel presence is never lost. Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peanut butter, vanilla, whipped cream, coconut, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, molasses, flavorings, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peanut butter, vanilla, whipped cream, coconut, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very minimal herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peanut butter, vanilla, whipped cream, coconut, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light molasses/dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, molasses, flavorings, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is insane! Slight sticky spice, chalky roast, oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Minimal warming alcohol for 13.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane BBA flavored imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, molasses, flavorings, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the huge ABV, with the minimally bitter/roasty finish. Super rich base malt complexity; perfect balance of PB, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, and lactose flavorings; perfect barrel integration with no booze/tannins. Pretty much the smoothest imperial stout I've ever had for this ABV. A highly amazing and mind blowing offering.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Night Fury - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Traxxx from Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 198 ratings