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Barrel-Aged Batch 42 | Tighthead Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Oatmeal Stout aged 3 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.

Added by TMoney2591 on 02-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by GbVDave:
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4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Tighthead 3/16/13.

A: Served an inky, ashy, black with 1 full finger of sticky and creamy foam on top. Retention was great with a thin skim layer hanging around 'till the bitter end.

S: Light bourbon notes mixed with healthy roasted grain, dark chocolate, vanilla/caramel, and chocolate chip bread pudding.

T: See above for reference. Very balanced flavors of bourbon, roast, and chocolate.

M: Served too cold for my liking so it was a tad too thin at first. I let it sit on the bar for a good 20 minutes and it thickened up considerably.

O: I'd been hoping to try this one for a while and was happy that it was on when I stopped by. Very nice 1st time BA from these guys. Hopefully shades of things to come from them.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with a decent amout of tan head.

It has nice notes of vanilla and oak with light roasted malt. The barel aging is evident I the nose.

The stout is comprised of roast, borderline char, and bakers chocolate. The. The booze kicks in. It's a little overdone. Typical bourbon notes, but boozy as hell. Especially for 8%. It drinks more like 12%.

Mouthfeel was thin which contributed to the boozy feel. There wasn't enough body to stand up to it.

Overall, it was decent and a respectable first attempt (from what I understand) at the barrel aging process.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the tap room.

But is it still technically "batch 42" at this point? Different batch number? Ah, screw it, who cares? This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises whiskey, light booze, oak, light roasted malts, light toasted oats, and vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a nice little hint of cocoa for the sake of it. The booziness evident in the smell is much less pronounced on the tongue. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda chewy feel. Overall, a very nice barrel-aged stout, something that gives me high hopes for future barreled endeavors from our boys in Mundelein.

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Barrel-Aged Batch 42 from Tighthead Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.
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