Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
SweetWater Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,560
Ranked #7,634
4.08 | pDev: 7.11%
Jun 04, 2022
Aug 10, 2015
Blend from Old Forester, Heaven Hill and Jack barrels.

A supremely rich full-bodied imperial stout laced with subtle notes of chocolate and bourbon from aging over six months in bourbon barrels. Multiple influences upon this robust stout will allow your palate to explore the depths and layers of this very limited release.
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Rated by MikeBethMatthew from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Very good balance. Cannot taste the high alcohol content. Light for a stout. Very much enjoying.
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 13, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Aug 15, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. Very sweet and boozy with chocolate and bourbon flavors.
Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by IRAhopbomb from Georgia

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Nov 15, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by glf60 from Virginia

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by 2GOOFY from California

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jun 07, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Jun 06, 2017
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a very thin, poorly retained tan head that left no lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a little char. Full bodied, viscous mouth feel, minimal carbonation.
Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by WilliamBrasky from North Carolina

May 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the growler via DEPS in at Partytown in Northern KY. This fine stout
pours a rich and oily blackish brown with a modest head of light tan foam
that settles to a thin ring, subtle light layer, and shows subtle light lacing.
Nose of strong bourbon, marshmallow, char, chocolate, woodsy vanilla,
and medium amounts of coffee. Flavors hit the right note with chocolate,
coffee, and light char mingling on waves of bourbon and marshmallow with
black strap molasses and vanilla undertones. Nice mouth feel; full body,
coating, slick, warming, low carbonation, and a slick coating finish with a
warming belly.

Overall this is a bourbon drinkers love with a moderately sweet stout influence.


May 29, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Rick778 from California

Apr 28, 2017
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 7500 ml heavy brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 2017 edition.

A: Black body with short cap of frothy dark beige that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer certain leaves legs though.

S: Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, light coffee, vanilla, and sweet bourbon meld together wonderfully

T: Rumbles over the tastebuds with giant footsteps leaving your palate in its wake. Huge bourbon flavor up front, very sweet like this beer is through and through, meets up against dark chocolate, char, and some nougat-like richness. Finishes with light roast and a bit of coffee. Delicious, definitely a dessert beer all the way. Light alcohol burn but not hot.

M: Lush and full bodied with a layering effect due to lowish carbonation.

O: An outstanding imperial BBA stout. A wide array of flavors and will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth without being cloying. A super surprise!
Apr 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Jraiona from Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A deep brown with a one finger tan head with little retention. Prevalent aroma of bourbon and and a detectable sweetness that when tasted was of molasses. The taste of bourbon, oak, and molasses are center stage and the finish is clean with a lingering sweetness. Overall a very good stout.
Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by bgold86 from New York

Apr 21, 2017
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 131 ratings