Infinite Sadness - Barrel Aged | Country Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 27
Photo of dannyfayy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice carbonation.
Resinous hops on the nose, blended with some nice roasty and caramel characteristics. With a hint of bourbon.
Tastes like a great Black IPA. Great blend of Roasty and HOps. I just want more barrel characteristics.
Overall a very nice beer. I would NEVER guess its 13%. Very drinkable

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Photo of do_ob
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally bottled! 750 into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown on the pour - reminded me a bit of Coca-Cola or something similar. Absoloutely midnight black in the glass. My pour was fairly gently and produced about 1/2 a finger of bubbly, tan foam which receded down into a dense/spotty lacing after about a minute. Huge aroma on this beer - and very sweet. Definite bourbon notes encompassed by a medley of choclate, caramel, peppermint, brown sugar, and black & red licorice. Just an amazing mixture of smells that blend together so well. Oh wow. I'm not even sure where to being on describing the taste. Incredibly complex, as expected. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, licroice, and even a hint of hops on the aftertaste. Maybe just my imagination. Very good, and surprisingly smooth and drinkable for being a 10+ beer. Like most of CB's other barrel-aged beers, you get all the bourbon flavor without being subject to an outstanding amount of harsh booziness.

Overall, definitely worth the wait. I'd heard this was being bottled a few months ago, and have been looking forward to it ever since. These guys continue to impress me with their barrgel-aging program. Maybe I'm biased, being local to CB, but I've yet to have anything of theirs (especially BA) that left more to be desired. Outstanding, guys.

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Photo of GoTread
4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Simply put, a seriously top-flight beer. Crisp, black IPA with dank, resiny hop flavor, then taken to the next level by resting in a fine Kentucky Bourbon barrel. There's so many pretenders out there who think barrel aging is all it takes to make a good beer. Take notes here. This one deserves your attention.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such malt complexity, sweetness and strength... With such extensive barrel aging... With such gripping alcohol power... This imperial, hoppy, black beast holds onto a surprising hop-forward balance that's unreasonable to expect. But these Country Boys do it anyway!

Dark bark-brown, appearing black through the center, the frothily headed ale is easily mistaken for stout. But with the nose hovering near, a hoppy tale is told instead. Red grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pine waft in the most IPA way imaginable. But with the toasty taste of coffee, char and wood for support, the taste counters with a semi-sweet malty underpinning.

Lavish in its creamy taste and texture, the ale prefers a drier and roasted palate moving forth. With the taste of whipping cream and burnt caramel receding, its the citrusy, tropical and piney hop taste and the roastiness of smoldering embers that join forces and promote a black and bitter finish.

Approaching India pale dryness and porter burnish taste, its finish is semi-dry and reliant as much on tannic oak as it does resinous hop bitterness and coffee-like bitterness to reinforce bite and a remarkable drinkable dryness to keep the ale from confusing with stout, barleywine or strong ale balances. Its gripping bitterness on the gullet returns with waves of citrus and perfumy pine in aftertaste.

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Infinite Sadness - Barrel Aged from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 27 ratings