Sinkhole Stout
Country Boy Brewing

Sinkhole StoutSinkhole Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,411
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #8,017
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 14.84%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
44
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Country Boy Brewing
 
Kentucky, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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Reviews by ThaneMcC:
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whew! This is a bourbon stout, with significant bourbon influence!

Pours a pitch black with fb of light brown foam head. Smells strongly of bourbon, espresso, leather. Tastes is bourbon notes predominant, vanilla, smoke, sweet malts forward with some coffee notes and that acidic twan as the end note before a residual bourbon and sweet malts aftertaste. Texture is medium to full bodied, fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, good imperial stout with incredibly strong bourbon characteristics. I"m not a big bourbon fan, but overall this was a fairly good sample of this style.

Apr 09, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Country Boys are at it again- flipping the local beer scene upside down as the Sinkhole concoction rears from the bourbon barrels and captivates Bluegrass beer lovers with those bold and boozy nuances, coupled with the taste that the brewery does best- the taste of stout.

As the near-black beer nestles inside the glass, it releases a dainty latte-like creme to coat the surface and to entice the nose with decadence. Roasted sweetness of espresso, dark chocolate, burnt toast and roasted walnuts wrapped in a savory cocoon of brown sugar, toffee and spice cake. Its lavish taste coats the mouth with its malty viscosity and is intent on slowing the session way down.

As the stout warms on the middle palate, its secrets come alive, first with the plethora of caramels, vanilla and cherry-like fruit; turning more vinous and sinister with plum, red grape, port and aged sherry; before settling on the char of oak, nutty and savory worcestershire sauce. A final pep of unmistakable bourbon creeps up with the finish looming.

Full-bodied and highly sweetened, its sweeter stout flavors cast a texture of heavy cream and simmering warmth as the roast begins to recede and the sweeter, savory umami taste and bourbon influence are all content to lay indefinitely on the mouth.

May 08, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stuck around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, and chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, coffee and nuttiness noticeable. The bourbon is there, but it's not overpowering at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good imperial stout, I'd pick this up again in the future.

May 14, 2016
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attendees to Huna Day 2015, take note: This is the barrel-aged imperial stout Country Boy is bringing to the event. Known to locals as Rx Stout, it had to be re-named to travel and be bottled. (Yes, there's bottles coming)

The flavors in previous incarnations have been excellent, but the body was lacking for an imperial stout. The body has taken a turn in the right direction here, creating a thicker, creamier stout with a head that will not quit, even after 30 minutes of nursing a pint. The rich cocoa flavors come through and blend wonderfully with the barrel. Maybe a little age in the bottle will make this even better, but it's top-notch right now.

UPDATE: Above review is for the 2015 release only. The 2016 release is not remotely close to the first release.

Feb 07, 2015
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Magery from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 14, 2015
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 14, 2016
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tharper178 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 15, 2015
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ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 16, 2015
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MidwestBA from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jun 25, 2016
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oldvines from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2016
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 09, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had it bottled yesterday, and the malt profile was nuttier than I recall from rx, with less bourbon. That was also after tasting 10 other beers at a bottle share...

On tap, the bourbon seems slightly more pronounced in aroma, but big chocolate notes play in nicely. Lots of caramel and vanilla, as well.

Flavor is sweet and rich, with chocolate and bourbon dominance initially, fading to light dry roasted malt and oak at the finish. It's a touch hollow in the middle, but some nutty notes do surface. More specialty malt character might help. Lacks the dark fruit notes and depth the rx had. This should age well, and perhaps blend better.

May 04, 2015
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shirtless_mike from Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

May 07, 2016
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heysuz from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 16, 2016
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 29, 2016
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jun 05, 2015
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Poured from a bottle into a Founders tulip. Very dark pour (nearly black) with an impressive amount of carbonation for a barrel-aged beer. A rough pour produces a respectable crown of dingy brown foam that actually lingers around for a while. When I first opened the bottle I got a big dose of dark fruit and fusel alcohol. Once it's in the glass, I get more roasted malt, dark chocolate, toasted oak, and sweet cake-like notes.

Full body with a firm feel and a somewhat complex flavor. I get lots of port wine flavor in this one. It mingles with the roasted malt up front, prevents the barrel character from blossoming at mid-palate, and carries through the finish.

I was hoping for something a little sweeter and richer than this. The barrel-aged beers that appeal to me the most are the ones that somehow avoid the dark fruit flavors that seem to permeate some of these animals and instead feature full-blown flavor extravaganzas of dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, toasted coconut, and of course, bourbon. I didn't get this from Sinkhole Stout. I did enjoy this beer (and BAs who dig lots of port-wine flavor in their stouts will love it), but the tremendous dark fruit presence gives me the impression that it's simply a nice big stout that they aged in bourbon barrels. Let's face it - some of the best barrel-aged beers are based on recipes that are constructed solely with that purpose in mind. BCBS, for example, is by all accounts a very unpalatable beer before it goes into the barrels. When it comes out, it's freaking magic. The more these barrel-aged beers appear on the shelves, the more brewers are going to have to put this kind of thought and planning into it if they want their offering to stand out from the crowd.

Mar 22, 2016
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Oct 12, 2016
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tripledbrew from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 11, 2016
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 05, 2015
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ductape28 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2015
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Jlang2012 from South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aweful

Sep 29, 2016
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fredmugs from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 22, 2015
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HarriAle from Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 20, 2015
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TastyAdventure from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very strong oak flavor, if that was a little more tamed, this would be the perfect imperial stout.

Oct 18, 2015
Sinkhole Stout from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 44 ratings