Snakes In A Barrel | West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by KYGunner on 02-09-2013

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 6
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Photo of Nhens0016
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The 2016 version of Snakes in a Barrel served at the barrel room at West Sixth. This beer has a strong smell to it. Chocolate and bourbon up front with a woodiness that comes through. It is a looker also with a dark black appearance with a nice creamy head that dissipates quickly. The taste is just amazing. If you have had the snake eyes, you get the chocolate, roasty malt backbone up front with a dark cherry aftertone that suits this beer well. The barrel aging sets this beer over the top though. You get the vanilla, bourbon, oak on your palate as well as what the snake eyes base beer gave. I received no off flavors at all. I don't really enjoy saying a beer is perfection , but I will say this beer would give the big boys a run for their money. This has that BCBS feel to it with a more roasty malt feel. Now if West Sixth would finally can or bottle this bad boy so I could give it to others and have them try it, the world might be a better place. Definitely the best beer I have had in Lexington and one people should try if given the chance. Great, Great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the barrel-aged version of West Sixth's Snake Eyes Stout; aged in 20 year Pappy barrels.

Thick and viscous in appearance and feel, this poured an opaque black. Thin fleeting head could have been thicker but I think the beer tender wanted to top it off.

The scent is mild with fleeting hints of bourbon and chocolate with a bit of malt. I struggled to find the typical vanilla found in this style but it was there, just in small doses.

I quickly caught chocolate covered oranges on the tongue, though the guy I was with did not. Citrus at the middle overplayed in a chocolatey finish it was slightly surprising. Lost to me was the vanilla or coconut that is typical in this style there was hints of bourbon at the back. The taste was nice but not as varied as some; it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of bilhelm
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brunsojw
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What's a new brewery to do? You got this hyper-strength imperial stout and you live in bourbon country. Like peanut butter and chocolate, stout and Pappy Van Winkle simply belong together. The intangibles of that world-class bourbon transfers to the beer with ease!

Similar to the original "Snake Eyes", the beer pours with a jet-black depth of color but with creamier and more subtle carbonation that gives the beer massive visual weight. A patient release of foam leaves the beer looking like espresso, equipped with a dainty latte-like creme. As the carbonation recedes back into the beer, a steady swirl of the snifter regenerates the froth. The beer obviously prefers brandy-like legging over lace and retention.

Strong aromatics of espresso roast, cocoa powder, and bourbon reside just ahead of burnt toffee, light citrus and cherry scented alcohols. The nose is chocked full of roasted grain, walnut and oak that's further decorated with mild coconut and vanilla. Slight barrel tangy scents hint toward red wine and even brandy as the beer warms.

Heavy roast and charred sweetness pronounces up the early palate. Espresso coffee, cocoa-heavy chocolates and burnt embers allow for a slim smoky taste to emit. Cherry wood, weathered oak, and light sherry provide the barrel contributions with tannins and spice. As the taste of alcohol grows, it brings about bourbon alcohols of vinous grape and tart cherry. Further complexities of citrus, vanilla, coconut, plumb and blackcurrant all gives the beer a highly complex Russian imperial taste that's not overly simplified. If not for the heavy char, the otherwise smoother beer would really meld into the mouth.

Though robust, the beer has a certain dryness even on the early palate. The heavy-handed powdery texture of Pappy is alive in this beer and gives the mouth a cotton-like feel- beautiful in its dryness but it exposes a touch of aggression as well. As the beer extends into finish, it gets drier, roastier, and rougher, hotter, and more powdery- pleasant and interesting if not a little unsettled.

Although the Pappy texture is felt, I get the sense that the bourbon flavor is somewhat generic. But boy has this barrel really dried the beer out. This gives the beer an overall ruggedness that's up to individualized taste on whether its preferred or not.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMFletcher
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version is Weller barrel aged, 13%, served on tap in the Barrel Room. Great appearance, great nose, beautiful head that fades, solid mouthfeel, but there's something a little off on the finish that prohibits perfection, maybe the oakiness of the barrel (which is fading as it ages, according to other reports). Sure wish they bottled this one.

EDIT: 2017 is a capped bottle (not C&C), and is remarkably similar to BCBS in flavors.

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4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tsgooch79
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JKitchen23
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dataylor21
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Snakes In A Barrel from West Sixth Brewing Company
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