Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
pFriem Family Brewers

Bourbon Barrel Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
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pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #870
Ranked #2,946
4.23 | pDev: 7.09%
May 14, 2022
Dec 09, 2015
Bourbon Barrel Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Notes: Imperial Stout was invented for Czar Peter the Great. pFriem's barrel aged version soaks an entire year, for roasted malt and cherry notes to make you feel like a monarch yourself!
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4.16 by rfreed from Washington on May 14, 2022
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a very dark, translucent brown, decent khaki head that fades to a ring quickly.
Snot locker gets some chocolate, molasses, coffee, booze and a bit of dark fruit, taste buds get all that too. Seems a bit thin for the style, smooth, creamy texture. I dont think it's a world beater, but it's solid!

May 03, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - black and thick with a nice tan and lacing
Smell - chocolate cherry coconut and bourbon
Taste - coffee chocolate dark cherry and woody barrel

Mar 03, 2022
4.35 by jakecattleco from California on Feb 12, 2022
4.16 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 03, 2021
4.19 by WDJersey from Colorado on Nov 26, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a near black that reveals burgundy hues when held against the light. It's translucent, just obscured by the darkness of the liquid. Head is a finger of khaki tan foam. Aroma is roasty, toasty, earthy, and caramely malts with fig, bourbon, char, and oak behind. Punchy stout up front with some subtle heat and sweetness added to the back. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, caramely, and bready malts - again - with raisins, fig, and bourbon behind. Char is modest, adding a tiny swell of bitterness to counteract the sweet figs and raisins, and the heat from the bourbon. Remarkably smooth. Mouth feel is medium-thick, falling a little shy of landing in the "meal" stout category. Semi-grit throughout that rests on a creamy base. Overall, big time stout with some good barrel character throughout. It's not over the top or offensive, providing a smooth and indulgent experience.

Reviewed from notes.

Nov 13, 2021
4.38 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Oct 05, 2021
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

375ml bottle (crown cap only) served in a sample sized snifter. Dated 11 01 20. Bought it at a Total Wine some unknown amount of time ago.

Pours black with no head. Small to medium amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is berries, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla and booze.

Taste is bourbon-y booze, vanilla oak and anise, strong dark roast coffee flavor, some bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Overall, very good.

Jul 06, 2021
4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on May 27, 2021
4.44 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Pitch black body with a tan collar and surface webbing. Bourbon, baker's chocolate, raisin, oak, and a hint of coffee bean in the nose. Taste adds caramel malt, decent dark cherry, light smoke, and oak enhances as does bourbon. Feel is medium-light bodied, barrel forward, and generally more classical in delivery.

May 07, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

Bottled 11/1/20. Dark, mild head and lacing. Roasty dark malt scents with a warm barrel undercurrent. Taste is roasty with sweetness of chocolate and cherry, the barrel is subtly there. Medium bodied, booze is hidden. Pretty good.

Mar 14, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Pours a pitch black color with a small foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Strong bourbon aroma with roasted malts and cherries. Smooth, creamy, slightly roasty taste with cherries and bourbon. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Feb 19, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Too strong for the framework surrounding it.

Feb 05, 2021
3.25 by UIR1983 from Iowa on Jan 12, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

bottle into glass (also draught in 2021)
2020 version
Fine bubbled, light brown head. Extremely dark brown with the evidence that it's brown, at the edge of glass, quite clear there as well. Dark chocolate, bourbon and maybe a hint of dried bing cherries in the aroma. Subtle nuances during taste, A slight bite from the heavily roasted barley, at start, with flavors of dark roasted grain and a touch of caramelized, nearly burned, malt. Finish trails off with that roast bite lingering to the end. Quite nice.

Jan 10, 2021
4.19 by VashonGuy from Washington on Jan 10, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Bottled 10/31/20. Poured at 50 degrees. Creamy khaki head; some cap retention; solid ring with some soapy lacing; black body with ruby see through; sufficient clarity under light to see chunks of white debris suspended; thick legs on swirl. Whiff of bourbon; roast malt; a little booze on exhale; otherwise, the aromas are faint. Light bourbon, bittersweet dark chocolate and roast malt; oak and some bitter roast malt middle; black licorice as liquid warms; cocoa nibs finish. Smooth soft feel; medium light body; boozy bite on tip of tongue; some face flushing warmth from 11% abv. Good balance between malt and barrel flavors, all of which are subtle and well integrated; very little sweetness; the debris field was unexpected and unappreciated; thin for abv; nevertheless, all in all, a very good tasting non-adjuncty BBA stout.

Jan 03, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

375ml bottle into a goblet. 2020 release.

Looks okay in the glass. Black body. Small tan head shrinks to a ring and faint covering. No lacing.

Boozy vanilla aroma.

On tasting, quite sweet, vanilla notes, warm and strong.

Mouth between medium and strong, finish sweet warm alcohol.

Overall, stout aspect gets pretty lost. Enjoyable enough drink, but nothing special.

Jan 01, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by dunkel_weizen from Oregon

12 month old bottle into a snifter. Head is pale caramel, oddly weak retention, good carbonation. The color is pitch black and opaque as all hell. The smell is distinctly fruity: raisins, lemon, and some smoked oak. Mouthfeel wise it is thick, rich, syrupy, and silky, incredibly luscious. The taste is all mollasses, candied blueberry, caramel, coconut and chocolate cake, strong vanilla and, and some smoked cherries. Decadent indeed.

What a fantastic bourbon imperial. It is among the best I have had, if not the best. Incredible beer for special occasions.

Dec 16, 2020
4.5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Nov 30, 2020
4.86 by Tweedle_Dee from Oregon on Nov 27, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours with a nice bubble show that builds to a two finger beige head floating atop the espresso colored liquid; leggy, with dribbling lace

Smell: Very roasty, with chocolate, black bread, coffee and a hint of Bourbon

Taste: Strong roast flavors, up front, with black bread and chocolate; through the middle, the coffee emerges, along with just a hint of Bourbon; the finish seems slightly burnt

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: The first barrel-aged pFreim that has a mouthfeel up to the ABV; the flavors here are nice though I didn't care for the burnt finish

Thanks, The_Gingerbeard_man, for the opportunity

Oct 04, 2020
4.27 by EMH73 from New York on Sep 26, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEER88 from Washington

This is a solid non-adjunct BA stout! Nothing is over the top or overpowering! Very well balance of roast, dark fruit, and bourbon. Mainly raisins and when it warmed some chocolate showed up. Full body with a slick feel. Solid

Apr 27, 2020
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Mar 31, 2020
4.52 by jmh21 from Minnesota on Mar 15, 2020
4.02 by henrikb from Wisconsin on Mar 04, 2020
3.74 by mig100 from Texas on Feb 17, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

375ml bottle

Pours opaque black, dark tan film for a head.

Smells of cocoa, coffee bean, walnut, pecan, molasses, and licorice.

Flavor is of cocoa, coffee, mesquite, caramel, toffee, pecan, and bourbon.

Full body, tingly carbonation.

Very good stout. Tastes great. Drinks pretty easy for the richness and body. Easy to like.

Jan 27, 2020
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

Pours out an oily brown with a deep coffee colored head, slowly recedes into a murky layer of bubbles. Beautifully ponderous pour
Nose hits hard tobacco and oak notes for me. I'm reminded immediately of these whiskey soaked cigars my uncle used to buy. Also some surprisingly light fruit notes like pear
Taste leads with boozy raisins, the tobacco and oak notes are there as well but much more pleasantly subdued in the taste. deeper fig and prune flavors come in along with heavily roasted malt and subtle chocolate
Mouthfeel is thick but surprisingly crisp. Won't be pounding back a sixer of these anytime soon but it doesn't coat the tongue the way some bigger stouts do and it doesn't fall into the overly thin trap that many barrel aged offerings do, nicely balanced again
Overall this is another wonderfully constructed beer from these folks. Great clean barrel flavors and awesome big stout notes. Top notch

Nov 06, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Coal-black body topped with a thin yet dense and creamy tan head; sticky rings of foam attached to the glass. Rich nose comprised of cocoa and bitter chocolate. Beautiful flavors of cocoa, milk chocolate and a gentle bourbon presence; some grain char; a twinge of bitterness mixed with some dark grain astringency. Heavy, silky body; viscous; residual sugars galore; a tad warm.

This pFriem offering constitutes another stellar offering from the brewery. They remind me somewhat of Denver's River North with how they deftly craft some fine dark beers. The balance of flavors and barrel aging are top-notch. A stellar example of tasteful (and tasty) dark ale barrel aged to perfection.

Nov 01, 2019
4.15 by socon67 from New York on Oct 21, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2015 vintage, bottled 12/14/15. 12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured the expected solid black color with about 1/4 inch of tan head that had great retention and lacing.

As expected, bourbon at the front of the nose, but not so much that it overpowers the base beer. That base beer, had solid malts and the slightest touch of a floral note. Perhaps from hops, or maybe yeast? A slight touch of coffee and roast as well.

Pretty similar on the tongue. The bourbon and beer combine nicely, and there's a touch of wood.

The body was a touch thinner than I prefer in the style, smooth, even, and finished nicely dry.

Drinkability was very good, would certainly drink again.

Overall, a great beer. A must-try if you see it.

Sep 17, 2019
4.31 by fthegiants from California on Jul 06, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Radcpa from Washington

Very dark appearance with minimal bourbon head. Aroma is a nice malt with a bourbon accent. Taste is also a very pleasant malt with a bourbon accent.

May 23, 2019
4.5 by kkazemi from New York on May 11, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a fluffy mocha colored head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like dark fruit and cherry, roasted malt, super roasty coffee, boozy bourbon, and oak.

This has a touch much booziness, but the big dark fruit flavor is lovely here. There's a lot of coffee type flavor, even with no coffee added, and a pretty big oakiness. The bourbon seems to be the carrier and originator of the big booziness here.

This is medium bodied and very creamy, with the feel of a definite slow sipper, as the boozy bitternes lingers a touch.

This has some nice notes, but I'd want a bit of the booziness toned down a touch.

Apr 08, 2019
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