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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #6
ABV:
15%
Score:
100
Ranked #143
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 7.74%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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Notes: This 15% Imperial Porter was made with coconut and turbinado sugar then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels for several months. With a classic film reference weaved into the label art, we hope you enjoy this product as much as we did making it. A generous donation will be made to The Raider Project for each bottle sold to thank them for what they do for our Marine Veterans.

2015 = Green Bowling Ball
2016 = Purple Bowling Ball
2017 = Orange Bowling Ball
2018 = Silver Bowling Ball
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4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 2020 Review
2017 vintage from pint growler bottles at Barrels & Vines 18 months or so ago. Poured into a pint tulip glass.

Basically the same review as in the past. This is an incredibly delicious candy bar masquerading as a beer. Appearance is probably the only weak point. Huge coconut, cinnamon, toffee, chocolate, bourbon nose and taste. ABV is well hidden; this one can get you into trouble. Super creamy moist. Still pretty much my favorite beer ever except for the high ABV and, now, taproom only distribution.


June 2018 Update
Had a 2017 vintage from a 16oz growler poured recently at Barrels & Vines.

Very much the same as original review with cinnamon a bit more pronounced, slightly less alcohol but every bit as good as I remember. Maybe even creamier than I recal. A great beer. Have a few more 2017 in the cellar. Can’t wait!
Didn’t get any 2018 as it was taproom only release which wasn’t practical for a SE MI beer lover.


2017 vintage (orange ball).
Pours a dark brown with a small head that took some work. Minimal lacing, low carbonation.

Sweet smell with a delicious aroma I can't place. Maybe toasted coconut (which I don't normally like) with brown sugar. Definite booziness but very smooth nonetheless.

Sweet right at the start but chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, other spices combine with bourbon and oak. One of the more complex and wonderful tastes I've experienced. Maybe a bit on the sweet and boozy side but I love it. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Substantial complexity with low carbonation that suits me just right. Like the taste, it gets better as it warms.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. Definitely a bit sweet but not overdone. The sugar and bourbon alcohol mix perfectly with chocolate, spice, vanilla and cinnamon.

Can't wait to age a bottle and drink another!

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Wolvmar from Michigan, Feb 23, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage with the Purple Bowling Ball on the label, it pours pitch black color with a small tan/mocha colored head that faded faster then normal and left minimal traces of lacing. Nose is full of oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, light soy sauce, dark fruits and chocolate milk. I didn’t detect any coconut but still found this to be very complex and enjoyable to inhale.

Flavor has a lot more dark fruit, toffee and sweetness to it like black cherry soda along with brown sugar and a melted Heath Bar. It almost borders on cloyingly sweet, but that aspect helps hide the 15% ABV. Like the nose I got of barrel or oaky notes, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, light soy sauce, more dark fruits, cocoa powder, candy and chocolate milk. None of the coconut advertised on the bottle, but a dynamic profile that was a lot more balanced than I expected. A tad bit thin, even for a porter, and while it’s overall a very impressive brew it’s too sweet to drink a bomber by yourself as I struggled having it alone. A definite dessert beer to share with a few other beer lovers.

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CHickman from New York, Jan 12, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Perrin No Rules 2018 Imperial BBA Porter, 15% ABV. Pours black with a ring of bubbles. Nose is coconut, chocolate, and brown sugar. Taste is quite sweet brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, and coconut, with no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Dec 29, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle poured into a goblet glass. An opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head. Aroma had sweet coconut, chocolate, caramel, and subtle bourbon. The taste followed. Really bright coconut flavor up front. The barrel was more prominent and really balanced. Sweet coconut and chocolate all the way through. Totally stood up to the hype.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Nov 27, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown/black with two plus fingers mocha head.
Smells of sweet brown sugars, coconut, sweet roasty grains.
Taste follows, sweet, toffee, brown sugar, coconut, nice barrel notes.
Full bodied, smooth, creamy.
Overall an excellent porter, hides the 15% quite well

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4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage; drank 8/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; minimal lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, coconut & oak notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Coconut, oak & milk chocolate flavors up front; vanilla notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Sweet but not cloying; an enjoyable dessert treat.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jun 02, 2019
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3.07/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange ball!
Looks like a big stout- jet black, tan head, not much retention or lace
Smells like dark fruit, rosewater, hard candy, and a bit of chocolate
Tastes like sweet dark rum, maple, a bit of coconut, a bit buttery, hint of chocolate, too sweet for me
Hefty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty damn sticky
If you like drinking creme liqueurs, this would be pretty good. I like drinking beer

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MrOH from Maryland, May 11, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle aged a year. I like some sugar but hate the overly sweet that still seem to score pretty high. This brew was the sweetest thing I've liked. Interesting. Bravo.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Apr 21, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours truly like motor oil with a body as dark as darkness itself and a small brown cap. The frothy foam slowly falls and lacing is sparse with some webs and sheets.

S- The dark roasty grains really shine here with deep cocoa powder, pure roast barley, espresso and char notes. With warmth the barrel and coconut open up quite a bit but in the end the aroma is rather balanced. Toasty coconut, oaky vanilla, smooth bourbon, milk chocolate, slight dried dark fruits, sugar and toffee.

T- This is a big boy. Honestly doesn't drink even close to 15% with the coconut and roasted grains coming out as the main flavors in the brew. Luscious toasted coconut and medium dark chocolate leads into vanilla oak bourbon, dark roast coffee, charred grain, toffee, slight dark dry fruits, toasted nuts, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla bean, fresh toasted woody oak and peppery whiskey.

MF- Massive thickness to this dark oily monster. Slick and sweet syrup with a rich and frothy consistency. Ends warm but this is smooth.

Coconut joins in on a huge amount of roasty grains and a flavorful bourbon barrel. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and coconut monster.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Jan 28, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle

L - 1.5 finger dense hazelnut head atop a pitch black body.

S - caramel, bourbon, coconut, chocolate. Yum.

T - wow. Sweet caramel, coconut candies, drinking chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses. Low bitterness. Moderate-high sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - very sweet, but booze is completely hidden and the coconut makes this a winner.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The look is much the same as any oily slick, pitch black stout. Minimal tan mocha head with lacing like a mother. The nose is CO CO NUT. Fuck I hate coconut, it’s more of a texture thing so the rest isn’t so bad. But that’s definitely all there is on the scent of this one, it covers up any chocolate or coffee that may be lying beneath it cold. The taste is YUUUGE coconut up front which is followed closely by decadent sweet chocolate, light roast coffee, and some lactose. Mouthfeel is decadent, not quite chewy, but nosing right up to it. Overall this is fantastic, they hit the nail on the head and I can appreciate that even if I don’t necessarily like coconut.

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4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I find this beer to be like John Mayer. Is your body a wonderland? I dunno. Great aroma, great taste, but the body... yeah, a work in progress like your little brother that is in his 4th year of undergrads.

I think I’m lifted.

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RaulMondesi from California, Nov 11, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Purple bowling ball (2016 bottle).

A: Very dark brown, nicely opaque, with a thin tan head that fades to a ring along the sides. Low visible carbonation.

S: Big bourbon up front, with less, but still big, oakiness. As the bourbon punch fades the coconut, vanilla, and chocolate malts show up. Roasted malts, cacao, mild char, and dark roasted coffee. Light tobacco as well. Definitely booze-forward, but yet still not a particularly "alcoholic" smell. Really nice here.

T: Chocolate and bourbon, vanilla and coconut. Oak tannins and sweetness, with milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some ethanol burn, drying tobacco, and notes of caramel and milder sorghum. Then more coconut. A mild roast bitterness and milder hop bitterness near the end, but ultimately fails to even come close to balancing the sweetness – chocolate with coconut plus the vanilla swells at the end, but some bourbon sweetness ultimately wins out after the swallow.

O: A nice thick body for a porter, although this seems like a “porter” in name only. The alcohol is quite prevalent, albeit very well-hidden for anything claiming to be 15%. Low carbonation sensation, but seems fitting for this beer.

O: This is quite good. A nice coconut and chocolate and bourbon balance. But it's pretty sweet – and that comes from a guy in Florida used to CCB, Angry Chair, and Cycle stouts. I wish there was just a little more bitterness here – whether from the roast or hops I wouldn’t care. It’s not quite disagreeably cloying, but even splitting the bottle two ways the sweetness is just a little more than I was looking for.

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4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 purple ball. Sweet coconut milk. This is really sweet; probably due to addition of turbinado sugar in addition to the coconut. Slight alcohol burn on the back end. One dimensional pure coconut with a slick mouthfeel that lingers. Very enjoyable.

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Juicer from Illinois, Sep 02, 2018
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought in 16oz bomber

Color: Black as the soul
Smell: Delicious. If this beer was a candle, I'd buy a crate of them. Coconut and vanilla
Taste: Coconut, caramel, vanilla. Bourbon flavor is wonderfully subtle. Sweet. Aftertaste is pleasant. Minimal bitterness

Overall: SMOOOOOOOTH and sweet (with a capital S). Not overly boozy. Easy to pound and crush.
A new favorite.

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drdyel from Michigan, May 26, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange Bowling Ball. Poured into a KBS extended tulip.
Syrupy almost-black body that is steadfast in its presence. Mocha brown head starts strong, tapers down and settles into a good routine with a decent layer that clumps and drifts even moreso along the edges. Some intermittent lacing.

Very sweet off the bat and an almost burnt character. Some nutty/roasty coconut husk, but I'm not really getting any of the meat/*coconut* coconut that I was looking for. Fleeting touches of licorice and almost cinnamon (but like... candy cinnomon. Red hots, not actual cinnamon sticks)drift by. Interestingly I don't feel like there's a lot of the classic PORTER flavours jumping out either... mainly the sugar and some woody/nutty husk. I'm actually pretty underwhelmed by the aroma.

Ah, now that's more what I was looking for. Well, first the two things that jump out right off the bat are that it is very sweet and there's a lot of alcohol. This is definitely 15%. Moving beyond these broad strokes, we focus in and find sweet candied coconut (think mounds bar) with creamy cocoa. Blends into bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel and just a faint hint of mash before committing again to its sugary beginnings.
Finish carries the sugar sweetness but leaves the coconut primarily on the back burner, leaving hints of creamy chocolate and a little bit of coffee and maaaybe char just peeking in at the edges. Final note brings back some of the bourbon mash.

Sticky and coating the mouth with chocolate this has a medium body that is smoothe as silk. Finely effervescent, and even though it tastes big (because it is), it's not harsh and folds in with the rest of the flavours, so while you can tell you're getting walloped, it doesn't taste HOT.

This one was very very high on my radar, so much gratitude extends to @FlintB for sending this along as part of NBS BIF#007. Thanks Brian for spreading the bounty of your home state!

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kemoarps from Washington, Apr 22, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, some lacing left behind

S- big malty nose with caramel & toffee leading the way, along with lots of dark fruity aromas of raisin & fig. Undertones of coconut and brown sugar are definitely noticeable. Not picking up much barrel aroma except some earthy wood

T- huge malty sweetness up front follows the nose, with caramel and sticky toffee leading the way, immediately followed by raisin, fig, date & black cherry. Mid-palate brings out notes of brown sugar, coconut flakes, molasses & caramel candy. The finish adds some light bourbon notes, with oak and vanilla accents, lingers of black cherry

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and chewy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, warming finish

O- a massive beer with all of the adjuncts still coming through. It's impressive that it keeps the sweetness manageable as well, given the abv

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Apr 07, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition, had 1/6/18.

Pours dark, opaque, with no real head and some spotty lacing. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, bourbon, cocoa, coffee, some coconut, light toffee. A light sweet aroma. Smells great. The taste is less roasted malt than the nose, also lighter bourbon, coconut, coffee, chocolate, some oak, light caramel, a solid sweet note. Tastes pretty great, too. Really smooth for the very high ABV, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Great blend of flavors and aromas, the Turbinado sugar and coconut star. Lighter bourbon than I recall from 2016, but only had a taste of that one. This is one you want to try annually, if you get the chance.

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 28, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark cola brown with a thin line around the rim of a head. No activity.

Smell: Heavy and cloying on the nose. Sweet. Let’s of dark chocolate, coconut, bourbon, alcohol, a hint of cinnamon, condensed milk, and more chocolate.

Taste: Much like the nose. Heavy on the palate. Milk chocolate, dates, honey, cola, coconut, a kiss of cinnamon, big smooth bourbon, and a big if smooth alcohol.

Feel: Oily and massive on the palate. One of the biggest beers I have ever had. High alcohol. Very sweet.

Overall: An absolutely ridiculous beer. Something akin to a port. Fun and decadent. Not something I could drink more then once a year.

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BergBeer from Virginia, Mar 07, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers that, upon first sip, totally stopped me in my tracks and had me lean back in the couch and just say - "wow." Delicious beer. Simply delicious.

Not sure of the bottling variations or release date but this Vietnamese Coffee version was picked up in Ohio during Thanksgiving, stored appropriately since and enjoyed three months later. I'm never too concerned with some age on coffee beers as most hit me as being a little to acidic.

Coal-black pour with a thin head that fades quickly to fait wisps of brown bubbles. On par with the normal look of the style.

Aroma seems to have some Turkish coffee or even cardamom going on mixed in the with roasted malt, toasted oak, flaked coconut, semi-sweet chocolate morsels and booze. Let me say this - for a 15% ABV beer the booze is very manageable.

Taste is outrageously good - semi-sweet dark chocolate, dark dark dark ground coffee grounds, kiss of Raisonette and Milk Dud, roasted grains, and bourbon oak. Like a bourbon-dipped, boozy coffee fudge brownie with flaked fucking coconut. Somehow not cloying at all.

Thick, viscous, heavy on the palate - it's a substantial beer that takes up all the space in your mouth but that's not a bad thing. Finishes way too fast. Perfectly balanced lingering sweetness cut by a touch of coffee bitterness. World class.

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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts, Feb 27, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black, leaking to dark mahogany on the edges, and a tan head. HUUUUGE barrel notes up front, then oak and coconut aromas follow.

The barrel is prominent on the taste, but the oak and coconut mellow it a bit. The star of the show, though, is the turbinado sugar, which adds sweetness (duh) to the beer, but also depth and balance that really elevates this.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Feb 22, 2018
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4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purple Bowling Ball, so 2016. Consumed on 2/9/2018.

Jet black beer in a glass, tiny head.

Straight brown sugar on the nose. Almost a milky type sweetness (you will need to try to understand).

Easily the sweetest beer that I have ever consumed.... Tons of sugary sweetness, coconut only adds to it. First thing you get is bitterness. You can taste and also feel the alcohol on the back end.

Sticky sticky spider web sugary mouthfeel. A sugary bomb of a brew.

This beer is not for the faint of the heart.


I like that Perrin makes a contribution to the Raider Project!

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NathanBeets from South Dakota, Feb 10, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purple bowling ball so it must be the 2016 version. This one has been on my once list for a very long time so I am very excited to try it. The smell is very much like German chocolate cake. The sweetness of this beer is something that really grips you right off the bat. Smooth astringent, cordial like alcohol blends nicely with cocoa and chocolate icing. This brew is very cake like throughout. Lots of dark chocolate with hints of black cherry. I would love to try maybe a rye barrel aged version of this.

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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky, Jan 29, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Diabetes in a Bomber, Schedule you dialysis appt. before you drink this. Way, way too sweet, if like myself, you like B.A stouts that pours like 50W motor in January.

If I had to use two words....Pixie Stick

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Rocket88 from Illinois, Jan 26, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: initially very thin when poured, which, strangely, transforms into a thick, luxurious and silky 30-weight. No carbonation or head; nearly flat in appearance. However, for they style of this beer – or rather for what this beer is – I think the addition of a head would be detrimental to its appearance. The beer coats the glass when poured, and recedes slowly down the glass (legs).

Aroma: heavy oak in the nose, sweet smelling. Light bourbon, molasses and raisins.

Flavor: holy shit is this sweet! It’s almost on par with drinking natural maple syrup. This is so sweet, I can’t imagine serving it anytime other than desert. That said, the beer is very good – though no more than a snifter in volume. This beer is sweet and complex like certain types of custard or a sticky bun perhaps. This beer doesn’t yield any cinnamon flavors, but each sip conjures thoughts of cinnamon. Maybe that is where the custard and sticky bun come from. Brown sugar, light molasses, raisins and oak. Light alcohol in the flavor but no heat, although there is a light warmth in the finish. Despite the bourbon barrel aging, this beer more resembles a brandy.

Mouthfeel: nearly perfect. Medium-heavy. Dense enough only to sip. This beer would be a meal to finish.

Overall: this beer exceeded my expectations. It is every bit as sweet as its reviews say, but it works. I’d recommend splitting this beer several ways as it is so sweet, it would be difficult to finish individually. A 22oz bomber could easily be split 4-5 ways without you wanting more.

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