Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas Stout
Begyle Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas StoutBarrel Aged Imperial Pajamas Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #388
Ranked #2,048
4.28 | pDev: 7.94%
Begyle Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas StoutBarrel Aged Imperial Pajamas Stout
Notes: This imperial stout was aged 6 months in Heaven Hill Distilleries bourbon barrels; a combination of Elijah Craig 12 year and Evan Williams.
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on July 10, 2019. Look is dark brown with a tan head and lingering lacing. Notes of dark dried fruit, oak and bourbon. Recommended.

Sep 27, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yet another sample from the bottomless generosity of @FlintB during NBS BIF007. 2017 bottle. 13%ABV

Obsidian black with maaaaybe some browning around the edges, but man that is opaque. Beautiful dark cocoa brown head that dissipates in the time it took me to write the previous sentence, settling into a ring and galaxy swirl.

Smell is incredibly inviting. Elements of dark chocolate and well integrated oak and a hint of cooconut husk... This is extremely my jam.

I mean the last sentiment above is echoes here. This is a beautiful concoction of dark fudge ribbons and dark roast coffee with a bit of nutty character (think the coconut husk from the nose), oak, char, and then an alcohol spice that is unmistakeable but still manages to somehow not feel boozy. The alcohol character does seem to layer/build as I drink down the glass which is a minor nit pick, but otherwise: you KNOW that there's some octane here, but 13% is remarkably well integrated.

It's got a kind of dry/ashy finish, and it kind of cuts off the top of the flavour peaks to a certain extent. Not rounded down, just lopped off, like someone took a giant knife parrallel to the skyline to a mountain top. The alcohol was impressively well hidden initially, but as I work through the glass the burn builds and it becomes more apparent.
Overall this is mighty tasty and I appreciate Brian sending it my way. Thanks!!

Aug 02, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage; drank 2/3/18 @ the Yarchives.

Truncated notes from a group tasting: all oak & mild bourbon flavors up front; faint cream notes on the finish. The booze & barrel dominated a weak base beer, even after only 6 months of aging.

Not worth tracking down.

Feb 20, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2016 edition, had 5/19/17.

Pours near black, oily looking and opaque, with no real head and a little soapy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, toffee, raisins. Smells great. The taste follows the nose pretty well- bourbon, malt, chocolate, caramel, raisins, oak, some vanilla, light molasses. Tastes great. Smooth, a little creamy, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Wonderfully barrel aged- the bourbon is prominent but not overwhelming. Not overly complex, but great flavors and aromas. You definitely want to grab this when it’s released every year.

Feb 09, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle, poured into tulip. Pours a deep and dark brown, with small 1/2 finger head. It quickly leaves with no lacing. The nose is chocolate, vanilla, burnt marshmallow and booze. Taste has similar flavors. Chocolate, molasses, dark pitted fruits, marshmallows, wood and boozy bourbon. For only 6 months in the barrel, this beer has an impressive amount of bourbon flavors. Mostly slick and chewy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid BBA stout. Just a bit pricey at $17/ 22 ounce.

Jan 13, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2017 vintage bottling, listed at 13% on the label. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuts, smoke, char, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of nuts, smoke, char, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, dark/brown bread, nuts, light smoke/dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight chalky roast, oak tannins, and drying. Minimal warming alcohol for 13%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very rich and well rounded oatmeal stout malt complexity. Barrel integration and balance is absolutely perfect; never boozy, tannic, or drying. Nice pleasant fruity yeast notes in the way back. A really amazing offering, and spot on style example.

Dec 09, 2017
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 2019 Update

2017 vintage. Growler from Barrels &Vines.

Pour: dark, dark, dark. Small tan head that ends with a thin ring. Not much lacing this time.

Nose: dark, stone fruit. Caramel, chocolate, dark roasted malt.

Taste: follows the nose with a distinct bourbon burn. But a good burn. Slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Slightly viscous. Fairly clean.

Overall: love it. Balanced, relatively easy to drink.


Nice and dark with a good head. Some lacing for effect. Chocolate, bourbon nose. Similar taste with coffee, booze and slight bitterness. Really creamy mouthfeel; one of my favorite aspects of the beer. No aftertaste but plenty of coffee, chocolate, toasty malt. Overall one of the better BA stouts I’ve tried recently. Would buy again. Curious how it ages.

Dec 03, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a light dusting of brown head that primarily lingers around the edge of the snifter. Appears opaque but relatively thin. Quite sweet on the nose and palate both, with little coffee flavor. This hits all the flavors for a really good s'mores stout, though: roasted malts reminiscent of graham cracker, chocolate from the coffee, vanilla and nougat from the Evan Williams barrels, and just a hint of smoky char from the oak. The Elijah Craig 12-Year is also a relatively sweet bourbon, so the total effect here is a BBA stout without much spice, but with nice woody character from the barrels and vanilla and malty sweetness from the spirits themselves. Very smooth and enjoyable as a dessert sipper.

Nov 24, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2016 vintage printed on the bottle, poured into a Beglye Brewing snifter glass. Enjoyed on 2.5.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and viscous with a firm finger of khaki head, good retention but little lace. The aroma is good, very nice barrel character, plenty of soft oak, mild bourbon, a hint of vanilla bean with big chocolate and rich roasted grain. The flavors are good, rich chocolate, soft oak, strong bourbon, lots of caramel and brown sugar from the barrel with a hint of marshmallow sweetness and as it warms the oak becomes more prominent and brings out a nice earthiness that counterbalances the sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent, medium body that is pretty lively and carbonated that coats well with a warm but gentle finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A good barrel aged stout from Begyle, very rounded and approachable. Not the most complex beer, but it's hard to find a ton of fault as the barrel character is nciely developed and the richness is very enjoyable.

Aug 29, 2017
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours jet black with thin, creamy, tan head that collects around edges.
S- Holy bourbon! Sweet bourbon and malts. Hazelnuts, vanilla and chocolate, black licorice.
T- Taste follows nose. Big bourbon with baking chocolate finish. Vanilla noticeable.
F- Velvety smooth with wonderful bourbon burn.
O- A huge bourbon bomb with nice chatacter. I would like more coffee and bitterness.

May 31, 2017
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Hop_God from California

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: deep espresso to black. Like a black home. Thin brown to caramel head

S: bourbon. Booze. Chocolate. Oak.

T: bourbon. Booze. A bit almost sour fruit. No infected or anything just a bit funky. Oak.

F: creamy. Bitter chocolate. Slight sour finish

O: hard to put my finger on it. I wanna like this more but something sour and artificially sweet about this making it not to enjoyable.

Apr 08, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to MasterSki for this bottle. A really well executed bourbon barrel-aged stout. The nose is strongly of bourbon, but also oak, vanilla and chocolate. Strong and very nice. Flavour is similar and, although there is some heat, it is remarkably smooth. Bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate and some dark berries all blend together really nicely into a single package. The aftertaste contains coffee and roast flavours, which I didn't pick up at first. Full bodied but velvety, with a low carbonation level. Really excellent.

May 21, 2016
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber purchased from the brewery on 12/15, poured into a GI snifter. First sips cold are off putting, you certainly want to wait for this to warm as you do with any beer in this style This one reminds me a lot of CWBBS but CWs price point per bottle / ounce is lower. I give the nod to CWBBS as I think the feel is just a tad thicker.

Dec 28, 2015
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Matonika from California

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: real dark brown with a dark caramel halo. And a fruit fly just landed in it. So I'm looking at that. Smell is awesome. Bourbon smell is really strong lots of molasses notes with vanilla. Taste: bitter Chocoloate bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt caramel Cloves. Feel: velvet smooth no lingering after taste slight acidity, full body thick.

Overall. Great beer I'm digging this one. Definitely would get better with aging.

Feb 07, 2015
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hidden gem opened with family over Christmas festivities at Fountainhead in Ravenswood. Could use 6 months more or so in age and would be sublime. Try it out!

Dec 23, 2014
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SeanBond from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Not a whole lot of complexity, but very good at what it does. A little sweetness with a smooth oatmeal-y finish. Very impressed, and glad I got to pick up a bottle of this stuff before it inevitably becomes another hard-to-find BA beer. Between this and their Barricale Barleywine offering I got to try at FoBaB, these guys clearly can do barrel-aged beers. Nice job!

Dec 11, 2014
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very smooth. Nice bourbon taste, but not hot at all. Lighter flavored stout though well balanced which makes this beer good. Overall smooth good flavored beer.

Dec 04, 2014
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Clutch5 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

perfectly balanced and aged a perfect amount in the Bourbon Barrels. This is quite ridiculous. I could see this becoming the annual waiting line to get it.

Nov 24, 2014
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jtg5678 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Loads of vanilla. VIscous moutfheel without being overly chewy. Oak plays a role but not too dominant in aroma or flavor. Hint of bourbon whiskey on aroma, fades into aforementioned vanilla and cocoa on flavor.

Nov 23, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six ounces served in a snifter at Village Tap.

Jet black, thin ring of tan foam, very little to no lacing. Not really an issue considering the abv and it's impact on head retention. Doesn't look too viscous, sort of thin with a chestnut glint in the light.

Aroma was where it shined, vanilla and toasted marshmallow came though more, though sadly the coffee was muted, which really defined the original beer for me in the first place.

More vanilla and toasted marshmallow in the taste, some astringent oak and light whiskey booziness at first. Bitter dark chocolate and trace coffee from the base. Body is a little bit thin, though overall it holds its own. Pretty enjoyable, though i'd prefer the intense coffee of the original.

Nov 15, 2014
Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas Stout from Begyle Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 105 ratings