Heavy Boots Of Lead - Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,457
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,547
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 12.68%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
166
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MrOH from Maryland

4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The 2017 Rye Barrel
Pours black with a dense, thick tan head that sticks around for the duration, leaving a ring of lace with each sip
Aroma of oak, licorice, cocoa, and vanilla
Lots of cocoa and spicy rye whiskey notes. Mellow vanilla undertones, a bit of maple syrup and dried cherry as well
Velvety smooth with lower carbonation.
Glad I sat on this one for a couple of years. A nice sipper as a reward for a great day fishing!

May 07, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber at Ma and Pa’s Alton, NY . Not familiar with this Beer but love brewery; love big stouts and...$7.99?? No prob!
Unsure year/version... nothing noted on bottle.
Split into snifters... drank first cold and 2nd glass about an hour later.
Nice looking and nice nose. A bit roasty on taste; thick but a bit bright on carbonation. Good but overall seemed a bit pushy.
Whoa! 2nd glass it all came together. Like two beers. The bite and the bright settled down into a rich more velvety complex brew. Decadent chocolate with subtle hints of dried fruit and licorice. Didn’t notice wood but vanilla was present. Unsure if BA or not... but a great sipper.
This beer really needs to breathe and be enjoyed at room temperature...maybe a bit cellared chill... but I’d suggest as little chill as your preferences would permit.
Really enjoyed this beer. Scores reflect average between the two tastings. Other reviews range higher and considerably lower across different versions. Very pleased with what I bought.

Jul 08, 2018
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flaskman from New York

3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Looks black with a darker that most head that settles down with a 1/4 remaining. Good lacing on the glass. It smells like roasted malts and a little bitter. The first sip was a real eye opener for me. It was much more bitter than I am used to. I cannot tell it it is too coffee forward or over the top with the roasted malts. I love my stouts but am having a tough time with this one. As I work through the glass I can start to taste the honey in the finish and am picking up the rye. Half way through and I can now easily smell the booze and the bitter roast taste is not as overpowering. For anyone trying this beer I would say let it warm and sit for a bit. For me it is just too bitter. I would not purchase again. Update: I drain poured the last 3 inches in the glass. Too bitter.

Jan 27, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—when held up to a bright light the edges of the glass are very dark red. It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that died down, leaving a thick ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts and coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the coffee is more prominent in the initial taste and the finish has additional hints of roasted malts and whiskey from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is rather deceptive and does a good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste—you only get some of the whiskey.

Note: The bottle says “I’m rye whisky barrel-aged with Oregon honey”

Serving type: bottle

Jan 27, 2018
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick dark brown tinted black body with a semi think dark tan head rising a nudge below a finger's length. Lacing sticks to the glass loosely leaving little to no residue.

Smell: Light coffee with a touch of Malts but like I said at first, very light.

Taste: The total opposite of what you smell when it comes to potency. Extreme chocolate which is still subtle hints of espresso and a sweet vanilla extract which is very over powering.

Mouth: Super sticky beer with a laying sweetness that truly stays with you. Mocha and Malts at the end.

Overall: Great beer which is a touch bit on the pricey side but seriously delivered. Reminds me a bit of a less chocolatey version of omnipollo's pecan mudcake with a mild shot of whiskey. This brew will go down as a classic, mark my words.... Always in a glass. Salud!

Jan 15, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2016 version which was aged in neutral oak barrels and then blended with some of the base beer and some whisky cured maple syrup.

The almost black beer pours into a Corsondonk goblet with a 1" dark tan head that recedes slowly to a thin layer on the surface that persists to the end of the pour. At first sipping creates patches and legs of lacing some of which cling to the sides of the glass but eventually there is only the layer of foam on the surface.

The aromas include some dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, maple syrup and a bit woodiness from the oak.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate from the dark roast malt up front, along with some vanilla, caramel and maple syrup. In addition there are some traces of the oak. The light sweetness from the malt and the maple syrup helps to smooth out and control the dark roast bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the light, persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the sweetness and most of the various flavors fade to leave the dark bitterness fade away to on slightly dry note.

On the whole this beer lived up to my expectations that were partly set by having the base beer a couple of weeks ago, and I'd enjoy having it again. It was particularly interesting that the beer was aged in neutral Oak barrels and then infused with whiskey cured maple syrup rather than aged in Bourbon barrels. That said I probably won't go out of my way to find another bottle if only because there are so many other well made stouts readily available.

Jan 01, 2018
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curtis6290 from New York

4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very sneaky brew. I was expecting more flavor, and was looking for a more Maple notes, but it opens up quite nicely. This beer was very drinkable, and I couldn't taste or feel the alcohol at all. It is not too syrupy or thick, and goes down smooth. Very enjoyable brew.

Nov 27, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 19oz bottle into a Speilgau BA glass.

Look is a deep rich black with cola colored highlights and a dark tan head.

Aroma is roast malt and vanilla with that little bit of bourbon heat at the end.

Taste is rich chocolate roast with a bourbon vanilla hit at then end.

Delicious.

Nov 17, 2017
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Sammy from Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

super foamy head. dark rich malty head. big malt and bitter chocolate. some rye. more edge than the base beer in the lateral.My bottle from Decisccio's,

Jun 23, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11/02 #1021

Aged with whiskey marinated maple syrup

Big fizzy tan head. Black.

Much thinner than the bas beer. Too roasted and burnt campfire flavor. Char. Missing the maple. Bitter chocolate.

Wasn't really digging this. Wasn't infected, but wasn't good.

May 18, 2017
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ksimons from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with three fingers worth of dark tan head

S-roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, spicy rye and whiskey

T-roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, spicy rye

M-medium body, very smooth, somewhat light carbonation

Overall seems pretty similar to the original version, the rye whiskey adds a nice touch

Mar 30, 2017
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FFreak from Vermont

3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a short tulip. Black-coffee-brown with a tall head that slowly dissipates and leaves spotty lace. Smell is roasted and sour. Taste is same...sour dark roasted malts, with a background of maple syrup...zero whiskey, slightly bitter on the finish. Mouth feel is medium-full, fairly well carbed for the style, almost dry but sweet at the same time. Overall, a confusing beer, very hard to get a take on it. Not sure I'll make it to the bottom of the bottle.

Mar 19, 2017
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Czarkazm from New York

2.47/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the dreaded 11.02 #1021 batch. Poured a darker than cola color, with an overflowing tight mocha brown head. Smell reinforced my suspicions of a possible infection but having had the Kinky Boots of Lead, I remained optimistic. Smell was very faint, some roasted malts, oak tannins, acidic red wine character, with mild vanilla. Very light on the mouth feel, incredibly carbonated! seltzer like even. Once the carbonation dies in your mouth, you get some roastiness and cocoa, but heavy on the tannins and some tart dark fruits.

Had the original version on two separate occasions: once from their first bottling with a year of age on it, and the second on tap at the brewery. Loved it soo much better fresh from the taproom; thick viscosity and incredibly chocolaty. I also got to meet the owner and talked with him about his rye barrel aged Eric. Even though this was a bad batch, these guys are a world class brewery that put out excellent IPAs/DIPAs, beautifully complex stouts, and refreshing sours.

I just hope I can purchase this one again down the road so I can get the intended experience.

Mar 03, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at SingleCut a while ago as the date on the side of the bottle was 11/2. Shared another one of these on line at Other Half and finally got around to this tonight, now that it's a bit more seasonal outside! The original version of this was nice and a welcome change from the dank IPA's that came to characterize this brewery but this beer was a bit tricky to pinpoint. The barrel-aging was apparent here but this came off as just a bit too woody and mysterious to fully appreciate, though it was a nice slow sipper as I attempted to get a read on this!

The pour to this was just as I expected it to be as it was a very dark brown with a full, frothy mocha head that took quite a while to settle down. Lots of webbed lacing was left behind on my goblet as a bit of the head remained until the last sip. Plenty of bourbon, sticky sap, mocha, and cocoa nibs in the nose with all of those in the taste. Dark fruit, booze, and roasted malt rounded out the taste as this was thick, chalky, and ashen from start to finish. Quite a lot to take in and not everything meshed perfectly together but this was a nice take on an American Double / Imperial Stout that required a full warm-up and plenty of time to savor and process.

This was strong, as was to be expected, but the alcohol never felt like a deterrent from everything that was going on here. It almost felt like fermented maple syrup but the vanilla kept this from getting too thick and the soft, sappy slickness left behind was a nice way for this beer to finish out. Worth a go once and proof that SingleCut can handle anything that they tackle, even if the end result was just a bit murky!

Feb 20, 2017
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Moradin from New York

3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not sure if like it or not...
poured into snifter.
thick head, dark brown. good lacing
at first (still a bit cold) is just roasted malt and wood. gets better warming up: smoke, whiskey barrel, licorice and cola nut.
medium carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Maple not detected, but alcohol well hidden.
I had the base version at the taproom a while back and really liked it, this one, not so much.
not sure if because of the whiskey character, but the overall experience is a question mark.
I feel it is close to being great, but something is missing

Feb 19, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

1.86/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Interesting, barrel aged on whiskey marinated maple syrup, could be awesome, could be not so much.

Pours a big fizzy foamy 1+ finger dark colored head, looked like it was under attenuated when bottled and now over carbonated, but we'll see, pitch black beer with legs, and a little spotty lacing.

Nose is... oh, infected! terrible infection, like not a nice version, brett funk mess, soap and weird cleaner, maple in the background and a little bourbon barrel, but no stout other than super infection.

Taste I can see a bit where it was trying to go, lots of maple out front, fudge cocoa, vanilla, a little char, dried fruits, a little bourbon barrel, but plenty of infection and funk, Brett unhappy, weird acid and cleaner.

Mouth is over carbbed, big booze, acid funk thing.

Eh, so sad, it could have been incredible but instead bad infection completely undrinkable.

Feb 18, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

**
02/11/2017

Bottle to snifter.

Look: dark black, foamy tan head. Minimizes, but stays at nice thick film.
Aroma: wood, licorice, maple, a little smokey. Also, some hoppy notes. Beef stew.
Taste: more sappy, than syrupy, cola, heavy barley, wood, interesting, tasty but not delicious.
Feel: thickish, but maybe a tad thin for a stout. meaty, medium carbonation.

I've seen both great and terrible reviews for this...I think it's neither. I think it's above average, but nothing special. In some ways this reminds me of Founders Project Pam, which I feel got much better with Some age....unfortunately I only have this one.

**

Feb 12, 2017
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -75.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle 11/02 #1021. Totally gushed when I opened. Smelled like dish cleaner and ammonia. Tastes even worse than it smells. It seemed like reviews were trending this way and now here it is. Too bad, hopefully just a bad bottle.

Feb 04, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredibly rich, smooth and sultry, the SingleCut Beersmiths take their highly acclaimed Heavy Boots of Lead imperial stout and allow it to mature for over a year in oak barrels and with a marinate of maple and whisky. Yes please!

Inky black and with a silkiness of tar, the stout pours an opaque darkness while releasing a mocha whipped cap. Its scent is deep with dark roast coffee, cocoa, cream, nuttiness and the piquant twang of oak and spice. Sweet and robust early the malt seduction begins with maple, brown sugar, dark chocolate and french roast coffee.

As the flavors unfold, its sweetness soon gives way to the roast. Trending sharply roasted, smoky and rife with cocoa, its roasted attitude begins to take command. With vanilla, maple and sweet cream lying underneath, the roasted spiciness mingles with boozy spice, fresh oak and a twang of dry plum wine.

Full and robust, the beer's barrel complexities take over in the finish. The extended barrel age tilts the beer heavily toward the taste of fresh sawdust, powdery char and a tinny sweet cola character. Peppery and trailing with a smoky chocolate aftertaste, it seems that the prolonged barrel character unlocks a bit too much of the oak's tannin and its mapley twang.

Feb 02, 2017
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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure what to say about this beer. It pours nicely, dark with little light getting through. There is a decent head, which leaves lovely wisps of foam when it breaks. The smell...well it smelled a little sour actually. The barrel was slightly detectable, but then the smells of roasts and a touch of leather. The taste brought forward the sourness that was a little off putting, and then you get roasts, faint (very) barrel and I found no maple present at all. The feel was astringent with prickly medium carbonation.

I am not sure what to say here. This is a brewer that has always done well in the past in my experience. This beer was not up to snuff. I really think the barrel flavor was missing from this, and I am not sure it can stand the test of a little time. This bottle was just over 2 months old, and I wonder if it was starting to go.

Jan 29, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is a little off. Metallic with hints of smoke, roast and an ashy tartness. Beer opens chocolate, liquorice, smoke and ash. The whiskey barrel is present but there's a peaty presence to it. Lactose in the middle with more smoke and char at the end. Again, weird. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and a little prickly in the mouth and goes down sticky.

This is not on par with the rest of SingleCut's beers. I'm not sure what's going on here but I hope its not what was intended.

Jan 17, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wide mouth short wisky crystal glass at near room temperature, bottled in November of 2016. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a two finger light brown head that leaves behind some spotty lace and settles into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is char,dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, tobacco, dry coffee grounds, and faint bourbon.

Taste follows nicely huge hit of smokey char, dark chocolate, molasses, leather, tobacco, roasty dry coffee, and very mild bourbon.

Mouthfeel is big and vicious, moderate carbonation as it should be, definitely dry, and drinks fairly easy if you can handle the smokeyness.

Overall this a solid beer, a little to much smoke for me, but an amazing mouthfeel and all around solid stout.

Jan 17, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a lot of visible bubbles in the brew which go up to a 1+ finger tan colored head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes and dissipated rather quickly. Decent spotty lacing sticks around as it goes down.

Smells odd at first and almost like it was sour or infected. Then I read the side of the bottle where it states this is "brewed with roast malt, cocoa, vanilla, aged for one year in oak barrels, and infused with whiskey-marinated maple syrup." The sweetness that jumps out is definitely cocoa, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruit and what seems like coconut from the oak barrels, and then it makes sense that the funky, sour-like sweetness is whiskey-marinated maple syrup...it's so strange it's good. Nose also brings chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and a sweetness that is very much like syrup. The type of aroma that's hard to describe.

Taste has more noticeable whiskey, vanilla and charred wood, along with raisins, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, soy sauce and then the same lineup as the nose (cocoa, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, coconut, oaky notes). There are also some metallic notes or yeast elements that come out before candied sugar and lactose flavors which make this seem similar to a milk stout with brandy or some liquor in the mix. It's so different from the base beer which was very chocolate dominant, but different in a good way. It borders on cloyingly sweet, but doesn't cross the line into gross sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and yet smooth, sliding down easier than an 11% ABV should go down. Carbonation is close to flat and the feel on the tongue is buttery. Only minor alcohol heat, this is mellow and easy to drink for such a complex brew that is very flavorful and unique. Overall a tad bit too sweet for me, but a very interesting and tasty brew.

Jan 15, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 1 pt., .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms Market, Cambridge, MA
11 02
Served in a snifter

Pitch black appearance. The liquid was topped by a billowing, near three-finger tall crop of super tight and creamy, mocha colored foam. Outstanding retention. The head slowly fell to a lasting, bubbly cap that later transformed into a thick halo. A wall of patchy lacing cascaded down the glass after the first few sips.

The nose was initially rather strange and smelled liked the early stages of an infection. Tart raspberries were noticeable. I definitely picked up a smoky, Scotch-like note too. Good amount of deeply roasted malts. There was a subtle metallic quality and perhaps a bit of cardboard too. Not great but not exactly terrible either. With time, the "off" notes all but disappeared and smooth, fragrant, bourbon notes came forth. Some dark chocolate too. Espresso was also noticeable.

The flavor profile was quite sharp. Other reviewers have mentioned "infection" and it seemed that my beer also displayed some of the tell-tale signs. Loads of roast, char and booze on the front end. Big, sharp alcohol notes appeared in the center. Bit of tartness. Hint of oxidation. More whiskey and booze on the back end and in the finish. Ashy notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was frothy and smooth but relatively thin for the style. Greater than average carbonation. Fluffy on the palate.

I was definitely not a big fan of Heavy Boots of Lead, but I was even less impressed by this beer. With the tart and oxidative notes in the nose initially, the sharp booziness in the flavor profile, and the thinner than anticipated mouthfeel, this might not have been a total drainpour but neither was it a smooth sipper. If you own a bottle, I would definitely recommend drinking it soon, as the signs of infection will only become more pronounced with time.

Jan 13, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No barrel, no bourbon and something is seriously off with this beer. Three of us shared it and we all agreed it was a drain-pour. At least it was only $10.50. Regular Boots of Lead is SO much better.

Jan 07, 2017
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 166 ratings