First Anniversary Stout | Backpocket Brewing

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Brewed by:
Backpocket Brewing
Iowa, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Pintofbrown on 01-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by Pintofbrown:
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3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Becker pint glass. This is an oatmeal stout that was aged in Cedar Ridge bourbon barrels for 9 months, then blended with a Russian imperial stout.

The beer poured out of the tap with a dense finger of milk chocolate colored foam before receding to a ring in the glass, body is a stygian black.

Nose is very faint, notes of brown sugar, some cocoa nibs, and subtle dark fruits. Bourbon when the glass is agitated. This could be much bigger, but what is there is nice.

Woody and small bourbon notes of leather and vanilla on the first sip. Earthy mid-palate with the quickest hint of cocoa and dark fruits on the finish. Also a building char after the swallow. The bourbon is so mellow, it almost is not there. This stout drinks some where between smokey and sweet.

Really creamy carbonation on this offering. The finish really builds after the swallow, so it has decent staying power. Also adds a pleasant, aggressive smoke to the beer.

First Anniversary is good, but could have offered so much more: like bigger bourbon flavors with or without heat, a more imposing and sticky feel, more aromatic nose. As it stands, this easy drinking 9% BBA offering was worth the trouble, just do not need a round two.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Docrock
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Herky21
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

App - dark, stout appearance. Some lacing, not much in terms of body when you swirl it around.

Smell - roasted characters are sort of muted by the smell of the bourbon, which isn't exactly screaming out with great aromas.

Taste - the bourbon barrel characteristics are pronounced in all the wrong ways. A lot of heat, a strange astringency that doesn't meld well is present in the malts, and there's almost a chalky-wood like taste that I can't figure out, but it is bad.

Mouthfeel - at room temp it is decent, but it lacks a big, bold body you'd expect from the style and from the blending of a fresh IRS.

Overall - I drank the bomber on 2 different nights to make sure my palate wasn't just fatigued or off. It tasted just as bad the second night. The astringent / alcohol flavors kind of grow on you, but only slightly. If you have a bottle, keep it in your cellar for a while.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Brownie37
4/5  rDev +12%

First Anniversary Stout from Backpocket Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 8 ratings