French Toast - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Wicked Weed Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Imperial Stout is a delicious testament to smoldering intensity. Prepare for the smooth vanilla, zesty cinnamon, and sweet maple syrup of the original to be epically enhanced by the finest Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. This sweet treat's time in oak barrels has forged an entirely new creation. Taste this beauty after its bourbon-barrel transformation, and give in to sweet intensity.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BirdsandHops on 01-15-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,019
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
177
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
17
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a small dark head. Huge vanilla smell, followed by a good amount of maple and a hint of cinnamon, oak and bourbon. Taste follows the nose pretty much the whole way. Very light oak and bourbon on the back end, and only subtle hints of cinnamon. The vanilla and maple really shine here. The feel is a little thin for my tastes, but it's easy to drink for the abv. Thoroughly enjoy this one.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black almost no head

A lot of vanilla, cinnamon, maple. The bourbon barrel brings some coconut notes

Some sweetness alongside the big vanilla. Some cocoa, some. Oak notes.

Low carbonation, thick.

A great gourmet dessert imperial stout

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Photo of smartassboiler
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is just darker than cola but not quite to obsidian. Soft espresso brown foam.

Nose leads in with cream and roasty malts. Some vanilla and faint maple. Don't get much of the cinnamon though.

Flavour conjures up exactly what it says on the label: sweet cream dripping down a heavily battered piece of thick cut french toast. Cinnamon and spice, with a continental breakfast sweet maple and vanilla. They do a great job of executing what they are going for here. If you're into pastry stouts this one's well made. Personally it's a little on the hotel continental breakfast saccharine side of things (as opposed to like home made breakfast kind of balance).

Minimal carbonation throughout the medium sticky body. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. I don't get a great amount of barrel neither on the nose nor the flavour.
Much love to @Dragginballs76 for sending this along as part of his NBS BIF #8 box. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of janubio
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass. Pours a black colour, with a small brown head that fades soon, leaving a good lace.
Aroma, to me, is a bit weak, though there's chocolate, vanilla, coconunt, cinnamon. Not much wood.
Medium body, creamy palate, normal carbonation. Liquor finish.
Taste is similar to the aroma, but richer and stronger, and more presence of wood,
Great dessert or afterdinner beer.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinFinneran226
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryant1985
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KAP1356
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that was well retained.and left some lacing. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Tastes of maple, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated and a creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed. poured black. not much smell. The flavor felt weak and thin to me.

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Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: dark chocolate color 2F head in a Spiegelau stout glass.

Aroma: not prominent. Spice, oak.

MF: light body, could be more viscous.

Taste: Prominent cinnamon. Vanilla, oak, Bourbon Barrel. Coconut like taste.

Nice bitter finish.

Interesting approach to a stout. I enjoyed it, but I prefer the standard deep chocolate and coffee flavored stout.

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Photo of teromous
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the shoulder of the bottle, in large yellow dots: "01/10/18 325 08:42"
There is also a date code under the ABV marker: "Date Bottled: 01.10.18"

Appearance: Black body with a very short, light khaki head. The head fades out to a thin ring.

Aroma: There is a nice bourbon aroma to the beer, with just touch of vanilla and caramel intertwined. It smells predominantly of bourbon.

Taste: There is a nice vanilla flavor throughout the beer. It has light burnt caramel flavor and a subtle cinnamon flavor that carries all the way through. Bourbon flavor is obvious and the more the beer is consumed the more it layers on. After a while it becomes a "bourbon and cinnamon" beer that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This beer drinks amazingly well, to the point that it stands out in the forefront of the mind. It is smooth and finishes thin and semi-sweet. The body has some texture at the start but as previously mentioned it tapers off and thins out quite a bit. The highlight here is the drinkability. After a while the beer leaves my palate wanting more texture or substance to hold on to. Even the aftertaste is thin and absent like drinking a glass of bourbon rather than an Imperial Stout.

Overall: It's a very good beer that feels "nearly there" in terms of overall character. What really stands out in the beer is the nicely balanced cinnamon flavor and the overall drinkability. The beer done a fantastic job with both. When drinking the beer the amount of cinnamon is just right. This would be a good beer to hold on to for a Christmas party or something to enjoy as a lighter-bodied winter warmer. I would drink this beer again but I would caution those that I recommend this beer to that it has a much thinner body than the standard Imperial Stout.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark brown color, one finger brown head, nice lacing, light carbonation.

S: Cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, alcohol. Amazing!!!

T: Cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, alcohol, bourbon, oak. Out of this world!!!

F: Surprisingly light to medium but extra full flavored.

O: One of the best tasting imperial stouts I have tried. World class.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Imperial stout brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. Bot. 01.10.18. Consumed 05.04.18.

A: Dark viscose exit produces a dark, brassy toned head, of moderate size and hold. Light speckled lacing. Dark plum coloring.

S: Heavy bourbon influence with caramelized malts and maple syrup sweetness. Spicy cinnamon is lively with a sweet touch of vanilla creamer. Sugary malts and french toast, dried molasses, and some spicy baked apples. Very nice level of awareness and the aroma lingers on strongly.

T: Milky cream laced dark malts are roasted and chocolatly with a deep and bittering sense. Maple syrup laced coffee has sugary and spicy elements of cinnamon and vanilla. Spicy apples with a nice funky yeastiness against dark chocolate roast finishes with some warm, spicy bourbon.Vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup additions achieve the perfect balance with one another and the perfect rate of addition blending beautifully together.

M: Thick and chewy malts are deep and lush, with a heavy body and creamy texture. Milky consistency, spicy warm bourbon glow on the inner cheeks.

O: The sweet cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup additions are beautiful, and well toned and come together to deliver the perfect french toast experience against a deep roasted imperial stout backing. Big first impression aroma and flavor wise that doesn't let up nor disappoint. Nice bourbon influence, which becomes more smooth and comfortable deeper into the drink. Really does have a french toast flair that is fresh and balanced. Props for the daring innovation. Great range of flavors and spicing with a very nice imperial stout base.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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French Toast - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Wicked Weed Brewing
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