French Toast - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Wicked Weed Brewing

French Toast - Bourbon Barrel-AgedFrench Toast - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #448
ABV:
11.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,803
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
207
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
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French Toast - Bourbon Barrel-AgedFrench Toast - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At 56 degrees pours dark brown/ruby with a creamy dark beige cap/some rocks; streaming carbonation; very good cap retention; heavy ring; medium lacing; medium minus legs. Nose is vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon. Taste is mostly cinnamon; followed by chocolate, vanilla, and maple; more cinnamon as beverage warms. Medium minus body, moderate minus carbonation; no warmth from 8.8% abv; spicy (cinnamon) tongue coating. Overall, more cinnamon than I want, and out of balance; the nose was vanilla/maple forward, but the spicy cinnamon crushed those flavors on the taste...like when Xocoveza went overboard with cinnamon a few years ago; and the thin mouth feeling gravitates me to render a rare, for me, negative overall score.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, barely forming some head before quickly fading to light lacing. Deep brown cola color. Smell is gentle bourbon with a bit of sweetness. Taste is bourbon forward, but not overly strong. The background reminds me of the standard French toast stout from Wicked Weed, but I wish it was stronger. French toast taste increased as it warmed, but not as much as I would like. Just shy of medium bodied with light carbonation. Excellent, mildly sweet, bourbon aged stout, but at ~$13 for a 12.7 fl oz, way too expensive. Best to stick with the standard Wicked Weed French toast.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a dark color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and Bourbon hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous and well balanced vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and Bourbon flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great Stout

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, chocolatey brown with two fingers of dark tan head. Thick sheets of lacing.

Light aroma of vanilla, maple, cinnamon and bourbon.

The taste is way bigger than the nose let on. Super sweet maple and vanilla up front, with appropriately-strong cinnamon added, a little brown bread and some light, caramel-and-almond-forward bourbon. Moderate alcohol burn and some stale hops in the finish.

Thin bodied for the style, as is the norm for Wicked Weed. Lightly syrupy with modest carbonation.

Definitely does give a French toast impression. To my taste, could be improved with some coffee bitterness and a thicker body.

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Photo of jhavs
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is boozy, vanilla and maple.
Cinnamon comes through in the aftertaste and adds a little heat. Rich, barrel balanced the sweetness nicely

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Photo of scream
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was wondering how this might compare to Founder's CBS. I think it is a good beer but a bit on the thinner side. Could use some more body/heft behind it. Could be deceptive w the ABV of 12.3% which I am not noticing.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, pours black with a full brownish head.
Can definitely smell the bourbon, and I think that I am picking up vanilla.
A very enjoyable bourbony sweet taste that is surprisingly feeling relatively light.
Rates a 9 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Wicked Weed snulip glass. It pours nearly ink black with a thin, foamy, khaki-colored head that dissipated rapidly leaving thin, spotty lacing. On the nose there is cocoa, freshly-brewed coffee, vanilla, toffee, and a whiff of maple syrup. Although subtle at first the bourbon smell becomes more apparent as the glass warms. The taste is coffee-forward and the bourbon is stronger than I expected. Swishing it around my mouth I taste the maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon but it finishes surprisingly bitter with notes of burnt coffee, char, and tobacco. I'm glad it's not cloyingly sweet but it comes across as a little bland. The feel is also a bit thin for such a big Stout. There is moderate carbonation and you don't miss the 12.3% ABV. It's pretty hot. Overall, while there is nothing wrong with this stout it didn't wow me as I thought it would. Some of Wicked Weed's BA Stouts are more memorable than this one.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle dated 1/10/18 poured into Kane chalice and allowed to warm.

L: 1F+ light tan head with pretty good retention, leaves some light tan lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is black.

S: Definite oaky barrel notes, plus vanilla, cinnamon, and the sweetness of the maple. Roasted malts. Good.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, and cinnamon come in first, but the maple sweetness and roasted malts really build into a nice, long, very tasty finish. ABV heat minimal.

F: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation. Construction and balance solid and the year of aging (not intentional, but it happened) seems to have rounded off some sharper edges on the bourbon barrel.

O: This is seriously good, to the point where I would be hard pressed to choose between it and Sunday Brunch.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has baker's chocolate, toffee with the vanilla and maple more subdued. Taste is balanced, slightly boozy with butterscotch, toffee and cocoa flavor on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it has nice flavors but it's a bit boozy and unbalanced.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +6.4%
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 kemoarps
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 +5.2%
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 EMH73
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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 brureview
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -12.7%
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 +15.1%
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 beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Tony210
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma is faint vanilla and carbonation with some maple. Flavor is very artificial and no barrel presence, thin mouthfeel. My first and last Wicked Weed BA beer. Very dissappointing.

5/11/18
12.7oz bottle dated 1/10/18
3 rating

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with large khaki head that died slow and left lace patches. Strong, boozy aroma with notes of bread and something akin to maple syrup (vanilla maple syrup?). Thick and strong yet smooth/woody beer that passes a little slick sometimes with some French toast notes like bread and sweetness from maple syrup with a spicy finish.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BA French Toast game to me in a ninja box from a terrific BA in South Carolina - being a big, big fan of all things maple, and vanilla, and cinnamon, I was quite excited to drink this bottle.

So I drank it by myself, because I'm a selfish piece of shit like that. BA French Toast pours a rich, deep black with a light hazel ring of head. It smells powerfully vanilla with nicely complementary notes of cinnamon. Taste is true to form with clean, delicious vanilla and cinnamon. Barrel is present, but not very noticeable (this is fine with me in a beer this sweet). Maple syrup isn't really there, so far as I can tell.

I did not regret drinking this bottle along. It's a fantastic beer and continues to convince me that Wicked Weed, evil empire or no, is still an incredible, world class brewery. I will never turn down a Wicked Weed beer!

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: 4.25 Little thin and getting more of that cinnamon roll vibe. Great nose leading to nice vanilla and coconut flavors with a sweet, little boozy finish.
BOD 011018 Prefer draught

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Photo of Parmesan
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark black color with a small brown tan head and a couple fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: The bourbon and vanilla are forefront in this beer, with the cinnamon and maple coming in a lot lighter underneath. Smells nice but I think the bourbon and vanilla are a little too overpowering compared to the other elements of the beer.

T: Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and some tart cherry are forefront, there is a little bit of cinnamon and maple in the background. However for a french toast stout, I feel like the bourbon and vanilla overwhelms the cinnamon and maple, it could be a bit more balanced.

F: Body feels a little thinner then I would expect and not quite as creamy or smooth as I would like.

O: Not a bad beer but the vanilla and bourbon need to be toned down to better showcase the cinnamon and maple.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was in Mechanicsburg, PA for the 2018 Spring Thaw BCCA CANvention the past several days & as a result, I missed NBS (Week 685). It broke my heart, but when I was offered a takeaway bottle from the leftovers prior to check-out on Sunday, I snagged this one foe a warm-up on a cold Srping evening. It has been flurrying today in early-April! 8=(

From the bottle: "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."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour. There really was no need as this was a fresh bottle with little to no lees on its punt. An in-glass swirl reaised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention, slowly falling to wisps with moderate lacing in its wake. Color was Black/opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light-penetration. Nose had an oliy, coconut, dark chocolate & bourbon cast & I was immediately sent! I have become more of a tippler in my dotage, but I still do not bare for bourbon. That is NOT to say that I d not like the way it smells, but I just do not like the taste. Conversely, I really like what it imparts in beer, especially ales & particularly Stouts, This was no exception. The bottlle's labeling was meant to evoke maple syrup & Fall as well as a cinnamon spiciness & vanilla. The taste accomplished all of these. I definetely got bourbon, maple syrup & cinnamon on the initial taste, but the vanilla seemed to be overwhelmed, initiially. Mouthfeel was medium , but on the light side for the style. The swallow was equally enjoyable & the vanilla flavor became assetive on the swallow, especially since it had begun to warm at that point. Whw! This was quite the beer & definitly no playing around. My utmost thaks to the CANventioneeers for this one. I will try to bring some equally Wow!ing things next year, especially if there is a certain guest in attendance.

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French Toast - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 207 ratings