El Paraiso - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,210
Ranked #4,375
4.13 | pDev: 6.05%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
El Paraiso - Bourbon Barrel-AgedEl Paraiso - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
Ale Brewed with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 105
Photo of beerthulhu
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Imp. coffee stout brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. 11.5% abv. $12 bottle.

A: Dark coffee pour with a dark peanut shell toned head of one inch has a good lasting nature. Small speckled lace dabs. Looks incredible on the pour from the bottle.

S: Really deep chocolate and cocoa powder. Milky-vanilla with a light bourbon barrel woodiness. Almonds, sweet caramel and nuttiness with sweet toffee. Earthy charred bitterness of good strength with absolutely no signs of the 11.5% abv. thus far.

T: Flavor of smooth bourbon-coffee infused caramel malt sweetness. Toffee that was sticky and sweet, with a pleasant dose of the bourbon barrel influence. Smoked caramel, barrel woodiness along with some dry coconut and vanilla signatures. Fresh oily coffee beans, roasted barely and a light smokiness. Really good spectrum of flavor, well balanced and very smoothly infused.

M: Thick slurry on the tongue, deep and lush with a smooth bitter charred nature that warmed with a sticky and chewy texture. Very pleasing and smooth to behold.

O: Overall the flavor and barrel aging defines this beer, Huge bourbon influence, smoked, sweet caramel and coconut makes for a big and very influencing first impression. Strong drinkability, very good range and strength of flavor. Outstanding.

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Photo of dafla67
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a black. Aroma of distinctively bourbon and some chocolate. The taste is more complex with the bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and burnt sugar. Not a particularly thick stout, and a bit too thin for my liking. Despite the thinness, an outstanding stout.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle dated Feb 8, 2018. Poured into a Kane chalice and allowed to warm. ABV listed on label is 11.5%, not 10.4%. Could be an annual thing.

L: 1F or so light tan head with poor retention, leaving just a thin ring and cap. Beer is dark black.

S: Fair amount of bourbon barrel, with more faint scents of coffee and cocoa behind it. Too oaky, I think.

T: Whoo boy, if anything the difference is more pronounced in the taste. There is just a whole lot of bourbon barrel there and it is pretty boozy front and back end as well. Only small hints of coffee and cocoa, which come in a bit more as it really warms up. But it takes a long while.

F: Medium body, not much carbonation to speak of. Out of balance when it comes to the bourbon barrel and the alcohol heat really comes through as well.

O: The parts are there, but the result isn't nearly what it should be.

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Photo of colts9016
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a gift from Mike in South Carolina. The second beer from this brewery I have tried. The beer is 58 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The hard pour on the beer produced a one finger head. The head is medium tan and is frothy. The head had poor retention and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown nearly black.

The aromas in the beer are strong dark roasted coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, dark roasted, bready, and raisins, anise, molasses, and char.

The flavors in the beer are grassy, herbal, dark roasted coffee, char, vanilla, bourbon, dark roasted malt, bready, raisins, anise, chocolate, earthy, wood, and burnt sugar.

The mouthfeel of the beer is flat and thin.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and full finish.

I was surprised by this beer, the consistency of the beer aligns with a porter and not a stout. The beer has this weird herbal medicinal flavor on the backend that makes the beer off-putting. Overall the beer was okay.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, light brown head lasts shortly with lighter lacing.

Smells bourbon to start, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and caramel.

Tastes coffee, caramel, cocoa, light roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon. Finish is semi dry with a roast, bourbon and light earthy bitterness. Medium body and creamy lighter carbonation.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barrel-Aged El Paraiso made it's way to me in a BIF box. It was a generous gift and I really appreciate it!

The beer pours a deep brown with a light tan head. The coffee is quite fragrant - it smells fantastic. I left this one to warm up for a bit while I did some chores - and was rewarded with an amazingly deep, rich, sweet coffee taste. It tastes like a coffee with cream, with very few of the bitter or acidic characteristics of some coffee beers. Aging was kind to this one.

I did not pick up any barrel or bourbon notes, but I'm not going to deduct points. The beer is delicious - it just lacks that noticeable alcohol presence or dry woodiness of a barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark chalky deep brown/black, 1/2 finger tan head, small carbonation bubbles.
N: tons of toasted marshmallow, incredibly rich cocoa powder, mild vanilla, creme brule, roasted malts, bourbon notes aren't too noticeable- still, this smells fantastic.
T: roasted malts, cocoa power, coffee, marshmallow and vanilla, mild oaky bourbon, toasted coconut.
B: medium bodied, medium to low carbonation, slight alcohol booze presence.
Overall: one of the most fantastic smelling beers I've had, wish the BAing stood up a bit more, but I'm nitpicking. Solid BA stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like cookie dough, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, and rich coffee.

I definitely with this was a bit chewier/thicker tasting, but the flavors are definitely intriguing and held my interest. There seems to be more coffee than the base, which is surprising, and the coffee flavors seems brighter/fruitier/richer. There's lots of chocolate here, too, and nice toasty oak character. I also get chocolate-chip studded cookie dough, which I often get out of BA stouts.

This is medium bodied, and very drinkable, with a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is a really solid and super serviceable BA coffee stout.

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Photo of mschrei
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific barrel aged flavored stout, much better than the rating. As way of comparison, I had a Southern Tier Creme Brûlée last night, and that's an example of a beer that's too sweet. This one is a good example of how to balance flavors, but maybe the barrel helps.

Anyway, this was bottled 2/17/17, and I drank it in a spiegelau.

Poured a lot of foam, still has a good amount of lacing after a while. One of the better looking stouts I've had in a while.

Smell is strongly sweet with plenty of chocolate and a slight presence of coffee and barrel.

The taste is the best part of this beer. I'd imagine there might have been a bit more barrel heat when it was fresher, but I think if the chocolate has faded by now, it may have been too sweet then. It's got nice roastiness with plenty of chocolate and a mild barrel burn. Only weakness is a lack of coffee flavor, especially for a coffee stout. There's a slight bitterness on the back end from the coffee, but if it was stronger, this beer would have been extremely well balanced instead of just well balanced.

Feeling on this is great. It's not too heavy, maybe slightly too thin, but there's very little oiliness to it. There's a definite alcohol presence, but it's not too strong. It's very sippable, really flavorful, and quite enjoyable.

One of the best barrel aged I've had in a while. Thanks for sending it, @brewsoverhoes!

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Photo of FFFjunkie
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is dark brown with 2 fingers of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma bourbon, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is bourbon fudge and chocolate. A bit sweet.

Feel is creamy, smooth and a bit thin.

Overall not a bad beer by WW but almost reminds me of a Barleywine

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon, coffee and vanilla, high ABV 10.3%, is hidden. Expensive at $12.95 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Bottled Feb 2017.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 02-17-17 into pint glass. Pours a rather unattractive brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is smooth chocolate, coffee, roasted malts,and dark fruits. Carbonation is light. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel with an alcohol afterburner. Finish is somewhat sweet, somewhat boozy, but still quite smooth. Very good.
To me, this tastes more like a barleywine than an imperial stout. My ratings reflect my opinion of the beer, not adherence to style.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee black with a large, tan foam head that leaves some spiraling lace.

Smell is chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, bourbon, and cracked black pepper with a little walnutty coffee.

Taste is bourbon and oak paired with chocolate syrup and cocoa, with a little raisin and waxy walnuts rounding it out. Some dark, sticky caramel emerges as it warms.

Feel is thin to medium, thickening as it warms, with a crisp, but frothy fizz, hot hot tongue numbing heat and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit boozy starting out but as I got further into the beer a big chocolate, almost fudge-like flavor emerged. Would have liked more coffee but not a bad brew at all. Bottled 2-17-17

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 375ml bottle

It poured a fairly thin looking dark muddy brown to black. It was very, very fizzy/over carbonated. Sounded and looked like cola. This is where you might want to take this review with a grain of salt because infection comes to mind right away. As expected, the dark khaki head disappeared quickly.

The aroma is mostly cocoa, and more bitter than sweet. Also some charred barley, faint bourbon, and a touch of dark fruit.

It tastes pretty good. Maybe a touch of sour dark fruit, but not what I was expecting (the worst basically). Tons of chocolate. Fairly bitter, especially when combined with the coffee (not real strong) and charred malts. There is some noticeable vanilla and oak too, but definitely chocolate forward.

Body is on the thinner side, and too carbonated.

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

Bottle. Dark chestnut body with a quarter inch of beige head. Aromas of burnt malts, coffee, buttered brown bread. Medium bodied. Mild sweetness tempered by roast and coffee flavors. Tasty.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a ninja box from @Dragginballs76 – Thanks Michael!
12.7 oz bottle bottled on 2/17/17 (pre-sale) stored at 42 degrees. Served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – coffee and cocoa predominate and last the entire glass. After swallowing, bourbon becomes apparent in the return air.
Head – large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, medium density creamy head, average retention time diminishing to a four mm ring and a thin layer a rocky island. As the head withdraws, a very open reticulum remains on the glass.
Lacing – other than the initial head withdrawal, only a rare tiny island.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – initially a mild coffee/chocolate. Allowing it to warm in my mouth does not bring out the bourbon, barrel, alcohol, or vanilla which I find very surprising. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, between watery and creamy, soft carbonation.

Actually a quite pleasant light tasting brew. The 10.3% ABV is totally hidden making it very easy to drink several of these. The lack of lacing is totally keeping with the BBA aspect and doesn’t detract from the scoring.
Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Buck89
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color. A vigorous pour produced a modest tan head that quickly settled into a wispy cap. Bourbon up front on the nose, followed by coffee, chocolate, and a bit of roasty malt. The taste followed closely. The bourbon was a bit too hot and prominent for me. A nice smooth base beer with silky coffee and chocolate, but a bit too heavy on the booze.

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Photo of strohme2
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/17/2017 poured into a tulip. Looks thin, deep brown with ruby-chestnut highlights. Light tan, 1.5 finger head. Minimal ring around the glass. Smell is licorice, molasses, dark fruits and hints of coffee. Initially, the taste is raisins and figs, followed by roasty, lucious coffee and bitter chocolate. Really a nice finish. Mouthfeel is lacking, I'm surprised by this from WW. It's a tasty beer but nothing worth fighting for.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the right amount of everything, this is simply outstanding. i have enjoyed the clean wicked weed beers a lot more lately, this is money. the coffee is strong, but feels very low acidity and only moderately bitter, while the cocoa adds some chalky sort of bitterness to balance the sweetness of the whiskey, but we taste the wood and the barrel char as much as we taste the whiskey on this one, not run away with vanilla or booze or anything, its just right. i get a marshmallow note, some brown sugar, dark chocolate, and quality bourbon, its well integrated and delicious, with quite a bit of coffee to finish, high extraction, dark roast. full body but slippery going down, not much alcohol presence, and enough bitter from the coffee and the dark grains for it to not finish very sweet. nothing really jumps out at me as unique here, not that it needs to in every beer, but this just tastes like a better version of something it seems like every single brewery is doing these days. smooth and wintery, not over barrel aged. delicious. on tap at hops and pie.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice tan head with a slight brown head. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown while it gives off a nice thin, sheen on the surface. The appearance it gives off is a bit different than other barrel aged beers because this one seems to be a bit more thin that one would expect. It's a pretty good look for this kind of beer.

The smell is good. It gives off a nice mix of the bitter coffee and dark chocolate with a light bourbon to it. The vanilla bean seems to come out rather well and creates a sweet milk chocolate note out of the coffee beans and chocolate.

The taste is pretty is pretty good. It has the all of the strong cocoa notes and moderate bitter coffee notes from the original. The main difference is the sweet alcohol from the bourbon and the slightly tangy note from the vanilla. Interestingly enough, the vanilla note works very well and adds a nice sweetness to the mostly bitter or bittersweet notes.

The feel is also pretty good. The beer has a heavy body and decent carbonation. The beer goes down rather milky with a nice creamy feel. The carbonation is very light and biting, which is pretty good. The beer has a thinness to it but seems to have more heft than the original.

Overall, this is a very good improvement on the original and definitely worth tracking down. The mixture of the bitterness of a stout with the sweetness from the bourbon definitely works in the beer's favor.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - deep dark brown (almost black) with a mocha head that dissipates but leaves a nice ring of bubbles and has decent legs and lacing.
Smell - bourbon hits hard, sweet chocolate lingers in the background, and earthy coffee rounds it all out.
Taste - similar to the nose with bourbon notes being front and center but rich sticky sweet chocolate lingers on your tongue, and bitter coffee is there all along, even though its strength is different with every sip.
Feel - high carbonation, thick body, smooth finish.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle dated 02.17.17

Pours black with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smell like cinnamon cookies, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, raisin, booze-soaked dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like cinnamon cookies, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, raisin, booze-soaked dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice bourbon barrel aged imperial chocolate coffee stout.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed goblet/globe glass. Bottled Feb 17th 2017.

Foamy and frothy rich booming three finger light mocha to tan colored head. Good mix of swiss cheese bubbles and creamy top. Settles a little quick but with lots spongy lace and thick topped whipping head. Body is a walnut reddish brown, very deep mahogany and even a little thick almost turbid looking. Neat looking brew.

Soft coffee notes and touches of acidity on the nose. Good mix of char and roast qualities, even a touch of carbon meets nicely. Simple with little hints of barrel notes.

Palate just gets the job done. Rich coffee with a bigger hazelnut and nuttier like mid palate quality. Faint char and coffee richness on the finish, and a silky near rich feeling palate to boost. Goes for more acid and coffee, and not much chocolate cream or sweetness which makes for a different experience. Light silk but luckily stays away from wetness too much.

Very nice take on a coffee and barrel aged brew. Good KBS alternative.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Slightly thin-looking body, but with a nice one-finger khaki coloured head. Lots of lacing clinging to the edges of the glass.

S: Delicious aroma, bursting with coffee and cacao. Nice amounts of booziness as well.

T: Quite flavourful, with dominant chocolate and coffee notes, as expected. Not overly sweet.

F: Thin body and smooth mouthfeel, similar to a milk stout.

O: Quite an enjoyable attempt at a BA stout by Wicked Weed. Most of all, it could be improved by a thicker, more robust body.

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El Paraiso - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 105 ratings