Dark Age
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #54
Ranked #1,001
4.3 | pDev: 6.51%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: Humanity's path out of the Dark Age is one without end. This path carries us away from the mystical to the measurable, from the magical to the mathematical, and is a meticulous tale of progress from madness to method. Yet, we still find wonder in the magic, and extraordinary potential in the mystery. Out of this yearning for the old ways, Dark Age Imperial Stout emerges from the Whisky Barrel, its dark malt complexity and bold, yet balanced, sweetness softened by its mystical evolution in oak.
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puck1225 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of this beer at the brewery last July in Asheville. Poured into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color with thin brown head with good curtain lacing. Really nice smell of oak, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and whiskey. All this follows to the taste but at a bit lower level. Smooth, rich feel. Nice beer to celebrate a goal at hockey tonight!

Aug 19, 2021
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At 54 degrees pours black with grayish/ruby edges; quick dark tan head recedes quickly leaving a small island of micro dots and a thin plus ring; some spotted lacing and thin legs upon agitation. Strong bourbon nose up front, followed by sweet prunes; chocolate as beer warms. Bourbon forward entry, then sweet caramel, chocolate and dark stone fruit; bourbon and oak middle; prunes and chocolate covered cherries middle; bittersweet dark chocolate and bourbon in aftertaste. Medium full body; moderate minus carbonation; medium warmth in mouth from 12.3% abv; smooth, almost silky mouthfeel; not adjuncty; slight phenolic bite; dry barrel finish. Overall outstanding; the barrel notes are well balanced with base; bourbon is front and center; a tad thin for abv, which makes this beer dangerously easy drinking, and I personally like the subtle booziness; well done!

Jun 13, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/18/18, had 8/31/20.

Pours dark brown and opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some spotty cling. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, malt, char, oak, fudge, light bourbon, some cola and coffee, light toffee. Has a light, sweet aroma, a little like honey. Bourbon leads the flavor, then chocolate, caramel, vanilla, malt, oak, fudge, light coffee, light brown sugar. Mostly smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

The flavor is definitely the strong point, with great barrels and lots of chocolate. Well balanced between the barrels and base. Best fully warmed. Very enjoyable.

Sep 16, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of brown head. Deep dark brown color, effectively opaque. Smells mildly of bourbon, pleasant and not overpowering. Tastes like you would expect a bourbon aged Russian Imperial stout, with dark fruit followed by bourbon. Not too intense, some sweetness. Definitely doesn't taste like 13.9%. medium bodied with light carbonation. Straightforward and good bourbon aged stout, just wish it was more affordable.

Jun 22, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date Bottled: 10.25.16

Notes of rich dark chocolate, espresso black coffee, char, licorice, anise, tobacco, mild smoke, oak barrel, sweet bourbon, marshmallowy vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, ash, with some earthy piney hops.

May 10, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2016 vintage.

A: Deep black pour with two fingers of brown head. Decent retention. Tiny dots of lacing.

S: Fudge sauce, plenty of roast, woody char. The barrel is all over the nose as well, bringing a nice vanilla/marshmallow aroma, oak, and a whiff of spicy bourbon.

T: Semi sweet dark chocolate up front. Thick caramel fudge. Mocha. Loads of roast with a bit of a smokey impression too. Subtle black pepper. Faint suggestion of red fruit at its core. Big barrel influence creates flavors of bourbon ball candy, nougat and marshmallows, oak, and sweet bourbon. Finish is long, barrel-heavy, and wonderful.

M: Heavy bodied and thick, rich and full. Chewy and mildly coating with a creamy texture. Very mild wood tannin and alcohol warmth. Carbonation is fine and firmly gentle. Awesome.

O: This is one very well put together bourbon barrel aged stout. In fact, I’d consider it in the same breath as some of the elites. This 2016 vintage saw extended time in the back of the fridge, but I’d say it was plucked at its absolute peak.

Apr 11, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 version poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. I thought I'd enjoy this more than I did. The carbonation was a little more prevalent than I prefer. A touch of dryness. Some chocolate and roast. Decent flavor but the body seemed a bit thin.

Nov 15, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from the brewery. Poured into Trillium Six States glass.

L: Not much head, no lacing. Beer is a dark brown.

S: Very classic. Roasted malts, leather, tobacco, dried fruits, unsweetened cocoa. Textbook RIS notes...but...just a hint of booze.

T: Stays close to nose with the classic elements noted above. Definite domination of dried fruits and roasted malts. ABV burn hinted at in nose blessedly not evident, barely noticeable at al.

F: Pretty full-bodied, little to no carbonation. Very nice balance and solid construction. Not a lot of frills, but very very solid for a basic RIS.

O: Great RIS, greater when value added in.

Oct 15, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a nice light tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous Bourbon, cocoa and caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice Bourbon, cocoa and caramel malt flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Russian Imperial Stout

Sep 15, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12.7 oz. bottle into a whiskey glass, this beer pours out like a black coffee. A finger worth of dense and creamy, caramel colored crown forms on top.

The nose brings nice caramel, coffee, roasted malts, a lot of chocolate all in front of the barrel presence made of leather, dry oak, figs and some dark fruit.

The taste brings loads of chocolate mixing with that dry barrel. Touches of coconut, dark fruit. I love the barrel presence. It’s balanced and evident the whole way through, but doesn’t overpower.

Dry, medium bodied, not too hot; more warmth from ABV than the barrel.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and how the barrel was integrated.

Aug 11, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of dark fruit (raisins, figs), a lot of roasted malt (present throughout), a hint of caramel (fleeting), some chocolate (needed more), and a little bourbon (and its barrel). A surprisingly mild flavor. The bourbon isn't as present as it should be. It's not a terrible flavor, but it definitely needs a little boost.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good attributes. Worth a look.

Aug 05, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Age a Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Wicked Weed is a great full flavored stout with some dark fruit elements.

Look: black with an inch thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, bourbon

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, raisins, chocolate, a little bit of coffee and bourbon. The alcohol is well hidden for 12.00%.

Body/Overall: full body, a big flavored stout

Jun 25, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, looks a tad thin for the style, Semi aggressive pour yields a few fingers of mocha head that slowly recedes. Light aroma of chocolate and dark roast malt, a little yeast. Flavor is milk chocolate, burnt brown sugar, light caramel, boozy, light bitter espresso finish with a touch of anise. A little yeasty aftertaste. Feels a little thin but the flavor and carbonation turn it into a medium bodied beer. Overall a solid example of the style, not a standout, but something I will buy if I am out of town. Under $10 for a 500ml bottle is a great price point.

500ml bottle dated 9/19/18
4.25 rating

Mar 24, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 03.22.16

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

I smell caramel and vanilla, and the booze comes through just fine. I also get some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

The taste begins with caramel and chocolate. It is boozy enough to remind me of the 12%abv. There are hints of coffee. It tastes like a boozy dessert.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

After almost three years in the cellar this beer is still a little boozy, and I like it. It cuts the sweetness and makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Jan 02, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Viendo Los 100 3x15-16. Barrica no excesiva y notas a bourbon agradables, pero no llega a la complejidad de las mejores del estilo y el alcohol se le termina notando algo mas de lo deseable

Dec 16, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bourbon barrel aged imperial stout shows a pitch black body without any head.
The barrel notes are very present and compliments well the dark fruits and cocoa notes of the beer. Some vanilla is noted from the wood. It has almost vinous notes.
Dense and smooth, it is dangerously drinkable.

Oct 15, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours black with a thin ring of off white head that left little lacing. Smells and tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts and some cherries. Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel.

Jun 13, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown color, almost no head, very thin lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, oak, raisins, alcohol, cherries. Wonderful.

T: Bourbon, oak, raisins, alcohol, cherries. Outstanding.

F: Full bodied, lots of flavor.

O: A serious imperial stout. Highly recommended.

May 20, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with no head at all. Aroma is strong, boozy, vanilla and wood come out a little, also notes of something like dark fruits/black cherry. Thick, sticky, smooth, good balance, roasted coffee dryness mixes with a slight sticky malt sweetness and then finished dry and heated. Slow, very slow, sipper but is a pleasure to sip on (not a chore) and a slightly sweeter than usual RIS.

May 03, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


bottle to snifter

LOOK: thick syrupy dark black. little head; off white.
AROMA: cocoa, grape, pomegranate.
TASTE: Cocoa, fudge, pomegranate. Hints of raisin, wood, brandy. Very sweet, but just enough not to be palatable.
FEEL: very full, minimal carbonation. Smooth sipper.

Very tasty beer. Would be a great dessert beer.


Mar 29, 2018
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark, nearly opaque brown. Some cola highlights around the edges when held to light. Thick khaki head on the pour that mostly recedes. Messy lacing sticks around.
smell: Dark fruit and subtle roasty char. Hints of vanilla and bourbon.
taste: A nice mellow combo of the flavors in the nose though not with the same depth. a hint of bourbon heat in the finish.

Jan 28, 2018
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 10/17/17. Pours dark as a starless night. Outstanding head volume, normal retention and quite outstanding lacing considering it is barrel aged and 12% ABV.

Quite outstanding nose that is rich in both bourbon and barrel. Dark fruit is abundant (date, raisin and currant) over a base of light chocolate. The chocolate notes are sweet rather than bitter bakers. Roast is extremely light as is the oak. Vanilla, from the oak, is well represented.

Solid medium body that tilts to the heavy side enough to yield a texture that is very smooth and slick. Outstanding carbonation / body balance that has light mid-palate effervescence and a finish that is finely bubbled and prickly.

The flavor profile is very good to borderline outstanding. The balance is world class and the alcohol is well hidden. Alcohol is evident in the lingering finish and is astringent. The shortcoming is flavor separation. The richness and depth of the nose is lacking. A slighter sweeter middle to provide contrast would let the dark fruits shine. As is, they come through as a flavorful blend. Near the finish, only prune separates while it competes with vanilla over a light undercurrent of chocolate. The finish provides a nice drying aspect from the alcohol.

Jan 26, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 10/25/16, not sure how well it has been stored being shuttled between stores and shelves, since I just bought it today. I think it might have been better fresher. Disappointing, some bitterness, I think the hops did not age well. The flavors did not really come together as in other barrel aged stouts I've had. Overall, OK but disappointing for the outrageous price of $13 for the small bottle.

Jan 06, 2018
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12.7oz. bottle dated 09.29.17 poured in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a medium thick oily black producing a few centimeters of light tan foam. It rapidly settles revealing a little lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, toffee, oak, figs and a hint of vanilla.

Taste- Bourbon forward followed dark cherry, figs, dates and a trace of vanilla. There is a prominent oak taste in the finish.

Feel- Medium thick and oily with a respectable alcohol bite.

Overall- While not overly thick or complex, there is a serious barrel presence making it bourbon forward with plenty of oak. It's a very worthy beer to sip on a cold winter day and I would imagine this cellaring well.

Dec 18, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/17/17 into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown - almost no discernable light once it's in the glass. Thin tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, cocoa, oak, bourbon, molasses, and maybe a touch of coffee and dark fruits. Sweet but not cloying. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Alcohol is evident but contributes to, rather than detrating from, the overall effect. Smooth, which is pretty amazing considering it's a fresh, high ABV RIS. Finish is sweetish and boozy but sets you up for the next sip. I have a second bottle that I'm tempted to cellar but I'll probably drink fresh just because.

Nov 22, 2017
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