Dark Age Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Dark Age Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutDark Age Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of tbryan5
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark almost pitch black with a dark tan head. Great bourbon, and woody oak aroma. Some dark fruits and Roasty malts. Has a medium body but packs a whole boatload of flavor with every sip. Progresses as it warms. Great barrel aged offering!

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thorough blanket of lace is formed by the rich, foamy head. It's small but solid and lasting.

I get a plethora of smells from his beer. Predominantly, I get the expected: cocoa, chalk and vanilla. I also pick up on cinnamon, sugar and milk.

Rich, sweet darker malt start to the taste. Lots of alcohol warmth, almost like an after-dinner drink. I get some fruity sweetness upfront. Chewy body with a diminished carbonation level. Warming from the alcohol level. The aftertaste is darker cocoa.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Solid black color huge frothy tan head that persists. Deep roasty grain and licorice with some smokey earthy woody notes in the nose. Deep sweet brown sugary flavor with big note of anise and licorice. Light chocolate and roast with some earthy spice to counter. Rich sweet vanilla with notes of bourbon and wood round this out quite nicely. Great sipper.

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Photo of darktronica
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2016, pours with a half finger of cocoa-colored head that sticks around. Dark Age has a distinctive nose, with strong notes of barrel oak but not much bourbon itself, plus chicory, anise, and pine bark--bitter, darkly roasted, and serious. The flavor profile moves a bit closer to something resembling sweetness, like bittersweet chocolate chips, but is still muddled by the aromas. Hugely flavorful, and a canonical example of a Russian imperial, but it goes so hard that it starts to lose me a bit. This is not amateur hour.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has got the look, with a one inch head of tan foam building atop the pitch black liquid; a tangled web of lace hangs on the chalice after each sip

Smell: Roasted and oaky, with Bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and blackberry

Taste: Roast and chocolate tones forward, with graham cracker, vanilla, marshmallow, blackberry and current elements building; the oak and Bourbon barrel aspect arrive, after the swallow, with the ABV bringing some warmth to the equation; the sweet chocolate returns in the finish

Moutfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; surprisingly light for the style

Overall: Bottled on 3/22/16 and in its prime; lots going on in this beer that shows that Wicked Weed knows its way around a variety of styles

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Photo of marley2112
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent balance for a big BBA Imperial Stout. Still a little hot and carbonated after warming to room temperature, but overall another delicious offering from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/22/16.Pours into a goblet nearly jet black except for some ruddy brown when held up to the light a creamy beige head atop.Bourbon,chocolate, and vanilla stand out in the nose but some ripe apple and fig is there as well,I like the somewhat unripe fruitiness that the aromas bring over the bourbon and chocolate.Bourbon and graham cracker flavors up front on the palate then some drunken fruits come into play,the chocolate although there is not as "big" to me on the palate.It's a fantastic beer....I don't venture to far into Wicked Weed territory because I am not into sour/funk but man when I do I'am rewarded.A helluva beer here.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared. Dark pour with an espresso heah. Notes of brewed coffee, dark fruit, coffee, cherries, bourbon. Soft mouthfeel, coffee and bourbon. Nice!

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub which reports 11.7% ABV and use of 3 malts (including honey malt), rye, honey, brown sugar and dextrose. Two samples, 2 days apart.

Pours are dark and opaque red-brown with a small, very durable head.

WW uses a pre-rinsed BBL to great effect on the aroma, flavor and smooth feel. Nit-picking, I note a bit more burnt flavor in the aftertaste than optimal.

O: very enjoyable; every aspect excels.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of king75
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Skabiski
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cbmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pure darkness it absorbs the light and let's none escape not much of a head small bubbled off white color.

S: Lots of sharp bourbon, leather, tobacco, dark fruits like whiske soaked raisins or figs some just straight up alcohol as well.

T: Lots of bourbon, some toffee, a little bit of roasted malts and a little licorice lots of whiskey and alcohol.

M: A good but if alcohol slickness and some watery quality from the bourbon makes the beer feel more medium than full.

O: This is a nice find in a barrel aged beer the barrel presence is huge but it's such a strong base beer it pushes it's way through and you get to enjoy it as well. Very rare to find a beer that the barrel doesn't overwhelm completely.

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Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a large head for the style, with excellent retention.

The bourbon barrel presence is unmistakable on the nose: sweet, with vanilla and oak highlights. There's little of the base beer emerging, with perhaps a basic dark cocoa powder along with some char.

On the palate, this is a more complete brew, although the bourbon still dominates. Roasted barley presents notes of bitter chocolate and char. The bourbon is certainly the highlight, with a sweet alcohol burn, oak, coconut, and vanilla.

Hot, especially on the finish. A touch fizzy up front, as well. The alcohol heat is unsurprising for 12%, but I've seen other brewers manage that bite.

For big bourbon fans, this is an excellent imperial stout. For those who prefer a stronger presentation of the base beer, where the bourbon presents a highlight instead of the characteristic flavor, this brew may be a letdown. It really depends on your personal tastes.

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