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Brandy Barrel Aged El Mariachi | Aardwolf Brewing Company

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4.44/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aardwolf Brewing Company
Florida, United States
aardwolfbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,000
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
39
pDev:
6.31%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
13
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of kevanb
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, Brandy Barrel Aged stamped on the label, 2017 vintage, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep black color, cola brown hues with a thin tan head that has no retention and only a few spots of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is great, bakers chocolate, light spice, a bit of heat, caramel forward cognac barrel, light wood and vanilla. The flavors are very good, rich and decadent, tons of chocolate, smooth grains, smooth cognac barrel, oak and brown sugar, light stone fruits, sweet vanilla bean with a light heat from the pepper blend. The mouthfeel is good, silky and smooth medium body that coats well and finishes easily with a touch of heat from the peppers and warmth from the booze.

Verdict: A good barrel aged stout from Aardwolf. The cognac is really nice and helps tone down the pepper heat but the balance is great, the vanilla comes across well and the chocolate character is excellent. Nicely done beer.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ufmib
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemochas
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlang2012
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IckyT2012
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a cycle stout without the hype.

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Photo of South2NW
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-thin lacing ring.

S - Brandy, dark chocolate, cocoa.

T - Brandy, bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa, oak, some spiciness on the back end, and lingering brandy chocolate sweetness.

M - Big and full bodied with an oily slick mouthfeel.

O - Recommended.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franktankthe
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another fantastic offering from Aardwolf. This doesn't quite reach the flavor levels of Early Bird Special and White Russian, but it's pretty damn close. Wish I still had another bottle left to hold me over until it's next release..

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Photo of Sk8sean86
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285 for a couple bottles from this brewery, I enjoyed the first one, let’s hope I go 2 for 2. A concept my Twins are wholly unfamiliar with at the moment.

The pour is impenetrable, with few bubbles even on a hard pour. The nose is nice, dark sweetness, baking cocoa, apple cider spices. Warm. I like.

El Mariachi - Brandy Barrel Aged tastes like rum to me rather than brandy, likely due to the spiciness running up, down, & through the line of scrimmage. Cinnamon, nutmeg, & vanilla appear before the beautifully balanced chiles come mincing across the palate. The heat is exquisitely added: not too much, not too little, but juuust right. Sticky. I could drink an entire bomber of this happily.

Whipping up a chile beer is not easy: too little & you are left with a boring stout, too much & you have Crime & Punishment eating your drain pipes like sulfuric acid. This gets the balance right (with apologies to Dave Gahan). Excellent beer.

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Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hilgart1
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricoslim
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jshusc
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. Pitch black with a thin amber head. The nose on this beer is incredible picking up chocolate, cinnamon, a bit of pepper and heavy barrel notes. The pepper flavor minus the heat comes through and the brandy barrel is perfect compliment. Great thick feel. This is a great beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Warren for hooking me up with a bottle of this in our most recent exchange. I was a huge fan of the base beer when I got to try it on tap at Aardwolf so the idea of brandy barrel aging this just seems too good to be true.

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. It appears black in color with a tan cap that holds with just a ring around the perimeter. Rising bubbles maintain just a line around the edge of the glass.

The nose encompasses notes of chocolate, anise and solvent alcohol. A minor earthy pepper character with faint woody cinnamon and vanilla sweetness. The taste is roasty with solvent alcohol, bitter chocolate, earth, slight pepper that gives a bit of vegetal feel. Some vanilla sweetness emerges as it warms.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A decent brew that sadly pales in comparison to how fantastic the base, non-barrel aged version is. Having had 2 different BA beers from these guys, I just get the feeling that id rather have their plain non barrel aged offerings instead of these limited releases.

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Brandy Barrel Aged El Mariachi from Aardwolf Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 39 ratings