Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Miller's Toll
Raleigh Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Miller's TollBourbon Barrel-Aged The Miller's Toll
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #477
Ranked #3,611
4.35 | pDev: 4.83%
Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Miller's TollBourbon Barrel-Aged The Miller's Toll
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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours with a very bubbly tan head that layers a thin cap on top of the espresso brown liquid; splatters of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Very sweet chocolate and caramel tones tinged with Bourbon; hint of black licorice and molasses

Taste: Caramel and chocolate forward, with brown sugar, molasses and licorice tinged sweet tones growing; booze filled Bourbon infiltrates the mid-palate, though there is less than expected oak and vanilla here as they are masked by the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: I am clearly in the minority here but I find the sweetness of this brew overbearing and the Bourbon doesn't bring the complexity it should

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Miller's Toll is essentially black at SRM 35+. A thin, creamy black walnut head quickly forms a ring, leaving a thick coating of fine lace on an Offero glass. Each sip layers on a viscous film.

Deep roasted dark chocolate heightens notes of espresso. The smooth Bourbon is a decadent accent, followed by molasses cookies and rich pumpernickel bread. Other aromas include touches of orange, raisins, prunes, and vanilla. Throughout, there was a light charred smoke that is accentuated by warmth. Warmth also brings out faint tartness and sweet balsamic vinegar.

Surprisingly sweet dark chocolate and coconut is followed by espresso. Fig, raisin and vanilla play against a backdrop of Bourbon and light alcohol. Warmth clarifies the flavors while again bringing out light smokiness. The finish is mild and quick, returning a faint, lingering fruity expression.

A smooth silky texture plays against faint prickly carbonation and well controlled alcohol. The body is dense and chewy.

This is one of those unexpected surprises. I aged it six months and it shines on a hot Summer day spent reading under a shady corner of the yard. One can imagine it would easily elevate ice cream or a mild cigar.

A huge thank you to Meghann and Wayne.

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Photo of darktronica
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 edition, which has a similar label but only refers to the name as "The Toll." Pours like syrupy murk, with a half-finger of cocoa brown foam that dissipates over the next minute. Smells richly of dark chocolate with contrasting notes of anise, smoke, and herbal botanicals--very attractive. The first sip follows that same trajectory, but later tastes open up some new flavors, with more prominent char and bitter hop character. The barrel character is subdued, with only hints of bourbon spice coming through periodically as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is velvety, really pleasant as an evening sipper.

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color. Thick.

Just like the base beer. Huge RIS. Chocolate, roast, molasses, caramel, toffee, syrup, and the barrel flavors. The bourbon isn't too strong. Some oak.

Thick and rich. Full bodied.

Very similar to the base beer with a nice barrel addition. Very well done. I could use a little more barrel though.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks great but falls a little short on the aroma in mouth feel. On the cusp of being too sweet but I've definitely had sweeter. Barrel notes do Blendwell with the base beer, though.

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

Bottle bought for $17 at Raleigh Brewing, after being mighty impressed by the regular Miller's Toll. The bourbon-barrel version delivers, with a ton of char, smoke, barrel, wood and whiskey aromas. It pours heady, with a great head, and it drinks rather fantastic. A sipper for sure, but easily poundable at "only" 10.5%. The only slightly negative thing I can say about this brew is that it is a tad too sweet, but not enough to make it a chore. Definitely would revisit.

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Photo of Amedlin18
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank in Feb 2016. Didn't see a date on the 22 oz bottle. Poured into a snifter. Fantastic beer from one of my favorite breweries in Raleigh. The reg stout is really good and this is next level. Smooth with right amount of bourbon in my opinion. I don't like it to be overpowering.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with nearly no head. Not much lacing but good alcohol legs.

S- Very bourbon forward aroma with notes of dark chocolate, molasses and char.

T- Flavor is quite a bit smoother than the aroma lets on. Much more chocolate character plus some caramel and marshmallow sweetness. Plenty of bourbon presence but not a lot of alcohol heat. The high alcohol content makes it a slow sipper.

M- Somewhat creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- A solid BBA stout. Maybe a bit too bourbon forward for my taste but the flavors are pretty well integrated overall.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Completely dark with a cocoa brown head that clung to the sides. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak. Taste follows the nose with a fantastic balance. Truly a fine BA stout.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick black color with minimal tan head. Smells of deep dark roasted malt with minimal booze on the nose. Taste is oaky, with roasted malt up from with nice oak finish and some bourbon. But it is so well balanced that the bourbon does not predominate but is definitely there. Nice thick mouthfeel. Raleigh Brewing Company hit a home run with this beer!

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Photo of KRubes
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black in a snifter with coffee and bourbon on the nose. Half-finger, light brown head quickly faded into a perpetual ring. First sip yielded notes of chocolate, coffee, honey, dark fruit and vanilla. Minimal heat. Chewy mouthfeel courtesy of the oats. Nine months in the barrel seems to be a sweet spot. Doesn't drink like 10.5%. Very impressed with this RBC offering. I actually can't believe how good this is compared to similar BA stouts out there. It can certainly hold its own. Hope to see this again next winter.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Miller's Toll from Raleigh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 36 ratings