Bourbon Barrel Aged Ink
Rhinegeist Brewery

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #819
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,190
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.89%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
58
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Rhinegeist Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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SCORE
93
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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light herbal, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread, light smoke/char/dark fruit, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with nice cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky/bready/velvety, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 12.7%, with mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; dangerously smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic balance of rich English malt complexity, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with solid earthy hops against sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected. Did not really prefer it over the base beer. A bit fruitier from yeast, and more boozy from the barrels.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the growler via Country Fresh Market in Beechmont. This warming little brew pours a nice deep blackish brown with a very nice head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, nice pool, and excellent lacing. Nose of heavy bourbon, vanilla, wood pulp, coffee, and chocolate. Flavors follow the nose with strong booze laden bourbon and chocolate on the front and middle, oak and vanilla hits nicely on the sides, and a fading coffee comes through on the back with warming substantial bourbon. Nice warming and coating mouth feel, moderately full and slick, with light carbonation makes for a perfect sipper.

Of note, I bought this and the standard Ink from Rhinegeist and have to say I personally like the regular version better. That said this is a nice change of pace.

Cheers

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Photo of KSOZE
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the flavor and aroma are fantastic. Both are full of roast character and lots of coffee, oak, and chocolate. Hints of vanilla and a touch of nuttiness.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BCBS one the nose this delivers lots of barrel, vanilla, coconut and bourbon flavor. Chocolate starts out, with a turn of molasses, caramel and pecans. Espresso, vanilla and coconut lead to a strong bourbon finish. Finish is very strong with bourbon booze and heat but it's a very nice thick feel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the somber but stern tone of Rhinegeist "Ink" spreads its roasty, toasty and seardly sweet taste on the palate of stout lovers, its sinister cousin beer dawns its bourbony armor to shoot the stout's complexity into the stratosphere.

Bourbon Barrel Ink pours with a relaxes creamy layering that puts a short and creamy froth atop a deep and ominous stain underneath. Its intoxicating scent charges the nose with chocolate, unmistakable bourbon, caramel, vanilla and walnut while the initial taste is awash with the savory taste of chocolate covered espresso bean.

And as the relaxing sweetness recedes, the coffee and roast take center stage- pushing forward with espresso, campfire and burnt marshmallows. It doesn't take long until the beer's bourbon influence come charging in with its own wood-soaked caramels, oaken vanillans, delicately charred oak and a praline center.

Full but delicate on the palate, the beer offers a lightness in body when compared to most other imperial stout, this texture assists the drinkability but also allows for the bourbon barrel influence to carry greater weight and breadth throughout the session. Its a beautiful weave for bourbon lovers with a taste for derby pie.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Ink from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 58 ratings