Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4 | pDev: 13.75%
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
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MWM777 from Michigan

4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite dark, but not jet black like others in this style. Decent lace with little to no head.

S- Roasted malts with a milk chocolate nose. Mild heat from the bourbon. No distinct wood coming through.

T- Sweetness is first thing I noticed here. Very big vanilla and chocolate coming through. Just enough bourbon coming through to offset the sweetness. Very good beer, and quite drinkable for the ABV.

M- Not quite a motor oil thickness like others, but very creamy and satisfying. Wouldn't mind just a little more body, but that's nitpicking.

O- Fantastic beer from Griffin Claw. I left with two bottles. This is a fantastic beer.

Aug 04, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tons of booze, tons of bourbon, this is one of the better beers i have had from a brewery i had not previously heard of. this was the cap to an excellent several days of drinking crazy beers with thebrewo, and it was a great way to finish. silky smooth and very rich, this reminds me a lot of some imperial porters, lacking some of the intensely bitter coffee side earthiness that a lot of the big stouts have. this is more mellow than that, although really boldly flavored. its got a milk and honey flavor going on in the malt, remarkably not dark in its malt complexion, there is some milk chocolate there, but for me its lighter, oaty even, creamy feeling, and sweet like molasses. very pleasant base beer, but the bourbon barrel really kicks it up. there is a ton of bourbon on this, almost like the whiskey was blended into the beer. less oak, more vanilla and charcoal, and that corn based sweetness you get. the alcohol does come through in the end, but its almost like it cleans up all the richness that comes before it, its not weirdly heavy or anything. frothy feel, velvety gentle going down, and warming up really really well. we enjoyed the 2013 edition very much.

Mar 13, 2015
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hotsudge from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good version of this style of beer, perhaps the bourbon (alcohol) smell and taste was a bit too intense for me on the day I tried it. It opened up more as it warmed. I would definitely try it again on tap somewhere but not sure I'd buy it to take home.

Mar 01, 2015
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snoopy5023 from Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Knowing that GC is known for it's sours, which are great. They have incorporated the sour into a great tasting bba stout. While the sour component does a good deed of masking some of the booze of the bourbon, it does not take way from the taste or effect of the stout. If you a fan of the sour and stout, you will love it. I got my hands on the 2013 version in 2015 so it has been aging since 2013, and the aging of this stout is great. Look at it pours, it has all the color of a great stout. The smell of it is of a thick sour. The taste is sour but with a complexity of the groove of the a stout. While the feel of it is not as thick of a stout, it goes down with a smooth please feel and taste on the tongue. Overall, I love it. If you are not a sour fan, you like this once to say you tried it. Me, I am a sour fan and to have this aged lovely brew, I will try to find it again.

Feb 27, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This is a very nice Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, it's got everything that I look for in the style and I think it has just about the perfect amount of balance to it, I really enjoyed this one and if it wasn't $20 for a bottle I would have taken one home, I think $15 would be a much more reasonable price, but I might have to splurge on a bottle if they still have it the next time I'm there.

Feb 09, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottling, listed at 12% on the bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light raisin, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light raisin, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a good malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. It was not as roasty as I expected for a stout, but had a lot of nice barrel and malt complexity; and was very enjoyable overall.

Jan 17, 2015
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think I'm rating the correct beer as the ABV is the same. On draft in a Griffin Claw goblet and listed as Bourbon Flying Buffalo Imperial Stout at BFD Clubhouse in Rochester Hills, Mi.

A- Pretty black, small amount of light on edges. thin ring of light brown head.

S- Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light roast, little bit of oak.

T- Similar to aroma, pretty sweet chocolate and vanilla with the roasts, alcohol and oak notes coming through in the middle and end.

M- A little thinner than most of the bigger bourbon barrel beers out there but still good.

O- Really happy with this beer,the alcohol is hidden well by the sweet stout and barrel flavors.

Jan 02, 2015
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docoman from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had the first edition (2013) of this BBA stout at the taproom and it was very good. Good amount of coffee and chocolate flavor and smooth. Liked the first one enough to get 2 more. I've been told that the 2014 edition is even better... got my allocation when it was released this past Saturday 12/13 and look forward to trying one soon and saving a few to try down the road. Highly recommend getting both a 2013 and 2014 if you can.

Dec 15, 2014
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Scott_Anderson_ from Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Despite being a smaller craft brewery, Griffin Claw's BB imperial stout is solid and rivals many of the sought after (more mainstream) BBISs. It is Incredibly smooth with an aromatic nose. It is available in bottles at the brewery. Glad to have one aging in the cellar.

Jul 06, 2014
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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