Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4 | pDev: 13.75%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
66
From:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  8
Gots
  15
SCORE
90
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Reviews by rkf1976:
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rkf1976 from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +5%

Dec 14, 2014
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KevinL from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2020
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midlifec from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Mar 23, 2014
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 17, 2015
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Bung from Michigan

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

Oct 15, 2015
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intovert2438 from Michigan

2.34/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Difficult to review, as with many Griffin Claw products, infected

Apr 12, 2015
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onespartan from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 19, 2015
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 14, 2015
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wtkphoto from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 11, 2015
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djrn2 from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Feb 08, 2014
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gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 05, 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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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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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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king75 from Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

Dec 15, 2014
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acurtis from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25%

Feb 09, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 25, 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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rickski1981 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +25%

May 19, 2014
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Zaphog from Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 26, 2014
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scottlerok from Michigan

5/5  rDev +25%

Dec 14, 2014
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iL0VEbeer from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Feb 10, 2014
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 30, 2014
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dejones from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Apr 12, 2014
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Jun 22, 2014
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 66 ratings