Flying Buffalo - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Chocolate And Raspberry | Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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4.22/5
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9 Ratings
Flying Buffalo - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Chocolate And RaspberryFlying Buffalo - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Chocolate And Raspberry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by FlandersNed on 11-21-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
2
Ratings:
9
pDev:
4.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of HardyA
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, 2017 release, pours black with a thin fizzy of head that leaves no lacing behind. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate on the nose, with some black cherry, plum, and hints of tannins. Not much barrel or booziness on the nose. Jammy raspberry comes in on the palate, along with some bourbon notes that manage to hit its spicy and vanilla flavors without being boozy. The raspberry fruit flavors intensify as the beer warms, but the beer never once betrays its 14% ABV.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raspberries, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, cocoa, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raspberries, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raspberries, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light molasses/smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, cocoa, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing drying from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight slickness, chalky roast, and oak tannins. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 14%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing fruited barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, cocoa, and bourbon barrel flavors; insanely smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfect balance of raspberries, cocoa, and rich base stout malt complexity. Amazing barrel integration; never boozy, tannic, or overly drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Flying Buffalo - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Chocolate And Raspberry from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 9 ratings