Flying Buffalo - Double Barrel Reserve
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #922
Ranked #7,394
4.24 | pDev: 5.9%
Nov 29, 2022
Mar 20, 2020
Notes: This extra special reserve Russian Imperial Stout went through our strict Flying Buffalo aging process in bourbon barrels for 10 months before a second sleep of 4 months in freshly emptied Rye Whiskey barrels. Under the watchful eye of our head brewmaster, this double barrel process results in a complex, smooth, smoky, earthy, oaky, and intensely delicious stout experience. Possibly the most intricate Buffalo yet to take flight.

55 IBU
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Ratings by beergorrilla:
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Rated by beergorrilla from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance is a bit thin for the style. Slight head and lacing. Having a pleasing aroma that is not followed by a similarly flavorful taste brings this rating down a notch. It’s too hot right now and will likely become less boozy if aged.
Nov 29, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by BLPasch from Michigan

Nov 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Doczx from Georgia

4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Very strong and follows the footsteps of a dragons milk, yet heartier and more robust. An excellent Bourbon barrel aged choice for sure. Extra heavy on the Bourbon.
Nov 16, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by midlifec from Michigan

Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Zaphog from Michigan

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Giggy from Michigan

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by HardyA34 from Michigan

Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by DavidRandall from Michigan

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by strohme2 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16 ounce can picked up from a fresh release at the brewery. Poured into a tulip.
As it pours it is a very deep brown but as it sits in the glass it appears to be a perfect black. Fine bubbled but undersized head. Killer nose! Coconut, chocolate, cola, a fair amount of bourbon and a bit of alcohol.
This is a complex beer and I’ll do my best to describe it. Oak and bourbon seem to be my first impression from this beer followed by a bit of rye spice. Next comes mild roast, coconut, vanilla, caramel, raisins, molasses, earthiness.
I’m a bit of a stout snob, I always want that smooth and chewy body. Unfortunately this isn’t it. While it does feel smooth it just doesn’t have that thickness that I need with my big stouts. I was generous with this rating.
Overall I feel like this is a solidly executed beer. Bump up that mouthfeel, bump up that score.
Mar 20, 2020
Flying Buffalo - Double Barrel Reserve from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 11 ratings