Vastness Of Space - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #88
Ranked #315
4.51 | pDev: 5.99%
Jul 21, 2022
Dec 20, 2014
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Notes: We aged our Imperial Stout for 13 months in 3 Breckenridge Rye Whiskey Barrels and 1 Eagle Rare 10yr Barrel and blended the 4 barrels. The resulting beer is very viscous, chewy and bourbon forward with notes of coconut, vanilla and spice.
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Rated: 4.42 by Bum4ever from California

Jul 21, 2022
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Rated by Dicers from California

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2019 Vintage
Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2020 bottling (released on 9/11/20, so presumably bottled within a few days of that date); consumed on 10/2/21

Pours a viscous, oily, jet-black hue capped with a barely-forming driver of spotty, dark khaki foam inconsistently covering the surface, fading quickly to a glossy void, moderate, creamy collar, and minimal-no lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with nuances tones of charry roast paired with bittersweet burnt coffee, easing into a punchy bourbon into lush vanilla over the middle; ripe, bourbon-soaked oak offers a woody dryness to the composition, enlivened again with sweet dark chocolate chips on the close.

Taste brings silky vanilla into charry brownie batter upfront, evened with splintery oak barrel while maintaining chocolate chip details; a hint of cherry finds darker chocolate over the mid-palate as hints of nutty roast and burnt caramel peak with a tenuously brilliant semi-sweetness meandering across the profile.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-full body with minimal carbonation, with a creamy texture holding a slickness over mid-palate; tinges of booziness spark a slight grit with a soft warmth and mild stickiness on the back end; comprehensively smooth and effortless for a near-14% sipper.

Deeper roast brings about a more evocative, chocolatey malt richness as dried barrel engages an earthy, bourbon-tinged subtext that flows unencumbered alongside the pointed, bittersweet base.
Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very dark appearance with slight dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant bourbon and malt. Taste is a slightly sweet very smooth blend of bourbon and malt.
Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sweet, chocolate fudge, and whiff of boozy nose on this one! Taste follows with a smooth chocolate finish...a tad thin. Where is the 13% ABV?! Really good!
Jan 21, 2020
Rated: 5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by clay23 from New York

Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by DudeBeerYaBro from California

Sep 21, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Eternal218 from California

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by coz from Illinois

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by Beerbom from California

Feb 06, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jan 27, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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Extremely Small fizzy dark head, pitch black thick beer.

Nose is awesome, loads of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla barrel, roasted malt, fudge caramel, nougat marshmallow candy, dark chocolate candy bar and sweet bourbon juice, a little coconut barrel, reminds me of one of the famous great barrel aged imp stouts but can't remember which, maybe black Tuesday?

Taste more of the same, tons of bourbon barrel juice, like bourbon juice, vanilla barrel, toasted coconut and baking spices from the barrel, loads of dark chocolate cocoa, fudge, little color dough, some alcohol flavor, candy bar toffee caramel nougat, little roast and char. Finishes a bit sticky, little more tingly alcohol, lingering bourbon cocoa and barrel notes. So much bourbon juice, I would have given this a 4.75 if the alcohol flavor and tingle wasn't so strong.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick rich creamy chewy, decent carb, tingly alcohol

Overall a really good beer, great base beer, great barrel characters, just a bit hot on the alcohol
Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by fthegiants from California

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.77 by VaTechPhilly from New York

Oct 07, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by Wontonst from California

Mar 17, 2017
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From tap a Toro SD, into a small goblet.

Molasses/coffee aromas with maple-y, vanilla flavors, beer is dangerously balanced and drinkable. Reminding me of the Bourbon County line, with a little more of an earthy bend. Closes with a relatively dry, dark chocolate finish.

Outstanding brew, drink up if you can find it.
Mar 08, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by northbay47 from California

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 4.51 by Hop_God from California

Jun 23, 2016
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Rated by funjack5150 from California

4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice beer!
May 28, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio

May 02, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by billab914 from Virginia

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4.89 by BSecaida from California

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by jeff1973 from California

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 4.74 by Magnum40s from California

Oct 31, 2015
Rated: 4.74 by MrDave from California

Oct 05, 2015
Rated by PUNCHSPLOSION from California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The absolute best beer I've ever had. If it were more consistently available, I'd live at the brewery.
Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 4.57 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California

Jul 12, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by Mikaveli from California

Jul 12, 2015
Rated: 4.8 by Mursone1 from California

Jun 30, 2015
Rated: 4.85 by Dodgerrigo77 from California

May 20, 2015
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