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

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #116
Ranked #554
4.54 | pDev: 5.73%
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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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Radcpa from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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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lucius10 from California

4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the brewery
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
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rand from California

4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer blew me away. Got to try on tap, and going in I thought it would be a solid, enjoyable BA Stout. But the fudgy smoothness of the taste and a perfect finish was a very pleasant surprise.

Mar 21, 2015
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, bourbon

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, light char, toffee

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth, creamy

O-nice BB stout, nice depth of flavor , enjoyable sipping

Mar 19, 2015
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Pliny_the_Self-righteous from California

3.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ CM Taproom. Pours black in color with minimal tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Body is thick and chewy. Taste is Bourbon, roasted malt with hints of vanilla. Average BBA Imp Stout.

Feb 05, 2015
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raynmoon from Colorado

4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

pitch black, slight brown head.

smells like bourbon county/ parabola and tasted just like it too. the difference with this one is that it doesnt have that thick, sweet, sticky finish. it finished more dry and oaky.
i'd almost say this is "crushable" for the style.

Reminds me of a less sickly sweet bourbon county stout. This beer was extremely drinkable and addicting. Really nicely done.

Jan 05, 2015
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Fetusonfire from California

4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells like maple syrup and dark chocolate. Viscous mouthfeel with similar flavored, with a touch of oak at the end. Wonderful beer, well done cellarmaker.

Jan 05, 2015
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big bourbon, chocolate, vanilla up front with coffee and roasty undertones in the aroma. Silky smooth with lots of chocolate, coconut, and vanilla in the taste. Delightful as it warms. Milk chocolate and rye whiskey meld perfectly at the back end of the palate. 13 months in quality barrels did wonders for an already great base beer. Closest comparison is GI BCBS which is quite a favorable comparison. Well done again Cellarmaker.

Dec 23, 2014
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