Ozark Beer Co.

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Ozark Beer Co.
Arkansas, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #62
Ranked #184
4.51 | pDev: 5.76%
Apr 01, 2022
Mar 23, 2015
Notes: Imperial double cream stout aged in bourbon barrels for 8 months.
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4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Apr 01, 2022
4.4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Feb 27, 2022
4.63 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 12, 2022
4.27 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Jan 04, 2022
4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Dec 05, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz can, tulip, 2021 vintage.

Oily, almost black, and nearly still. There is a thin head that’s quite dark brown.

Hershey’s syrup, vanilla, rich bourbon, some soy sauce, and it’s vinous, with overripe red grape and fruit. The bourbon isn’t over the top, rather it’s woody, rich, and elegant.

Ok, now that fat juicy grape bursts and mixes with melting chocolate bar, blackberry jam, walnut, and strong vanilla in the finish. The chocolate is a backdrop, weaving together Hershey’s syrup, dark chocolate Milky Way, and cocoa powder. The grape flavor is surprising in its strength.

Very smooth, medium bodied, light and discrete carbonation.

The flavors are intense and rich even though the body isn’t super rich. The bourbon is well done.

Nov 07, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a dark tan head. Little carbonation was visible.

Smell - The nose was just like chocolate marshmallows. It was big and sweet, signifying a sugar bomb.

Taste - The taste was not as sweet as the nose. It was chocolatey bourbon with a dry grape presence. There were notes of leather and coffee. As it warmed, I was made to think of hydrox cookies, and their dry chocolate notes. This was definitely not an overt dessert stout.

Mouthfeel - There was just a bit of carbonation and a slick body.

Overall - A solid barrel aged stout that left me confused about the hype.

Sep 18, 2021
4.34 by Dadthew from New York on Sep 13, 2021
4.6 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Aug 15, 2021
4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Aug 08, 2021
4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Aug 03, 2021
4.56 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Jul 02, 2021
4.24 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2021
4.29 by EMH73 from New York on Jun 20, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Prager62 from Colorado

Sent by the very generous @jvgoor3786 in a recent box of goodies. I poured from the 12oz. can into a 12oz. snulip glass.

The pour is slick dark brown like used motor oil. It leaves a small layer of creamy tan foam in it's wake. Smells like bourbon, char, ripe dark fruit and molasses. The taste is very bourbon forward followed by dark roast/coffee, burnt brown sugar, fine tobacco. There's a slight sweetness that offsets the bourbon that is wonderful. The feel is oily smooth with noticeable alcohol warmth.

It's been a spell since I've had a straight up barrel aged stout that wasn't overwhelmed by pastry ingredients. This reminds me of the early Bourbon County and Black Note years. It holds its own and brings a pleasant plethora of sensory delight without being overwhelming. This is the closest I've come to rating a 5 in a long time. World class and something I'd hoard if I had access to it!

Mar 26, 2021
4 by blackcloud from Alaska on Feb 26, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jdhops from Tennessee

2020 version. Purchased in August at the brewery. Opened 2/17/21.

L: Black. Really black. Surprisingly thick caramel colored head that only stays around the edge of the glass. Thin ribbons of lacing that go away.

S: Bourbon, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. It's all there, and it's impressive.

T: Sweet up front, bourbon in the middle, tamed by the cherry, chocolate and vanilla. More smooth bourbon at the finish.

F: Medium to heavy body, but not as heavy as it looks. Light carbonation.

O: Rich and complex. A wonderful example of the style.

Feb 18, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2020 vintage (released in 7/2020); consumed on 2/1/21

Pours an ink-black body capped with around a finger of creamy, pale mocha foam; decent head retention yields a few spotty, paper-thin islands of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a minimal amount of spotty lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with charry roast sporting a boozy cherry essence before a burly bourbon character takes over; burnt vanilla bean offers a slight bittersweetness over the middle, while the back end of the bouquet highlights increasingly defined notes of dark chocolate, Raisinets, and suggestions of cherry liqueur.

Taste brings forth a vivid expression of sweet, bourbon-imbued malts with some savory umami aspects; melted marshmallow, chocolate soft serve ice cream, with toasty malt tones interspersed between; sweet pipe tobacco and baked cacao over the mid-palate feed into darker brownie crust intermingling with persistent roast on the back end for a lingering bourbon barrel presence and touches of raisin past the swallow.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-light body, slick upfront and with minimal carbonation; steadily roasty through the mid-palate and mildly warming into the back end, a deft, boozy heat meshes with subtle grit and distantly chewy textures to close; a surprisingly tame delivery for a barrel-aged stout, though overwhelmingly satisfying given its plush characteristics.

Quietly unique in its extraction of the sweeter malt profile, this beer brings the notion of a cream stout to life with an amplified yet consistently roasty sweetness in tune with a pillowy body and casual warmth; balanced to near-sessionability for a brew of its ABV.

Feb 02, 2021
4.43 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
4.19 by Beerbom from California on Jan 24, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jheimbigner from Washington

2020 vintage opened on 11/22/2020

Pours a think used motor oil color with minimal coffee crema head. Nose is of barrel and vanilla, roasted malts, milk, minimal umami/soy. Taste of sweet milk, chocolate, vanilla, warm barrel character, finishes with a balanced soy flavor. Feel of 2% milk with mild carb. Overall, what a nice treat, great base beer that is exemplified by the barrel.

Nov 22, 2020
4.31 by paresis from Massachusetts on Nov 01, 2020
4.44 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2020
4.37 by goblue30 from Michigan on Oct 07, 2020
4.25 by Argento from Rhode Island on Oct 06, 2020
4.6 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Sep 06, 2020
4.75 by sordyl from Illinois on Aug 31, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Very smooth. Incredible. 2020 edition

Aug 28, 2020
4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jul 17, 2020
5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Black as pitch brew. No light passes even at the fringes of my Firestone Teku.
A finger and a half of dense camel hued head with average retention but a unique fingerprint of wide and thin splotchy lacing.

S: Soy sauce but lighter so than all soy brews I’ve encountered. This aroma is offset by burnt sugars, sweet molasses, dark roasted malts and the slightest vanilla and tobacco for a complex and mouthwatering brew. More vanilla as it warms.

T: Follows the aroma mostly, but tends sweeter than I’d hoped for. The sugars mask the complexity found on the nose.
Still quite good. Impossible that a beer rates so high on all parameters but only good on taste.

F: Highest mouthfeel rating I’ve given to a beer lacking the weight and sticky viscosity of the best BCBS years. This one is thinner but also an amazing balance of syrup, sticky, oily, and creamy. It is lighter weight perfection. You must experience.

O: I didn’t set out for a verbose review, but while so many BA Stouts fall short of my local Fremont’s, this one came outta nowhere with its complexity and simultaneous subtlety! A stellar brew on the nose especially, which deserves to be tried by stout-lovers the world over!

Jun 24, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.75 by tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kemoarps from Washington

Immediately upon popping open the tab on this one I can tell I'm in for something rich and delicious. A dark liquid pours forth, Nearly jet black with a tight but creamy soft looking rich brown espresso head that lingers and lingers. Beautiful sticky lacing as well. This is gorgeous.

Nose is again big. Creamy and slightly nutty with a seeming wood influence to the dark coffee and light spice notes. I'm getting a decent amount of creaminess as well as nuttiness, so could this be a stout with hazelnut or perhaps lactose? Smells more like nutty creamy (erm...) than lactose creamy, at least to start.

Oily and dry and a nice high point of carbonation that helps usher the whole thing along. What it ushers in is cocoa/bakers chocolate and some further light cream. I'm leaning milk stout here, with a nod in the dark toasty side of things. Me likes. Almost kind of a coconut husk kind of thing with the nuttiness I was noting on the nose.

Apr 05, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Mister_Faucher from Washington

12oz can purchased poured into a nonic.
Aggressively poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Black as midnight. Sizable rich mocha colored head with great retention, tons of thick lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malts, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, bourbon and oak, roasted nuts (praline candies in particular), licorice, toasted dark bread and dark fruits (raisins and dates), a bit of vanilla. Light spice notes.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, bourbon and barrel, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried dark fruits, licorice, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, light spicy hops and a bit of cherry and coconut.

Feel- Medium/heavy bodied with an incredibly smooth, pillowy creamy texture. Light bitter finish, soft carbonation on the tongue.

O- This BA IS takes the GD Yeti version and ruins it for me. Insanely good.

Mar 31, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

In person trade from jvgoor3786 and poured into an Odell snifter.

Deep thick inky black pour with a tall creamy bubbly head of beige. Very pretty.

Aroma of thick, sappy bourbon barrel, deep chocolate, big molasses, heavy caramel, and suggestions of syruped figs. Wow.

Flavor is just massive. Tons of candied pecan, figs, bourbon, maple, milk chocolate, vanilla and chocolate wafers, candy shell, caramel roll, and molasses. All wrapped up in a bourbon blanket.

Feel is thick, sticky, hot, and burning.

Overall, a nearly perfect barrel aged stout. Incredible stuff. It's like a more wafer-like version of BCBS.

Mar 20, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by RNbeerfan from New York

L: Dark mahogany with a reddish tint. Slight reddish amber head
S: Oak, Vanilla, dark fruits
T: Fudge, vanilla, lots of bourbon. Dark fruits on the finish
F: Super thick. Coats and lingers
O: This is a great beer. Easy sipper. It definitely needs to warm up for all the flavors to come forward.

Mar 15, 2020
4 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2020
4.75 by Hopelessly0 from California on Feb 23, 2020
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