In Absentia Luci (2016 Rye And Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Other Half Brewing Co.

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In Absentia Luci (2016 Rye And Bourbon Barrel Aged)In Absentia Luci (2016 Rye And Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Other Half Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye and Bourbon barrel aged In Absentia Luci...this 50/50 blend was aged 8 months in barrel.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23
Photo of SFC21
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having also had the bourbon barrel only version, I much prefer this version. I thought the base stout was a little hot in the bourbon version but the rye spiciness in this one plays beautifully with the base stout. Taste is a decadent chocolate milkshake with a Rye kick. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel pushes this over the top. A delightful drinker.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Regrettably brief impression from a bottle:

Soft vanilla is imparted from the smooth bourbon in this silky stout, backed by a chocolatey dark malt backbone and a nice creamy soft texture. Smooth and wet, aiding drinkability but failing to complement the buried roasted barley.

I don't get any overt rye whiskey, and the bourbon barrel character itself is underwhelming, lacking the toasted coconut and rich white oak found in the finest executions of bourbon barrel aged beers.

Velvety and enjoyable, but somewhat simplistic for a bourbon barrel aged stout. Nice work from Other Half, but not world class by any stretch.

B- (3.42) / WORTHY

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Other Half's stouts haven't caught up with their hoppy stuff, but they are still pretty solid. This one had a nice creamy feel and pretty complex flavor from the two barrels. I liked this one a bit more than the vanilla version that was released on the same day.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up when it was released at Other Half, along with the other In Abesntia Luci and We've Been Out Here in Orbit beers that came out in the last few weeks. I liked the original a lot but the variations on it such as this took it to another level. While this would not be for just any imbiber, those who appreciate good and rich brews and have the time to savor them would be well-pleased to give this a go, as the flavor profile was wonderful and the alcoholic presence was quite hidden at the same time!

Without exaggerating, this had to have one of the best pours that I've ever seen for a dark beer. The liquid was chocolate brown and lively while the head had the appearance of being *solid*. Yes, that's right! It lasted so long and looked so slick and shapely that it was hard to believe that it was a liquid and not molded plastic.

But indeed, it was vicious.

And quite pleasing to the eye.

Lots of bubbles were in the head as it resembled perfectly pleasing chocolate mousse and complemented the darker beer below wonderfully. Lots of milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla bean, and a hint of booze in the nose with even more in the taste. Slick, rich, creamy, somewhat boozy, and full from the rye, this beer had body, depth, and color, which was quite an accomplishment given that most Stouts have a hard time hitting all of those notes without coming off as overly strong and overpowering from the alcohol.

Somehow, this was able to straddle that line quite effortlessly without breaking a sweat, as that's where the beauty of this was to be found. This certainly warmed me up on a drab winter's morning but the powdery mouthfeel and subtle stickiness were enough to stand out over the 11.0% ABV that gave this beer it's underlying potency.

I can't wait to have the others in this series as this came out of nowhere to blow me away. Props to Other Half for coming up with a variation that stood out as far superior to the original. This is how a Stout should be brewed - with the flavors up front, the body underneath, and the alcohol as a complement. This easily stood toe-to-toe with my two favorite beers of this style - the Speedway Stout and Old Rasputin. Well done, Other Half!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

popped this one side by side with the vanilla one. both are nice. the barrel comes through way more on the vanilla and I prefer this over the vanilla. the rye really makes it. again, good BA stout, not amazing but a nice tick. other half doesn't bring the stout the way they bring the ipa.

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In Absentia Luci (2016 Rye And Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Other Half Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 23 ratings