The Dark Wanderer
Bottle Logic Brewing

The Dark WandererThe Dark Wanderer
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 6.13%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
66
From:
Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  17
Gots
  15
SCORE
93
Outstanding
The Dark WandererThe Dark Wanderer
Notes: The Dark Wanderer is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Stout. The aroma is rife with chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and light vanilla. Flavor is a balance of rich, sweet malt and brooding dark chocolate -- the bourbon character is firm and pleasant.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fleeting tan film over ruby black. 4
Intense Death-by-Chocolate nose. 4.75
Fig, velvety ganache, slight dried cranberry, brown sugar, oaky vanilla, and roast to clean up. 4.25
Full, velvety, no heat. 4.25

The most chocolaty beer ever, and - from Wells to Southern Tier - that’s saying something. Lots of sweet things, held in magical check and balance. No burn either. Stands shoulder to shoulder with BCS Vanilla in wanting to lick the residue from the bottle.

Epic. 4.5

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StJamesGate from New York, May 22, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown, nearly no head or lacing
Smell: big bourbon notes, than malt and chocolate combo... the bourbon takes over most of the nose
Taste: big ethanol and bourbon notes, not much bourbon or chocolate
Feel: rather thin, lot of ethanol burn.

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Futbolmanby from Michigan, Apr 15, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bottle Logic FO glass. Nose is mainly chocolate fudge; some caramel, but remarkably subdued compared to their other stouts. Not a lot going on. Mouthfeel is rich and viscous; about perfect. Palate is chocolate fudge, some toffee and caramel, and maybe a hint of vanilla extract, but not sweet. Noticeable oak element. Not particularly complex or ponderable. It’s okay, but certainly underwhelming, and nothing like some of their better Statis Project offerings.

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floyd_pugman from California, Mar 27, 2017
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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black. Tiny brown head. Smells of oak and chocolate. Taste is big chocolate pudding with great bourbon barrel coming through. Mouthfeel is classic bottle logic greatness, so smooth. Overall another great stout from BL.

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Beer_Line from California, Nov 23, 2016
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3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of chocolate. A little barrel. Kinda nutty. Tastes of lots of chocolate. Again, light barrel. Nutty and oaky. Medium heavy. Boozy. Kinda blah.

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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bottle Logic tasting room on 11/17/16.

Smells like fresh baked brownies. Tastes like bourbon soaked semisweet chocolate chips. A solid bourbon barrel chocolate stout.

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Furlinator from California, Nov 18, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 16 Oz snifter displaying a deep, fudgy dark brown. Slight brown head that settled to a thin ring. Little lace. Smell is of bourbon-dipped double fudge brownies. Pick up hints of vanilla as well. Taste follows nose with the bourbon being a complement, not overpowering. Feel is rather light; my only complaint about this beer. Overall, though, this is a beaut of a brew.

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JamesStreet from Louisiana, Nov 11, 2016
The Dark Wanderer from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 66 ratings