Ada County
Woodland Empire Ale Craft

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #660
Ranked #6,286
4.37 | pDev: 6.18%
Woodland Empire Ale Craft
Idaho, United States
Ada CountyAda County
Notes: Stout aged in whiskey barrels and rum barrels with raw cocoa and cold brewed Neckar coffee.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black, inky looking pour - with a fluffy tight head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like rich dark fruit, roast, tobacco, oak, rum spice, chocolate fudge, fruity cold brew coffee, and red wine.

This has a prett big and burly sweetness to it, but it's not cloying. It's absolutely loaded with dark fruit and roast - it almost feels European in stout execution. The coffee adds some chocolate and cherry, and the chocolate also seems to add some dark fruitiness, along with fudginess, obviously. I don't get much whiskey, as the two barrels go - just caramel and rum spice. There's definitely oak, char, and tobacco darkness. It does help to counter the fruity sweetness. This is extremely complex.

This is a very slow sipper, due to the latent booze, fruity sweetness, and just general heaviness. There's a lower level of carbonation, and a pretty thick and creamy mouthfeel.

This is unique, and fairly complex. I'm glad to have tried my first beer from Woodland Empire.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2019 vintage, 14.5% abv this year, huge stout with cold brewed coffee and cocoa aged in whiskey and rum barrels. its a real ambitious beer, and its colossal, definitely one to share and sip slowly. warming alcohol all the way through this for me, from first smell to last drop, inky and shiny dark dark brown in the glass with long legs on it. aroma here shows the whiskey and the cocoa ahead of the other elements, some molasses and malt sweetness for sure, but not necessarily rum to me. lots of fusel alcohol, sugar, and dark chocolate character. the coffee is subtle in the aroma but more appreciable in the flavor, and there is brown sugar and tobacco sticky heaviness running through it as well. its huge on the palate, more and more chocolate and coffee as it warms, some earthy depth to it on the coffee and roast side, but the sweetness overwhelms it pretty easily. i like the whiskey character in here, plenty of oak and vanilla and toasted character, and its neat with the less obvious rum as well, a nice blend. the alcohol is a little much for me here, like this could have been a better beer in the 11% abv range perhaps, but i like this as a monster for sipping slowly. i want to taste a little more coffee in here too, i love neckar, but the coffee is very much in the background most of the drink. its good to me, but its not amazing, lacking some cohesiveness and refinement at this size, and maybe a little pricey, but its cool to see these guys continuing to make some of the most ambitious beers in the boise area. if you end up with a can of this, share it with a friend or two or three...

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can

Pours jet black, tan head is finely textured and dissipates to a ring.

Big rich aroma with notes of fig, molasses, mesquite, tobacco, cocoa, oak, licorice, pecan, walnut, toast and rye.

Flavor is overwhelmingly rich. Cocoa, fresh coffee, vanilla, molasses, mesquite, tobacco, licorice, oak, rum and bourbon.

The body is viscous and chewy. Light sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Booze warmth going down.

Loads of flavor and body in this. A very slow drink to be enjoyed over a long period of time. Feels like a meal in a can. I would definitely recommend trying this for fans of big, boastful stouts.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pitch Black. Half finger espresso head fading quickly to a thick ring on the glass. Temporary lacing - some spotty sticky spots.

S: Candied liquor notes outshine any roast here.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and especially vanilla meld into a cloyingly sweet brew. Sweetly balanced but otherwise nearly undrinkable unless you live for sugar like a starving stout-crazed hummingbird.

F: Sweet syrup and tangy bitterness. Carbonation is medium low, but sufficient.

O: If you like desert stouts this would be top of the charts, otherwise it would fall hard - as it did for me.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the abv, wow, this is amazing. I was expecting this to be hot, but it's not. It's smooth and thick. There's chocolate, a little vanilla, and a touch of coffee. There's a bit of heat. This is an excellent BBA stout.

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Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle from Derek. Huge thanks. Oily black pour, small beige head. Big, heady aroma, mélange of many things: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, roast grains.High ABV very evident. Taste is boozy and warm, slippery, bourbon and chocolate. Very smooth for a beer this potent.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lord have mercy...this is a killer beer. Snifter from a 12oz. bought from Tavour. Smells like sweet apples, molasses, fruit dipped in bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Fantastic mouth feel on this too. Sticky, full...really nice. Now, how'd they hide the ABV of 15%?! Wizardry if you ask me. I've had some of the best stouts out there but this guy from Woodland Empire is a ample contender for Bourbon County Stout and On Fleek in my opinion. Sip and enjoy!

Here's my code if you wanna check out Tavour. and we both get $10 after you purchase a beer. Brilliant service for beer and to get your hands on stuff you normally can't.

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