BQE - Barrel Aged
Finback Brewery

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Finback Brewery
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Sep 13, 2019
Nov 13, 2014
BQE - Barrel AgedBQE - Barrel Aged
Notes: The BQE is our Brooklyn Queens Espresso imperial stout. Cocoa nibs from the Brooklyn based Mast Brothers and Coffee from Queens based Native Coffee Roasters were added to the boil making for a super complex tasty brew.
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Barcade, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a narrow collar of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of chocolate, molasses, and bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of vanilla.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chocolate and bourbon along with notes of molasses and hints of raisins. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied and a touch dry on the palate with some warming from the alcohol.
O: I really liked the balance between the chocolate and the bourbon in this beer. It definitely did a good job in the blending of the flavors with the barrel aging.

Serving type: on-tap
Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by FreshZ from Missouri

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by CreightonSM from New York

Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2018 Vintage. 16oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Pours pitch black and oily. Dense. Very little head. Nose is chocolate, espresso, molasses and vanilla. Moderately aromatic. Beer opens cocoa powder, roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate. This one builds. Middle is sweet soy sauce, molasses and more chocolate, fudge and vanilla. Espresso towards the back. This gets sweeter and sweeter as it sits on the palate. Honey and some tobacco and wet wood at the finish. Very solid. Body is full with low carbonation. Dense, slick and oily on the palate and goes down viscous and rich. Messy, lingering finish.

A very good beer but there's a lot of competition in this style. Better than middle-of-the-road but pretty basic overall.
May 10, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by festizio from California

Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Khaack from New York

Jan 28, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by smcel371 from New York

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Diura from New York

Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by jvillefan from California

Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 3.33 by StoutSnob40 from California

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by HopsnScotch987 from New York

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by dudd from New York

Jan 03, 2018
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
16.9 oz. bottle - 2016

Pours black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells like big rich dark chocolate, some dark fruits, roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some dried fruits, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich chocolate, dark fruits, dark roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee, charred brown sugar, dried fruit, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged imperial chocolate coffee stout.
Jul 10, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Jul 01, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2017
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Rated by NYIPAguy from New York

4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
up there with antead as one of the best
May 29, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by mltobin from Connecticut

May 18, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by jaydoc from Kansas

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4.66 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Traded for this beer a while ago and finally got around to having it on this snowy night. I loved their other BQE beers that I've been lucky enough to obtain and this was no exception to that, as it was strong, potent, and full of chocolate flavor that held it's own. Without a doubt, the BQE beers are the best ones that they brew!

Not a bad pour to this as the beer had a dark and relatively thin body for this style with a *very* small mousse-like head. The lacing left behind was thin and webbed but present enough along the top of my pint glass. A good amount of milk, bitter, and baker's chocolate was found in the nose with even more in the taste. Hints of raspberry juice, valencia, cocoa powder, and booze could be found in the taste but the chocolate was what dominated here. Mild hints of the bourbon barrel-aging could be detected here as this finished very clean with some rye and stickiness present to give this more depth. Not a lot of carbonation here and hints of cocoa power gave this a slight grittiness that literally gave me something to chew on!

It was good to have a Stout that didn't leave a trail of booze on my breath. Though I didn't get the pack that this came with for the holidays, this was more than enough to savor and enjoy by itself. Chocolate fans would be wise to seek this out as the raspberry juice and citrus juiciness made this extremely accessible. Nice job by Finback on this one - even after a few months of unintentional aging!
Mar 14, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On-tap at Rail Trail in Hudson.

The bartender and menu said only 'BQE' but I'm going to assume this is barrel-aged because I get a lot of bourbon and some barrel. Definitely heavy on the espresso/dark roasted coffee beans. Charred malt. Cacao beans. All the good stuff in a big imperial stout. Well done.
Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by Spoild from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by curtis6290 from New York

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sample at EBF Saturday
Deep dark black color tan head. Huge coffee and roast with bits of bourbon vanilla a light chocolate. Earthy with hints of dark fruits.
Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2017
BQE - Barrel Aged from Finback Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 182 ratings