BQE - Barrel Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #140
ABV:
10%
Score:
96
Ranked #647
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 7.48%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
182
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Finback Brewery
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
96
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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.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 182 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MisfitIK-9:
Photo of MisfitIK-9
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2015)
The beer pours out in a black color.

The aroma smacks of oak, toffee, caramel, medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, fudge, berry forward coffee, loads of vanilla.

The flavor hits again with tons of vanilla, hints of dark fruit, medium roasted coffee, soft bourbon, brown sugar, caramel candy, coconut and oak on the back end. The general experience is a soft balance of coffee on top of an already delicate barrel imperial stout. The mouthfeel is medium plus and offers so much more than its 10% ABV.

A truly impressive stout for its ABV. A world class beer. The beer that KBS wishes it was.

(2014)
The beer offers hugely chunky chocolate then onto tons of vanilla and bourbon. The beer is surrounded by thick notes of that chocolate and coffee bitterness.

The beer, despite its ABV, offers many of the complexities of BCBS. Quite possibly the best BA stout brewed in NY, and up there even for the limited offerings in the Northeast

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Photo of FreshZ
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aibkstaff
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at The Well, Brooklyn, NY
Served in a flute

Shimmery, near pitch black appearance. Medium bodied for the style. The beer was capped by a super tight and creamy, inch tall crown that fell to a lasting cap. Large patches of sticky lacing coated the glass.

Fantastic aroma. Super chocolatey. Milk chocolate notes dominated. Loads of chocolate syrup. Fairly sweet. Somewhat fudge-like. Powdered cocoa also came to mind. Dark fruits were noticeable. Strong plum and raisin notes. There was a subtle dry, powdery yeastiness. Coffee was detectible. Hint of espresso.

The flavor profile was a bit underwhelming initially but it became much better as the beer warmed. Loads of roasted malts. Definitely more roasty than the nose. Dark fruits were noticeable. Plums and charred raisins came through strongest. Hint of coffee. Not much though considering that this beer was brewed with coffee. Loads of char on the finish. There was a lingering ashiness after the swallow. Slightly bitter. Despite the relatively high (10%) ABV, this drank remarkably well. Some sweetness came forth as the beer warmed. Good amount of dark chocolate. Bit of sweet cream and vanilla as well.

The mouthfeel was somewhat thinner than expected for the style but still super creamy and rich. Frothy and slick. Silky smooth and supple.

Although I picked up no barrel character whatsoever in this barrel-aged imperial stout, it was still impressive. With a heftier body and perhaps a bit more time sitting in barrels, this could be even better.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gatch
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattycasey
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

Dark brown viscous body with a thick, beige collar. Sweet bourbon and oak aroma. Chocolate and booze, oaky tannic finish. Lingering vanilla bourbon character. Tasty.

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Photo of schinebd
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWorld
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BQE - Barrel Aged from Finback Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 182 ratings