Barrel Aged Mountain | Banded Brewing Co.

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4.07/5
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37 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Banded Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
bandedhorn.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged 12 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels

Added by NHbeerguy on 12-21-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,925
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
37
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Near black color where no light passes through the edge. The head is beige but small. Some streaks for lace.

Smell: Cherry and chocolate smells initially. I get some cream and candied malt.

Oily alcohol along with the warmth comes after the darker black patent malt bitterness starts the taste. The body and carbonation are relatively benign (read: neutral). The swallow is warming from the alcohol and leaves a short lived dark chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of psweendogg
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rum notes. Boozy. Dry malt finish.

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Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of coombski
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich black brown with a fluffy light cinnamon two finger head. Head has moderate retention and leaves some lacing, nice alcohol legs.

Aromas of chocolate, oak, roasty malt, vanilla, toasted coconut, peaty scotch, molasses, dates, prunes, almond/pecan like nuttiness.

Tastes bold with semi-sweet chocolate, oak, maybe some leather, roasty malt smokiness, dark fruits, tannins, a little tobacco, less than the nose but some of that nuttiness, nice char bitterness. Rum is easy for me to discern, and I love rum, and the whisky plays along.

Medium to full bodied, a little light on the final gravity, warming alcohol, dry finish.

This is my kind of barrel aged stout, avoiding becoming cloyingly sweet and overly viscous. Great flavor and nice balanced barrel character, and the rum shining over whiskey is great for me.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Chocolate, vanilla, coconut and oak. Nice boozy kick, but it's balanced out with the oaky dryness and lower sweetness. Smooth sipper. Lighter to medium bodied. Really solid.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msondel
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board a very drinkable beer and one that I look forward to doing just that. Friend recommended it and that's why he's my friend.

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Photo of hopley
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a viscous pitch black colour with half a finger of mocha coloured head.

Nose is rich barrel notes of rum, whiskey and charred oak with chocolate fudge, licorice and roast from the base beer.

Palate falls a little flat unfortunately, not living up to the wonderful nose. Massive burnt toast dominates and is somewhat distracting. Licorice is present up front as well, which gives way to barre flavours mid-palate, which add notes of rum, oak and bourbon. Heavy roast lingers in th finish.

Thin for the style and the ABV. Medium body with low carbonation.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2014 dated 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Excellent looking beer. A fairly viscous black out of the bottle. Produced a 3 finger, foamy, dark brown head that retains a nickel thick ring with some spotty film.

Lots and lots of tobacco in the aroma along with barley, whisky, and chocolate.

There is no hidding the bourbon here. Vanilla, oak, and a crap load of alcohol. A bunch of heat for a 2 year old 12% beer. The tobacco also tastes as strong as it smelled. Those two things pretty much dominate the flavor, but there is some significant charred ashyness that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Slight lingering aspirin/metal taste.

Body is a little thin for a RIS, but it is barrel aged. Some tingly burn from the alcohol.

Not really a bad or offensive beer in any way, but far from great either. Kind of one dimenisonal with the tobacco and some rough edges on the other flavors. Just way too much heat to enjoy much else. I cant imagine it fresh.

After finishing my review and reading some others, there are a lot of people that are apparently reviewing the rum barrel version in the wrong place

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Rum nose and flavor is rum, vanilla and roasted chocolate. High ABV is totally hidden. Pricey at $7.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Skeeter1330
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 blend. Oaky and biter.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey Stout fest breakfast. 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice dark black hue with a nice mocha head that fades to leave thin lacing and a good blanket. Nice legs too.

S - Aromas of light char, vanilla, softer chocolate, light light rum. Really nice barrel qualities with softer dark fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good char and vanilla with delicious light rum notes. Chocolate is nice too, everything is subtle and works.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a rather nicely done stout. Great barrel characteristics. Nice.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of rjp217
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.... Amazing fluffy pour, huge amounts of lace. Big time run aroma but more subtle in the flavor. A bit chalky, cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Drinks pretty easy for the ABV.

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Photo of Erockss
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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