Vlad The Second Order Of The Dragon Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout With Coffee
Hailstorm Brewing Co.

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
14.1%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.34%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
58
From:
Hailstorm Brewing Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  13
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Bshaw22
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Nice bourbon nose and flavor. Super smooth. I didn't get a hold lot of coffee. Had this at a share so not sure how long it was cellaring so the coffee could have fallen off. Certainly a world class Barrel Aged Stout though.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow...really boozey. The look was dark with a small head. The smell was very boozey with a hint of coffee. The taste was boozey. It had a medium mouthfeel. Overall this beer was dominated by the booze. The smell and the taste were overwhelming booze. Orerall still a good beer but a grade below other really good barrel aged stouts I’ve had notably BCBS. Still love Hailstorm but at $18.99 for a bomber I’ll pass on this next year.

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Photo of mschrei
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/13/17, so maybe the coffee and bourbon are less prevalent, but this one makes me say "Damn!"

Pours a thick foamy head and really dark. Smell is mix of strong bourbon barrel and coffee. Tasty roasty stout flavor is in the forefront, and that is a welcome relief for this kind of beer because it doesn't make the adjuncts the focus of the beer. The stout flavor is followed by bitter coffee and mild barrel notes. Alcohol is present with a mild burn on the back end, but it is not overpowering for something with such a high ABV. Real smooth feel, very easily drinkable.

Best overall way to describe it is subtle. I'd gladly put this up to the Pepsi Challenge against any barrel aged coffee stout out there, it is that good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

white wax on my bottle, a rad one to have sent my way by my new homie dankacheese, thanks dude! this is a huge beer, over 14% abv and absolutely packed with bourbon and coffee, its colossal, but it has a mellowness about it that is almost shocking considering what it is. there is a lot of body, maybe wheat and oats in here with all the dark barley, and i think the extra mass has more capacity for flavor retention or something in this one, the wood and whiskey flavors are really robust, and they cling to all the heft, like i taste this twice as long as even other barrel aged imperial stouts, its that much bigger and impactful. the coffee smells more forward than it tastes, in the flavor its lost just a bit to the heavy roasty dark grain, but there is a wood fired nature to it, a slow roast, a seemingly more complex and richer layer to the grain and coffee together, a really nice fusion. i do get a little of that green pepper coffee taste, maybe i should have opened this a little sooner, but its mild and not an issue. some nice dark chocolate and nib elements too, and a big round body, loaded with whiskey in the finish, but not at all hot for how strong it is. i was pretty impressed with this overall, and would love to try some of the other variants. cool stuff from a brewery i have otherwise not had any beer from! a real fun brew to share!

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Photo of AndrewP17
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Nice dark brown/black coffee look

Smell: holey COFFEE!!! has a slight bourbon finish to the smell!!

Taste: big coffee taste with a chocolatey sweetness in the middle with a good bourbon finish on it!!

Feel: Full bodied wholesome goodness!! could be a little thicker but definitely does not disappoint!!

my second favorite vlad variant behind vlad vs zombie vs shark

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Photo of mothman
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fizzy tan head. Black color.

Thinner than regular vlad. Lots of coffee. Light roast. Nice bourbon and vanilla flavors. Chocolaty.

Only flaw is the light body.

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Photo of Prager62
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A recent release made possible by a generous beer brother. The bottle date is 1/22/16 and using my 14.75 oz. stout glass for the test drive.

Look- Pours a thin dark brown leaving a thin layer of tan foam on the surface.

Smell- Huge coffee aroma with underlying notes of vanilla and wood. A very modest kiss of bourbon hidden in the back.

Taste- Once again dominated by coffee, followed by vanilla and wood. A bit of char and alcohol in the finish.

Feel- Slick but thin. A little bitterness and acidity creeps up in the back. The 14.1% abv. is hidden quite well!

Overall- A really robust coffee forward beer. The only two minor detractors are the thin feel and slight lack of bourbon flavor. Plug these two holes and this could move up into the conversation with the best. That aside, a serious consideration for anyone that loves coffee stouts. The more I drank it, I was reminded of Peruvian Morning from years back.

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Vlad The Second Order Of The Dragon Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout With Coffee from Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 58 ratings