Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gingerbread Imperial Stout
Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,147
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #8,333
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 5.04%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
28
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Moody Tongue Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Notes: This bourbon barrel aged beer elicits nostalgia for the moment you walk into your grandmother’s kitchen during the holidays and smell fresh gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. This 15.0% Imperial Stout, aged for 12 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, showcases the flavor of a bourbon-soaked gingerbread cookie alongside the aromatics of vanilla and cinnamon. While we are big on holiday flavors and aromatics, we also intentionally create this delight with a lighter body than one might expect. After all, the holidays are about indulgence, and we don’t want to be full after just one beer.
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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of sweet vanilla frosting along with some coconut. Ginger comes through along with some hints of cinnamon. The bourbon comes through and blends well with everything. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. The ginger and spices lead the way. More vanilla and coconut. Some raisins and walnuts in the mix. The bourbon isn't shy, but it doesn't dominate to the point where it's diminishing the other flavors. The bourbon is bold but ultimately balanced. Malts do their thing. It's definitely on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or anything over the top. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy but not really thick. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. They definitely deliver on the gingerbread and bourbon aspects. Great aromas and flavors. This is definitely a "dessert stout". This one is highly enjoyable and well executed.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing to speak of.

S: A big, bracing aroma of booze, chocolate, gingerbread, wood, vanilla, and malt.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of the advertised gingerbread (a major factor), a bit of malt (present throughout, though subtle), a whole lot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a hint of vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, and lots of dark chocolate. This is a powerful, complex flavor that gets better as you go along. Delicious.

F: A so-so amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall slightly creamy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 50% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of whiskey/bourbon along with moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts + caramel + chocolate + dark malts with a moderate amount of caramel + molasses sweetness. There are also moderate aromas of gingerbread, toasted oak, and espresso with light to moderate amounts of caramel + vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts + caramel + chocolate + dark malts with a moderate amount of caramel + molasses sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of gingerbread, spices (ginger + cinnamon + allspice) toasted oak, and espresso. Finally there is a just shy of strong flavor of whiskey/bourbon with light to moderate amounts of caramel + vanilla. Light amounts of roasty bitterness which fades away fairly quickly letting both bourbon and gingerbread flavors linger well through the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a light to moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks more easily than the 16% ABV would have you expect though this was still a slow sipping dessert beer for me. Enjoyable with a big boozy bourbon barrel presence over the top of freshly baked gingerbread cookies and espresso. Perfect beer for a cold rainy evening.

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Photo of briandgilbert
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Black!
S-Wow wonderful aromas from this!
T-Yummy, good deep stout, some sweetness and the gingerbread flavor is fantastic!
F-Not thick like I’d expect from a stout of this type, but oh so good!

Good stuff! 2018 bottle poured into glass. $9 for the bottle, not bad at all, great flavor and a good punch!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released November 2017; drank 1/18/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; almost no lace.

Ginger ale, milk chocolate & faint cinnamon notes in the nose.

Sticky, medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh cream, cinnamon & ginger ale flavors up front; milk chocolate & booze heat notes on the finish.

The strong ginger ale note is a bit odd, but this was interesting & drinkable. I'm not rushing to horde this but I'd have another.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on December 31, 2017. Aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels. Aroma of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. Taste is bourbon-soaked gingerbread cookies. Feel is full in body.

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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly powerful, spicy and chocked full of roasty toasty culinary art, the brewers at Moody Tongue have worked hard at getting us ready for the inlaws this holiday season.

Like gingerbread men on steroids, the scent is of burnt gingerbread, espresso and whisky spice. Ominously dark, opaque and crowned with a short mocha creme of froth, their Bourbon Barrel Aged Gingerbread Imperial Stout also sits in the glass like fine espresso. Malty sweet with molasses, sorghum and honey, the roasty elements strike the palate with a stern taste of dark roast coffee, black walnut, cocoa and burnt cream.

As the ale warms and also as the palate acclimates to the beer's strength, its sweetness is greeted with the fresh taste of ginger along with an accompaniment of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in rapid Christmas spice succession. Its sweetness slowly relaxes and the middle palate becomes increasingly roasty, toasty and spicy. Oak, coconut, caramel and vanilla help to weave together the booze soaked finish with the discernible taste of bourbon with a hint of spiced rum.

Lavishly full in body, the savory and saucy stout simmers on the tastebuds with a long and tantalizing linger of burnt sugars and ginger spice. Prickling and numbing in the throat, a long aftertaste of burnt gingerbread and espresso keep the flavors going without apology.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gingerbread Imperial Stout from Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 28 ratings