Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout | Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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4.24/5
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
moodytongue.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,921
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
29
pDev:
3.54%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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0
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Photo of nmann08
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on January 27, 2019. 2017 vintage. 16.0% imperial stout, aged for 12 months in Kentucky Four Roses bourbon barrels. Notes of rich chocolate cake, toasted coconut, caramel and a graham cracker crust.

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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz with Lisa at home. Bought in Charleston for $12 I think. Really good but pretty hot.

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Photo of Richter525
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briandgilbert
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L-nice black look and small head from pour into glass
S-lovely smells begs me to taste
T-wow this is yummy! Sweet side, so good!
F-not thick easy to sip and enjoy!

Great flavor, easy to drink, high alcohol content so it’s strong, but wow it’s yummy!!

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

we actually had this with the actual 12 layer cake they serve in here, and were sort of underwhelmed by both a little bit, not to say they arent very good, but for the price and how hard they appear to be trying, they could be better than they are. its shiny black in the glass but not nearly as viscous as i thought it might be, smelling very boozy with notes of dark baking chocolate, espresso, and licorice. there is a weird thinness to this though, a lack of malt depth and weight, so strange for this high abv, just a different approach to the stout altogether i reckon, almost more like a spirit than a beer, fusel but refined, cognac-esque. i taste some chocolate, faint coconut, licorice and cigar, faint anise and oak, but not a ton of barrel here and not that much malt character, chocolate malt and a little roast, but this feels strangely thin for what it is. its also somehow sort of simple too, i expected more flavor, like 12 layers of it to be exact, and while its tasty, it doesnt really live up to the name. some bourbon at the end but even this element is minimal. i like that its not too sugary, but this one left a little bit to be desired.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Black/brown appearance.

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

Dark chocolate, bourbon head, burnt caramel, mild fudge & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, bourbon heat & dark chocolate flavors up front; mild oak & faint raspberry notes on the finish.

A bit boozy right now; who knows, maybe a year or two could turn this into a luxurious beast. Regardless, it's good now.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With layer upon layer of complexity, the decadence of chocolate cake oozes out of the Moody Tongue Brewing Company in the form of imperial stout. A long winter's nap inside bourbon barrels and copious amounts of chocolate come in a reckless package of roast, decadence and booze.

Dark as espresso, the onyx black ale crowns with a mocha whipped foam before shedding its irresistible scent of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and coffee for a strong suggestion of fudge, tiramisu and kahlua. Lavishly sweet maltiness unleashes its chocolate fudge, caramel, brown sugar and roasted nuttiness broadly across the tongue.

And as the stout seeps deeper and deeper into the tastebuds, those tastes of chocolate cake only rise greater. Its rich viscosity cakes on the mouth with cocoa, caramel, vanilla, walnut, espresso roast and a bold and woodsy bitterness. Bourbon flavor grows in the finish as their own coconut, caramel, vanilla and oak spices play on the late palate with spice, sherry and refined whisky.

Decadent, rich and full, the ale is kept from cloying sensations with its premiere booze spice that thins the texture and offsets sweetness late in finish for light reprieve from the lavish nature of malt and chocolate. A long and savory aftertaste suggests that this isn't a beer to pair with dessert, rather to replace dessert altogether.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout from Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 29 ratings