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

Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #754
Ranked #4,168
4.25 | pDev: 3.76%
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola color with a lot of leakage to mahogany on the edges and a thin, sudsy tan head that evaporates in seconds. The nose is boozy first, with loads of oak and some vanilla, and a nice touch of rich cocoa on the backside.

The taste has the oak and vanilla and rich cocoa in a perfectly balanced menagerie of rich flavors, and a not so subtle warming boozy note. I don’t normally like boozy, but in this case, it fits really well, especially with the oak and vanilla.

If the mouthfeel was a bit more substantial, this would be world-class, IMHO. I was concerned this would be too sweet, but those fears were unfounded. This is truly a treat to drink, and a brewery that I will definitely explore in the future.

Mar 21, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 oz pour @ Loda


Bourbon barrel sweetness on the nose straight out, slight vanilla and slighter cinnamon.

Bourbon barrel and caramel straight out, followed by cola, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and fudge cake. Pretty solid.

Feel is semi creamy, medium bodied, mild carb, hot alcohol.

Overall my favorite MT beer yet. Great work.

Edit : I've seen these now in stores for $39.99/4 pack. That's insane and not worth that, but a $3.00 5 oz pour was good.

Mar 09, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Moderately thin in appearance, dark brown rather than black, with fairly minimal fizzing. The lower carbonation ultimately smooths out the mouthfeel, giving an impression of a more full body than the pour would indicate. Fudge and booze, with enough yeastiness to understand the cake namesake. Not nearly as sweet as most pastry stouts, though, which I consider a good thing. Tons of barrel oak and boozy heat, the bourbon really pulls its weight as the beer warms, to the point where I might consider drinking it colder next time. Very expressive.

Jan 15, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 12/30/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with no head and no lacing. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, some caramel and tobacco, light coconut and char. The flavors each really stand out- bourbon, chocolate, caramel, coconut, raisins, malt. Smooth, a very good full body on the lighter side, appropriately carbonated.

This is really well done. The Four Roses barrels are excellent, lots of expressive aromas and flavors- especially the chocolate. Very enjoyable.

Apr 02, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at the brewery, served in brandy snifters. Brownish black, thin layer of wispy surface skim, no foam or lacing.

Aroma is muted chocolate, some fusels, nothing i’d consider bourbon but maybe a whiff of barrel present, autolysed yeast.

Taste has the light notes of dry chocolate and a tiny bit of toasted coconut, boozy and astringent feel. Bourbon isn’t tasted so much as felt. Lighter side of medium bodied. Overall it hits the notes, but lacks finesse.

Jan 11, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2018 vintage, poured into a 12oz stemmed wine glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a thin tan head, about a half a finger high with moderate retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is great, tons of rich dark chocolate, charred oak, smooth bourbon, coconut, light caramel and toffee with a nice rich grain character and a lingering vanilla quality. The flavors are very good, chocolate upon chocolate with a nice dark bitterness, warm bourbon barrel, strong charred oak, toasted coconut, spice, caramel and toffee with vanilla and a nice grainy finish. The mouthfeel is good, coating with a medium body, thick and smooth with a warm finish.

Verdict: A nice barrel aged stout from Moody Tongue. The chocolate qualities are excellent but the barrel is really well done here. I wish the body was a bit thicker but this beer is definitely still up to the task. Balanced, expressive and super rich without being cloying and over the top.

Feb 24, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Jan 29, 2019
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briandgilbert from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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!!

Dec 20, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Mar 22, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 02, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Dec 19, 2017
Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout from Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 48 ratings