Dark Charge - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Cherry And Vanilla | Braxton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Braxton Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
braxtonbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 02-09-2018

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yearly charge that make Ohio Valley area beer enthusiasts flock to the their taproom; the release of the Dark Charge series of stout allows the brewers at Braxton Brewing to bring out bourbon barrels that once housed vanilla and a why not spirit of cherries to delight the tastebuds.

Intimidatingly dark, the cherry and vanilla version of the famed imperial stout comes ominously black and crowned with a loose tan froth. Intense roast invites a bold complement of burnt and smoke aromas to the softer and tangier melange of vanilla and cherry that seem almost cookie-like. Its taste picks up on the cookie character and chases it with richer flavors of blackstrap molasses, maple and scorched toffee.

Sweetness soon takes a backseat to the roast as the ale rolls across the middle palate. Succulent, roasty and rich, the taste of turkish coffee add a soilish earth flavor with black walnut and burnt toast beckoning. Baker's chocolate and cherry intertwine for a roasted dessert taste and texture as the late palate brings a broad and earthen bitterness with the softness of heavy cream from vanilla in support.

Grilled fruit, stone fruit and dehydrated fruits seem fruitcake-like albeit on the charred side. Bourbon and brandy-like spice tingles the tongue as the finish is long, slightly smoky and slightly ashy. The taste of cherries and vanilla bring a welcomed distraction and a mild balance to the acrid roast of the base beer's roasty toasty personality.

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Dark Charge - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Cherry And Vanilla from Braxton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1 ratings