J. Wakefield Brewing

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J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #393
Ranked #1,638
4.38 | pDev: 4.79%
Feb 12, 2023
May 18, 2017
Desperado is a dark, rich, and boozy Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey barrels with Cocoa Nibs, Ancho Chili Peppers, and Cassia bark.

40 IBU
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours out a thick, viscous dark brown nearing black. Even on a hard pour, no foam.

Nose is huge oak and bourbon profile. This smells like it was dumped in moist barrels. Cinnamon underneath, with the roasted malt as well.

Taste is an explosion of the bourbon barrel, cinnamon, or cassia in this case, big chocolate and roasted malt. The bourbon and oak influence is almost smoky and the combination of it and the chocolate brings an almost savory flavor. The cassia melds with the peppers to bring a substantial heat. Having had this flavor combination many times, it doesn't always work well, but here it does so exceptionally.

Mouthfeel is thick and dense. I could tell from the pour that it would be this way. Its almost chewy. Very minimal carbonation. ABV and peppers make it rather drying and the heat balances out against the cloying sweetness.

Overall a killer brew. The bourbon barrel aged spicy cinnamon stout is an archetype I always enjoy, especially when its done this well.
Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by paulish from New York

Feb 11, 2023
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drinking a 2022, 14 percent abv, 10 year Woodford Barrels. Pours dark, thick appearance, no head or lacing. Nose is chocolate, wooden whiskey barrel, the cassia wood, hints of maple. Taste is a well blended mix of sweet and spicy, chocolate and peppers, whiskey undertones. Thick, syrupy, big bodied, boozy and pleasantly hot. Pretty darn good
Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 15, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle at the 2017 RIS tasting, thanks to Steve. poor planning on my part, but these last few have all had the breakfast/cinnamon roll spin going on, making it hard to discern one from the other. Not a bad thing, and this one was pretty good and delicious, but I can’t add much more than to say black pour, beige head, boozy aroma, roast malts, cinnamon, vanilla.
Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 3.91 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Feb 03, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pitch black coloration with a small, creamy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel, slightly roasted malts and rich dark chocolate, with a strong cinnamon aroma and hints bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, chiles and earthy oak tannins, as well as a certain sharp booze note. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by slightly roasted, caramel malts, rich dark chocolate and cinnamon, as well as ligher notes of dark fruits: plum, raisins, bourbon, earthy oak tannins and a light sherry-like oxidation note, as well as hints of vanilla and chiles. Finishes rather sweet, with a light bitterness and some dark fruits and earthy cinnamon lingering in the aftertaste, as well as some more chile heat coming through. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light carbonation.

This is quite a rich and complex stout, but just too much on the sweet and boozy side for my personal taste, with the strong cinnamon and slight cherry notes not really helping to balance things out here. It does have a certain earthy quality to it though that helps keeping things grounded, as well as a light, roasted bitterness at least. Still quite boozy after roughly 2 years as well. I actually drain-poured the last quarter of this because it was just way too sweet and boozy to finish in one session for my personal taste, your mileage may vary.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 07, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Good sweetness in the stout. Tastes of chocolate and some cinnamon. No bitterness whatsoever in this. Good mouthfeel, light head. Sweet smell. Great taste.
Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by mig100 from Texas

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Brian29 from Ohio

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jun 29, 2018
Desperado from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 34 ratings