Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Winding Path Brewing Co / Wyndridge Farm Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #399
Ranked #2,695
4.37 | pDev: 5.49%
Winding Path Brewing Co / Wyndridge Farm Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Notes: Our Imperial Stout was aged for 9 months in bourbon barrels from three prominent Kentucky distilleries. The barrels were filled with this stout within 48 hours of being drained of bourbon, giving the beer its pronounced bourbon character. The beer pours jet black with an aroma of toffee, coffee, and dark chocolate. Irresistibly rich and flavorful.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a wax-topped bomber into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Inky black pour with a finger of mocha colored head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Cocoa, coffee, bourbon, and roast.

T.F: Rich and roasty... modest malt sweetness... dark chocolate and espresso balanced by some char and hop bitterness. Chicory and vanilla... bourbon present and accounted for. Boozy and warming... more complex and tasty as it warms. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Creamy. Roast and booze to finish.

O: A well done big BBA Imperial stout. The ABV is mostly hidden, but this is a boozy slow sipper.

May 31, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The black pour is deep and ponderous. The head is multi-layered as the light penetrates. It's a bright, luminous khaki on top, but underneath a more sponge-like dark mocha.

S: Vanilla bean. Toffee and ripe fruit giving off an impression of honey glazed sultanas. Roasted walnuts, crushed hazelnuts brightened by a grassiness and exotic florals.

M: Full bodied with a syrupy feel to start. Dilutes to a silky creaminess with an assertive espresso roast.

T: Pulls off the sweet and savory really nice that resembles something like date honey. The toffee is rich and nuanced with a nutty tahini and the bright sweetness of golden raisins. Dried apricots and lightly charred wood mixed with coffee. The essence of bacon doesn't elude me. Blackstrap molasses, leather that frequented a tobacconist. The use of bourbon is assertive and complex that actually left an impression of note.

Apr 16, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BA imperial from Wyndridge is one of the more aggressive aged beers I have come across. The bourbon comes through from start to finish and drinks like a beer, but edges on the profile of a cocktail.

The beer is tough at first because the barrel is so overwhelming. However, this one gets better the longer you drink it and ends up finishing above average.


Mar 26, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with thin, but dense toffee colored lacing.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, light char, bourbon, roasted cocoa, and Bourbon.

T - Dark roasted chocolate, roasted cocoa, char, oak, Bourbon, and a nice aggressive roast presence.

M - Thick and a little oily with some warming on the way down.

O - Pretty fantastic and recommended. One of those bottles I wish I had bought more than one of.

Mar 07, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A dark dark brown brew with a rootbeer float-looking head and decent lacing and retention.

S: Chocolate fudge and bourbon. A tinny coffee bitterness.

T: Follows the nose with some more booze and barrel, tiny notes of toffee, char, and cherry tartness.

F: Moderately thick and finishes dry and bitter.

O: I wanted to fall in love with this stout as it was well executed overall, but the complexity wasn't there nor a good standout note to hang my palate on. Still a very nice work from Wyndridge very worthy of your own oppinion.

Jan 24, 2020
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into tulip
Inky black with fab of khaki head-scant effervescence- smells of cocoa, leather, woodsy bourbon notes - taste is sweet molasses, vanilla, cocoa - caramel, smoke and leather with a semi sweet finish. Full body- almost syrupy with good palate cleansing acidity.
Solid bourbon barrel aged imperial stout- complex and comparable to the classics- definitely got to stock up

Jan 16, 2020
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branham1989 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wyndridge Farm Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 13.9% ABV. This Imperial Stout pours a jet black color with a mocha colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving heavy lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted grains alcohol with hints of chocolate molasses and toffee/caramel and coffee charred wood and leather. The flavor is of anise bittersweet dark chocolate espresso blackstrap molasses burnt brown sugar like creme brulee a heavy dose of bourbon and woodsy flavor along with some nuttiness before finishing with a slight alcohol burn along with dark fruits tobacco leather. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky creaminess I love the mouthfeel of this beer. This is a superb bourbon barrel aged stout with amazing flavors and at 13.9 abv is very easy drinking. 9.6/10

Dec 22, 2019
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L-Jet black......1 finger mocha colored head that dissipates leaving some heavy lacing........absolutely no light passing through this beer

S-roasted grains........booze, chocolate, molasses, caramel

T-chocolate, booze, wood, dark fruits, mocha., sweet bourbon, black licorice, caramel, vanilla........quite complex.........finish is dark bitter chocolate and lingering coffee

F-Thick, creamy, feels exactly as it should.......low carb......highly viscous

O-well crafted good as any BBA stout I have had........highly recommend.......smooooth........alcohol heat is subdued but this is a big bold BBA stout of high quality

Dec 07, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow amazing stuff mostly surprised to see it never even heard of it until today. Even at almost 14% I got no bourbon burn and even convinced the bartender to try it much to his surprise. No hard bourbon hits smooth chocolate slight bitter coffee. Again world class stuff

Nov 30, 2019
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JesseC159 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer smells, feels and taste great if you like a dark and smooth beer. The coffee and dark chocolate hints along with the bourbon barrel flavor is absolutely awesome. I understand that my local beer specialty, wine and growler shop is on their last case of this beer and I am seriously devastated. I would continue to buy this beer until the end of time. Please do not discontinue making this beer.

Jun 08, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, completely impervious to light. It is rare to find a beer this dark. Dark mocha head that fades quickly. Aroma is burnt espresso, sweet dark molasses, charred wood, wet leather, campfire. Flavor is very complex. In no particular order: anise, bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, blackstrap molasses, burnt brown sugar (think crepe brûlée top), chatted wood, ash, and a good dose of bourbon. Lots of charred / burnt aromas and flavors going on here. Would be interested to see how the flavors develop over 2-3 years... at $16/500ml bottle, very reasonably priced for a beer of this quality.

500 ml bottle, fall 2018 release - thanks Roach
4.25 rating

Feb 08, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slow-building head, but eventually a solid finger+ of dark tan foam sits elegantly atop a midnight black body. Retention is fantastic for the style, with a thin foam topper lingering long after the pour.

Bourbon is strong on the nose, followed by notes of dark chocolate, nuts, and coffee. Nose overall is quite restrained. Light char, red grapes, honey, and brown sugar round out the profile.

Flavor is a straight-forward but very well executed BBA imperial stout. It's a slow-building profile, with a little bit of brown sugar and caramel up front, blending with bourbon and chocolate and coffee tones. Mid-palate, the heat comes along as the bourbon mash starts to assert itself more aggressively, with tones of coconut, vanilla, and oak. Quite a bit of char on the finish (surprisingly for an "American" imperial stout), along with dark chocolate and coffee, and dulled by oak.

Modest heat; full-bodied and very drinkable. Long finish with tones of fruit, tobacco, leather, and tannins.

Feb 04, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark body; frothy, sticky head; lots of sheets of foam and rings of lacing inside the glass. Sweet and dark roasted grain aroma; cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate and boozy taste; cocoa; some alcohol. Heavy body; sweet and spongy; bourbon heat.

A nice, very balanced barrel-aged stout.

Feb 03, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger light brown head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, nuts, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is rich dark toasted malt with nice char, fudgy chocolate, bourbon, mellow coffee, vanilla and a hint of filberts. Medium bodied with moderate, silky creaminess, superb mouth feel. Wow, this is a really fine imperial stout. Flavor is deep, complex and yet well integrated. Nice level of roasty char, evocative chocolate character and some coffee, vanilla and nuttiness. One of the best stouts I've had in the past year and one of the few that compare to my favorites from Fremont. If this was a local brewery, I'd be stocking up on this one. I hope to see other brews from these guys. Completely off my radar, but world class.

Jan 17, 2019
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bulls Head. This was surprisingly spectacular. Rich, fudge-y cake batter, fairly potent bourbon, brown sugar, and faint coconut and vanilla. Rich, full mouthfeel and an incredibly well masked abv. Put it in 4-packs and I'd buy a bunch. Get this one.

Jan 15, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This most excellent imperial stout
pours a deep coal black with a nice head of brown foam that settles to
a thin ring, thin wispy pool, and displays some rather nice lacing. Nose
of mellow coffee, bourbon, vanilla, strong booze, aged oak barrel, toffee,
and subtle chocolate with char hints. Flavors---wow...haven't had one this
good since Bluejacket74 tossed me a bottle of Combustion Barrel Aged
imperial. Rich coffee and moderate char round out a mature oaken barrel
around notes of rich bourbon, mellow vanilla, and brown sugars laden with
roast and toffee with hints of chocolate and brulee but beaten back by char
and deeply roasted coffee. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, warming,
low carbonation,and a kickin' warm boozy finish laden with coffee and a
lingering char.

Stout lover---rejoice----most excellent if you can find it!
As noted by other BeerAdvocates this one deserves some
much needed attention----it is most excellent.

It is also a Christmas beer from the little lady who always
gets me the finest stouts----ahhh---good life, good wife!


Jan 05, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, bourbon and some roast. There is a brownie element to the aromas as well. It also has hints of vanilla.

Taste: There are flavors of chocolate, bourbon, roast, and some burnt elements. There are hints of vanilla and some low background dark fruits. In addition a slight wood background flavor is there.

Feel: It has a full body that is not quite chewy. Maybe one of the most impressive elements it the smooth alcohol warming considering the abv of this beer.

Overall, a powerful and flavorful stout highlighting a mixture of items that are balance without one dominating over the others.

Dec 26, 2018
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dresserinthecorn from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I took a gamble on this one simply due to the wax dipped bottle and 13.9% ABV and I'm so happy I did. This is a stout that belongs in the conversation with other highly regarded BBA stouts like KBS, Dragons Milk, Goose Island BCBS, etc.

Pours black as night with a slowly dissipating mocha head. Big aroma of the bourbon barrel with notes of butter, toffee, caramel, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The flavor is right along the nose with the vanilla and caramel being the most overt flavors. Hides that 13.9% really well. Great stout from a company I've only ever known for mediocre hard ciders. A gem worth snatching up.

Dec 13, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Pours an opaque, motor-oil black with minimal head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, coffee, perhaps a bit of molasses, and more than a hint of bourbon. Mouthfeel is ever so slightly thinner than I like in an Imperial Stout. Alcohol is evident but not over the top. Bought a couple of bottles as a possible candidate for cellaring, but I never have the patience for that. Pretty tasty fresh.

Nov 21, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd never heard of Wyndridge Farm and picked this up in an online purchase to pad out a box. I'm so glad I did, because this is really stellar. It pours like opaque, thick black ink, with a delayed reaction for the small bit of cocoa powder-brown head that emerges from the depths. Minor lacing as the foam subsequently struggles to tread water on top of the murk.

This was apparently a collaboration with a local distillery providing the barrels after producing a 2-year-old bourbon. As a result of having barrels from such a young straight bourbon, this yields a ton of barrel oak and character from the ageing process. The sharp spice of the spirits and barrel complement the heavy fudginess from the nose and produce a very chocolatey, boozy attack. An occasional impression of Mexican hot chocolate emerges from the combination, but only very subtly.

I will be looking for this again. In a blind tasting, I would imagine that this could hold its own against some big hitters.

Sep 11, 2018
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Winding Path Brewing Co / Wyndridge Farm Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 43 ratings