Nighty Night
Lost Forty Brewery

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #528
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #3,180
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
57
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Lost Forty Brewery
 
Arkansas, United States
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94
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Notes: Our Imperial Stout has been aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels, Bourbon Barrels, and Cabernet Barrels. We’ve aged them to velvety perfection and are creating a complex and delicious blend we call Nighty Night. With an ABV of 9.8%* and bold aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate - this beer is the perfect beginning of an exciting fall and winter of rich seasonal offerings.

*ABV varies.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 57 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by The-Adjunct-Hippie:
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks for this 12 oz can from an in-person trade from jvgoor3786. Carpe Brew Em snifter. 2018 vintage.

Pours a silky black body with a creamy head of 1/2 finger, receding to a thick ring leaving lots of nice lacing on the glass.

Such a complex aroma of dark stone fruits and roasted malt. The red wine really comes through in the form of ripe black cherries. Slight metallic roasted malt. The barrel here is not particularly forward however. It does however have a very nice complex nose.

Flavor is tobacco-forward with secondary notes of roasted malt bordering on ashen; some tannic red wine character mixing in creating an almost charred dark stone fruit black-cherry vibe; with some very slight barrel sweetness in the background that seems to add an almost sappy quality to the beer though not forward; and more tobacco/ashen malt. It's very complex. It's not sweet, it's not very barrel driven, but it reminds me a lot of Marshall Zukhov with a slight black cherry influence and that's nothing to scoff at!

Feel is roasty first and foremost, then burning with alcohol, increasingly dry, semi-slick, and a roasty, hugely resiny finish. Dries the mouth out like a sponge.

Overall, an impressive stout that you wouldn't necessarily guess was barrel aged blindfolded, but it does bring complexity and it's an enjoyable though admittedly tough sipper. It's one I'll finish gradually - it's very intense and though it has lots to offer, drinkability is not its strong suit and is best contemplated over the course of a half hour or more. For being barrel aged in three barrels, it comes across a little light in that regard. Perhaps less is more in this situation, and as in the case of MILF more barrels are not better (even though that's a pretty good beer it's not the gargantuan you'd expect from four barrels). I'd love to try this in only a cabernet barrel or only a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to russpowell & jvgoor3786 for these cans!

A - Pitch black with a toffee colored, thick, creamy lacing ring, lots of legs on the sides of the glass and oozes as it's swirled.

S - Bourbon, oak, char, dark roasted chocolate malt, some tart acidic red grape skins, roasted toffee, and vanilla.

T - Nice dark chocolate char, some smokiness, delicate tart red grape skin, spicy, bourbon, some oak tannin/woody, vanilla. Ends with a lingering chocolate oak bitterness with a layer of bourbon and delicate grape tartness.

M - Heavy and full bodied, silky, viscous, lip smacking sticky, some alcohol warming on the way down but for 11.2% the warming is noticeable but minimal for thew ABV.

O - Impressed with this beer. Nice complexity with layer after layer of flavor. Very much recommended!

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Photo of Prager62
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A twelve ounce can with no visible date sent to me by fellow BA jvgoor3786 poured in the Lost Forty pint style glass he included.

Look- Pours a medium viscosity dark cola brown leaving two fingers of light brown creamy foam. It slowly settles revealing some thin lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, dark fruit including figs, raisins and red grapes. There's a hint of tobacco, molasses, brown sugar and oak as well.

Taste- It begins with a blast of bourbon but quickly changes gears to dark fruit. Figs, raisins and red grapes are all in abundance along with tobacco, leather, molasses, oak and a hint of char.

Feel- Oily but on the thin side. There is a noticeable blast of alcohol heat. My can had a higher abv. of 11.2% than the 9.8% listed here.

Overall- A very enjoyable and complex stout using a blend of three different barrels. You can definitely pick up the Cabernet barrel and the dark fruity presence it brings to the smell and taste. A perfect compliment to the bourbon! My only wish would be for a thicker creamier feel, but that wouldn't scare me from buying a case of this world class barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @jdell15 in NBS BIF #9. Reviewed 7/7/19. Thanks Jacob!
Can undated other than “2018” on the front of the 12 oz can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 62.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.1 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, average retention. Slowly diminishes to a five to seven mm crown and a rocky cap of varying thickness.
Lacing – None. Not unexpected with a 10.5% ABV brew (Marked on the can).
Aroma – 4 – Predominantly cocoa
Flavor – Flavor begins with grape and cocoa, quickly becoming slightly vinous with cocoa as the aftertaste. No coffee, bourbon, or rye, but surprisingly some ephemeral black cherry appears. No hops, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – While I’d normally drop the rating by 0.25 points for having no date, since this is an American Imperial Stout and has the year (2018) as part of the label I don’t feel that is critical since the hops are minor players in this style of beer. The cacao nibs predominate both the aroma and flavor. Overall, a decent Impy stout.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut hued mahogany with two fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Nice viscosity to this, super lacing & a cool swirly head pattern in the retention

S: Vanilla, Bourbon & caramel

T: Follows the nose, some Cab notes, a little char & Baker's Chocolate up front, a little dryness & spicyness from the Rye barrel up front. Dark Chocolate, a little smokeyness, faint woody hops, Bourbon & dryness as this warms, faint fig notes too.

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, warming

Drinks pretty easy despite the complexity & heft. Well worth picking up & maybe laying a few down

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Photo of ksimons
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-very dark brown with a fingers worth of light tan head

S-dark chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits

T-dark and milk chocolate, spicy rye, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon

M-medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall a very chocolatey full body stout, very nice

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Photo of metter98
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lost Forty Brewery, Little Rock, AR

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of Cabernet barrels are present in the nose along with hints of whiskey.
T: The taste has flavors of Cabernet barrels and rich chocolate along with hints of bourbon and whiskey. No alcohol is perceptible except for the barrel aging. The whiskey becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable considering its strength. I felt that the Cabernet was a little bit too strong compared to the whiskey and bourbon.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of scrizo
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lost Forty Nighty Night has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown appearance (black), which shows standard brown, at the tip top and bottom, as the bright sun hits it. Aroma is of dark bread, black cherry, yellow chewing tobacco, and some barrel aged effects. Taste is of those elements, with chocolate powder, some char, bitterness, cream, and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Nighty Night finishes medium wet/dry.

RJT

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doowhat
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kds2437
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super rock n roll extra from a recent trade. been it Hong to try this and felt like a stout so 1 + 1 = NOW!!!

Classic BA stout motor oil looks w a surprisingly white head...nose screams of whiskey peat. the rye jumps out first and then shockingly cabernet with little traces of bourbon to fill my nose. taste is an explosion of booze soaked wood. even a bit too much. as the nose suggests, leads w the rye, then the cab and bourbon is merely a suggestion of wet wood. so much in such a small package. truly amazing that beers like this come out of a can. loved it, though could use a bit more focus.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and spicy rye; with lighter notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, red wine, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, slight char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Some booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts and bourbon/rye/Cabernet barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and spicy rye; with lighter notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, red wine, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, slight char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/rye/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, spicy rye, light molasses/dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, herbal, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malts and bourbon/rye/Cabernet barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/rye/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/rye/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly tannic/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 11.2%, with very mild barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malts and bourbon/rye/Cabernet barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Very rich and complex malts; awesome barrel balance without much booze. Great presence of the bourbon and rye whiskey barrels; with the Cabernet mostly showing up in the background. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bandi
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ubenumber2
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of capnamerica
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bieniek30
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nighty Night from Lost Forty Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 57 ratings