Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Finkel & Garf Brewing Company

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Finkel & Garf Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #881
Ranked #3,857
4.25 | pDev: 8%
Nov 06, 2022
Mar 09, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Smaller beige head that settles to rim bubbles and leaves only a few very tiny spots and a single thin streak. The liquid is nearly black where no light passes.

Behind the chocolate and black cherry, I pick up the aroma of freshly cut pumpkin. Some alcohol and lightly sweet.

Full flavored with a whiskey (bourbon as advertised?) bite. Plenty of dry, semisweet chocolate. Light black cherry. No coffee. The body is rich and oily but the uptick of carbonation cuts into it effectively. Plenty of alcohol in the swallow. The finish is warming and creates a lingering boozy aftertaste.
Nov 06, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
nice stout withafter taste of vanilla slightly on ths strong side
May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: dark, zero head, even with an aggressive pour. Smell is coffee and bourbon. The taste is bourbon, licorice, vanilla, and more bourbon. If you like whiskey, this is your beer. Unlike some other folks, I'm not picking up any chocolate, none at all. It's not sweet. This is no pastry stout, that's for sure.

The body is a little on the thin side for an imperial stout, but it's still got a good smoothness and mouthfeel. Overall, it's one of the better bourbon barrel aged stouts.
Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer is a black color with only the hint of a head.
Boozy aroma. Vanilla. chocolate and coffee.
Lots of vanilla in the taste, a little more than I would like. Chocolate, coffee. Some bourbon.
Dry finish.
Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. Can
Limited Release
2021 Release
12.7% ABV

My first from this brewery. Website sez usually early Feb release.

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark brown/black color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves a medium-size oil slick, and some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, licorice, nice roastyness. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, bourbon/oak, vanilla, licorice, nice roastyness, nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a slight dry/bitter finish, a very nice big sipper. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Glad to see it around here.
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by kmanjohnson from California

Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bold, brazen and aggressive on the char, Finkel & Garf aren't holding back when it comes to the roast of grain, spice and heavy whisky barrel treatment. It appears that they've been taking Norwegian brewing classes.

Jet Black and pouring with the visual density of used motor oil, their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout hits the nose hard with a heavily roasted perfume softened only with suggestions of cream, chocolate and caramel. With a sharp prickle of the nose, the taste kicks off with a sweeter roast flavor with a backdrop of dry molasses, sorghum and cream to impersonate burnt marshmallow.

A heavy coffee flavor soon follows as the deviant ale extends onto the middle palate. Playing out spicy, ashy and earthy, its a spice of chicory, cinnamon and anise that amplify the coffee roast and its accompanying earthen spice. Trending bitter, sharp and aggressive with bourbon spice, the late taste is woodsy, oaken and rife with brushfire and straight whisky spice.

Full bodied and malty-dry on the finish, the Imperial Stout carries a harsh and campfire burn that's oddly irresistible. Its aggressive nature is expounded by oak spices, a roast-derived astringency and a whisky burn that nearly outlasts the enormously roasted aftertaste.
Jan 15, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked up a four-pack from Small Batch Liquors in Denver on 6-12-20 for $22.00. No canning date, assuming it was in 2020; consumed 8-25-20.

Beer poured black with an okay tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is vanilla forward with a touch of bourbon.

Taste follows the nose with a nice bourbon and vanilla accent over a huge malt base. Finishes well balanced as the adequate keeps the sweetness from becoming overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall a nice barrel offering from a smaller brewer, glad i tried!
Aug 25, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by crobinso from Colorado

Apr 24, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
cinnamon vanilla edition, a real treat, and a beer way too good to have come from a brewery that nobody ever thinks twice about. its a shame, because this is special stuff. the bourbon barrel impact on the quality base stout is high, charred oak abounds, bringing out strong dark chocolate qualities, and the whiskey is there from first sniff to last sip, unimpeded, pungent, and delicious, but in the end, this edition of this beer is all about the adjuncts! some of the most aggressive cinnamon use i have seen in a beer, which in my head should be terrible, but it turns out to be incredible with the big boozy stout, i love it. not spicy in the raw sense, more warming and cozy, like hot chocolate with a little cinnamon on the top, very aromatic, also earthy and complimentary. vanilla makes this somewhat sweet, but its more flavor than sugar which i like, and ends up adding a great dimension without making this seem too desserty. lots of body, a little exposed alcohol, but doesnt seem as strong as it is, and so smooth and interesting going down, dusty dry cinnamon powder is left on the tongue, yum! just enough whiskey character here, nice with the additives. a beer of honestly shocking overall quality, just really really good stout, aggressively spiked with cinnamon, and entirely successful. do yourself a favor and go find a can, nothing like this around, and one of the better beers with cinnamon i have maybe ever had.
Mar 15, 2017
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Reviewed by spoony from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From a 12 oz can to a snifter. Release No. 5 (the one with cinnamon and vanilla).

A-An aggressive pour produces a short tan head. The foam fades quickly to a thin cap that hangs around for a while. No lacing. The beer beneath is black, opaque, and viscous looking.

S-Holy cinnamon! I sniff tons of the aforementioned spice, as well as some subtle caramel sweetness, a little bit of milky chocolate, and some vanilla. The aroma reminds me of a mall-store cinnamon roll shop...dough and all. I'm not pick ingup much from the beer or barrel; maybe a little prune?

T-The taste tracks the smell closely, i.e. lots of cinnamon that mostly overpowers everything else. Barrel flavor is very light, but I pick up some caramel sweetness. I also pick up a bit more chocolate than on the smell, as well as a stronger vanilla flavor that reminds me of Fluff, that marshmallow creme stuff. Alcohol is completely hidden.

M-The body is medium to medium-plus in heft with a lower levels of carbonation. The finish is slightly sticky.

O-This one is just too heavy on the cinnamon for me. I can't stop thinking about fast-food sweet rolls, which is not a flavor I am chasing in a beer. This beer may be best served over ice cream.
Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Eddiehop from Texas

Feb 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark oily black-brown body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, even rings of lacing. It's a dark and oily looking beer. Substantial. Smell is straight cocoa powder, splash of bourbon, oak, milk chocolate and cocoa nibs. Touch of espresso acidity as well. Flavour follows, with a nice decadent dark chocolate sweet and bitter combination, cocoa nibs, bourbon, touch of smoke, little bit of roast and char, light vanilla sweetness. A really well rounded combination of everything you'd look for in a big stout like this. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, on the lighter end of that full spectrum, lower on carbonation as expected, smooth with a light smoky and sweet chocolate finish. Overall, a really nice surprise and this turns out to be a very nice bourbon barrel stout. It's comparable to Ozark's BDCS in a lot of ways; maybe this one is a little harsher. If you enjoyed that one, you'll enjoy this one.
Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by bgold86 from New York

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Jun 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours black with a thin motor oil/creme head. Head fizzles up and back down quickly. A few strings of lace bubbles left. Bourbon, roasted malts, toffee, and a bit of caramel make up the aroma. The flavor profile is very similar with notes of bourbon, roasted malts, and toffee. Wonderfully dark. The bourbon is a little hot, but still very manageable. Mouth feel has a medium consistency and very smooth. Overall, it's a fabulous beer. The bourbon is tasty and still remains well in check. Love the can aesthetics too.

Served in a 12oz snifter.
May 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Jigglyjuggly from Delaware

4.96/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Excellent BBA stout. Great notes of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon all fill the nose. Has a dark dark brown to black look with minimal head. Tastes like coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Love this beer. Awesome for the price. They've become relatively hard to find now and I'm hoping they make more.
May 16, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by Jasonrm72 from Colorado

Apr 15, 2016
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Finkel & Garf Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 31 ratings