Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit - Barrel-Aged - DMV
Mikerphone Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #902
ABV:
not listed
Score:
93
Ranked #10,128
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 4.86%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
13
From:
Mikerphone Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  2
Gots
  0
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Imperial Breakfast Stout w/ Double the Vermont Maple Syrup, Tugboat Sumatra Coffee, & Vanilla Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Dankacheese
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells considerably better than it tastes. The sediment looked like to be coffee grounds and that's exactly what this beer is. Drinking coffee that was made with a broken filter so a ton of grounds got in your cup. And that coffee is half maple syrup. Not very pleasant.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the OG taproom. Half pint glasses. Pours a dark black body, oily legs, half finger frothy mocha head, fair bit of retention and no lacing. Smell is distinct maple and coffee; even as it warms the vanilla isn't apparent. Milk chocolate, more maple and caramel sweetness. A fair bit of spicy heat from the barrel. The vanilla comes out a lot more on the finish, with a creamy, smooth marshmallowy sweetness that cuts into the roast coffee and maple syrup sweetness. The barrels don't give off much aside from a bit of spicy heat; it would have been nice to have some of that smooth chocolate fudge presence but I suspect that all of these adjuncts and even the base beer don't play so great with the barrel. That being said, this version was better than the standard barrel-aged version and certainly more enjoyable.

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Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit - Barrel-Aged - DMV from Mikerphone Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 13 ratings