French Toast Devil Dog - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Roak Brewing Co.

French Toast Devil Dog - Bourbon Barrel AgedFrench Toast Devil Dog - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,161
ABV:
11.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #10,021
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 3.37%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
22
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Roak Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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French Toast Devil Dog - Bourbon Barrel AgedFrench Toast Devil Dog - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Notes: Bourbon Barrel. Breakfast. Beer. The big, bold character of Devil Dog oatmeal stout served with generous notes of Maple, Vanilla, and Cinnamon aged in once-used Bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 22
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlintB for this 16 oz. can…my trading has become as infrequent as a comprehensible Trump tweet, so that thank you is notable.

Black as the soul of a Yankees fan, & smells a lot better, mostly sweet malt & cinnamon. No objections.

French Toast Devil Dog – Bourbon Barrel Aged brings a lot to the (breakfast) table. The barrel is subtle, no cleavage, followed by too much cinnamon, maple sweetness, brown sugar that grows in strength as the beer warms. Smooth, easy, with no apparent alcohol, a dangerous sipper. Love to have this on the right side of my Belgian waffles I craft every Sunday morning.

Why re-invent the French Toast when regular French Toast is so good? Roak clearly knows that. Very good beer that borders on excellent.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can
sent over from superspak
Peace Tree mini snifter
10/19/18

Deep, inky black pour with a relatively large beige head of 1 finger in my micro snifter.

In the nose I get slight maple and almond, perhaps a little cake batter/vanilla frosting, coffee, dark fruit, and hints of antiseptic whiskey.

The flavor is not nearly the flavor bomb I'd hoped for, but I do get complexity. Coffee and roasted barley, a slight twang of dried banana chips, watery whiskey heat, and tart blackberry syrup. There's a tiny hint of grass and vanilla somewhere in there too. Very faint maple, if a little tart. Blackberry syrup persists.

Feel is hot and dry, gives ya cotton mouth. Nice carbonation level. Heat continues. Dryness continues. Mild residual oils.

Overall, I prefer the original FT DD over this, and this might be one of the shabbier BBA beers I've had. Still, it's relatively enjoyable and worth a pick up if you see it. The alcohol buzz creeps up quickly and stealthily.

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Photo of beergoot
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ink black body with a thick, creamy light tan head. Huge aroma of maple and cinnamon all wrapped within a blanket of roasted grain and coffee; smells very much like french toast. Heavy flavor of maple syrup with a noticeable yet not flagrant presence of bourbon; some cinnamon and vanilla; maple syrup linger long into the finish. Heavy body; thick, oily, viscous; plenty of residual sugar body with a dull, dense sweetness throughout.

This is an extremely fine smelling beer. The brewery nailed the french toast description perfectly. In the other categories, this beer shines as a barrel aged stout. Sweet, heavy, and alluring.

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Photo of mynie
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty can. Also one of the few times I've seen a BA'd version of a beer with a lower score than the regular vesion.

Usually I remark upon the pour first, because I am heavily induced to do so by the design of this website, but man this really is a French Toast Stout. The pour is a good 2.5 feet from my face and it smells like that old French Toast Crunch cereal. The maple nodes are intense but there's also something else about it, some sort of graininess, that just smells like French toast in particular (cinnamon). Bringing the glass closer to my nose, the aroma is smoother, but still very sweet and very syrupy.

The aroma is lovely but borders on cloying and I was worried the flavor would be too intense. It's not. It's rough bourbon at the very tip top, moving into nicely harsh cinnamon, and then very sweet syrup throughout, but the end and finish are both a nice mix of all the other flavors.

Overall this isn't the most delicately brewed beer you're going to come across, but it does a pretty darn good job of setting out what its makers wanted it to do.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has lots of maple, bourbon is present. Taste is of French toast, maple syrup, plenty of alcohol, hints of vanilla. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall I would recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is huge maple, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The taste is maple, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft crisp finish.

O - This is a pretty nice BBA stout. The flavors are on point but the mouthfeel could be a little thicker.

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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown brew, verging on black, difficult to discern clarity. Head production is decent for the style.

Wow! The nose is pure maple - like someone poured maple syrup into my glass. It's overpowering, frankly, overwhelming any vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, or malt. I take it back: there's a tiny amount of red grape from the malt, and perhaps a touch of cinnamon that creep through. As it warms, a buttery-caramel note starts to emerge.

Flavor is certainly more balanced up front: bready malt, spicy cinnamon, and sweet bourbon mash adding their character to the slightly more restrained maple. Vanilla is more subtle, and mostly lost among the other flavors. There's an almost buttery note mingling with caramel, not unpleasant and meshing with the overall theme of the brew.

Maple comes on thick, sticky, sweet, and strong on the second half, again taking the lead with sugary, woody tones. A bit of dry cinnamon spice lingers on the finish along with a boozy bourbon heat. Long after the sip, the lingering aftertaste has a remarkable resemblance to its namesake of French Toast (not so much Devil Dogs, though, thankfully).

Thick and smooth, not quite chewy, but quite sticky. Surprisingly lively. Doesn't feel like 11.4% (comparison: Ten Fidy feels noticeably "bigger," harsher, and boozier), although the lasting heat on the back end is a warning of this beer's true heft.

This is a joy to drink!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the brewery. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that did not leave any lace. the scent had maple syrup malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with a blueberry pancake like base....perfect for dessert. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 10/19/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, marshmallow, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, spices, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, marshmallow, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery hop; roast/char bitterness; and cinnamon, bourbon, oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, marshmallow, nuts, dark/brown bread, coconut, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, spices, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet and cinnamon/bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char and cinnamon/bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.4%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, spices, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Outstanding balance of rich malts, maple syrup, spices, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with solid earthy hops against sweetness. Just as impressive as the base beer. Richer, more dessert-like at the higher ABV; and mellower on the hop/spice, and roast/char bitterness from the barrel aging. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

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French Toast Devil Dog - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 22 ratings