Sleeping Forever - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
The Veil Brewing Co.

Sleeping Forever - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSleeping Forever - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #322
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,385
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 5.26%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
51
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The Veil Brewing Co.
 
Virginia, United States
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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick pouring. Pitch black. Chocolate colored head. 1 finger head, and, considering the ABV, the retention is good. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is really rich and deep. Dark fruit, chocolate, caramel. slightly boozy aroma, but subtle.
Taste - I get a decent amount of caramel in the flavor, and that comes in on the backside. Also, on the backside I just get a very faint hint of coffee. Up front I get more of the dark fruit flavors. There's just a hint of chocolate in the middle.
Thick, full bodied. Smooth, but also a bit of carbonation on my palate. Not much of a boozy harshness at all.
Wow, just a good first impression on Veil beers for me. Damn tasty, just tasting amazing today.

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Photo of Sandis
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 2016 500ml bottle. This has aged tremendously well. Super thick. Chocolate and vanilla. Just enough barrel presence without being overbearing. I love the minimal carbonation. Really enjoying this.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This thick as fuck chocolate pudding beer is accented by delectable vanilla nougat notes from the barrel. I didn't wanna give it props, but I have to.

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

'16 vintage. Gold wax.

This one pours a very dark black color color, with a decent sized fluffy head, and not much lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, tobacco, leather, smoke, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee.

This is surprisingly bitter and roasty for Veil's stout program. They go in hard on the candy aisle side of things - it usually works out well enough, but it's still nice to see a burly old school type of barrel aged stout. No adjuncts, heavy roast, no syrup. There's loads of old tobacco, even a bit of smoke, and a roast character that was not stomped down by extending barrel aging, or the three years that this has been in the bottle. There's loads of dark chocolate, and a wonderful spicy oak character, along with a touch of espresso shot bitterness on the finish. It's supremtly complex - it's always nice to see that dope flavors can come out in a beer without dumping a whole bakery into the beer.

This is thick and chewy, with a fairly bitter and boozy finish. It's certainly a very slow sipper, due to the richness and booziness.

This was pretty excellent. It's not anywhere near the gimmicky stuff that the Veil frequently puts out. It's just a solid no frills barrel-aged stout.

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

550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves a ring behind

S- bold roasted charred malt and espresso on the nose up front, followed by bourbon soaked fudge brownies, caramel & vanilla. There's even a burnt brownie crust aroma in there. Undertones of vanilla, oak & anise

T- plenty of barrel notes up front gives notes of oak and barrel juice, followed by notes of dark chocolate and charred malt that gives off some rich espresso notes. Mid-palate brings out some fudge brownies and dark chocolate icing. The finish gives more bourbon, molasses & chocolate

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming, velvety finish

O- an outstanding stout with just enough barrel notes to match the bold stout

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very faint brown head that barely manages to cover the surface and dissipates very quickly. The beer itself, however, looks fairly scrumptious. It has a nice thick melted chocolate texture to it and is an opaque chocolate black color.

The smell and taste are fairly delicious but the taste is more complex. The smell has a good blend of smells that resemble a brownie made with bourbon. The bourbon isn't overwhelming but adds a nice sweetness to it while the chocolate is delicious along with a deep caramel note to it. The taste is friggin delicious. It has the same fudge note but the alcohol sweetness is not as out of place as it is in the smell. The bourbon is still sweet but has a good spice note coming out as well. There is also a wood note present through the whole thing.

The feel is really good. It's a heavy bodied beer but incredibly smooth bordering on silky. Not much carbonation though and a sticky finish.

Overall, fantastic beer and worth having got my hands on.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The base of this beer is such a phenomenal blank slate that is bold enough to hold up to any barrel or flavor addition, but still allows them to shine. It’s just a huge, sticky, rich stout that complements anything you throw at it. This bourbon barrel variant of Sleeping Forever is face-punch of vanilla, brown sugar and coffee. It almost finishes with like, a chocolate-covered raspberry thing. Mouth coating, and velvety smooth.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, yellow session. Starts with bourbon and sweet malt, continues with dark fruits, bitter, roasted malt on the finish and toffee throughout the taste.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Veil Anniversary 4/22. 6 oz pour. Very dark with not much in the way of head or anything else in accordance with this monster ABV. Strong oak and bourbon nose up front, definitely relegates base stout to the back a bit, though roasted malts still come through. Taste works out about the same, it's not unpleasant, but definitely still quite raw. Full-bodied, pretty much no carbonation, construction solid, balance TBD. I am cellaring my bottle, so unless I get an offer I can't refuse I expect this to be considerably improved in a few years. It has the basics.

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Sleeping Forever - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Veil Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 51 ratings