Rye Barrel Aged Gorilla Juice
Ascension Brewing Company

Rye Barrel Aged Gorilla JuiceRye Barrel Aged Gorilla Juice
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #618
ABV:
17.1%
Score:
93
Ranked #7,073
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 4.04%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
14
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Ascension Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 14
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4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received the maple variant in a multi-bottle trade outside Dark Lord Day.

As black as night, pretty much flat with little lacing. Smell is like pancake syrup and bourbon, and it tastes about the same. I'm not a big maple fan (CBS does nothing for me).....just too sweet.

But it seems well crafted and definitely packs a whallop. Half of the pint was enough for me. Share a can with two buddies...maybe three. That would be an enjoyable amount. Maple syrup enthusiasts will love it.

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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2016. Batch #1, bottle #20. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, toffee, coconut, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, and rye whiskey barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, toffee, coconut, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, toffee, coconut, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, dark/brown bread, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and rye whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying, acrid, or astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly tannic, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a very mild increasing warmth, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged super imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very rich and complex, but not overly heavy/slick for a beer of this ABV. The Woodford reserve rye barrels are absolutely perfectly integrated; adding tons of complexity, without any booze. Great nutty/fruity coffee and vanilla presence, without overwhelming the base beer. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Rye Barrel Aged Gorilla Juice from Ascension Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 14 ratings