Barrel-Aged Nocturnus
Watermark Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
13.5%
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Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 0%
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Watermark Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 15, 2020
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Magus_Of_Beer from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellered (4 months) 22oz bomber poured into snifter.

Look:
Appearance is pitch black, with short lived, half a finger's width tanned head. Light lacing left around the glass when shifted about. Abyssal blackness reveals brilliant ruby hue when held to strong light.

Smell:
Chin level: Strong bourbon and vanilla
Nose: Intoxicating sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla beans, with a hint of coconut. no sign of the cocoa nibs.

Taste:
German chocolate cake that went a little bit light on the coconut.
Heavy malt impact with chocolate bitterness complimenting the sweetness. The bourbon and vanilla come through next, sweeping away all else as vanilla settles in the palette with the coconut and the bourbon.
The Elijah Craig 14 year barrel is definitely apparent with the sweetness of the bourbon, and the slight heat that comes towards the end, but dangerously drinkable for 13.5% despite the heaviness of the beer.
It should be of note that I had tried this beer at release and it was exceedingly bourbon tasting and smelling on draft. This was either not a problem for the bottles, or has aged out of it very well after 4 months.

Feel: Not quite motor oil, but definitely heavy silk feeling along with very light carbonation make this quite dangerous. Lightly sticky if left to dry outside your mouth (which I wouldn't recommend). Definitely not crushable, but dangerously sippable. In fact, went through about half the bottle trying to figure out the most appropriate way to describe the taste in the past 10 minutes.

Overall: A great beer I'll happily welcome onto the world stage.

Mar 01, 2020
Barrel-Aged Nocturnus from Watermark Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2 ratings