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American Imperial Stout
4.23 | pDev: 4.96%
ColdFire Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 10
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is pretty nutty. Like literally. Very reminiscent of sweet and salty cashews or mixed nuts. There's so much bourbon in this it's almost savory. Bourbon, oak, and nutty flavor. Then followed up by roasty malt that somehow gets bullied so far into the background. The last beer I had that was this bourbon forward, was the Barrel aged Old Rasputin. But that was a little more balanced in terms of beer:bourbon ratio. This also reminds me of Weyerbacher Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning as well, but more straightforward. Less depth. This is a very good brew. I wish more beers would sit in a barrel this long. For those who love Barrel Aged Stouts, go nuts!

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Spring 2018

Pours an opaque black with a finger of tan head that drops to a patchy film. Decent retention; confetti lacing. (4)

Fruity and nutty, with lots of roasty vanilla, red wine and chocolate. (4.25)

Rich toffee with walnuts, red fruits, chocolate, some bourbon oak flavor. (4.25)

Thick, full body with moderate carbonation and a lingering roasty-sweet finish with warming alcohol. (4.25)

A very nice stout.
It pours nice with a decent cap of head and ruby highlights as it leaves the bottle. The aroma and flavor are both nicely malty sweet with a little fruity freshness from the yeast. All that is drizzled in bourbony-oaky-bourbon character. It has a good body and is drinkable for as strong as it is. A very nice beer. (4.25)

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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 17.98 (Including shipping)/500 mL bottle ($ 1.06/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 12/29/18.
“Bottled Spring 2018” on label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, opaque.
Head – large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density, good retention, diminishing to a four mm ring and partial layer.
Lacing – None. As expected for a high alcohol barrel-aged brew.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 – Initially a burst of dark fruits, primarily dates (my favorite!).
Flavor – 4 - Begins slightly bitter with roasted malt followed by a weak bourbon sweetness and flavor. Dark fruits from the nose do not translate to the taste. A bit of oakiness appears at the end. No alcohol (10.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.75 - Full, nearly syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – The appearance is typical for BBA Impy Stouts with no distinguishing features. The aroma is very appealing. The flavor is well-balanced between the initial roasted bitterness and the bourbon sweetness. A very weak alcohol warming occurs awhile after consumption. The palate is only marginally better than the average BBA Impy stout, with the oats adding the almost slimy aspect of institutional oatmeal rather than the anticipated smoothness. Overall, decent but definitely overpriced.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a creamy tan head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, bourbon, and a hint of cocoa. Taste is initially slightly sweet. Vanilla, oak, and cocoa balance the dark roasted character. Medium to full bodied with a mild alcohol warming.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 10 ratings