Bourbon Council
ColdFire Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,080
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #10,628
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 5.45%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
17
From:
ColdFire Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: We brewed our beloved Imperial Stout, fermented it in stainless, barreled it down, then blended only 6 of our many bourbon barrels to create the ideal evening sipper. Barrels from iconic distillers such as Woodford, Heaven Hill, and Old Forester were used to create this high strength ale.
Pronounced notes of cocoa, vanilla, oak, praline, salted caramel and spice. A soft alcohol warmth lifts the sweet malt on the palate and brings the darker aromas to life. Aged for up to two years in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 17 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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metter98 from New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short beige colored head that left a narrow ring around the edge of the glass and some wisps of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with underlying notes of vanilla.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bourbon with notes of caramel and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warmth from the bourbon.
O: This beer is pleasant to sip but manages to do a very good job at hiding a very good portion of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Aug 01, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 March 2020 - Beer #39

Price: $16.99 on Tavour

Appearance: 3 - black. Very red at the edges and zero head. Looks rather thin.

Nose: 4 - very stout-y with just a touch of barrel. Nothing about which to write home.

Taste: 4 - very sweet. A good amount of barrel. Still stout-y. Very nice, but not special.

Mouth: 4 - yes, a bit thin, but comes to life when you chew on it a bit.

Overall: 4 - very decent. I get the feeling that it would be excellent if they upped the ABV to something heftier.

Cheers

Mar 02, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 5/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, red wine, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, coconut, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/black/bready malts, bourbon barrels, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, red wine, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, coconut, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; bourbon/oak spiciness; and yeast tang/tartness on the finish. lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, red wine, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while, Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, bourbon barrels, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 12.5%, minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, bourbon barrels, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, bourbon barrel presence/integration, and fruity yeast; with mild earthy hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example. Feels very English styled.

Oct 03, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Jul 25, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Spring 2018


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

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

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

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

O:
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)

Jan 17, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Dec 29, 2018
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rarigney from Washington

4.39/5  rDev +4%
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.

Sep 14, 2018
Bourbon Council from ColdFire Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 17 ratings