Barrel Aged Vanilla Absentium
Scofflaw Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #402
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,872
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
37
From:
Scofflaw Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  12
Gots
  7
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by 2beerdogs:
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2beerdogs from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I feel like a dick. I don't remember who sent this. Beer_Economicus? JBowenGeorgia? Buck89?
A beautiful pour. Deep dark brown, mahogany. Oatmeal head. Almost 2 fingers initially. Fluffy at first. Condenses. Retreats to a respectable cap of active bubbles. Solid retention. Lacing is surprisingly scattered and minimal.
Aroma is glorious. The vanilla (an ingredient that can put me off) is graceful, completely present, yet smooth. It's almost as if it wants to be respected, but then takes pride in its role as the one who carries all other notes on its shoulders. A suave, round, abundant bourbon barrel note nods to brandy barrel, caramel notes, fig, date, caramel, and eventually...vanilla.
The flavor follows punctually. A subtle melange of vanilla and malt begins lushly. It's full and graceful. The barrel notes are sweet and warm, but not hot. I have yet to recall an Imperial stout with vanilla that is so elegantly melded into its totality. Truly a tasty take on this beer. Now, I am intrigued to try the base beer.
Mouthfeel is full enough for style. Carbonation is on the low side, but as a sipper, I'm enjoying as is. Alcohol heat is completely covert. It's warm, but not hot.
Overall, this is a stunning beer. I would not be so presumptuous as to make any recommendations, aside from having it shipped straight to my home.

May 20, 2019
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beertrader504 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Jet Black...nice lacing in the glass

Smell: off the charts!...Vanilla and bourbon lead the charge..I've never smelled Vanilla like this in a beer before..I can already tell its gonna be amazing...nice hints of oak and chocolate bring up the rear..

Taste..vanilla wafer w/ alcohol!...the perfect example when a vanilla stout is done right...not overpowering a all, but the Vanilla flavor lets you know it's here and ready to rumble..the bourbon plays a perfect sidekick, and complements the vanilla perfectly by balancing out the sweetness

Feel: perfect carbonation for this beer..thick, chewy..HEAVY MAN..HEAVY!

Overall: this is one of the best beers i've had, and probably will try in my lifetime...the demand and hype on this is real, very REAL

Mar 13, 2017
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 28, 2021
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 19, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a thin black color with a light tan head.

Smell - The bourbon really jumped out in the nose, but vanilla was hard from invisible.

Taste - I would not describe the profile as being hot, but it was definitely boozy. I got notes of vanilla as well as dry chocolate. It was a little like a boozy Oreo cookie, but not overly sweet. There was a warming spice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Even with low carbonation, this was a bit then for a stout.

Overall - Looking for a vanilla stout, this really hit the spot.

Nov 14, 2020
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markallmon from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2020
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 03, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thank you JBowenGeorgia for this
500 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, hints of roasted coffee and a touch earthy.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, some toffee, hints of roasted coffee.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Very well balanced and easy to drink. ABV is well hidden. Definitely worth seeking out.

May 26, 2019
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entenduintransit from Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 27, 2021
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 10, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was sweet vanilla mixed with bourbon and chocolate. Taste followed. Vanilla dominated the palate but didn’t detract from the barrel or chocolate flavors. Easy drinking for a 10% beer and not boozy. Just excellent.

Jan 24, 2020
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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 04, 2020
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Aug 04, 2018
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pkalix from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 29, 2017
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 19, 2018
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 12, 2017
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cyrushire from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 12, 2017
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 30, 2017
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Eziel from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 22, 2017
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mrtomatohead49 from Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So much vanilla and marshmallow here!!!!! Not quite sure what kind of vanilla beans were used for this but it is sweet and boozy with an almost custard-like aftertaste. Incredible BA vanilla stout.

Feb 18, 2017
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M_chav from New Mexico

3.27/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Feb 04, 2018
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t2grogan from Arizona

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

Nov 13, 2017
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 14, 2018
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Brian1980 from Indiana

2.74/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mar 03, 2017
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fondyball20 from Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge marshmallow flavor but needs to be thicker to be on the same level of the other vanilla bombs

Apr 03, 2017
Barrel Aged Vanilla Absentium from Scofflaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 37 ratings