Barrel Aged Separation Stout
Revision Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
13%
Score:
88
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 3.57%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
10
From:
Revision Brewing Company
 
Nevada, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Aged in Jim Beam barrels for one year then conditioned on cacao nibs from Ghana, this Imperial Milk Stout combines notes of fresh mocha latte, rich milk chocolate and delicate yet punchy bourbon.

45 IBU
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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sjrider from California

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle -dark as night with thin milk chocolate head leaving sporadic lacing. Nose is mild roasty malt with hints of coffee, cocoa ,barrel wood and vanilla. Taste follows more or less with an almost dry woody finish. Not as rich as I was expecting.

Jul 11, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2019 edition, had 10/5/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one inch foamy head and slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, some char and tobacco, light caramel. The flavor is similar- bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malt, cocoa, caramel, oak, a little molasses, faint licorice. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The Jim Beam barrels are the star with their unique flavor and the cacao nibs are aromatic and indulgent. Has a lighter feel overall, but it works well. Very enjoyable and well worth a purchase.

Mar 27, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one was unfortunately a little disappointing. Start off poorly with the wax seal being overly hard, and then when the bottle cap finally opened a lot of foaming tan head erupted everywhere. Ended up settling and provided a nice very dark brown, almost black opaque color with a little lingering tan head and spotty lacing. Nice aromas of medium roast coffee, dark fudge chocolate, caramel, vanilla, malt and a faint trace of bourbon. Taste follows the nose. Definitely tasted better than it smelled. I really enjoyed the hit of bourbon and oak. Smooth, mildly rich, slightly sticky mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Unfortunately I expected a little more from this beer especially since I’ve come to respect Revision as a company.

Oct 13, 2019
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rand from California

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL wax-tipped bottle, into a snifter

Dark, viscous brew, jet-black. A wispy head attempts to form but quickly gets pulled down by its own weight.

Chocolate nose, toasty and oaky. Booze is fairly well masked, and the added carob is easily parsed.

More coffee on the palate than the nose portends. Vanilla and caramel are in there as well. Lactose gives the brew an unctuous, velvety feel. Flavors are fairly well rounded, leading to a medium finish with gentle notes of bitter coffee and unsweetened cocoa lingering.

Super tasty brew, but, I think I’ve had this exact beer 10+ times before. Kinda late to the party.

Sep 01, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Jet black shimmering pour with tan foam. Nose has a bouquet of darkness: bourbon, lighter roast coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, licorice, leather, marzipan, and caramel malt. Taste is also infused with the same darkness, plus some vanilla, booze heat, and a touch of lactose. Feel is well rounded heaviness, with artful booze on the edges, classical ba stout.

Aug 14, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep mahogany with walnut highlights around the edges. Big, somewhat soapy, chocolate covered head rises up over the rim of the glass before settling down to a thin cloud across the top.
Nose has a sharp bitter coffee/cacao note riding over a molasses and hot chocolate sweetness underneath. Slight booziness undergirds it all and reminds me of winter and holidays. Boozy chocolateyness rises in prominence as it warms
Taste has huge bourbon and barrel notes up front. A surprisingly soft, almost gentle, milk chocolate character rides in on the coattails. A surprisingly refreshing cold brew like bittersweet note sort of ties it all together. It's got a lot of chocolate and a lot of bourbon barrel going on, so definitely delivers on what's advertised.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thing, although that does seem to happen with barreled beers in my experience. It isn't watery or anything but thinner than expected and thin enough that it detracts somewhat from my enjoyment. Not out of the realm of reasonable though.
Overall this is a good beer, it delivers on it's stated flavors in a big way. Ultimately it's a bit much chocolate for me but if the label sounds good then you will probably like this beer.

Jul 16, 2019
Barrel Aged Separation Stout from Revision Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 10 ratings