Don Vanuchi Imperial Stout | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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4.15/5
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6 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States
barleybrownsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by artoolemomo on 08-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
3
Ratings:
6
pDev:
4.34%
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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of matthewsween
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Market of Choice. 2017 vintage, 11.6% ABV

Jet black with a dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great Roast, grain, a noticeable rye and mildly pecan-like note, dark chocolate and spicy coffee are all present. A touch fatty as well. The palate opens with a blend of grainy and spicy bitterness, a blend of mildly fatty cocoa, rye and fruity coffee. Cherry pit tannins, blackberry seed bitterness and a moderately oaky vanillin note are present. Sweeter on the finish with dark caramel, toffee and a little earth present, this beer is medium full in body and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden, this batch doesn't seem as boozy as others. Solid stuff.

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Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap the Bier Stein the other day.

The beer pours a fairly viscuous, blackish brown color very good head retention and light, coco colored lacing. This beer has the look of one that has seen some fairly signficant barrel aging. The nose shows some nice bourbon notes as well, along with some noticeable espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but as you would expect from anything made by BB, there is a goodly dollop of hoppy bitterness in this well made beer as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile (no real heat or heaviness from the 10% abv.).

A very nice beer, no doubt, but I'm wondering if it might improve with a bit more time in the barrel. I thought this beer a bit rough around the edges, but otherwise this is another solid effort from the folks at BB.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Was served with a thick and beautiful head which had excellent retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. No lacing yet but it looks as if some will be left. Hints of sheeting around the the top of the foam. Lacing that is left turns out to be sheeting.

Nose- This is delicious and it might be even better when it opens up more. Dominant roasted notes. Coffee and dark chocolate. Well rounded and quite inviting. Hints of raisin and cherry. This should be a good one if it reflects the nose. After a few moments, coffee and roasted notes become even more present.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but a little more sour and a bit more bitter. Lots of dark chocolate, lots of espresso, bitter coffee. Nice flavor profile but I wish there were more complexity. A good beer, pretty much a solid one but compared to all the world class Imperials I've had, this is just above average. Slight spice on the finish (think cinnamon). Lots of balance and integration. Some oatmeal. Very nice malt bill that hides its complexity for accessibility. Some hints of smoke as well.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with a slight grittiness. Some syrupy aspects and a good amount of carbonation for the style. That is neither here nor there. Reminiscent of Old Rasputin.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. No hint of any heat. Perhaps a little overpriced but not by much.

Overall- Solid beer. Worth a try but it won't wow you if you had a number of Imperial stouts. Probably would buy again if it were cheaper.

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Don Vanuchi Imperial Stout from Barley Brown's Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6 ratings