Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,815
Ranked #15,080
3.99 | pDev: 6.77%
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Maryland, United States
Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon BarrelsImperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels
Notes: At Guinness, we're known for our stouts. When we brew them in Baltimore, we have a long heritage and history from which to draw. For this stout, we took it even further by aging it in bourbon barrels. The resulting beer is a bold, flavorful, roasty stout - exactly what you'd expect from Guinness. From the barrels, we extracted huge aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit like raisins and figs. A beer best enjoyed by the fire, surrounded by the warmth and cheer of great food and great friends.
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown color with caramel colored cream lacing.

S - Toasted cocoa with subtle whiskey.

T - Toasted cocoa, oak, subtle spice and oak.

M - Medium body and thin for the style.

O - Subtle and enjoyable.

Friday at 10:30 PM
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle
L: cola-like appearance with a thin tan head that disappears quickly
S: roasted barley, dark chocolate, boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut
T: a boozy sipper; hot bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted barley, toasted coconut, dark chocolate
F: thinner than expected but still medium-full, moderate carbonation, alcohol is hot and boozy, finish is harsh
O: not as good as expected; quite disappointing in my opinion

Friday at 04:06 AM
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snaotheus from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip. D580 B1 0009 is the only thing resembling a date I can find on the bottle.

Pours black, thick and syrupy, with a medium to small head and not much carbonation. Smell is pretty interesting...probably my head playing with me, but it has a distinct roasty Guinness aroma. Booze is quite evident, as well as classic bourbon smells -- oak and vanilla. I get a little anise, too.

Taste is pretty hot -- lots of boozy, some chocolate, some oak. Lots of roast, almost char.

Mouthfeel is medium, actually leaning toward thin a little bit. Which also reminds me of Guinness, come to think of it. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged stout.

Thursday at 05:57 PM
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light tan head. Dark brown color.

This tastes like Guiness which I like. Smooth and easy drinking with a nice barrel flavor. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel.

Smooth and creamy. Very fun to try.

Thursday at 01:53 AM
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Roasty chocolatey malts with oak and bourbon notes on the nose. Much of the same with the taste. Sweet, roasty finish. Hides the ABV well. Very good!

Wednesday at 09:27 PM
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it’s not Narwhal but it pretty good. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with good head and nice lacing. Licorice and dark chocolate smell and taste. Flavors of dark berries and just a bit of bourbon. Nice earthiness that is common to a Guinness product. Yeah, this is something I would drink again.

Nov 25, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of booze, chocolate, malt, dark fruit, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of chocolate (sweet, but not cloyingly so), a fair amount of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a hint of vanilla (kind of a fleeting presence), a fair shot of malt (a solid backbone of), and some dark fruit (raisins, in particular). This is a well-rounded, rock solid flavor. Quite boozy, but still balanced.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A better than expected, generally well made stout. Worth a try.

Nov 24, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black from 12oz bottle with only a whispy tan head. Aroma is strong bourbon with some smoke and dark chocolate. Flavor is also bourbon forward. There are roasted notes, some dark fruit and a touch of dark chocolate. Feel is good, nice thick mouthfeel. Overall it’s a big beer that has a lot of alcohol and a lot of bourbon flavor.
Definitely let it warm up a bit, don’t drink too cold.

Nov 22, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 11.2oz $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
Smell of chocolate, bourbon
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of chocolate, molasse, licorice, prunes, bourbon
Overall a nice beer. Hides alcohol well. Nice to try, but a little overpriced.

Nov 21, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black appearance with an average size beige head and light lacing. Distinctive aroma first introduces the woodsy barrel pedigree while notes of vanilla, smoke, ripe dark fruit and the appropriately labeled bourbon characteristics weave their way through. Flavor is rich and complex as molasses, roasted malts, alcohol, charred wood and dark fruit all contribute. Full bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Aftertaste lingers well past the final sip.

Nov 18, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a teku glass.

Real unique looking stout. Very creamy and rich filling head, three fingers with a unique tan and yellow like color that is quite distinct. Very fine bubbles and stays for a good time. The body color seems light out of the bottle but fills with a real dark reddish mahogany in bigger light, and then looks like dark walnut at a distance.

Great smelling aroma. Excellent take on barrel aging, with light oak, a real round rich sense of light whiskey and caramel. Faint touches of dark chocolate and an exceptional creamy note of vanilla that is just excellent. Fantastic nose.

Palate is real interesting. This is quite light bodied, but I think that's what they were going for. The body lacks much of the round oak aging character, but much of the flavor still comes through. Light touches of char and roast, and even good hinting whiskey notes of caramel and soft heat. There's a real controlled heat on this, which is impressive at it's high abv rating. The warmth brings out some red fruit flavor, almost raspberry like in a way too.

This is real unique take on a classic. It's not I think a greatly aged Imperial stout, but it is it's own unique thing. They should be proud of this one.

Nov 15, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour reveals a cola brown beer that you can see through pretty easily and sports a dense, creamy tan head. It’s a beautiful beer, but it doesn’t look like an imperial stout - more like a porter. Actually, EXACTLY like a porter.

The barrel is notable on the nose as an oak aroma, and there’s also a milk chocolate aroma that is very nice. The milk chocolate and oak notes are prominent on the taste, which is a good thing - very nice balance to this beer.

The mouthfeel is full and a little creamy, essentially in line with an imperial stout. Overall, this is really a pleasure to drink, but if you approach it as you’d approach a “typical” barrel-aged stout, you may be disappointed. It’s more in line with an imperial porter that has some barrel notes (hello oak!!!), if that makes sense.

Nov 15, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see a date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a short, light khaki head. Not much head retention is present as it fades quickly to a thick ring, then slower to a smaller one.

Aroma: There is a clear aroma of bourbon and a nice wet oak scent. There is a light hint of cocoa. A pleasant brown sugar scent permeates through the aroma.

Taste: Up front there is brown sugar and a definite molasses flavor. Towards the middle there is bourbon, coffee, treacle, and a light hint of black licorice. The beer finishes with a pleasant dark chocolate and bourbon character and it finishes with notes of coffee and chocolate. The beer as a whole has a very earthy quality to it with notes of charred wood and tea leaves giving it this anchor that pulls the flavors into a more deeper character than what would normally be superficial. It has a very good flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied in the more classical sense of a traditional Imperial Stout. Carbonation feels a tad on the higher end for the style but it doesn't hamper the beer. It is very enjoyable to drink.

Overall: A very enjoyable brew. The label states that this is an "IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS" and it does an excellent job of not only delivering a great bourbon flavor that melds with the rest of the beer, but delivering an actual barrel character. It feels expertly well made and the flavors will certainly not disappoint. I strongly recommend trying this out and I will be looking closer at other offerings from this brewery/barrel house.

Nov 14, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice solid jet black color with a nice tan head and lacing
Aroma has generous bourbon hints
The taste follows the nose with a silky chocolate milk and generous bourbon flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A well done stout

Nov 14, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Redstone Liquors
Dark brown in color, brilliant clarity, with a creamy off white head that persists. Roasty earthy with a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Caramel and a light oxidative fruitiness. Pretty good, but needs more body IMHO.

Nov 09, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Mohogany color with a tan head. Smell is chocolate milk and roasted malts .tas e was chocolate with good barrel presence chocolate and vanilla. A smooth BA stout with nice barrel notes.

Nov 08, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 oz. bottle sampled on Nov 8, 2020.

Attractive dark brown to black pour with a silky tan head. A very nice looking beer.

The aroma is at first sweet and dark but I pick up little in the way of barrel aging. It smells like a typical Guinness quite frankly.

The body is smooth and medium or better.

The taste is sweet, dark roasted,, and with little to no booze for its ABV. Some might think that is a good thing. There is nothing out of this world about this beer. It basically looks, smells and taste like a bolder Guinness. Nothing wrong with that but I hoped for more.

Nov 08, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle coded L0252T2001 (tiny etched print under label-presumably 9/8/20) poured into tulip pint glass at just above fridge temp 10.3% ABV. The beer pours dense black with light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and puffy island. Some clingy lacing just above the beer as I drink. The aroma is mild to moderate in strength featuring coconut/vanilla, oak and roasted malt. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt & dark chocolate at first with an oaky, drying, moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden except the final lingering finish, which is a bit whiskey hot. There very little bourbon here for me, mostly barrel. Overall, good, but not $5 a (not even the full 12 ounces) bottle.

Nov 07, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle -looks like stout, nose is a bit weak with mild roast and whiffs of alcohol. Taste follows with some barrel wood and a rather thin finish. Overall I like this ,would be easy to quaff several!

Nov 07, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian brown pour into a large snifter looks black in the glass with a slightly translucent brown glass edge... Slim tan foam head subsides into a collar floating motes down the glass... It opens sweet, with lots of bittersweet dark chocolate and bourbony vanilla marshmallow - the body is very soft and smooth with an almost syrupy edge... The drink then airs out and expands with woods and char, drying on the finish - but still with a bit of sticky blackstrap molasses lingering behind... Very nice - check it out...

Oct 25, 2020
Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels from Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
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