Griffith J. Griffith Bourbon Barrel Aged
Highland Park Brewery

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Highland Park Brewery
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #112
Ranked #2,267
4.31 | pDev: 6.26%
Dec 18, 2021
Jun 24, 2015
Griffith J. Griffith Bourbon Barrel AgedGriffith J. Griffith Bourbon Barrel Aged
Notes: Griffith J. Griffith Imperial Stout with Trystero Coffee aged for 6 months in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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Ratings by mhksuccess:
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mhksuccess from California

Jul 15, 2015
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4.29 by Resistance88 from California on Dec 18, 2021
4.03 by hopley from Massachusetts on Oct 09, 2021
4.06 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jun 19, 2021
4.06 by frasergrove from California on Jun 04, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MFMB from Idaho

Batch 3. Pours a jet black with a fluffy mocha head. Nose is initially bourbon forward followed by notes of caramel and fresh coffee grounds. Taste of deep roast coffee, especially as the beer warms. The coffee becomes more and more prevalent. Nice smooth candied bourbon, notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate covered nougat. Smooth oak wraps this stout up in a nice tight package. No lose ends with this one! It is a well rounded, complex and well executed BA Stout. Medium to full body with almost a short of chewy mouthfeel, like I want to sit and gnaw on it for awhile! Slight bourbon burn to finish. Wow I love these guys and the brews they are turning out!

Jan 28, 2018
4.1 by Eddiehop from Texas on Dec 16, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wethorseblanket from California

Reviewed from notes. Batch 3. Poured from a 500ml capped bottle black under a 1/2-inch thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving spotty lace. Aroma is roasty, cocoa/dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, mild char, coffee, and marshmallows. Flavor follows the nose with a syrupy sweetness, more coffee than roast, and char. Fully body and semi-moderate carbonation. Rich, thick, chewy, sweet, roasty finish. Wow, dis good!

Nov 04, 2017
4.02 by AleHunter805 from California on Oct 25, 2017
3.88 by kmanjohnson from California on Oct 21, 2017
4.65 by Kurmaraja from California on Jul 15, 2017
4.62 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 05, 2017
4.5 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2017
4.28 by Jhfinn from New York on Oct 23, 2016
4.12 by acurtis from New Jersey on Oct 22, 2016
4.5 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Oct 17, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pitch black pour with a thick, bubbly toffee colored lacing ring, very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Forward and aggressive nose with coffee, dark roasted malt, some bourbon and vanilla, does not have a strong alcohol forward aroma.

T - Deep roasted dark chocolate from start to finish, bourbon, dry oak, delicate vanilla.

M - Full bodied, thick, syrupy, slippery, lip smacking sticky. Lingering burnt chocolate sweetness.

O - This is a really good barrel aged stout.

Sep 18, 2016
4.24 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2016
4.24 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2016
4.09 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Sep 04, 2016
4.32 by SimcoeKid from California on Aug 21, 2016
4.53 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Aug 14, 2016
4.63 by erjaq from California on Jul 01, 2016
4.28 by Raziel313 from California on Jun 28, 2016
4.25 by fthegiants from California on Jun 28, 2016
4.35 by drewone from California on Jun 21, 2016
4.19 by radio2525 from Ohio on May 17, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by swanfungus from California

Poured from bottle. Jet black with almost no head or carbonation whatsoever. Very faint aromas of bourbon and even less of roasted malts. Flavor cocoa, coffee, with a tiny bit of bourbon. Dry, sticky finish. Not the best HPB has produced, but a solid effort.

Nov 01, 2015
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3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ryancthomas7 from California

Jet black with minimal head that fades very quickly. Very faint smell of bourbon. Nothing else really off the nose. Kind of disappointing... Taste is of that of chocolate and slight hints of coconut. Slight bourbon presence. Wishing there was ways more. I'm tasting a little butterscotch as well. Diacetyl? Not getting any coffee from this. Could have faded, as I am not 100% sure when this was bottled. Very thick and creamy feel in the mouth. Almost slick. I was hoping for a little more from this beer.

Oct 09, 2015
4.21 by kidzord from Illinois on Aug 23, 2015
3.85 by blacknyellow20 from Ohio on Jul 13, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, foamy, little lacing, oily dank oil slick on mine, very nice legs, very dark but not quite pitch black.

Nose is very light. Muted dark malts, little roast, faint dusty cocoa and chocolate, light lactose milk choc and light fudgey, so light. Hint of earthy nutty coffee.

Taste is a bit sweet, candy malts, with dark slight roasty notes, touch of char, some fudgey notes but no choc or cocoa, bitter roast and spicy hops, hint of licorice, and earthy coffee, hint nutty, and light bourbon. Eventually gets to a bakers choc, bitter earthy choc, chewy, little nougat notes. Finish is drier, little sticky, mild mocha coffee.

Mouth is med bod feels a little thin, light carb, very little booze at least.

Overall meh, ok but way too light.

Jul 11, 2015
4.22 by EdrickCS from California on Jul 10, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin mocha head that leaves thin wisps. Big legs and an almost oily wisp.

S - Aromas of light roast, faint chocolate, light char, light coffee, faint bourbon. Everything is really subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light char, little fruits, nice chocolate. Bourbon is relatively mild, very very light barrel notes. Like the nose everything is really soft and subtle.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, almost too the point of seeming thin. Alcohol is hidden nicely though.

O - Overall this beer was really a let down. Everything was super super subtle. Rather underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 10, 2015
4.56 by belgbeerdrinker from Colorado on Jul 06, 2015
4.39 by Teen-o from California on Jul 04, 2015
4.48 by EB1 from California on Jul 01, 2015
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Wowcoolman from California

Oh my god what mouthfeel. Mmmmmmmm. Silky smooth, with great balance of the coffee, roasted malts, and barrel.

Jun 26, 2015
4.68 by grilledsquid from California on Jun 24, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by UCLABrewN84 from California

On tap at Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, coffee bean, vanilla bean, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great bourbon barrel aged characteristics that work very well with the base beer.

Serving type: on tap.

Jun 24, 2015
Griffith J. Griffith Bourbon Barrel Aged from Highland Park Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 45 ratings