Meatwhistle Imperial Stout | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for over a year. A rare treat!

Added by Kegatron on 07-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Vermont Brewers Festival on 7/16/11. This is an 11.2% Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, topped with a rich and angry looking head of burnt mocha colored froth. This stays robust, leaving thick swathes of dark lace down the sides of the sample glass. The aroma smells quite dense and flavorful in the nose, with notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, and burnt wood. Tannins and spice make themselves known as well but I can’t tell if the latter is coming from the bourbon or the high ABV.

The taste is very similar but even fuller, with a thick sweet base of chocolate, caramel, and molasses flavors, balanced by a dark roasted (and slightly smoky) coffee bitterness and maybe a touch of lingering herbal hops or a smidge of green barrel. The finish on this is all bourbon, with a sweet and spicy blast that leaves a dry and charred feel hanging on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick and chewy feel to the carbonation. For an 11% ABV beer, the alcohol here was VERY well hid. It’s definitely got an overall warm beefiness to the feel but the only burn here is coming from the barrel.

I originally wasn’t even going to bother checking out the Magic Hat tent during the fest but I’m sure glad that I did! This is probably the best beer that I’ve ever had them and was one of the few beers of the fest that I returned to later as well. This did lean heavy towards the bourbon at times but I felt that the base Stout here was just strong enough to keep this mostly balanced. Well done Magic Hat! Well done.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Vermont Brewers Festival last weekend.

Appearance: Poured dark as night with a minimal medium brown crown in my small taster glass but I think the crown would have been much more pronounced with a less gentle pour.

Smell: Nice deep roasted malt, molasses, a touch of chocolate, and a bit of oak soaked bourbon.

Taste: Same as the nose but even more well integrated!

Mouthfeel: Close to perfect for the style....Thin side of heavy bodied with just enough carbonation.

Overall: At 11.2% it did kick you in the head a bit but it still went down fairly smooth for a sipper. While this beer might seem a bit "standard" for a good version of the style, I was very happy to see Magic Hat stepping outside of there norm and trying to catch up with the rest of the brewing world :)

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An extra .25 rating for the name- it's almost as much fun to crack jokes as it is to drink. Probably the best Magic Hat beer I've had.

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Meatwhistle Imperial Stout from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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