Basking In Bourbon Imperial Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An intensely rich and decadent Imperial Stout aged for over a year in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, our Bourbon Imperial Stout exudes flavors of bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, charred oak, vanilla, and caramel with a liquid chocolate mouthfeel. This is truly a beer worth savoring.


Added by kell50 on 07-18-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
39
pDev:
6.71%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samlover55
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
L- dark black with dark brown head
S- brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, can't really describe how the aroma is just amazing
T- predominantly brown sugar, booziness, and goes down with slight vanilla, and charred oak finish
F- full-bodied, has a syrupy feel, a real sipper
Overall a very good BBA stout, that it's aromanis far better than it's taste

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Photo of Tony210
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, light barely penetrates the very top when held up to light. Billowy mocha head, nice lacing. Big boozy aroma, loads of bourbon, some sweet brown sugar, a little yeasty as it warms up. First taste is loads of bourbon, chocolate, sweet molasses, some barrel tannins present themselves towards the end, and it finishes with a lingering bitter espresso. Medium bodied, oily and slick. Let this one warm up a bit. Overall this is an enjoyable BA imperial stout and I am glad I picked it up. I definitely will enjoy the 4 pack, but don't see the need to buy another.

2/14/18
12 oz bottle, no date but I think it is fairly new
4 rating

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Photo of bryno2
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla and bourbon, roasted on the back end. Doesn't have the thickness or depth of a BCBS, et al, but still tasty.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 57md
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found a four pack of this gem leftover from the beginning of 2017. The price was right, so I took a chance.

Pours a deep dark brown with a bout a finger of tan head. The nose has notes of soft bourbon. The bourbon blends nicely with the roasted qualities in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is sticky and the body is lighter than expected.

This is NOT BCBS, FBS or Black Note. BUT, it is a really, really good BA stout that was available at a really great price. I hope Saranac reconsiders and makes this an annual brew instead of a one off.

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Photo of kell50
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EvoRich
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-duvel glass.

A: Deep, inky black like pour is viscose like motor oil from the bottle to vessel. A dark, nutmeg colored head covers adequtley enough for a beer of large abv% nature. A still visible coating atop with small golden bronze lace-dots speckle the glass.

S: Fresh, roasty oily coffee beans are supported by some vanilla dyn bourbon accents. Sweet juicy nature of dark fruits, plums in particular along with sugary figs, are joined in by some freshly grounded cocoa beans. The Abv% is very well tamed here on the nose, even at warmer temperatures, never scaring anyone off.

T: Oily deep roasted nature, some marshmellow and vanilla accents. Some alcohol laced dark fruit, plums provide a nice tone along with some sweetened moments of buttered caramel malts. Earthy roast, oily, with some dry roasted pine hops.

M: Thick and warm roasted malt mouthful, the abv% of 11.4 is very well behaved and never interferes with the flavor and enjoyment. Wow, this is Saranac? never having much success, I did happen to find a couple sleepers from this brewery, but this one stands out more so then others and proves, they can be a player in the big beer game. The abv% 11.4 feels much lower, perhaps 9% at most times, while the body, and flavor deliver big time. Accessible, and very nicely priced , well worth the purchase.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knapp85 for this bottle.

A - Pitch black pour with a very thick, creamy burnt toffee lacing ring. Lots of carbonation hugs the perimeter of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate char, cream, and delicate bourbon aroma.

T - Some astringency, charred chocolate, cream, oak, vanilla, toasted toffee/caramel with some harsh bourbon around the edges.

M - Big medium body and silky texture. Very dry on the back of the tongue.

O - Some alcohol warming on the way down but for 11.4%, it's pretty well hidden. One of the better beers I've had from Saranac. A recommended try.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, unclear date code

jet black, dark tan head, decent head retention. big bourbon aroma - booze, vanilla, caramel, oak. taste is not too hot though, it's got the bold flavors but drinks well. body is on the thicker side, full mouthfeel.

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Photo of hozersr
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Albion, New York, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only a slight trace of red is visible at the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and thick trails of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate and bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of bourbon along with notes of dark chocolate and caramelized sugar and hints of alcohol and oak. There are subtle bits of sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warmth.
O: This seems like it would make for a good dessert beer as it is slightly sweet and it doesn't have any roasted malt flavors as some of the others in the style. It's also a very bourbon-forward beer and not as balanced as some other bourbon barrel aged stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 39 ratings