Brewery Lane Series: Barrel Aged Imperial Cherry Stout

Colorado
United States
Brewery Lane Series: Barrel Aged Imperial Cherry Stout by Breckenridge Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Barrel Aged Imperial Cherry Stout showcases interesting complexity and welcoming warmth. Sweet-sour Montmorency tart cherries accentuate dark fruit flavors prevalent in an Imperial Stout. We aged this remarkable beer in 50% whiskey barrels and 50% port wine barrels. Subtle flavors of port marry with the tart cherries while hints of whiskey and oak lend maturity. The blended result is a sophisticated and alluring, memorable stout.

The Brewery Lane Series was inspired by our new 12-acre home in Littleton, CO, which we built to cultivate creativity and nurture innovation. These special hand-crafted ales are bold and adventurous.

Profile

ABV: 
9.5%
Served at: 
50º
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

29C – Specialty Fruit Beer

The cherry aroma is initially bold in this fruit-enhanced Russian Imperial Stout, but the complexity of a big, dark beer is still readily detected. In addition to the fruit aroma from additions, dark roast malt (both chocolaty and slightly coffee-like) and other fruit aromas from yeast, age and alcohol come through. Additionally, there is a nut-like aroma and a touch of vanilla that might be from cherry stones (pith), alcohol, wood or some combination therein. A little alcoholic heat is also found on the nose. The color is deep garnet, almost black. The beer also has a tan, persistent head that laces the surface of the glass. A rich and velvety composition of malt, cherries, alcohol and a touch of woodiness hits the palate in a panoply of really enjoyable flavors, none dominating or outbalancing the others. The rich and complex character of this beer cannot be understated, nor can the impressive balance that has been achieved. The finish has some alcohol warmth that complements the creaminess of the dark malts and residual sweetness. The level of carbonation is good, contributing to the overall balance of this beer. This beer is clearly a work of brewing art! Need I say more?

Brewery Introduction

Back in the 1980s, our founder Richard Squire was your typical ski bum – with one significant difference. He had a knack for making extraordinary home brews. For years, only his closest friends were able to enjoy his creations, but it didn’t take long for Richard to realize that his talents... Read More

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