Irish Coffee Barrel-Aged Legion

Irish Coffee Barrel-Aged Legion, Community Beer Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Irish Coffee Barrel-Aged Legion is the collaborative result of Caskmates, and partnership with Jameson Distillers. Hand-selected Irish Whiskey barrels are filled with Legion, a decadent Russian Imperial Stout, and blended with additions of cold steeped & whole bean coffee. This delicate balance of barrel & brew create a delicious brewer's rendition of the traditional cocktail. Slainte!

Profile

ABV: 
12.5%
IBUs: 
70
Served at: 
52º F
Judges Review 
Brad Darnell's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Irish Coffee Barrel-Aged Legion by Community Beer Co. is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer to remain present while the barrel-aged character provides additional character from the barrel contact.

I am presented with an opaque, light absorbing jet black ale with a large, 4” frothy brown head perched atop. The aroma fills my nose with heavy and rich sweet milk chocolate and light coffee notes. The flavor is a mouth-coating heavy and lightly bitter and rich dark malt, reminiscent of dark chocolate truffles, a light hop bitterness, light spicy hops and a malt-dominant, dry finish. Full bodied, a medium alcohol warmth and medium carbonation.

Further analysis and contemplation yields plump dark fruit aromas, cocoa powder and light oak. The head persists throughout and leaves a short-lived lace line. The beer is clean with only malt-derived fruit character of dark fruits to be specific. Dark chocolate lingers into the finish and a dry alcoholic character cuts the sweetness. Some oak character is present as is a spicy rye whiskey.

This bold, assertive Imperial Stout would stand up to the richest of chocolate cakes or the stinkiest of blue cheeses.

Brewery Introduction

For centuries, beer has brought people together, transcending identity or class. We at Community we believe that it can be a integral part of influencing local culture and creating memorable experiences. We strive to create the highest quality craft brews we can, while creating an environment... Read More

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