Barrel Aged Imperial Korova

Louisiana
United States
Barrel Aged Imperial Korova, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

We took Imperial Korova, which is a bigger, bolder version of our favorite Baltic Oatmeal Porter, and aged it in barrels for one year. Annually brewed in late fall for winter consumption, this higher alcohol version boasts a 9% alcohol by volume without getting too boozy. The malts provide flavors of chocolate and coffee, but Imperial adds notes of caramel, plum and molasses and the barrel aging process adds notes of vanilla and bourbon.

Profile

ABV: 
9.0%
Served at: 
55º F
Hops: 
Columbus, Fuggles
Malts: 
Two-Row, Munich, Chocolate Malt, Crystal 30, Brown Malt, Oats, Flaked Barley
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Barrel Aged Imperial Korova by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is an amazingly rich, complex and delicious concoction! This bourbon barrel-aged milk porter is being evaluated as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer with Baltic Porter as the base beer.

The aroma has an incredible complexity of bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, sweet raisins, coffee and caramel. Very attractive and it begs you to take a sip! The oak character from the barrel is mellow and complementary. The beer pours an opaque inky black color with a light tan small-bubbled head that is fleeting. 

The flavor mirrors the aroma quite well. Big bourbon notes are up front on top of an extremely rich chocolate, coffee and caramel malt character that is quite inviting. Hop flavor and bitterness is subtle, but there is enough of the latter to balance out the sweetness of this brew pretty well. The body is medium to medium-full, and the carbonation is rather low. Alcohol is hidden very well. There is a delicious lingering rich malty aftertaste that is maintained until the next sip. The body is quite full, and there is an oily slickness on the palate that is complementary to the flavor.

Barrel Aged Imperial Korova Milk Porter is a quite complex, full-flavored offering that deserves to be savored beside a roaring bonfire among friends. This one does not disappoint!

 

Brewery Introduction

Established in 2014, Gnarly Barley Brewing is located in a 14,000 square foot facility in Hammond, Louisiana and consists of a two-vessel 30bbl Brewhouse, one hot and one cold liquor tank, a 690bbl cellar and a whole lot of passion for craft beer. An open air taproom, known as the Gnar Bar,... Read More

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