Eternal Siesta

Louisiana
United States
Eternal Siesta, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

With this Imperial Stout, we invite you to retire into a state of static relaxation, coaxed by the veil of seductive spice-laden dark chocolate, interlacing with a nuanced and complex grain bill for a sense-gouging exploration of the dark side. A sultry and powerful body of dark malts, oats, and lactose are embedded with cacao nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and chili peppers for a depth of expression that you simply were not expecting.

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ABV: 
9.0%
Hops: 
Cascade
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Chocolate, Caraaroma, Carabohemian, Carafa III, Roasted Barley, Wheat, Oats
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Eternal Siesta by Gnarley Barley is spiced, bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout and is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (category 34B in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  Imperial Stouts are noted for strong, rich chocolate and roasted malt flavors, black color with opaque clarity, and full body and smooth mouthfeel.  Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beers should have a harmonious balance between the spices, herbs, or vegetables with the base beer style.  Specialty Wood-Aged Beers are aged in spirit barrels and should have a harmonious blend between the barrel characters (typically vanilla and toasted oak), the barrel spirits, and the base style.  Eternal Siesta was brewed with cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, and chili peppers and was aged in Basil Hayden bourbon barrels.  This beer measures in as 9% abv.

Eternal Siesta pours black in color, is opaque, and has a dark brown head that quickly fades.  The aroma is moderate bourbon with stronger roasted and chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla and toasted oak.  The body is medium-full with moderate warmth.  The flavor is lightly sweet with moderate-strong roasted and chocolate malts, slightly lighter bourbon and toasted oak with a light chili and cinnamon heat.  The beer finishes moderately bitter with moderate roasted and chocolate malts, bourbon, and vanilla with a light cinnamon and chili pepper that linger in the finish, tingling in the back of the throat.

Eternal Siesta is a fine bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout.  The vanilla compliments the toasted oak.  The chili pepper and cinnamon contrast the light sweetness but the cinnamon is a bit harsh in the finish.  Regardless, the spices are light enough that anyone that enjoys a good bourbon barrel-aged stout will enjoy this one.  Cheers!

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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