Bourbon Barrel Double Negative

New York
United States
Grimm Arisanal Ales Bourbon Barrel Double Negative Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our Double Negative imperial stout won the GABF Gold Medal in 2015 and the Silver Medal in 2014.  This is that base beer aged in 11 year Heaven Hill (AKA Elijah Craig) barrels.

Profile

ABV: 
10.3%
IBUs: 
70
Served at: 
55° F
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A host of aromas issue forth upon initial pour. Chocolate fudge notes marry with vanilla and roasted grains and are mixed with a defined alcoholic warmth. Whiskey barrel aromatics were also noted, though they were more subtly stated.

This beer poured pitch black in color (too dark to assess clarity) with a medium tan head.

Much as was noted in the aroma, the flavor reflected a very big, rich, chocolatey, roasted grain flavor up front with a touch of sweet toffee, vanilla and whiskey character in the background. Alcohol makes a strong presence here and throughout. The finish is dry and a bit harsh.

This is a full-bodied, softly carbonated Imperial Stout with Brussels Lace nicely decorating the glass.

Overall, a fine complexity of flavors and aromas combines with a big smack of alcohol that offers a bold alternative to everyday beers.