Collision Stout

South Carolina
United States
Collision Stout, Holy City Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Smooth Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5
IBUs: 
8
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Warrior, English Kent Goldings
Malts: 
Pale, Crystal, Biscuit, Black, Roast, Flaked Barley
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Collision Stout by Holy City Brewing is a stout that is bourbon barrel aged, which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer. It falls into the Specialty version due to the bourbon characteristics, which are definitely evident. This beer pours a beautiful jet black that is completely opaque with an espresso tan head and vinous legs that cling to the glass. The first things from the glass are strong barrel notes – vanillin, oak, deep caramel & bourbon. This is followed by lots of rich malt flavors – cocoa, low roast coffee, toasted bread, brown sugar, molasses, toffee – which comes off like cocoa-roasted almonds at times. There is also some deep fruity-like esters as well as some sherry-like oxidation. The flavor is similar but even sweeter. It’s malt and barrel forward, with mod-low bitterness and a sweet finish. There are notes of licorice, brown bread, mocha latte and plenty of dark/dried fruit – raisins, figs, & black cherries. It’s like dessert in a glass, think bourbon/kahlua-infused hot cocoa or Irish coffee crème brulee or boozy bread pudding or Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. It’s full bodied and smooth despite some alcohol warmth, that makes it come off a lot stronger than the listed 8.5%, but nothing too overpowering. It’s a delicious beer that could probably use another year of aging to blend the bourbon in more, but not too much longer before the tasty sherry-like oxidation turns to soy. A hint more bitterness could also help balance the beer out more, but it's not so sweet that it has to be shared to finish a bottle either (I had no problem).

Brewery Introduction

The Holy City story is about a team of four guys dedicated to craft beer and their community, aiming to bring more of one to the other.

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