Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged

Georgia
United States
Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

There is nothing more sumptuous than the misfortune of your enemies. This bottle was aged in vanilla barrels with locally-roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee. This beer is roasty, chocolately, and, like the tears of your enemies, the most delicious thing you've ever tasted.

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ABV: 
9.3%
Served at: 
45 - 55ºF
Judges Review 
Brian Eichhorn's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged by Monday Night Brewing is being judged as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, an Imperial Milk Stout with coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs, all aged in a barrel used to age vanilla extract (presumably). 

In the glass it's an opaque deep brown-black with a thin ring of bubbles that rises and falls quickly. The nose jumps out, smelling like marshmallows and vanilla extract. There is a phenolic edge to this due to the level of vanilla, though not terribly unpleasant. Behind the vanilla marshmallow is a strong roast quality that just peeks through, lending a slight burnt note as well. There is a faintly tangy note in there as well, along with a lactose tinged note.

At the taste, it's very much vanilla forward, followed by an acrid roast. The coffee quality is a bit off here, tending towards tart. The lactose, for my palate, is emphasizing the wrong elements, throwing the balance off. I feel like more grain roast and cutting the lactose would improve the drinkability immensely, particularly in juxtaposition with the vanilla that is really emphasizing those other aspects. That said, the bitterness is a welcome addition but the vanilla does make it a bit difficult to drink much of due to the extracted nature of the vanilla. I think there are some nice notes here. but the balance is just out of whack overall.