pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

The first Imperial Stouts were high-alcohol concoctions brewed for Czar Peter the Great of Russia. Our own Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout absorbs the tannins of Oola Distiller’s Bourbon Barrels for a full year, resulting in huge roasted malt, chocolate mousse, coconut and ripe cherry flavors that may leave you feeling like a bit of a monarch yourself!

Profile

ABV: 
11.5%
IBUs: 
70
Served at: 
45 - 50º
Hops: 
Warrior, Chinook, Cascade
Malts: 
Rahr Pale, Simpsons-Crystal Dark, Crystal Extra Dark, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Golden Naked Oats
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B of the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). For this category, the best examples have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/spirits resulting in a flavorful, complex blend.  For 2017, this pFriem Imperial Stout is aged in Oola Distiller's Bourbon barrels for one year.  

This pitch black, opaque beer pours a huge, dark brown head.  The aroma is an intense roasted, chocolate, and rich caramel malt with an prominent bourbon and vanilla.  In the flavor, the roasted and chocolate malts dominate while caramel malt provides support and a light sweetness.  Moderate-strong bourbon, along with toasted oak, and vanilla provide a rich, complex compliment.  The finish is long-lingering, semi-sweet roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts with a warming, strong bourbon and vanilla.

This is definitely a beer to be sought out.  Adjectives that can describe this beer are: rich, complex, wonderful, bourbon.  This beer should age well.  Perhaps the only downside (at the time of tasting) is that the bourbon is bit strong and upfront but a little aging should add more harmony.  Enjoy!

 

Brewery Introduction

pFriem Brewery and its award winning tasting room is located in Hood River, OR, just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem’s core beers and... Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement