Departed Spirit

Georgia
United States
Departed Spirit
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Eight-year-old bourbon barrels made the perfect environment for aging Theophan The Recluse, our Belgian-style Imperial Stout. The barrel's departed spirit left an enduring mark, infusing our stout with traces of bourbon, notes of vanilla and the rich character of wood.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
60
Served at: 
55° F
Hops: 
Chinook, FF7c's
Malts: 
Pilsner, Marris Otter, Aromatic, Roasted Barley, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Wheat, Chocolate, Debittered Black, Dark Muscovado Suga
Judges Review 
Owen Ogletree's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Is this a dark bourbon aged in a stout barrel? No, it's the other way around. Big whiskey vapors waft from the glass, backed by nuances of blueberry, blackberry, roasted malts, light espresso, dark cherries, vanilla and allspice. Don't even try to see through this black, opaque ale that's topped off by creamy, tight, dark tan foam. Upon the first sip, whiskey and oak deliver a sharp slap to the palate, pursued by roasted and chocolate malt character, alcohol, and hints of rye, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Complex, creamy, warming and smooth with a moderately full, rich mouthfeel that seems a bit thinner in body than one might expect, this ranks as a dangerous, drinkable, alluring brew with a whiskey presence that may be a bit over-the-top.

Brewery Introduction

It all began with a European road trip. The summer of 1994 found three friends rattling around the continent in an old Peugeot, affectionately dubbed “Hotel Le Car.” An improvised itinerary landed the trio unexpectedly in Belgium, on the night of Brussels’ Ommegang festival. It was here that... Read More

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