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Bourbon Barrel Double Negative

January, 2016
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.

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