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Dragon's Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies

January, 2016
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
39 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

A strong whiskey nose is complemented by elements of roasted grain and dark chocolate. There is no perceptible chili presence in the aroma, but the barrel gives it enough complexity to keep you coming back for further evaluation. The beer is jet black and pours with a small, thin, beige head that holds its ground. The flavor is dominated by bourbon, chocolate and roast and is well supported by a medium bitterness. The chili peppers make their presence known in the finish where there is substantial heat, which isn't overwhelming and complements the higher alcohol quite nicely while both linger into the finish. The chili peppers may not add much in the flavor or aroma departments but their heat helps distract from a body that seems a bit thin for an imperial stout. Overall though, this a very nice sipper that will appeal even to those who aren't keen on pepper beers.

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