Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout – Imperial
Other Notes: 2016 remarkably limited release. Barrel aged in brandy barrels for 12 months
Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark and whole vanilla beans, 100% aged in brandy barrels for 12 months.
My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.49
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4
Intro: A 22 fl. oz. black waxed bomber, bottled on 9th December 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a very thin brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Moderate roast, chocolate, coffee, light char, and some sweet notes of molasses, licorice, and brandy.
Taste: Sweet and bitter, roasty, chocolate, coffee, light char smoke, molasses, licorice, vanilla, oak, and a touch of brandy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A very nice and enjoyable sipper. There was a good balance between sweet and bitter, and the brandy barrel was complementary and not overpowering.