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Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro

Brewery: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Stout brewed with walnuts, conditioned on spices & aged in bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Oro Negro spawned from our unwavering compulsion to experiment. Infusing imperial stouts with spices, fruits, and wood has been a staple at our bottle releases since 2009. Oro Negro is the culmination of note-taking and listening to our patrons. Our cherished Oil of Aphrodite was aged in bourbon barrels and infused with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, habaneros, and cinnamon sticks. A refined stout filled with rich character and a touch of heat.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.47
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin beige head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Mexican hot chocolate, light roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, chili and wood, with maybe even some light nuttiness.
Taste: Bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, chili, raisin, coconut, vanilla, almond and oak, while a touch herbal.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, moderate to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Good balance between the barrel, booze and spices. It drinks smooth and is a great sipper. However, I do think that I prefer the unbarreled aged version just that little bit more. Still a must buy though.

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Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Black Maple

Brewery: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 12.1%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Imperial Porter brewed with maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Black Maple was a beer we brewed on the fly. An open brew day was reason enough to go big and bold. We put our heads together and crafted an imperial porter with deep nutty notes, a touch of smoked malt, a melange of crystal malts, and a rich chocolate backbone. Locally harvested maple syrup from Sticky Pete’s was added to the kettle. The whole batch was then placed into bourbon barrels where it rested for 10 months. This beer was consistently some of our favourite barrels to sample, we hope you enjoy!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, booze, molasses, licorice, with a hint of herbal and char.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, molasses, licorice, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar with only a hint of dark fruit, char and maple syrup.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice to drink but the maple just seemed to be overpowered by the bourbon, molasses and licorice.

Founders Dankwood

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12.2%
Style: American Imperial Red Ale
Other Notes: Barrel Aged Series. 2018 release. Imperial Red India Pale Ale aged in bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) What do you get when a big, bold Imperial Red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA. Highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 10th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: An amber orange brown colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, orange peel, lemon juice, bourbon, oak.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, lime, citrus peel, with a lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: A little boozy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Definitely a sipper, but I think not really my style as sweet and boozy doesn’t work too well on my palate.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12.3%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Barrel Aged Series. 2018 release. Ale brewed with chocolate and coffee aged in oak bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) What we’ve got here is an Imperial Stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.58
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 13th March 2018. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a half finger mocha brown head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak and a light caramel.
Taste: Roasted malts, lots of rich dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma wasn’t as rich as the taste, but the taste was outstanding with the strong rich and smooth chocolate flavours. The coffee, bourbon and oak balanced it out very nicely, and it was just a great sipper for a cool winter (or air conditioned) night.

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Chocolate And Vanilla

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 50 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Chocolate and vanilla Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.21
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2018 release with a best before date of 31st December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly but left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, strong dark chocolate, cocoa, bourbon with maybe a hint of dark fruit and vanilla.
Taste: Roasty, rich chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, oak, a touch of vanilla and hints of caramel and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice aroma and flavours with chocolate and bourbon especially coming through strongly. Vanilla was a little light though, especially on the aroma where it was perhaps just simply overpowered by the chocolate. Body could also be even more fuller. I think I still prefer the Con Chile Ancho Y Panca just that little bit more, but this was still a good sipper.