“Sink your teeth into this boldy decadent, freshly-baked imperial stout. This barrel-aged treat was brewed with old-fashioned oats and packed full of cinnamon, raisins, and granola for the perfect balance of sweetness, spice, and chocolatey richness, reminiscent of oatmeal cookies hot off the pan.”
Appearance: Glossy black with two fingers of finely beaded tan foam perched on top. Good retention and a gorgeous cascading lace is left on the glass.
Aroma: One of the first things to hit the olfactories is the cinnamon…and we looovvveee cinnamon! It’s cool the way it evolves too coz the cinnamon kinda folds into the dark fruit sweetness which in turn makes way for the sweet and spicy bourbon and subtle musty oak. Then add on top the maple-esque sweetness, cinnamon Cheerio’s and soft creamy oats. We haven’t even mentioned the chocolate and licorice from the base stout yet either! Solid.
Flavour: Again it’s all about the cinnamon and the balance from the dark fruit sweetness and the delicate bite from the bourbon/barrels. Tasting the oatmeal more than what was perceived on the nose. Coconut/vanilla, maple, oats, brown sugar…even a touch of apple pie. And even with all of this pastry goodness it still manages a hearty stout base of milk chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and fig.
Mouthfeel: Unbelievably smooth and velvety. Mild-moderate Co2. Full body. 10.2% ABV is completely hidden.
Overall: The Bruery are back to their best for this one. We were pretty disappointed by Churriosity but we had a gut feeling it was just a rare one off. It’s great to see them right back on the money. It’s sweet, savoury, spicy, roasty and even grainy. Delish!