“An Imperial Stout boasting 12 different malts and hopped with Simcoe and Columbus. It was aged for 16 weeks in Makers Mark bourbon barrels and then split three ways to create three different, yet complementary brews. Coffee and cacao add complexity to this iteration, highlighting the pine and woody notes, while silky smooth vanilla rounds things out.”
Appearance: Glossy black with a finger of tan foam resting atop. Reasonably good retention and a fine lace in its wake.
Aroma: This already smells 100x better than Temptation, although we must take in to account the addition of the trifecta (coffee, chocolate and vanilla). These 3 adjuncts – even by themselves – are game changers so we won’t get too carried away. Anywho, those 3 magnificent aromas are backed up by a healthy dose of Bourbon/oak and the base Stout is bloody brilliant.
Flavour: It’s coming unstuck a little bit here. Granted, the trifecta of adjuncts, the Bourbon/oak and the rich, roasty Stout base make for a big and hearty beer but the lack of cohesion throws cold water on it all. Still even with said lack of cohesion the intensity of the ingredients refuse to take a backward step and march right into a rich, robust and roasty finish which draws out nicely.
Mouthfeel: Slightly rigid but full bodied, oily and dense. Low-ish Co2 and an intermittent warmth from the 10% ABV.
Overall: So as one would expect it’s far better than the un-flavoured base version (Temptation). Not bad but not great.