“Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Jameson® Irish Whiskey, this robust Imperial Stout has notes of bittersweet chocolate and burnt sugar juxtaposed against a touch of lactose, crafted to beautifully compliment aging in Jameson® Irish Whiskey barrels. Rich and robust, this beer celebrates Jameson’s Caskmates Program and our mutual love of ‚”barrel beer”.
Appearance: Black as midnight with a wispy head that snaps back to the rim. Very little in the way of lace.
Aroma: We can certainly detect the Jameson whiskey…in our opinion Irish whiskey is notably smoother and sweeter with a touch of florals and Sherry and it definitely shines through the big and aggressive malt body – rich molasses, licorice, dates/prunes, dark chocolate, treacle and decadent caramel fudge. There’s a bit of toasty oak also coming through.
Flavour: Quite similar to the nose in the sense that the Jameson whiskey provides a subtle lick of Sherry, florals and pear while the heaving malts give us the classic rich molasses, bitter dark chocolate, licorice and subtle espresso. Toasty oak, maybe a fleeting hint of vanilla and soy sauce as it wraps up with a nice warming finish that goes the distance.
Mouthfeel: Oily, medium-full body. Ever so slightly lifted Co2. Fairly well behaved for 13.2% ABV.
Overall: Although it’s a cracking BA stout we’ve had far better from CC. Admittedly we’re not massive fans of Irish whiskey either but we can dig what they’re doing here.