Brew Gentle­men The End

LOC: Brad­dock, Penn­syl­va­nia ABV: 10.2% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Spiced Barrel-aged Stouts & Porters -

What the brewer says “A Rus­sian im­pe­rial stout with vanilla, aged in whiskey bar­rels.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Co­coa pow­der, bit­ter­sweet choco­late, and cof­fee notes, sup­ported by a crys­tal malt sweet­ness, rem­i­nis­cent of caramel, with a hint of freshly cut oak chips at the end.” Fla­vor: “Rich dark choco­late. The vanilla is fairly sub­tle and brings out the choco­late char­ac­ter rather than sticking out as vanilla. A bit of oak and toasty marsh­mal­low re­in­force the camp­fire feel. Mild roast gives way to some sugar sweet­ness.” Over­all: “Great ex­am­ple of the style that’s ab­so­lutely de­li­cious if just a bit too safe to be truly one-of-a-kind. Great bal­ance be­tween malt, bar­rel, ad­juncts, and mouth­feel with a depth of qual­ity in the defin­ing vanilla char­ac­ter that sets it apart. There are some top-tier bar­rel-aged stouts with vanilla that I en­joy more than this, but you could count the num­ber of them on your fin­gers alone.” 98 AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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