Peren­nial Bar­rel-aged 17

LOC: St. Louis, Mis­souri ABV: 11.5% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

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What the brewer says

“BA 17 is the bar­rel-aged ver­sion of our im­pe­rial mint choco­late stout. It’s a blend of se­lect bar­rels of our im­pe­rial stout, which have been ag­ing in Rit­ten­house Rye Bar­rels for more than a year be­fore be­ing in­fused with co­coa nibs, dried pep­per­mint, and Mada­gas­car vanilla beans.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Mint choco­late chip ice cream, an An­des mint, with just a hint of rum-like sweet­ness and a touch of black­strap mo­lasses. Whiskey and light wood, too.” Fla­vor: “Minty as all get out. It adds a re­fresh­ing char­ac­ter to the rich choco­late and malt, mak­ing it like dark choco­late Pep­per­mint Pat­ties, with­out the pep­per­mint burn. Sweet spir­its, al­most like sugar rum in the fin­ish.” Over­all: “If you like mint and choco­late, this is the beer for you. All with a nice bar­rel char­ac­ter that isn’t too over­pow­er­ing. It’s rich, and the men­tal as­so­ci­a­tion of mint with sweet­ness makes it seem sweeter than it ac­tu­ally is, but you should be shar­ing a bot­tle like this with friends any­way.” 97 AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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