Brew­ery Vi­vant Love Shadow (2017)

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Barrel-aged Stout -

LOC: Grand Rapids, Michi­gan ABV: 9% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“A pow­er­ful Bel­gian-in­spired im­pe­rial stout. A full-bod­ied be­he­moth with notes of choco­late, vanilla, and oak char.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Dark roasty malt, choco­late, cof­fee, sup­port­ing vanilla and whiskey-bar­rel char­ac­ter. A bit of toasty malt and earth­i­ness in the back­ground.” Fla­vor: “Cof­fee and choco­late up front, fol­lowed by a boozy, oak-bar­rel qual­ity. Fairly sweet, but the roast bit­ter fin­ish along with a bit of al­co­holic burn keep it from be­ing overly cloy­ing. A bit of a chalk note on the fin­ish, like co­coa pow­der.” Over­all: “Rich and com­plex, boozy from bar­rel con­di­tion­ing. It has a lovely aroma that is warm and invit­ing. The over­all im­pres­sion is a lit­tle on the harsh side, es­pe­cially on the fin­ish, but given the com­plex­ity that seems like a rea­son­able trade­off.”

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