Peren­nial Ma­man (2017)

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

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

What the brewer says

“2017 Ma­man was aged for eigh­teen to rwenty months in Rit­ten­house Rye and Eli­jah Craig bar­rels be­fore blend­ing and pack­ag­ing.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Spicy sweet roast char­ac­ter. Hints of soy sauce, oak, vanilla. Rich and in­tox­i­cat­ingly com­plex.” Fla­vor: “Mas­sive choco­late, dark fruit, roast lead­ing to a lin­ger­ing bar­rel-aged oak char­ac­ter and strong, but not overly hot, al­co­holic warmth. Resid­ual whiskey char­ac­ter adds spici­ness.” Over­all: “Go big or go home. This is a mas­sively com­plex bar­rel-aged stout. The whiskey char­ac­ter is quite strong, but the un­der­ly­ing beer is big enough to bal­ance. The fin­ish is sweet but given the roast, al­co­hol, and whiskey, it doesn’t come across as cloy­ing. Beers in this style get more points be­cause they are just big­ger than ev­ery­thing else, but in this case this is a re­ally well made beer.”

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