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5 Seasons Westside Jay D. Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Porter

5 Seasons Westside Jay D. Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Porter
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Vintage 6.25.10

Our Imperial Porter is a dark, robust, malty, full-bodied beer with just enough hops to provide structure. Notes of chocolate, cocoa, and light caramel make up the thick middle of this beer.

In honor of Jack Danielís 160th birthday, the distillery provided us with two premium whiskey barrels in order to age this beer. The beer sat in the barrel for about 7 months pulling out those beautiful whiskey flavors and the American oak from the barrel. The whiskey layers wonderfully with the dark malts in the beer, while the oak adds structure to this robust beer. We then bottle conditioned the beer with a Belgian yeast from a Trappist monastery. That adds a slight, yet noticeable, backdrop of fruity notes. As the beer continues to age in the bottle it will develop even more fruity, port-like characteristics.

Grain: English Maris Otter, Chocolate malt, Roasted barley, Victory, flaked barley, flaked oats, wheat

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Hallertau

OG: 20.1 Plato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Tasted from 750ml bottle, cellared by a brewer who assisted on this project. Thanks, John! This was an interesting barrel aged beer, not as over-the-top as BA Imperial Stouts Iíve had, but Iím sure that was by design. After all, they brewed a porter instead of a stout for a reason. I didnít get much whiskey in the aroma, but the flavors contained some nice booze, toasted hardwood, and slight vanilla. The underlying beer was a great English porter by any measure: malty, caramelly, bready, with tangy hops and fruity ale yeast esters even after lengthy aging. It grew less smooth, a little harsh/acidic as it warmed, but thatís true-to-style as well. Medium body, full "chewy" mouthfeel, low carbonation (I think spritzier bubbles wouldíve splashed it around in a beneficial way, but I realize thatís not historically accurate.) Overall, a rare and delicious treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Appearance: Inky black body with a smallish, though persistent, deep tan-hued head.

Smell: Woodsy, earthy with a well-integrated whiskey nose smoothed over by notes of chocolate, coffee grinds, and fiber-rich dark fruits.

Taste: The whiskey is noted immediately, ahead of the chocolate, light anise, vanilla, and coffee dunked prunes. Slight, slight tart tanginess. Fruity accents of the aforementioned prunes but also some black currant. Very low hop character, bitterness, though youíve got some faintly puckering tannins from the oak and a smidge of alcohol. Subtly malty, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Itís smooth but also crisp.

Overall: Enjoyable, though the crucial key here was the carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Jayís Imperial Porter, Jack BA
Date: September 23, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: dark brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: tart chocolate aroma, light Bourbon
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice touch of bourbon, dry chocolate with just a hint of sweetness

Name: Jayís Imperial Porter, Jack BA
Date: January 27, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
a bit more bourbon coming through, tartness is growing,

Name: Jayís Imperial Porter, Jack BA
Date: January 05, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Words: 1yr in barrel plus keg conditioned and aged
rich chocolate, bourbon continues to come through, barrel tartness continues to grow to the point where it becomes a really nice defining character of the beer

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

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