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Braunstein Imperial Stout (Bourbon)

Braunstein Imperial Stout (Bourbon)
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Formerly brewed at Bryghuset Braunstein
Style: Imperial Stout
Køge, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Editor’s note: A festival special at the Copenhagen Beer Festival 2009.
Danish: Lagret på otte til formålet indkøbte bourbonfade i kraftig amerikansk eg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (25477) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
Bottled (thanks KimJohansen!). Quite muh black colour with small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some bourbon and mild notes of vanilla. Also roasted malts and mild yeast. Flavour is oak, some alcohol, nice vanilla as well as smoke and pleasant toasted notes. A very pleasant notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5342) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2009
Tap @ København Ølfestival 2009. Aroma is the best thing in this beer. It has loads of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and roast. Dark black coloured with a beige head. The taste is sweet, has chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla (not in the other versions of the beer), little smokiness. Dry, bitter finish. Very subtle and balanced for a bourbon barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2990) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
[growler @ RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting] Potent black malt bubblegum aroma with some peat smoke and scotch tape plus oaky vanilla. Oily black with a light brown cover and dots. Slightly salty, peat smoky flavour with vanilla, meaty, and roasty accents. Also oaky vanilla character. Moderate bitterness from black malt. Velvety feel, low carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26223) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2009
Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2009. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of chocolate and dried fruits. Roasted flavour of chocolate, dried fruits, whisky and smoke with notes of hops and alcohol. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (8992) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2009
Draught. Medium high and lasting fluffy light brown head. Pitch black body. Mild coffee choccolate caramel but little smoke. Mild coffee choccolate caramel smoke hops flavor with fine whisky wood notes. Low carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste. Alcohol present but well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2009
Draught. [Beer festival 2009] Most noticeable difference from the steel tank version and the oak aged version in my opinion was the diminishing notes of smoke. It seems like the wood barrels had soaked up some of the smoky notes and “replaced” it with the notes of (in this case) Bourbon aroma and flavor. This added to the overall complexity of the beer. Small beige head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma was quite complex with notes of Bourbon, wood, mild smoky notes, roasted malt, liquorish, dark chocolate, mild coffee, vinous and somewhat dried fruity notes in there as well. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and mild alcoholic and thick texture. Heavy sweet and bitter flavor in balance. Lingering smoked salami and roasted malty finish. Even better René!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2009
On tap. Pours completely pitch black with a small light brown head. Sweetish aroma of hard roasted malt, a little licorice and a very vague whiff of bourbon. Medium-bodied, hard roasted malt and licorice and in the flavour the bourbon notes really come out. Yummy. Lightly sweet vanilla and a dry, malt bitter finish. 150509

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40869) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2009
CBF09. From tap. Pours black with a tan head. Smoked bourbon alcohol aroma with a distinct roasted note. Sweet roasted malt, light smoked. Mild bourbon accents. Smooth yet distinct bitterness. Into a dry malt flavoured finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2009
On tap at Plan B. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. It has a complex aroma of dark chocolate, sweet liquorice, coffee, roasted malt and a little caramel, that open up and adds a great smooth raisin-bourbon touch to it as it warms up. Mmmm! Flavour is not quite as smooth and complex, but has notes of liquorice, chocolate, coffee and weak notes of tan, all ending in a dim roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2009
250ml available on tap and served at a fine drinking temperature at Plan B, Copenhagen. Dense and bubbly, tan head fading slowly and leaving solid laceworks on the glass. The content is almost black as pitch. Inviting aroma of sweet, dark chocolate malts and with notes of sappy liquorice. Vanilla oak in flavour with noticeable vapour from the bourbon barrel added by a well balanced blend of dark malts. Dry and roasted on the palate with notes of bitter liquorice. A good one and just the right drink after a delicious turkey salad (18.05.2009).

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