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Deschutes Thunderhead Imperial Stout

Deschutes Thunderhead Imperial Stout
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Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
It took two mashes to brew this stout, using only the highest gravity first running of each mash. Hops are large additions of Chinook and Millenium to balance this monster ale. Conditioned for eight weeks in a Jim Beam Bourbon barrel, it carries subtle oak and black licorice undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2008
Tap @ brewpub - This was a pretty good stout, one of the best beers I have had from Deschutes in all the time I’ve been coming here. Some boozy qualities, woody rum notes, some chocolate and roasted coffee, and some vanilla in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2008
On X tap at Bond Street Deschutes location. Very reminiscent of Abyss. Thick dark black body with tan wispy top. Lots of flavor complexities including vanilla and chocolate. Mild bourbon and roasted coffee malt presence. A class act beer. Went back the next day and it was gone. Boo hoo!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2006
This is really a monster stout, but for being aged in bouron barrels, it barely is noticeable, very subtle vanilla notes, but I was expecting more and bigger. Medium bodied, with lots of roasted coffee and lots of licorice notes. Unabalanced all around, too big for its britches, this one misses out somewhere along the way.

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