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Drakes Port Barrel Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Drakes Port Barrel Imperial Stout is our classic Imperial Stout that has been aged in Port wine barrels for seven months. There will be a total of four different barrels released over time. Each barrel will be bottled and corked with a different colored wax. This way you can discover the subtle nuances that each barrel has introduced to the beer. This beer is very lightly refermented in the bottle to achieve a small amount of carbonation. It would be best served in a glass of a temperature between 45-50ºF.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersucks (4) - USA - JAN 20, 2008 does not count
Overall great beer. Nice lucious creamy mouthfeel, with a smokey sweetness I enjoyed getting used to.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Sample courtesy of lunaticharness. Batch 1. Dark brown, light beige head. Huge aroma of chocolate and cherry, slight lacto. Flavor much the same, very vinous up front. Huge chocolate and roast through and through, slight sourness settimg in. Everything blends together quite nice.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rb (15) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2007
brown, quite dry, chocolate like, medium bodied, not bad but I’ve had better

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/20/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog II

clear brown, whispy cream head, tart woody aroma mixed with dark malts, nice chocolate flavor lost by huge tart cherry pit flavor, very dry

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Dark brown pour. Smells of alcohol and vanilla with a little vinous quality. Flavor is red grapes, brown sugar and alcohol. Medium body with lots of alcohol warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4605) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Courtesy of lunaticharness

Bottle: The aroma is moderately roasty with chocolate and strong alcohol and port notes. It pours a dark brown with faint orange hilights around the outer edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor has lots of sour cherry and vinous notes with a touch of chocolate and faint roastiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Sample courtesy of lunaticharness. Batch 1. Muddy, dark brown body with small tan head. The aroma is boozy, vanilla, chocolates, roast and vinous. The flavor is roast, port, cherry, cola, cocoa and alcohol. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a tannic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Bottle. 2002. Big thanks to aspidites for providing a beer I never thought I’d get to try! Pours brown with a light tan head. Very busy aroma. Somewhat sour with port and tobacco notes. Oxidized but nice none-the-less. Sour and somewhat acidic with cherry, port and brandy notes. VERY nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - Gold wax bottle. This was just insanely tasty. Nose was a little soy (in a good way), chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and lightly acidic. Appearance was dark brown in color with a light tan colored head. Mouthfeel was slick, oily and smooth. Flavors were acidic, sour, alcohol, chocolate, sweet malts and some nice port qualities. Just an outstanding beer. Too bad they are nearly impossible to find.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma and flavor are roasty dark malts with strong alcohol. The port barrel leaves it’s mark in the form of red wine, leather and oak. All this is followed by a dark chocolate covered cherry or prune. Very tasty and I’ll take port over bourbon anyday.


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