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Hale’s Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Pikop Andropov’s Rushin’ Imperial Stout is given even more complexity by aging it in oak whiskey barrels for at least six months. The addition of the charred oak influences, enhanced by subtle flavors of whiskey, make this darkly rich and complex ale well worth the wait. Keep an eye out for when it appears in limited draft and 22oz. bottles (usually winter) -- it goes very fast! You won’t want to miss it. 9.9% ABV 26 IBUs Malts: 2-Row Pale ~ Crystal 120L ~ Chocolate ~ Unmalted Wheat ~ Rye ~ Carafa III ~Aromatic ~ Oats Hops: Apollo ~ Experimental Original Gravity: 24.5° Plato


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Goblet at 5th st Growlers Very big bourbon wood vanilla s’mores. Heavy. Taste is thick and extremely flavorful. Definitely a big impressive beer but the flavors are very bold and i prefer a more subtle barrel flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (399) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle (22oz $10): Almost black with1 finger tan head that disappears. Smell sweat Carmel. Taste is sweat with lots of bourbon, but finishes with a strong coffe like bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2867) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
5oz draft at brewpub. Black body tan head. Aroma wallops too with the traditional too much over-the-top bourbon. Lots of alcohol. Beneath that is a big sweet impy stout with cocoa, chocolate roast. Flavor is nit as bad as expected. Its a leaner body than expected. Alcohol strong at first. Long thin alcohol aftertaste. Between those two is a sugary lean sweet cocoa stout. The carbonation is strong. I would prefer a thicker less carbed body to make this more of a sipper. I literally feel alcohol burn in the back of my throat. This beer does not know if it wants to be super big or lean. And the alcohol isn’t catastrophic but its pretty bad. soy sauce,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap pours dark reddish brown. Aroma chocolate, roast, alcohol, bourban, oaky. Flavor is sweet bourban, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (3570) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Sampled at GABF. Black appearance with a light brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. oak, vanilla, light bourbon. Rich and dark with a full body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (6254) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, toffee, rye. Medium mouthfeel, light oak, roast, chocolate with light boozy finish. Decent.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tourette (224) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
One of the worst barrel aged imperials I've had. Smells nice. Looks nice. But tastes sour. A little bit wine like somehow. And way, way too much barrel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bomber. Pours black with a solid layer of cappuccino foam. Aroma is a blend of mocha, toffee, vanilla and whiskey. The taste starts with a substantial dose of dark chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon along with some caramel, dark fruits and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, charred oak finish. Overall, a significant improvement over the base beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Black, moderate foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Faint roast, faint barrel aging, even softer Whiskey.   First up is a touch sourness, faint roast, and again with an even softer barrel aging or Whiskey character.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Same on the exit, mild sweet roastiness, a touch sour, with a little barrel aged character.   Not a bad beer, wished it didn’t have the slight sour aspect.   I also wished the stout was a bit more chewy and pronounced to match the barrel aging.   Average BA stout.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2013
pours a very dark brown with a small brown head and good lacing. smell is of cocoa, whiskey, a touch of vanilla, and wood. taste is of bourbon, woody, some cocoa, and somewhat sour. ends with the bourbon overpowering everything else.


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