Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a black body with a tan off white head. Malty chewy sweetness some light lactose with a roast y lactose sweetness. The barrel with seems hardly present presents with a mild oakiness hardly any apple but more a brandy fuller body with some light sweetness. Not bad.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An excellent imperial stout with subtle Apple Brandy barrel notes
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Night Of The Barrel session.
The look: Black body topped by a large tan head with good retention
In long: Compared to the Smuttynose Imperial Stout: tone down the chocolate a bit, a little less roasted, toned down citrusy hops, add some wood flavor, add some fruity notes. The barrel aging is really not overdone here. Almost subtle. I suspect it didn’t spend much time in the barrels or it was re-blended with fresh beer. All in all this is a light variation on the excellent Smuttynose Imperial Stout. Different enough to be worth having, yet similar enough to make it hard to pick a favourite one. I think I prefer the regular version by a tiny tiny margin. I love EBF for all those rare special treats. Every year when I walk into EBF I feel like Mike Tyson at a star-trek Vulcan’s convention.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a deep black with a medium tanned beige head. Wood, bourbon, vanilla on the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, more barrel flavors, wood, roasnt. Sweet and a touch of alcohol on the finish.