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Starr Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Cryptical Imperial Stout

Starr Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Cryptical Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (1617) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Starr Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Cryptical on tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta). Pours dark, reddish-brown and sits opaque in the glass. Decent tan head. Aroma: nice mix of woody bourbon and dark roasted malts. Flavor: Rich and strong. Dark roasted grains with a complementary bourbon barrel aspect. Lingering aftertaste of toasted dark bread and woody bourbon. O: Poorly hidden alcohol but otherwise excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3200) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with some tan head - but I got a small pour. Smoky malt aroma has definitely bourbon-soaked wood note plus hints of coffee and chocolate. Texture is quite firm and fairly fizzy. No mystery - this is a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2014

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2013, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, dark chocolate, laber larver (bourbon), moderate hoppy. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark roasted, laber larver - bourbon - vanilla, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130813]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at Mekong on 05/18/2011. Dark black body with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet chocolate roast and caramel aroma. Sweet chocolate, roast and dry bitter flavor. Full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Gravity cask at GBBF Session 1 - London. Pours clear, black-brown with a faint, bubbly tan head. The nose holds harsh alcohol, earth and straight dark malts. Medium sweet flavour with moderate brown sugar, some oily dark chocolate, char and roast. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with further oily chocolate and charred malts. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4299) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Keg @ Beer Run. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is strongly dominated by the bourbon barrel. Super woody, ink cartridge, big vanilla. Roasted grain. The taste is hot and sweet. More vanilla. Sticky toffee pudding. Boozy wood. A bit thin. Acidic charrred wood notes. Fine carbonation. Overall, a subpar imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2013
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty bourbon and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty bourbon chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty bourbon and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013. Poured a thick, oily black with no head. Aroma of strong vanilla, oak, caramel, fudge and Bounty bars. Big treacle, molasses, coconut and chocolate. Palate has some roast malt, sweetened coffee and alcohol. Too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
13th August 2013
GBBF Day 1. Clear dark brown beer. Small pale tan head. Nice mellow bourbon nose. Palate is smooth and dry. Smooth dark malt, rich but there is no roast. Mild coffee bitterness. Rich bourbon, spicy. Only a touch of vanilla wood. Finishes dry. Interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Cask gravity at GBBF 2013. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet vanilla, coconut, mellow roast, sweet coffee, treacle and fudge. The taste is mellow roast, coffee, caramel, toffee, light bitterness, bourbon, wood, fudge and coffee grinds. Medium+ body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Not a whole lot of depth, but smooth and well-balanced. Decent.

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