Witch’s Hat Bourbon Barrel Cherry Cordial Night Fury
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
This is a special small batch of our Night Fury imperial stout brewed with cherries and cocoa nibs aged in bourbon barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Tap @ Brewery: Black, black, more black, topped with a small sheet of khaki foam that recedes quickly to a timid collar. Aroma is a very subtle mixture of roast, cherry, bourbon, wood, & milk chocolate. Of all the Night Fury variants, this one has the mildest nose, but it’s very well put together, if that makes sense. Taste has lots of smooth bourbon out of the gate, never hot, with a follow-up of tannic oak, light reminders of ripe cherries, sweet milk chocolate, & perhaps a hint of vanilla. Cherry presence gets stronger & sweeter with time, inherits a mild syrupy aspect but never gets too sweet, tart, medicinal, or out of place. Tannins coat the palate with sweet milk chocolate covered cherries & faint bourbon in the aftertaste. A few people said this was too syrupy & sweet but I thought it was on-point. Though the bourbon presence isn’t quite to the Bourbon County level, this beer blows BCS Cherry Rye out of the water as far as barrel aged cherry stouts go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate covered cherries with light vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of oak. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate covered cherries. The cherry flavor builds in the finish and mixes with some light spice, espresso, vanilla, and light bourbon. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, one of the better cherry stouts I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is jet black with zero head and just as much lacing. The aroma is a little disappointing, per the name. There is a strong vanilla and bourbon presence on the front of the nose, and a bit of chocolate from the midpoint on, but there is very little cherry character to it, which I found a little disappointing. The flavor has a hint of cherry on the front end, but the bourbon and vanilla drown it out. The mouth feel is thick, creamy, with a small amount of carbonation, and there is a little cherry on the dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On tap at the brewery’s 2nd anniversary party. Pours black with some dark brown bubble at the edges that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a combination of dark chocolate, dark grains and tart cherries with a hint of bourbon underlying. Flavor starts with tart cherries and dark chocolate that grows in bitterness and is joined by bitter roasted malts.

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