Witch’s Hat Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Espresso Night Fury
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Night fury imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels with direct trade cocoa nibs from our friends at Mindo Chocolate Makers and direct trade Black Cat Espresso beans from intelligentsia.

This varient brings flavors of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, robust Italian coffee, thick fudge, molasses, hefty bourbon and oak. A truly unique beer and dessert all in one glass!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Tap @ Witch’s Hat: Just like the rest of the Night Fury beers, this one is a black hole, topped with a fleeting, khaki colored film. Aroma has lovely mocha java notes, good mix of super roasted coffee with bittersweet cocoa dust pounding underneath. Slick, oily, roasted, & even quite bitter from the intense roast... Chocolate aspect errs towards the bitter/dark side, rather than the milky/sweet side, too. Bourbon character is smooth, lathering bit of wood in the finish. Taste confirms this notion; superbly roasted coffee beans pounding hard... Bitter, lightly ashy, dry, coated with a robust drizzle of unsweet cocoa powder, bourbon, & roasted barley. Warmth brings about a very mild sweetness, some maple syrup, & an intense dark fudge note... All the while, still pounding away with big-time coffee beans. Mild woody tannin & vanillin in the aftertaste to accompany the roasty finish. This variant is more of an intense, double strength, Italian blend kind of coffee, whereas the original "Coffee" variant has more of a creamy-sweet essence about it. Any way you slice it, another great Night Fury variant... Very impressive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (523) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, nice. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head, thick. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, barrel, great. Mouthfeel is perfect, thick and great carbonation. Overall, amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (220) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Draft @ Fury for a Feast. Pours black with only a slight ring of head around the glass. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, scant roasted malts. Very rich. Big chocolate flavor with coffee--smooth and rich--light roasted malts. Moderately bitter. Medium+ bodied with a dry, lingering bitter finish. Can feel the warming bourbon on the back half way through the pour. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6900) - Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Draft to plastic 5 oz taster at Fury for a Feast. Looks good; a mostly opaque dark cola with thin beige head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, espresso, and oak. Tastes like it smells, but with a much stronger espresso presence. A lot more roasty than the nose. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Great stuff if you’re a fan of espresso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12216) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Draft. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon wood aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt, coffee and complex alcohol flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (8865) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Taste on tap during Michigan Summer Beer Fest. Whoa. Awesome big, rich coffee up front. Nice cream, good balanced touch of bourbon charred oak & vanilla. Nice dark chocolate. Black color. Thin brown head. Some bits of lace. Bigger bitter taste. Lighter to moderate sweet. A reasonable (mild) amount of alcohol warmth. Yeah. Tmoney99 extolled the Vanilla version of this, but this Espresso is more my style. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Good chewiness to the texture. Mild slick. Yes. This is dope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4094) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by Matt and Tony, thanks!

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish notes, a small brown head and little lacing.

Aroma: Massive espresso coffee presence along roasted malt, chocolate and vegetal notes.

Taste: Massive espresso coffee presence here too, but more balanced by the dark chocolate. Herbal/vegetal notes, light fruitiness and strong coffee bitterness.

Palate: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Strong lingering espresso finish.

Overall: The coffee presence is so strong that it lacks a bit of balance, especially compared to the peanut butter version we had just before. It’s still a tasty RIS that really showcase the coffee. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4433) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle shared. Deep black pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is intense espresso coffee, tons of roasty notes. Taste is bitter, some coffee rinds, lots of coffee, light dark chocolate. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (372) - Redford, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Aroma of coffee grounds and chocolate, the grounds are a bit overwhelming. Appears coffe brown with a thin ring of caramel foam. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee grounds, a little more bitter than sweet, lingers quite a while. Palate is heavy and oily, a little fizz. Overall, very nice, wet coffee grounds are a bit overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (719) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Tap. Black. Not much head or lace. Nose is pure espresso. Thinnish body for a Night Fury -- tastes of straight coffee, mild booziness, fudgey dark chocolate-ness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2015
MiBG Summer Fest 2014: Big espresso and baker chocolate roast and charred slight oak big biting and dry mouth feel cleanse the palate

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