Witch’s Hat Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Espresso Night Fury
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 4.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1886) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate espresso, a tad lighter chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and faint oak. It’s a dark brown with a small brown head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate with with some light caramel. The finish has moderate roasted espresso, light vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruits. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (729) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Sampled at the MBG Summerfest. Pours a straight black viscous pour with a thick chunky dark chocolate head. A real beauty even in my small plastic cup. A big mocha aroma that really comes off nice. A very true and quality coffee flavor that blends great with the smooth chocolate. And once again as always with BB Night Furys a great balance with the smooth warming bourbon aging presence. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (1973) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Sampled at the 2014 MBG Summer Fest. Black pour. Huge fresh espresso aroma mixed with chocolate. Tastes like drinking chocolate espresso with a very slight boozy bite at the finish. No roast at all. Light sweetness and light bitterness keep this beer amazingly smooth. Just awesome. Please start bottling these Night Fury’s!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is just like all of the variants; jet black, with a minimal amount of head, and seemingly minimal lacing. The aroma on this baby is mostly coffee with a decent note of chocolate on the back end. There are some hints of vanilla and bourbon, but coffee dominates. The flavor is a bit of the same. The front end is all coffee and it moved through a good chocolate note, before heading to more of a bourbon burn on the back end. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, just like the other variants, with a medium, great carbonation. There is a deliciously lingering cocoa espresso aftertaste.

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