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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with toasted coconut and cocoa.

Way back in 2016 we were approached by the folks at Bailey's Taproom in Portland for a collaboration beer. Geoff Phillips' iconic taproom has been a mainstay in the better beer bar crowd in Portland for the last decade and they were making plans to celebrate their first 10 years in business. Because we love Bailey's and the people that work there, we were thrilled to be included. Their plan was to reach out to 10 Oregon Breweries that they love and respect and work on a collaboration barrel aged beer to be served and sold in bottles at their annual birthday party in July. Traditional beer collaborations can be a challenge for us because we brew our base wort at another brewery and we only have fermentation space for so many beers per month, and we have to plan our beer releases way in advance. Fortunately we had time for this one. We decided that the best way to tackle this issue was to taste through our barrel library and see if we could come up with a barrel blend that we loved. Knowing that we could add whatever we wanted to the aging beer made the possibilities seemingly endless. The Bailey's employees who came down to Eugene to 'work' on the blend (tough job, right?), had the thought of searching for bourbon barrel aged stout blend that could come out of a candy bar inspiration. After a little brainstorming we settled on the chocolatey and coconutty goodness of an Almond Joy. After numerous tastes we found 4 barrels, two Early Times bourbon and 2 Old Forester bourbon barrels that could work perfectly. They held Imperial Stouts that we had brewed in the fall of 2016, so we knew the beer was going to be a pretty big one. After closing in on the blend, we took a little field trip to taste and smell through some cocoa nibs at Eugene's Chocolate Alchemy. John, the alchemist over there, has dozens of different single source cocoa beans that have many different flavors and aromas. Once again, we had to choose something that would pair well. We looked for, and found, something that not only had a deep chocolate flavor and aroma, but a bit of nuttiness too, as we weren't going to add any nuts to this beer for the almond part of the Almond Joy. After the crew from Bailey's headed back to Portland, it was up to us to toast the coconut and get that and the nibs aging on the beer. We barreled up the aged beer on the two flavor elements and left it at room temperature for about a week. What resulted is a rich, strong beer with deep, dark chocolate aromas with background hints of toasted coconut and an integrated thread of bourbon piercing the rich decadent flavors. While strong, at 10.5 percent, it drinks sweet, smooth and balanced and the complex flavors should continue to meld with a little time in the bottle. We were truly honored to be selected to make a beer with Bailey's for their 10th anniversary. Hopefully you can track down the other nine bottled beers from some of the best breweries in Oregon.

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4.1
Dogbrick (13749) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Sample at What The Funk!? on 10/04/2017. The beer pours black with some brown around the edges, and a medium thick tan head that diminishes gradually to a dense film. Patchy lacing. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and coconut. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, chocolate malt, toasted coconut and vanilla. The finish is oaky and roasty with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.

3.8
The_Osprey (9102) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2017
September 2017 - Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza. As 'Alesong Bailey's Joy'. Opaque black, foamy brown head leaves light lacing. Aroma is roast malts, slight coffee, soil and ash. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is earthy, leather, cocoa nibs and dark chocolate with a slightly salty dimension. Tasty. (8-4-7-3-16=3.8)

4
MrTipple (6424) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Sweet, dark malts, chocolate, cacao, caramel, liquorice, oak. Hazy, very dark brown, tiny, creamy, beige head. Light sweet. More cacao, sweet chocolate, dark, toasted malts, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Beautiful Impy, rich and well-balanced. Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017, Canada Water.

3.7
Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2017
(En fût à la source): Bourbon et oxydation en quantité modeste, noix de coco moelleuse, chocolat au lait et un bon flot sucré. Somme toute élégant.

3.9
Desverger (12907) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2017
[email protected] Extravaganza 2017 - pours black with a tan head. Sweet and medium roasted malty with decadent chocolate, some caramel, bourbon soaked wooden nuances, vanilla and coconut sweetness coalesce into the dark malty close.

5
zebra (2308) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2017
500-ml bottle from rare beer club. good thick fizzy but persistent head, milky creamy, dark fruitiness and booziness melded great, chocolate, coconut not prominent maybe just added to sweetness and creaminess.

4.1
Borup (15318) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2017
Sample at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. A black beer with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, caramel and vanilla.

4.5
moldovan9807 (480) - Oradea, ROMANIA - SEP 16, 2017
Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. Day 1. Aroma of bourbon, sugar barrel, bit boozy, oak. Taste of cocoa,sweet cacao, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, faint oak.

3.8
ciocanelu (2938) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2017
On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma is quite earthy with cocoa nibs and wood barrel notes. Taste has roasted malt, wood barrel and some sweetness in the background.

4.3
77ships (11007) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2017
(thanks for sharing!) Sampled draft @ The Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. Day 1. Black, little head. Nose is thick sweet bourbon, sugar barrel bit too boozy, varnish oak. Taste is bit simple but very neat thick very sweet cacao, sugar, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, warming, cake. Thick bourbon body. Neat, nice.


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