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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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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3.6
mR_fr0g (14776) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2018
Keg at the Beavertown Extravaganza, day one, 08/09/17. A mahognay brown / black coloured pour with a halo of light tan head. Aroma is nice soft roast, vanilla, brown sugars. Flavour is composed of brown sugars, rounded, soft roast, cinamon. Palate is sweet sugary, slightly thin, frothy carbonation. Nice.

3.3
madmitch76 (27425) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2017
8th September 2017
Beaverfest. Day 1. Keg. Clear brown beer, small tan head. Smooth palate, fairly dry. Smooth dry dark malts. Dry thin dark chocolate malt. Touch of coconut. Mellow dark fruits. Barely there. Light dry finish brings a little spice. Nice flavour but the body is thin and dry.

3.6
Scopey (17078) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2017
Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. It pours opaque darkest brown with a small light tan head. The aroma is rich, sweet chocolate caramel, toffee, millionaires shortbread, crunchy, slick, oily, maltesers and cocoa. The taste is slick, sweet, roasted malt, maltesers, mars bar, chocolate, toffee, oaky bourbon, toasted brown sugars, booze, earthy coffee, damp wood, leather and light spice with some alcohol warmth through the finish. Full body and fine carbonation. A bit earth and woody after a while. Decent enough, but it didn't wow me.

3.9
mcberko (20860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2017
500mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is loaded with toasted coconut upfront, followed by bourbon barrels and plenty of alcohol. Flavour is along the same lines, with bourbon barrels, vanilla and light coconut. Heavy and well-balanced, with lots of depth. Excellent.

4
beerplace (2505) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2017
A pour from the bottle on Black Christmas V. Pours a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is berry-ish bourbon. Similar taste with some butter and chocolate notes. Nice.

4.1
Singularity (6498) - Blattniksele, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2017
On tap at WB17. Jet black with tan head. Aroma and taste are sweet, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, slight bourbon barrel and wood.

3.9
Theydon_Bois (22327) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2017
Keg at the Beavertown Extravaganza, day one, 09/09/17. Pitch black with a solid tan head. Nose is rich roast, sweet tones, light charr, toffee fudge, chocolate. Taste comprises rich chocolate, light fruit tang, coconut sprinkle, nutty, molasses, light spice, pinch of bourbonics. Medium plus body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a warming boost. Solid well joined up impy. Any juan read all the blurb on this beer ... zzz

4.1
Dogbrick (14510) - 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 (10145) - 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 (7862) - 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.


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