Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at Maduro’s
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
This to me was the clear winner of the night. I was fortunate enough to try the Barrel Aged Double Cream/Expedition at the Great Taste the next day. This was in all ways equal. It will move instantly into my personal Top 10 which is quite a feat at this point. The only real flaw in this gem was the alcoholic bite which one will either love or find a turnoff.
Aroma / Appearance - The nose of this is so rich that even the smell of cigar smoke can not mask it. In fact it almost enhanced the rich combination. Coffee, smoke and licorice still stand out from the Batch 7000. They are complimented by the oaky vanilla creaminess imparted by the barrels. The body has not changed color at all - it is murky black even when held up to direct light. A beautiful tan head makes this perfect in all aspects - if you aren’t sure what it looks like just crack open a Batch 7000 and bask in its beauty.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy vanilla flows down the throat along with coffee liquor, anise and cocoa. A slight alcoholic presence begins to slowly gain strength. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and intense. It is perfectly balanced - the bourbon has given this great beer even more quality. The oaky finish leaves a chocolately impression that takes forever to fade. This is the best $4 pint I have ever had to date.
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party. The beer pours to a murky black body with a small creamy light brown head that mostly dissipates. The aroma is heavy on the roasted black malts, chocolate, pine hops, black fruits, bourbon. The flavor is heavy as well. Roasted black malt, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, pine hops, bourbon, and charred wood. The palate has a medium sweetness and full body. The texture is oily and really creamy. The alcohol is very noticeable, but I liked that.