Grassroots Viola Sofia (Barrel Aged)

RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
English: Viola Sofia is an Imperial Stout brewed for our friend Manuele to celebrate the birth of his baby girl, who the beer was named after.
The beer spent 3 months in Jack Daniels barrels on top of cocoa nibs.
Evolving from travel and friendship, Grassroots creates artisan ales inspired by experience and imagination.
Ingredienser: Vand, bygmalt, humle, sukker, gær.
984 bottles produced.

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skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2017
10/8/2013 11.2oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. A~ completely black, small brown head and the tiniest bit of lacing. S~ strong boozy bourbon up front. followed by a little coffee, bitter dark chocolate and a ton of dark malts. T~ a burnt coffee, dark chocolate master piece! the cocoa nibs really shine here. then the bourbon comes on with nice vanilla and caramel. surprisingly no boozyness at all! which might be because of the almost 2 years of age. M~ nicely carbonated, not over done. smooth and extremely drinkable at almost 11%. O~ this is seriously incredible even way past its best before date of Jan. 2013. the burnt coffee/cocoa nibs really throw this over the top. i’m always surprised with how well Jack Daniels barrels age a stout. it gives this unique sweetness thats really hard to put a finger on which also comes out on JD BA Mexican Cake minus the key ingredients of course but the JD barrels make these 2 brews very similar in a fantastic way.

Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Scott. Huge thanks for this one man!!! Pour is dark brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big rich chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, light mint, bread, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted caramel, coffee, dark fruits, green peppers, soy, brown sugar, and vanilla with a rich malty finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really cool tick.

arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark sugar, hints of oak, vanilla, touch of grain, dark chocolate, roast, touch of grain. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, hints of grain, bread, hints of coffee, hints of grain, slight yeast, finishing bitter, dry. Nice.

Borresteijn (7595) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
33cl Bottle at home, thanks to Plovmand. Cheers buddy! Black colour, thin creamy beige head. Aroma of wood, hard roast, roasted black liquorice, some chocolate sweetness, alcohol, ash. Flavour is ashy, hard roasted malts, liquorice, hint of chocolate, harsh bitter roasted malt finish. Medium-bodied. Not much subtlety or JD barrel to be noticed IMO.

mcberko (19837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours black with a medium-large tan / light brown head. Nose is very roasted -- nearly burnt -- with notes, of charred roasted malt, a little licorice, and loads of wood. Flavour brings out smoky whiskey notes above anything, with lots of wood, a little licorice, maybe a touch of the cocoa nibs, and some deeply roasted / burnt malt. Very smoky and unusually complex for a Jack Daniels barrel aged beer. The beer finishes on notes of smoke, whiskey and licorice. Very dry mouthfeel, with a smoky profile dominating. Very solid impie stout.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
In short: A harsh, roasty, chocolaty and oaky big impy stout. Decent big beer.
How: Bottle 330ml, purchased not long ago but already near expiration date.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is moderate bourbon, a slice of chocolate cake, a piece of date square. Taste has grainy blackened earthy malts with an overall peaty character, medium whisky presence, a lot of mouth-drying oak, cocoa, plenty of roast, roasted almonds, mild alcohol presence but overall well hidden. Relatively low sweetness sensation. Overall a bit harsh, but no more so than most 11% BA Impy Stouts. Big body with a generous carbonation that helps drinkability. The roasted stuff, the peat and the oak made for a beer that had a somewhat ‘Terroir’ character. A good beer but lost in the sea of big BA impy stouts. In a few years from now there will be a show on History Channel showing people drinking Imperial Stouts that were not aged in bourbon barrels.

Leighton (22812) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
Bottle in NH - big thanks to Adam. Pours oily, black-brown with a creamy beige head. Ashy roast in the nose, some burnt wood. Medium sweet flavor, quite vinous, with lots of dry burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately dry to finish with charred wood, burnt grass and further bittersweet baking cocoa character. Nice, rich. Pretty bitter with all the charred malts and what have you. Good.

AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Received as a "gift" enjoyed in a Hill Farmstead by January 2013

A - Pours an oily black with a 2 finger coffee coloured head that fades to a thin line pretty fast.

S - Nose is heavy on cocoa and wine tannins with molasses and cane syrup

T - Sweet with the standard boozy, bourbon notes. Very little vanilla, tons of smoke and char almost ashy charcoal taste that is a certain downer. Finish is dry and bittersweet. I get some pecan or walnut as well and some sweet finish.

M - Very oily and slick, heavy body almost no carbonation

O - This is a nice stout, certainly some complexity but the ashiness really takes points away from the overall experience.

MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
Bouteille de 355 ml. Arômes assez complexes de chocolat, de malt torréfié, de chêne et de whisky. Robe noire, effervescence plutôt active pour le style et abondante mousse moka. En bouche, le chocolat est très présent et, combiné à la présence du Jack Daniels, donne une impression de petits chocolats fourrés à l’alcool. Moyennement sucrée et bien maltée, elle demeure plutôt facile à boire pour le style. Finale chocolatée et légèrement alcoolisée. Une belle Imperial Stout pour les amateurs de chocolat.

gunnfryd (15486) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, whiskey, coffee. Flavour is oak, vanilla, whiskey, coffee, chocolate. Very nice beer.

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