Highland Bourbon Barrel-Aged Raspberry Black Mocha Stout

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our Black Mocha Stout that has been aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels for six months then dosed with some fresh, pureed North Carolina raspberries! This Bourbon Barrel-Aged Raspberry Black Mokah is a true rarity, with only a handful of kegs ever leaving the brewery! Boasting subtle notes of chocolate, bright raspberry, and a gorgeous Bourbon character, this a beer that deserves some deep contemplation while sipping it out of a snifter in a seriously comfortable chair (of course, your favorite drinking method can be substituted instead).

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Growler... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose offers a malty, fruity mèlange of rich, gooey caramel, Cuban roast and espresso-ground mocha, and a nice touch of sticky, tropically-grown vanilla beans, toasted coconut and dark berries. Light-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is of thin, dumbed-down caramel, coconut, and a tangy, fruity, berry component. Finishes tangy and chocolaty, but mostly falls flat. Growler courtesy of the always-selfless Elliesbrown. Thanks Zack!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Sampled at Raleigh Rare and Vintage Festival 2013. Clear brown pour. Smells exactly like play-doh and pound cake. Raspberry chocolate flavor, with a slight bit of bourbon, but not vanilla or woody. Didn’t really think too highly of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (2085) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Sample at the Secret Stash Bash. Black, with a small, tan head. The aroma is vanilla, toffee, raspberries, and milk chocolate. The raspberry is very forward, but blended very nicely with the bourbon notes. The flavor is basic stout, with a roasted bitterness and a sweet, malty finish. Heavy body and sticky, with some lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very delicious beer, with a combination of common flavors, but done right. I wish I could get this more often (and in bigger pours).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4609) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Highland Bourbon Barrel-Aged Raspberry Mocha Stout served in a nonic. Poured with a generous but modestly durable head. Looks black/brown and nearly opaque yet clear. S: too much contribution from the bourbon barrel. T: again, too much contribution from the bourbon barrel, but less of a problem than with the aroma. Ample raspberry, faint coffee and hops. Lots of oak. M: Nicely smooth, medium+ body. O: (disclosure: not a fan of bourbon). The regular Black Mocha Stout is a relatively frequent beer for me, and I may prefer it to the admittedly more interesting and complex variant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4658) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Thick dark black pour with a tan head. Rich bourbon notes in the nose, nice vanilla and chocolate with the raspberry coming through for sure. Reminds me of BCS Bramble a little... Very nice flavor, rich chocolate and subtle berry notes with vanilla and a lightly tart/tannic seed quality. Overall, it was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Draft. Yummy but not to aromatic. The bells bbl cherry is better. Not to much flavor. Worth a try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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