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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale Brewed with Coffee and then Aged in High West Whiskey Barrels.

This beer couldn’t have been done without the help from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, UT and Chicago’s-own Metropolis Coffee. We brewed a rich, malty Imperial Stout with some of Metropolis’ Spice Island blend, then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels for up to 17 FREAKING MONTHS. It’s good to have friends!

2016: 12.2%

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4.2
Klimaet (2697) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2017
Bottle @ Tin Bucket. Pours black with a small offwhite head. Aromas of spicy rye, dark roasty malts, vanilla, fudge, coffee. Taste has rye, vanilla, bitter roasty malts, coffee, fudge.

4.3
MarcoDL (5024) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2017
Draft at beer basement. Aroma of rich thick bourbon vanilla, chocolate, caramelised malt, coffee and red fruit. Taste is a real beast, with lucious whiskey vanilla, smooth coffee, milk chocolate, cherry, caramelised malt and an endless finish. Very good, on par with bcbs coffee.

4
pictoman (1149) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
Poured from the tap. Black with light tan head. Thick chocolate with coffee and mild whiskey, subtle vanilla and wood. Alcohol is present, but mild.

4.3
mariuspoenari (2724) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2017
35cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a thin tan head that disappears in an instant. Visible carbonation rising to the surface. huge whiskey notes up front, followed by some intense brewed coffee as well as roasted coffee notes, quite a bit of oak, vanilla, roast, light toaste coconut, burnt caramel and cherry bitterness. A great barrel-aged stout with a nice mix of coffee and whiskey notes, though the base stout notes are a bit too subtle (could do with a bit more roast and body).

4.8
dwyerpg (6230) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 22, 2017
What a delicious beer. Perhaps underrated, if that’s possible. The coffee is subtle, smooth and tasty. Just a stellar and almost sessionable imperial stout!

4
Ericular (1022) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Not quite what the hype would have you believe, but it’s the best Heineken I’ve ever had.

4.2
Beachmaster (566) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 29, 2017
On draught. Pours black, with a medium mocha head that persists, leaving good lacing. Nose is coffee and bourbon. Taste follows. Nice coffee flavor with a boozy bourbon finish. Good.

3.8
rdixon77 (2874) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2017
Very approachable big BA stout. Sold in a 6 pack!? Good bourbon flavor, coffee, and a earthiness. Decent smooth for the abv. Not super complex, but it’s all there. Good stuff.

4.6
MetalNHopHead (2020) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 16, 2017
Lagunitas High West-ified adds a lot of bourbon barrel character to an already big and boozy Imperial Stout. This black brew has notes of bittersweet roast, coffee, and chocolate. It’s almost unbelievably smooth for being over 12%. There is a lot of alcohol warmth coming from it, but it’s very manageable as a sipper. It feels like it’s taken awhile for Lagunitas to release a proper barrel-aged Stout, but they appear to be making up for lost time.

3.7
jc1762 (1485) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2017
Bottle poured into a snifter showing pitch black with spare latte colored foam. The nose shows a lot of bourbon barrel with hints of coffee. The palate is full bodied, slick, and lightly carbonated. Bourbon forward flavors of oak, smoke, and vanilla with the vanilla maintained well in the background. Finish is more bourbon again. Bourbon is overt and dominates the beer but not takes the better charateristics of the bourbon without the alcohol heat despite the high ABV. Drinks a little bit too close to straight bourbon.


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