A sweet nose greets the adventurous in this marriage of our Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout and 50 year old American Brandy barrels. An elegantly pleasant surprise wakes the palate which migrates from a hint of Brandy into the wonderfully lingering roasted malt character.
Sampled at FOBAB ’12 - had heard a few things about this brew since I used to live a few miles away from the brewery - though I’m skeptical as to what 50 year old cognac barrels will add (but concurrently highly curious). Pour is deep mahogany, little head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, some caramel and wood. Flavor is quite good - cognac is actually evident along with the wood, but it melds with the roasty character of the impy stout nicely. Palate is full but quite smooth - this one was pretty darn good actually
Bottle shared by the guys on the party bus. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. A rich sweet flavor with some big oaky notes. A big full brew, light sugary cognac, oak, light roast and char. Very good.
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