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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

Browning’s Brewery
Louisville, KY

Style: Imperial Stout

Baby-Boy’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Drinkable, but flawed)

When I saw “bourbon barrel” and “imperial stout” together, I got excited. The only thing that even comes close to beer in my beverage pantheon is bourbon. So this seemed like a merger of all things good.

But what I got was a fruity beer that poured almost red. It was sweet smelling and thinner than I expected. It had a bitter hop finish, and it seems to be heavy on the citrus elements of hops.

The label describes the beer as a high gravity beer that has the flavor of vanilla, espresso, and chocolate, but that got lost somewhere in the fields of hops.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on November 24, 2008.
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