Founders Brewing Company Barrel Runner – American Double / Imperial IPA at 11.1% ABV | 55 IBU

Founders Brewing Company Barrel Runner American Double / Imperial IPA at 11.1% ABV | 55 IBU (C$5.99 at Oak & Vine, 355 ml, best before 29-May-2019, acquired 29-Sep-2018, reviewed 1-Nov-2018)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky white head diminishing rapidly to a medium persistent cap, moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: rum, vanilla, coconut, tropical fruit. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, sweetish building and lingering bitter warming finish. (4/5)

Well, it’s different, I’ll give it that. Rum dominates the front end, quickly followed by vanilla and coconut (which I often find associated with barrel notes) and followed up with tropical fruit. In addition, it’s sweet and boozy. The overall effect, in fact, approaches something like a Piña Colada, or maybe a Painkiller. It’s not the most subtle thing I’ve ever had, but I wouldn’t say no to another. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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