Blindman Brewing Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon Barrels – American Double / Imperial Stout at 11.6% ABV (C$8.59 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 30-Aug-2021, acquired 29-Dec-2022, reviewed 11-Jan-2023)
Appearance: slightly hazy deep cola red with one finger of fine beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: oak, bourbon, chocolate vanilla, coconut, stone fruit. (8/10) Taste: high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: full slightly slick body, moderate-soft carbonation, slightly sticky lingering bitter warming finish. (4/5)
Brewer notes specify that this is a version of Ichorous even though that name, as with previous BA versions, once again appears nowhere on the labelling. Look, it’s a BA Imperial Stout – is there such a thing as a bad one? It’s pretty much what you’d expect from the style, with loads of woody bourbon and roasted malt character. Could I have identified it as Knob Creek? Prolly not. Does that matter? Nah. (16/20)
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