- My Rating: [C+], I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Elijah Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (Imperial Stout) – Longwood Brewery, 8.2% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)
on the front-right label:
“Small Batch Series #3. Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Aging for 6 months in ‘Ex’ Heaven Hills Bourbon barrels has transformed this Imperial Stout into an Ode to Elijah Craig; the founder of charred oak barrel aging.”
- Style: (Heaven Hills bourbon barrel aged) Imperial Stout
- Taste: Big dark winey pukey sour light wet woody barley malt roasted exhale
- Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
- How much: $8.60 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., February 2016
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, not the BBA imp stout you want
Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours jet black with a lasting medium 2cm thick frothy head, tight clusters of micro streams, no lacing.
Nose: mild funk’d light tangy roast barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency
Attack: creaminess, immediate acidity, soft crisp, sour malt impression
Mid-palate: big tangy sourness (!?), (lvl-4-sweetness), light wet woody barley malt, sour dark winey prune
Finish: cacao, sour pukey, lingering sweet barley malt, roasted exhale, subtle stealth bitter hops
Summary: Totally NOT what I was expecting – Big acidic dark fruity sourness complimented by roasted malt in BA imp stout?? Nonetheless it is decently balanced and still interestingly drinkable. The sourness is a bit harsh for a stout, I would rather more dark caramel roast instead. The more I drink it, the more apparent the sourness becomes offensive – rogue yeast for sure.