Thursday, June 21, 2018

Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout

Fill date: 3/22/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 30A Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout))

AROMA: Very strong bourbon and coffee aromatics and all are authentic. Vanilla from the barrel imparts a strong sweetness (though a lot of that is due to the malt base I'm sure, though there isn't much in the way of classic imperial stout roastiness or fruitiness). No distinctive hops. Alcohol is present, but clean. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque jet black (44+ SRM). Small, brown, foam completely dissipates and leaves no lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Huge bourbon barrel character up front with a rich vanilla-like taste and accompanying sweetness. Surprisingly, there is little in the way of roasted malt or fruity flavors. At the apex, the coffee emerges strongly with bitterness and authentic flavor to balance the sweetness of the first half. Hops are difficult to pick out as far as flavor and bitterness, though palette doesn't feel wildly unbalanced. Alcohol is clean for the most part, though it does induce a rubbing alcohol effect after it is swallowed and exhaled.  13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low carbonation. Texture is a little slick, but not oily. Plenty of alcohol warmth, as well there should be at 12.7% ABV. Not necessarily a sipper. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A tasty but simplistic brew with the barrel and coffee comprising most of the palette. The imperial stout base needs some work. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 35/50

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