Blindman Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Reviewed by on September 27, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 27, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 11.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

What we have here is Blindman’s Ichorous imperial stout, aged (for 147 days) in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels, though you wouldn’t know that by simply reading the label.

This 355ml can pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of orange cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some dissolving ice floe pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily recedes.

It smells of grainy and bready caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, indistinct dark stone fruit, vanilla-flecked Bourbon wood, a hint of anise spice, faint ashy notes, and some understated earthy, musty, and gently perfumed floral hop bitters.  The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a minor damp char, rich licorice-laced chocolate, vanilla cookies, wet and sort of besotted barrel staves, prunes, a further muddled berry fruitiness, and more weak earthy, floral, and spicy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly timid in its quotidian frothiness, the body a big-boy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with just a suggestion of alcohol and some wafting smokiness taking a minor tithe here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and barrel essences in a tug of war with my palate.

Overall, this appears to be another large and in charge, barrel-aged stout, with a deft hand applied to the wood side of the equation – this is not a Bourbon explosion in a dark beer factory, but rather a subtle addition to the underlying brew.  And that ABV – you can tell it’s there, but it’s always minding its manners, seen but not heard, and all that. Great stuff.

Brady White

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