Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Espresso Stout (2020)
Lake Effect Brewing
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A Note on This Beer
Ever wonder why Midwesterners put up with those harsh winters? Because their breweries make some of the best Barrel Aged beers anywhere in the country!
Especially if it’s one from the barrel barons at Lake Effect Brewing. Minus 30-degree weather doesn’t seem so bad when you have one of their belly-warming beers to sip on.
Lake Effect’s barrel program earns them the love of fans and critics alike. The brewery has won awards at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers, was named one of USA Today’s 29 must-visit breweries in Chicago, and their bourbon barrel Stouts consistently command 4+ ratings on Untappd.
So, clear out some prime real estate in your fridge, because right now, you have the chance to score Lake Effect’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout AND its even more limited Espresso variant!
Here’s what you have to look forward to:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2020) — 13% ABV
The brewers aged this massive Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels for a full 8 months, piling layers of warm, caramelly flavor on top of creamy lactose and a smooth, chocolatey base. It’s supremely rich and full-bodied, with decadent notes of artisanal cocoa and burnt brown sugar that make it a sweet sippin’ brew worthy of dessert.
As @Hal H. puts it, this Stout is “Delectably delicious. Amazing balance. Couldn't ask for anything better.”
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Espresso Stout (2020) — 13% ABV
It will take at least a few sips to fully grasp all the flavors at play in this variant brewed with fresh espresso beans. Dark chocolate, bourbon, and fresh-brewed coffee greet the palate up front, followed by a hint of anise and some silky caramel.
@stortore of BeerAdvocate captures it best: “A very well executed beer.. the great aromas and flavors blend seamlessly. The barrels are prominent, but don’t overwhelm. A really enjoyable sipper.”
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