It’s getting cold out there folks and that means I am officially on the lookout for big, warming brews. Stouts tend to be my go to in that regard and this was one I jumped at the chance to try.
Brewery: Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL)
Style: Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Description: A variant of the brewery’s decadent and “fully operational” imperial stout brewed with a “weaponized” amount of local coffee beans. The single can shown above cost me about $8 if memory serves me correctly.
Appearance: Poured to a dark, black body topped by a thin tan head.
Smell: Sweet, creamy malts followed by bourbon heat.
Taste: It opened with a smooth array of dark malts that blended notes of chocolate and oatmeal. This carried a rich sweetness into the second half of the sip which brought on notes of roasted coffee and a steady and fairly significant rise in heat and bourbon influence. There are some intense tastes in her but they are all very much in balance.
Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy smooth body with low carbonation.
Hype: Elevated. Really enjoy this brewery and I loved the base brew.
Overall: Loved it! Strong heat on this one but the various flavors were so well blended that it was dangerously easy to keep sipping. I passed on a four pack of this due to cost and now kind of regret it. Superlative brew that I strongly recommend drinking if you see it.