Saturday, May 23, 2015

Abita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout

This 10.0% ABV Imperial Stout is from the Abita Brewing Company of Abita Springs, Louisiana.  It is aged in bourbon barrels.

The beer pours black in color. There is nearly an inch of creamy head, dark tan to light brown in color. The aroma is sweet dark roasted malt, like highly sweetened mocha coffee. There are also bourbon notes, along with dark brown sugar. The taste is a highly sweetened coffee drink, with lots of cream, into which you poured a shot of bourbon. Some maple notes come in as it warms. Despite all the sweet notes, it never veers into cloying, and stays well grounded. The beer drinks smooth, but could use some more body for all its flavors.

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