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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Barrel Aged Black Harbor Stout

Category: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.4%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Samuel Adams
Barrel Aged Black Harbor Stout

Category: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.4%
Opaque ebony color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, baking chocolate, and dark roasted Brussels sprouts with a chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long dark nut toast, smoked peppercorns, and roasted squash puree finish. A rich savory chocolate, java like stout.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy & Smooth & Mild
Aroma Aroma: dark roasted coffee, baking chocolate, and dark roasted Brussels sprouts
Taste Flavor: dark nut toast, smoked peppercorns, and roasted squash puree
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Vanilla Gelato, Mexican Chocolate with Peppers, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich savory chocolate, java like stout.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Their Portfolio

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88 Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager 5.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Boston Lager 4.9% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Double Lager 7.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Holiday Porter 5.8% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Downtime Pilsner 5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams New World 10% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Tetravis 10.2% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Escape Route 5% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch 5.6% (USA)
95 Samuel Adams Crystal Pale Ale 5.3% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Nitro IPA 7.5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Rebel Rider IPA 4.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig 5.9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Session Ale 5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Scotch Ale 5.5% (USA)
96 Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser 8.4% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Irish Red 5.8% (USA)
83 Samuel Adams Summer Ale 5.3% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale 5.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red 9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 6.3% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Rebel Raw Imperial IPA 10% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale 5.7% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Fat Jack Pumpkin Ale 5.7% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Bonfire Blonde Ale 5.5% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Maple Ale 6.4% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Light Lager 4.3% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Toasted Caramel Bock 5.6% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock 5.8% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.4% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA 6.2% (USA)
95 Samuel Adams Rebel White Citra IPA 7.3% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Hopscape Wheat Ale 5.5% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Hefeweizen 5.4% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse 4.8% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Cold Snap White Ale 5.3% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Porch Rocker Flavored Lager 4.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Tropic of Yuzu Flavored Ale 6% (USA)
83 Samuel Adams Summer Lemon Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Irish Red 5.8% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams New World Tripel 10% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout 9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red Ale 9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Octoberfest 5.3% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Double Bock 9.5% (USA)
97 Samuel Adams Cinder Bock 9.5% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Black Lager 4.9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale 28% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru Barrel Aged Sour 6.5% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Cream Stout 4.9% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Kellerbier 5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Noble Pils 4.9% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Boston Lager 5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Bohemian Pilsner 5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles 5.4% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% (USA)
96 Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser IPA 8.4% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams New England IPA 6.8% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Rebel Anytime Session IPA 4.7% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Raspberry Lemon Gose 5.0% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams American Kriek 7% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 6.3% (USA)
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Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

The category of barrel-aged beer represents a diverse range of ale and lager styles that have been aged in non-neutral wood. These beers commonly range between 7.5-10% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by both wood-influenced flavors (vanillia, caramel, toast, coconut) and secondary flavors of the alcohol previously aged in the wood (bourbon, scotch whisky, sherry). The overall character of the final beer may also included acetic, lactic or Brettanomyces flavors and aromas resultant of the barrel.

A wide variety of base beer styles may be barrel-aged for an additional level of complexity, although barrel-aged versions of darker or more alcoholic styles are among the more common examples. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Grand Rapids The Mound Maker.

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