Uinta Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

The Hop Nosh from Utah was very good. I'm not sure if there are other brewers in Salt Lake City, but if they start off as good as this one, I'm going to welcome them all (I'm not moving there. Been there once, and ... no ... not for me).

Brown. OH so very brown. It's deep, deep brown to its very depths with tiny bubbles that leave a thin cap with some splotchy bits and nice lacing. The aroma is oak, sweet malt, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. While beer and liquor should probably stay in their own realms, it's possible I'll find a second one of these that I like.

First sip is mild, creamy, and smooth. While this isn't my standard swig, I can tell that the finish is where this beer holds its stuff. The bourbon is definitely sitting there, and the trail-off is dry like a stiff drink.

Tip-in is very light carbonation tingle with oak and sweet malt. The middle is very creamy and smooth as all get-out. This is one hell of a good stout at this point. It's not quite as creamy smooth as Guinness, but that doesn't make it bad. The finish is vanilla, a bit of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Again, the trail-off is definitely dry when compared to the expected.

Bottom Line: The bourbon is subtle, but its influence is marked and delightful.

4.5/5

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