So after trying Derivation Blend #10 at Side Project, I decided to hit up another of my favorite St. Louis breweries, Perennial Artisan Ales. Luckily, they had Barrel Aged 17 for on-site consumption so I couldn’t resist. Let’s get it on!
Perennial makes a mint chocolate stout named 17. I had one bottle left but my lovely wife did a bottle share with the awesome people of Calusa Brewing in Sarasota, Florida this weekend so in retaliation, I brought my friends Tyler and Mia to Perennial to drink a BA 17. Ha! That’ll show her. Ok, maybe not, but it does give me an excuse to drink this fabulous beer.
BA 17 is an imperial stout aged for 12-30 months in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with cacao nibs and mint leaves. It pours like ink, black and thick in the glass. As with all these high gravity stouts, let them warm or you’ll be disappointed. Whiskey on the nose and a ton of mint as it warms. This beer has a thin, dark khaki head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin ring around the edge of the snifter glass. This beer has a silky, thick, oily mouth feel. So much chocolate in the mouth with a ton of spice and whiskey. After the beer slides to the back of your mouth and down your throat, you’re assaulted by the mint. Damn, this is good. I love the regular version of 17, but this version is so decadent. I can feel myself getting fatter just drinking this. It’s like eating Andes mints with alcohol. Holy hell. This is the best mint stout there is…barrel aged or otherwise.
Sadly, I was told tonight that Perennial will no longer be making regular 17 and from now on will only produce the BA version. This makes me sad, and I know my wife will be crushed. This means you will only be able to get it at the brewery, unless you’re a Société member. That is an extreme bummer. So glad I got to try this before I transplant myself to Florida.
- ABV: 13%
- Untappd Rating: 4.37 (2018 version)