If there’s any downside to living in Tampa it’s that I’m 16 hours away from St. Louis beer. They have some of the best stouts in the business: Abraxas, Sump, Derivation, B:B:T, and Madagascar, just to name a few. Shared Brewing makes a good one as well called Coffee Shop Vibes. I’ve never had it. It’s release has always been a bit of a problem coinciding with my schedule. Finally after a couple years of falling short of finding this beer I got to try the barrel aged version on site at the Side Project Cellar.
Barrel Aged Coffee Shop Vibes is a Russian Imperial Stout that was aged in Bourbon barrels for one year before being infused with Sump Costa Rican Las Lajas Coffee. This beer pours like liquid night with a dark caramel head that leaves some nice dark lacing in the glass. Swirling the beer in the glass activates that sexy carbonation for a brief moment.
Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. I like that the bourbon isn’t in your face but instead compliments the beer. This is how I like my barrel aged beer and more breweries should take notice.
This is a full-bodied beer, thick and viscous in the mouth with a nice dark fig sweetness. There’s a ton of sweet chocolate mixed with the bourbon, creating a sugary luscious taste on the tongue. It finishes with dark chocolate and coffee, a nice clean bitterness.
This beer is amazing. It’s nearly the perfect barrel aged beer, sweet and bitter at the same time. So good. It’s heavy as hell at 13% and it drinks like it. It’s decadent and sticky and I want to drink every drop. This beer is a year old at this point and it’s still amazing. Well done, Shared, well done. Someone needs to mule this beer for me. I will trade Florida beer for this to keep my fix going for St. Louis stouts. Cheers!
- ABV: 13%
- Untappd Rating: 4.67