I love the craft beer community. We meet new people at breweries with like minded interests and occasionally trade a beer or two. This beer was a gift from a new friend we met here in Tampa. Jay is a good dude. I have to admit I’ve not had much from The Bruery that I’ve cared for. So my expectations for this beer are extremely low. Let’s see what it’s about.
Bakery is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with coconut and natural vanilla. On the can, it says Coconut Macaroons, which is interesting. It pours pitch black with a thin, dark caramel head that dissipates to nothing. Swirling the beer does very little to invigorate the head.
On the nose this beer is sweet bourbon. I don’t get much of anything else in the aroma. It looks extremely thin as it poured so I don’t have much hope for this one. Let’s tip it back and see how it is.
Well, I was completely wrong. This beer is thick and full-bodied. Holy hell. It’s like motor oil, high viscosity. It’s not very carbonated, but it’s very sweet, bourbon-forward but not over powering. There’s a bit of dark chocolate on the back end and coconut sweetness in the middle. Damn, I want to dislike this, but I can’t. Bakery is amazing. It is a true pastry stout. Wow. I do like coconut in my stouts and this one does it well.
This beer was packaged 9/25/18, and it has held up quite well. While I’ve not had much luck with The Bruery’s beers, perhaps it’s time to give them another try. This one has brought me back into the fold.
- ABV: 13%
- Untappd Rating: 4.11
- # of Ratings: 13,874