Boatrocker Ramjet Starward Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coffee 2016

Total Score: 8.9/10 DarkFruits1Coffee1Vegemite1Tulipglass1

Mouthful of a name aside I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while… it’s 2017 now, so no time like the present (aka “that time we live in now, that is the future, with flying cars and pizza drones… Google it brah!”). Now I’ve tried some Starward whiskey, the Solera cask one, and it was one tasty whiskey, fruity and sherry-forward. So we can join dots and whatnot to work out how the Barrel Aging has impacted this brew, and my money is on dark roasted coffee, dark fruits and a sherry hint… but then again I have been known to be wrong before… once… or twice even… sorry, I wasn’t keeping score there.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body, obscene in its obsidian(ism), with a thin ring of dark mocha brown where a head would normally reside (this is a 10.6% ABV behemoth – don’t expect a head at this ABV and you won’t be disappointed folks). Impressive, most impressive [I’m sure I’ve used this Darth Vader quote before on a previous Russian Imperial Stout… still applies here though]. 9/10.

S: With rich ripe coffee berries, the aroma of raisins – crushed underfoot, sherry booze and a hint of vegemite, Boatrocker melds a mighty scent with which to clobber your olfactory senses like some gigantic odour-hammer. Sex Panther in a beer. 60% of the time – it works every time! [that doesn’t even make sense] 9/10.

T: Wow beer! This is a “wow” beer. Why am I even surprised? Barrel-aged in Starward casks – hat goes off. Flavour is long and complex, sherry, dark fruits (raisin, dark plum, date), roasted coffee mixed with ripe coffee berries, vanilla (from oak), vegemite and a solid belt of whiskey towards the finish – which has a slight coffee bitterness. Balance is decent, but it’s difficult to perfect a beer like this with so many competing flavours, overall it’s a touch on the sweet and boozy side. That said: Wow, this is good. My pancreas hurts now. 9/10.

M: Beer syrup, legit! Heavy, viscous-bodied with a thin and dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: This brew is a titan amongst brews. A no-nonsense heavy-hitter of a Barrel-aged monster, that brings you to the brink of ecstasy (and hangover) in a single sip. The only downside? Getting up in the morning – I’ll be feeling this one tomorrow for sure. Easily Boatrocker’s best brew yet! Keep rocking that boat guys, and I’ll keep buying your Barrel-aged beers 😉 It’s been a while since I’ve thought of Black Buffalo, however this made me think back to that venerable milestone. 9/10.

Food match: Cigars and sherry methinks!


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