Day 070 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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Beer Stats

  • Brewery – Full Sail in Hood River, OR
  • Beer Name – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2016)
  • Served in an 8th Wonder pint glass
  • Style – Imperial Stout
  • ABV – 9.5%
  • IBU – 40
  • Untappd score –  4.039 (7,643 ratings)

Beer Notes

I recently had a quick discussion with someone about the ratings on Untappd by style.  Some beer styles are just higher rated than others.  Barrel aged stouts tend to be rated very high.  I don’t have an exact number, but I’d guess that they are usually around 4.2, maybe more.  Other beer styles aren’t rated as high.  Sours and pilsners are well under 4.0 on average. I love Untappd, but this happens because people don’t compare by style, but instead they compare to all beers (and knowing this, I’d try a pilsner with a 3.7 average in a heartbeat). So overall, beers that have a rating over 4.0 are usually great, but a barrel aged stout right at 4.0 is actually below average for the style.  That’s where this beer sits, and I tend to agree.  For the style, the flavors are light.  Chocolate, cherry, coffee, bourbon… they are all there but nothing really stands out.  It’s not a bad beer, it just doesn’t stand out against all the great barrel aged stouts that I’ve been drinking the past 70 days.

Other Thoughts

One bit of leftover news, apparently an old Mike Pence tidbit came out where he stated that he doesn’t eat alone with a woman who isn’t his wife and he won’t attend events with alcohol without her either.  Now most people seemed to think this was clear evidence of his sexism.  My girlfriend seems to think that it’s clear evidence he’s gay.  Either way, it’s a very strange set of guidelines for him to live by.  If he were to become president, would he refuse to meet one on one with female world leaders?

Anyways, the biggest news of the day comes from Mike Flynn.  He has apparently offered to testify on Russia in exchange for immunity. Literally the only reason he would need immunity is because he committed a crime.  The implication is that he isn’t the only one. Who would he testify against?  Paul Manafort?  Roger Stone? Jared Kushner? Trump himself?  Right now, it’s all speculation but this could end up being HUUUUGE news.

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