Dubbed in-house at Stoudts as “Winey Dog” – this iteration of Fat Dog is aged in red wine barrels for 14 months, putting a unique spin on their classic Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I had the chance of grabbing a pour on-tap at Stoudts and also took a few bottles to-go. Previously, the only other iteration of Fat Dog to be bottled to my knowledge has been a bourbon barrel version.
Category Imperial Stout
Prairie Artisan Ales, the relatively new brewery out of Oklahoma, has made a splash in the craft beer community with their farmhouse-style saisons and stouts. In April of this year, they successfully funded their Kickstarter for 100% barrel aged beers. Most notably, their Imperial Stout Prairie Bomb aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers garnered a nearly perfect score on BeerAdvocate (currently 99/100).
As we approach what I consider to be the day of stout beer, St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to remove from my beer fridge and sample the Big John Imperial Stout from Goose Island. To help combat the 11.5% ABV, Goose Island added cacao nips to this beer which should add some nice chocolate notes.
During a recent trip to Maryland, I grabbed a bottle of Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire – an Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels (of course). I hadn’t seen this one in the Philadelphia area yet, so the choice was easy. At 9.5% ABV, I’m expecting rich chocolatey notes with some bourbon and oak undertones.
Big Imperial Stouts are mainstay of my winter beer fridge. With their bold robust flavors, warming characteristics, and filling mouth feel they make a great winter beer. One that I have been interested in trying for a while is Night Stalker from Goose Island. When I happened upon it while exploring a new beer store I had to pick up a bottle for review.