Whale isn’t this beer amazing…

Whale isn’t this beer amazing…

Finback Brewery, BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout, Queens, NY

Finback BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout aged in bourbon barrels poured into a beer chalice.
Finback BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout aged in bourbon barrels

9.2% abv. 63 IBU. Brewed with local Mast Brothers cocoa nibs and Native Coffee Roasters coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Rich dark chocolate aroma with strong coffee notes. Full-bodied yet silky mouthfeel. Not boozy at all, but slight warming on the back of the throat after a few sips. The alcohol is really well masked. Complex and truly enjoyable mix of flavors including dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, sugary street roasted nuts, fig, dates, molasses, bourbon vanilla. A little dry astringency at finish from the heavy malt billing, but that is expected. Some citrus hops add to the mix. This really is a delightful beer. It gets better and better with each sip, I want more!

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