Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Community Beer Company Barrel-Aged Legion Russian Imperial Stout

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Community Beer Company Barrel-Aged Legion Russian Imperial Stout.  I picked up this bottle at Lonestar Beverages (here) in Carrollton, TX.

From the Community Beer Company website: “We're big fans of barrel-aged beer.  So, we're excited to release the first beer in our Barrel-Aged Series, Barrel-Aged Legion Russian Imperial Stout!


This is the first our our Barrel-Aged Series, which takes a selection of our beers and ages them in some of the finest barrels available. The possibilities for creativity are endless, and our brewers dream big! Individual wooden barrels impart distinctly different flavors: vanilla, coconut, honey and toast, as well as any contribution from the barrels’ previous contents. As a craft brewery, we love the varying nuances imparted by each of these amazing barrels, and strive to make each release in this series a unique one!

In this batch, we have aged Legion – our popular Russian Imperial Stout – in a variety of bourbon and whiskey barrels. The result is a beautiful marriage of the beer, barrel and spirit, contributing flavors of toffee, vanilla and candied fruits, all mingling with roasty, smooth Legion.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a mocha colored head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dark fudge and dark roasted malt.
Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, dark roasted malt and a slight tasted of honey.
Overall: A little creamy and certainly smooth, Community Beer Company Barrel-Aged Legion Russian Imperial Stout is well-crafted.  This 12% ABV offering is well worth a try for fans of the style.  I’m glad I brought a few home.


Mark Harvey

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