Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
Pouring out black and oily, this nearly pitch black beer forms a dense mocha head that settles to a ring of tight bubbles with little fingers of lace stuck to the glass.
With an excellent breakfast aroma, Stovepipe is bursting at the seams with coffee. Tons of freshly ground, oily espresso beans meet milk chocolate covered Italian roast coffee beans and bourbon-soaked raisins. Toasted Brioche bread comes in with notes of vanilla and maple syrup on the back end for an exceptional aroma!
Heavy roasted maltiness gives this beer excellent chocolaty flavors that develop wonderfully with it’s mild barrel character and huge coffee profile! Bourbon and wood is on the weak side but the vanilla attributes that tag along are a perfect marriage with the overly coffee flavor and bold chocolate taste.
Thick and oily, this full-bodied stout has a light slickness to it that keeps it from being too heavy or cloying and a thinning, warming alcohol finish that gently creeps in with bourbon nuances on the back end.
When introduced to Hinterland’s beers, I thought they had potential but Luna Stout was always a black sheep; big on the coffee but not supportive enough as a beer. Stovepipe completely blows that beer out of the water and might actually be their greatest beer yet! The coffee is huge and excellent, the bourbon barrel-aging complimentary, not overpowering, and the base stout ties the whole thing together with incredible chocolate flavors. Would I like to see Stovepipe sit in barrels a bit longer? Sure! But I wouldn’t go too far with it as it’s stellar where it’s at!
Score: 93 / 100 – Exceptional