BAD Brewing Company knows a thing or two about barrel aged beers. Their bourrrbon barrel aged festival in the middle of the winter is a good place to start, along with their most recent can release of their BBA Imperial Chocolate Covered Coffee Brown.
The ciders went well with the fall afternoons of October, but with the sudden jump to colder temperatures and snow, I’ve been in the mood for something dark and heavy.
This BBA Imperial Chocolate Covered Coffee Brown is quite a mouthful for a name and has a delicious mouthfeel upon the first sips. Delectable chocolate and bourbon notes meet the taste buds, along with a little bit of nuttiness. I was intrigued by the latter nuance, and learned that both the original Chocolate Covered Coffee Brown and barrel aged version is brewed with Michigan chestnuts.
The BBA Imperial brew is silky smooth, as well, so it goes down easy. Don’t be fooled though, the boozy 9.5% will catch up with you and have you feeling great!
BAD Brewing Company knocks it out of the park with this one. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is a weakened coffee element. The coffee had a lot to compete with, though, as this beer comes in strong with the bourbon barrel, chocolate, and secret ingredient, Michigan chestnuts.
Disclaimer: Ed purchased this beer for this review.