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Big Bourbon B. A. Stout (2021)

    Style: Imperial stout
    Brewery: Stigbergets
    Origin: Sweden
    Size: 44cl
    Alcohol: 13.5%
    Price: 71kr
    Systembolaget: 38692

    Stigbergets is based in Gothenburg and started in 2013 with the aim of making mainly lager for its own tavern Kino at Hagabion. One of the owners originally brewed the beer, but in 2014 they decided to employ Olle Andersson as brewer. As a result, Olles project O/O Brewing was allowed to have a yeast tank on the premises where he could brew his own beer. They expanded the brewery after outgrowing its original premises, and in 2018 they built another brewery in Partihallarna in Gothenburg. They currently have 2 bars, one in the old brewery premises on Stigberget and one in Stockholm. This was the last beer I bought in for the tasting, as I wanted to have a bigger variation in the styles of beer. I was lucky enough to find this, and it must be said, it finished the selection wonderfully.

    This was rich chocolate brown to black, with a tan head that clung to the outsides of the glass for a fair amount of time. The aroma was just as you expected, with big sweet licorice, oak, cocoa powder, burnt coffee beans and a hint of raisins in the background. These followed through into the taste, with the big, oily body coating the palate and leaving a sticky sensation on the lips. The big, bold flavours worked together nicely, with the deep alcohol warming the chest when a big gulp was taken. The carbonation was low, with the heavy aftertaste consisting of bitter chocolate, cream and vanilla.

    Big, bold and boozy, this was a delicious and well-made stout that is built for sharing. It would be interesting to hold this for a few more years to see just how it changed, but it’s pretty damn good as it is right now. This is another lovely beers from Stigbergets and I look forward to trying more of their imperial stouts in the future.