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Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point 01

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Innis & Gunn’s Vanishing Point is a new series of small batch, limited release barrel-aged beers. The first up in the series, 01, is an imperial stout that sat in first-use Bourbon barrels for six months. The use of barrels that have only been filled once with bourbon is an interesting choice and the wood hasn’t been as matured as those barrels that have been used longer. And that fresh, lively influence on this 11% ABV stout is apparent right from the first sniff.

Six months isn’t a super long time for a beer to mature in barrels, especially a fresh barrel like the one used in Vanishing Point 01. The aroma is pretty darn subtle as light floral notes, soft oak, coffee, a light nuttiness and distant bourbon notes waft gently from the surface. Once the beer hits the tastebuds, however, it’s a different story and the bourbon comes out a great deal more than in the aroma. In fact, that bourbon influence is downright lovely as it smoothly blends with vanilla, wood, coffee, chocolate and a gentle roastiness. A hint of anise and echo of floral notes linger at the edges.

Vanishing Point 01 had an alright aroma, but it didn’t really instill a solid amount of confidence in what was to come. Thankfully, the flavor profile is pretty darn good with dynamic flavors and richness. The full-bodied imperial stout is a treat which provides a unique experience that most Bourbon barrel-aged products don’t always present.

Appearance

A small cap of rocky, brown foam drops swiftly to a thin ring and patchy surface cover atop the not quite black stout. A chestnut edge appears with light.

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