Review: Brasserie Dunham Petite Mort Whisky

I was fortunate enough to get to visit Brasserie Dunham last year thanks to Alex and his wife over at Le Malt Incarné. I picked up a few beers at Dunham including this one - Petite Mort Whisky. Petite Mort Whisky is (obviously) a whisky version of their Petite Mort Imperial Stout, aged in Scottish Whisky barrels for 6 months. This one was bottled in April 2016 making it juuuuust over a year old.

Appearance: Petite Mort Whisky pours a heavy black stout. There's a thick amount of brownish burnt caramel head on top which reminds me of some of the best Imperial Stouts I've had years ago. Once the beer settles a bit, there's a lot of burnt caramel brown lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: The very first thing I get from this is the smell of whisky - it has a rich oak, vanilla and boozy scent to it. Once the beer settles a bit, the notes of the stout are much more dominant with notes of lightly burnt malt that gives off a bit of peat and a good amount of coffee, chocolate and overall pretty sweet aroma.

Taste: While the whisky is definitely more muted than what I found in the aroma. Each sip starts off with a roasted maltiness and then it changes to a light whisky booziness with a bit of a caramel sweetness to it. The roasted malt is the dominant aftertaste as I'm getting a lingering burnt coffee and peat taste on the palate for a bit.. but then I'm also getting a hint of apple peel in the aftertaste as well. Moderately boozy, notes of vanilla and oak but not as aggressive for a whisky barrel aged stout compared to most.

Overall Thoughts: The beer is only 375mL but it's giving me a bit of a buzz, but it shouldn't be a surprise as this beer is damned 11%! Nice roasty Imperial Stout with a good amount of whisky barrel notes to it, not as aggressive as most barrel aged stouts but you get a hint of whisky in every sip.

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