Logboat Brewing Company has been well known to folks in CoMo since 2013 but quickly became a STL favorite when they began distributing in the St. Louis earlier this year. Head Brewer Josh Rein and crew sure know how to brew beer and we're particularly fond of both Mamoot and Jerk Alert!
While they had many great releases this year, viewers of our site paid particular attention to the review we did of Barrel Aged Dark Matter which we posted just before it was released. See the original review below and thanks to the entire team at Logboat for a fantastic 2016.
We aged Dark Matter in bourbon barrels, which gave our wheat porter caramel, vanilla and oak flavors. Dark chocolate sweetness rounds out the beer for a finish that melds like thermonuclear plasma.
|Aroma - The first thing I notice is that there are some white bread notes to it which is surprising for a dark beer. The booziness from the barrel is subtle but the oak from it is big. Dark cherry, burnt sugar/caramel and dark chocolate tones come out as the beer warms up and bourbon makes its first appearance at the slightly higher temperature as well.|
|Appearance - The beer is a deep amber/brown with a thin, sparkling tan head made up of loose bubbles that get tighter along the edges of the beer. As you tilt your glass, you're able to see through the beer but while it stands, it's opaque.|
|Flavor - There is a lot going on here so bear with me: There is caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, dark cherry, oak, bourbon, bread crust, white bread and a bit of an alcohol bite. The levels at which each is present varies but the most noticeable are the oak, chocolate, bourbon and caramel. The beer is well balanced and the lower ABV make it go down easy.|
|Mouthfeel - The carbonation is high and the body is medium so it comes across a little thinner than you'd expect it to be. The other two things that are contributing to this sensation are the lower ABV and the slightly astringent tannins from the oak barrel.|
|Overall Impression - This beer was perplexingly delicious. After taking a quick sniff after pouring it, the first word out of my mouth was "whoa." I can't believe a barrel aged beer of that style and color had such a strong presence of bread. After taking a sip, I was able to say the same thing. The addition of wheat in this beer, coupled with the chocolate, oak and bourbon make for an easy drinking brew with an insane amount of flavor. Take into account the higher carbonation and you've got yourself a thirst quencher to boot. If you're going to be in Columbia tomorrow or at a Hyvee this weekend, don't pass this one up.|
|Aroma - Chocolate and roast are the first thing that stands out, but the wheat characteristics give it balance that is unusual and very good. There is some dark fruits lingering around too that match real well with the aromas from the barrel aging.|
|Appearance - Deep brown with amber highlights throughout where the light hits. A small tan head sits on top and leaves a slight bit of lacing along the side of the glass.|
|Flavor - Can I just say yum? BA Dark Matter has a lot of the notes you'd expect from a porter such as chocolate, coffee roast, and burnt sugars. What it adds is some breadiness that you don't normally find in a porter. The malts bring out a white bread flavor that reminds me of a chocolate bread. The barrel aging doesn't come through with intensity, but as it warms up the vanilla and oak from the barrel really start shining through.|
|Mouthfeel - Very high in carbonation, similar to a soda rather than a beer, and a thin/medium body. The high carbonation helps offset the thinness of the body.|
|Overall Impression - Beers like this are why I like trying new styles whenever I can. It's great to see just how many different flavors you can get from one beer without completely overloading your senses. This one is complex while still being a really easy drinker. Logboat continues to impress.|