Celebrating Stout Day with Evolution Menagerie #5

Evolution Craft Brewing Company is a relatively new brewery located in Delmar, Delaware. Their Menagerie #5 is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged for five months in bourbon barrels. 

The Menagerie pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a sizable mocha colored head on top. As it reduces, some very nice lacing is left behind that clings to my glass. It has a fantastic aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. There is a slight hint of alcohol coming through, but not really in a bad way, in the way that lets you know that this isn’t a beer to mess around with. 

The flavor lives right up to the aroma. A great combination of vanilla, chocolate, and lightly roasted malt. There is some oak and bourbon, as well as a slight sweetness and a little bit of a smoky flavor right near the finish. 

Taste: A. One of my favorite beers in the style. Is there a little hometown bias in there? Probably, but that doesn’t bother me one bit.

Drinkability: A-. Slight knock for high abv, but it is extremely smooth and easy drinking. 

Vitals: 10.50%

2 comments on “Celebrating Stout Day with Evolution Menagerie #5

  1. It sounds like the bourbon wasn’t as forward as it was in the Hill Farmstead I reviewed tonight. Would love to try this one sometime.

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