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.