Warpigs Brewpub/Mikkeller “Smoldering Holes Stauning BA 2020” WhiskyBarrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Name: Smoldering Holes Stauning BA 2020
Brewer: Warpigs Brewpub/Mikkeller (Denmark)
Style: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (Base Style: Imperial Stout)
ABV: 13.7%
Review Year: 2022

Experience the craftsmanship of Warpigs Brewpub, which is owned by the legendary Danish craft brewery, Mikkeller, with Smoldering Holes Stauning BA. This 2020 vintage takes their beloved Imperial Stout to new heights by aging it in Stauning Whiskey barrels.

Backlog review from January 2022.


This beer is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B) with the Imperial Stout (20C) as the base style, in the context of the 2021 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.


The aroma of this beer is moderately high and enticing. The presence of oatmeal, red wine, nuts, raisins, chocolate, and oak aromas creates a symphony of scents that invites exploration.

This Stauning variant presents a captivating black color, accompanied by a brown head that exhibits a low level of retention.

Indulge in the decadent flavors of dark chocolate and oatmeal, accompanied by subtle hints of coffee, caramel, nuts, and raisins. Oak and red wine add depth and complexity to the brew. This beer embodies a harmonious balance between bitterness and sweetness, capturing the essence of its style with finesse. The finish is reminiscent of a fudge brownie.

Full-bodied with medium carbonation level; appropriate for the style.

BA Stauning Smouldering Holes is an exceptional whisky barrel-aged Imperial Stout that embodies the very essence of the style. Its highly potent and complex nature reflects the craftsmanship that went into its creation. The influence of the barrel aging process is evident, adding layers of depth and character to this beer. This beer stands among the finest examples of the style, in our opinion, showcasing the dedication and artistry of the brewers.

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