Collaboration Without Representation

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

The Collaboration Without Representation Imperial Milk Stout is a dark black beer with a multi-colored one finger head. The head on this beer has the consistency of a firm mouse, light brown in color with a little white swirled through it. This is a very pretty beer to look at.

Powerful aromas of rich coffee and dark cocoa with faint aromas of sweet bourbon lift from the goblet.  On the palate, the Collaboration Without Representation Imperial Milk Stout is a full bodied brew with layers upon layers of flavor. Rich espresso coffee and sweet cocoa deliver a crafty mocha coffee-like feel that is both soothing and comforting.

The finish of this beer is what rounds everything out while bringing yet another layer of complexity to keep the fun rolling. A touch of sassafras (root beer!) wrapped up in bourbon warms you from your cheeks right down to your heart. Fantastic beer that delivers the “wow” factor from start to finish. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 94 Points 

Beer Advocate – 93 Points 

Rate Beer – 97 points 

The Break Down


Beer Selection – Collaboration Without Representation

Producer – Deep River Brewing Company 

Region – Clayton, North Carolina 

Preferred Glass – Snifter / Goblet 

Hops –  unknown  

Malts –  unknown

Other – Chocolate, coffee, aged in bourbon barrels

Alcohol – 12.8%

AVAILABILITY: one time brew / January 

IBUs – International Bittering Units – unknown

Food Pairing –  Chocolate Raspberry Tart

What is an Imperial Stout?  

Imperial stouts are beefed up stouts, which in turn, are simply beefed up porters. Made with roasted malts and barley, these beers are high in alcohol content at about 8% and above. Characteristics often include dry chocolate, earth, bitter black coffee, tobacco, and licorice. These beers are great for aging and will often mellow out and become more balanced over time. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

From The Brewery

Brewed in Collaboration with Bottle Revolution. Bourbon barrel aged imperial chocolate milk stout with coffee.