I’m appreciating that with my new job, I’m off work for the next two weeks. Today, I was able to get some housework and raking done, and now it’s time to relax. I decided it’s time to start cracking into more beers in the beer cellar, and I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. After 5 years of aging, I figured it was time to crack it open.
Location: Poured into a snifter style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 13.6% ABV, ~480 Calorie
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a deep, dark brown color, almost black. There are some ruby highlights visible when held up to the light. There’s no head, only a slight ring around the edge of the glass that sticks around briefly after a secondary pour. The smell is an amazing rich toffee and caramel maltiness with some bourbon booziness.
Taste & Feel: The body is very full, almost syrupy, but silky smooth when it comes to mouthfeel. Up front, there’s a very malty sweetness with some booziness and roastiness from the bourbon barrel char. The sweetness fades a bit in the middle, but it’s still rich in flavor and the roasty bitterness picks up a bit. The caramel toffee malty sweetness and booziness open back up in the finish with some roasty barrel char flavors underneath. The malty sweetness coats your mouth and sticks around like a boozy candy in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer is so rich and sweet, it would pair perfectly with some pulled pork or other savory BBQ.
Overall Impression: I absolutely love the flavor of this beer. The rich, sweet malty flavors are like a toffee caramel candy with a bourbon booziness mixed in. I’m not a huge fan of the roasty char bitterness that comes from the barrel, but it wasn’t overly strong and was appropriate with the bourbon flavors. Overall, I love this beer, and try to get some every year it comes out.