Barrel aged beers have become increasingly poplur in the craft beer fraternity. Beer aged or served from wood is not a new phenomenon, however the use of barrels from another drinks industry to add a different character to a beer such as sherry, bourbon, scotch, rum etc have all been used to great effect.
This strong American Ale has the character of heavily toasted oak barrel and Rum melded together to create a triumphantly aromatic and complex beer that suits contemplative drinking studying the miriad of overlaid flavours and aromas.
The beer pours a deep ruby red with a lovely creamy fluffy head. Oak and deep toffee caramel dominate the aroma and there are hints of rum that promise further delights.
On the palate the beer has a complex array of flavours, all at once it’s malty, has a strong vanilla and oak character and has a subtle sweet rum character that overarches the beer and holds it all together – delicious.