My 16 month old, who happens to be named Jack, was way too excited when he got a glimpse of this bottle. Not sure what he was expecting, but it’s not happening.
Beer Name: Sibling Maker
Brewery: Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers (Framingham, MA)
Style: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Description: Per the brewery website, this barleywine was aged in bourbon barrels previously used for aging their delicious Framinghammer Baltic Porter.
Appearance: Body was a dark maroonish-brown with a short lived bit of sudsy beige foam.
Smell: Sweet toffee and bourbon heat.
Taste: Toffee and molasses are the initial tastes before the bourbon came in around mid-sip to add some nice warmth to the initial sweetness. Finished hot on the bourbon with undertones of oak, mild sweetness, and a slight leathery presence I couldn’t quite pin down.
Mouthfeel: A few notches above medium bodied. The carbonation was minimal and really only apparent at the very end.
Hype: I was excited for this. I really liked the previous “Maker” brews and Jack’s Abby generally does an excellent job with their barrel aged stuff.
Overall: Very good, but it didn’t quite blow me away. The boozy finish was just fine by me, though I would have preferred just a bit more sweetness to go with it and that leathery taste on the very end threw me off a bit. Still had a great evening sipping this after Thanksgiving dinner. It was an excellent way to end the day.