Good morning and happy Monday! There’s not a lot snow in these parts (yet – it’s currently still falling), but I am still busy digging out from all our Thanksgiving leftovers. Nothing like a good beer to help out with that and I just so happened to have one set aside.
Brewery: The Bruery (Placentia, CA)
Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine
Description: The brewers took their Mash bourbon barrel barely wine and aged it with fresh vanilla beans. Read more about it here.
Appearance: It had a slightly reddish light brown body with wisps of a mostly white foam forming with the pour.
Smell: Inviting aromas of light oak and bourbon, with vanilla hanging in the background.
Taste: Smooth and malty upfront, featuring notes of caramel and brown sugar. It picked up some heat as the sip progressed alongside a refined oak barrel presence. The finish was warming with hints of light roast and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.
Hype: I’ve come to expect food things from there Bruery bottles.
Overall: Tasty and superbly executed, but definitely a brew I enjoyed in moderation. Not only was it big in taste, but I also found it rather filling as well!