This Bourbon--barrel-aged imperial porter is brewed with lots of malts, including chocolate and dark chocolate malts, as well as oats, cocoa nibs and whole vanilla beans. It's aged in Bourbon barrels for six months, then blended with 20% fresh porter to retain some of the initial beer's characteristics and prevent the wood from overpowering the profile. The result is an intense but well balanced selection, brimming with powerful aromas and flavors of vanilla, roasted coffee, sweet wood, baking spice, cocoa, molasses and dried dark plums and berries. This beer is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a spicy warmth on the finish. Only 2520 bottles were produced. Although it's enjoyable now, the intensity should mellow and flavors will evolve with some cellaring time.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).