El Segundo Brewing 2018 Barrel Aged Standard Crude
What the brewers say
Dark, sexy, velvety winter nectar.
What our panel thought
Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel aroma. A nice bitterness helps balance the sweetness. The dark chocolate aspects linger on the tongue well after the last sip. The barrel aspects are slight and muted.
What our editors thought
Anise and fennel on the nose feel subtle but sophisticated. The sip deftly rides the line between sweet and savory, with a soft but significant roast buffering the restrained residual sugar. Body lands on the lighter side, with the varying intensities of flavors all serving the drinkable goal.