Chapman Crafted Ballad of the Barrels
What the brewers say
Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.
What our panel thought
Sweet vanillin nose with bourbon and light chocolate. The dark fruits jump across the palate with notes of cherry, raisin, and dates. Well-balanced levels of sweetness and roast. A bit of soy sauce and sherry notes. Chocolate on the finish.
What our editors thought
A present nose eschews intrigue and plays all its cards up front—bourbon, brown sugar, leather. The sip of-fers a few more layers, with a bright bite that immediately flows into a subtle woody and chocolate barrel note.