In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Aspen Brewing Co. Barrel Aged 10th Mountain

Aroma: “Huge spicy bourbon character, with heavy vanilla and roast, light clove, molasses, coconut, and almond. Some fruity characteristics of sherry, red berry, raspberry, and cherry. Strong barrel notes take the lead.”

Flavor: “The rich vanilla and oak are well-balanced with the beer and barrel character. There’s some whiskey, chocolate, coconut, and roast, with light ash smoke and molasses in the background. Medium sweetness and bitterness complement an amaretto-like note at the back end, along with some subdued heat from the alcohol. It finishes dry.”

Overall: “Initially, its aroma suggested a huge barrel character without much beer, but the flavor revealed a nice balance between the chocolate and roast of the base beer and the vanilla and oak notes from the barrel.”