Verboten Brewing Barrel-Aged Cake or Death
What the brewers say
"Boiled for more than six hours, with Belgian candi sugar, cocoa husks, and Tahitian vanilla beans."
What our panel thought
"Solid chocolate and espresso aroma; moderate barrel and whiskey. Notes of light cherry, raisin, soy sauce, marmite. An explosion of roast and fruit in the flavor: rich chocolate-espresso, esters of cherry, blueberry, fig, and black currant. Subdued barrel. Roasty-dry finish. Lovely richness and balance."
What our editors thought
"Deep nutty-chocolate nose with barrel-coconut and vanilla. The sip is a touch thin but pushes deep chocolate, coconut, licorice, and dark cacao. A thoroughly rich and flavorful experience."