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


Rhinegeist Brewery Barrel-Aged Ink

Aroma: “A nice display of all things bourbon barrel. A mix of dark chocolate and vanilla with some rich dried-fruit character, including raisin, dried cherries, prunes. Some sweet alcohol warmth. Rich malt sweetness.”

Flavor: “The barrel character definitely dominates with some nice vanilla, bourbon, slight coconut, oak-barrel character. Chocolate roast provides nice malt sweetness to add to the complexity. The sweetness helps in cutting the beer in the finish. A little bit of fruitiness (cherry) enhances the overall experience. A prominent alcohol warmth not only tickles the nose, but warms the throat.”

Overall: “Very tasty. The barrel character and malt sweetness come together well. The brewers picked the perfect barrels for this beer, allowing the barrel to shine with a solid beer to help bring out its innate character.”