Style: Barrel-Aged Spiced Stout
Weldwerks Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic
What the brewers say
“Brewed with roasted cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla beans and aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels, Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic is a rich, decadent beer.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big cinnamon and chocolate, with some sweet cherry, plum, and dark-fruit esters to boot. The coffee and tobacco shine through with the assertive—but not harsh—roastiness. And more notes of chocolate malt, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon barrel, caramel, cinnamon, Nesquik, and mellow coconut.”
Flavor: “Starts with the cinnamon and chocolate, and then a touch of tartness to make you think of chocolate-covered cherries. Huge coconut, German chocolate cake, and cinnamon spiciness, along with some good coffee roast and strong vanilla. Very subtle pepper warmth.”
Overall: “The blend of cherry, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco are stitched together by the cinnamon and vanilla. Enjoyable roasted flavors—it’s smooth, easy drinking, and not too gimmicky, even with the coconut. The spice balances and dries out the sweetness.”
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