Fifty West Brewing BBA Death Valley Shootout
What the brewers say
"Rich notes of baker's chocolate, maple sap, and tobacco blend with barrel character."
What our panel thought
"Rum-raisin dark-fruit nose; figs with dark-chocolate edges. Doughy malt with fresh floral and stone-fruit flavors—roundly sweet and bitter—roast, hops, and booze dovetail nicely. Medium-full body, tasting heavy yet feeling light. Rich, warming finish—whiskey and wine checked by bitter espresso."
What our editors thought
"Warm oak, orange peel, orange liqueur on the nose with dark roast malt. Milk-chocolate sip is loose, thin, disappearing quickly. An easier-to-drink approach."