Black Laboratory Brewing Willett BA Black is Beautiful
What the brewers say
"For our version of Black is Beautiful we adjusted some of the malts to match our house stouts. We then took a portion of it to age in a single Sour Mash Willett Bourbon barrel and aged it for 9 months. Pours jet black with aroma and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, raisin and bourbon."
What our panel thought
“Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla play off blackberries and licorice. Flavor is a bit one-sided, with simple sweetness cut by boozy dryness. A slickness to the mouthfeel accentuates the sweetness. Refined—doesn’t punch you in the nose.”
What our editors thought
“Caramel-latte nose is light and unassuming, as barrel notes fold into general caramel malt tones. In the sip, a boozy chocolate cola note emerges with zippy effervescence and light chocolate and barrel notes.”