Main & Mill Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel–Aged Carpathian 2019
What the brewers say
Imperial stout base aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
What our panel thought
Extremely viscous mouthfeel flows into the same fig and raisin from the aroma. Barrel character is subtle. High sweetness leads and finishes with a semidry chocolate with dark-fruit flavors.
What our editors thought
Honey and toffee lead the nose with low roast and dark-chocolate notes. The sip brings more sweet honey and a bit of chocolate with so little roast it might be better named a porter. An almost red-wine and oak tan-nin runs through it, but the bourbon barrel note makes a brief appearance deep in the finish.