Finkel & Garf Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2019)
What the brewers say
What our panel thought
The aroma begins with cocoa and baking spices, then fades to bourbon and higher alcohols with a touch of umami. Dark fruit, bourbon, dry espresso. Raisins, caramel, and layered chocolate flavors are balanced by hops bitterness and alcohol warmth.
What our editors thought
Mid-sweet chocolate on the nose plays with a hint of cinnamon and tanned leather backed by significant bourbon oak notes. The flavor has a bit of acidic roast malt bite tempered a bit by the residual sweetness, but it’s a bit sharp on the swallow.