Style: Barrel-Aged Spiced Stout
Brew Gentlemen Double Mex
What the brewers say
“Dark chocolate, black coffee, bourbon, oak.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The chile pepper is assertive and blends nicely with the barrel-aged notes. The mole spices of cinnamon and chocolate work well without dominating. Notes of roast, coffee, ash, and vanilla, with evident alcohol, and perhaps some dark stone fruit and date esters.”
Flavor: “Good roast malt and coffee up front, along with some Hershey’s chocolate, and nice accents of cinnamon and chile to add some welcome edges. It’s oaky and full of vanilla and coconut. The medium chile heat doesn’t linger but adds a spicy aftertaste. The body is medium-heavy, and the finish is overly roasted, almost ashy.”
Overall: “Except for the ashy finish, this is a great beer. The spices are fairly subtle, except for the vanilla, which is accented by the barrel aging. It’s nicely balanced and smooth, hitting all the expected notes without bombast. A great balance of sweet and roast—just the right amount to give it a balanced finish.”
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