Station 26 Brewing Hell Bear
What the brewers say
"Full-bodied, roasted, and aged in a local Denver distillery's (Mythology) American whiskey barrels."
What our panel thought
"Straightforward whiskey-barrel aroma; layers of spice and vanilla. Full body and integrated flavor: strong, almost medicinal licorice; chocolate and vanilla; coffee; hints of dried fruit; spicy barrel. Smooth and inviting. Lingering very dark chocolate. Grab a cigar and your smoking jacket."
What our editors thought
"A slightly thin, whiskey-soaked, stroopwafel nose hides chocolate and roast under sharp spirits. In the sip, simple cocoa powder with a medium backing bitterness. Rough and jagged, with an accessible simplicity."