Maplewood Brewing Company Barrel Aged Cuppa Vanilla Rye
What the brewers say
"Blended from Cuppa aged exclusively in Peerless Rye Whiskey barrels for 12 months. Conditioned on Metric coffee, and 3 varieties of vanilla beans: Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesian."
What our panel thought
“Pleasant aroma, with boozy espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla setting the stage for a spicy black-pepper note and hint of whiskey. The sip is smooth, with a spicy whiskey component, as rounded chocolate, coffee, and vanilla interplay jovially in the background. The rye brings interesting complexity while helping to balance the sweetness of this massive beer. Finishes with smooth and clean spicy black pepper and alcohol notes. Well-balanced with no rough edges.”
What our editors thought
"Bold and confident rich whiskey nose with multifaceted vanilla “Rich, bold, confident whiskey nose with multifaceted vanilla layers. The sip cleverly wraps moderate sweetness in thick body for a decadent tongue-coating sip that isn’t trying to prove anything. Subtle richness and exquisite heft.”