Westbound & Down Opulence
What the brewers say
"Seventeen months in Heaven Hill Barrels, with extended aging on ... Madagascar vanilla beans."
What our panel thought
"Aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, mild oak, and vanilla. Lighter notes of currant, raisin, cherry. Deep flavor of dark chocolate, espresso, biscuit, toast. Compelling barrel vanillin and oak."
What our editors thought
"Stroopwafel-caramel with huge, sharp vanilla nose—intense, uncompromising. The sip dives into more familiar chocolate-bourbon territory, eschewing edgier notes for straightforward whiskey and roast."