Pondaseta Brewing Co. Rye Barrel Aged Castle Black
What the brewers say
"Castle Black is an American Imperial stout with huge roast emphasis. We aged it for 9 months in Willet Rye Barrels and the result is bursting with Rye Whiskey aroma balanced by a complex and roasty mid section, and finishing with a nuanced caramel and vanilla derived from the barrel."
What our panel thought
“Cab-like aromas of huckleberry, black pepper, bread crust, and a hint of roasted malt. Pleasant alcohol in flavor juxtaposed with vanilla, caramel, and chocolate flavors, with mild roast supporting. A tad thick, but plenty drinkable in small pours.”
What our editors thought
“Vinous chocolate nose with subtle vanilla and coconut edges. The sip wavers, with rich flavors on a thin body that struggles to support its ambition.”