Style: Stout (Barrel-aged)

ABV: 12.0

88/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

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.”

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