Style: Barrel-Aged Stout
Big Boss Brewing Company Prometheus Unbound
What the brewers say
“Dark sour ale aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels for a year. Dark malt and chocolate notes blend with raspberry, oak, and red-wine character.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Dark chocolate with cherries. Oak barrel comes through as light caramel and a touch of vanilla but allows the ingredients to shine. As it warms a slight artificial cherry aroma comes through but nothing that is distracting.”
Flavor: “Chewy beer that has some complexity among the malt, barrel, and fruit. Chocolate malt really comes through at the front with some really nice cherry sweetness in the middle. The finish is completely wood and roast. Body is really fantastic but offers a slight alcohol warmth.”
Overall: “Fantastic barrel-aged stout that gives all of the flavor profiles needed/wanted without being cloying, over boozy, and harsh. Chocolate malt and roast dominate, but the oak shines through. Cherries provide a level of sweetness that cuts through the roast. Slight cloying and stickiness is there on the back. Would like it to be a little drier in the finish.”
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