In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


The Libertine Brewing Co. Stocking Stuffer

Aroma: “Beautiful vinous grape, cherry, and deep stone-fruit characters up front, with a nice rich citrus note to complement. A touch of vanilla underneath the fruity notes, with a great earthy, spicy, herbal background. Slight woody oak comes through after the bright acidity, and slight roast cuts through as it warms.”

Flavor: “Pronounced tart cherry sweet and sourness that’s balanced with stone-fruit flavors—apricot, plum, and pluot. A touch of malt complexity with a healthy amount of funk add to the experience. The barrel is restrained, adding just enough spiciness to add depth. Nice warming chocolate roast character in the back, with a woody character that’s earthy and lingering.”

Overall: “Intense flavors, but they don’t overpower. A great balance of acidity, funk, malt, and barrel that makes for an excellent beer. It really has some complexity that lends a lot of character.”