One of my favorite beers was beers was released earlier this week. If you see any be sure to buy some and stash it away. This beer is lovely with a year or so of aging. They also make great Christmas presents.
A special note for the 2010 batch:
The 2010 edition is unique because, unlike previous batches, it is 100% barrel-aged. The length of aging time ranged from eight months to three years using a blend of first-use, second-use and third-use oak bourbon barrels. Because more barrels were combined to create this batch, the cherry tartness is slightly more pronounced than in prior years, contributing to a greater overall complexity and depth of flavor.Yummy!
Some notes from a 2008 bottle I had back in May.
- 02414 of 10630 Batch 2008-2
- Clear deep mahogany color with a tan head that settles into a thin wispy film.
- Toffee. A little cherry. Some subdued vanilla/bourbon booziness. The sum aroma is better than its parts.
- I really like the subtle cherry note that runs through the sip from begining to end. Dry, a little tart, a nice balance to the caramel/toffee sweetness.
- The bourbon barrel flavors are nice and subdued, well blended with the other flavors.
- No alcohol burn, you feel it more so than taste it.