Friday, December 15, 2017

Barreled Souls Munro (Hillrock Bourbon Barrel Aged)

The Stats
Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
ABV: 9.8%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: N/A
- Untappd: 4.26/5
- RateBeer: N/A

"Scotch ale Aged for 8 months in Hillrock Bourbon barrels"

Oh Barreled Souls. Minimal commercial descriptions, but you make up for it with unique beer. God bless you. 

Appearance is dark brown and red in color kind of liked iced tea. It poured to three fingers of tan head, but it disappeared quickly and sounded like fizzling soda when doing so.

The aroma is very nice with lots of bourbon and a refined alcohol scent that isn't distracting. Cherries, and a strong malt presence come next followed by oak and dark fruits.

The taste is surprisingly tame given the nose and abv. Sweeter notes of toffee and butterscotch are what hit me first. The hefty malt presence from the aroma returns in full force here and adds to the sweetness. Not much in the way of bourbon, but the spirit that is most at play here is a subdued rum-like taste enveloping the dark fruits of raisins and figs. A heaping dose of cherries and flowery potpourri toss their hats into the proverbial ring. The back end has almost a cider or iced tea flavor reminiscent of American Barleywines.

Mouth feel holds some fizzy carbonation, but the body is calm. Impressively there's no alcohol warmth or heat. Just as surprising is how clean this finishes.

This version of Munro definitely hits a lot of the characteristics for the style. A bit more robustness on the flavor would have pushed this into more elite company, but it still remains a terrific BA Scotch Ale.


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