Bourbon Barrel Aged Koffi

California
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

A twist on our wildly popular Koffi Porter, this beer was aged in oak bourbon barrels for nearly a year. The result is even more fantastic than the original. The bourbon gives it a sweetness while the oak gives off notes of vanilla.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
Willamette
Malts: 
Two-Row, Black, Chocolate, Dark Crystal, Kilned Coffee
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Bourbon Barrel Aged Koffi Porter was evaluated as a Wood Aged Beer (BJCP 2015 Style 33B, Specialty Wood Aged Beer) with the underlying style as Spice/Herb/Vegetable (BJCP 2015 Style 30A, because of the coffee), and the base beer closest to a Baltic Porter (BJCP Style 9C).  Nice roasty sweet chocolate greets the first sniff, with hints of black licorice, tobacco, and black raisins. The beer is a very dark brown, but clear, with a medium head of small deep tan bubbles that fade to a ring. First taste is a big sweet chocolate, lots of coffee, low levels of overripe plum, and roasty. Notes of coconut, vanilla, and a slight bourbon-y character. A clean fermentation with even balance of malt and bittering, and an off dry finish that lingers with sweet and bitter chocolate. The malt provides a medium full body with a smooth mouthfeel. The bourbon barrel comes across but well balanced with the base beer. This would be a really nice beer with dry rubbed spicy short ribs.