Last Will & Testament

Last Will & Testament, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Last Will And Testament is a straightforward, adjunct-free English old ale that has been aging away in bourbon barrels for fourteen months. With Maris Otter as a backbone and plenty of dark malts, this boozy 12% ABV ale has notes of caramel, raisin, and tobacco. This unapologetic liquid pulls delightful notes of vanilla and oak from the barrels, combined with the slow-sipping qualities of a fine port.

Profile

ABV: 
12%
IBUs: 
40
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Last Will & Testament (Blend No. 1, 2018) by Monday Night Brewing is a bourbon-barrel aged old ale and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  The best Specialty Wood-Aged Beers have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/spirits resulting in a flavorful, complex blend.  Old Ales are noted for their rich malt character, full body, and complimenting esters.  Last Will & Testament is aged in bourbon barrels for 14 months.

This beer pours black in color, clear, with a finely-beaded brown head.  The aroma is prominently bourbon and toasted oak with a background of rich caramel malt.  The body is full and very warming.  The flavor continues to display a ton of bourbon, vanilla, and toasted oak over a rich, dark caramel malt base; elements of treacle, tobacco, dark chocolate, and raisins compliment.  Strong bourbon and rich caramel malt linger long in a warming finish.  From a BJCP sanctioned competition standpoint, the bourbon and barrel flavors should be more harmonious with the base Old Ale style.  But, from a bourbon-barrel beer aficionado's perspective, the bourbon and barrel characteristics are very will done resulting in a sublimely enjoyable beer.  Cheers!

Brewery Introduction

Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based craft brewery. We brew beers for the weeknights – balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food.

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