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Bourbon Barrel Aged Koffi

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
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.