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Rum Barrel-Aged Gonzo

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
32 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Low notes of chocolate, espresso, dates and prunes are expressed through the aroma when poured. There is a spicy alcohol note when cool that becomes quite aggressive upon warming, such so that it begins to overwhelm the other characteristics of the beer. There is a light oak quality with rummy notes to it and a subtle vanilla. The roast on the flavor is a bit heavy for the style, as is the bitterness. These aspects clash with the surprisingly dry finish and the intense alcohol to leave a bit of a harsh aftertaste. This is a beer that is smooth while cold but begins to become boozy and a bit astringent as it warms; a high level of carbonation emphasizes this further. This is definitely a beer to share among friends, as you might find it difficult to take on a whole bottle all alone.