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The SheRIff of Rock RIdge

Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
35 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Dark fruity esters and rich malt rule the aroma, with elements of raisin, fig, and date complementing the lush malt backbone of molasses, chocolate, and roast grain. Some barrel-derived wood character contributes a coconut aspect that adds to the overall appeal. The first sip reveals rich, chewy malt with layers of chocolate and dark caramel. Dark, dried fruit esters mirror those in the aroma, but a big blast of alcohol washes most of it away and leaves a boozy burn. The finish is notably dry with hints of wood and nuttiness. Additional aging would help smooth out the liqueur-like impression and allow the rich malt character to take center stage.