Joseph James BA Smoked Porter with Vanilla

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Porter -

LOC: Hen­der­son, Ne­vada ABV: 10% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“This starts with a rich, dark ale brewed with cherry wood–smoked malt that has been aged in bour­bon bar­rels for eight months. Then we blended it with a young, dark ale and added vanilla.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Rich choco­late and vanilla dom­i­nate the aroma. Touch of corn sweet­ness from the bour­bon and some fusel al­co­holic heat.” Fla­vor: “Bour­bon, oak, and vanilla. The malt blends with the bar­rel to make a kind of maple char­ac­ter. As it warms up, a bit of roast comes out. Mod­er­ately high sweet­ness up front fades into a fairly dry fin­ish.” Over­all: “The bar­rel char­ac­ter is re­ally well done—the un­der­ly­ing beer is a bit sweet, but the spicy bour­bon and wood char­ac­ter are well bal­anced, with great lin­ger­ing com­plex­ity. The choco­late, dark fruit, and boozy fin­ish are well bal­anced through­out.”

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