Bourbon County Toasted Barrel

2021 Vintage. Approx. $55 for the bottle. Ouch.

Jet black pour – of course – head can be created with an aggressive pour. It’s tan.

Nose is pretty solvent like.

The legs on the beer are great, and obviously a function of the ABV but they are wine like.

To its credit this is extraordinarily smooth, it hides the alcohol very well, and does not burn. The bourbon is definitely smoothed out very well, and there is no aggression at all. In a year or so, I’d imagine it will even out a lot more, and become pretty sublime in that regard. There’s a little licorice up front but is sweet.

I’ve said over and over again that bourbon aged beers aren’t really for me, but the smoothness of this beer is a real game changer. Silky, and I’m amazed at how easy it is. The coating in the mouth is very light, no cloying here. I suppose, if smoothness could be quantified in $, this would be the beer.

Still, the value is horrible, and at one third of the price I’d still be saying something similar. This going to be great if (a) you love a bourbon based beer, and (b) if you feel absolutely determined to justify the cost. For me it’s very, very, very good, and as I say it’s a bit a game changer as far as BBB go, and it’s a pretty incredible beer in terms of smoothing pout the burn, but at $55 … errr … just no.


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ABV: 16 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 5.0
Smell: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
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