Dark Age Bourbon Barrel Aged StoutBeer review by Micheal Smith
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This obsidian monster, recently released by Wicked Weed, weighs in at 12.7% (ABV). As you pour from the bottle to glass, Dark Age cascades into the chalice with the grace of blackened silk. Just by pouring, it is fair to assume that this beer will have a full, silky body. A burnished amber colored head forms and settles into a thin layer, which seemingly floats above an abyss. A dappled lacing clings to the walls of the glass.
The bourbon barrels contribute notes of vanilla aroma without lending to strong booziness. After the first waft, there are notes of molasses and darkened caramel, which lends to a lightly roasted coffee. With a smooth, full, silky body, with moderately low carbonation, the first sip is much like the nose: a wonderful vanilla presence, produced by the barrel, which masks any boozy flavors you can expect a 12.7% beer to have. The vanilla fades into flavors of dark chocolate, and dark roasted malts. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent and lends to more caramel, tobacco flavors.
Despite the $10.99 price, Dark Age is worth picking up. Buy one now and cellar one for later. If you only want to purchase one, then I would suggest cellaring it for six months in order for the ending heat to round off.