Barrel Aged Ink (2020)
A Note on This Beer
The driveway leading up to my childhood home was lined with plum trees, which were also my mother’s “other” babies. She tenderly cared after their arborial needs, knowing that each year they would yield the juiciest, drippiest fruits in the cul-de-sac.
As soon as that first ripe plum fell from the tree, I’d already have a napkin and fork ready. My mom would imbue a heated bowl of chocolate fondue with swirls of caramel and a dash of fresh-brewed coffee. Then, skewer some plums, and dunk, dunk, dunk!
When I caught those same flavors flowing through this bottle of Barrel Aged Ink, I had to call up my mom and thank her for all the care she put into that childhood treat, from sapling to plate.
And of course, I told her all about how she and Rhinegeist share a propensity for patience and caring — the brewers aged this roasty Imperial Stout in Bourbon Barrels for 12 months!
All that time spent resting in the barrels gave the beer indelible layers of dark fruit, toasted oak, and soft vanilla, with just a tinge of whiskey warmth. Each taste launches me back to the days of sitting eye-level to a plate of mom’s plums at the kitchen table, giddy as a kid can be.
I’ve already stowed away a bottle to send to my mom for the holidays so we can share in a virtual tasting together. We may not have the house with the trees along the driveway anymore, but a Stout as big and bold as this is a great foundation for making new memories together.
Rated 4.22 on Untappd; 93/100 on BeerAdvocate; 91/100 on Craft Beer & Brewing
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A little sweeter than I’d prefer but otherwise well balanced, lovely whiskey and chocolate flavors and a nice alcohol heat without tasting nearly as boozy as it really is. Def a dessert beer and not an everyday sipper.
This is *almost* a perfect beer. That is, it almost tastes like a Trappistes Rochefort 10, which is, of course, the perfect beer. It's dark and sweet, but it doesn't have that overly syrupy sweetness that other barrel-aged beers sometimes have. It's very easy to drink despite the ABV. Split with a friend since even just half the bottle is quite filling.
Whooooole lotta barrel. Soft, distant sips recommended.
Very much whiskey forward, and as a whiskey person, I love it. And to top it off, it’s aged in New Riff barrels. Nice rye spice with dark fruits and vanilla. Rounds out really well with the oak.
Sleeper hit Ink does even better in the barrel.
Very underwhelmed. Thin and not much going on
Chocolate and whiskey flavors shine
I love Rhinegeist. Loved another of their barrel aged series. This is just too whiskey barrel forward
Very good, very strong. A bit too strong for drinking while cooking dinner like we did.
Wanted to like more
An absolute masterpiece. The dark fruit really sets it apart.
Another ridiculously good brew from Rhinegeist
boozy and sweet