For my 8th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
I realised I may have messed up a little with the recap yesterday (been sorted now) so I’ve made sure that today’s recap of yesterday is right. You can check it out here.
Firestone ‘Double DBA’ Barrel Aged Imperial Special Bitter 2012 (12% ABV / 650ml)
Upon cracking the bottle open you’re hit by big, boozy aromas with a raisin sweetness and a big hit of bourbon.
The first taste is all sweetness – there’s toffee, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, cream – it’s all there and backed up with that prominent bourbon edge. It comes across like a barley wine, but it’s not and it has a really stealth-like kick to it and that 12% really creeps up on you.
As it’s warming, the spirit air to it really comes to the forefront in the glass and the booziness comes through stronger and stronger but it’s still not over-powering. It’s sweet, easy, smooth and very enjoyable. There’s no bitterness in there, just a perfectly balanced beer.
I was sharing this with my mate James, he’s clearly a heathen as his reaction to this beer was “OMFG, why do people have to fuck with beer?”. Like I say, heathen.
I enjoyed this. From the minute it was open until the final sip, I found it almost the perfect beer to enjoy over the course of the evening. Shame I only bought one bottle.
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