This pours a dark cola brown and produces two fingers of frothy, dark beige head. Its retention is good and there are some sure signs of lacing to come. It is a very foamy topping! Though the body is dark I can still make out some sediment lingering in the light at its base.
I get a pretty potent mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oak and fruit at my nose. It has strong notes of sweet, roasted malt and also provide mild notes of pumpkin mixed within the spices. Lastly, I get a light booze quality tingling the nose.
The front is defined mostly by the beer’s foundation. It’s certainly malt-driven, however the sweetness isn’t overpowering at all. It’s lightly toasted and bready in nature. The spices also make a quick entrance and follow the nose pretty closely. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and maybe some clove, ginger or fruit all settle in on the palate. There’s a mild pumpkin flavor. It seems natural but it quickly submits to the power of the spices and base. As I transition to the back the aged qualities begin to surface. Bourbon, oak, a bit of vanilla and a light chocolate sensation surround the already established qualities. This mixture intensifies before overcoming the spice profile as I reach the finish. It ends with some bourbon, spice and a nice sweetness.
This is a medium-bodied beer with mild carbonation. Though it has a light grain texture, it’s mostly smooth, creamy and leaves the palate kind of dry. The alcohol provides a warmth to round the experience nicely.
The most important thing to do with this one is let it warm up a bit before indulging. In time, the aged aspects do nice work on the palate. This is a complex option that doesn’t miss a step even after an extra year to age. It’s fairly dynamic and mostly balanced, though sometimes both the spices and the bourbon can dominate the palate, in the front and back respectively. The pumpkin is good but it isn’t the priority it seems. Nevertheless, it’s a very good tasting beer and provides an engaging experience, particularly if you’re looking for a boozy fall option.