In December, we released our most special project. Dark Charge is our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Every year, you help us pack the city of Covington for a bottle release and Block Party. We hope you were able to make it and take home a few bottles for yourself.
As with any barrel-aged stout, aging is an accepted practice. Different flavors will rise and fall at different times in the aging process. In an effort to keep you up-to-date on what you may expect out of your bottles, our team will be tasting Dark Charge and its variants every three months to provide an update. It’s tough work but someone has to do it.
And now, we’re 6 months removed from our 2017 Dark Charge Day and have only 6 months until our 2018 Dark Charge Day. To celebrate, we’re hosting a Halfway to Dark Charge Day at Braxton Labs. We’ll feature a Dark Charge Tap Takeover and move several Dark Charge Bottles into the cellar for on-premise consumption!
See our 6 month tasting notes below:
BOURBON BARREL AGED DARK CHARGE
Aroma: Oak, Umami, Boozy, Bourbon
Flavor: Dark Fruit, Stonefruit(Prune), Roasted Malt, Bourbon
Verdict? Let it age. The flavors will continue to mellow and coalesce.
2-YEAR AGED BOURBON MAPLE 23
Aroma: Caramel, Slight Maple, Tannic
Flavor: Rounded Flavor, Oak, Charcoal, Caramel
Verdict? Let it age. It will improve with age
LABS VARIANT (Red Wine Barrel Aged and Refermented on Grape Must)
Aroma: Ripe Grapes, Winey, “Chocolate Covered Grapes”
Flavor: Sweet, Very wine-forward, Slight oak.
Verdict? Let it age. Currently very wine-forward and will become more balanced with time
CHERRY & VANILLA VARIANT
Aroma: Very Vanilla, Freshly sliced vanilla bean, slight Cherry
Flavor: More rounded/deeper vanilla flavor than before, slight tart cherry
Verdict? Drink now!
Aroma: Chocolate, slight vanilla
Flavor: Vanilla, Chocolate, Bourbon
Verdict? Drink Now!
Aroma: Roasty Coffee, Smooth Vanilla
Flavor: Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee is present but fading
Verdict? Drink Now
Aroma: Lots of Cinnamon, Smokey Peppers, Vanilla, Slight Chocolate
Flavor: Same as aroma, very cohesive
Verdict? Let it age, but it is truly enjoyable now