Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sixpoint Barrel Aged Righteous Ale


Fill date: 3/7/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 32B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

AROMA: Strong barrel character with authentic wood, almond and vanilla characteristics. Rye malt is quite prominent and slightly bready, though not rich per se. Alcohol is clean and slightly spicy which complements the base brew very well. Difficult to discern hops (which is ok for the style). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Mahogany/brownish hue (22-27 SRM). Body is cloudy, but no sediment. Large, beige froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Interesting and delectable mix of sweet vanilla contrasted by spicy rye and alcohol. Barrel creates for a hefty wood and vanilla taste, but is never cloying. Slight nutty character. Rye malt is bready in nature, though attenuation seems to be high so as not to be a cloying mess. Bitterness is firm, though hop flavor is subtle. Rye and alcohol create for a spicy sensation to balance the sweetness. Both linger in the aftertaste, but are subtle. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Texture is soft, smooth and comfortable. The alcohol is surprisingly calm at 10.5% ABV with a gentle warmth. Extremely drinkable for such a potent brew. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not only is it tasty and fun to drink, it's impressive in that it's not just another imperial stout. Creativity goes a long way. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 45/50

NOTE: See my 2012 review of regular Sixpoint Righteous Ale with Mrs. Real Ale Guide here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/02/sixpoint-righteous-ale-chadz-beer.html

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