Pipeworks Barrel Aged The Murderous
Pipeworks Barrel Aged The Murderous is an English Barleywine aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels. This is the first batch (#107) released in 2013 in 12 oz bottles. Huge thanks to Aaron for this house warming gift, so very generous!
The beer pours without a lot of carbonation or head at this point, a gray and murky brown color. The aroma is fantastic: sweet raisin and huge bourbon dominate with more subtle notes of toffee & vanilla. Wow, this is a sweet and amazingly decadent barleywine on the taste. Getting sweet brown sugar, vanilla, slightly sour fermented raisin, bourbon (much more mild than in the aroma), mild generic spice and just a bit of dry woodiness on my palate. The slight issues I have with this beer (very low carbonation and that slight sourness) seem to be brought on by the age, but that in no way diminishes my excitement to try this great beer.
Thanks again to Aaron for this wonderful gift!