10.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Dark brown, semi-transparent, medium off-white head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma: Bourbon with undertones of wood and vanilla.
Taste: Sweet bourbon forward, followed by an oaky, dry, slightly “hot” finish.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied and smooth, hotter on the tongue the warmer it gets.
Aging ales in bourbon barrels has been all the rage these past several years, but to my knowledge this is the first lager ever put in old whiskey casks, and it yields a surprisingly different beer than we’ve become accustomed to. Gone is the heavy, syrupy experience that comes from the typical barrel-aged stouts and porters; instead, Massacre is a surprisingly delicate, light and smooth beer that packs a distinct but tempered bourbon flavor balanced over its American dark lager base. It also delivers the expected high-ABV kick, although it hides its 10.5% well (at least until it approaches room temperature). A nice change of pace from many of the overly sweet and boozy bourbon brews that have become all too common these days.