This expression was aged for around 9 years and finished in a barrel which was previously used by a local coffee roaster to hold coffee beans. It was bottled at 67.3% ABV.
Nose: Totally different nose – takes you by surprise. Layers of dark chocolate wrapped around a sweet underlying grain – very young oak with charcoal followed by overwhelming coffee notes. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’ve been around it enough to be amazed at the strength of it in this bottle.
Palate: Heat is intense off the bat, but once you get past that the strong dark coffee notes take over alongside bitter greens and dark chocolate. This is definitely in a category of its own for better or worse.
Finish: Bitter coffee and toasted oak linger for some time.
Rating: 82/100 – a very fascinating pour, but maybe a bit too intense for me. If you’re a big coffee drinker, you might find this one a tad more enjoyable.
Value for the money: I haven’t seen these sold in awhile, but would guess they’re around $150-$200 as the limited AB releases go quickly. I don’t see this being worth paying over $70-80 for.