Solstice Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (9.5% abv):
Brewed in early 2021 then sat in Bourbon Barrels for 10 months. Pours midnight black with a tight (and we mean tight) mocha tan head. Menacing indeed. Aromas of charcoal, vanilla, treacle, espresso and alcohol leap from the glass with each gentle swirl. The first drink offers a reminder of the girth of this beer, as notes of bourbon, chocolate, molasses and fig pack a wallop. Each subsequent sip leads to newfound discoveries of vanilla and coffee, wood and anise. Velvety smooth yet noticeable boozy, this full-bodied stout packs a delicate balance between sweetness, bitterness and barrel.
Solstice is available now at the Great Lakes retail shop and online store.
Source & Photo: Great Lakes Brewery