Viva Habanera (Bourbon Barrel)
Night Shift Brewing

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
Chile Beer
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
5
From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 5
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a portion of Viva Habanera batch #4 that was aged in bourbon barrels for 2 months.

Dark ruby red grapefruit color. Head quickly fizzles to a collar and then nothing at all. I recall retention problems with original Viva Habanera on tap so I don't think it's due to the barrel aging so much as inherent in the recipe. My wife's glass looks a little better but foam likes her more anyway.

Smells like Hawaiian Punch with an interesting agave bourbon twist. Like a citrusy sour mash bourbon doing the salsa.

Plenty of heat but appreciable and never searing. The bourbon contribution is mild, I'm mainly getting more Hawaiian Punch. There's a rye pop in the middle which I love. Lighter body, I'm assuming that agave nectar thins a beer similar to honey?

I've previously stated that everything is better with bourbon and I stand by that statement. Not much better in this case though. Walks the fine line between complex and messy.

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Viva Habanera (Bourbon Barrel) from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 5 ratings