I I think it's an issue to look at barrel aged beers as being price jacked with no reason. If the barrels don't cost the brewery, the time it takes to age these beers and the increased complexity of the process requires a higher price tag. This is not to say all beers are reasonably priced though. Also, barrel aging is a trend, and craft breweries are creative entities, so it makes sense for them to explore any new avenues with their beers. I think if a brewery wants to play around with barrel aging, let them. And then let the market decide if it's a good venture or not.