I put a cap on it after pouring one serving. I read your review as I sipped on it. The ABV is right where I like BBA stouts. The only BBA stouts I ever believed were too hot were from The Bruery, and they were close to 20% ABV. Darkness has so many more flavors going on than other stouts to begin with, and the barrel-aging makes the flavors pop even more. The bourbon flavor definitely is strong, but that is what I want. This is the third best barrel-aged stout that I have had, after BA Expedition Stout, then 2019 BCBS.