Charbay R5 French Oak Aged, 49.5%

Price: $75 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Take the Charbay R5 Clear and add some vanilla and toast notes: interesting. The flavors…on first sip, the mellowing richness of the oak makes for a nice entry. But the wood blunts the zip of the hoppy beer wash without adding enough to compensate for the loss, and makes for a hotter finish. It's still interesting, but the wood gets in the way of what this can be.