SIX STRING FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ALE
Named simply for the age of the brewery upon its release, it’s a Champagne bottle filled with a big beer of some kind – double IPA, Strong Ale, Tripel, Scotch Ale. Whatever the style, it tastes like brewers rocking out. Five is the 2018 edition and it’s a beer based on their Gothic Imperial Stout but aged for four months in Jack Daniels whiskey barrels. This much is obvious the moment you knock the top off the bottle to be greeted with the pungent aroma of bourbon. That character carries through to a palate that’s oaky and pleasantly boozy but keeps its rhythm through a combination of bitter chocolate and stewed fruits. There’s no doubt this is a big beer, but it’s been made for a big milestone.