Lustrous Frumento with Coffee is the first “micro release” bottle to debut as part of the Barrelmaster Reserve series. A 100% bourbon barrel-aged “black ale,”Lustrous Frumento with Coffee features a rich malty double stout base. It is matured in freshly emptied, hand-selected “Old Forrester” bourbon barrels, which arrive at Cellar 3 still dripping from the distillery. The beer has rested in the barrels for 30 months, gaining plenty of spicy oak, vanilla and caramel notes. After being deemed “ready” by the Barrelmaster himself, a beautiful cold brew coffee made from a blend of Brazilian and Sumatran beans from San Diego coffee roaster, Mostra, is added to intensify and compliment the rich caramel and vanilla from the barrels. Lustrous Frumento with Coffee is 13.1% ABV and packaged in a signature metallic edition of the Cellar 3 750 ml cork-finished bottles.
Green Flash Brewing – Green Flash Cellar 3 Lustrous Frumento With Coffee – 750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet – 13.1% abv.
Appearance: Pours dark brown with an effervescent brown head that quickly vanishes.
Aroma: Gigantic boozy bourbon whiskey nose. Vanilla, oak, graham cracker crust, caramel, dark chocolate.
Taste: Wood heavy whiskey that lingers well past the sip, semi-sweet chocolate, tobacco, tangy red wine grape, fig, dark roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Modest carbonation. Warm woody spirits coat my entire mouth.
Overall: This is a very powerful, barrel heavy offering. For those who roll their eyes at barrel aged stouts that are advertised as only being matured for 6 months, please check this beer out to see what the opposite end of the spectrum is. As it stands right now, the beer is very rich and complex, but needs to cool off a bit. The bourbon and tannins are so powerful, it’s hard to pick up the coffee for me. If you want the sharp bold flavors, drink it now, and I’d probably pair it with a cigar as this is the perfect candidate for a cigar beer pairing.