About a year ago I reviewed a collaboration between Norway’s Ringnes (a macro-brewery owned by Carlsberg) and Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery, called Imperial Polaris. The beer I’m reviewing today is Imperial Polaris aged in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill, called Superior Polaris. The beer sports an ABV of 10.5%.
The color of the beer is pretty much the same as the one I tried last year, except it’s more cloudy. The label on the bottle is looking really good though, just as last year!
The aroma has hints of honey, caramel, oak, some coffee and a bit of toffee. Really sweet! I was expecting a more aggressive aroma but it’s quite toned down actually.
As I’m smelling the beer I’m reminded of some barley wine style beers.
The flavor has quite a lot of honey to it. I’m also picking up some hints of the high ABV. This version feels more balanced than the Imperial Polaris did last year, and the hints from the barrel aging is not too dominating.
The body is full and the carbonation is quite sharp, which works well for this beer.
The finish is quite short and boozy. I’m picking up some hints of honey and vanilla as well.
The beer is quite good, but sadly a bit too one-dimensional. Nonetheless, a beer worth checking out. Score: 3.6/5.
Disclaimer: I received this bottle from Ringnes.