One thing this means is that it's highly carbonated -- note the Champagne-style cork. Another is that it's cloudy with yeast, as it's unfiltered. It's made in batches of only a few hundred cases at a time, so each batch is a little different because of the particular barrels used.
The color is medium blond (the head even has a yellowish tinge). After an enveloping musky ale nose, it's malty and caramel-y on the palate, almost as sweet as a stout but without any roasted flavors. Instead, there's a subtle touch of vanilla and coconut (that must come from the bourbon barrels). The long, malty finish turns semi-dry at the end. Try it with cheesecake.
-- Charles Perry
Style: a strong, malty ale (11% alcohol) with considerable depth of flavor, just the thing for a chilly evening
Price: $15.99 to $16.99 per 750-millileter bottle