This first barrel of Devils River I aquired is aptly named Candy Cane because on a fresh crack of opening the bottle, the sweet corn and peppermint candy aromas jumps out at you. Coming out of a 53 gallon barrel, it was bottled at a whopping 130PF. The mashbill is 75% yellow dent corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley.
On the nose, high octane whiff, hard candy sweetness, peppermint, cinnamon, damp leaves.
On the palate, sweet corn, peppermint candy stick, loads of cinnamon, hint of cocoa, very viscous, the spice rest mostly on the right side of the palate and is not overwhelming despite the high proof.
The finish goes on and on, carries the sweetness and spice.