Score: 93 points
Jim Rutledge of Four Roses never fails to impress with his annual limited edition releases, and the 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel is another example.
My sample was at 60% ABV, but the strength will vary slightly from bottle to bottle. The nose has a great aroma with cocoa/dark chocolate, honey, a smoky campfire, and hints of baked apples. The taste is rich, thick, and spicy with a strong black pepper note that doesn’t overwhelm the honey and dark chocolate notes underneath. Baked apples and peaches come out as the pepper fades, along with a hint of campfire smoke. The finish lingers with a good balance between fading pepperiness and soft baked fruit notes. Excellent! (May, 2013)