“Phosphorescence sparkles with the magic of the tropics. Aromatic waves of sugar cane, pineapple, coconut, and almond guide the senses through a liquid expression of a well-earned vacation in the fleeting final days of summer. Brûléed pineapple crests on the palate, lifted by a swell of coconut, almond, and lactose that combine as a rich, custard-toned body to beautifully support the gentle flash of acidity and sweet bitterness of burnt sugar. Medium-bodied with a long, lingering finish.”
Glassware: English Pint.
Appearance: Stunning. Pours this gorgeous light mahogany hue with deep ruby red highlights. It doesn’t garner much head and there’s minimal lacing as we imbibe.
Aroma: One can always count on BL’s Stasis Project beers for optimal quality. At first it has all the hallmarks of a top shelf BBA Barleywine – residual sugars, caramelised malts, dark fruits and toffee with the moreish bourbon/barrels front and centre. The longer it sits in the glass the more vanilla/lactose opens up too. Coconut, yeah…almond, maybe but pineapple not so much.
Flavour: Oh wow it’s almost like a complete reversal. It’s now pineapple, yes… almond, yes and coconut and vanilla, maybe. Some sweet spice like cinnamon and nutmeg appearing as well. Still absolutely chock-full of residual sugars and caramelised malts, toffee and dark fruits and then the big show (bourbon barrels/oak) ram it home with good duration.
Mouthfeel: Ridiculously slick and unassuming for its 13% ABV. Chewy, gelatinous, medium-full bodied. The Co2 is kept pretty low which works perfectly.
Overall: 2021 release Stasis Project, cold winters evening, belly warming Strong Ale….the only thing missing is a roaring wood fire. Thank you Bottle Logic and thank you Carwyn Cellars!