American oak wafts out of the glass and dominates the aroma. Vanilla, charred oak, and mellow bourbon comprise the barrel profile with an underlying presence of bready malt. No yeast aromatics are present. There is a bit of alcohol in the aroma as the beer warms but is well tempered by the explosive oak barrel presence. This an attractive beer – bright gold with exceptional clarity and a medium sized white frothy head that stands its ground.