I bottled today, earlier than I had scheduled, but I had a hunch that it was time.
The beer is dirt-brown, with woodsy, exotic fragrances lifting off of a slightly oily surface. The bourbon comes through as an afterthought,with only a hint of vanilla.
The palate is very warm, spicy, and complex. The liquorice flavor that dominated when I transfered is now mingling well with a centered bitterness and the sweetness offered by the bourbon. The other flavors are there, too - even the cherry bark!
The beer finishes with a wonderful back-of-the-throat warmth that lingers for about a minute.
I can't wait to enjoy one of these in the dead of winter.
I'm so pleased right now, that all I can think of is how I can adjust the recipe for the next batch. If this was the 18th century, I'd be such a local hero for brewing this!
Sorry for boasting, I'm just really psyched!