The latest Travel Well beer of the week is from Triple C Brewing Company in Charlotte, NC. Triple C’s seasonal offering Eyes of the World (ALC 8.2%, IBU’s 22) is a cherrywood smoked porter aged in bourbon barrels. A self-proclaimed “meal in a glass,” Eyes of the World is a beer meant to be paired with anything grilled or smoked. Since we’re experiencing cool and rainy weather, I expect the Eyes of the World to make the night a little bit more enjoyable.
Pours black as night with a short lived finger-width beige head. Fairly light carbonation. Very little lacing.
Sharp, sweet caramel, vanilla and bourbon on the nose. As it warms the very distinct smell of the cherrywood smoked malts become much stronger. I am reminded of the Queen Anne’s Cordial Cherries I ate around Christmas as a kid.
Sits on the heavier side of a medium-bodied beer but certainly not as thick as I might have expected. Gives just the right amount of boozy warmth but remains extremely smooth.
On first taste, sweet malt and bourbon dominate. The smokiness is quite subtle but increases nicely as it warms. Other flavors include dark fruits such as raisins and dates, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and black licorice. Upon sitting a little longer the combination of dark malts and cherrywood remind me once again of chocolate covered cherries.
I have had several Triple C beers and enjoyed them, but Eyes of the World is without a doubt the best I have experienced thus far. I get the impression this beer was well thought out. The cherrywood malt combined with bourbon barrel aging makes for a wonderful combination. Unlike some smokey aged beers, Eyes of the World does not find itself in the category of coming off tobacco-like, which I was happy to find. Complexity with subtlety make for a wonderfully smooth drinking experience.
7-9 Highly Recommended
10 Perfect/Must Try