I have been aging a double batch of stout in a bourbon barrel since December 7 of last year. Brewing went fine; both batches went through primary and secondary smoothly and I got the numbers I was expecting. When I transferred to the barrel, the beer did not quite fill it; there’s a bit of headspace. The barrel has been firmly stoppered, with an airlock.
I have been occasionally giving it the “sniff test” and up until now have been greeted by a lovely bourbon aroma. I’m getting ready to bottle soon; just gave it a sniff and suddenly it’s smelling pretty fruity. Dare I say “nail polish”? Am I screwed? :shock: