Thank you. I'm guessing I'll have the same opinion. Especially if their at the same price pointSo I opened the bottle last night and had about 3oz.
To me, it was not bitter or funky. I liked it. More than the Small Batch tbh, although I haven't had that one in a while. It is oakier for sure, to a good amount for me, not overly oaky. That give it a darker tone but also dampens the fruitier character of the Small Batch. As I said I like the Toasted Barrel more. The only thing that bugged me a little was that the finish was too short, pleasant but short. Can't remember if the Small Batch had this short of a finish. Don't have a regular bottle of it, only a store pick.
No surprise I find the Barrel Proof to be a lot better personaly.