BEER RUN: Volume 003 (Barrel Aged Beers)

Barrel Aged Beers

 

This week’s theme: Barrel Aged beers. I personally love this variety of beer so it was only a matter of time before I did an entire blog with only them. I love the deep flavors that inhibit the beer from the aging process and always get excited when I see a new one in the store. 

These always run on the pricier side of things so I don’t recommend you run out and buy a bunch of them up without sampling the style first. It’s heavy and not for everyone but if it’s your style then read on!

 Read on for this weeks big bad bourbon barrel blog.

In no particular order!

Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist
Epic Brewing
ABV: 11.4%

“Three’s not a crowd in this limited edition Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist. We aged coconut and Blue Copper’s Colombian coffee beans in fresh whiskey barrels, while our imperial stout aged in both rum and whiskey barrels. The trio was then hand blended, creating our most over-the-top version of Big Bad Baptist yet. Best enjoyed slowly, three sips at a time.“ 

I had never had the Triple Barrel from Epic Brewing before so I was super curious to see how the aged coconut flavor would be. I personally love coconut flavor and I can tell you that this beer was outstanding. The coconut was at the tail end of the finish and gave it a nice sweet finish but the coffee and bourbon flavor were at the front of it. Super great.

 

Black Note Stout 2017
Bell’s Brewery Inc.
ABV: 11.2%

 “One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell's history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout, each aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months.

 The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel.

Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.”

 Bell’s is a great little brewery up in Michigan and they put out some highly rated brews on the reg so it only makes sense that their BA Stout is also a good investment. Deep bourbon flavor and in a 12 oz bottle it’s not too much for a single sitting.

 

Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island
ABV: 14.1%

“Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.”

The Black Friday release every year has beer lovers all over the US scurrying to find this and the even more limited edition variants. (Check out our coffee stout review.) Goose Island takes credit for being the original inventors of the Barrel Aging process and they have long had the reputation as having the best one of the bunch. It’s what got me started down this hobby and it is continuously a good investment every single year. Don’t skip it if you see it near you!

 

Bourbon Barrel Aged DNR with Chocolate
Coop Ale Works
ABV: 10.1%

“Our DNR Cask-It Series perpetuates the cult following of an already popular beer by aging it in a variety of barrels.”

I had never heard of Coop Ale Works prior to seeing this one in store but I’m going to have to keep an eye out from now on. This was the barrel aged version of their Belgian-style dark ale. It had a crazy flavor that I have never experienced before. Not super heavy but very complex. My wife never drinks any of the dark beers I buy but she actually really enjoyed this one.

 

Double Chocolate Sonata
Clown Shoes
ABV: 10%

“At Clown Shoes we try not to take ourselves too seriously. The world is troubled enough. We want to offer fun and lightness to our customers. The people who serve in our armed forces enable us to exist and make a living making beer. With gratitude this Imperial Chocolate Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and finished with Cocao Nibs, was designed by Dave Pappas of The Black Ale Project , who is a tireless veterans advocate. $5 per case will be donated to Homes For Our Troops.”

I first featured Clown Shoes a couple weeks ago with their barrel aged Coffee Stout that was pretty good. And this one fits that same bill. Another Barrel Aged Stout that has some chocolate added that has a great flavor.

My favorite thing about this blog is that all of these beers are winners in their own right. Great flavors complimenting by the barrel aging and added flavors.


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