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8/19/2014 11:44 AM grooming • 0 Comments

Bombastic Bourbon Barrell

Combining two things you really enjoy sometimes leads to disaster. For example: fire and anything. Other times it leads to wonderfulness, such as Netflix on your phone or sleeping with two girls at once. But our favorite combination right now combines two of your favorite things of all time, beer and bourbon.

 

Brewers have started taking some of their more flavorful beers and letting them age in barrels that previously held bourbon. The combination gives the beer a heartier, more complex flavor. It’s more potent, no doubt, so if you’re a fan of Guinness, then a bourbon barrel aged beer is right up your alley. They give off rich flavors like chocolate and caramel, with plenty of oak added from the wood.

 

If you see any of these four at your favorite bar, try them immediately.

 

Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Co

Very rich, thick and dark—almost like a Guinness, but slightly more roasted. The flavor washes over you after taking a sip. Has an interesting chocolate aftertaste, which creates a very out of the ordinary and complex tasting experience. Don’t get us wrong—it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. We’re going to give it 3 out of 5 barrels.

 

Dark Intrigue by Victory

Smells sweeter and definitely easier on the palate. Dark like coffee and leaves a bitter aftertaste (that almost hints at that chocolaty flavor of the Yeti above). The bourbon flavor is definitely evident and if you’re a bourbon fan (and honestly, who isn’t?) this beer is for you. We’ll go with 4 barrels out of 5.

 

Allagash Curieux

Ah, the odd man out. Where most bourbon barrel beer is extremely dark, this beer has the same golden tones as a great lager. With a more pronounced bourbon influence, it’s almost sweet despite lacking that tell-tale chocolate aftertaste. Each batch of the beer is unique, so you’ll never quite get the same experience. In the end, it reminds us of our first sip of beer. Unusual and a little off-putting at first, but after it’s sunk in we could understand the hooplah. Unfortunately the steep price of the beer doesn’t quite match its tastiness (for the price we paid we were at least expecting a happy ending) so we can’t let it go five for five. It’ll have to settle for 4.5 barrels out of 5.

 

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Oh boy, is this one heavy and tasteful beer. Full of that rich chocolaty flavor that most bourbon barrel beers exhibit, this one is just a delight to drink. It's thick and very dark and would definitely make for a better breakfast than runny eggs. No wonder it's one of the highest rated beers in the US.

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