Here are five more bourbon barrel-aged beers to seek out this winter.
Available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, Curieux from Allagash Brewing is a 10.2% alcohol Belgian-style tripel, cellar-aged in Jim Beam barrels for seven weeks. During the process, vanilla, caramel, oak and hints of bourbon flavors and aromas develop. Blending with a portion of fresh tripel before bottling brings out notes of passion fruit and honey. Unlike most winter beers, Curieux is bright and crisp, with a dry finish.
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
Available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, this offering from Boulevard Brewing is a 12.2% alcohol Belgian abbey-style quadrupel, aged in bourbon barrels for up to three years and blended with cherries. The result is a complex, hazy, amber-brown beer with aromas and flavors of bourbon, cherry, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, caramel and toffee, and a spicy clove Belgian yeast.
Founders Backwoods Bastard
This offering from Founders Brewing, best-known for its seasonal Kentucky breakfast stout, is available year-round in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Described as “a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate,” the 11% alcohol bourbon barrel-aged scotch ale evokes single malt scotch, with aromas and flavors of oak barrels, smoke, caramel, roasted malt and a bit of spice and dark fruit.
Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt
Available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, this 8.5 % alcohol version of Monday Night’s Drafty Kilt scotch ale is aged in bourbon barrels, and it won a gold medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. The original features deep flavors of cherrywood-smoked malt, chocolate malt and roasted barley, with a bit of vanilla and butterscotch. Barrel-aging reveals more smokiness, sweetness and a hint of bourbon.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk White Stout
Available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans, this unusual white stout variant of Dragon’s Milk is a product of New Holland’s 20 years of barrel-aging. At just 6% alcohol, and hazy gold in color, it definitely makes for a lighter stout drinking experience. Look for aromas and flavors of vanilla, cocoa, oak and caramel, along with a smooth, soft mouthfeel.
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