Topic Archives: Barrel Aged

Posted in Coming Soon, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep: 8 Year Heaven Hill Barrels

Three Taverns Helm's Deep

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep will debut in bottles in December.

This imperial stout has been been in the works for a while. Not just from the amount of time it takes to age. The crew at Three Taverns have been aging this monster in various barrels, looking for the perfect barrel compliment. That found it in 8 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Helm’s Deep is their “thickest and chewiest beer to date” according to brewery founder Brian Purcell.

Long hidden in the deep shadows of eight-year-old bourbon barrels, this full-bodied imperial stout emerges thick as the blackest night. An intestinal dark malt complexity with notes of chocolate and vanilla leads to a labyrinth of flavors saturated in vanilla and oak.

A ticketed event will be held at the brewery on December 17th at 12 pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday, December 12th, $45 dollars each.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: 12/17/16

13% ABV

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders Frootwood, a maple syrup barrel-aged January release

Founders Frootwood

Founders Frootwood is a future bottle potential by the Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery.

Much of the brewery’s barrel-aged offerings are found in the Backstage Series with a couple of exceptions – the highly desired Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) and Backwoods Bastard. Incidentally, the next big barrel-aged release by Founders, known as Lizard of Koz, is coming in December. Blueberries and bourbon will be a great way to finish out the year.

Founders Frootwood is a cherry ale, aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. Speaking of which, Founders ages another ridiculously popular beer in maple syrup bourbon – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS).

We took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy sting, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.

A few things to note, Founders Frootwood will be a 750 milliliter bottle release. Another important note – the label mentions “Barrel Aged Series” which will be the new monicker for the brewery’s barrel-aged lineup next year.

According to Founder’s 2017 release calendar, Frootwood is slated for January.

Style:              (w/ Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon. Maple Syrup.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles.
Debut: January, 2017

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Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rise-n-Shine, second in “Wood” series this month

Terrapin Rise-n-Shine

Terrapin Rise-n-Shine will be the second release in the brewery’s Ales from the Wood Series this month.

This brand new series started with a collaboration with Richland Rum, out of Richland, Georgia. Brewery co-founder and brewmaster “Spike” aged their imperial India pale ale Hopzilla in the distillery’s rum barrels. Next up – Terrapin Rise-n-Shine.

If you haven’t already noticed, the name sounds a bit like another beer, W-n-B (aka Wake n’ Bake) for a good reason. That beer is aged in Tennessee whiskey oak barrels.

Deep inside a Tennessee whiskey barrel our award winning W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout  has been patiently aging for over one year. Please enjoy “Rise-n-Shine,” the second offering in our “Ales from the Wood” series of beers.

Terrapin Rise-n-Shine has been aging in oak for over a year.  22 ounce bottles and draft debut at a special release on December 11th. Distribution to follow shortly after.r

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Hops: Nuggest
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 85, Flaked Barley, Flaked Oats, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley

Availability: 22oz Bottles. R
Debut: 12/11/16

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Terrapin Rise n Shine Barrels

Stacks of Heaven Hill barrels full of Terrapin Wake-n-Bake. Pic: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Anderson Valley Horse Tongue (a funky sour)

Anderson Valley Horse Tongue

Anderson Valley Horse Tongue is a new sour joining the California brewery’s lineup this month.

In case you somehow missed it, Anderson Valley has been killing it lately with their various iterations of gose in the lineup.

Don’t let the name throw you off. No horse got its tongue in this beer. A barrel of experimental wheat beer went funky, in the most delicious way. So the brewers captured the blend of Pediococcus Damnosus, Lactobacillus,  and Brettanomyces and started the process over intentionally this time.

The base beer is a wheat ale fermented with a Belgian yeast, the the harvest “funk” culture. After six months in stainless steel tanks, the beer was transferred to wine barrels to aged a bit more. The result is a session beer full of sour and funk.

The barn hand opened the door and panicked. One of our shire horses had reached over the stall, pulled a bung from its barrel, and was licking the beer inside. Fearing he’d be blamed, he replaced the bung and told no one. Months later, our brewers found their experimental wheat ale had turned sour and little funky, but it was delicious! Eventually, the barn hand confessed his secret but we all had a good laugh… And thus, the legend of our Horse Tongue was born.

Anderson Valley Horse Tongue is a 22 ounce bottle and draft release.

Style: American Wild Ale (Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Dec-Jan.
Debut: December, 2016

5.4% ABV

Posted in Lost Abbey, Seasonal Return

Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego is back in rum filled action

Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego 2016

Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego is returning to the brewery’s lineup once again in December, with a few changes in tow.

The beer was a big hit when it was released in 2015, and Tomme Arthur and brewery crew knew it had to be brewed again. Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego (2016) features a new twist – cherries, vanilla beans, and cacao nibs. It spent a full 14 months in rum barrels.

“We were really happy with last year’s version but we wanted to add a bit more complexity to help bring the rum notes out with this year’s batch.” – Tomme Arthur, co-founder, The Lost Abbey

In order to have more of Santo to go around, the Lost Abbey is making this release draft only. The big 13.5% rum barreled monster hits distribution in December. Happy hunting.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cherries, Cacao NibsBarrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: Draft Only (2016 Release)
Latest Return: December, 2016

12.5% ABV

Posted in Headlines, New Holland Brewing, New Releases

You want this. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel bottle

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is the newest variant on the brewery’s popular Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout.

Backstory for those that aren’t familiar – New Holland has created an interesting in-house cycle for for this year-round barrel-aged stout. New Holland also creates their own whiskey in house. The whiskey leaves the barrel, Dragon’s Milk goes in, ages, and is blended. In some instances, bourbon is aged in the barrels that had the imperial stout, creating New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon.

Throw some of that idea out. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is coming in October.

This edition finds the imperial stout aged in rum barrels, with coconut. Think of it like the “Dragon” took a tropical vacation.


There is no other way to put this. Holy sh!t this beer is good. Coconut, rum and chocolate are the key players here. But really though, it’s all about the coconut. There are so many “whales” running around out there that have coconut that beer nerds will fight over. This coconut rum spin on Dragon’s Milk is hitting your shelves now. Don’t pass it up because it’s not rare enough. We’re talking rum barrel aged coconut imperial stout here. Drink this beer. You’ll be glad you did.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is hitting shelves now, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coconut. Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016

11% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

Bourbon & blueberry dessert: Founders Lizard of Koz

Founders Lizard of Koz

Founders Lizard of Koz. Read the name, it’s a about to get decadent from here.

Joining the Backstage Series in December, “Lizard” looks to send out 2016 with a bang. The base beer for Founders Lizard of Koz is an imperial stout, brewed with blueberries, chocolate and vanilla. The finishing touch is the bourbon barrel aging.

The name celebrates the birthday of Founders brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki’s little sister Liz. Blueberries, chocolate and vanilla are among her favorite ingredients.

RELATED: Founders Azacca slated for cans

What you’ll taste.

If ever there was a dessert beer, you’ve found it Lizard of Koz. It’s not easy to push the bourbon barrel-aged flavors of a beer to the backseat in a beer, but the chocolate, vanilla, and blueberries have done it. Those three dominate the flavor up front with a lingering vanilla-bourbon boozy flavor lingering in the finish.

Founders Lizard of Koz is a 750 milliliter bottle offering, across the brewery’s 39 states in limited quantities in November, 2016.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Blueberries, Chocolate, Vanilla Beans. Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November,  2016

10.5% ABV