A little something to drool over, especially if you are a fan of barrel aged beers. Weyerbacher Brewing (Easton, PA) Rhumpshaka.
The brewery took an 11% abv beer brewed with mostly pilsner malt and a touch of oats, and aged it for 9 months in 12 year old rum barrels. (Some date back to 1982.)
The resulting beer is unfiltered and has a profound boozy character. Huge coconut and passionfruit-like aromas fill your nose. The heat from the rum is immediately apparent and blends well with the vanilla and coconut flavors, which linger on your palate. It’s a sweeter finish with tannic notes commensurate with extended barrel aging.
“Rhum” is the old world way of spelling rum. Production is limited to 90 cases of 750ml bottles.
Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Rum)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Arrival: April, 2014
Altech’s Lexington Brewing Company will soon expand their lineup with the addition of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale.
Currently, Lexington has Bourbon Barrel Ale year round, alongside Bourbon Barrel Stout. Last fall, the brewery released Pumpkin Barrel Ale. By our best count, a barleywine makes four barrel aged releases.
Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine will be packaged in 12oz bottles.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Avery Brewing’s barrel aged wild ale series looks like to have a busy 2014. The 18th offering Opuntia, has just been released. Right on its heels is #19 Rufus Corvus, a blend of orphan barrels from the brewery.
Meet #20, Obscuro & Nimbasus, a “tropical” sour ale. This release is a rum barrel aged wild ale brewed with ginger and key lime. The rum barrels are sourced from Bermuda.
For Edward Bulwer-Lyton. And Snoopy. Especially Snoopy. Oh, and certain fabled rum distillery in Bermuda!! Thanks dudes!! A brilliant tropical sour aged in “the” appropriate rum barrels for a more authentic experience.
Avery’s barrel aged beers are package in 12oz bottles, and released at the brewery.
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Evil Twin Brewing (Denmark/South Carolina) is exalting a beer beyond it’s mortal means. The brewery is talking about Double Barrel Jesus.
A bigger take on Evil Twin Even More Jesus, their small batch imperial stout, Double Barrel Jesus combines a big imperial stout with Muscovado Sugar and bourbon barrels. The result may be biblical indeed.
Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and by all means aged in barrels and blended into very unique and rare tasting version standing in front of you.
Look for Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus in 22oz bottles.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Muscovado Sugar, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Last week, Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta) filled rum barrels with their Belgian-style tripel ale. 3 Bagger Belgian-style Tripel is aging safely in the brewery.
Recently, the brewery released Beard Envy, a bourbon barrel aged barleywine in the Brick Mason Series. in 2014, Red Brick plans on expanding the series with more barrels and new styles.
Look for Red Brick 3 Bagger later this spring/early summer.
The above art is another in a series of specialty art pieces by Atlanta artist Mr. Jert.
Number #19 isn’t far behind, called Rufus Corvus.
An artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of our barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Pucker up, buttercup!
Read More: Avery Barrel Aged Series