Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ojiikun on 12-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special ASA brewed by Big Sky for the BigWood wood-aged beer festival at Brouwer's in Seattle. To the keep's knowledge, this brew isn't planned for repeats yet.

Served from the tap into a 12oz snifter. Body is rusty, muddy red, dark enough to look black until held to the light or half-finished. Half a finger of creamy ashen-khaki head on delivery that managed to live on as a ring for the lesser part of half the glass. Body develops yellow hilights and clears a bit at the end of the glass.

Nose is pungent with savory notes like dark soy or brick roux. Grainey with a toasty feeling but no smoke. Old, old oak bordering on walnut. Peppery ending like crushed Italian red pepper flakes. Hops make an appearance of dried fruit.

Taste is sweet at first and bursting with pears and then unfiltered apple juice. Caramel fruit fades to a much more dry finish with esthers of raspberry and final notes of old, musty cheese. Warms to sweeter and spicer booze with bigger candied fruit and some cocoa dryness to close.

With the lucky 13 ABV, the sticky mouthfeel is no surprise. Coats the lips but stays reasonably clean on the tongue. Carbonation fades fast and is essential to the clean feel, so get a small pour and drink up!

Drinkable, for a cordial of sorts. Lacks any sort of off finish or bitterness - the eternal bane of strong oakies.

All in all, a briiliant hack at the oaked, strong family. More balanced than many american counterparts and remarkably unboozey. Almost a meal in itself. If you can catch this while the quarter keg lasts, it's an insane value.

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Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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