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... barrel aged? Yeah, I'll try it!

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  1. docnose

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    A local seasonal got me started on barrel aged beers. It's a porter (which I love) aged in a Jack Daniel's barrel (which I love and would live in - forever) and it comes out every spring (but tastes soooo goood in the fall). After it ran out last year I started trying to find something else to fill the void that was left inside me - an endless craving for a whiskey barrel aged porter...

    Basically, if it said, "barrel aged" on it, then I would try some... and from what I can tell, people will barrel age anything in any kind of barrel. Also... I'm a complete slut for barrel aged beer. I have a literal Pavlovian response to the words "barrel aged." I may have a problem, but it's a delicious one.

    The underlying porter is respectable - good, but not exceptional - but toss it in some Jack Daniel's barrels and then give it another six months or more and it becomes the sweetest nectar of the gods. If I could live in it then I would sell my house. If it could drive me to work then I would sell me car...

    It just came out again. And it's good. Nine to twelve months from now it will be amazing again... but there's the waiting. Although I pretty much like anything barrel aged, I have found that others do not live up to the expectations I hold based on my first...

    What beers would you recommend that might be similar to my local porter aged in Jack Daniel's barrels...?
     
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    Flying dogs barrel aged gonzo
     
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    Don't get too caught up on the one style. I agree with you and I love barrel aged stuff as well. Unfortunately, most of these beers are very limited/expensive. You'll miss out on some great beers while focusing on hunting these down exclusively. There's plenty of readily available stouts and porters that may not be barrel aged, but are still damn good. As for your original question, I'll second the barrel aged Gonzo; Wild Dog btw.
     
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    Also, try some Evil Twin Auld Yin. If your stores carry Evil Twin, they may have some in. It sat on shelves forever back home. It's a scotch barrel aged imperial stout. Drank pretty smooth, too
     
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    won't be quite the same but perhaps try the "underlying porter" with a few drops of some JD added to see how that works out.
     
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    This one... it says retired but I keep finding it every where...perhaps it is the $5-6 price tag associated with it... I think the Brettanomyces version is a pub only release and the Wild Dog is the replacement for the aforementioned BA Gonzo that comes in the 750ml (?) bottle..
     
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    This. I don't know why it says retired. Its available where I'm at. You should be able to find it if you have flying dog available
     
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    Foothills BA Peoples Porter done in PVW barrels, not expensive easy to trade for.
     
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    512 Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter seems to fit the bill. If you're into buttery nuts.
     
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    LOL.
     
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    yeah for 7 bucks BBL People's is awesome
     
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    I agree, I'm going to try anything aged in a bourbon/whiskey/cognac barrel. The results are rarely disappointing (Zinneke)
     
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    One of my favorite JD barrel aged brews is Adirondack JD BBA Fat Scotsman. It's a Wee-Heavy/Scotch Ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels. If you ever get up to Lake George, NY... it's really worth hitting the brew pub and grabbing a 4-pack.
     
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    I love horses.
    I love butterstuff!
    Buttercup!
    Butternuts!
    Buttercup!!
     
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    yeah buuuuutttt, the $5.99 bomber price is justifiable. It is a crazy mess of flavors but I didn't hate it
     
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    true. I didnt hate it. Which just goes to show that even the bottom of the food chain bourbon barrel aged beers are decent at worst
     
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    Smuttynose Baltic Porter...it don't need barrel aging.
     
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    Roaming Bear?
    [​IMG]
     
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    1st barrel aged ale I had was Curieux by Allagash then White oak by the Bruery then Dragons Milk by New Holland, then Innis & Gunn. Eventually it all led me to Bourbon County and Black Ops. Yeah, If i see barrel aged I really wanna try it out, even Victory Red Thunder in red wine barrels. Though Bourbon is my Preference. When I'm at the gym which I'll be at shortly I think about different styles of ale. barrel aged, brown ales, stouts, or IPAs I've had makes the hour of cardio go by so much quicker. [​IMG] tonight will be barrel aged ales again for sure.
     
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    There are so many out there now, that I'm a little more choosy than I would have been in the past. I like to know that a brewery can make a good base beer before I give any of their barrel aged offerings a try. Obviously the ones that have been named here are of exactly that type of brewery. So many breweries are creeping up these days, and barrel aging is a very lucrative treatment right now. I like to know that the brewery has put some real thought into the beer they are putting in the barrels. Not just throwing a beer that doesn't lend itself well to the treatment and slapping a barrel aged label on it to charge a premium. By that, I'm not referring to them not recouping the cost of barrel aging, either. Because obviously that warrants charging more. I'm just referring to the fact that some end up as a hot mess if not done right.
     
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    - if the reviews aren't great but it's under $10, I usually buy one.
    - If the reviews are great and it's under $10, I get multiples.
    - If the reviews are great but it's over $10, I usually buy one.
    - If the reviews are great and wants-to-gots ratio is greater than 4:1, I buy them all!!!!
     
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    I have that beer but it might be infected...but I do have their 17th anniversary and its pretty good.
     
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    I may only try so hard as clicking "want." :) I'm still really new to this. Any direction at least gets me looking, and I'm currently only hunting as far as my local liquor store.
     
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    I might want to start me pecan explorations with Clown Shoes "Genghis Pecan"! I love that label art...
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22951/86532
     
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    Yes!
     
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    I haven't had a bad one yet! Of course... I've only had like half a dozen.
     
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    Seems perfectly sensible!
     
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    They say they will be releasing this one again. It is without doubt the best Barreled beer I have had, and lets say I have had a few. It is possible to trade for the last release, 2008, but requires something amazing on your end to do it.

    Great

    Also amazing are Kuhnhenn BB4D, Adam From The Wood, and GI Rare. If you love Bals the way you describe you owe it to yourself to try these.
     
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    It's good to have dreams.
     
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    This to me is the problem with the barrel aging movement. Brewers stop (or never start) actually brewing good beer because they know that liquor/wine/oak will mask their mistakes. Same problem with over-hopping everything--it's a crutch.
    But carry on. It's your preference.
     
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    Birth of Tragedy
    Victory - Red Thunder
     
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    Spot on!
     
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    I didn't mean to imply that anything was wrong with this particular porter - just emphasizing that it wasn't exceptionally amazing. My assumption is that this beer would actually be a good beer for barrel aging since it doesn't emphasize any other particular flavors! For instance... I might take an issue with some highly specialized chocolate/coffee/toffee flavored porter being aged in Jack Daniels barrels... But then again... coffee and whiskey.
     
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    You have to spend some serious time at Straight to Ale. Last year (2011/2012) they acquired a number of whiskey barrels, but also an ancient cognac barrel and, best, a Bordeaux barrel. If you have had the Bordeaux barrel aged Laika...well, you're missing the best beer in Huntsville. There are now a lot of excellent beers there, but at the time of my leaving, that was the pinnacle.
     
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