Release Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by raynmoon, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (747) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    from Boulevard:

    "As the size of our barrel collection grows and the team responsible for shepherding our barrels through aging beefs up, it’s become possible to not only increase the variety of barrel-aged beers we produce, but to explore the possibility of producing barrel-aged beers as year-round offerings. The first barrel-aged beer to make the leap was Bourbon Barrel Quad in late 2016. Today, we’re very excited to announce that Whiskey Barrel Stout will join the year-round Smokestack Series lineup beginning in mid-September!

    Loosely based on a previous Smokestack Series Limited Release, Whiskey Barrel Stout's malt base is composed of two-row pale malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, Mout Roost 900, Patagonia Black Pearl, chocolate rye, crystal rye, malted wheat, flaked oats and chocolate malt. Additional fermentables include dextrose, dark brown sugar and dark malt extract. To balance this chewy, complex malt presence, Whiskey Barrel Stout is hopped with Magnum and Columbus hops to provide just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from presenting as cloyingly sweet. Following fermentation with our house Scottish yeast strain that contributes notes of dates and plum, Whiskey Barrel Stout is transferred to freshly emptied whiskey barrels from a variety of our favorite distillers. As the maturation process occurs, our barrel crew selects the best barrels from different vintages to be blended together with roughly one-third fresh beer to create a delicate interplay between fresh and barrel-aged beer. This blend back allows us to create a balanced beer that showcases the very best barrel flavors coaxed into Whiskey Barrel Stout while tempering the whiskey character to create a beer that is only slightly boozy and ready to drink upon release.

    Flavor Profile
    Aroma – Rich malts, chocolate/espresso, whiskey, vanilla, oak
    Malt – Roasted/chocolate, caramel
    Hops – Supporting bitterness, slight spicy/herbal aroma and flavor
    Balance – Malt/Whiskey barrel
    Body - Full

    Alcohol by Volume – 11.8%
    Bitterness – 32 IBUs
    Color – 282 EBC

    Food Pairings
    Smoked cheese, flourless chocolate cake, roasted leg of lamb, a quiet night

    Whiskey Barrel Stout will launch beginning in the Greater Kansas City Area with a limited draft offering on September 11th followed by four-packs of 12-ounce bottles on September 12th. Other regions that see Bourbon Barrel Quad will follow soon!

    - Jeremy Danner, Ambassador Brewer"
  2. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,485) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    I'd pick some up for sure.

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  3. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (407) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    They blend back. :confused:

    So many excuses for it too, I counted 6.
  4. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,014) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    One of my favorite brewers, so looking forward to this. Year-round Rye on Rye on Rye would be good too.
  5. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (354) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Is this the same as their barrel aged stout from their great 8 mix pack?
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  6. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Aspirant (238) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    We blend back to create balance between the base beer and the character imparted by the whiskey barrels. I'm happy to answer any questions or address concerns you may have about the beer.
  7. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Aspirant (238) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    Yes. As it's going year-round alongside Bourbon Barrel Quad, we rebranded the beer for the sake of consistency and familiarity.
  8. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Disciple (390) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    How long is this aged? I

    personally am not a fan of the BBQ for a number of reasons, but all those aside I got 0 barrel to my personal palate.

    Along those lines, I'm not sure I have found a year round BA stout that really has much Barrel presence. I guess that is to be expected when they are not aged long. Hence my query.

    Thanks for always taking the time to respond on BA.
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  9. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Aspirant (238) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    As far as your personal sensory experiences with Bourbon Barrel Quad, I can't necessarily speak to how you, as an individual, experience the beer, but I find that there's a definite oak/whiskey presence in the beer. It's worth noting that the blend for BBQ is 100% barrel-aged and includes first, second and third use barrels.

    For both Bourbon Barrel Quad and Whiskey Barrel Stout, the blend is composed of beer of varying ages, typically 6-18 months. When BBQ became a year-round beer, no changes were made to the recipe, processes or aging period. We've grown our barrel program to be large enough that we're not rushing beer through barrel aging.
  10. moshea

    moshea Devotee (426) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan
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    mmmmmmm.......year round BBQ
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  11. moshea

    moshea Devotee (426) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan
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    Really....thinking about it, with how much I buy and how many are in my cellar BBQ, is year round for me. Boulevard BBQ and New Holland Pilgram's Dole make up most of my BBA beer drinking these last two years.
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  12. oudebueuze

    oudebueuze Initiate (177) Dec 12, 2012 California
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    I don't read any "excuses." Blending in fresh stock just absolutely brightens and deepens the flavor profile of past versions of this beer. The version in 750s a couple years ago is an all-time favorite beer. That fresh pang compliments the aged stock so nicely. It's much better than getting a stout that feels like it has a shot of whiskey dropped into it.

    As referenced above, their barrel program is quite large. I'm sure if they felt like all-barreled final product was tastier, they would release that instead.
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  13. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Aspirant (202) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    Yes!! I love BBQ and didn't realize it's year round as we don't get it in Utah. Picked up my first one up in Michigan last May. Whiskey Barrel Stout sounds awesome too, I'll pick some up in Vegas this October.
  14. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Aspirant (238) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    You won't find our beer in Las Vegas as we do not distribute to Nevada.
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  15. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Aspirant (202) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    Rat Farts!
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  16. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (747) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Surprised there isn't a review on Untappd yet. Picked up a 4-pack today in Colorado. $14.99.
  17. Greenstone

    Greenstone Initiate (137) Mar 14, 2017 Michigan

    While New Holland Dragons Milk doesn't always get the love on BA it is a consistent year round and I have never had an issue detecting the barrel presence in it.
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  18. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (806) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Saw this land in Ohio yesterday, haven't made it there to grab one yet though.
  19. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,600) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    I thought BBQ was fantastic and had great barrel notes, and I think when you start releasing this on a large scale year round the blending ensures a more consistent product. Will grab when I can find