What's your barrel preference for aged Stouts?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JFresh21, Jan 7, 2022.


What's your barrel preference?

  1. Bourbon

  2. Brandy

  3. Rum

  4. Tequila

  5. Wine

  6. Scotch

  1. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Apple Brandy used correctly is utterly phenomenal. Another barrel I wish saw more use in beer aging.
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  2. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,963) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Utopias barrels are a thing, but not really available. It would be interesting to see what others could do with them. Just thinking of having a UBA Stout...
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  3. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Devotee (436) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    Did a side by side tasting of World Wide Stout, Utopias WWS, and BBA WWS. My friend and I both agreed that Utopias was the best.
    I wish that there were more wood aged beers. Probably because of Ballantine IPA 40 years ago. I remember using toasted oak chips in my early homebrewed IPA because that was the recipe.
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  4. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,149) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    I wasn't thinking of trying that beer, but the tap room manager brought a taster to me and said "you've got to try this Apple Brandy barrel aged stout!" I took a sip and was like Wow! That's impressive!
  5. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Local brewery did a barleywine in rye and apple brandy. I thought the latter was utterly phenomenal, although I enjoyed the former. Turns out the former made the top 10 on the weekly releases for Untappd. Until that time, I always wrote off apple brandy, especially after Prairie's mis-hap.

    Here's to hoping 2022 brings us both more rye and apple brandy aged beers.
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  6. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,402) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Bourbon for me and it’s not even close.

    Although I will say that red wine barrels seems to be underutilized and could hve potential. I remember in the early days of Westbrook’s barrel program (and this was before every brewery on the planet had barrel aged offerings) they had a few absolute gems that came from red wine barrel aging. That first batch of Red Wine BA Mexican Cake (circa 2014 I think, maybe 2013) was just divine. I do feel like red wine barrel aging probably works harmoniously with a lower range of recipes and adjuncts though. Seems like bourbon characters kinda blanket work across the board, at least when it comes to imperial stouts.

    Also, not to go on a tangent here, but it needs to be said. Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignons are an abomination to wine, and to bourbon. I’m not much of an agenda or even a “cares about issues” guy, but I can only take so much. Let’s take a stand here people and all agree to stop buying those so that their ever expanding shelf space invasion can stop.

    Ok wine rant over, back to the beer discussion. Carry on folks.
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  7. Kman_Colorado

    Kman_Colorado Disciple (341) Aug 17, 2014 Colorado

    Well there is peanut butter whiskey like Screwball that is (was?) popular.
  8. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,402) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Speaking of abominations….
  9. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,544) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Yeah, when I started getting back into distilled beverages a year or so ago, I was especially shocked at the flavored Bourbons. WTF?
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  10. slander

    slander Poo-Bah (2,372) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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    You know, there's 'beer that was kept in a barrel that once housed 'X' in it' and then there's 'beer that was kept in a barrel that still has 4 fingers of 'X' in it' ('cause it's really the same thing, right? Read: Sarcasm, no, it's not the same thing).

    Honestly, I like the notes of the barrel itself, not so much the juice that used to come in it.
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  11. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (2,231) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Have you had the port cask version of JW Lees? Fantastic stuff
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  12. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (2,231) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Honestly that Utopias WWS was better than I expected. A nice happy medium between the two beers. Quite drinkable
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  13. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,103) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    No. I haven't seen jw on shelves in a while
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  14. elliot23

    elliot23 Initiate (103) Jan 27, 2009 Maryland

    I do enjoy when a maple bourbon barrel gets blended in to the final beer.
  15. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,935) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    “Is”, and my opinion is that it’s killer. A half shot of that with a half shot of Howlers Head banana bourbon in my split shot glass gets you an “Elvis”. Quite enjoyable as far as I’m concerned.
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  16. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (3,023) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Good news.

    I have two bottles set aside to mellow. One I gave to a friend, one to be cracked open as a baseline soon. My last “fresh” WWS was too hot for me, and age definitely took the edge off.
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  17. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (2,677) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    This. Brewers go easy on the barrel!

    I’ve had beers aged in all sorts of barrels and I believe the reason I most often rate/review a barrel aged beer poorly is that there was too much barrel and not enough beer flavor.

    And for this reason I tend to shy away from barrel aged beers because aging adds cost to the beer and quite often detracts from the taste of the underlying base beer.

    I don’t want to spend a lot of money for a beer that I often won’t like.
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  18. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,516) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    I doubt they still make it, but 21st Amendment had a DIPA called Hop Crisis that was a pale, citrusy DIPA aged on white oak spirals for vanilla notes, and it was fantastic.
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  19. SiepJones

    SiepJones Defender (616) Nov 20, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I feel like Bourbon (or Rye for that matter) melds really well with beer. I also really enjoy Port barrel aged beers. Bourbon is not my spirit of choice (I can take it or leave it) and actually prefer to drink Scotch or Rum when not having a beer. But I generally do not like the way Scotch or Rum barreling works with beer. So make sense of that.

    I went for a tour there and saw that as well. I feel like it was either 2014 or 2015. I think it was Odyssey and they were calling it “Iliad”. I don’t think it was ever released. Not 100% sure on all but that’s as much as I can recall.
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  20. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Poo-Bah (1,997) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    The best BA beers I’ve enjoyed have been in apple brandy/Calvados barrels. But, I like bourbon, rye, and rum as well.

    I haven’t yet found a a tequila BA beer I’ve really liked. I dislike tequila though, so…
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  21. Giantspace

    Giantspace Meyvn (1,051) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I looked back and see I was at Allagash summer of 2013. I have photos someplace of the barrels. Let me look in the next few days.

  22. SiepJones

    SiepJones Defender (616) Nov 20, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I just looked back and it was 1000% 2013. September 2013 to be more precise.