Tag Archives: strong ale

HIJINX BARREL AGED DOLLE STREKEN BELGIAN STYLE ALE

Profound Belgian quadrupel aged two years in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels retains creamy mocha sweetness and dried fruited intensity. Rich brown chocolate-spiced dry bourbon entry gains subtle Scotch whiskey boozing as raisin-prune-date conflux, candi-sugared caramel malting and sweetly soured red wine esters deepen bold complexity of bourbon-barreled (10.5% ABV) Belgian dark strong ale.

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BOULEVARD / FIRESTONE WALKER COLLABORATION NO. 6 BARREL AGED BLEND

On tap at Growler & Gill, pleasing array of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad’s sweet cherry bruise and white grape souring, Firestone Walker Stickeee Monkee’s warming caramelized barleywine styling and Boulevard Imperial Stout X’s whiskey-aged cherry tartness. Foremost, bourbon-soaked rum spicing and peaty Scotch licks penetrate rich oats-sugared brown chocolate and vanilla creaming (from Firestone’s Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout). Mighty fine.

 

ALLAGASH JAMES BEAN

On tap at Poor Henry’s, exquisite bourbon-barreled Curieux Tripel infused with muted cane-sugared cold press coffee retains soothingly soft-toned Jim Beam bourbon whiskey warmth and mildly creamed molasses-honeyed sweetness. Floral-perfumed citrus zest upends oaken vanilla, coconut, pecan and tobacco illusions. Delicate Ethiopian coffee bean adjunct fades fast at calming Scotch finish.

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BROOKLYN IMPROVED OLD FASHIONED ALE

On tap at Craft House, fascinating barrel-aged rye ale with botanicals and bitters reminiscent of a sugar-spiced gingerbread cookie on first sip. Dry WhistlePig rye whiskey malting deepens ‘classic cocktail,’ as light orange and lemon-peeled gentian root bittering contrasts mild cherry-juiced cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and clove adjuncts as well as wispy Belgian candi-sugared bourbon vanilla syruping. High end 19th century-derived 10% ABV liqueur perfect for the holidays.

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