About Barrel Aged Lager

About Barrel Aged Lager
The category of barrel-aged beer represents a diverse range of ale and lager styles that have been aged in non-neutral wood. These beers commonly range between 7.5-10% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by both wood-influenced flavors (vanilla, caramel, toast, coconut) and secondary flavors of the alcohol previously aged in the wood (bourbon, scotch whisky, sherry). The overall character of the final beer may also included acetic, lactic or Brettanomyces flavors and aromas resultant of the barrel. A wide variety of base beer styles may be barrel-aged for an additional level of complexity, although barrel-aged versions of darker or more alcoholic styles are among the more common examples. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Grand Rapids The Mound Maker.

Top Picks for Barrel Aged Lager

Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Barrel Aged Ice Bock
92 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of roasted cashew, cola nut, chocolate yogurt, and leather with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length salami, leather, spiced nuts, and peppered grilled endive finish. A well-balanced, not-too-oaky, toasty lager for holiday toasting and pairing.