About Flavored Barrel Aged Ale

About Flavored Barrel Aged Ale
Barrel-aged ales are those that have been aged in a wooden barrel to impart flavors and aromas of wood to the finished product. Most barrels are made of oak, though some brewers will use barrels made from acacia, ash, chestnut or poplar, to name only a few.

Although most ales (and beers in general) are made in steel tanks, barrel aging has become a cult movement as of late, especially from micro brewers, who use a range of casks, from wine barrels to rum barrels to scotch barrels. The finished product will be influenced by the tannins in the barrel as well as the beverage that was previously aged in that container.

Flavored Barrel Aged Ales will have additional flavorings such as spices, herbs, fruits, honey, or chocolate. They are often a bit sweeter than their non-flavored counterparts.

Top Picks for Flavored Barrel Aged Ale

Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale
92 points
Copper color. Sweet, spicy aromas of sweet bourbon, grated cinnamon, banana cream pie, vanilla nougat, and bread pudding with a round, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length bitter orange and aromatic barks finish. A fun, old fashioned flavored ale that makes nice use of bourbon barrels.
OHSO Brewery Ales From the Crypt: Two Pump Chump Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale
87 points
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of egg nog with nutmeg, tres leches cake, and chocolate covered cherry with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, buoyant cherry cola and gingerbread finish. A fun and festive Barrel Aged Ale that will be a sweet hit for the holidays.
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
84 points
Bright gold and amber in color, with lively aromas of cardamom poundcake, grilled apple, cinnamon, and English leather. On the palate, crisp acidity brings spiced tea, orange peel, and lime leaf flavors into a medium-length, complex and spicy finish. A unique barrel-aged ale unlike any other.