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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2016 Barrel Aged Christmas Ale

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2016 Barrel Aged Christmas Ale

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.5%
Minutely hazy burnt sienna color. Aromas of lavender, eucalyptus, zucchini bread, chervil, and fresh lemon with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy cumin dusted nuts, gingerbread, and mint chutney finish. An herbal barrel aged ale with a nice balance of freshness and roasty qualities.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty
Aroma Aroma: lavender, eucalyptus, zucchini bread, chervil, and fresh lemon
Taste Flavor: cumin dusted nuts, gingerbread, and mint chutney
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken, Ribs, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An herbal barrel aged ale with a nice balance of freshness and roasty qualities.

The Producer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Producer
2516 Market St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
1 216-771-4404

Barrel Aged Ale

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Serve in a Snifter
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 (vanillia, 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.

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