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Island Brewing Company

Island Brewing Company
15th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.8%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Island Brewing Company
15th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.8%
Brown color. Attractive, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramel fudge, and latte with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish with suggestions of coconut custard, vanilla, and pepper finish. A lush, chewy, chocolatey bourbon-barrel aged stout in the classic BCS style.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy, Spicy & Complex & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: chocolate toffee, caramel fudge, and latte
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of coconut custard, vanilla, and pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Vanilla Gelato, Ribs, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lush, chewy, chocolatey bourbon-barrel aged stout in the classic BCS style.

The Producer

Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
5049 6th St
Carpinteria, CA 93013
USA
1 805-745-8272

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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Barrel Aged Ale