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Island Brewing Company

Island Brewing Company
2015 Big Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.5%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative

Island Brewing Company
2015 Big Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.5%
Cloudy color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, caramelized nuts and yams, sweet and peppery spices and mint, and gingerbread pudding with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity body and a warming, very long vanilla custard, caramel frosted fruit cake, whisky soaked nuts, and pepper finish. A big, broad-shouldered bourbon-barrel behemoth of a beer.
Tasting Info
Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy, Malty & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: melted chocolate, caramelized nuts and yams, sweet and peppery spices and mint, and gingerbread pudding
Taste Flavor: vanilla custard, caramel frosted fruit cake, whisky soaked nuts, and pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big, broad-shouldered bourbon-barrel behemoth of a beer.
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