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O’Connor Brewing Company

O’Connor Brewing Company
Ironclad "Godspeed" Calvados Barrel Aged Abbey Ale

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

O’Connor Brewing Company
Ironclad "Godspeed" Calvados Barrel Aged Abbey Ale

Category: Barrel Aged Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Dark bronze color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed dried cherries, spice scented candle, and playdoh with a supple, effervescent, fruity medium body and a peppery, breezy finish displaying accents of spiced apples, radishes, and bubblegum finish. A spry barrel-aged beer.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light & Funky
Aroma Aroma: honeyed dried cherries, spice scented candle, and Playdoh
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of spiced apples, radishes, and bubblegum
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spry barrel-aged beer.

The Producer

O’Connor Brewing Co.

The Producer
211 W. 24th street
Norfolk, VA 23517
USA
1 757-623-2337

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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