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American Style Red Ale

ABV: 6.2%
 

In the now famous SNL skit, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, Producer, “The Bruce Dickinson”, demands more cow bell from his band, Blue Oyster Cult.  Here at the Barrelworks, we asked for more American Oak.  Agrestic 16 is 100% single barrel American Oak-aged Agrestic.  As in our other Agrestic Ale, a blend of American and French Oak, this is a rustic red ale, that is fermented in the Firestone Union, then aged and inoculated  with B. Lambicus and lactobacillus  in an American Oak barrel for 14 months.  It is here where it develops its earthy funk, quenching acidity and complex flavor.  Only the best barrels are singled out to be served “as is”.  Barrel #16 lends more traditional American oak character—soft vanilla and coconut—than our blend.  The Acidity is softer, and the finish dryer.  The experience, nonpareil.

Draft only, extremely limited.


Imperial Brown Ale

ABV: 13.5%   //   IBU: 44   //   40 SRM
 

The first beer brewed for the barrel aging program and has been brewed every year since.  Originally named after an experimental variety of hops but now brewed with US grown Fuggles which are earthy and resinous.  A lean, simple barley wine brewed to showcase barrel flavors with massive bourbon barrel notes that morph as the beer warms in the glass.

Draft only, extremely limited.


IPA

ABV: 6.5%   //   IBU: 75  //   Deep Gold
 

Dos Osos, or "two bears," IPA is a collaboration brew between Firestone Walker Head Brewer Dustin Kral and Head Brewer Jim Cibak of Revolution Brewing. Named after both the bear on the California State flag and the Chicago bears this IPA is described as a Central Coast IPA, named for California's Central Coast. As with most West Coast IPAs, this version in not bogged down with lots of specialty malts and is dry, crisp and clean which is a trademark of the hoppy ales from both Revolution and Firestone. 2-row, Munich, and a touch of cara-pils lend a subtle malt base to which the layers of hop character are built upon. An array of hops including Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Citra infuse this ale with aromas and flavors of fresh flowers, citrus and passion fruit. The finished product is a clean refreshing IPA with a crisp bitterness and wonderful hop bouquet. 

More information on the Dos Osos and Revolution Brewing 


Imperial Special Bitter

ABV: 12%   //   IBU: 29   //   13.5 SRM
 

Our flagship beer brewed to double strength. Immense toffee, vanilla, coconut and caramel malt married with American oak aromas emerge.  The first sip develops with sugary caramel, molasses and vanilla, finishing with English toffee and toasted coconut.  A beer to be reckoned with and perfect for sharing. 



 

Wild Roasted Pumpkin Ale (with walnuts and bay leaf)

ABV: 5.8%   //   IBU: 5   //   4 SRM
 

El Gourdo is what happens when the local pumpkin patch calls the Barrelworks on the day after Halloween, asking if we want orphaned Cinderella Pumpkins. Not only did we take the leftover pumpkins last year, we roasted them with bay leaf and walnuts in a wood-burning oven fueled by brandy staves and local white oak.  We then tossed 500 lbs. of the caramelized gourds into an oak-aged base beer blend for fermentation and further oak barrel aging, lasting almost a year. The resulting beer is subtle yet firm. Roasting releases naturally sweet spicy pumpkin, brown sugar, and nutty flavors and aromas, which mingle nicely with an earthy funk, toasted oak and assertive acidity. A Santé!  

Base Beer // Description // Ratio // Maturation time //  Barrel

2012 Lil Mikkel // Saison // 66% // 24 months // French & American Oak

2013 Agrestic Ale // American Wild Red // 33% // 12 months // French & American Oak

500 lbs. of Cinderella Pumpkins

60 lbs. walnuts. 

½ lb. of Bay/Laurel leaf.

**Please note: The pumpkins in this beer were roasted with walnuts. For those with nut allergies, we do not recommend drinking this beer.**

Draft, 375ml bottles, extremely limited.



 

Wild Ale Fermented With White Wine Grapes

ABV: 9.1%
 

Feral Vinifera is our foray into a new and exciting adventure in the Santa Ynez Valley, that expresses our collaborative efforts with local grape growers and winemakers.  Its journey begins with the sourcing and pressing of grapes from David Walker’s vineyard, co-fermenting the juice with a wheat-based wort, inoculating with proprietary wild yeast and bacteria, and allowing for a long fermentation and maturation in French Oak barrels.  We have carefully fermented, matured and blended this beer with the collaboration of our friend, Andrew Murray, proprietor/winemaker at Andrew Murray Vineyards.  The resulting cuvee; a partnership of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Muscat grapes co-fermented with wheat based wort-bends the mind and senses.  Pineapple, mango, guava mingle with Meyer lemon and gooseberry.  A funky savory yeast bouquet lays down a firm foundation, fruity esters and tart acidity lend body and structure. Finishing with a flinty minerality, woody tannins and vinous perfume. 

Barrel Ratio: 100% French Oak

Barrel // Blend // Ratio // Maturation time

French Oak // Sauvignon Blanc/wheat beer // 35% // 12 months

French Oak // Chenin Blanc/wheat beer //  35% // 12months

French Oak // Orange Muscat/wheat beer // 5% // 12 months

French Oak // Bretta Weisse // 25% // 8 months



 

A Wild Merkin Blend Infused with Pomegranate
ABV: 13.5%   //   IBU: 44   //   40 SRM
 

The phrase “Forbidden Fruit” originates from Genesis, concerning Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and sometimes implies a guilty pleasure or indulgence.  The pomegranate is native to the Holy Land and is thought by some to be the fruit described in Genesis, not the apple.  We avoided any debate on the subject, and instead, decided to create our own guilty pleasure, infusing it with pomegranate juice.  Jim Crooks cleverly picked his barrels for blending  from our Garden of Eden: our Live Barrel and spirit barrel programs,  adding pomegranate juice for good measure.  The result is astonishing.  Tart berries and pomegranate notes lead to an earthy funkiness,  followed by a delicate dance between the yeast and roasted barley phenolics.  Black licorice and slight bourbon notes give way to a wonderful acidity, rounding out this complex indulgence.  Don’t miss out on this gem!  

Draft only, extremely limited.


Barley Wine

ABV: 14%   //   IBU: 80  //   26 SRM
 

Good Foot was created as the hoppy sidekick to Stickee Monkee; designed with a massive hop charge in the kettle to add more hop character for blending.  However, barrels have a way of mellowing all things and bitterness is very often lost in the aging process, what was once a hop bomb has mellowed into a balanced and complex barley wine.  After it warms, the hops being to peek through.

Draft only, extremely limited.


Blended Beer
 

Hat Trick is a blend of Parabola (Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels) and SLOambic (Sour Opal fermented with Ollie berries, aged in American Oak barrels). This is a beer of contrasts! The aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, tobacco and leather, jockey with tart berry notes. Flavors of malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, mingle with berries, tart acidity, a firm malt body, then punctuated by bitterness. The flavors and aroma linger on the palate for some time. This is a full-bodied blend of both our spirit barrel and wild beer barrel programs.


Blending strong ale 

ABV: 10%   //   IBU: 46   //   61 SRM
 

Hydra Cuveé is a blend of four different beers—two barrel-aged beers, a robust imperial porter and a black rye IPA. In keeping with Greek mythology, the Hydra represents three distinct parts—the Lion, the Bear (both from Firestone Walker’s insignia) and the Flying Dog.

The imperial porter was brewed on March 25, 2014 and was blended with two barrel-aged beers and a black rye IPA. Expect the porter to be rich and chewy with a lot of caramel and chocolate malts alongside oat flakes and a mellow stone fruit hop profile.

Flying Dog’s Matt Brophy and Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson picked the barrel-aged beers from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks program.

More on this SAVOR and this Collab



 

Collaboration Saison with Mikkeller

ABV: 6.6%
 

This extraordinary beer’s journey began over a year ago, prior to the first annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival in 2012. It started as a collaboration between Matt Brynildson and Mikkeller, but the journey did not end there. The beer was transferred to Opus One barrels and turned over to the Barrelworks so we could work our magic. Sour Jim Crooks and Barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson spent the better part of two days adding Sauvignon Blanc grapes to some barrels and Chenin Blanc grapes to the others. Both were inoculated with Brettanomyces Lambicus and Lactobacillus Brevis, sometimes more than once. The result is a 50/50 blend of barrels fruited with Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes.  This one blurs the lines between wine and beer—very champagne-like!  Vinuous aromas, peppery, clove and spicy barnyard. Flavors are white wine-like, pepper, clove, a hint of passion fruit, refined Oak character, finishing off crisp, quenching with a fine carbonation.  Mild acidity (pH 3.75).  Delicious! 

Draft only, extremely limited.



 

Saison

ABV: 5.9%
 

Our first 2013 blend from masterblender Jim Crooks! Lil' Opal is a cunning blend of two-year-old American oak and eight-month-old French oak saisons. Both go through a secondary fermentation and maturation in barrels.  This traditional Belgian farmhouse saison has notes of citrus and tropical fruit, a smooth mouthfeel, and tangy crisp finish. Round this all out with a little earthy funk and we have one refreshingly complex offering. 

Draft, 375ml bottles, extremely limited.


Brownywine

ABV: 13.6%   //   IBU: 32   //   64.5SRM (Dark Rum)


A tribute to 40 years of inspiration and innovation. English Brown malt, drum roasted Caramel malt, Chocolate malt and a healthy dose of brown sugar, together with West Coast American hops created a luscious Barley Wine class Brown Ale. Loads of rich, silky cocoa dusted malt character with a sturdy yet elegant balance on hop spice and boozy barrel accents. Aged seven months in Rum, Brandy and Bourbon barrels and bottled for the Maltose Falcons 40th Anniversary.

 

German Marzen

ABV: 5.0%   //   IBU: 24   //   12 SRM
 

Our twist on the German Märzen bier, we give you a Paso Märzen.  Traditional imported malts offer subtle honey-like aromas with hints of Noble hop spice.  The stars of this brew are the imported Pilsner and Vienna malts that offer malty sweetness that carry through to the end.  German Hallertau hops add rich Noble hop character to balance this exceptional Marzen. This beer is 100% stainless steel and gets the name Oaktoberfest as an ode to our hometown, Paso Robles, Spanish for "Pass of The Oaks". True to Oktoberfest custom, this beer makes its debut in time for fall to celebrate the age-old German tradition.  


Barrel Age Blend 

ABV: 10.5%   //   IBU: 48   //   14 SRM
 

What’s better than drinking with friends? Brewing with friends, so each year Brewmaster Matt Brynildson collaborates on a special beer, inspired by the Invitational Beer Fest. This year’s collaboration with 3 Floyd’s has deep roots in Chicagoland where Matt Brynildson & Nick Floyd first home-brewed together back in the early days of craft beer. The result of a friendship started long ago, Ol’ Leghorn is more than just a beer, it’s a time-machine. Enjoy.


Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Infused with Coffee
ABV: 13%   //   IBU: 82   //   Espresso Black

 

Parabajava is an ongoing series of infusing some of the best coffees in the world in to Parabola, our decadent Russian Imperial Stout. This year, we collaborated with local Templeton coffee roaster Dark Nectar to find the perfect coffee to complement the rich dark chocolate and bourbon character of Parabola. After tasting single-origin coffees from around the world, we found what we were looking for. Their Ugandan single origin roast adds subtle nutty and fruity accents that round out the flavor profile of Parabajava, resulting in an overall profile reminiscent of a rich, espresso-infused batch of fudge brownies. The barrels selected for the final blend were from several batches in the summer of 2015, averaging just over a year in age at blending. We then cold-infused freshly roasted and coffee direct from Dark Nectar. We recommend that you drink Parabajava fresh to enjoy the coffee character at its peak.

22oz, extremely limited.


Imperial Buckwheat Stout

ABV: 13.7%   //   IBU: 50  //   80 SRM
 

This bold and deliciously complex beer is an Imperial Buckwheat Stout aged in Tequila barrels for 13 months.  Only a collection of pioneering, well seasoned, extensively traveled and passionate pub owners could come up with such a notion.  Our carefully calculated collision of flavors was laid down in fresh Tequila barrels wrangled over our southern boarder.  We simply call this beer "PNC" in honor of it's collaborating creators – the gothic symphony of flavors will speak for themselves.



 

Strong Wild Ale

ABV: 11% 
 

Once a Liberal Party politician in the U.K., the “Viscount Esher,” aka Reginald Brett, left a strong impression on his native England as this offering, from our Live Barrel program, will leave with you.  Big, malty, and alcoholic, this hefty brew is supported by a firm oaky backbone and slight tartness from its time in a French oak barrel, and in the discreet company of a certain B. Lambicus.  Scandalous!  But our palates benefit from this 6-month tryst. 

Draft only, extremely limited.



 

Belgian Saison

ABV: 6.7%
 

“Another saison?”, you say. Hear me out: Brewmaster Matt Brynildson and team have created a small batch of outrageously drinkable light-bodied saison.  Think “Duvel” meets “Dupont Saison”. The yeast is a French Saison type.  The flavor sublime: Pear drop, earthy, peppery, with a soft sweet malt middle, a touch of candied sugar and Styrian Golding finish. After you taste this gem, you will be saying, “another saison, please!” 

Draft only, very limited.


Coffee Infused Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 5.5%   //   IBU: 27   //   65 SRM


Our beloved Velvet Merlin aged with cocoa nibs and Intelligentsia Espresso Beans.
All of the smooth textures and roasty dark chocolate goodness of our seasonal Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout with the added infusion of Intelligentsia Coffee House aromas and cocoa dusted chocolate truffle flavors.
This brew makes debut in our 2014 Winter Bundle pack - the only way to find this elusive collabroation. 



 

Cross Atlantic Wild Ale

ABV: 5%
 

The Rainbow Project paired seven UK and US breweries with one of seven colors of the rainbow, creating the theme of the brew. We drew violet. What followed was left to the imaginative and creative spirt among the collaborators. Violet Underground represents a partnership between The Wild Beer Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. A cuvée was born from Somerset Wild, a newly minted Golden and Sunrise Raspberry ale, and Barrelwork’s blending warhouse, Cowbell. Proprietary yeast from both sides of the Atlantic, fresh local California fruit and French candied violet petals went into the cauldron. The resulting potion is bursting with ripe fresh fruit, a hint of violet petals and anchored by a funky yeast foundation. A quenching acidity and lively carbonation rounds out the collaboration. A santé!

Available in draft and bottles (November 2015), extremely limited.


Blended Strong Ale

ABV: 10.3%   //   IBU: 44   //   32 SRM


A blend of Wookey Jack and un-oaked Double DBA, Winter Wookey brings dark chocolate covered dried cherry, candied apple, orange zest and toffee flavors together in a complex, warming blend. Deceivingly drinkable for its size, Winter Wookey balances a big, malty body with a complementary spectrum of hop aroma and bitterness.



 

Berlinner Weisse

ABV: 7%
 

Firestone Walker was born in the vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley in 1996 and Barrelworks carries on the tradition of working with and learning from our cousins in the wine sector.  For this collaboration, we tapped into Sherman Thacher of Thacher Winery, capitalizing on his love for and experience in the beer and wine industry.  Dark secret: Sherman was a brewer before a winemaker.  For ZinSkin, we used his 2014 freshly pressed zinfandel grape skins and fermented them with one of our wild beer creations in 100% American oak barrels.  The result is delicious:  toasty oak, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and leather, tussle with field herbs of sage, lavender and mint.  Vinous notes of cherry, brambles and watermelon are supported by an earthy, funky, yeasty nose. Velvety tannins introduce a wonderful acidity and carbonation. A santé!

Barrel // Ratio // Maturation time

American oak // 100 % // 10-16 months

Available in draft and bottles (September 2015), extremely limited.


Released November 2006

 

The Components

The following brews were aged in six different barrel formats creating 10 distinctive component lots (pieces) that were blended together. Portions of these beers were also fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. 

Abacus-5 barrel varieties

Parabola -2 barrel varieties

Ruby -2 barrel varieties

Bravo -2 barrel varieties

Walker’s Reserve

Humboldt Hemp Ale

 100% oak barrel fermented Double Barrel Ale.


Released November 2007

 

Final Blend:

Bravo (11% ABV) - (82%) of final blend

Rufus (11% ABV) - (7%) of final blend

Velvet Merkin (5.5% ABV)  - (7%) of final blend

Parabola (13% ABV) - (4%) of final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer- Eleven is far more structured and refined than any previous blend.  We bottled this beer a full month before release to allow it to integrate fully.  It is not a beer of broad strokes or exclamation points, but a beer of subtle nuances and secrets.  It best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  We kept the carbonation very low to compliment Eleven’s smooth texture.  If left in a cool dark place, I suspect that this beer will age well. 


Released November 2008

 

Final Blend:

Parabola (13% ABV) - (44%) of final blend

Opal (11% ABV) – (28%) of final blend

Rufus (11% ABV) – (18%) of final blend

Saucerful of Secrets (9% ABV) – (9%) of final blend

Union Jack IPA (7% ABV) - (1%) of final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, XII is in some ways more aggressive than any previous blend, but it maintains a great deal of depth and complexity.  Everyone seems to get something different when they taste this beer- mocha, tobacco, toasted almonds, olallieberries… I leave the interpretation to you.  It is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  If left in a cool dark place, I suspect that this beer will age well.  Only time will tell.  If you find something you like- please contact us and let us know your thoughts. 

 


Released November 2009

 

Final Blend:

Parabola (13% ABV) : 39% of final blend

Bravo (11% ABV): 24% of final blend

Velvet Merkin (6% ABV): 15% of final blend

Opal (11% ABV): 6% of final blend

Rufus (11% ABV): 6% of final blend

Double Double Barrel Ale (10.9% ABV): 6% of final blend

Saucerful of Secrets (9% ABV): 4% of final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, 13 is more sublime then last year’s blend.  It is all about the subtleties and quiet tones.  It has deep dark chocolate notes and is accented with dried fruit and licorice.  There are hints of molasses and even a little cherry in the middle complimenting the vanilla and coconut notes brought in by the oak. These barrel qualities are very well integrated and meld well with the roast malt and caramel undertones.  It is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  If left in a cool dark place, I suspect that this beer will age well.  It was a pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our fourth oak-aged blend!

 


Released November 2010

 

Final Blend:

Double Double Barrel Ale (10.9% ABV): 31% of final blend

Sticky Monkey (12% ABV): 29% of final blend

Parabola (13% ABV): 27% of final blend

Velvet Merkin (6% ABV): 7% of final blend

Good Foot (13% ABV): 3% of final blend

Black Xantus(11% ABV): 3% of final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, 14 is a brimming with amazing flavors and textures.  DDBA leads the blend lending American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances.  Newcomer, Sticky Monkey, folds in the taste of brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and ripe figs.  Parabola brings the familiar flavors of bitter dark chocolate and cherry pit. Velvet Merkin carries silky bourbon soaked chocolate cake goodness to the party while a touch of Black Xantus teases coffee and tobacco. Last, but not least, Good Foot brings the hops… hints of citrus zest and tangerine, which adds a pop to the aroma and nice finish to this big, sexy brew. 14 is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  If left in a cool dark place, I suspect this beer will age well. It was an absolute pleasure making it and I truly hope you enjoy our fifth oak-aged blend!  The journey continues.


Released November 2011

 

The Finished Piece

Looking at a blend of 8 beers on paper at first looks chaotic and potentially disjointed; however, a closer look reveals and interesting theme: 76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA.  XV introduces our new blonde barley wine Helldorado with flavors of lavender honey liqueur. The well established DDBA delivers its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances.  2010 vintage Sticky Monkey folds in brown sugar, maple, cinnamon, ginger and ripe figs.  Parabola brings the familiar flavors of roasted dark coco, and chocolate covered cherries. Velvet Merkin carries silky milk chocolate, toasted coconut and creamy textures. Good Foot and Bravo add assertive barley wine warmth and lush barrel derived vanilla bean notes.  The game changer this year is the addition of Double Jack to the blend.  At just 5% its massive dry hop character brings citrus zest, tangerine and mango aromas making this a completely new beer.

The beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.  XV is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  As the beer sits and breathes in the glass, a richer, orange zested, chocolate dusted, vanilla custard character is reveled, so take your time.  If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our Sixth oak-aged blend!  Our journey continues and it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.  


Released November 2011

 

Final Blend:

Velvet Merkin (8.7% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels: 23% of final blend

Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels: 22.5% of final blend

Double Double Barrel Ale (14.2% ABV) Aged 100% in retired Firestone Union barrels: 20.3% of final blend

Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels: 10.8% of final blend

PNC (13.0% ABV) Aged in Tequila barrels: 8.1% of final blend

Helldorado (11.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels and Brandy barrels: 5.4% of final blend

Bravo (13.4% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels: 5.4% of final blend

Wookey Jack (8.3% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel: 4.5% of final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, XVI takes us back to some of the wonderful dark notes (the black keys) that I remember from the original 10 blending.  XVI is 42% stout with Velvet Merkin, Parabola and “PNC” working together as three roasty toasty friends that create rich cacao, chocolate and mocha flavors together.  “PNC” also introduces tequila barrels into our blend for the first time and brings some interesting south of the boarder spirit notes to the mix – a welcome twist. Helldorado, with flavors of lavender honey liqueur was again a favorite of the winemakers and made the cut adding some flowery notes. DDBA continues to deliver its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances.  DDBA was also release on its own in 2012 and is now established as a solid annual brew.  Stickee Monkee is fast becoming one of our favorite pieces with its rich maple syrup, spicy cinnamon, and ripe fig flavors which has developed into a bolder cousin of perennial blend component Bravo who carries barrel character and bourbon notes like no other.  The additional twist this year is Wookey Jack, Black Rye IPA with its wily citrusy hop notes and spicy rye backbone.  The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.   XVI is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half filled brandy snifter or red wine glass.   Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  It takes a while, but as this beer sits and breathes in the glass, more rich dusty chocolate, stone fruit and crème brulee character is reveled as the rich spirit characters fade - so take your time.  If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our Seventh oak-aged blend!  The journey continues and its just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.  Thank you so much for spending a little time with us!

 


Released November 2013

 

Final Blend

Bravo (13.6% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels: 30% of the final blend

Stickee Monkee (15.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Whiskey barrels: 25% of the final blend

Velvet Merkin (8.7% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels: (15% of the final blend)   

Parabola (12.8% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels: 15% of the final blend)   

Double Double Barrel Ale (12.0% ABV) Aged in retired Firestone Union barrels: 8.0% of the final blend

Helldorado (11.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels: 4.0% of the final blend

Wookey Jack (8.3% ABV)100% stainless steel fermentation: 3.0% of the final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, XVII is dark, rich and complex. The lead beers of the blend are Bravo, a lean and oak-forward imperial brown ale and Stickee Monkee, a huge brown sugar infused barley wine. These beers are beautiful on their own but together they bring rich molasses drenched oak flavors and cinnamon glazed almond aromas lifted by high alcohol. In the middle of the blend are our two favorite stouts, Parabola and Velvet Merkin, working in concert to provide a dusty cocoa mocha aroma and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Somehow together in this blend I am reminded of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough! Double DBA makes the blend again this year, bringing its signature vanilla-infused crème brulée flavor. Helldorado, our blonde barley wine, helps to bring balance with its honey notes and light leather nuances. Like last year, a dash of Wookey Jack made the cut bringing with it some fresh hop notes derived from bold Citra and Amarillo creating even more interesting complexity. All together I find XVII to be full of soft chocolate and warm spice perfectly balanced by toasted coconut, bourbon barrel notes and smooth creamy malt mellowness. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.  XVII is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or red wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.  It takes a while, but as this beer sits and breathes in the glass, more rich chocolate and spice character is revealed as the ethereal spirit characters dissipate - so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our eighth oak-aged blend.


Released october 2014

 

The Aging Cellar – The Components

We blended together 227 oak barrels containing 9 different beers creating something dark complex and 100% original. 

 

Final Blend:

Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels: 38% of the final blend

Helldorado (11.7% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels: 16% of the final blend

Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels: 16% of the final blend

Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels: 14% of the final blend

Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels: 5% of the final blend       

Hydra Cuveè (10.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels: 4% of the final blend

Wookey Jack (8.5% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel: 3% of the final blend

Ol’ Leghorn (12.5%ABV) Aged in New American Oak: 2% of the final blend

Double Jack (9.5% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel: 2% of the final blend

 

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, XVIII is a dark and complex brew full of malt and barrel derived flavors, with Parabola leading the brew into the rich darkness. The beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.  XVIII is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass.  Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass, rich dark chocolate, toasted oak and dark fruit character is revealed, so take your time. 

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