Bourbon Barrel Quad
- Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
- Availability: 750 mL Bottles Only
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Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel's share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
|Original Gravity (Plato)||21.0|
|Terminal Gravity (Plato)||2.6|
|CO2 - Bottles||3.3 vol (6.5 g/L)|
|CO2 - Kegs||N/A|
Barrel Character: At the forefront; warm, toasty, boozy, earthyFinish: Lingering dry bitterness with bourbon and a hint of tart cherry
|Aroma||Oak, bourbon, cherry, almond, dried fruit|
|Body||Light but warming, so the perception is a drinkable medium-bodied beer|
Malt: Pale Malt, Cara 300, Munich, Malted Wheat
Adjuncts: Dextrose, Brown Sugar, Dark Brown Sugar, Dark Candi Syrup
Hops: Magnum, Styrian Golding
Like the 2010 edition, 2011 Bourbon Barrel Quad is 100% barrel-aged. The length of aging time ranged from eight months to two years using a combination of first-use and second-use oak bourbon barrels. The relative newness of the barrels resulted in a beer that is more oak-forward than previous releases. The tart cherry characteristics, while still subtly present, take a backseat to the warm, earthy qualities of the barrels.