Posted March 1, 2018
Category: Beer News, Beers
Given the dedication to our barrel-aging program, the love we have for blending and the tremendous time we had creating Collaboration No. 6 – Barrel-Aged Blend with our beer brothers and sisters from Firestone Walker Brewing Company back in 2016, we’ve decided the time is right to release a barrel-aged blend of our own. Beginning on March 5th, Grand Cru will be released in 750ml bottles and four-packs of 12oz bottles in the Greater Kansas City Area with other regions to follow in the coming weeks.
Grand Cru, a term that brewers have borrowed from vintners for years, literally translates to “great growth,” but has come to be used to represent a special blend or a release that is of the highest quality. To create our Grand Cru, brewers selected lots of Bourbon Barrel Quad and a double mashed imperial stout aged in freshly-emptied whiskey barrels to express the most distinctive elements of each beer, creating a delicious whole that’s even greater than the sum of its parts.
Grand Cru is composed of these beers:
Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mashed Imperial Stout – 60%
A slightly bigger, stickier version of the base beer used to create Whiskey Barrel Stout, this component beer was aged for 18 months in first-use whiskey barrels to impart strong notes of vanilla, charred oak and warming whiskey to an imperial stout featuring a complex blend of caramel, roasted and chocolate malts.
Alcohol by Volume – 15.6%
IBUs – 50
Color – 282 EBC
Bourbon Barrel Quad - 40%
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.
Alcohol by Volume – 11.2%
IBUs – 26
Color – 74 EBC
Aroma – Caramel, vanilla, whiskey, oak
Malt – Chocolate, toffee, espresso
Hops – Minimal, supporting balance
Balance – Whiskey barrel character, malt
Body – Full
Alcohol by Volume –13.7%
IBUs – 27
Color – 110 EBC
Smoked cheeses, leg of lamb, tiramisu, Foie Gras au Torchon, bread pudding, a comfy leather chair
- Jeremy Danner, Ambassador Brewer