Upon opening this highly anticipated smokebeer, one speculated if this beer, Bourbon Barrel Wood Burner by Jackie O’s Brewery, would take the paint off of a car. Some were repulsed by this inquiry, but others were intrigued. This dark-as-hell barrel aged beer from Athens, Ohio, captured The Ministry’s imagination. This beer tastes like a wine that spontaneously generated inside a tire factory. Joe The Blacksmith found this beer fitting for the darkest day of winter. The barrel aging really did a number on this beer, and that number is 6.5. Other tastes and sensations mentioned include sweet and burnt molasses, caramel, vanilla extract, and black licorice. The 11% abv plus bourbon barrel burns the nose, and the real mystery is why didn’t all this materialize into a higher score?, because we’re the kind of people who like it that way. I think less barrel may be needed. Overall score = 4.75 smokestacks out of 7.
|Beer Name||Wood Burner (bourbon barrel)|
|Brewer’s Description||The base stout focuses on rich caramel and chocolate notes with a deep savory/smoky backbone. The entire batch found its way into bourbon barrels where it rested for over a year. An enticing combination of sweet and savory, with waves of dark chocolate and vanilla that wash over the palate.|
|Food Pairings||several thick steaks|
|Brewery Location||Athens, OH|
|Alcohol content by volume||11%|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||na|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||5.75|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||3|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||3.5|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||5|
|Barrel Power 1-7 (in name only – burns nose)||6.5|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||4.75|
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