Barrel aged beers… It’s brilliant, and I’m sure I’ve said this before. You take an already great beer, then age it in whiskey or bourbon barrels. Two completely different beers from the same brew! A new whiskey barrel aged beer showed up at my local brew shop a few weeks ago. It caught my eye because it didn’t have a brewery name on it, it had a whiskey maker’s name on it.
James E. Pepper “1776 American Brown Ale” is a contract brewed Brown Ale Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels. It’s brewed by Beltway Brewing Co. in VA. It pours a dark brown with a reddish-tan two finger thick head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is loaded with oak, spice, caramel and maple syrup. The taste is woody and sweet with brown sugar, some toffee, caramel, raisins and vanilla. The mouth-feel is medium and very smooth, easy to drink. The finish is oaky, hot, and has just a kiss of rye spice. The 10.4%abv is appropriate for this beer. It’s a great sipping brew on a cold night. This is absolutely worth checking out. Here’s to Good Beers!