Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon and their Spirits Master John Couchot and Master Brewer John Maier. I'm guessing you can add up the reason for the beer name! The label is a little old school, especially compared to the caricatures and cartoony style of their other labels. This label is paper and depicts both Johns in overalls looking ready to go to work, and sporting a pint of beer.
I smell wood and booze. Yes, the gin is definitely going to be a part of this beer right from the start. Lemony, a bit on the bitter side, and definitely giving me some wood! The yeast is prominent as well. I dislike bourbon barrel beers, so this one was an interesting twist on aging beer in spirits barrels, and also a step up from bourbon. I don't taste many beer qualities at all. Basically a beer plus gin and tonic, yes with solid carbonation. The gin is too prominent, and I even had one little shiver moment. Definitely a distinct flavor, though, perhaps from the juniper berries. There was some warming alcohol and slight burn, too. Slightly better as it warmed. You finish with a hard alcohol aftertaste and plenty of Woody (two days in a row)! Sorry but this beer does not particularly meet my fancy!
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