Thursday, April 20, 2017

Breckenridge Barrel Aged Imperial Cherry Stout

Breckenridge Brewery recently sent me a wine bottle of their Barrel Aged Imperial Cherry Stout, where 50% was aged in whiskey barrels and 50% was aged in port wine barrels. This beer is part of the brewery's Brewery Lane Series, named for where they built their new brewery.

There is a nice illustration of the Breckenridge Brewery on the label, makes you want to visit. Corked and caged. 9.5% alcohol. 50 IBU.

Chocolate and cherry aroma big with some spirits quality in the background. Rich sweet chocolate flavors meet big cherry flavors! Excellent start, promises already kept! You can definitely taste the barrels with nuances of vanilla, oak, and toffee.

Cherries are the star but raisins and prunes stick out as well. And all work perfectly with the chocolate. A little alcohol is noticeable but it mostly enhances the cherries and other fruity aspects. Despite 50 IBU, this more than leans to the sweet side. I think the alcohol helped temper that though. I liked it, especially the NON-aggressive flavors added by barrel aging.

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