Spirit-Aged Beers

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Calvados Barrel)

User Rating:

Tom: Building blocks for taste recognition. This is what Mikkeller does best. He makes a base beer and then expands on it allowing the drinker to get an interesting look into different flavor profiles. Well, this one is no exception. If you have not read any of my previous Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast/Brunch reviews I would […] ... [Read more]

Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half

User Rating:

Once again Founders puts forth a phenomenal brew!  Like many of their limited bottle releases, this beer was an experiment in their tap under the name Kaiser’s Curmudgeon.  This beer bares a great name and stellar label.  The Ol’ Mudge (as I like to call him) sits poised ready to dig into a stack of flapjacks with […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

User Rating:

Aging this beer for over a year I would put forth the argument that one should not do so for more than six months.  Oh sure, it is aged in Bourbon barrels, but after all the abv is not “imperial” strength.  If I had aged this any longer I could see it turning soy sauce. […] ... [Read more]

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

User Rating:

CBS!!!  One of the most sought after beers in 2011 after it was announced that it would be packaged into 750mL bottles.  Selling at $18 per bottle at the brewery on October 1st, I’m sure it was a mad house as that is a great price point for such a phenomenal, highly coveted beer.  Their blog […] ... [Read more]

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad 2011

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

User Rating:

Take The Sixth Glass add some Bourbon barrels and cherry puree and what do you get?  BBQ!  As Mark Starr so eloquently put,  the name plays tribute to the great culture of KC, Missouri in that Bar-B-Que is a staple.  I personally think this beer embodies what a barrel aged beer should.  It allows the base style […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S 2009

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. 2009

User Rating:

2009 Vintage:  Taking the original BORIS as a base, this beer undergoes some aging in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels for some time.  The cap on my bottle was green indicating it was batch 3 in 2009 (Gold – Batch 1-2 in 2009; Black – Batch 4 in 2010; Red – Batch 5 in 2011).  I’ve […] ... [Read more]

Finch's Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

Finch’s Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

User Rating:

Tom: New to the Chicago craft beer scene since 2009 Finch beer produced this special barrel aged beer which released around the Christmas of 2011. I was lucky enough to find a bottle on my local liquor store shelf as this beer is limited. While I’m not a huge fan of Doppelbocks, this beer was […] ... [Read more]

North Coast Grand Cru

North Coast Grand Cru

User Rating:

A Grand Cru to end all.  This beer is huge across the board.  The ABV is pushing 13%, Agave Nectar is incorporated into the brew, and it is aged in Bourbon barrels to maturation.  Or should I say perfection?  I sincerely thought I was in for a dark maroon colored ale that tasted more like […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon-Aged Barleywine

Mikkeller Big Worse Barleywine Bourbon Barrel

User Rating:

Aged for about 8 months in second use Bourbon barrels Mikkeller definitely hit a home run with this one.  I have not had the pleasure of sampling the original Big Bad or Big Worse Barleywine beers in this series so know that I have now point of reference on his crafting this style.  I will say […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper Bourbon Stout

Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Bourbon Stout

User Rating:

A base Port Brewing Imperial Stout + Bourbon barrel = deliciousness.  Seriously!  It is good stuff.  Some time back I had the pleasure of brewing for the day with Tim Marshall (former Senior brewer at Rock Bottom-Lombard).  Before we started brewing he let me sample some various beers straight from the Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels which […] ... [Read more]