Barrel vs Barrel

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The longtime reader of the site will know that the alphageek likes beer that is then dumped into a bourbon barrel and aged a little more to get some of the great bourbon flavor in there. Recently, the alphageek discovered that there are bourbons that have been aged in beer barrels! A couple were purchased and added to this massive roundup review. Does the symmetric property hold? Let's get started and see.

The alphageek invited some friends over to help with this review. We would like to thank them for making the sacrifice to try these products and provide some input. A complex algorithm was developed to join together these reviews into one coherent result. The result of this complex algorithm are simple results.

The Lineup

We will use the nose, pop, body and finish review. The results are from the complex algorithm.

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon: Mild nose, mild pop, thin body and slight burn for finish

Troegs Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskey:Nose is lightly musky, pop is mild and thin, the body is thin and the finish is mildly beer that mellows

1776 Ale: A dark, almost soy nose, a mild soy (yes again) pop, a brown ale bourbon body and a smooth dark finish

Allagash Curieux: a mild bitter nose, the pop is not very hoppy and mild, the body is smooth and the finish is mildly sour and smooth

Rock Art Imperial Stout: nose of coca, and soy, pop is chocolate with some bourbon, the body is thick and the finish was the best in the group with a dark, smooth and slightly sweet finish that all the reviewers liked.

So what have we learned? The bourbon in beer barrels is something new. If this is a new trend, this website says bring it on. While not the best bourbons out there, they make for a new variety on an old classic that is fun to sample.

As for the beers aged in bourbon barrels, we have yet to have one we did not like. This batch did nothing to change the love of beer in bourbon barrels. The Rock Art Imperial Stout was the biggest hit among all of the reviewers.

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