Saturday was Day of the Barrel at Falling Rock Tap House, and what a great event for American Craft Beer Week. They tapped 15 kegs of beer aged in barrels of whiskey, bourbon, wine, and more. I had the Oskar Blues Barrel-aged G’Knight (8.7% abv – G’knight Imperial IPA aged in Chardonnay barrels) and the Great Divide Whiskey-aged Claymore (7.7% abv – Scotch ale aged in Whiskey barrels). I realllllly liked the G’Knight. I’m not a big fan of white wine in general, but it blended perfectly with the beer. And when I had the Claymore the one word that came to mind was “tangy.” Both had very interesting flavors and were fun to try!
Here is what else they had to offer:
50/50 Eclipse (2011) 10% abv – Totality Imperial Stout aged 300 days in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon barrels.
Boulder Barrel-aged Mojo 7.2% – Mojo IPA aged in Rum barrels.
Bruery White Oak 11.5% abv – 50% Wheat Wine aged in Bourbon barrels plus 50% Mischief (Golden Strong Ale) .
Deschutes Abyss (2010) 11% abv – Stout brewed with molasses, 33% aged in Oak and Oak Bourbon barrels.
Descutes Black Butte XXIII (2011) 10.8% abv – Black Butte Porter brewed with cocoa nibs and orange. 25% aged in Bourbon barrels.
Deschutes Stoic (2011) 11% abv – Brewed with pomegranate, 16.% aged in Oak Wine barrels, 16.5% aged in Oak Rye barrels.
Dogfish Head Palo Santo (2011) 12% abv – An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted.
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura 8.1% abv – A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. It will keep you good company in all places, be they light or dark. Aged in Oak barrels.
Left Hand Oak-aged Imperial Stout (2011?) 10%abv – This is the last year they did an Oak-aged Imperial Stout BEFORE Wake Up Dead. Chris has been hanging onto it for a while, research indicates it is either 2011 or 2009. This one was in Bourbon barrels.
Lost Abbey Angel’s Share (2011) 12.5% abv – Ale aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels.
North Coast Old Rasputin XV 11.9% abv – Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels.
Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout 10.5% abv – Stout aged 4 months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.
Port Older Viscosity 12.5% abv – American Strong Dark Ale aged in Bourbon barrels.