Exclusive: Guinness Is Rolling Out a Bourbon Barrel–Aged Beer for the Holidays

Guinness’ modern U.S. brewery is releasing a new ale aged in bourbon barrels earlier than the finish of the yr. Baltimore-based Open Gate Brewery will launch a restricted provide of Guinness Stock Ale. The cool half? It’s aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels.

Stock Ale is a mix of two present Guinness beers: Guinness Barleywine and Guinness Imperial Stout. They had been brewed and aged individually in bourbon barrels, and blended afterwards to create a daring, potent beer—the form of bottle you need to open simply as the temperatures begin to drop.

The time period “stock ale” is one in all beer’s extra ambiguous definitions, however, usually talking, it refers to high-ABV beers that had been often designed for long-term growing older, typically in casks, so it’s a becoming experiment for a brewery that, for a few years of its existence, shipped its beers worldwide utilizing picket barrels.

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“One of the really cool things about brewing a stock ale,” Senior Open Gate Brewer Sean Brennan tells Men’s Journal, “is that you actually get to brew two completely separate beers with unique traits and their own identities, and then blend them together to create a beer that takes on some of both, but also has a life of its own. When you consider all of the flavors coming from the wood of the barrels thanks to Bulleit’s subtle spice and oaky richness, there’s a lot of powerful influences to take note of and process in the final beer. As we say: It’s one to sip.”

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The new inventory ale weighs in at a staggering 10 % ABV. According to Guinness, you’ll discover aromas of espresso, ripe fruit and vanilla, and notes of nutty chocolate, raisins, roasted barley, and candy darkish fruit on the palate.

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This is Guinness’ second barrel-aged beer for the U.S. market: Last yr, the brewery launched a batch of its stout, which was additionally aged in Bulleit barrels (Bulleit can be owned by Guinness guardian firm Diageo). This can be the second Guinness particular launch this season. Last month, Guinness launched its first American-made Over the Moon Milk Stout to restricted markets.

This new Guinness Stock Ale, nevertheless, might be accessible nationwide in extraordinarily restricted portions, not like the regionally launched Milk Stout. You can order the Stock Ale beginning November 7 at the Brewery and round Baltimore for International Stout Day. And you may decide up some four-packs when it reaches the nationwide markets on November 15, simply in time to refill for some vacation gatherings.

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