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Coffee Supreme Bourbon Barrel Aged Over Ale
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Half Acre Beer Company
Style | ABV
American Brown Ale
Limited (brewed once).
The base beer for this firkin is Over Ale, our perennial brown beer. We aged some Over Ale in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 13 months. We took the aged Over Ale out of barrels, poured it into a firkin, then topped it off with a pound of Dark Matter’s A Love Supreme. The result is rich with both coffee and bourbon aroma.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Firkin at Half Acre. Served in a snifter.
A - Creamy tan foam with good retention leaves behind ample lacing. Opaque dark brown body.
S - Huge diner coffee aroma, with mild whiskey and oak in the periphery, as well as a touch of nuts and cocoa from the base beer. The combo of oak and coffee gives this a spicy note - I initially thought it was rye barrel-aged. The fairly light Over Ale gets somewhat obliterated by the coffee and barrel-aging, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
T - The taste is also heavy on coffee grounds, but there's a bit more of the base beer's nuts and chocolate, and the bourbon and oak are more in the periphery. Roasty with some bitter espresso in the finish. No alcohol, which is appreciated.
M - Medium body, with a fairly sticky and chewy texture for a beer aged nearly a year in a bourbon barrel. Lower cask-style carbonation. Gritter and tannic in the finish, with negligible alcohol content.
D - An enjoyable beer, but I think I prefer both the straight-up coffee and bourbon Over Ales as this is a bit muddled at times. Still, I had no problem with my 13oz pour and would gladly order this again if they made another firkin. Half Acre's barrel-aging program has improved significantly. It's a shame they are considering abandoning it.
Serving type: cask
12-29-2012 05:45:45 |
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