Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will release Whiskey Barrel Stout in mid-September as the brewery’s newest year-round barrel-aged Smokestack Series offering.
With a recipe that is “loosely based on a previous Smokestack Series Limited Release” from Boulevard Brewing Co., Whiskey Barrel Stout has arrived to expand the brewery’s newly established portfolio of Year-Round barrel-aged brews. This Imperial Stout is built upon a hearty base of 11 malts and then “hopped with Magnum and Columbus hops to provide just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from presenting as cloyingly sweet.” After picking up “notes of dates and plum” from Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain, the beer is then “transferred to freshly emptied whiskey barrels from a variety of . . . distillers.” As the Imperial Stout ages and matures, Boulevard’s “barrel crew selects the best barrels from different vintages to be blended together with roughly one-third fresh beer to create a delicate interplay between fresh and barrel-aged beer.” This blending process is key because it creates “a balanced beer that showcases the very best barrel flavors coaxed into Whiskey Barrel Stout while tempering the whiskey character to create a beer that is only slightly boozy and ready to drink upon release.”
Whiskey Barrel Stout will begin its launch in the Greater Kansas City area on September 11, and will eventually hit other regions shortly thereafter. Once the rollout is initiated, you will be able to find Whiskey Barrel Stout in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and any other states within Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area that have seen their Bourbon Barrel Quad (the brewery’s other Year-Round barrel-aged offering). Prost!
Vital Information for Whiskey Barrel Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Release – Year-Round/Smokestack Series, launching mid-September 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 63
Malts – Two-Row Pale Malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, Mout Roost 900, Patagonia Black Pearl, Chocolate Rye, Crystal Rye, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt & Dark Malt Extract
Hops – Magnum & Columbus
Yeast – Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain
Added Ingredients – Dextrose & brown sugar
Suggested Pairings – “Smoked cheese, flourless chocolate cake, roasted leg of lamb, a quiet night”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/