Ah, bourbon and beer. Two of the greatest flavors merged into one delicious (high gravity) drink. I have always been a fan of bourbon ales, Four Peaks Brewery does one every year and I always try to get a growler. So needless to say I was pretty excited when a friend brought me some of this Bourbon Barrel Aged Freudian Sip from his latest trip to California.
This brew comes from Rough Draft Brewery in San Diego, which I have never had the pleasure to visit but it’s definitely on the list for my next “brew tour” of the West Coast.
Now onto the beer itself.
Bourbon barrel aged means exactly as it sounds. The beer is aged in a cask formerly used for bourbon, this imparts both the smokey flavor of the bourbon as well as some bourbon itself. Not surprisingly the beer chimes in at a whopping 9.5% abv and is not recommended to drink multiple in one night.
The pour reveals a nice fine foam with a creamy mouth feel and plenty of lacing around in the glass. When you give it a sniff, the bourbon hits you right in the nose. The flavor of the beer is consistent with any dark ale except you receive a soft blast of bourbon at the end of every sip. A quite delicious brew if you ask me, but you definitely have to have a taste for bourbon or you will not enjoy this beer.