Following in the footsteps of Cherry Oak Dopplebock and Prickly Pear Braggot, Barrel Aged Brrrbon is the third release in the Widmers Brothers Brewing Reserve series line. Barrel Aged Brrrbon is a result of taking Widmers winter seasonal beer Brrr (which Widmer has not yet offered in the Chicago area) and aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels for four months. The outcome is a 9.4% ABV beer that will warm the soul in the cold winter months with its flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, and of course bourbon.
Also new to our shelves is Redhook Brewings Eisbock 28, which is part of Redhooks Limited Release Series. Redhook is currently one of the only American brewers brewing an Eisbock, as the ice processing technology and the ability to age the beer at temperatures well below freezing for several months severely limit the amount of breweries that can craft this unique style. Clocking in at 11% ABV, the complex Eisbock 28 is not for the novice beer drinker. It is loaded with caramel malts, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It is a bit hot with alcohol, yet still surprisingly drinkable given the elevated alcohol content.
Both of the above mentioned beers are available at just about every Binnys. Which style peaks your interest more, a bourbon barrel aged winter warmer or an American brewed Eisbock?