MushiMalt: Boulevard / Firestone Walker Collaboration No. 6 Barrel-Aged Blend

Isompaa jytkyä oli tarjolla ja tartuin tilaisuuteen. Isommilta ja kohtuullisen maineikkailta ”pien”panimoilta. Iso pieni? Jenkeissähän kaikki on suurta. Panimot siis amerikkalaisia ja löivät hynttyyt yhteen tämän oluen kohdalla. Ihanan kalliilla tarttui nettikaupasta, olisiko ollut 23€ tietämillä 75cl pullo.

Kalleudesta huolimatta, koska tynnyrikypsytys ja cool panimot, niin mökille oli ostettava jaettavaa. Tämä siis maisteltu mökkiolosuhteissa kivasti kodan äärellä kolmeen pekkaan. Spekseinä tällä on ratebeerissä niin pitkä tarina, että kaatuneiden maamme puolustajien nimilistatkin kalpenevat.

Siispä referaattina, vattaus kahdesta Boulevardin oluesta (Bourbon Barrel Quad / Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry), sekä kahdesta Firestonen oluesta (Stickee Monkee / Velvet Merkin), jotka kypsytetty tammitynnyrissä. Pidempi tarina löytyy jutun lopusta, joka on copypastea ratebeeristä. Ihana sekametelisoppa, voiko olla hyvää?

Boulevard / Firestone Walker Collaboration No. 6 Barrel-Aged Blend, 12,5%

Tuoksu on aika sulkeutunut ja hyvin maltaisen paksu. Mineraalisuutta ja leipäisyyttä. Makeutta löytyy ja sen seasta miedosti kirsikkaa ja luumua. Quadrupelin maailmaa paljon. Ei hivele omaa nenääni.

Maku on hieman alkoholinen, makean maltainen, hieman leipäjauhoinen ja kevyesti lakritsinen. Jälkimakuun mennessä lakritsia ja salmiakkia enemmänkin. Leipäisyyttä, jossa makea alku ja kuivahko loppu. Mieto tammisuus jälkimakuun mennessä, mutta tynnyrikypsytys ei muutoin ole erityisesti esillä edukseen. Sanoisin pieleen menneeksi sekasikiöksi.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Collaboration series is our way to bring shared beer ideas to life with some of our favorite brewery friends from around the world. This year, we bring you a specially blended, barrel-aged beer with the help of our sister brewery in California, Firestone Walker. With Collaboration No. 6, Brewmasters Steven Pauwels and Matt Brynildson have created a big, bold flavor combination by blending two Boulevard beers and two Firestone Walker Beers in the following percentages:

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad – 45%
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
ABV – 11.8, IBU – 19

Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee – 35%
Brewed with Belgian candi sugar and aged in a selection of fine bourbon barrels, Stickee Monkee trailblazes its own category as a “Central Coast Quad.” The name Stickee Monkee is a nod to the Central Coast’s native Sticky Monkey flower, as well as a shout—­â€out to the Belgian monks who pioneered the Quad style. The Belgian candi sugar imparts a signature molasses sweetness to the beer. Meanwhile, maturation in bourbon casks brings ample barrel expression with notes of toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.
ABV – 13, IBU – 45

Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry (Whiskey Barrel-aged) – 10%
Our special treat for lovers of big, complex stouts, the Imperial Stout “X” series offers a year-long roster of limited releases, each with a significant variation. This riff spotlights the addition of tart cherries to fermentation as well as a lactic souring on the brewhouse. The result is a perfect marriage of robust, smoky maltiness and bracing tartness. Unlike the release version of Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry, this portion was briefly aged in previously used whiskey barrels.
ABV – 11, IBU – 64

Firestne Walker Velvet Merkin – 10% Velvet Merkin is the beer that almost wasn’t…Indeed, this vintage oatmeal stout’s comical (or is it scandalous?) name went off the grid for several years, but now it’s back due to popular demand. Velvet Merkin is aged for a full year in retired spirits barrels from Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve and others, yet manages to offer mind-—­boggling balance and restraint. You will wig out when you taste Velvet Merkin’s rich milk chocolate, bourbon and espresso flavors, preceded by aromas of vanilla, coconut, toasted oak and mocha. ABV – 8.5, IBU – 33

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