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Free State Old Stormy (Wine Barrel)

Free State Old Stormy (Wine Barrel)
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
A distinctive quality of Old Ales is that they undergo an aging process (often for years) on their yeast, contributing to a rich and often sweet oxidation character. Back in August of 2009 we aged a batch of Stormwatch Ale without it’s usual dry-hop addition and without carbonation. We then transferred the beer to various oak barrels, some originally used for wine, some for bourbon. Rather than blend the barrel-aged beer back together, we’ve chosen to keep each keg of old ale separate and allow the full expression of each individual barrel to shine through. The resulting beer is unique and complex, with notes of caramel, cherries, plums, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wine. Medium bodied and deep mahogany in color, Old Stormy has matured into a beer that only hints at its previous incarnation, Stormwatch; with decidedly less hop character and a greater emphasis on sweet, malty flavors. Old Stormy is a great ale to weather the winter storm season. Served at cellar temperature on the back bar. Bottom Line: A slightly sweet, malty, medium bodied, deep mahogany ale aged for no less than three months on a variety of barrels. O.G. - 15/1.060. Hops - 46 IBUs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6164) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Free state old stormy - interesting ba mix on nose that ends up smelling like fresh grapefruit juice. Under that is woody barrel notes. Light vanilla and bourbon barrel notes. Sprucy notes in there too. Murky dark amber pour no head. Wood, grapefruit, and sprucey notes up front. Grapefruit throughout. Light barrel - bourbon and wine too. Perhaps a little jammy at times. Dry woody finish. Some citrus wine and bourbon notes too. Very Light carbonation 8 3 7 3 15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Growler filled at the brewpub by csbosox on a Sunday, graciously shared with me on the following Wednesday. Pour is a cloudy dark brown along with some very faint burgundy notes. Smallish off white head. Aroma of some brighter pine and resin hops, followed close behind by oak woody barrel and some mild vanilla sweetness. Nice nose, but a bit subdued. As it warmed, the aroma was a bit larger, but not by much. Taste is immediately more expressive than the nose, with the oak woodiness up front, followed close behind by grassy resin hops, a mild roast, then the woody sweet vanilla floral notes. Complex, with a lot of layers. The aftertaste has bright wine like acidity which really leads to a unique finish. Palate is medium, almost creamy with low carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely. Nice one Free State, thanks for sharing Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Aged in chardonnay barrels. From a growler. Dark reddish color with a non existent head. The aroma is oak, light and dark fruits and alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty nice even with the low amount of carbonation. Malty, sweet and oak flavored with light fruits and some tannins and hops bitterness at the end. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Tap @ FS, served in the standard pint glass. Pours a darker than expected brown with burgundy highlights and a minimal choppy white head that still leaves a few spotty sheets of lace. Aroma is notably wine like, so guessing this is the wine barrel aged version, with lots of ripe dark fruits, grape skins, fresh plum, dark cherries, and background notes of oak and brown sugar. Flavor also has nice wine qualities with more ripe and fresh dark fruits, red grape skin, plum, oak and a little brown sugar sweetness, slightly tannic with a dry and lightly sweet finish. Not much carbonation which makes this very easy drinking and tasty, and the warmer cellar temperature @ serving works very well for both the aroma and flavor as well. Nice stuff; I hope I get the chance to try the bourbon barrel version, and cheers to Free State for continuing to try new and different things with such great results!

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