Bourbon OE (2021)
Smog City Brewing Co.
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A Note on This Beer
Today’s burly brew won a Gold medal at the San Diego International Beer Competition for its layered complexity.
So, it’s no shock that Barleywine fans from coast to coast went nuts when the brand new 2021 Bourbon Barrel-Aged O.E. dropped!
I’m sure plenty of you are just as eager to score a bottle — last year’s version earned a staggering 4.40 on Tavour! Amazingly, the brewers at Smog City are even MORE excited about this one.
After aging for a year in Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, this 14.5% ABV behemoth oozes aromas of candied nuts and sticky toffee. The taste is replete with rich, creamy caramel, sweet vanilla, and honeyed oak. A whisper of barrel char flirts with the palate on the finish, enticing you for another full-bodied sip.
Normally, you’d have to travel to the City of Angels, battle the heat, and elbow your way through throngs of Barleywine fiends for a shot at this cult classic.
Or, you can relax, skip the L.A. traffic, and snag a bottle right here.
Rated 4.40 on Tavour; 95/100 on BeerAdvocate where it’s one of the Top 20 English Barleywines in the World!