A Note on This Beer
Breakside Brewery does something unique for barrel fans with their Barrel Aged Elder Statesman. They combine the vanilla caramel flavors that come from 12 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels with the ripe, tangy citrus of a dry-hopped Imperial Red Ale.
The IRA is a ruby rich, intense melding of hops and high malty character that elicits fruity esters as well as caramel depth. What does it bring to the barrel? Think dosing a bourbon cocktail with grapefruit bitters and you’re approaching the nouveau level of fruit flavor that vibrates throughout this beer.
In the glass, Elder Statesman looks exactly like bourbon with a ruddy, fire-like glow. Juicy fusions of tangerine, orange peel, guava and red grapefruit roll over the nose and tongue – courtesy of two dry-hop additions of Simcoe and Centennial Hops. Crystal Malts deliver helpings of orange slices rolled in brown sugar. The coconut and toasted oak of the barrel are generously integrated throughout, creating a tangy, complex finish; the distinct 9.3% ABV ring of bourbon heats up the throat like a furnace.
Draft Magazine praises this limited release from Breakside for staying ahead of the curve. It isn’t just an exclusive find for barrel aged beer fans, collector’s of unique beer styles will immediately recognize the rare splendor Elder Statesman has to share.
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