A Note on This Beer
Every now and then, the local brewery you know and love crafts a beer that completely surprises you.
For devotees of Harmon Brewing, that beer is Olde John Grit City Ale. It’s a sneak peek into the side of Harmon that Washingtonians don’t see in grocery stores in the Puget Sound—the delicious, experimental, barrel-aged future of Harmon’s Tap Room Reserve series.
Olde John is a one-off, super-limited, barrel-aged Old Ale, aged half in whiskey barrels and half in wine barrels for six months. Brewed with 2-Row, Dark Munich, Crystal and Pale Chocolate malts, Olde John’s festive malt bill expertly hides the beer’s 9.7% ABV. But full barrel flavors and lingering bitterness from Cascade, Liberty and Fuggle hops make this deceptively drinkable beer as lively and flavorful as the late bartender it’s named after, John O’Gara.
Pouring a clear, ruddy copper with a rapidly receding off-white head, Olde John’s barrel heritage seems to jump out of the glass. Well-developed aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, wine grapes, cherries and oak are present at first sniff, giving way to vanilla, caramel and malty chocolate. Bourbon flavors greet the palate along with caramel, chocolate and vanilla. A mid-body of pleasant, lightly sweet cherries and barrel notes—oak, light smoke, red wine—sets the stage for a finish that belies most Old Ales. The bourbon notes begin to fade into the background, racing to the finish with sharp piney and grassy hop flavors.
Harmon plans to quadruple its stock of barrels within the next year. You can help create Harmon’s exciting barrel aging future; the revenue from the Tap Room Reserve series goes back into the brewery’s barrel program, allowing Harmon to increase the output of their aged beers. If Old John is an indication of Harmon’s barrel aging finesse, the future looks bright.
LIMIT SIX PER MEMBER. Limited Supply. Requests processed in the order received.
Harmon Brewing - Olde John - $11.99 for a 375ml bottle
Style: Old Ale; ABV: 9.7%
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