A Note on This Beer
The average beer takes about four weeks to finish.
The average bourbon barrel aged beer takes six months to finish.
Today’s beer took over two years.
Snipes Mountain Brewing let their “French Provincial Stout” sit in Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels for almost two years. Unlike other wine barrel aged beers, which tend to lack any wine character in the finished product, Snipes Mountain’s Terror in the Wood has noticeable red wine flavors and aromas.
Originally made with 13 different malts and three different hop varieties, Terror in the Wood was finished with molasses, local honey, apples and blackberries. First released for Seattle’s Belgianfest, this beer is the most intricate undertaking from Snipes Mountain in their history.
In terms of flavor, Terror in the Wood is much lighter and fruitier than its name implies. It pours a clean, clear dark chocolate with very little head and a medium body. The strongest indicator of this beer’s time in a wine barrel is the dark fruit aroma, noticeable from a distance. Subtle flavors of dark wood, tannin, and chocolate roasted malt give a savory and dry flavor to an otherwise refreshing Saison. The blackberries and apples add just the right about of fruity tartness to compliment the sweet, unique finish typical of Saison yeast.
Terror in the Wood is an extremely unique, limited release beer with the right base to showcase the effects of red wine barrels on the flavor profile of a beer.
Snipes Mountain took a risk by turning away from the typical bourbon-barrel aging process. Based on its popularity at Belgianfest this year and the difficulty of finding even a few of these bottles, it looks like Snipes Mountain’s risk has paid off.
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Snipes Mountain Brewing – Terror in the Wood – $11.68 for each 22oz bottle
Style: Barrel Aged Stout, ABV: 10.0%
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