This past weekend the wife and I headed up to Mt Laguna in East San Diego to go camping in celebration of our 14 year wedding anniversary. Of course we had to stop at Alpine Beer Company to get the growler filled and have a late lunch and some brew at the pub. We filled the growler with some Captains Stout, and noticed this special limited release beer on the list, Bourbon Barrel Aged Token Imperial Porter. I happen to LOVE Barrel aged beers, so I bought 3 bottles even though you cannot taste it in the tasting room/store, 2 for me and one for a friend. Then I was pleasantly surprised to see it available on tap at the pub. Of course i ordered a glass of it.
I was shocked at how smooth the flavor was. I have had many a bourbon barrel aged beer, and normally you can smell the bourbon on the nose and get major hints of it in the taste. The nose was soft and pleasant with almost no hint of bourbon. You could taste the oak on the finish and very subtle hints of bourbon. I was impressed because Alpine was able to take this beer to a new level of smoothness after 18 months in a Bourbon Barrel.
Now my biggest problem is how long do I age this beer before I drink it? I don't think it will last longer than 5-6 days in the fridge before both bottles disappear into my belly.
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