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Full Sail releases 2015 Bourbon barrel stout.

Full Sail Brewing has announced the release of their 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, formerly known as Black Gold. "The annual release of our barrel aged beers is a celebration of the best of American beer and American bourbon," said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail Brewing Company's Executive Brewmaster. "Barrel aging beers has been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels and patience. Every year since, we've brewed an imperial style dark ale, filled roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks and then aged them in our cellar for a year."

Brewed in December of 2013, this 10.5% abv beer was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Jim Beam and Four Roses. Mr. Emmerson said this extended aging allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging accentuates the robust character of the Imperial Stout and brings out the depth of flavor from the bourbon creating an overall elegantly sophisticated beer.

"This year's Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout is inky black with aroma of dried cherry, shaved chocolate, and whiskey," said Mr. Emmerson. "It has a full malty palate with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, dried figs and a subtle hint of molasses. It finishes deliciously warm on the palate. The beer is racked in small batches and is available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint."

This special beer is available early February in 22oz. bottles and draft.

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Title Annotation:Full Sail Brewing Co released Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Feb 16, 2015
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